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Sandestin Wine Festival
SANDESTIN - The 27th annual Sandestin Wine Festival takes place April 18-21 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Events include:
• April 20: Southern Lunch with Paula Deen, sold out.
• April 20: VIP Connoisseur Experience Solaris Cruise at Baytowne Marina from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with top industry names.
• April 21: Champagne Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Baytowne Marina. Tickets $38.
Fashion Night Under the Lights
DESTIN - Destin Commons will hold its first “Fashion Night Under the Lights” from 5-8 p.m. April 20 in Center Plaza. Guests will enjoy music by a DJ, prizes, raffles, giveaways, trunk shows and other activities. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by several retailers.
FORT WALTON BEACH - The Pottery Expo Youth Art Competition takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 inside the Indian Temple Mound Museum’s Lazarus Education Room, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. PEYAC is designed to enhance pottery and clay art appreciation and is an opportunity for artists enrolled in a secondary educational institution in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties to compete and show their work. Admission is free.
NICEVILLE – The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents its “Fate and Triumph” Concert April 20 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, Belle Voci, NWFSC Madrigal Singers and the Niceville Singers of Niceville High School join the performance. Tickets are $22.50/adults, $16/Active Duty Military and youth ages 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
FORT WALTON BEACH - Enjoy ceramic arts and vote on a People's Choice Award at the Pottery Expo Youth Art Competition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 at the Indian Temple Mound Museum's Lazarus Education Room, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. Admission is free. Call 833-9595.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival
PANAMA CITY BEACH - The Seabreeze Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th year anniversary beginning at 11 a.m. April 20 and 21 at the Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater at Pier Park in Panama City Beach. Tickets are $80 per single day, $150 for a Weekend Pass good for Friday-Sunday, and $200 for a Four Day Pass. Tickets are available at http://www.seabreezejazzfestival.com/ or call 800-595-4849. Local ticket outlets include The Vacuum Center in Destin and Playground Music Center in Fort Walton Beach.
FORT WALTON BEACH - Musical Echoes 2013, a celebration of Native American culture, art, and music, highlighting the extraordinary Native American flute, continues through 3:30 p.m. April 21 at Fort Walton Landing, 139 Brooks St. The event is free and alcohol-free.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents The Emerald Coast Blues Brothers, a Tribute to the Blues Brothers, from 6-8 p.m. April 24 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
Madrigals and Belle Voci
NICEVILLE – The Madrigals and Belle Voci vocal ensembles of Northwest Florida State College present a free Spring Concert April 21 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Repertoire ranges from the Renaissance madrigal to the contemporary gospel spiritual and vocal jazz. The concert is free and open to the public, however donations to support the vocal programs are welcomed.
NICEVILLE – The Arts and Design Society, Inc. of Fort Walton Beach presents its 21st regional juried exhibition April 21-May 31 in the McIlroy Gallery at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. Awards reception will be held at 2 p.m. April 21.
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
MIRAMAR BEACH -The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 25-28 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, benefits the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. During the Grand Tastings, songwriters from Nashville will perform their hit songs throughout the day in Town Center. Seminars will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.SoWalWine.com.
• Winemakers and Shakers from 4-6 p.m. April 26 at Wine World in Destin
• Vibrant Rioja Exclusive Gran Reserva and Reserva Wine & Food Pairing, 6-9 p.m. April 26 at Grand Park
• VIP Tasting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Grand Park
• Destin Charity Wine Auction Reserve Tasting from 1-3 p.m. April 27 at Auction Central
• Grand Tasting from 1-5 p.m. April 27 in Town Center and Culinary Village
• Destin Charity Wine Auction beginning at 3 p.m. April 27 in Auction Central
• After-Party and Concert from 7-9 p.m. April 27 in Town Center and Grand Park
• Grand Tasting from 1-5 p.m. April 28 in Town Center and Culinary Village
AmericanaUnder the Stars
SANTA ROSA BEACH - Bryan Kennedy performs at 6 p.m. April 25 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.
Call to artists/crafters/performers
DESTIN – The Okaloosa Arts Alliance and HarborWalk Village announce a call for artists, crafters and performers for the Sixth Annual Family Fun Arts Fest, which will be held May 18-19 at HarborWalk Village. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for a vendor application or more information.
Spring Fling Concerts
ROSEMARY BEACH - Enjoy live music on the lawn with Dangermuffin from 6-8 p.m. April 25 at North Barrett Square.
NICEVILLE – The Performing Arts Division Honors recital will be held at 3 p.m. April 26 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the music wing at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. The recital is free and open to the public. For information contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 729-5382.
Restaurant Wine Dinner
The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation and V Seagrove present the Restaurant Wine Dinner featuring the wines of Willamette Valley Vineyards April 26 at 2743 Scenic Hwy. 30A in Seagrove Beach. Cost is $150 with limited seating. Make reservations at dcwaf.org.
FORT WALTON BEACH - Baseball historian Scott Brown presents "Baseball in Pensacola" at 6 p.m. April 26 at the Indian Temple Mound Museum, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, as part of the Then and Now Lecture Series. Baseball has become passionately entrenched within citizens and athletes and is the game of Pensacola. Lecture is free; all seats on a first come first serve basis. Doors open 20 minutes before lecture.
Great Mission Kitchen Makeover
DESTIN - Enjoy food, entertainment and the opportunity to bid and win in silent and live auctions to benefit the Waterfront Rescue Mission of Fort Walton Beach/Destin from 5-8 p.m. April 27 at The Palms of Destin Resort and Conference Center. Items include guitars autographed by The Rolling Stones and Jimmy Buffett, memorabilia autographed by Frank Sinatra and others, a NASCAR “Racing Experience” for two, and a trip for two to Paris. Tickets are $75 per person. Call 796-0700 or visit www.palmsofdestin.com.