'Always something to do': Village of Baytowne Wharf your summer destination for fun

Advertorial by Matt Algarin

With the Memorial Day holiday in the rearview mirror, it's time to start thinking about summer fun, and the Village of Baytowne Wharf has plenty to offer.

With an already exciting mix of mouthwatering restaurants and quaint shops, Baytowne steps it up a notch with plenty of live music, fireworks and family fun.

The weekly festivities start every Monday with the Baytowne Block Party from 7-9 p.m. featuring DJ Glen at the new Baytowne Live stage on Adventure Lane. While dancing the night away, kids can create their own unique piece to add to the Village's summer mural project.

Capt. Davy will also be on hand, as he searches for a few good pirates to join his crew. And watch out, the captain is known to have a few tricks, and a bit of magic, up his sleeve.

Tuesdays are family night at the Village from 7-9:15 p.m., so come on out for an evening full of lawn games, such as corn hole and ladder ball, and don't forget the giant, inflatable Twister game.

Abrakadoodle will be painting faces aplenty, and for a nominal charge you can enjoy kids’ crafts with Club KZ., Sandestin’s exclusive kids’ club for the 4-12 crowd.  

As the night winds down, the sky lights up with fireworks set to music at 9:15 p.m.

For the music lovers, Wednesday night brings the beloved concert series. Grab you favorite chair or blanket and head out to the events plaza lawn for live music under the stars.

Performers include country rock musician Denton Hatcher and the Soapbox Blues (June 5), the zydeco-inspired Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe (June 12), the soulful Rick Estrin & the Night Cats (June 19), and the Cumberland Collective (June 26).

Thursday nights offer visitors to Baytowne an interactive experience like no other, as the Emerald Coast Theater Company presents "The Adventures of Andy the Alligator and Captain Clyde" at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Andy and Clyde have been long-time partners but their friendship is tested with the competition for the title of "The Best Fisherman of the Emerald Coast." As part of the show, Andy and Clyde recruit crew members from the audience and they challenge each other at different spots around the Village and Sandestin, such as Jolee Island.

"The entire show is interactive and about the crowd," said Lanier Motes, events manager for the Village of Baytowne Wharf. "It gets the kids involved."

So whether you are looking for family friendly entertainment, top-notch dining and shopping or just a relaxing night of music, stop by Baytowne for a guaranteed good time.

"We love to do things that entertain people," Motes said. "You can come and walk around and enjoy yourself. There is always something to do."