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You don’t need a reason to come to the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast, but while you're here you might as well enjoy our special events. Cultural activities, fun festivals, lecture series, athletic events.... There's always something happening on our sugar-white shores, and there’s something for everyone. Here’s what’s up on the coast.

Featured Events

Cat Show - Destiny Cat Fanciers

Emerald Coast Convention Center
February 28 - March 1, 2015 9:00AM-4PM

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Girls Night Out

Ramada Plaza Beach Resort, Empire Ballroom
February 28, 2015 6PM - 10PM

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Northwest Florida Ballet Presents Swan Lake

Mattie Kelly Arts Center
February 28 - March 1, 2015 7:30 PM and 2:30 PM

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2015 Flying Needles Quilt Show & Retreat

Northwest Florida State College, Student Services Center
February 27 - February 28, 2015 Friday, 9AM - 5PM & Saturday, 9AM - 4PM

850-729-7772 or 850-897-0340

For information about the quilt show, please call 850-729-7772 or 850-897-0340.  For information about the retreat classes, please contact quiltingforfun@cox.net

 

Free Lecture - Eglin AFB in the Movies

Indian Temple Mound Museum
February 27, 2015 6PM

850-833-9595
http://fwb.org

Eglin Air Force Base is the centerpiece in our area and has been an important military base for decades.  In addition to being the center for testing the latest aircraft and weapons and being a home for Air Force and Army special operations, Eglin has been a movie star.  Movies have been filmed at Eglin since the 1940s.  Films as diverse as 1949’s Twelve O’Clock High and 1964’s Dr. Strangelove were filmed in part at Eglin.  Many movies have feature units and personnel from Eglin as well.  Dr. Robert Kane will tell the story of Eglin’s cinematic history!

Cat Show - Destiny Cat Fanciers

Emerald Coast Convention Center
February 28 - March 1, 2015 9:00AM-4PM

Over 100 cats will compete in the Destiny Cat Fanciers Show.  Judging will take place in 6 different rings each day. Cat lovers from all over the country will be present to compete.  There will be many vendors selling gift items for you and your pet, scratching posts, magazines, jewelry, toys, as well as unusual items.

Emerald Coast Parrot Head Chili Cook-Off

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village
February 28, 2015 11AM-4PM

850-424-0600
http://eventbrite.com/e/emerald-coast-parrot-head-chili-cookoff-tickets-14424745803

A day of spiced, spirited competition as Chili experts from near and far don their aprons to prove they have the best chili around. The Emerald Coast Parrot Heads host a fun and exciting Chili Cook-off on the Destin Harbor. Over 20 different restaurants and Chili Masters compete in this spirited cook-off. Armbands must be purchased to sample, $10 pre-sale, $15 day of the event. To purchase tickets go to: http://eventbrite.com/e/emerald-coast-parrot-head-chili-cookoff-tickets-14424745803 and use PROMO CODE: EARLYBIRD.

Girls Night Out

Ramada Plaza Beach Resort, Empire Ballroom
February 28, 2015 6PM - 10PM

850-664-1261
http://ecscience.org

Ladies, come join us for a night of pampering services!  Hair, facials, massages, food and wine!  Plus live entertainment, a silent auction and door prizes!  Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door.  Please call 850-664-1261 for more information.

Northwest Florida Ballet Presents Swan Lake

Mattie Kelly Arts Center
February 28 - March 1, 2015 7:30 PM and 2:30 PM

850-664-7787
http://nfballet.org

In February NFB will present one of the crown jewels of classical ballet: Swan Lake.  120 years after its revival by Petipa, the same renowned Russian ballet master who brought The Nutcracker to life, NFB Ballet Mistress and former Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo dancer Dorothy Daniels Lister will be staging a season finale performance that is not to be missed.  Like all the best tales of enchantment, “Swan Lake” weaves together a beautiful princess, a passionate prince, and an obstacle that only true love can overcome.  Will the evil Von Rothbart succeed in keeping Princess Odette and Prince Sigfried apart?  Music by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky creates a thrilling and magical soundtrack for what is truly one of the most iconic and enduring ballets of all time.  Performances will be Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 1 at 2:30 pm at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.


Season subscriptions for the entire 2014-15 performing season are available now.  For only $80 for adults and $40 for children you will receive a ticket for each of the three main stage productions – and the earlier you secure your seats, the better the will be!  The regular box office will open one month before the premiere performance of each show.  For more information call NFB at 850-664-7787 or visit nfballet.org.