Please send your events, meetings, etc., to [email protected] 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.
Harbor CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 13
Martin Luther King Holiday, closed Jan. 18
City Council, 6 p.m. Jan. 19
Town Center CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 20
Local Planning Agency, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 21
View the “Pinta,” a replica of one of Columbus’ famous ships, can be viewed through Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway in Miramar Beach.Visit the ship for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission is $6.50/adults and $5/students (5 – 17). Children 4 and under are free.
Flow Tribe Concert
Flow Tribe, straight out of New Orleans, will be in concert at AJ’s Grayton Beach Jan. 15. The show starts at 9 p.m. and is a 21 years and older show, with a $10 cover at door. Flow Tribe will play two one hour concert sets. AJ’s will have a shuttle available to transport customers for the show from public parking on Hwy. 283.
Nick’s on the Bay Annual Bonfire
Nick’s on the Bay’s Annual Bonfire will be held at 5 p.m. Jan. 15 at 7585 Hwy. 20 in Freeport on the Choctawhatchee Bay. Enjoy food, drinks and sunset with no cover charge. Live music with The Band U.S. All ages and pets welcome.
ECTC: Florida Girls
Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents Florida Girls at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15-16, 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.
Basket Weaving Class
Join Heritage Museum for its Onion Basket-Weaving Class with Jan Faubel from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Participants should bring their lunch or snack, plus drink. Limit of 10 students. The cost is $50 ($45 Museum members). Register at 850-678-2615 or visit the Heritage Museum at 115 Westview Avenue in Valparaiso.
• Jan 30: Tom Kimmel
• 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 Flash Flood Duo on the main stage starting at 2 p.m.Jan. 17.
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. 16 with Rupert Wates. 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 [email protected]
• Jan. 24: TJ & Brad
• Jan. 31: Paradise Bayou
• Feb. 7: Jeff on Sax featuring Mia
• Feb. 14: Joe Fingaz
• Feb. 21: TBD
• Feb. 28: TBD
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.
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. Jam. 23 on Zoom. If you are not a registered GSOC member, send email with your full name and email address to [email protected] and a meeting link will be provided.
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 emailt [email protected]
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.
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.
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.
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, [email protected] or 850-217-8766.
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 [email protected]
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.
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.
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.
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 [email protected]
Destin Community Center
All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email [email protected] 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.
All activities are at the Destin Community Center, unless noted. Call 654-5184 or email [email protected] 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.