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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. Aug. 18
• Local Planning Agency 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26
• Parks & Recreation, 4 p.m. Aug. 28
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Enjoy free live entertainment with The HooDoos from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 18 on the Events Plaza stage at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.:
• Aug. 25: Big Al & The Heavyweights
• Sept. 1: Forrest Williams Band
• Sept. 8: Chris Alvarado
• Sept. 15: Will Thompson Band
• Sept. 22: Cadillac Willy
• Sept. 29: Jessie Ritter
• Oct. 6: Boukou Groove
• Oct. 13: The Pickled Pickers
• Oct. 20: Modern Eldorados
• Oct. 27: Forrest Williams Band
Cissy’s Grand Opening
Destin’s newest coffee and sandwich shop, Cissy’s Scenic 98 Café, will host a grand opening celebration, complete with a ribbon cutting from the Destin Chamber of Commerce, on Aug. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Chateau d’Esclans Wine Tasting
The Courtyard at Pescado in Rosemary Beach will host a Chateau d’Esclans Wine Tasting on Aug. 19 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Dress to impress in rose, blush, and cream while enjoying live music by David Seering, wine, appetizers, and more. A full bar available for purchase. This is a private event with limited tickets available. Tickets are $75 plus 7% tax and 22% gratuity. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase.
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 email@example.com.
Central Square Cinema
Grab a blanket and watch “Zootopia” at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Seaside Amphitheater. Free and open to the public.
• Aug. 27: Tangled
Endless Summer Concerts
Keep the summer going by enjoying live music with The Shakedown at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 on the Main Stage at HarborWalk Village. On-site parking fee is $10.
• Aug. 28: Grape Drink
Arsenic & Old Lace
Stage Crafters presents its third production of its 49th season, Arsenic & Old Lace, Aug. 20-22 and 27-29 at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.stagecraftersfwb.com or at the door.
Family History Center
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Center, 339 Lake Drive in Fort Walton Beach, is now open. Open hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call 850-244-3338 to make appointment.
Blood Drive by One Blood
One Blood will be hosting a blood drive in the parking lot outside at Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill at Destin Commons from 12-6 p.m. Aug. 28.
Baytowne Art & Food Fest
Village of Baytowne Wharf hosts Perfect Hues: Baytowne Art & Food Fest from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 3-5. Stroll The Village streets and browse a variety of artwork from local and regional artists. Savor bites from some of the area’s best restaurants and food trucks. Enjoy live music throughout the festival and a fireworks show over the lagoon on Sunday at 9:30.
Arts & Drafts
Stroll along the Destin harbor as you experience an evening filled with live music and seasonal craft beer samplings from local and regional breweries from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 3. Interact with various local artisans as they create unique art or take part in the community art project. Each sampling is 5oz. and requires two tokens. Must be 21 or older to purchase a token package. Purchase at the event or in advance at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eiaroio6e2370686&llr=hyor7zuab. On-site parking fee is $10.
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.
Taste of the Season
Enjoy a sampling of the season and special subscription rates at Taste of the Season launch party with the ECTC tribe on Thursday, Sept 9, from 6:30-8 p.m. at ECTC’s performance space. The event is free and open to the public.
The Destin United Methodist Women will host their annual Fall Flair Arts and Crafts Show in the Destin Life Center, 200 Beach Street, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11. Vendors and artists will be selling their crafts, baked goods, handmade jewelry and more. There will also be food and a silent auction.
Hops for Hounds
The Fourth Annual Hops for Hounds will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at Destin Commons. Sample beers from nine breweries at each of the murals while strolling through the Commons with your pup. The $35 ticket includes beer, light bites, a doggy swag bag for first 100 people to register, and festivities. Funds raised will help Dog-Harmony launch new 2021 local area shelter enrichment programs. Please no prong, shock or choke collars.
Baytowne Wharf hosts an evening full of free champagne and shopping during Bubbly Baytowne at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 and Oct. 21. Check in by the fountain to receive a complimentary Baytowne Wharf glass and a map outlining specific merchants to visit starting at 5 p.m. This event is free and for 21 and up only.
ECTC’s professional 2021-2022 Professional productions begin with “Nunsense” Sept. 17-Oct. 3. All professional productions are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. at ECTC’s space upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard.
• Dec. 9-19: “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play” Two shows on Sunday, Dec 19 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Dec.16, at 10 a.m., Educational Matinee.
• Jan. 21-23, Feb. 10-13, March 3-6: “The Marvelous Wonderettes” Cabaret Stage: Musical Revue
• Jan. 28-Feb. 6: “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage”
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Ahoy Matey! Join the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 for a free evening full of adventure with special guest Captain Davy. Come dressed in your best pirate costume and get ready for a scavenger hunt, magic show, costume contests, and more.
Throwback Thursday Cinema
Enjoy a free movie on the big-screen during Baytowne Wharf’s Throwback Thursday Cinema at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 and Oct. 28. All movies are family-friendly and open to the public. Grab you blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this week’s featured film.
ArtsQuest Fine Art Festival
ArtsQuest, produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, will be held Oct. 8-10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grand Boulevard.
Festival of the Arts
Known as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine arts shows, the MKAF Destin Festival of the Arts is one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year. The 26th annual event is set for Oct. 30-31 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin and is free for attendees.
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.
Destin Community Center
All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email email@example.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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.