DESTIN EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT July 10

Please send your events, meetings, etc., to pgriffin@thedestinlog.com at least 2 weeks in advance. 

Destin City Hall 

All city meetings are being held at the City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, until further notice. All meetings are subject to change or cancellation. To virtually view the meeting, https://www.cityofdestin.com/. To view/stream is www.youtube.com/CityofDestin. 

• Capital Projects Budget Workshop, 5:30 p.m. July 12, City Hall Annex Council Chambers 

Rock the Docks 

Rock along the docks at HarborWalk Village and under the stars for a free live concert from 7-9 p.m. July 10 with Flash Flood. 

• July17: Sway Ja Vu 

• July 24: The Hoodoos 

• July 31: Scenic Heights 

• Aug. 7: FIinga Faya 

• Aug. 14: TBA 

Distillery 98 Summer Concerts 

Distillery 98, 835 Serenoa Road in Santa Rosa Beach, will host a concert with Daniel Pratt, Logan Pitcher, at 6 p.m. July 10. Enjoy bites from local food trucks as well as specialty craft cocktails, beer and wine. Doors open at 5 p.m. Benefiting The Ohana Institute and presented by Step One Automotive Group. Purchase tickets at bit.ly/D98Tickets. 

• July 17: Dion Jones & The Neon Tears, Casual Cadenza 

• July 24: Raelyn Nelson Band, Heat & The Zydeco Gents  

Seaside Lyceum Cinema Classics 

Grab a blanket and enjoy the free movie “Jason and the Argonauts(1963)” under the stars at 8 p.m. July 11 on the Seaside Lyceum Lawn  

• July 18: High Noon 

• July 25: Field of Dreams 

• Aug.1 Steel Magnolias 

• Aug. 8: Ghostbusters  

Sunday Cinema 

Grab a lawn chair or blanket for the free movie “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” a featured film on the big screen at 8 p.m. July 11 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf. 

• July 18: Pete’s Dragon 

• July 25: Sing  

• Aug. 1: Inside Out 

Summer at HarborWalk Village 

• Monday: Dance to your own beat with a silent disco experience in front of the main stage from 7-10 p.m. Sanitized headphones provided. 

• Tuesday: Carnival comes to HarborWalk Village with live music on the main stage at 6:30 p.m. and the Fat Tuesday Parade at 8:30 p.m. Catch beads as the floats roll through the Village. Want to celebrate on a float with you and your krewe or promote your business? Email events@harborwalkvillage.com or call 850-424-0600. 

• Thursday: All American Thursday is from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Celebrate the USA with a one-of-a-kind vintage airshow, hero salute, live entertainment, fireworks and a fire spinning show with Hero Salute and Vintage Air Show 6:30 p m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.  

Havana Beach Burger Week  

Enjoy an American classic with a Havana Beach twist. Havana Beach Bar & Grill and Havana Beach Rooftop will be offering a special Burger Lunch Menu daily July 12-16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring their chefs’ most creative burgers.  

Rosemary Beach Summer Concerts 

Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy the night on St. Augustine Green in Rosemary Beach with music of Kool Kats (50’s & 60’s) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 12.   

• July 19: British Invasion (Beatles and Stones) 

• July 26: Flying High (Bryds to the Eagles) 

• Aug. 2: Fais Do-Do (Cajun & Zydeco) 

• Aug. 9: Totally Awesome 80’s!  

Wednesday Night Concert Series 

Enjoy free live entertainment with Forrest Williams Band from 7-9 p.m. July 14 on the Events Plaza stage at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. 

• July 21: Six Piece Suits 

• July 28: Rust & Gold  

Wednesday Night Bonfire & Music 

Come out to The Bay in Santa Rosa Beach at 5 p.m. July 14 for dinner, cold drinks and a bonfire with music by Boukou Groove on the beach of the Choctawhatchee Bay.  

• July 21: Will Thompson Band 

• July 28: Chris Alvarado Duo  

Foster Gallery 

The public is invited to a reception celebrating both the Summer Rotation and upcoming Juried Special Exhibition artists at Foster Gallery from 5-7 p.m. July 14. Enjoy tasty sips and snacks while perusing all the works on display and available for purchase.  

Movie Night at Alys Beach  

Bring blankets and low back chairs to enjoy “Alice in Wonderland” under the stars at 8 p.m. July 14 at the Alys Beach Central Park. All outdoor movies are free and open to the public.  

• July 21: How to Eat Fried Worms 

• July 28: Little Mermaid 

• Aug. 4: Secret Life of Pets  

Rosemary Beach Moonlight & Movies 

Bring blankets and lawn chairs for a movie night under the stars in Rosemary Beach July 15 with “Moana” on the Western Green. Balloon art starts at 6 p.m. and  movie at 8:15 p.m. Enjoy popcorn and hot dogs on the beach from DogManDu.   

• July 22: Sonic the Hedgehog 

• Aug. 5: Tom and Jerry 

• Aug. 12: Trolls World Tour  

Grand Boulevard Outdoor Theater 

Join Emerald Coast Theatre Company for a free outdoor performance of A Midsummer Nights Dream every Thursday night at 8 p.m. in Grand Boulevard. Bring your own chair or blanket for a magical night under the stars.  

Summer Storytime on the Lawn   

Cuddlers and Toddlers Storytime is continuing through the summer at 10 a.m. every Thursday and run approximately 20 minutes. Come enjoy Tails & Tales themed stories while waiting for the weekly Summer Reading events to begin at 10:30 a.m. Get more information  at cityofdestin.com/655/Summer-Reading. If you have any questions, call 837-8572 or email library@cityofdestin.com.  

Central Square Cinema 

Grab a blanket and watch “Raya & The Last Dragon” at 8 p.m. July 16 at the Seaside Amphitheater. Free and open to the public.  

• July 23: Frozen 2 

• July 30: Up 

• Aug. 6: Tom & Jerry 

• Aug. 13: Monsters Inc 

• Aug. 20: Zootopia 

• Aug. 27: Tangled  

Summer Pop 

The Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents Jordan and Michelle’s “Back to Broadway” show, a fun-filled, high-energy tribute to the Broadway music of today and yesterday. July 17 at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard, upstairs, in the Grand Boulevard Town Center in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $30/person at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org. 

• July 24 – Frank & Friends with Peter Lake. Enjoy tunes from Frank Sinatra, Giacomo Puccini, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more favorites.  

The Marriage Course 

The Alpha Marriage Course, a series of seven sessions designed to help couples invest in and build a healthy relationship, will begin July 19 from 6:30-9 p.m. at The Local Market in Destin and will run for six more Mondays. There is no charge for the course and dinner is included. Couples do not have to share with other couples —it is totally private. Register at iacdestin.org/the-marriage-course.  For details visit iacdestin.org/the-marriage-course or email ethan.iacdestin@gmail.com.  

Mattie Kelly Arts Center 

Jesus Christ Superstar is the 2021 Summer Musical at 7:30 p.m. July 21-24 and 2 p.m. July 25 on Mainstage. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Amphitheater in Niceville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call the Box Office for tickets at 729-6000 or visit https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/.  

Movies & S’mores Series 

The free Movies & S’mores series will be at 5 p.m. July 22 in Camp Helen State Park Recreation Hall with food and fun. Seating will be provided. Programs begin at 6:30 p.m. with an interpretive table of activities, a merchandise table, prepackaged smores around the bonfire and  souvenir cup. Movie, “Onward,” with a special treasure hunt/guided tour throughout the park. Begins at sunset. Donations are accepted and will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to be used to benefit the parks resource management, projects and interpretative programs.  

Billy Gray Testimony 

Billy Gray, who ministers to people around the world and is former pastor at The Gathering, will give his testimony at First Baptist Church, 201 Beach Dr. in Destin, on July 27 at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. 

Hydroflight Monday 

Enjoy shows from fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell over the lagoon at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 2. 

Boomin’ Tuesday 

Turn your eyes on the sky at Baytowne Wharf and watch as the sky lights up with a fireworks show over the Lagoon at 9:15 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 3. Also, a DJ Dance Party with DJ Mike Whitty begins at 7 p.m. in the Events Plaza. 

Magical Thursday 

Magic, music, and mayhem with Baytowne Wharf’s featured pirate Captain Davy takes you on an adventure with two magic shows at 7 and 8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 5. 

Labor Day Celebration 

Send off summer with live music by Flash Flood at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 and Tobacco Road at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at HarborWalk Village. Fireworks and Fire Spinning by Autumn Lyfe at 9 p.m. Sunday. On-site parking fee $10.  

Destin Woman’s Club 

The Annual Fashion Show held by the Destin Woman’s Club has been cancelled this year due to the Covid virus. The Fashion Show for 2021 has been scheduled for Nov. 5.  As their major fundraiser, net proceeds go toward the Club’s Family Assistance Fund designed to help local families and a local charity. 

RECURRING EVENTS 

Destin Community Center 

All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email recreation@cityofdestin.comfor information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance. 

Pickleball: Sessions are Mondays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Fee is $3/session. Racquets and balls are available, just bring your gym shoes. 

Table Tennis: Play from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Paddles and balls provided. Fee is $2/resident and $3/non-resident. 

Senior Programs 

All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email recreation@cityofdestin.com for information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.  

— Destin Senior Membership: Join the Destin Seniors to enjoy multiple festivities including the senior lunch bunch, potluck, casino trips, cruises, bingo, chair exercise, knitting, scrabble, and Mexican dominoes. Members must be a Destin resident. 

— Senior Book Club: The Destin Senior Members meet at 10 a.m. the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Destin Library, 150 Sibert Ave. 

— Senior Drop-In Hours: The Destin Senior Center at Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive, offers senior drop-in hours from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday for Seniors (50 years and older) to meet and enjoy each other’s company, participate in games such as Mexican Train Dominoes, Scrabble, cards, etc. 

— Senior Walking Club: The Destin Senior Members walk around the Destin Community Center’s gymnasium from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday. All of the miles that you walk will be added to the “team map” as we travel from one region to the next. The team’s miles are reported on the 4th Friday of each month at the Destin Senior Membership’s Potluck. 

— Destin Senior Chair Exercise 50+ years: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10-10:45 a.m. at Buck Destin Park consists of performing light exercises to help improve balance, flexibility, strength, and circulation. Free/residents. 

Book Club 

The Destin Library’s Novel Idea Book Club is open to adults and meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams. Club members can submit book recommendations – primarily fiction with the occasional non-fiction title – and the club will vote on which ones to read. Membership is open to everyone; however, you will need an Okaloosa County Public Library card to check-out materials. Members will need an email address and internet access to join the discussion. 

City of Destin Annual Passes 

Full-time residents (within the incorporated city limits) are encouraged to submit their request for a 2021 Annual Pass at https://www.cityofdestin.com/342/Annual-Passes. For those who do not have internet access, beach parking passes are only available at City Hall. Henderson Beach State Park and Joe’s Bayou Boat Ramp passes are available at both City Hall and the Destin Community Center. For questions, call 837-4242. 

Adopt-A-Street 

The City of Destin’s Adopt-A-Street Program allows local families, businesses and community groups to perform a valuable community service by adopting sections of a street to keep clear of litter and debris. Groups who participate in this program will have their name listed on the City’s website and signage installed on their adopted street. For more information, call 837-6869 or email adoptastreet@cityofdestin.com. 

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market 

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market takes place every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grand Park in the heart of Grand Boulevard in South Walton. Bring your shopping bag and load up on local produce, eggs, jams and pies. Homemade soap, good olive oil, and pickled things are all there for the taking.  

Rosemary Beach Farmers Market 

Come browse the 30A Farmers Market in Rosemary Beach on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The local farmers market takes place on Sundays year round, and Thursdays throughout the summer months, in North Barrett Square along Scenic 30A. 

DESTIN EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT June 23

Please send your events, meetings, etc., to pgriffin@thedestinlog.com at least 2 weeks in advance. 

Destin City Hall 

All city meetings are being held at the City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, until further notice. All meetings are subject to change or cancellation. To virtually view the meeting, https://www.cityofdestin.com/. To view/stream is www.youtube.com/CityofDestin. 

• Local Planning Agency, 5:30 p.m. June 24 

Wednesday Night Concert Series 

Enjoy free live entertainment with Luke Langford from 7-9 p.m. June 23 on the Events Plaza stage at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. 

June 30: Dion Jones & The Neon Tears 

July 7: Boukou Groove 

July 14: Forrest Williams Band 

July 21: Six Piece Suits 

July 28: Rust & Gold 

Summer Storytime on the Lawn   

Cuddlers and Toddlers Storytime is continuing through the summer at 10 a.m. every Thursday and run approximately 20 minutes. Come enjoy Tails & Tales themed stories while waiting for the weekly Summer Reading events to begin at 10:30 a.m. Get more information  at cityofdestin.com/655/Summer-Reading. If you have any questions, call 837-8572 or email library@cityofdestin.com. 

Concerts in the Village 

The Air National Guard Band of the South performs at 7 p.m. June 24 at Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Dugas Stage. Admission is $15/adults, $10/active-duty military, and children (12 and under) and MKAF members are free. Purchase tickets online at Eventbrite. Gates open at 6 p.m. 

Summer at HarborWalk Village 

• Monday: Dance to your own beat with a silent disco experience in front of the main stage from 7-10 p.m. Sanitized headphones provided. 

• Tuesday: Carnival comes to HarborWalk Village with live music on the main stage at 6:30 p.m. and the Fat Tuesday Parade at 8:30 p.m. Catch beads as the floats roll through the Village. Want to celebrate on a float with you and your krewe or promote your business? Email events@harborwalkvillage.com or call 850-424-0600. 

• Thursday: All American Thursday is from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Celebrate the USA with a one-of-a-kind vintage airshow, hero salute, live entertainment, fireworks and a fire spinning show with Hero Salute and Vintage Air Show 6:30 p m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.  

Rosemary Beach Moonlight & Movies 

Bring blankets and lawn chairs for a movie night under the stars in Rosemary Beach June 24 with “Onward” on the Western Green. Balloon art starts at 6 p.m. and  movie at 8:15 p.m. Enjoy popcorn and hot dogs on the beach from DogManDu.  

• July 1: The Secret Life of Pets 2 

• July 8: Toy Story 4 

• July 15 Moana 

• July 22: Sonic the Hedgehog 

• Aug. 5: Tom and Jerry 

• Aug. 12: Trolls World Tour  

Movies & S’mores Series 

The free Movies & S’mores series will be at 5 p.m. June 24 in Camp Helen State Park Recreation Hall with food and fun. Seating will be provided. Programs begin at 6:30 p.m. with an interpretive table of activities, a merchandise table, prepackaged smores around the bonfire and a souvenir cup. Movie, “Moana,”  begins. at sunset. Donations are accepted and will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to be used to benefit the parks resource management, projects and interpretative programs. 

• July 3: The Lion King (2019) 

• July 22: Onward with a special treasure hunt/guided tour throughout the par 

Baytowne LIVE Music 

The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Baytowne LIVE on Adventure Lane from 7-9:30 p.m. Schedule includes Steve Hall June 29 and Ken & Andi Johnson June 25.  

Family Fun Day 

The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart will host a Family Fun Day in Santa Rosa Beach from 9-11 a.m. June 26. The location will be the new Ascension Sacred Heart building at 179 Mack Bayou Loop. The event is free of charge and celebrates the expansion of pediatric services to the Emerald Coast. Outdoors, masks are encouraged, but not required. Inside the building, masks are required.  

Rock the Docks 

Rock along the docks at HarborWalk Village and under the stars for a free live concert from 7-9 p.m. June 26 with Frank Fletcher. 

• July 3: 18 Miles Band 

• July 10: Flash Flood 

• July17: way Ja Vu 

• July 24: The Hoodoos 

• July 31: Scenic Heights 

• Aug. 7: FIinga Faya 

• Aug. 14: TBA 

Sunday Cinema 

Grab a lawn chair or blanket for the free movie “Moana,” a featured film on the big screen at 8 p.m. June 27 on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf. 

• July 11: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation 

• July 18: Pete’s Dragon 

• July 25: Sing  

Rosemary Beach Summer Concerts 

Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy the night on St. Augustine Green in Rosemary Beach with music of Totally Awesome 80’s from 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 28.  

• July 5:  Ocean’s Nine (boat Pop) 

• July 12: Kool Kats (50’s & 60’s) 

• July 19: British Invasion (Beatles and Stones) 

• July 26: Flying High (Bryds to the Eagles) 

• Aug. 2: Fais Do-Do (Cajun & Zydeco) 

• Aug. 9: Totally Awesome 80’s!  

ACT Workshops 

Workshops to assist students in Okaloosa, Escambia and Santa Rosa County high schools who will be taking the  July 17 ACT tests will be held in Gulf Breeze. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon July 12, 13, 14 and 15. Registrations must be postmarked by June 28. All materials, snacks and drinks are furnished. Students will need to bring calculators. If you have any questions, email Amhart1966@aol.com or call  615-585-2401.  

Let Freedom Ring 

HarborWalk Village’s 4th of July celebration, Let Freedom Ring, begins at 7 p.m. July 2 with The Two Hoo Doos. The Miles Band performs July 3 at 7 p.m. and The Manly Hero July 4 at 7 p.m. Fireworks and fire spinning by Autumn Lyfe begin at 9 p.m. Sunday. On-site parking $10.  

Smoke on the Coast 

Destin Commons will host 15 local non-profit organizations at the 10th annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival from 5-10 p. m. July 3. Each non-profit organization teams up with a restaurant or BBQ aficionado. Cast your vote for $1 for your favorite BBQ team, support their mission, and enjoy a day of family fun. 

Seaside 4th of July 

Seaside is hosting a day of patriotic activities from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. in Central Square, with storefronts decorated in red, white, and blue. While there will not be a parade along 30A, Seaside will feature second-line-style patriotic music performances around town throughout the day, with a special performance by the Rep Theatre.  All of this will culminate into what will be the largest fireworks show not only in Seaside but along the entire Gulf Coast.  

Red, White & Baytowne 

The Red, White, and Baytowne celebration takes place from 7-9:15 p.m. July 4 with music from Donovan Keith on the Events Plaza Stage at Baytowne Wharf. A fireworks display will light up the night sky at 9:15 p.m. The Village will also host kids activities including kids crafts, face painting, and balloon sculpting.  

Summer Pop 

The Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents Jordan and Michelle’s “Back to Broadway” show, a fun-filled, high-energy tribute to the Broadway music of today and yesterday. July 17 at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard, upstairs, in the Grand Boulevard Town Center in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $30/person at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org. 

• July 24 – Frank & Friends with Peter Lake. Enjoy tunes from Frank Sinatra, Giacomo Puccini, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more favorites.  

Mattie Kelly Arts Center 

Jesus Christ Superstar is the 2021 Summer Musical at 7:30 p.m. July 21-24 and 2 p.m. July 25 on Mainstage. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Amphitheater in Niceville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call the Box Office for tickets at 729-6000 or visit https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/.  

Hydroflight Monday 

Enjoy shows from fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell over the lagoon at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 2. 

Boomin’ Tuesday 

Turn your eyes on the sky at Baytowne Wharf and watch as the sky lights up with a fireworks show over the Lagoon at 9:15 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 3. Also, a DJ Dance Party with DJ Mike Whitty begins at 7 p.m. in the Events Plaza. 

Magical Thursday 

Magic, music, and mayhem with Baytowne Wharf’s featured pirate Captain Davy takes you on an adventure with two magic shows at 7 and 8 p.m. Thursdays May 20-Aug. 5. 

Destin Woman’s Club 

The Annual Fashion Show held by the Destin Woman’s Club has been cancelled this year due to the Covid virus. The Fashion Show for 2021 has been scheduled for Nov. 5.  As their major fundraiser, net proceeds go toward the Club’s Family Assistance Fund designed to help local families and a local charity. 

RECURRING EVENTS 

Destin Community Center 

All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email recreation@cityofdestin.comfor information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance. 

Pickleball: Sessions are Mondays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Fee is $3/session. Racquets and balls are available, just bring your gym shoes. 

Table Tennis: Play from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Paddles and balls provided. Fee is $2/resident and $3/non-resident. 

Senior Programs 

All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email recreation@cityofdestin.com for information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.  

— Destin Senior Membership: Join the Destin Seniors to enjoy multiple festivities including the senior lunch bunch, potluck, casino trips, cruises, bingo, chair exercise, knitting, scrabble, and Mexican dominoes. Members must be a Destin resident. 

— Senior Book Club: The Destin Senior Members meet at 10 a.m. the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Destin Library, 150 Sibert Ave. 

— Senior Drop-In Hours: The Destin Senior Center at Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive, offers senior drop-in hours from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday for Seniors (50 years and older) to meet and enjoy each other’s company, participate in games such as Mexican Train Dominoes, Scrabble, cards, etc. 

— Senior Walking Club: The Destin Senior Members walk around the Destin Community Center’s gymnasium from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday. All of the miles that you walk will be added to the “team map” as we travel from one region to the next. The team’s miles are reported on the 4th Friday of each month at the Destin Senior Membership’s Potluck. 

— Destin Senior Chair Exercise 50+ years: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10-10:45 a.m. at Buck Destin Park consists of performing light exercises to help improve balance, flexibility, strength, and circulation. Free/residents. 

Book Club 

The Destin Library’s Novel Idea Book Club is open to adults and meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams. Club members can submit book recommendations – primarily fiction with the occasional non-fiction title – and the club will vote on which ones to read. Membership is open to everyone; however, you will need an Okaloosa County Public Library card to check-out materials. Members will need an email address and internet access to join the discussion. 

City of Destin Annual Passes 

Full-time residents (within the incorporated city limits) are encouraged to submit their request for a 2021 Annual Pass at https://www.cityofdestin.com/342/Annual-Passes. For those who do not have internet access, beach parking passes are only available at City Hall. Henderson Beach State Park and Joe’s Bayou Boat Ramp passes are available at both City Hall and the Destin Community Center. For questions, call 837-4242. 

Adopt-A-Street 

The City of Destin’s Adopt-A-Street Program allows local families, businesses and community groups to perform a valuable community service by adopting sections of a street to keep clear of litter and debris. Groups who participate in this program will have their name listed on the City’s website and signage installed on their adopted street. For more information, call 837-6869 or email adoptastreet@cityofdestin.com. 

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market 

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market takes place every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grand Park in the heart of Grand Boulevard in South Walton. Bring your shopping bag and load up on local produce, eggs, jams and pies. Homemade soap, good olive oil, and pickled things are all there for the taking.  

Rosemary Beach Farmers Market 

Come browse the 30A Farmers Market in Rosemary Beach on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The local farmers market takes place on Sundays year round, and Thursdays throughout the summer months, in North Barrett Square along Scenic 30A. 

DESTIN EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Jan. 27

Please send your events, meetings, etc., to pgriffin@thedestinlog.com at least 2 weeks in advance. 

Destin City Hall

All city meetings are being held at the City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, until further notice. All meetings are subject to change or cancellation. To virtually view the meeting, https://www.cityofdestin.com/. To view/stream is www.youtube.com/CityofDestin.

• City Council, 6 p.m. Feb. 1

ECTC: Florida Girls

Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents Florida Girls at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28-30 at ECTC’s space upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Purchase tickets at https://tickets.vendini.com.

Florida Girls takes place in Crestview circa 1965 and focuses on the upheaval in a middle-class family when two sisters compete in a high-school beauty pageant. Written by celebrated local playwright Nancy Hasty, this comedy is sure to deliver on laughs, heart and lots of local charm.

Art Exhibition

Mattie Kelly Art Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College will present its newest exhibition through March 5. This solo exhibition is composed of the artist’s traditional works of highly-staged digital photographic installations about nature and technology. Gallery open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. excluding major holidays and open 90 minutes prior to most MKAC Mainstage performances. Masks and physical distancing are required. All events are free and open to the public.

Book Club

The Destin Library’s Novel Idea Book Club is open to adults and meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams. Club members can submit book recommendations – primarily fiction with the occasional non-fiction title – and the club will vote on which ones to read. Membership is open to everyone; however, you will need an Okaloosa County Public Library card to check-out materials. Members will need an email address and internet access to join the discussion..

Food For Thought Dinner

The Annual Food For Thought Dinner, hosted at Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood Restaurant in the Hilton Sandestin, has been changed until April 12. Cocktails are at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Cocktail/resort casual attire. Reserve your table at  https://fftfl.z2systems.com/np/clients/fftfl/event.jsp?event=17&. Registration closes March 30.

Dealer’s Choice

A new Beanstack Challenge from the Destin Library, Dealer’s Choice will be held through Feb. 28. Enjoy interactive activities all focused on fun games to play with a deck of cards. Log your game playing minutes and earn badges. Stop by the library to pick up a free deck of cards while supplies last. To join, download the free Beanstack app on your mobile device or visit cityofdestin.beanstack.org. Call 850-837-8572 or email library@cityofdestin.com.

Winter Guest Fest

The 2021 Winter Guest Fest will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 28 at the Destin Fort Walton Beach Convention Center (formerly Emerald Coast Convention Center) Ballroom on Okaloosa Island. Admission is $2 per person, payable at the door. Enjoy plenty of coupons, giveaways, activities and making a few new friends.

SBDC Webinar

Join on Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon for a live, online webinar to learn how to assess the feasibility of your business idea. Identify and explain the eight good reasons to start a business during or after a crisis or recession. This event will help you determine if your business idea matches any of the eight reasons. No fee. Register at www.sbdc.uwf.edu under “Training & Events.” Registration ends 24 hours prior to start time.  A link for joining will be sent to those who register. 

Camp Helen Virtual Americana Music at the Lodge

American Music at the Lodge is the 2021 series of unique concerts featuring American roots musicians performing in the lodge at Camp Helen State Park from 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 30 with Tom Kimmel. With this new year comes new rules, but still great music in the safest environment.. Camp Helen State Park will provide, free of charge, music videos of their performers this season. Sit back in the comfort of your home and listen to some of the finest music in America today. Concerts will be available online at https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfCampHelenStatePark. For more information, call 850-233-5059, visit www.friendsofcamphelen.org, like on Facebook, or email camphelenfriends@gmail.com. 

• Feb 13: Lucky Mud

• Feb 27: Wyatt Espalin

• March 13: Nikki Talley

Brunch, Rhythm, & Brews

Enjoy brunch and brews at HarborWalk Village and a concert with Paradise Bayou on the main stage starting at 2 p.m. Jan. 31.

Feb. 7:  Jeff on Sax featuring Mia 

Feb. 14: Joe Fingaz

TBD | Feb. 21

TBD | Feb. 28 

Baytowne On Ice

Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Baytowne on Ice thru Jan. 31. Hours vary daily.

Bible Study

Experience God’s blessings in your life during “Opening the Windows of Blessing,” a 14-week Bible study of minor prophets on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 2 at Enclave Condominium Clubhouse, 3655 Scenic Hwy. 98 in Destin near Capt. Dave’s Restaurant. Remote studies can be  done by email. To register, text or email with name and email address to Mary Ann Roberts, maryannrbtz@gmail.com or  850-217-8766.

Sip N’ Stroll Gallery Night

Enjoy an evening of art from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 5 and March 5 at J.Leon Gallery and Studio, 13370 U.S. Highway 98 in Miramar Beach, with wine, champagne, and eats.

Hope’s Annual Chili Cook-Off,

Hope on the Beach Church will host its annual Chili Cook-Off at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Distillery 98, 835 Serenoa Road in Santa Rosa Beach, for a night of fun, food, and competition. Admission is free. There is a $10 entry fee for each chili submission to be judged by local celebrities for the opportunity to win cash prizes. Challenge Entertainment will be game hosts and MC for the evening, with door prizes and game prizes given away throughout the night. For more information or to compete in the chili cook-off, ,call 850-267-0322 or email jacobscheler@hopeonthebeach.com.

Heritage Museum

Join Heritage Museum for Cursive Handwriting class from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Feb. 6. Snack provided. The cost is $18 ($15 Museum Members) Kids. Come on out and learn the ancient art of cursive handwriting. Taught for generations it is an art making a comeback. Register at 850- 678-2615 or visit the Heritage Museum at 115 Westview Avenue in Valparaiso.

Palate & Palette

The Fifth Annual Palate & Palette, a four-course wine dinner and live painting will be held from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 6 at five locations across Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Tickets are $150/person and can be purchased at 850tix.com. All proceeds benefit Shelter House.

ECTC storyteller Series

Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s The Storyteller Series returns with three new offerings on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. through March 2. Tickets are $32/adults, $30/seniors/military and $28/students. Purchase tickets at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.or call 684-0323.

The series presents Three Places at Yalta Feb. 9, a one-man show written by and starring Bruce Collier. In this power-packed political piece, Collier deftly portrays World War II’s “big three” — Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Katharine Hepburn Feb. 23 and March 2, is a one-woman show written and performed by Shirley Simpson.

Mardi Gras Brunch 

AJ’s restaurant group is celebrating their Second Annual Mardi Gras Brunch at AJ’s on the Bayou Feb. 7 and AJ’s Grayton Beach Feb. 14.  Brunch at both locations will begin at 10 a.m. featuring New Orleans favorites such as Mardi Gras Omelette, Beignets, Bread Pudding, Jambalaya, Étouffée, with a crawfish boil starting at 12 p.m. Each location will also have their Sunday brunch menu available, along with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary specials.  Music is straight from Louisiana by Dikki du & the Zydeco Krewe starting at 11 a.m. Guests are encouraged to wear beads, masks,and any festive attire to be part of the Mardi Gras celebration. 

Dikki Du is as synonymous with zydeco music as beads are with Mardi Gras. Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe have been playing together for over 14 years. Dikki Du’s original funky and hypnotic zydeco style announces that he has arrived, occupying a spot on par with the best. He takes songs from classic zydeco and turns them inside out with fresh and funky renditions, intense and fascinating accordion action, and melodic vocals, innovating and revitalizing zydeco for a unique and incredible experience.

Big Easy Bar Crawl

Break out your Mardi Gras gear and take your friends to a spirited bingo-style bar crawl, live concert on the main stage, and party giveaways from 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 12 at HarborWalk Village. End the night by competing to win the title 2021 Mardi Gras King & Queen at 10 p.m. at Coyote Ugly.

Mardi Gras Celebration

Celebrate Mardi Gras on the harbor with live music by Fais Do-Do, followed by beads, dazzling floats, and street performers when the parade rolls through HarborWalk Village from 2-5 p.m. Feb. 13. For parade application or more information, contact events@harborwalkvillage.com. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Fresh Start for Children & Families. Float entries are $25. Application at https://bit.ly/39vE3To

Pawdi Gras

Enter your pup in a festive Pawdi Gras Pet Costume Contes from 2-5 p.m. Feb. 14.! Registration begins at 3 p.m. Visit https://facebook.com/events/1017816458728584/

Valentine’s Day Dinner

Toast your special someone from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 14 at Havana Beach Bar & Grill at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach. The restaurant’s intimate Valentine’s Day celebration will include a three-course, prix-fixe menu and live piano entertainment. Cost is $125 per person. Reservations are required at 850-588-2882.

ECTC Popcorn Falls

ECTC presents the adventuresome comedy Popcorn Falls, Feb. 12 through Feb. 28. Nathanael Fisher and Jason Hedden portray more than 20 roles in a world of farce, love and desperation.. Performances are Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees Feb. 14, 21 and 28. This production is staged at ECTCs performance space upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $32/adults, $30/military and $28/students. Purchase tickets at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org

Mardi Gras Parade

Laissez les bons temps rouler or Let the Good Times Roll and join Destin Commons  for their annual Mardi Gras Masquerade from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 12. Enjoy live music, free face painting, photo booth, and more. Mardi Gras parade will kick off at 7 p.m. If interested in having your business or organization participate in the parade, email bzannis@turnberry.com.

Mardi Gras Street Party

Enjoy the Mardi Gras street party by AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar down on the Destin harbor at noon Feb. 13. Entertainment from Louisiana’s own Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe starts at noon on the big stage and the staff will be throwing beads and moon pies for all to catch. Crawfish boil will be ready along with other festive eats, including Jambalya, Crawfish Étouffée, Gumbo & Poboys, with hurricane drink specials

Mardi Gras Parade

The streets at The Village of Baytowne Wharf will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans along with unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick up trucks at 2 p.m. Feb. 14. Mardi Gras music will fill the air as four-pawed friends and parade participants shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies, and other trinkets.

Second Annual Mardi Gras Dinner

Enjoy French inspired cocktails and an authentic New Orleans dinner with FOOW’s prix-fixe  Mardi Gras menu from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 18 at 34 Goldenrod Circle, in Santa Rosa Beach. Reservations are required; limited seating available. Cost is $95++ per person. 

Heritage Museum Classes

Heritage Museum presents its Onion Basket-Weaving Class from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in Valparaiso. Cost is #30/$35. A   Cookie  Basket-Weaving Class will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Cost is $30/$35.

Shrimp & Grits Festival

The Destin Harbor’s newest event is back to showcase one of the South’s most beloved dishes.

Enjoy delicious food, great drinks and live music on the Destin harbor from 12-4 p.m.  Feb. 27 at the second annual Shrimp & Grits Festival. Local restaurants compete for the best Shrimp & Grits dish on the harbor. Tickets are available at www.shrimpandgritsfest.com/tickets.

Club LA

As I Lay Dying, Whitechapel & Shadow present a live concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Club LA in Destin. Tickets can be published at ticketkeep.com.

Mac & Cheese Festival

The Mac & Cheese Festival has announced its third annual celebration benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will be held from 12:30-4 p.m. March 7 at Destin Commons. The family-friendly event will feature gourmet, chef-inspired twists inspired by the South’s favorite comfort food. Local restaurants far and wide will bring their best macaroni masterpieces to compete for the best mac and cheese in town. For the first time ever, the event will offer special V.I.C. (Very Important Cheese) tickets for $45 that include an all-access pass to the Beer Garden and air-conditioned seating. Adult tickets are $25 and children $15.

Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Tickets are on sale at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com for the 2021 Seabreeze Jazz Festival April 21-25. 2021, at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in Panama City Beach. Or charge by phone at 855-233-6714.

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam

The eighth annual Country On The Coast festival in Panama City Beach will be March 26-28, 2021. Tickets for the three-day event are available at www.GulfCoastJam.com.

Lionfish Festival

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has announced the seventh annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival is scheduled for May 15 and 16 at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin. Come out and celebrate the fight against invasive lionfish with the FWC and Destin–Fort Walton Beach. Activities will include fillet demonstrations; family-friendly games and activities; art, diving and conservation booths; and the world’s largest lionfish spearfishing tournament, the Emerald Coast Open. Satisfy your taste buds by visiting any of the participating locations of Lionfish Restaurant Week May 10-14 for your chance to try this delicious invasive.

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market takes place every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grand Park in the heart of Grand Boulevard in South Walton. Bring your shopping bag and load up on local produce, eggs, jams and pies. Homemade soap, good olive oil, and pickled things are all there for the taking. 

Rosemary Beach Farmers Market

Come browse the 30A Farmers Market in Rosemary Beach on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The local farmers market takes place on Sundays year round, and Thursdays throughout the summer months, in North Barrett Square along Scenic 30A.

Destin Woman’s Club

The Annual Fashion Show held by the Destin Woman’s Club has been cancelled this year due to the Covid virus. The Fashion Show for 2021 has been scheduled for Nov. 5.  As their major fundraiser, net proceeds go toward the Club’s Family Assistance Fund designed to help local families and a local charity.

City of Destin Annual Passes

Full-time residents (within the incorporated city limits) are encouraged to submit their request for a 2021 Annual Pass at https://www.cityofdestin.com/342/Annual-Passes. For those who do not have internet access, beach parking passes are only available at City Hall. Henderson Beach State Park and Joe’s Bayou Boat Ramp passes are available at both City Hall and the Destin Community Center. For questions, call 837-4242.

Adopt-A-Street

The City of Destin’s Adopt-A-Street Program allows local families, businesses and community groups to perform a valuable community service by adopting sections of a street to keep clear of litter and debris. Groups who participate in this program will have their name listed on the City’s website and signage installed on their adopted street. For more information, call 837-6869 or email adoptastreet@cityofdestin.com.

RECURRING EVENTS

Destin Community Center

All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email recreation@cityofdestin.comfor information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.

Pickleball: Sessions are Mondays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Fee is $3/session. Racquets and balls are available, just bring your gym shoes.

Table Tennis: Play from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Paddles and balls provided. Fee is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.

Senior Programs

All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email recreation@cityofdestin.com for information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance. 

— Destin Senior Membership: Join the Destin Seniors to enjoy multiple festivities including the senior lunch bunch, potluck, casino trips, cruises, bingo, chair exercise, knitting, scrabble, and Mexican dominoes. Members must be a Destin resident.

— Senior Book Club: The Destin Senior Members meet at 10 a.m. the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Destin Library, 150 Sibert Ave.

— Senior Drop-In Hours: The Destin Senior Center at Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive, offers senior drop-in hours from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday for Seniors (50 years and older) to meet and enjoy each other’s company, participate in games such as Mexican Train Dominoes, Scrabble, cards, etc.

— Senior Walking Club: The Destin Senior Members walk around the Destin Community Center’s gymnasium from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday. All of the miles that you walk will be added to the “team map” as we travel from one region to the next. The team’s miles are reported on the 4th Friday of each month at the Destin Senior Membership’s Potluck.

— Destin Senior Chair Exercise 50+ years: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10-10:45 a.m. at Buck Destin Park consists of performing light exercises to help improve balance, flexibility, strength, and circulation. Free/residents.

DESTIN EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Jan. 20

Please send your events, meetings, etc., to pgriffin@thedestinlog.com at least 2 weeks in advance. 

Destin City Hall

All city meetings are being held at the City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, until further notice. All meetings are subject to change or cancellation. To virtually view the meeting, https://www.cityofdestin.com/. To view/stream is www.youtube.com/CityofDestin.

Town Center CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 20

Local Planning Agency, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 21

ECTC: Florida Girls

Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents Florida Girls at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21-23, 28-30 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 24 at ECTC’s space upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Purchase tickets at https://tickets.vendini.com.

Florida Girls takes place in Crestview circa 1965 and focuses on the upheaval in a middle-class family when two sisters compete in a high-school beauty pageant. Written by celebrated local playwright Nancy Hasty, this comedy is sure to deliver on laughs, heart and lots of local charm.

Bubbly Baytowne

Baytowne Wharf presents an evening full of free champagne (for 21 and up only) and shopping during Bubbly Baytowne from 5-6 p.m. Jan. 21. Sip and Shop through the village streets, and stop in various retail merchants to enjoy a selection of premium champagnes.

Genealogical Society

The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County will be hosting a free and timely presentation by Auriette Lindsey of WEAR-TV and the Baldwin County Genealogical Society on “Preserve Your Family History: Scan, Share, Save.” The meeting is at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 23 on Zoom. If you are not a registered GSOC member, send email with your full name and email address to gsocokaloosa@gmail.com and a meeting link will be provided.

Chili Cook Off, Blood Drive

American Legion Squadron 296 on Main Street in Destin is hosting a chili cook off Jan. 23. No charge for entering your chili. Bring at least two gallons ready to serve by 2 p.m. The public is welcome to come taste and judge. For $10, tasters will get one vote. Taste all the entries and vote for your favorite. First place wins $50 and bragging rights. Second place wins a bingo pack and a dauber for Monday night bingo.  Third place wins free Sunday breakfast. Tasting will start at 2:30. The One Blood bus will be on site for blood donations from 1-6 p.m. For people who have had COVID, donations of blood containing antibodies is needed. Tee shirts and gift cards will be given to donors.

Mardi Gras Parade

The Krewe de Yak’s 7th Annual Mardi Gras Parade and Festival will be held Jan. 23 on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Spring. The Street fair and Car Show will begin at 11 a.m. and GrasFest will once again be the place to be for food, fun, and family-friendly entertainment celebrating the Carnival season. The Grand Parade will roll at 3 p.m.  For more information, call 850-419-5977 or email krewedeyak@gmail.com.

Embroiderers’ Guild

The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers’ Guild of America will meet from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Call 850-496-3466 with any questions.

Brunch, Rhythm, & Brews

Enjoy brunch and brews at HarborWalk Village and a concert with  TJ & Brad on the main stage starting at 2 p.m. Jan. 24.

Jan. 31: Paradise Bayou 

Feb. 7:  Jeff on Sax featuring Mia 

Feb. 14: Joe Fingaz

TBD | February 21st

TBD | February 28th 

Food For Thought Dinner

The Annual Food For Thought Dinner, hosted at Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood Restaurant in the Hilton Sandestin, has been changed until April 12. Cocktails are at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Cocktail/resort casual attire. Reserve your table at  https://fftfl.z2systems.com/np/clients/fftfl/event.jsp?event=17&. Registration closes March 30.

Dealer’s Choice

A new Beanstack Challenge from the Destin Library, Dealer’s Choice will be held from Jan. 25 through Feb. 28. Enjoy interactive activities all focused on fun games to play with a deck of cards. Log your game playing minutes and earn badges. Stop by the library to pick up a free deck of cards while supplies last. To join, download the free Beanstack app on your mobile device or visit cityofdestin.beanstack.org. Call 850-837-8572 or email library@cityofdestin.com.

ECTC storyteller Series

Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s The Storyteller Series returns with three new offerings on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. through March 2. Tickets are $32/adults, $30/seniors/military and $28/students. Alan Tuttle stars in Carl Eugene Bolt’s “docudrama” play Give ‘em Hell Harry! on Jan. 26. This faithful and often humorous piece is a portrayal of the life and presidency of President Harry S. Truman. Purchase tickets at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.or call 684-0323.

Katharine Hepburn Feb. 23 and March 2, is a one-woman show written and performed by Shirley Simpson.

The series presents Three Places at Yalta Feb. 9, a one-man show written by and starring Bruce Collier. In this power-packed political piece, Collier deftly portrays World War II’s “big three” — Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Winter Guest Fest

The 2021 Winter Guest Fest will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 28 at the Destin Fort Walton Beach Convention Center (formerly Emerald Coast Convention Center) Ballroom on Okaloosa Island. Admission is $2 per person, payable at the door. Enjoy plenty of coupons, giveaways, activities and making a few new friends.

Camp Helen Virtual Americana Music at the Lodge

American Music at the Lodge is the 2021 series of unique concerts featuring American roots musicians performing in the lodge at Camp Helen State Park from 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 30 with Tom Kimmel. With this new year comes new rules, but still great music in the safest environment.. Camp Helen State Park will provide, free of charge, music videos of their performers this season. Sit back in the comfort of your home and listen to some of the finest music in America today. Concerts will be available online at https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfCampHelenStatePark. For more information, call 850-233-5059, visit www.friendsofcamphelen.org, like on Facebook, or email camphelenfriends@gmail.com. 

• Feb 13: Lucky Mud

• Feb 27: Wyatt Espalin

• March 13: Nikki Talley

Baytowne On Ice

Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Baytowne on Ice thru Jan. 31. Hours vary daily.

Bible Study

Experience God’s blessings in your life during “Opening the Windows of Blessing,” a 14-week Bible study of minor prophets on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 2 at Enclave Condominium Clubhouse, 3655 Scenic Hwy. 98 in Destin near Capt. Dave’s Restaurant. Remote studies can be  done by email. To register, text or email with name and email address to Mary Ann Roberts, maryannrbtz@gmail.com or  850-217-8766.

Sip N’ Stroll Gallery Night

Enjoy an evening of art from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 5 and March 5 at J.Leon Gallery and Studio, 13370 U.S. Highway 98 in Miramar Beach, with wine, champagne, and eats.

Hope’s Annual Chili Cook-Off,

Hope on the Beach Church will host its annual Chili Cook-Off at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Distillery 98, 835 Serenoa Road in Santa Rosa Beach, for a night of fun, food, and competition. Admission is free. There is a $10 entry fee for each chili submission to be judged by local celebrities for the opportunity to win cash prizes. Challenge Entertainment will be game hosts and MC for the evening, with door prizes and game prizes given away throughout the night. For more information or to compete in the chili cook-off, ,call 850-267-0322 or email jacobscheler@hopeonthebeach.com.

Palate & Palette

The Fifth Annual Palate & Palette, a four-course wine dinner and live painting will be held from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 6 at five locations across Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Tickets are $150/person and can be purchased at 850tix.com. All proceeds benefit Shelter House.

Mardi Gras Parade

Laissez les bons temps rouler or Let the Good Times Roll and join Destin Commons  for their annual Mardi Gras Masquerade from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 12. Enjoy live music, free face painting, photo booth, and more. Mardi Gras parade will kick off at 7 p.m. If interested in having your business or organization participate in the parade, email bzannis@turnberry.com.

Mardi Gras Parade

The streets at The Village of Baytowne Wharf will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans along with unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick up trucks at 2 p.m. Feb. 14. Mardi Gras music will fill the air as four-pawed friends and parade participants shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies, and other trinkets.

Heritage Museum Classes

Heritage Museum presents its Onion Basket-Weaving Class from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in Valparaiso. Cost is #30/$35. A   Cookie  Basket-Weaving Class will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Cost is $30/$35.

Club LA

As I Lay Dying, Whitechapel & Shadow present a live concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Club LA in Destin. Tickets can be published at ticketkeep.com.

Mac & Cheese Festival

The Mac & Cheese Festival has announced its third annual celebration benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will be held from 12:30-4 p.m. March 7 at Destin Commons. The family-friendly event will feature gourmet, chef-inspired twists inspired by the South’s favorite comfort food. Local restaurants far and wide will bring their best macaroni masterpieces to compete for the best mac and cheese in town. For the first time ever, the event will offer special V.I.C. (Very Important Cheese) tickets for $45 that include an all-access pass to the Beer Garden and air-conditioned seating. Adult tickets are $25 and children $15.

Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Tickets are on sale at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com for the 2021 Seabreeze Jazz Festival April 21-25. 2021, at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in Panama City Beach. Or charge by phone at 855-233-6714.

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam

The eighth annual Country On The Coast festival in Panama City Beach will be March 26-28, 2021. Tickets for the three-day event are available at www.GulfCoastJam.com.

Lionfish Festival

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has announced the seventh annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival is scheduled for May 15 and 16 at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin. Come out and celebrate the fight against invasive lionfish with the FWC and Destin–Fort Walton Beach. Activities will include fillet demonstrations; family-friendly games and activities; art, diving and conservation booths; and the world’s largest lionfish spearfishing tournament, the Emerald Coast Open. Satisfy your taste buds by visiting any of the participating locations of Lionfish Restaurant Week May 10-14 for your chance to try this delicious invasive.

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market takes place every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grand Park in the heart of Grand Boulevard in South Walton. Bring your shopping bag and load up on local produce, eggs, jams and pies. Homemade soap, good olive oil, and pickled things are all there for the taking. 

Rosemary Beach Farmers Market

Come browse the 30A Farmers Market in Rosemary Beach on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The local farmers market takes place on Sundays year round, and Thursdays throughout the summer months, in North Barrett Square along Scenic 30A.

Destin Woman’s Club

The Annual Fashion Show held by the Destin Woman’s Club has been cancelled this year due to the Covid virus. The Fashion Show for 2021 has been scheduled for Nov. 5.  As their major fundraiser, net proceeds go toward the Club’s Family Assistance Fund designed to help local families and a local charity.

City of Destin Annual Passes

Full-time residents (within the incorporated city limits) are encouraged to submit their request for a 2021 Annual Pass at https://www.cityofdestin.com/342/Annual-Passes. For those who do not have internet access, beach parking passes are only available at City Hall. Henderson Beach State Park and Joe’s Bayou Boat Ramp passes are available at both City Hall and the Destin Community Center. For questions, call 837-4242.

Adopt-A-Street

The City of Destin’s Adopt-A-Street Program allows local families, businesses and community groups to perform a valuable community service by adopting sections of a street to keep clear of litter and debris. Groups who participate in this program will have their name listed on the City’s website and signage installed on their adopted street. For more information, call 837-6869 or email adoptastreet@cityofdestin.com.

RECURRING EVENTS

Destin Community Center

All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email recreation@cityofdestin.comfor information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance.

Pickleball: Sessions are Mondays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Fee is $3/session. Racquets and balls are available, just bring your gym shoes.

Table Tennis: Play from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Paddles and balls provided. Fee is $2/resident and $3/non-resident.

Senior Programs

All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email recreation@cityofdestin.com for information and to register. Persons with disabilities who require assistance are asked to notify the center 48 hours in advance. 

— Destin Senior Membership: Join the Destin Seniors to enjoy multiple festivities including the senior lunch bunch, potluck, casino trips, cruises, bingo, chair exercise, knitting, scrabble, and Mexican dominoes. Members must be a Destin resident.

— Senior Book Club: The Destin Senior Members meet at 10 a.m. the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Destin Library, 150 Sibert Ave.

— Senior Drop-In Hours: The Destin Senior Center at Buck Destin Park, 724 Legion Drive, offers senior drop-in hours from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday for Seniors (50 years and older) to meet and enjoy each other’s company, participate in games such as Mexican Train Dominoes, Scrabble, cards, etc.

— Senior Walking Club: The Destin Senior Members walk around the Destin Community Center’s gymnasium from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday. All of the miles that you walk will be added to the “team map” as we travel from one region to the next. The team’s miles are reported on the 4th Friday of each month at the Destin Senior Membership’s Potluck.

— Destin Senior Chair Exercise 50+ years: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10-10:45 a.m. at Buck Destin Park consists of performing light exercises to help improve balance, flexibility, strength, and circulation. Free/residents.