Upcoming Events and Entertainment (beginning Aug. 14)
Topsail tour: Learn about local shorebirds from 9-10 a.m. Aug. 14 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-8330.
Baytowne LIVE: Enjoy free music with Stevie Hall Aug. 14 and 18 and Chris Alvarado Aug. 20 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf on Adventure Lane, across from Blast Arcade and Laser Maze.
• Aug. 25: Stevie Hall
• Aug. 27: Chris Alvarado
Central Square Cinema: Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and head to the Seaside Amphitheater for "Cinderella" under the stars at 8 p.m. Aug. 14.
• Aug. 21: The Truman Show
• Aug. 28: Despicable Me
Gulf Place Concerts: Gulf Place on 30A at Santa Rosa Beach presents a free summer concert series with Fearless Heights from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Amphitheater, Scenic Hwy. 30-A and Hwy. 393. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the concert on the amphitheater lawn. Call 267-2562 or visit www.gulfplacefl.com.
ArtWalk on the Harbor: HarborWalk Village becomes a mini art district as dozens of artists showcase their creative artwork ranging from traditional to contemporary art, jewelry, paintings, handcrafted items and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at HarborWalk Village. Also, music on main stage. Held third Sunday of each month.
Groovin’ On The Green: The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with Civilized Natives from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
•Aug. 24: Sonic Boom
•Aug. 30: The Rowdies
• Sept. 6: Natalie Reynolds Band
Volunteer opportunity: Are you a high school senior in need of community service hours and love animals? Alaqua Animal Refuge is the place for you. Come hang out with our incredible staff and you can walk dogs, help in the dog kennels and care for our farm animals. To sign up, visit https://www.alaquaanimalrefuge.org/Volunteer?tab=1.
Seaside Summer Concerts: Celebrate the summer season at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 with Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes in the Seaside Amphitheater.
• Aug. 26: MamaDear
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Listen to a free concert with the music of the Betty Fox Band from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin.
• Aug. 26: JP Soars & The Red Hots
Republican Women: Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. Aug. 19 at Cantina Laredo, 585 Grand Blvd., just east of Sandestin.The program will be presented by Billy Williams, RESTORE coordinator, and Melinda Gates, Environmental Specialist/Coastal Resource liaison for the Walton County Environmental Department. Cost of lunch is $44/guests and $20/members. Make reservations at 301-518-0316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood drive: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host the Oneblood mobile unit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19 at the main entrance of the hospital. All donors will receive a free Tervis cup and a meal ticket to the hospital’s café.
Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair and a beverage to enjoy the music of Jigtoamilestone at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
• Aug. 27: Pierce Pettis
• Sept. 3: O'Don Piano
• Sept. 10: Friction Farm
• Sept. 17: Lucky Mud
• Sept. 24: David Drew Russell
• Oct. 1: Frank Julian
• Oct. 8: Belmont and Jones
• Oct. 15: Lucky Mud
• Oct. 22: Lis and Lon Williamson
• Nov. 5: Too Many Smiths
• Nov. 12: Michael Jordan
• Nov. 19: Lucky Mud
Topsail tour: Hike to No Name Lake from 9-10:30 a.m. Aug. 21 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, and water. Call 267-8330.
Magic Show: The Seaside Repertory Theatre will donate 20 percent of ticket sales to Jeannette Andrews’ “Perceive” magic show at 8 p.m. Aug. 22 to the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC). In this one-of-a-kind magic for the 21st century performance experience, Andrews will present both interactive pieces of magic and illusions choreographed to music. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at http://lovetherep.com/magic-for-the-21st-century-with-jeanette-andrews/.
Tacos & Tequilas: Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's Tacos & Tequilas fundraiser will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at Rockin Tacos on the Boardwalk at Okaloosa Island. Proceeds will benefit MKAF's cultural arts and K-12 education programs in schools in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Tickets are $50/person or $40/MKAF members. For credit card payments, visit http://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/destinfloridaeventsart.html or mail check payable to MKAF to 4323 Commons Drive West, Destin FL 32541.
Topsail tour: Watch the sun set on the beach and then enjoy a twilight hike through the park from 6:45-9 p.m. Aug. 28 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Wear closed toed shoes, bring some water, and wear some bug spray. Call 267-8330.
Free Pre-K Screening
Children ages 3-5 years who are not enrolled in public school or Head Start are invited to participate in a free developmental screening to check speech/communication, learning, social/behavior, motor skills, vision, and hearing. Schedule includes Sept. 2, Oct. 8 and Nov. 4 at Butler Elementary in Santa Rosa Beach and Sept. 3, Oct. 7 and Nov. 5 at Pre-K Center/MS Elementary in DeFuniak Springs. The parent or legal guardian must provide permission for the child to participate in the screening. Screenings are by appointment only at 638-6131, ext. 2310 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Labor Day Weekend Concert: Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's Seventh Annual Labor Day Weekend Concert will feature Heather Hayes Experience from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Entrance opens at 6:15 p.m. tickets are $26/general admission, $21/MKAF members and children under 12 free. VIP tables available for sale at 650-2226.
Bluegrass at the Beach: Blue Highway(headliner),The Hillbenders, Willie Sugarcapps, Run Boy Run, Moore Brothers Band, Dread Clampitt, and Dismal Creek perform during a one day event from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 12 at The Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Dr. West in Destin. Doors open at 10 a.m. Tickets are $55/general admission, $45/MKAF members and children under 12 are free. Ticket prices increase day of event.
Hurricane Party: Bud & Alley’s will host the 11th Annual Hurricane Party from 6:30-10 p.m. Sept. 25 with all proceeds benefiting Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc. (CVHN). Entertainment will be provided by Motown favorites Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces, heavy Creole hors d'oeuvres and a live and silent auction. Tickets are $75/advance and $100/door. Purchase at http://www.cvhnkids.org/hurricane/ or call 622-3200, ext. 101.
Festival of the Arts: Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation hosts the 20th annual Festival of the Arts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. The festival showcases the original artwork of more than 100 artists and features a live music lineup, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and T-shirts, art raffle and more. A food bistro, wine and beer garden as well as convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are also available. Tickets are $5/adults and children under 12 are free. Call 650-2226.
30A Surf Camp: Experienced surfers will run surf camps from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at Seagrove Plaza in Seagrove Beach and Ed Walline Beach Access across from Gulf Place.Students of all experience levels are welcome.
Mommy and Me: Cultural Arts Alliance will offer children's art classes featuring Abrakadoodle from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Bayou Arts Center. The After School Art Classes run from 4-5 p.m. every Monday at the Bayou Arts Center. Cost is $20/class. Call 622-5970 for reservation.
Dancing in the Streets: Dance on the cobblestone streets of Rosemary Beach from 5-8 p.m. Sundays while the Village Brass, a New Orleans style 7-piece strolling jazz band, plays.
Beach Service: Worship at the beach with Hope Lutheran Church from 8-9 a.m. at Ed Walline Regional Beach Access across on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a towel, chair, or stand on the boardwalk. The service will be held at the church’s U.S. 98 campus during inclement weather and if the temperature is below 50 degrees. Call 267-0322.
Farmers Market: The WaterColor Coastal Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday and Thursday at Cerulean Park. Traditional Farmers Market items such as local farm fresh produce, eggs, and dairy products will be available. There will also be a large variety of organic and homemade items such as Greek gourmet foods, hot and jerk sauces, grass fed beef, chicken, and pork.
Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market: The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in Grand Park in Miramar Beach between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama’s.Vendors will offer locally sourced food-based items including produce, eggs, milk, butter, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb, and pork, honey, pickled vegetables and gourmet jams. Market is held on Wednesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
30A Farmers’ Market: This community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in Town Center in Rosemary Beach features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese and more. Market is held on Thursdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
SeasidFarmers Market: Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.