Area codes are 850 unless noted.
Best of the Emerald Coast
SANDESTIN – The 2012 winners voted The Best by readers of Emerald Coast Magazine will be on display from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 13 at Grand Boulevard along the main street. The evening includes food, fun, fashion and entertainment, silent auction, and live music. Admission is $25/advance and $35/day of. All proceeds benefit the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. Tickets can be purchased at Today's Boutique, Sarah K’s Gourmet, Silver Sands customer service kiosk, Copy Systems in Destin’s Walmart, and the Regions Bank in Destin or on-line at www.jlec.org. Call 862-2665.
Destin Beer Festival
DESTIN –The newly branded Destin Beer Festival will be held from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 13 and will feature an afternoon of specialty brews, eclectic cuisine, and live entertainment along the main street of Destin Commons. The event will also offer a VIP Tent in Center Plaza and a merchandise booth. The event will benefit The Children’s Neighborhood of Children in Crisis, Inc. Admission is $25 per person for advance tickets and $35 day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at any Wine World location, or online at chanswineworld.com. For more information or to volunteer, call 269-2909.
Vettes at the Village
SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf and Playground Corvette Club present Vettes at the Village from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Area Corvette Clubs bring “America’s Sports Car” to the event, shined to the max and wanting your vote as favorite Corvette at the show. Visit www.playgroundcorvetteclub.com/VATV/vatv.html.
DESTIN – Events at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street, include the following. Everyone welcome. Call 837-3818.
• Oct. 13, 20, 27: Football, $2 drafts and dogs
• Oct. 14, 21, 28: Breakfast, 8:15-11:15 a.m., $5. Football, $2 drafts and dogs.
• Oct. 15, 22, 29: Bingo, 6-8 p.m. Monday Night Football, $2 drafts and dogs.
• Oct. 17: Post Membership meeting, 7 p.m. Sons Membership meeting, 6:30 p.m.
• Oct. 18: Post Auxiliary Executive and Membership meeting, 6 p.m.
• Oct. 19: Dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $8. Karaoke with Brandy, 7:30 p.m.
• Oct. 26: Dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $10-$14. Karaoke with Big Al , 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents a free concert with Cadillac Willy from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
• Oct. 24: Delta Reign: Bluegrass
• Oct. 31: Trick or Treat Street at Baytowne
Window Gallery Display
FORT WALTON BEACH – To showcase the work of local artists, the Arts and Design Society presents exhibits in their studio windows facing First Street. In October, the work of Penny MacPherson, sculptor and painter in oils, will be on display. Call 244-1271.
FORT WALTON BEACH – The Arts and Design Society will offer the following workshop at 17 First St. Call 244-1271.
• Palm Tree and Beach (Acrylics): Loretta Menendian will teach a one-day acrylics class, the subject of which will be the Beach and Palm Trees, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18. Cost is $150/members and $165/non-members.
Independent film series
DESTIN – The Friends Guild of the Destin Library presents an independent and foreign film at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. The program is free and open to the public. Films are unrated and directed toward mature audiences. Seating will be limited to 60 on a first come, first served basis.
NICEVILLE – The Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College will present the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play “Proof” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-20 in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth age 18 or younger and are on sale from the Box Office by phone or web. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
The college will also host special Student Nights for NWFSC students or area high school students who will be admitted free of charge by showing a current student ID on Oct. 15 and 16 only. Student nights are on a first-come basis and seating is limited. Doors open at 7 p.m. on Student Nights.
Beer From Around Here
SANDESTIN – Marlin Grill at Baytowne Wharf hosts the Third Annual Beer From Around Here featuring barbeque by Jim ‘N Nick’s, beer pairings from local breweries and live music on the lawn from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 19 to kick off The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Beer Festival. Tickets can be purchased at Marlin Grill or online www.baytownebeerfestival.com for $35. Discounted weekend passes available. Call 351-1990.
Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival
SANDESTIN – Known as the “Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast,” the Fifth Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 19-20 features 40 on-site craft brewers, more than 100 domestic and international beers, seminars and samplings and live music. Tickets are $25/advance and $30/day of. Visit www.baytownebeerfestival.com for a complete schedule.
FORT WALTON BEACH – Dog Daze 2012, the community’s annual celebration of dogs and the families who love them, will be held from 9a.m. to 4p.m. Oct. 20 at Liza Jackson Park, 318 Miracle Strip Parkway. New attractions include the Soccer Collies from Ocala. Local kids’ soccer teams (12 and under) are invited to go head to head (or toe to paw) with these talented soccer dogs. Kids play the goalkeeper position.
Other attraction include the Pensacola Furricanes, fun games, contests, dog-centered vendors, adoptable pets, and dachshund races, along with a pet parade with a Halloween theme.
All well-behaved dogs more than six months old are welcome with proof of vaccinations. There's no charge for people to attend, but a donation of $3 per dog is requested, with part of the proceeds going to a suitable worthy cause. Rain date Nov. 3 at The Landing.
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival
NICEVILLE – The 36th Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival opens at 11 a.m. Oct. 19, 9 a.m. Oct. 20 and 10 a.m. Oct. 21 at the intersection of Hwy. 85 N and College Boulevard. In addition to mouth-watering foods, snacks and refreshments, the Mullet Festival promises fun and good times for all with high quality arts and crafts, a huge selection of clothing, jewelry and other goods, collectibles and merchandise, carnival rides and booths, cartoon characters, and local and top name entertainment. Admission is $10; $15 from 5 p.m. to close on Saturday.
Dog Daze 2012
FORT WALTON BEACH – Dog Daze, a day of festivities for canines and their families, will have games and contests for the dogs, a Bowser Bazaar filled with canine centered items, and more, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Liza Jackson Park.
Destin Festival of the Arts
DESTIN – The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will present the 17th Annual Destin Festival of the Arts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at Henderson Beach State Park. This signature event features more than 100 artists from around the United States who will exhibit in more than 18 different mediums competing for more than $9,000 in cash prizes. Other amenities are live musical entertainment, a bistro-style food court, Kid’s ArtStop and festival merchandise. A Collaborative Art Exhibit showcases more than 40 community artists representing students and adults. Admission is $3/adult and kids under 12 are free. Call 650-2226.
NICEVILLE – Northwest Florida State College piano professor Lois Van Dam will present a recital of selected works by the renowned composer Frederic Chopin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the music wing at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the college campus. Admission is free, but donations toward the college’s piano fund will be accepted. Call 729-5382.
Pastel Society Juried Exhibition
NICEVILLE – The Pastel Society of North Florida will host its 12th Biennial National Juried All-Pastel Exhibition Oct. 28 to Nov. 30 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries, 100 College Blvd. at Northwest Florida State College. The opening reception is at 2 p.m. Oct. 28. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For information, email artgalleries@NWFSC.edu or 729-6044.
ROSEMARY BEACH – One of South Walton's premier events celebrating the migration of the Monarch Butterfly, Flutterby Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 at South Barrett Square, Main Street and Western Green. The event provides live music, interactive storytelling, animal encounters and an array of artists, vendors and exhibitors. A master gardener will be on hand teaching children the art of building a butterfly garden. The fun-filled day also includes a butterfly costume parade at 3 p.m., street games, face painting, and street and mural painting. The event is free. Call 622-5970.
DMS Concert and Silent Auction
DESTIN – The Destin Middle School Fall Concert and Silent Auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. The auction bidding begins at 6 p.m. The concert is free.