What's Going On
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.
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Jan 19 - Dec 13 | 3 PM
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library Inc. will sponsor a monthly movie night featuring independent films and documentaries on the third Tuesday of each month beginning at 3 PM. The film series may occasionally feature a foreign film. The next film of the series, “Still Alice,” will be offered on Jan 19th. The program is free and open to the public. Films are unrated and directed towards mature audiences. Seating will be limited to 30 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Feb 2 - Nov 1 | 6 PM - 8 PM
In 2016, on the first Tuesday of each month, from 6 PM – 8 PM, you’re invited to join Legendary Marine and Half Hitch to learn from the professionals in a fun and educational seminar on top sportsman seasonal topics! Come eat and drink and learn from the local industry experts with the best tips to maximize your fishing and sporting activities!
Feb 27 - Oct 29 | 10 AM - 4 PM
The last Saturday of each month the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida offers reduced admission for everyone at the $3 children’s rate. Visitors can check out all the new exhibits, play in the Discovery Room for kids, enjoy Paradise Gardens and participate in instructed craft time and history lesson.
Mar 4 - Nov 4 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Fort Walton Beach Art Walk on Brooks Street is held the 1st Friday of every month beginning in March and ending in November. It features local arts in all sorts of mediums. There is something for everyone from an array of local art, jewelry and many other handmade creations. Stroll the sidewalk, check out all the fun and unique businesses, listen to local music and be amazed by our local artists. It’s a great way to support our local community and start off your Friday evening downtown!
Mar 12 - Oct 8 | 8 AM - 1 PM
The Downtown FWB Farmers Market is open the 2nd Saturday of every month starting in March and going through October. An array of vendors set up with many different locally grown and handmade items such as fresh farm produce & fruit including Asian pears, local honey, grass-fed beef, baked goods, fresh eggs, jams, jellies, handmade soaps & scrubs, and so much more! Feel free to stroll down the streets of Downtown Fort Walton Beach after the Farmers Market and check out our local flavor and southern hospitality. Our community offers many unique boutiques, restaurants, and bars perfect for a Saturday afternoon!
Mar 22 - Aug 4 | 4 PM - 9 PM (Tues & Thurs)
Enjoy an evening out while your children have an unforgettable experience at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Our Sunset Camp includes a dockside encounter with a dolphin, an exploratory venture along the beautiful Emerald Coast beach at dusk, ocean themed activities, scavenger hunt and dinner at Seal Harbor. Ages: 6-14 | Price: $89 for the first child and Special Deal – 25% OFF each additional child within the same reservation! | Program Availability: 4 PM – 9 PM on select Tuesday and Thursday evenings during spring and summer.
Mar 23 - Nov 11
For more information about Wednesday practices at the National Naval Aviation Museum, please call 850-452-3604 or visit the museum website at http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/attractions/blue-angels/
For information about the July 16, 2016 Pensacola Beach Summer Show and the November 12, 2016 Homecoming, please call 850-452-3604 or visit http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/events/upcoming/
Mar 26 - Jul 23
Looking for something to do over the weekend? Come to “Saturday at the Museum” March 26 at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Adults, seniors and military can take advantage of the reduced $3 children’s admission rate. Guests of all ages may participate in an instructed craft time. Pack your lunches, bring your family and friends, and plan to stay for the day. View historic exhibits and learn about the heritage of Northwest Florida.
May 2 - May 30
HH Arts is proud to feature the award winning artist, Jim Eustace, for the merry month of May. Jim brings his unique photography and painting for all to enjoy, celebrating the human form, and many thought provoking images. He was one of the first artists to sign up to display his work in our gallery, being a part of HH Arts from its inception. His work also appears in many other galleries along the Emerald Coast and we are happy to celebrate his talent. There will be a reception Friday, May 13, from 6 PM – 8 PM. We hope to see you all come down to support a wonderful artist and his vast array of works.
May 3 - May 31
To showcase the work of local artists, the Arts and design Society presents month-long exhibits in their studio windows, facing First Street, Fort Walton Beach. In May, the works on display for easy viewing are those of Art Orr, who will display oil and acrylic paintings, colored pencil drawings and birdhouse sculptures, the latter including mixed media involving wood, sand and oil paint.
May 5 - Jun 30 | 7 PM - 9 PM (entrance opens at 6 PM)
Every Thursday, 7-9 PM, May 5 – June 30! Entrance opens at 6 PM. Buy tickets at the door. General admission $12 per adult. FREE to MKAF members and kids under 12! Bring a chair, wine & picnic dinner! Or, purchase dinner prepared fresh on-site. Coke products and bottled water are also available.
May 5: The House Rockers, Mississippi Blues Band notorious for it's non-stop, high energy performances.
May 12: Moos Bros., The Emerald Coast's premier party band.
May 19: Emerald Gold, Get ready for an amazing Motown showdown.
May 26: Supernatural, Santana Tribute Band including mega hits such as "Black Magic Woman" to "Smooth".
June 2: LavaLamp, An entertaining mix of '70s Soul, Funk & Disco. This band puts the "yes" in polyester!
June 9: Faithfully – Journey Tribute Band, A "faithful" tribute to one of the most popular rock bands in the world.
June 16: The Joe Band, This band promises a powerhouse tribute to Joe Cocker - one of the greatest rock icons of all time.
June 23: The Maxx, Be dazzled by energetic choreography and an eclectic sound that ranges from the classic oldies to today's pop music.
June 30: Todd Allen Herendeen Legends in Concert, Come see several legends on stage in one amazing show including Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly & Elvis Presley!
May 6 - Jul 15 | Fridays, 6 PM - 8 PM
Join us for a family fun evening of great music! Bring a picnic, a blanket and some chairs for this exciting night out with the family! The kids can enjoy thrilling bounce fun provided by Bounce Party Play Zone while the parents relax and enjoy some amazing music from great local bands! No time to pack a picnic? No problem! Food and drink vendors will be there for you to enjoy!
May 17 - Dec 27 | 1 PM - 2:30 PM
The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida now offers tours exclusively for Home School families beginning May 17, 2016, 1 PM – 2:30 PM. Educators will focus on the Native American and Pioneer periods in Northwest Florida, and students will reinforce their lesson by making their own pinch pot. Home School Tours meet the Florida education standards for grades K-6, and are offered as an education resource specifically for Home School families. Students must register in advance. $7 per student. Free for 1 parent/teacher per family. $3 each additional adult. Children 4 and under are free, or $3 if they want to participate in the hands-on activity.
May 18 - Sep 4
World Class Magic, Illusions, Ventriloquism & Comedy all in an intimate, custom designed, state-of-the-art theater located right in the heart of The Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village! Witness original, never-before-seen illusions in this up-close and personal MUST-SEE show for ALL AGES! This is NOT JUST a “magic show” and Bart Rockett is not just a “magician,” he is an all around seasoned variety entertainer who has headlined theaters and entertained millions around the world! Visit www.DestinMagic.com for tickets and more information.
May 23 - Jun 3 | Reception; June 3, 6 PM - 8 PM
In 1956, a small group of artists joined together to create opportunities for artists like themselves to exhibit, learn and grow. From May 23 through June 3, to celebrate its 60 years of making and sharing art, ADSO will present its 60th Anniversary Celebration, an historical exhibit reflecting their colorful history. Featured will be a selection of art works by ADSO members from its permanent collection, show posters and photographs, and historical documents from ADSO archives. A reception is scheduled for Friday, June 3 from 6 PM to 8 PM. Guests may tour the ADSO studios and enjoy birthday cake and other treats.
May 27 - Aug 12 | 7:30 PM - Fridays & Sundays
If you like the T.V. show "Who's Line is it Anyway?", you'll love our Family Comedy Improv Show! We'll take audience suggestions and make up plot, scenes, and characters. The show is witty and fun for adults, and children will love the physical comedy as well. Bring the whole family for this fun and interactive show! Performed in the Bart Rockett Theater. $20 for adults, $15 for children, $150 for a VIP Booth that seats 6. Purchase tickets at www.EmeraldCoastTheatre.org or call 850-684-0323.
May 28 - May 29 | Sat, 7 PM - 9 PM; Sun 5 PM - 9 PM
It’s time for flip flops, sun tans and SUMMER! Kick-off summer with live music all weekend long and FIREWORKS over the Destin Harbor!
May 28 | 3 PM
Join students from the Northwest Florida Ballet evening school as they perform at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College on May 28 at 3 PM. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the NFB Studios 8 AM – 6:30 PM Monday through Friday and 9 AM – Noon on Saturdays. Tickets will also be available at the Arts Center before the concert begins.
May 28 | 7 PM
Enjoy classics like "This Magic Moment", "Up On The Roof", "Save The Last Dance", "Under The Boardwalk" & much more! THE DRIFTERS in a concert under the stars on Saturday, May 28 at 7 PM in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center's amphitheater (behind the Mainstage Theater)! As a co-sponsored event by the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and part of the chamber's concert series, tickets are just $15 each! Corporate tables are available from the Niceville Chamber. Call the Box Office 729-6000 for event tickets!
May 31 | 7 PM - 9 PM
Who wants some beads?! Join us for Fat Tuesday during the summer as HarborWalk Village transforms into “The Big Easy”. It’s one Pardi in Paradise where you can enjoy dazzling floats, beads and lots of swag during our FREE PARADE through HarborWalk Village! Laissez les bons temps rouler!