Area Events April 13th – April 20th 2016

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Hydrobike Ride & Dine at Red Bar on 4/13 between 8am – 12pm

Sign up for a Wednesday Morning Red Bar Ride and Dine – available weekly, year round.
Meet the group at the Western Lake boat ramp at the end of Hotz Avenue just past the world famous Red Bar in Grayton Beach between 7:30 and 8:00. You will enjoy 4 hours of Hydrobike play time in the Gulf of Mexico or in Western Lake. You will be provided lunch at the Red Bar via a $25 gift card so you can dine at your convenience. They open at 11 am.
Grayton Beach is unique in that it has a beach bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Western Lake. Western Lake is one of South Walton’s Coastal Dune lakes. These lakes only exist in a few places in the whole world and Walton County is lucky enough to be home to several of them. At times the outflow will bust open and flow right out into the Gulf of Mexico. 4 hours give you plenty of time to explore both bodies of water.
*Please note that riding in the Gulf may be restricted based on current water conditions.
All activities are subject to weather conditions.
Schedule:
Check in between 7:30 and 8 a.m.
Meet at the Western Lake Boat Ramp in Grayton Beach.
Bike Western Lake or the Gulf until lunch
Explore the Gulf or the lake! Western Lakes runs through Grayton Beach State Park all the way to Watercolor and offers a vast territory to discover. Return the bikes to the boat ramp by 12pm. We will handle the rest.
*Please note that riding in the Gulf may be restricted based on water conditions*
Dine
The Red Bar opens at 11 am. We recommend any thing on their menu. You will not be disappointed!
Pricing:
$75 per person
$40 Kids Under 8 (Lake Only)
Please understand that we cannot allow the little ones to ride on the deck in the Gulf
Please book by 4 p.m. on Tuesday to guarantee your spot on this trip.
***Do you just want to ride Hydrobikes? Rentals are available daily***
How to Book:
By phone or online
Emerald Coast Hydrobikes
850-598-7949
info@echydrobikes.com
emeraldcoasthydrobikes.com
Where to Meet:
Western Lake Boat Ramp in Grayton Beach.
You will find it at the end of Hotz Ave (2 blocks past the Red Bar).
What to Wear:
In short, wear whatever is comfortable and weather appropriate. Shoes, flops or bare feet are all acceptable. The sun can be intense even late in the day and conditions can change quickly so a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves or other sun/weather protection should be considered. Also, keep in mind that Hydrobikes have a chain just like a land bike so please don’t wear anything that is overly loose below your shins as it could get caught in the chain. In most cases, you will not get wet unless you choose to so bathing suits are optional. Hydrobikes are stable and easy to jump off of and climb back onto. This makes swimming a fun option.
What to Bring:
Camera
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
Comfort items
Medicine if needed
Although it is unlikely that your stuff will get wet, anything could happen so bring a dry bag for those items you want to protect..
***We have sunscreen, dry bags, sunglass leashes and other items available for purchase but we do not have a store onsite so please make your order in advance and we will have your items ready for you at the dock.

Where: Grayton Beach: Florida’s Scenic Hwy 30A Grayton Beach, FL 32459

Historical Tour: Coffeen Nature Preserve on 4/13 between 9:30am – 11:30am

Explore the Coffeen Nature Preserve and its history of World War II missile testing. The 220-acre Nature Preserve is owned by the Coffeen Land Trust, a local environmental non-profit organization dedicated to preserving it “as a place of peace and quiet and a haven for all God’s creatures.” Its history, however, is far from quiet. It was used as a secret missile test site by the Army Air Force during World War II. Hundreds of JB-2 ‘Buzz Bombs’ (the first pilotless, jet propelled missiles), were launched from the dunes into the Gulf of Mexico.
Join Susan Paladini, the Resident Manager, and explore the site where America’s strategic missile program began. You will view the original military photographs inside the ‘mess hall’ and learn about the generous gift of the founder, the late Dorothy Coffeen. This will be followed by a hike of approximately 1½ miles around the property, which will include walking along two original missile launch ramps, stepping down into concrete launch bunkers and viewing other military buildings. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Preserve and Fuller Lake. This is the most western of Walton County’s globally rare and imperiled coastal dune lakes. Participants are encouraged to wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellant and to bring bottled water. Closed-toed or other suitable walking shoes are a must. Space is limited to 16 participants. Minimum of 2 required.
Fee: $20 per person
Registration: Register online at the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance website.
Location: Coffeen Nature Preserve Four Mile Village Miramar Beach, Florida 32459

Make Cool Art on 4/13 between 10am – 5pm

Upcycled art workshop for kids and adults. The Moore Family Folk Art team will help you create art using reclaimed wood, vintage cans, bottle caps & more. Walk-ups are welcome. Fee is $25 per art piece.

Location:The Blue Giraffe: 1777 E. County Hwy 30A WaterColor, FL 32459

American Flag Mural Dedication at Legendary Marina on 4/13 at 3pm

Internationally famous artist Wyland will be in Destin to complete what will be the world’s largest painted American flag mural, an impressive 3.8-acres in size, on the roof of Legendry Marina, the world’s largest single indoor marine building. The awe-inspiring 555′ x 229′ flag honors the United States military armed forces who defend our country and first responders who watch over and protect our communities.
The public is invited to attend the American Flag mural dedication at Legendary Marina on Wednesday, April 13, at 3 p.m.
Ceremonies will include the Eglin AFB honor guard presentation of the colors, a military aerial demonstration, the National Anthem sung by Sr. Airman 1st Class Christine David – one of thirty-seven Airmen selected to sing in the Tops in Blue global tour, invocation by Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, God Bless America sung by hit TV show The Voice finalist Geoff McBride, and a closing prayer to honor the military and first responders by Destiny Worship Center pastor Steve Vaggalis.
The master of ceremonies will be retired firefighter and 2009 Florida Firefighter of the Year Shayne Stewart. Keynote speakers will be the renowned environmental artist Wyland, Lt. Col. Christine Mau – the first female F-35 Air Force fighter pilot, and Bobby Dove – the military’s most wounded veteran to survive and now highly active with the Special Ops Wounded Warriors foundation.
Guests can watch Wyland’s finishing touches to the painted flag in streaming live via a large jumbotron video screen at ground level.
Legendary Marina is located at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge in Destin, Florida. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for dedication ceremonies which start at 3 p.m. on April 13.
Location: 4601 Legendary Marina Dr Destin, FL 32541

The Stinky Cheese Man at Rosemary Beach on 4/13 at 5pm

The cast of the Seaside REP Theatre perform The Stinky Cheese Man at North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach on Wednesday nights at 5pm this spring. The REP’s spring and summer outdoor theater brings magic and laughter to the stage. Bring a chair or blanket, snacks and drinks, and enjoy the show. Free and open to all ages.

Wednesdays | Mar 9 – Apr 13
Dates: Apr 6, 13

The Stinky Cheese Man
Though the characters may be familiar, each of your favorite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaptation of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s quintessential children’s book of fractured fairy tales. Everything from “Chicken Little” to “The Gingerbread Man” gets a complete makeover. Fun music and witty narration accompany the likes of ineloquent giants, sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, and enough stinky cheese to go around.Location: Rosemary Beach North Barrett Square: N Barrett Square Rosemary Beach, FL 32416

Family Movie Night at The Hub on 4/13 between 6pm10pm

Bring the whole family out to Movie Night at The Hub on Wednesdays starting at 6pm. It’s double movie night! Movies are shown on the jumbotron on the events stage. Here is the movie lineup in April:

Apr 13 – Bee Movie, The Ant Bully
Apr 20 – Up, Walle
Apr 27 – Little Mermaid, Atlantis

Free and open to the public. What a great chance to sit outdoors and enjoy dinner, drinks and a fun family movie on the big screen at The Hub on Scenic 30A at WaterSound Beach.

Vintage Movies will be shown at The Hub on Tuesday nights at 6pm:  Apr 5, 12 19, 26.
Live recorded concerts to be shown on the big screen on Monday nights. Vintage movies shown on the big screen Tuesday nights and double family movies on Wednesday nights.
The Hub is also hosting live music performances by local and visiting artists on Thursday through Saturday nights and additional special performances as announced.
Location: 7000 E County Highway 30A WaterSound Beach, FL 32459

The Return on 4/13 between 7pm – 9pm

Formed in 1995, The Return started with four young friends who enjoyed playing their favorite Beatles songs together for fun, which soon progressed into performing shows nation-wide. All focused on striving to deliver the most authentic Beatles concert experience. Today they band strives to bring the utmost authenticity into every show.
This concert is a part of the free Wednesday Night Concert Series.
Location: The Village of Baytowne® Wharf: 9100 Baytowne® Blvd Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Baytowne® Wednesday Night Concert Series on 4/13 between 7pm9pm

Welcome to Spring 2016 in #SouthWaltonFL! Have a great time and get your outdoor music on at Baytowne® every week… Wednesday nights from 7-9pm. April brings some amazing tribute bands to the stage and we can’t wait…
The Village of Baytowne® Wharf Wednesday Night Concerts Series takes place throughout the year in Sandestin®, FL. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy the great live music under the stars in the events plaza in the heart of The Village. Free and open to public.
Spring concerts at #Baytowne® open with a fantastic lineup! #WNC
Live music in the events plaza | Spring 2016 Series | April Tribute Bands
April 13 The Return – The Beatles 
http://www.thereturnonline.com
April 20 Folsom Prison Gang – Johnny Cash
http://www.thefolsomprisongang.com
April 27 Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
http://www.rollingstoneshow.com
The Village of Baytowne® Wharf is the “heart and soul” of Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort and the gathering place for many locals and visitors along the Emerald Coast.
Baytowne® Wharf features restaurants, bars, shops, and family-friendly activities throughout the village. Sitting on the shore of the Choctawhatchee Bay, the area pieces together elements of an old fishing village and a New Orleans marketplace, making the atmosphere fun and relaxing.
Baytowne® Wharf also features excellent dining such as Marina Bar & Grill situated directly on the marina overlooking the bay, Acme Oyster House, a world famous raw oyster bar, directly from the French Quarter in New Orleans, and Funky Blues Shack is adorned with great local folk-art and has lots of live music. Step into the bar at Marlin Grill for a cocktail or treat yourself to a steak and seafood dinner. Several delicious eateries throughout the village serve up seafood, burgers, Asian and excellent Gulf coast cuisine.
The Village boardwalk is lined with kid-friendly activities like zip-lining, a rock climbing wall and an obstacle course. Plus, there’s always lots of events happening year round, whether it’s an exciting New Year’s Eve party, concerts on the lawn, Sandestin® Wine Festival, Baytowne® Beer Festival or the yummy Sandestin® Gumbo Festival.
Location: Baytowne® Wharf Events Plaza: 9300 US Highway 98 W Sandestin®, FL 32550

Karaoke on 4/13 at 7:30pm

Sing to your heart’s content ’cause its karaoke night tonight at Marie’s!

Location: Marie’s Bistro: 2260 W Hwy 30A Blue Mountain Beach, FL 32459

Happy Hour Paddle on 4/14 between 4pm – 7pm
 

Join in for a Stand Up Paddleboard Adventure offering one of the only SUP Sunset trips in the area! The trip starts at our Paddle Hut Hideaway complete with bathroom, drinks, snacks & retail… located just 5 minutes north of Grayton Beach. Learn the basics in our calm secluded lagoon, then paddle down the canal and out into the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. Bring your own snacks and drinks and anchor in the shallows for a toast and photos. Or if conditions are favorable, paddle all the way to The Bay Restaurant for Happy Hour. Arrive at the area’s hottest new hang out via paddleboard and enjoy a cold beverage & appetizer and then paddle back enjoying the sunset and looking for dolphins dancing in the Bay.
All gear, professional instruction, photography and tour guide are provided for this 2-3 hour adventure. Food and beverages are optional and not included in price.
Please call directly to book for children ages 8-12.
Be sure to also check out our AM SUP Yoga, Sunset SUP Yoga, SUP Yoga + Brunch at the Bay and our Full Moon Paddles!
For more info, visit www.30APaddleboardYoga.com to book online or call Shanda at 239-560-6667.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Sandestin® Wine Festival Kickoff Party at Rum Runners on 4/14 between 5pm7pm

The festival uncorks all the fun on Thursday, April 14 with the official Sandestin Wine Festival Kick-Off Party at Rum Runners in the Village beginning at 5:00 p.m. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. and is presented by Mercer Wine Estates and 30A Wine. Enjoy paired appetizers, live music and delicious wines from the brand new 30A Wine collection.
Rum Runners will also host a special seminar upstairs: Uncork the Bottle with Will Mercer from 6-7p.m. The education seminar will feature Mercer Reserve and 30A Wine selections paired with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a meet and greet with Will Mercer, General Manager for Mercer Wine Estates.
Read below for all Sandestin® Wine Festival Events Apr 15-17
The 30th Annual Sandestin® Wine Festival will take place April 15- 17, 2016. The Sandestin® Wine Festival has been named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin Magazine, and is known as the Best event in the South Walton Beaches area.
The Sandestin® Wine Festival at Baytowne® Wharf brings an opportunity for discovery. Four days of unique events open up a wide range of experiences from attending wine dinners with celebrity chefs, participating in preview events throughout the year, and taking part in wine tastings that showcase hundreds of wines.  Pre-sale tickets are on sale now by the day, by the weekend and VIP.

Wine novices are able to learn more about wines and sample from a comprehensive selection in all varieties, styles, and price ranges. Wine aficionados enjoy meeting winemakers, asking detailed questions, and acquiring hard to get selections. An added bonus is the opportunity to immediately purchase your favorite selections at the Retail Tent at a discounted rate. Everyone gets to enjoy the live music, interactive experiences at the Culinary tents, and shops and dining of the Village of Baytowne®

Wharf.
Uncork some fun in the sun and see why the Sandestin® Wine Festival is one of the most beloved wine festivals on the coast. Four days of unique events will include the following:
Sandestin® Wine Festival Kickoff Party
Thursday, April 14, 5-7pm
Rum Runners
Grand Wine Tasting
Friday, April 15, 5-8pm
Saturday, April 16, 1-5pm
The pouring of hundreds of domestic and international wines makes for a grand event indeed. Representatives from vineyards from across the globe will be available to entertain questions, offering a rare opportunity to learn about the finest appellations from all major producing countries in all varieties, styles and price ranges. Visit Savor South Walton Tents and sample delicious fare paired with wines. Purchase tickets before the event at the regular price of $55/$65 day of (Friday) $85/$95 day of (Saturday). This event could sell out! Click Here!
Mind. Body. Beach.
Saturday, April 16, 9am
Time to breath in a new day by the peaceful turquoise Gulf waters by the beaches of South Walton, as Spa Sandestin® presents a brand new event for our fitness aficionados. We are bringing together three of your favorite things – yoga, mimosas and the beach. Yoga experts will lead you through a session that will rejuvenate your body and mind. Join us on the Beach for the ultimate Yoga on the Beach class, paired with mimosas to welcome in the day. $25 / tickets available online.
Champagne & Seafood Voyage [kick off to Sandestin® Wine Festival]
Friday, April 15, 12-3pm
Solaris Cruise at the Baytowne® Marina featuring a dockside reception and seafood cruise with and pairing menu. For a full menu and reservations.
Brunch on the Bay
Sunday, April 17, 10am – 2pm
Sandestin® Marina Bar & Grill
Treat yourself to a Sunday Brunch! Enjoy live music and free-flowing sangrias, margaritas and mimosas, as you choose from a wide selection of fresh, seasonal brunch items. $60 + tax per person.
Retail Tent
After visiting the festival, head to the ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Retail Tent and purchase your favorite wines without ever leaving the event. Retail tent is open from 2pm-9pm Friday and 10am-8pm on Saturday and 10-2pm on Sunday. Located at The Village of Baytowne® Wharf parking lot.
Sandestin® Wine Festival takes place every April in South Walton, Florida. The event is the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Gulf coast and known as the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals.” Always a picture perfect event complete with white tents, grand wine tastings, culinary experiences and live music.
The Village of Baytowne® Wharf is always open to the public. Even during special events, guests are welcome to visit the shops and merchants. Non-drinking festival guests are welcome to attend the Grand Wine Tasting with their friends at no charge–they will not receive a wristband or tasting glass. Must be at least 21 years of age to taste wines.
Visit www.sandestinwinefestival.com for more information.
Location: Rum Runners at The Village of Baytowne® Wharf: 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West Miramar Beach, FL 32459

Americana Under the Stars at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on 4/14 between 7pm8pm

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park hosts Americana Under the Stars with live music in the amphitheater every Thursday night from 7-8pm.
Presented by Lucky Mud, Americana Under the Stars at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is a special night of music by different artists each week. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill. Bring a chair, your favorite beverage and enjoy some music in the park. This is family/pet friendly and fun for all ages.
Arrive early and explore the park for a bit, and set up your seating, relax and get ready for good music in the great outdoors.
In case of rain the music will move to the park clubhouse.
APR & MAY 2016 Lineup
Apr 14 Larry Mangum
Apr 21 Lis & Lon Williamson
Apr 28 Lucky Mud
May 5 Frank Lindamood
May 12 Brian Smalley
May 19 Lucky Mud
May 26 Elaine Mohan
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located in Dune Allen Beach on the west end of Scenic 30A. This beautiful preserve is filled with forests, beaches, trails, camp grounds, coastal dune lakes and wildlife. A real favorite for hiking and spending the day on a beautiful preserved stretch of beaches in South Walton, Florida. Come out and discover this award winning Florida State Park.
Topsail Hill Preseve State Park is featured in the SoWal.com Parks GuideRead more and see photos.
See all area parks and beach accesses at SoWal.com/Parks.
Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park: 7525 W Scenic Highway 30A Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Introduction to Zen Meditation on 4/14 between 7pm – 9pm

Learn about the Ancient Art of Mindfulness in the 21st Century. The session will be conducted by Honin, a Soto Zen Priest. Honin has been a priest and student for twenty-eight years. He’s conducted workshops throughout the United States and Europe, teaching people from all walks of life, how to live in the present moment and manage stress by practicing Focused Awareness Meditation.
The classes will be held Thursday evening February 18 and every Thursday.
For more info: email Honin at honin.zenji@gmail.com or call 702-499-4719.
Location: Coastal Branch Library: 437 Greenway Trail Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Movies in the Park at WaterColor on 4/14 between 7:30pm9:30pm

Movies in the Park take place on Thursdays in Marina Park at WaterColor Resort starting in March and going through summer. Movies are shown just after sunset around 7:30pm. Open to the public and admission is free. Bring your friends and family, a chair or blanket for seating, and be ready to enjoy outdoor entertainment under the stars.
Movie lineup
Apr 14 Pan
Apr 21 Peanuts
Apr 28 The Good Dinosaur
May 5 Hotel Transylvania 2
May 12 Home
May 19 The Land Before Time
May 26 Cinderella
May 30 Minions (special Memorial Day movie)
MORE Movies in the Park through August 2016!
WaterColor Inn & Resort has a great line up for everyone in SoWal this year with weekly movies, select concert dates in Marina Park, and other exciting festivals and celebrations that are a wonderful tradition in the WaterColor Resort town.
Some of the main community events coming to WaterColor in 2016 open include:
Thursday night movies at Marina Park (sunset time) Mar. – Aug.
Art in the Park Mar. 19
Easter Celebration in Marina Park Mar. 27
Memorial Day Concert at Marina Park May 29
Concert at Marina Park Jun. 6
4th of July Bike Parade & Carnival Jul. 3
Easy on 30A Concert at Marina Park Jul. 3
Concert at Marina Park Aug. 1
Fall Festival in Marina Park Oct. 30
16th annual MountainFilm on Tour Nov. 4 & 5
Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run Nov. 24
Old Florida Holiday Nov. 26
More information can be found at watercolorresort.com/events.
Check SoWal.com home page for featured event stories. See SoWal.com Events Calendar for details and special events added throughout the year.
Read more and see photos at WaterColor Inn and Resort in the SoWal Vacation Rental Guide.
Location: Marina Park: 746 Western Lake Drive WaterColor, FL 32459

Moonlight Movies & Face Painting – Aladdin (G) on 4/14 between 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Bring the family for a wholesome and fun movie night under the stars! Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome! Be sure to come early and get your face painted by one of our talented artists! (All movies rated will be PG or G).
Tonight showing: Aladdin (G)
Face Painting starts at 5:30. If raining, the movie will take place in Town Hall.
Location: Rosemary Beach Western Green: P.O. Box 611040 Rosemary Beach, FL 32461

Sandestin® Wine Fest: Pinot – The Ever Changing Grape on 4/14 at 8pm

This seminar, featuring Luke McCollum from Left Coast Cellars, will explore the history of Pinot Noir, Meunier, Blanc and Gris, clones and mutation differences plus similarities between the wines. The event will conclude with the development of the White Pinot Noir, which is sweeping the country. Signature Catering of 30A will provide delicious desserts and cheese.
This event will take place at BWNA Lagoon Deck in Sandestin®, Miramar Beach, Florida.
Click here to purchase tickets.
Location: The Village of Baytowne®Wharf: 9100 Baytowne® Blvd Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Karaoke @Steamboat Grill 30a (Seagrove) on 4/14 at 9pm

What’s the best thing about Thursday Nights? Karaoke at Steamboat! Grab your friends for fun, music and great food and drinks!!
Location: Steamboat Bar & Grill (Seagrove): 4935 E. County Hwy 30A Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Indian Lunch on 4/15 between 11am – 3pm

Enjoy a delicious Indian Lunch prepared by Chef Nikhil Abuvala for only $15! Vegetarian option is available for $12. Dine or take out, this lunch is first come, first served!
Location: Roux 30A: 114 Logan Ln Santa Rosa Beach, FL 325459

6th Annual Sip n Shop for Alaqua Animal Refuge on 4/15 between 11am2pm

The 6th Annual Sip n Shop event is set to be one fabulous day of shopping, eating, and sipping at Bijoux in The Market Shops in Sandestin® on Friday, Apr. 15, 11am – 2pm! As a part of the Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown weekend Apr. 15-16, Sip n Shop brings together local vendors and winemakers in an effort to raise money and awareness for Alaqua Animal Refuge.

The Sip n Shop event is held the day before the cook-off and brings together wine makers, food, and local businesses, designers, and artists. Unique, local businesses set up shop to bring private shopping right to the participants as they sip champagne and wine, followed by a fabulous, three-course lunch.

Live music by Chris Alvarado
Sipping provided by:
Michael Haney from Black Dog Cellars
Julianna Martinelli from Martinelli Winery & Vineyards
Claudia Fleury from Fleury Estate Winery
Stacy Lil from DeLille Cellars
George Barnes from 30A Coastal Dunes Wine Company
Shopping Provided by:
Alison Craft Designs
Coastal Road Accessories
Destin Jewelers
Gourmet Provisions
Infinite Universe
Beulah Belle
Nicole Paloma
Pish Posh Patchoulis
Sirens at the Beach
Suncoast Pets
Village Boutique, and more!

Seating is limited and is first come, first serve. Buy your tickets today! Tickets are $150 each and 100% of the proceeds goes to save more animals at Alaqua Animal Refuge!

All proceeds benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge. Purchase tickets online now!

For more information about the Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown, please visit http://chichimiguel.com.

Location: The Market Shops: 9375 Emerald Coast Pkwy Sandestin, FL 32550

Sandestin® Wine Fest: Champagne & Seafood Voyage on 4/15 between 12pm – 3pm

Champagne and Seafood Lunch Aboard the Solaris as part of the Sandestin® Wine Festival. Featuring a Dockside Reception at the Baytowne® Marina and Pairing Menu. For a full menu and to make reservations.
Tickets are $90. Click here for details.
Location: Baytowne® Marina: 9300 US Hwy 98 West Sandestin®, FL 32550

Sandestin® Wine Fest: ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Retail Tent on 4/15 between 2pm – 9pm

After visiting the festival, head to the Retail Tent and purchase your favorite wines without ever leaving the event.
Location: Baytowne® Marina: 9300 US Hwy 98 West Sandestin®, FL 32550

Sandestin® Wine Fest: The World of Bubbles w/ Bill Stobbs on 4/15 between 4pm – 5pm

A 17- year Veteran at ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, Bill Stobbs has gained a profound liking for wine from the southern hemisphere, though his love of wine ventures further. Bill is known for his courageous palate as he explores the new, the rare, the underestimated and the offbeat grapes of the wine world. Join Bill for a sparkling wine seminar, sampling and discussion of the many differences in the world of bubbles. Signature Catering of 30A will provide delectable hors d’oeuvres.
The event will take place at BWNA Lagoon Deck in Sandestin®.
Click here to purchase tickets.
Location: The Village of Baytowne® Wharf: 9100 Baytowne® Blvd Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Happy Hour Paddle on 4/15 between 4pm – 7pm

Join in for a Stand Up Paddleboard Adventure offering one of the only SUP Sunset trips in the area! The trip starts at our Paddle Hut Hideaway complete with bathroom, drinks, snacks & retail… located just 5 minutes north of Grayton Beach. Learn the basics in our calm secluded lagoon, then paddle down the canal and out into the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. Bring your own snacks and drinks and anchor in the shallows for a toast and photos. Or if conditions are favorable, paddle all the way to The Bay Restaurant for Happy Hour. Arrive at the area’s hottest new hang out via paddleboard and enjoy a cold beverage & appetizer and then paddle back enjoying the sunset and looking for dolphins dancing in the Bay.
All gear, professional instruction, photography and tour guide are provided for this 2-3 hour adventure. Food and beverages are optional and not included in price.
Please call directly to book for children ages 8-12.
Be sure to also check out our AM SUP Yoga, Sunset SUP Yoga, SUP Yoga + Brunch at the Bay and our Full Moon Paddles!
For more info, visit www.30APaddleboardYoga.com to book online or call Shanda at 239-560-6667.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Sandestin® Wine Fest: Grand Tasting on 4/15 between 5pm – 8pm

The pouring of hundreds of domestic and international wines makes for a grand event indeed. Representatives from vineyards from across the globe will be available to entertain questions, offering a rare opportunity to learn about the finest appellations from all major producing countries in all varieties, styles and price ranges. Visit Savor South Walton Tents and sample delicious fare paired with wines.
The Village of Baytowne® Wharf is always open to the public. Even during special events, guests are welcome to visit the shops and merchants. Non-drinking festival guests are welcome to attend the Grand Wine Tasting with their friends at no charge – they will not receive a wristband or tasting glass. Must be at least 21 years of age to taste wines.
Ticket are priced $55/$65 day of (Friday) and $85/$95 day of (Saturday). Click here to purchase your tickets.
Location: The Village of Baytowne® Wharf: 9100 Baytowne® Blvd Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Wine Tasting on 4/15 at 5pm

Join us every Friday for Wine Tasting from 5:00pm to 7:00pm!
Location: Wild Olives: 104 N Barrett Square Rosemary Beach, FL 32461

Twisted Treats Balloon Art on 4/15 between 5pm – 7pm

Twisted Treats Balloon Art Back in Rosemary Beach Town Center for another exciting Spring Break Season. “Miss Rosemary” will be strolling around town on her stilts, posing for pics and making cool Springtime Twisted Balloon creations.
Location: Rosemary Beach: P.O. Box 611040 Rosemary Beach, FL 32461

S’mores Social & Weenie Roast on 4/15 between 5:30pm – 9pm

Fridays mean fun at Emerald Coast Hydrobikes! Explore the Choctowhatchee Bay with, old friends or new friends until the sun sets. Then roast franks and s’mores over the fire at Tom’s Landing. It’s the weekend, let yourself unwind. Available weekly February – July, September & October
Advance reservations required.
NEW! Choose a Hydrobike or a Klear Kanoo! Supplies are limited so let us know your preference when you book.
The schedule is as follows:
Check in: 4 – 6 p.m. (seasonal)
Bike the Bay until Sunset
Campfire Social at the Dock
Roast weenies and smore’s over the fire
Bottled water, sweet tea and unsweetened tea included.
Expect to be done between 7:30 – 9:30
** Schedule is approximate as the sun sets at different times throughout the season.**
Seasonal check in times:
Feb – Mar 11: 4pm
Mar 18 – Apr 15: 5:30 p.m.
April 22 – May 6 p.m.
June & July: 6 p.m.
Sept: 5 p.m.
Oct 4:30 p.m.
PRICING:
$50 adults
$35 under 12 (big enough to ride their own Hydrobike)
$15 under 8 (just the right size to ride with mom or dad)
$20 Adult non rider
Gratuity not included
Please book by noon on Thursday to guarantee your spot on this trip.
***Do you just want to ride Hydrobikes? Rentals are available daily***
What to Wear:
Wear whatever is comfortable and weather appropriate. Shoes, flops or bare feet are all acceptable. The sun can be intense even late in the day and conditions can change quickly so a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves or other sun/weather protection should be considered. Also, keep in mind that Hydrobikes have a chain just like a land bike so please don’t wear anything that is overly loose below your shins as it could get caught in the chain. In most cases, you will not get wet unless you choose to so bathing suits are optional. Hydrobikes are stable and easy to jump off of and climb back onto. This makes swimming a fun option.
What to Bring:
Camera
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
Comfort items
Medicine if needed
Although it is unlikely that your stuff will get wet, anything could happen so bring a dry bag if you like.
Note: Sunscreen, dry bags, sunglass leashes and other items are available for purchase on the stop but there’s no store onsite so please make your order in advance so that your items can be arranged and kept ready for you at the dock.
If you just want to ride Hydrobikes, daily rentals are available. Visit emeraldcoasthydrobikes.com or call
850-598-7949.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Williams Backyard Boogie Feat. Dread Clampitt, Chris Alvarado on 4/15 at 6:30pm

Get your tickets for Williams Backyard Boogie concert coming up Friday APR 15 featuring Chris Alvarado and Dread Clampitt. Come out and enjoy the show under the trees and stars with all the SoWal music lovers.
Doors open at 6:00pm and the show starts at 6:30pm
$20.00 ticket donations cash only at the door. Tickets also available at any Forrest Williams Show and Furry Fanatics in Gulf Place. $10.00 Food Plates. Bring a chair and what you like to drink and enjoy music outside with bonfires and friends.
Williams Backyard Boogie
Local music lovers are crazy for great live music and good times at Williams Backyard Boogie. It has become a favorite gathering spot and music venue tucked away in the woods off Chat Holley Road in South Walton. Forrest and Pherrel Williams created the Backyard Boogie to provide local musicians and the music loving community with a casual and comfortable outdoor venue. The backyard venue is surrounded by tall palm trees and strings of lights and tiki torches which transform the space into an intimate, relaxed atmosphere. Boogie-goers can bring their own lawn chairs and preference of adult beverages. See SoWal.com photo gallery.
Location: Williams Backyard Boogie (it’s in the backyard!): 1921 Chat Holly Rd Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Trash Bash Beach Clean Up on 4/16 between 7:30 am – 9am

On April 16th, the Friends of SW Sea Turtles will be at the Miramar Beach Regional Beach Access (2375 Scenic Gulf Dr.) from 7:30-9 a.m. hosting its first Trash Bash Beach Clean Up of the season.
Even with the fantastic crew that cleans the beaches every night here in Walton County, there is still a lot we can do to help keep the beaches safe for sea turtles.
Bring your own water bottle, hat and sunscreen as we’ll be walking the beach, picking up trash, filling in leftover holes and knocking down leftover sandcastles. If you need work gloves – bring them! Volunteer check in is at the ADA accessible ramp.
Help save sea turtles by keeping the beaches #CleanDarkFlat!
Please check our social media accounts before heading out for any changes or cancellations (updated by 6:30am day of clean up).
For more info, email Friends of SW Sea Turtles or call 850-203-0215.

Location: Miramar Beach Regional Beach Access: 2375 Scenic Gulf Drive Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Record Store Day 2016 on 4/16 between 8am – 9am
Central Square Records will be celebrating Record Store Day Saturday, April 16. They will open at 8 a.m., with Jittery Joe’s coffee at the ready! You can expect a boatload of exclusive items, rare and limited pressed vinyl, and great freebies! Come celebrate the independent record store with the coolest one on the gulf coast!
Check out the list of exclusive releases at www.recordstoreday.com.
Location:Central Square Records: 89 Central Square Seaside, FL 32459

30A YOLO Bike and Beach Club on 4/16 at 8:30am

The 30A YOLO Bike & Beach Club is bringing locals of all skill levels together for some laid-back exploration of South Walton’s natural habitats.
Group bike rides are FREE and kick off from YOLO Board + Bike in Gulf Place. You can grab a cup of coffee at The 30A Store next door before heading out with the group onto the Longleaf Pine Trails, and then you can enjoy an ice cold beer when you get back. To learn more, click here.
Download the free 30A YOLO Bike and Beach Club App for iPhone/iPad and Android for exclusive membership perks.
Location: YOLO Board + Bike: 95 Laura Hamilton Blvd Ste C-3 Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Seaside Farmers Market on 4/16 between 9am – 1pm

Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings during our Market on Saturday mornings. Find local specialties that will help sustain our growers! Enjoy special cooking demos and activities sure to liven up your morning! Held behind Raw & Juicy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Seaside: Scenic Highway 30A Seaside, Florida 32459

Farmers’ Market on 4/16 between 9am -1pm

 

Saturdays, year-round, rain or shine, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market features dozens of unique vendors offering mostly locally sourced food-based items such as produce, grass-fed beef, chicken, and pork, local honey, pickled vegetables, gourmet jams, unique homemade hummus, flowers, herbs, soaps and lotions and much more.
Location: Grand Boulevard: 600 Grand Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Sandestin® Wine Fest: Mind Body Beach on 4/16 at 9am

Time to breath in a new day by the peaceful turquoise Gulf waters by the beaches of South Walton, as Spa Sandestin presents a brand new event for our fitness aficionados during the Sandestin® Wine Festival.
Three of your favorite things come together – yoga, mimosas and the beach. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will lead you through a session that will rejuvenate your body and mind. Join us on the Beach for the ultimate Yoga on the Beach class, paired with mimosas to welcome in the day.
Tickets are $25. Click here to buy yours!
Location: Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort: 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Wet Prairies & Rare Plants of Pt Washington on 4/16 between 9am – 1pm

Visit several wet prairies in Pt. Washington State Forest. Observe and identify pitcher plants, sundews and other carnivorous plants, plus many other native plants that are typically found only in this kind of habitat. Several of these species are threatened or endangered. The history and ecology of the prairies will be discussed, as well as, the role of fires in these precious ecosystems. This tour is led by an accomplished biologist who has been involved in describing and mapping wet prairies in south Walton County.
Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and hat. Wear long pants and closed-toed sturdy shoes (no sandals or flip-flops) that can get wet and muddy. A walking stick and camera are recommended.
Difficulty Level: Moderate difficulty, walking about a mile, including over boggy ground that may have some standing water.
Group Size: Space is limited to 15 participants. Minimum of 4.
Location: Meet at South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32549. Vehicle caravan to event location.
Fee: $15 + $2 forest entry fee at entrance of park
Registration: Register online at the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance website.
Location: NWF State College South Walton Campus: 109 Greenway Trail Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Sandestin® Wine Fest: ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Retail Tent on 4/16 between 10am – 2pm

After visiting the festival, head to the Retail Tent and purchase your favorite wines without ever leaving the event.
Location: Baytowne® Marina: 9300 US Hwy 98 West Sandestin®, FL 32550

Chicken & Waffle Brunch Cruise to The Bay on 4/17 between 10am2pm

Emerald Coast Hydrobikes (ECH) takes a group on a Chicken & Waffle Ride on the Choctawhatchee Bay to The Bay for brunch each Sunday through the year except Mother’s Day and Easter Sunday. Gather your friends and family and sign up for a fun group cruise on hydrobikes to enjoy an afternoon eating and playing at The Bay – a local favorite bayfront restaurant located at the foot of the 331 bridge in South Walton, Florida.
Meet up at Tom’s Landing in Point Washington and cruise on hydrobikes across the bay to The Bay restaurant for Sunday brunch includng Chicken and Waffles, bloody mary, or mimosa. The cruise is about 30 minutes. The day’s event is 3-4 hours of fun adventure on the water and at The Bay.
You can also choose to take a Klear Kanoo to breakfast. Supplies are limited so call and discuss preference when you book.
The cost is $70 per person / $40 under age 8 and includes your hydrobike rental, brunch and a drink (gratuity not included. You must reserve your spot by Saturday. Call 850-598-7949 or email tami@echydrobikes.com. See Emerald Coast Hydrobikes online for more information about this and other tours. See menu selections!

Chicken & Waffle Ride to The Bay | Details

SCHEDULE:
Check in between 10 and 10:15am
Depart 10:30am
Hydrobike across the Choctawhatchee Bay to the Bay Restaurant
Arrive at the Bay Restaurant 11:00am
Enjoy a delicious boneless fried chicken breast with Belgian waffles like none you have tasted before (let ECH know in advance if an alternate menu item is preferred).
Nonalcoholic beverages included
A Bloody Mary or Mimosa is also included for the adults
Free Time 12:30pm – after brunch you can choose to ride, rest, swim or hang out. The Bay features a beach, games, swimming area and a big screen tv for the sports fans
Expect to return to the dock between 1:30 and 2:00pm
Schedule is approximate

PRICING
$70 per person
$40 under 8

PLEASE BOOK BY 6PM ON SATURDAY TO GUARANTEE YOUR SPOT ON THIS TRIP

WHERE TO MEET:
Tom’s Landing 78 Ricker Ave Santa Rosa Beach.
From Hwy 98 and the intersection of Hwy 331 go east (towards Panama City) to the next light and turn left onto Bay Drive. Take Bay drive about one mile to Ricker Ave and turn left. Emerald Coast Hydrobikes is the first driveway on the right.

WHAT TO WEAR:
In short, wear whatever is comfortable and weather appropriate. Shoes, flops or bare feet are all acceptable. The sun can be intense even late in the day and conditions can change quickly so a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves or other sun/weather protection should be considered. Also, keep in mind that Hydrobikes have a chain just like a land bike so please don’t wear anything that is overly loose below your shins as it could get caught in the chain. In most cases, you will not get wet unless you choose to so bathing suits are optional. Hydrobikes are stable and easy to jump off of and climb back onto. This makes swimming a fun option.

WHAT TO BRING:
Camera
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
Comfort items
Medicine if needed
Cash/credit if you wish to purchase extra food or drink

Although it is unlikely that your stuff will get wet, anything could happen so bring a dry bag if you like.

The Hydrobikes Team will have sunscreen, dry bags, sunglass leashes and other items available for purchase but we do not have a store onsite so please make your order in advance and we will have your items ready for you at the dock.

Tom’s Landing in Point Washington is home base for Emerald Coast Hydrobikes. Chicken and Waffle Ride starts here!

The Bay restaurant is located on the Choctawhatchee Bay at the foot of the 331 bridge. This waterfront restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily and a delicious Sunday brunch each week. The Bay also features indoor/outdoor dining, a full bar, big screen tvs, a great beach, boat dock, games and a fabulous view.
The Chicken & Waffle Sunday Brunch Ride is available year round except Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Ave Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Sandestin® Wine Fest: Base to Bubbles | A Lesson on Sparkling Wines on 4/16 at 11am

Join a unique look at champagne and sparkling wines with “Base to Bubble” presented by Coastal Wine and Spirits. Learn the basics of champagne, including the importance of grapes, and influences of terrain and climate when creating the perfect vintage. The seminar will feature Tom Tiburzi. Signature Catering of 30A will provide delectable hors d’oeuvres.
This event will take place at the BWNA Lagoon Deck in Sandestin.
Click here to purchase tickets.
Location: The Village of Baytowne® Wharf: 9100 Baytowne ® Blvd Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Sandestin® Wine Fest: Grand Tasting on 4/16 between 1pm – 5pm

The pouring of hundreds of domestic and international wines makes for a grand event indeed. Representatives from vineyards from across the globe will be available to entertain questions, offering a rare opportunity to learn about the finest appellations from all major producing countries in all varieties, styles and price ranges. Visit Savor South Walton Tents and sample delicious fare paired with wines.
The Village of Baytowne® Wharf is always open to the public. Even during special events, guests are welcome to visit the shops and merchants. Non-drinking festival guests are welcome to attend the Grand Wine Tasting with their friends at no charge-they will not receive a wristband or tasting glass. Must be at least 21 years of age to taste wines.
Ticket are priced $55/$65 day of (Friday) and $85/$95 day of (Saturday). Click here to purchase your tickets.
Location: The Village of Baytowne® Wharf: 9100 Baytowne® Blvd Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

30A Farmers’ Market on 4/17 between 9am – 1pm

Come enjoy the 30A Farmers Market at Rosemary Beach Sundays year round from 9am-1pm. Stroll cobblestone walkways lined with shade trees in a beautiful park like setting while sampling delicious vendor products.
Pick up fresh from the farm and Aquaponic veggies, fruit, eggs, milk, cream butter, cheese, grass fed beef, chicken, and homemade European and pork sausages. Select from freshly baked breads and pastries made locally.
An array of appetizers and ready to eat dishes are available, including smoked tuna dip, homemade chips and salsa, hummus, fresh baked pita, Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie), homemade pasta and sauces, and Chicken Curry. You’ll fall in love with sweet and savory crepes by the team at Restaurant Paradis in Rosemary Beach.
Freshly made artisan breads, pastries, and desserts are featured from around the world. Be sure to pick up a supply of jams, preserves, and honey! Organic dog and cat treats are available for your furry friends, as well. Find unique art treasures, crafts and jewelry.
See you at the market! located on the green in the heart of Rosemary Beach on the east end of Scenic 30A.
30A Farmers Market at Rosemary Beach is also open on Thursdays Memorial Day-Labor Day, 9am-1pm.
Location: Rosemary Beach Town Center: 34 North Barrett Square Rosemary Beach, FL 32413

Chicken & Waffle Ride on 4/17 between 10am – 2pm

Sunday morning Chicken & Waffle ride. Available weekly year round except Easter and Mother’s Day
Sunday Funday with Hydrobikes, the Bay and Breakfast!
A leisurely 30-minute ride from Tom’s Landing, the Bay Restaurant has been featured by Emeril Lagasse! Aside from the delicious food, The Bay, features indoor/outdoor dining, a full bar, big screen tvs, a sandy beach, boat dock, games and a view. Join us as we cruise the Choctawhatchee Bay and land on the sand just in time for brunch by world renowned Chef Jim Shirley. There will be time to enjoy your meal and swim or play on the Hydrobikes before we return to Tom’s Landing.
Advance reservations required.
NEW! You can also choose to take a Klear Kanoo to breakfast. Supplies are
limited so let us know your preference when you book.
SCHEDULE:
Check in between 10 and 10:15 a.m.
Depart at 10:30 a.m.
Hydrobike across the Choctawhatchee Bay to the Bay Restaurant
Arrive at the Bay Restaurant: 11 a.m.
Enjoy a delicious boneless fried chicken breast with Belgian waffles like none you have tasted before!
Nonalcoholic beverages included.
A Bloody Mary or Mimosa is also included for the adults
Please let us know in advance if you prefer an alternate menu item, but trust us, you don’t.
Free Time: 12:30 p.m.
After brunch you can choose to ride, rest, swim or hang out. The Bay features a beach, games, swimming area and a big screen TV for the sports fans
Expect to return to the dock between 1:30 and 2 p.m.
** Schedule is approximate **
PRICING:
$70 per person
$40 under 8
Please book by 6 p.m. on Saturday to guarantee your spot on this trip.
If you just want to ride Hydrobikes, daily rentals are available. Visit emeraldcoasthydrobikes.com or call
850-598-7949.
What to Wear:
Wear whatever is comfortable and weather appropriate. Shoes, flops or bare feet are all acceptable. The sun can be intense even late in the day and conditions can change quickly so a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves or other sun/weather protection should be considered. Also, keep in mind that Hydrobikes have a chain just like a land bike so please don’t wear anything that is overly loose below your shins as it could get caught in the chain. In most cases, you will not get wet unless you choose to so bathing suits are optional. Hydrobikes are stable and easy to jump off of and climb back onto. This makes swimming a fun option.
What to Bring:
Camera
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
Comfort items
Medicine if needed
Although it is unlikely that your stuff will get wet, anything could happen so bring a dry bag if you like.
Note: Sunscreen, dry bags, sunglass leashes and other items are available for purchase on the stop but there’s no store onsite so please make your order in advance so that your items can be arranged and kept ready for you at the dock.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Sandestin® Wine Fest: ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Retail Tent on 4/17 between 10am – 2pm

After visiting the festival, head to the Retail Tent and purchase your favorite wines without ever leaving the event.
Where: Baytowne® Marina: 9300 US Hwy 98 West Sandestin®, FL 32550

Brunch on the Bay at Sandestin® Wine Festival on 4/17 between 10am2pm

Brunch on the Bay winds down the beautiful Sandestin Wine Festival weekend on Sunday, April 17 from 10am – 2pm at the Baytowne® Marina.
Treat yourself to a Sunday Brunch! Enjoy live music and free-flowing sangrias, margaritas and mimosas, as you choose from a wide selection of fresh, seasonal brunch items. $60 + tax per person.
Read below for all Sandestin® Wine Festival Events Apr 15-17
The 30th Annual Sandestin® Wine Festival will take place April 15- 17, 2016. The Sandestin® Wine Festival has been named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin Magazine, and is known as the Best event in the South Walton Beaches area.
The Sandestin Wine Festival at Baytowne® Wharf brings an opportunity for discovery. Four days of unique events open up a wide range of experiences from attending wine dinners with celebrity chefs, participating in preview events throughout the year, and taking part in wine tastings that showcase hundreds of wines.  Pre-sale tickets are on sale now by the day, by the weekend and VIP.
Wine novices are able to learn more about wines and sample from a comprehensive selection in all varieties, styles, and price ranges. Wine aficionados enjoy meeting winemakers, asking detailed questions, and acquiring hard to get selections. An added bonus is the opportunity to immediately purchase your favorite selections at the Retail Tent at a discounted rate. Everyone gets to enjoy the live music, interactive experiences at the Culinary tents, and shops and dining of the Village of Baytowne® Wharf.
Uncork some fun in the sun and see why the Sandestin® Wine Festival is one of the most beloved wine festivals on the coast. Four days of unique events will include the following:
Grand Wine Tasting
Friday, April 15, 5-8pm
Saturday, April 16, 1-5pm
The pouring of hundreds of domestic and international wines makes for a grand event indeed. Representatives from vineyards from across the globe will be available to entertain questions, offering a rare opportunity to learn about the finest appellations from all major producing countries in all varieties, styles and price ranges. Visit Savor South Walton Tents and sample delicious fare paired with wines. Purchase tickets before the event at the regular price of $55/$65 day of (Friday) $85/$95 day of (Saturday). This event could sell out! Click Here!
Mind. Body. Beach.
Saturday, April 16, 9am
On the beach at Sandestin® Resort
Time to breath in a new day by the peaceful turquoise Gulf waters by the beaches of South Walton, as Spa Sandestin presents a brand new event for our fitness aficionados. We are bringing together three of your favorite things – yoga, mimosas and the beach. Yoga experts will lead you through a session that will rejuvenate your body and mind. Join us on the Beach for the ultimate Yoga on the Beach class, paired with mimosas to welcome in the day. $25 / tickets available online.
Champagne & Seafood Voyage [kick off to Sandestin Wine Festival]
Friday, April 15, 12-3pm
Solaris Cruise at the Baytowne® Marina featuring a dockside reception and seafood cruise with and pairing menu. For a full menu and reservations.
Brunch on the Bay
Sunday, April 17, 10am – 2pm
Sandestin® Marina Bar & Grill
Treat yourself to a Sunday Brunch! Enjoy live music and free-flowing sangrias, margaritas and mimosas, as you choose from a wide selection of fresh, seasonal brunch items. $60 + tax per person.
Retail Tent
After visiting the festival, head to the ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Retail Tent and purchase your favorite wines without ever leaving the event. Retail tent is open from 2pm-9pm Friday and 10am-8pm on Saturday and 10-2pm on Sunday. Located at The Village of Baytowne® Wharf parking lot.
Sandestin® Wine Festival takes place every April in South Walton, Florida. The event is the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Gulf coast and known as the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals.” Always a picture perfect event complete with white tents, grand wine tastings, culinary experiences and live music.
The Village of Baytowne® Wharf is always open to the public. Even during special events, guests are welcome to visit the shops and merchants. Non-drinking festival guests are welcome to attend the Grand Wine Tasting with their friends at no charge–they will not receive a wristband or tasting glass. Must be at least 21 years of age to taste wines.
Visit www.sandestinwinefestival.com for more information.Location: The Village of Baytowne® Wharf: 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West Miramar Beach, FL 32459

Sandestin® Wine Fest: Exploration of Vintage & Oak Choices on 4/17 at 12pm

Explore the choices winemakers make through a tasting targeting the differences in vintage variation and oak aging. Enjoy a tasting of the entire line of Honor’s boutique 300 case or less production with winemaker Sean Meyer. The experience will also highlight four wines to provide clear examples of winemaking choices.
This event will take place at BWNA Lagoon Deck in Sandestin, Miramar Beach.
Click here to purchase tickets.
Location: The Village of Baytowne® Wharf: 9100 Baytowne ® Blvd Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

The Red Rocket Show on 4/17 between 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Red Rocket and his gang of sexy trucker men razzle and dazzle with over 100 years of collective musical life experience. Featuring the finest in Country and Western, blues and pure Gospel Americana gold.

Spoken Word on 4/18 between 7pm – 9pm

Every Monday night at 30ASR’s Music & Coffee shop is Spoken Word! Speak your mind, recite your poetry, tell us a story. Monday nights at 30ASR, it is where snappin’ is clappin’!
Location: 30A SR’s Music & Coffee Shop: 2078 US HWY 98 W Suite 108 Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459

Happy Hour Paddle on 4/19 between 4pm – 7pm

Join in for a Stand Up Paddleboard Adventure offering one of the only SUP Sunset trips in the area! The trip starts at our Paddle Hut Hideaway complete with bathroom, drinks, snacks & retail… located just 5 minutes north of Grayton Beach. Learn the basics in our calm secluded lagoon, then paddle down the canal and out into the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. Bring your own snacks and drinks and anchor in the shallows for a toast and photos. Or if conditions are favorable, paddle all the way to The Bay Restaurant for Happy Hour. Arrive at the area’s hottest new hang out via paddleboard and enjoy a cold beverage & appetizer and then paddle back enjoying the sunset and looking for dolphins dancing in the Bay.
All gear, professional instruction, photography and tour guide are provided for this 2-3 hour adventure. Food and beverages are optional and not included in price.
Please call directly to book for children ages 8-12.
Be sure to also check out our AM SUP Yoga, Sunset SUP Yoga, SUP Yoga + Brunch at the Bay and our Full Moon Paddles!
For more info, visit www.30APaddleboardYoga.com to book online or call Shanda at 239-560-6667.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Wine & Song at Fonville Press on 4/19 between 5pm7pm

Join Fonville Press in Alys Beach for an evening of Wine & Song on Tuesdays from 5-7pm each week from March through Nov 2016. $10 for a selection of wine, music various artists performing live, and lite fare. 21 and up only. Case deals featured wines.
Special Wine & Song dates later this year are Friday, Nov. 25 and Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2016.
It’s an Alys Beach tradition in South Walton, FL.
Fonville Press is the town café, newsstand, bookshop, wine bar, and so much more. To feed the mind, Fonville Press offers breakfast, coffee, magazines, newspapers, and a wide array of books for sale. For those who want to indulge, Fonville offers desserts as well as imported and domestic wines and beers. Fonville Press is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Nestled on 158 pristine acres along the Gulf of Mexico, Alys Beach is a unique urban project that blends new city planning with old-world charm. Its striking architecture, elegant settings and natural landscapes make it tempting to stop and explore on your way down the east end of Scenic 30A.
Founded in 2004, Alys Beach is one of SoWal’s newest towns. Its streets, courtyards, promenades and market places were all designed to be both innovative and timeless. Read more at Alys Beach | SoWal.com Vacation Guide. Follow Alys Beach on Facebook for town events and updates!
Location: Alys Beach: 147 West La Garza Ln Alys Beach, FL 32413

Crawfish Boil & Sunset Hydrobike Ride on 4/19 between 6pm – 9:30pm

March through May, Tuesday evenings are made to be shared with Emerald Coast Hydrobikes! Grayton Beach Catering will bring the Crawfish Boil and there’s much fun to be had! Meet at the dock for a delicious no-muss-no fuss, chore-free dinner, cruise on a Hydrobike and catch a beautiful sunset over the Choctawhatchee Bay. Top the night off by roasting s’mores over the campfire and you will have an experience to remember!
Advance reservations required.
NEW! Choose a Hydrobike or a Klear Kanoo! Supplies are limited so let us know your preference when you book.
The schedule is as follows:
Check in: 4 – 6 p.m. (seasonal)
Bike the Bay until Sunset
Crawfish Boil and Campfire at the dock
Crawfish, Andouille, sweet corn, red potatoes, watermelon and s’mores
Bottled water, sweet tea and unsweetened tea included
Expect to be done between 8 and 9:30 p.m.
Seasonal check-in times:
Mar 1 – Mar 11: 4 p.m.
Mar 18 – Apr 15: 5:30 p.m.
April 22 – May 31: 6 p.m.
Pricing:
$130 per adult
$60 under-12 (big enough to ride their own Hydrobike)
$35 under-8 (just the right size to ride with mom or dad)
$60 Adult non rider
Gratuity not included
Please book by noon on Monday to guarantee your spot on this trip.
What to Wear:
Wear whatever is comfortable and weather appropriate. Shoes, flops or bare feet are all acceptable. The sun can be intense even late in the day and conditions can change quickly so a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves or other sun/weather protection should be considered. Also, keep in mind that Hydrobikes have a chain just like a land bike so please don’t wear anything that is overly loose below your shins as it could get caught in the chain. In most cases, you will not get wet unless you choose to so bathing suits are optional. Hydrobikes are stable and easy to jump off of and climb back onto. This makes swimming a fun option.
What to Bring:
Camera
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
Comfort items
Medicine if needed
Although it is unlikely that your stuff will get wet, anything could happen so bring a dry bag if you like.
Note: Sunscreen, dry bags, sunglass leashes and other items are available for purchase on the stop but there’s no store onsite so please make your order in advance so that your items can be arranged and kept ready for you at the dock.
If you just want to ride Hydrobikes, daily rentals are available. Visit emeraldcoasthydrobikes.com or call
850-598-7949.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Vintage Movie Night at The Hub on 4/19 between 6pm8pm

Vintage Movie Night at The Hub takes place on Tuesdays starting at 6pm. Come out for date night, girl’s night out or family time. Movies are shown on the jumbotron on the events stage.
Free and open to the public. What a great chance to sit outdoors and enjoy dinner, drinks and an old movie on the big screen at The Hub on Scenic 30A at WaterSound Beach.
Vintage Movies will be shown at The Hub on Tuesday nights at 6pm:  Apr 5, 12 19, 26.
Live recorded concerts to be shown on the big screen on Monday nights. Vintage movies shown on the big screen Tuesday nights and double family movies on Wednesday nights.
The Hub is also hosting live music performances by local and visiting artists on Thursday through Saturday nights and additional special performances as announced.
Location: 7000 E County Highway 30A WaterSound Beach, FL 32459

18th Seabreeze Jazz Festival on 4/20  

Make your Florida escape this spring to the ultimate weekend of smooth jazz! The Seabreeze Jazz Festival is coming April 20-24th to Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Florida celebrating its 18th anniversary.
Platinum-selling and multi-Grammy winning Michael McDonald, top-charting saxophonist Boney James, vocalist Peabo Bryson, and guitarist Peter White are just some top-notched talent set to perform at the “Ultimate Weekend of Smooth Jazz”.
The 18th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival® returns to Panama City Beach with over 20 stellar performances of top national contemporary jazz artists set for April 20-24th. The event has become an annual celebration for jazz-minded adults where the allure of great beaches, exciting shopping, world-class restaurants along with a plethora of activities like golf and fishing, all combine for a true vacation getaway! Panama City Beach provides the perfect backdrop for the “ultimate” jazz beach weekend with the festival attracting attendees from 42 U.S. states and over seven countries, plus also being named “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine. Smooth jazz blowing gently in the coastal breezes is just one unique feature at one of the nation’s fastest growing “destination music festivals” on the Gulf Coast.
Main performances will take place at the Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater adjacent to Pier Park, with nightly After-Party All-Star Jam Shows at Pompano Joe’s Seafood House at adjacent Pier Park.
To further showcase the beauty of Panama City Beach, a Dinner and Lunch Smooth Jazz Cruise aboard “The Solaris” dinner yacht is set departing the Lighthouse Marina cruising picturesque St. Andrews Bay-each with a live jazz performance on board.
Smooth Jazz fans have a unique and intimate connection to the festival’s music and core artists base. The “smooth jazz lifestyle” is the secret to the success of The Seabreeze Jazz Festival® – where the R & B based smooth contemporary jazz literally creates a synergy for the whole weekend. The licks of the funky bass lines and pop-friendly musical hooks keep the crowds moving to the beat….almost like the tempo of the swaying palm trees around beautiful Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater at Pier Park, on the west end of Panama City Beach. Smooth jazz is the epitome of “The Good Life” – laid back yet upscale at the same time, relaxing and familiar as a pair of your most comfortable beach sandals. It’s this uniqueness that appeals to a upscale college-educated professional adult demographic, primarily a 35-55 year old audience with high amounts of discretionary income. Many economist call this very desirable demographic group “Alpha Baby Boomers” -attributing to the $14.2 million impact the Seabreeze Jazz Festival® besieges on the Northwest Florida economy.
The event hosts close to 28,000 for the weekend, with a large percentage of fans traveling hundreds if not thousands of miles away to attend. 60% of the festival’s tickets are sold outside the State of Florida, making it a true destination festival. The alluring appeal of Pier Park and the new resort-style architecture along with west end of Panama City Beach beckons even the most cosmopolitan city-dweller to join in on the fun, and get their toes in the sands. The successful melding appeal of Pier Park with the Seabreeze Jazz Festival® on site is all about complimenting distractions. Pier Park (a Simon Mall property) sports over 160 retail stores, a 16-screen stadium-seating cinema, numerous eateries, nightclubs, even a small amusement park to pacify all of the family’s pastimes, while the parents enjoy the live smooth jazz entertainment from the nation’s top jazz artists. The City Pier across the street from the festival stage and miles of white-sand beaches and emerald-green waters also provides a nearby escape from the live entertainment.
Tickets are available for single and multi-day admission. Thursday only tickets are $90 each, Friday only tickets are $100 each, Saturday only tickets are $120 each, and Sunday only tickets are $100 each. Patrons save money on multi-day tickets with a Weekend Pass good for Friday-Sunday priced at $200, and the all-inclusive Four Day Pass $250 each for all performances Thursday through Sunday at the main stage. Gold Reserved seating is available including on-site parking, early entry, fixed reserved seating behind the VIP section, dedicated air-conditioned restrooms, and four beverages per day. The Four Day Gold Reserve ticket is $450 each and limited. VIP Tickets and VIP Tables sold out for the event in June 2015. Seabreeze Jazz Festival® tickets are available by phone at 800-595-4849 or online at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.
Complete lineup, tickets, and schedule information is online here at www.seabreezejazzfestival.comwith weekly updates on Facebook.
General Admission seating is lawn seating so attendees need to bring a lawn chair or a blanket as event is festival seating. No coolers, outside food, or liquids allowed. Bring an empty water or sports bottle for complimentary water inside the venue. Bottled water will be on sale inside the venue at a nominal cost. A cash bar will be available inside the venue for beer and wine sales.
See the website for a complete list of rules and additional restrictions.
Location: Aaron Bessant Park: 600 Pier Park Drive Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Hydrobike Ride & Dine at Red Bar on 4/20 between 8am – 12pm

Sign up for a Wednesday Morning Red Bar Ride and Dine – available weekly, year round.
Meet the group at the Western Lake boat ramp at the end of Hotz Avenue just past the world famous Red Bar in Grayton Beach between 7:30 and 8:00. You will enjoy 4 hours of Hydrobike play time in the Gulf of Mexico or in Western Lake. You will be provided lunch at the Red Bar via a $25 gift card so you can dine at your convenience. They open at 11 am.
Grayton Beach is unique in that it has a beach bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Western Lake. Western Lake is one of South Walton’s Coastal Dune lakes. These lakes only exist in a few places in the whole world and Walton County is lucky enough to be home to several of them. At times the outflow will bust open and flow right out into the Gulf of Mexico. 4 hours give you plenty of time to explore both bodies of water.
*Please note that riding in the Gulf may be restricted based on current water conditions.
All activities are subject to weather conditions.
Schedule:
Check in between 7:30 and 8 a.m.
Meet at the Western Lake Boat Ramp in Grayton Beach.
Bike Western Lake or the Gulf until lunch
Explore the Gulf or the lake! Western Lakes runs through Grayton Beach State Park all the way to Watercolor and offers a vast territory to discover. Return the bikes to the boat ramp by 12pm. We will handle the rest.
*Please note that riding in the Gulf may be restricted based on water conditions*
Dine
The Red Bar opens at 11 am. We recommend any thing on their menu. You will not be disappointed!
Pricing:
$75 per person
$40 Kids Under 8 (Lake Only)
Please understand that we cannot allow the little ones to ride on the deck in the Gulf
Please book by 4 p.m. on Tuesday to guarantee your spot on this trip.
***Do you just want to ride Hydrobikes? Rentals are available daily***
Hhow to Book:
By phone or online
Emerald Coast Hydrobikes
850-598-7949
info@echydrobikes.com
emeraldcoasthydrobikes.com
Where to Meet:
Western Lake Boat Ramp in Grayton Beach.
You will find it at the end of Hotz Ave (2 blocks past the Red Bar).
What to Wear:
In short, wear whatever is comfortable and weather appropriate. Shoes, flops or bare feet are all acceptable. The sun can be intense even late in the day and conditions can change quickly so a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves or other sun/weather protection should be considered. Also, keep in mind that Hydrobikes have a chain just like a land bike so please don’t wear anything that is overly loose below your shins as it could get caught in the chain. In most cases, you will not get wet unless you choose to so bathing suits are optional. Hydrobikes are stable and easy to jump off of and climb back onto. This makes swimming a fun option.
What to Bring:
Camera
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
Comfort items
Medicine if needed
Although it is unlikely that your stuff will get wet, anything could happen so bring a dry bag for those items you want to protect..
***We have sunscreen, dry bags, sunglass leashes and other items available for purchase but we do not have a store onsite so please make your order in advance and we will have your items ready for you at the dock.
Location: Grayton Beach: Florida’s Scenic Hwy 30A Grayton Beach, FL 32459

Easter Eggstravaganza on 4/20 between 12pm – 3pm

Hope Lutheran Church will be hosting their annual Community Easter Eggstravaganza on March 20 at 12 p.m. Join in for a fun afternoon of free food, games, bounce house and MORE! This event is open to the community and for the whole family. Be sure to BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket) for the Easter egg hunt. For more info, call 850-267-0322.
Location: Hope Lutheran Church: 3834 US Hwy 98 West Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Happy Hour Paddle on 4/20 between 4pm – 7pm

Join in for a Stand Up Paddleboard Adventure offering one of the only SUP Sunset trips in the area! The trip starts at our Paddle Hut Hideaway complete with bathroom, drinks, snacks & retail… located just 5 minutes north of Grayton Beach. Learn the basics in our calm secluded lagoon, then paddle down the canal and out into the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. Bring your own snacks and drinks and anchor in the shallows for a toast and photos. Or if conditions are favorable, paddle all the way to The Bay Restaurant for Happy Hour. Arrive at the area’s hottest new hang out via paddleboard and enjoy a cold beverage & appetizer and then paddle back enjoying the sunset and looking for dolphins dancing in the Bay.
All gear, professional instruction, photography and tour guide are provided for this 2-3 hour adventure. Food and beverages are optional and not included in price.
Please call directly to book for children ages 8-12.
Be sure to also check out our AM SUP Yoga, Sunset SUP Yoga, SUP Yoga + Brunch at the Bay and our Full Moon Paddles!
For more info, visit www.30APaddleboardYoga.com to book online or call Shanda at 239-560-6667.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

4th Annual Recycled Runway on 4/20 between 5pm – 8pm

Join The Preschool at Point Washington on Earth Day for the 4th Annual Recycled Runway in the Point Washington United Methodist Church Family Life Center.
On Wednesday, April 20, enjoy a delicious dinner by Chef Jim Shirley, along with Pizza by the Sea for the kiddos. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner and a silent auction, followed by a live auction and then our fabulous “recycled” runway show featuring our preschool students. Tickets are $20 per adult, $30 per couple and $5 for kids under 12. (The Preschool at Point Washington students are admitted for free!) All proceeds from the event benefit The Preschool at Point Washington.
For more info, email preschoolpwumc@gmail.com or call 850-231-5439.
Location: Point Washington United Methodist Church: 1290 N. County Hwy 395 Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459

Family Movie Night at The Hub on 4/20 between 6pm10pm

Bring the whole family out to Movie Night at The Hub on Wednesdays starting at 6pm. It’s double movie night! Movies are shown on the jumbotron on the events stage. Here is the movie lineup in April:

Apr 20 – Up, Walle
Apr 27 – Little Mermaid, Atlantis

Free and open to the public. What a great chance to sit outdoors and enjoy dinner, drinks and a fun family movie on the big screen at The Hub on Scenic 30A at WaterSound Beach.

Vintage Movies will be shown at The Hub on Tuesday nights at 6pm:  Apr 5, 12 19, 26.
Live recorded concerts to be shown on the big screen on Monday nights. Vintage movies shown on the big screen Tuesday nights and double family movies on Wednesday nights.
The Hub is also hosting live music performances by local and visiting artists on Thursday through Saturday nights and additional special performances as announced.
Location: 7000 E County Highway 30A WaterSound Beach, FL 32459

30A Olive Oil Cooking Demo w/ Chef Paul Ashman on 4/20 between 6:30pm – 8pm

Join in at 30A Olive Oil Co. for a night of tastings and demonstrations with Chef Paul Ashman, owner of Gulf Coast Saltworks and loved culinary instructor at Gulf Coast College!
Learn how he makes an appetizer, entree and dessert using our favorite olive oils and balsamic vinegars, as well as his locally hand-harvested sea salts.
Charges are $30 per person. Seating is limited. Call 850-909-0099 to reserve your spot today!
Location: 30Avenue: 12805 US Hwy 98 East Inlet Beach, FL 32413

Baytowne® Wednesday Night Concert Series on 4/20 between 7pm9pm

Welcome to Spring 2016 in #SouthWaltonFL! Have a great time and get your outdoor music on at Baytowne® every week… Wednesday nights from 7-9pm. April brings some amazing tribute bands to the stage and we can’t wait…
The Village of Baytowne® Wharf Wednesday Night Concerts Series takes place throughout the year in Sandestin, FL. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy the great live music under the stars in the events plaza in the heart of The Village. Free and open to public.
Spring concerts at #Baytowne open with a fantastic lineup! #WNC
Live music in the events plaza | Spring 2016 Series | April Tribute Bands
April 20 Folsom Prison Gang – Johnny Cash
http://www.thefolsomprisongang.com
April 27 Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
http://www.rollingstoneshow.com
The Village of Baytowne® Wharf is the “heart and soul” of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and the gathering place for many locals and visitors along the Emerald Coast.
Baytowne® Wharf features restaurants, bars, shops, and family-friendly activities throughout the village. Sitting on the shore of the Choctawhatchee Bay, the area pieces together elements of an old fishing village and a New Orleans marketplace, making the atmosphere fun and relaxing.

Baytowne® Wharf also features excellent dining such as Marina Bar & Grill situated directly on the marina overlooking the bay, Acme Oyster House, a world famous raw oyster bar, directly from the French Quarter in New Orleans, and Funky Blues Shack is adorned with great local folk-art and has lots of live music. Step into the bar at Marlin Grill for a cocktail or treat yourself to a steak and seafood dinner. Several delicious eateries throughout the village serve up seafood, burgers, Asian and excellent Gulf coast cuisine.

Location: Baytowne® Wharf Events Plaza: 9300 US Highway 98 W Sandestin®, FL 32550

Karaoke on 4/20 at 7:30pm

Sing to your heart’s content ’cause its karaoke night tonight at Marie’s!
Location: Marie’s Bistro: 2260 W Hwy 30A Blue Mountain Beach, FL 32459