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Area Events April 20th – April 27th 2016

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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

18th Seabreeze Jazz Festival on 4/21 

 
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

Seaside Wine Project Tasting at Seaside Pavilion on 4/21 between 4pm6pm

To celebrate the 2016 debut of the Seaside Wine Project’s Sauvignon Blanc and Rose, a special wine tasting will be held at the Seaside Pavilion at The Shrimp Shack on Thursday, April 21 from 4-6 p.m. Come out to the Seaside Pavilion overlooking the Gulf of Mexico for a complimentary toast to the new wine varietals.

2016 marks the first year for the Sauvignon Blanc under the new Seaside Wine Project label and the 2nd year of Seaside’s private-label collection of hand-selected wines from Kokomo Winery in Sonoma County, Calif. Seaside introduced its newly-designed, customized label last August.

Along with samples of the Sauvignon Blanc and Rose, the Seaside Wine Project Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cuvee, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon will be available for purchase by the glass.
The Seaside Wine Project family of wines are available by the glass or bottle exclusively from the following Seaside merchants: Modica Market, 45 Central, The Shrimp Shack, Bud & Alley’sGreat Southern Café, Amavida Coffee & Tea, and Raw & Juicy Life. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each bottle benefit The Seaside Institute.
Location: Seaside Pavilion at The Shrimp Shack: 2236 Scenic 30A West Seaside, FL 32459

Happy Hour Paddle on 4/21 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

Gulf Place Third Thursday Wine Walkabout on 4/21 between 5pm7pm

Join Gulf Place Merchants for the monthly Third Thursday Wine Walkabout from 5-7pm. Purchase your wrist band for $20.00 from the Artists at Gulf Place colony to receive your complimentary glass and let the walkabout begin! Upon checking in you will receive a map with participating merchants.
Gulf Place Third Thursday Wine Walkabout takes place every month of the year!
Come out with your friends for a fun night sipping and shopping all around town. It’s a local South Walton tradition in this colorful beach town located on Scenic 30A across from the Gulf of exico.
Gulf Place is a vibrant neighborhood community nestled in South Walton County directly across from the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors and locals love exploring the town’s inviting shops and excellent eateries. You’ll find bikes, surfboards and kayaks. Unique shops for you and for your pets. And wonderful local art abound at the funky Artists Colony. Enjoy great food in several restaurants along with exciting night life filled with live music.
Location: Meet at The Artists of Gulf Place: Town Center Loop Gulf Place, FL 32459

Americana Under the Stars at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on 4/21 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 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 Preserve State Park is featured in the SoWal.com Parks GuideRead more and see photos.
Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park: 7525 W Scenic Highway 30A Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Movies in the Park at WaterColor on 4/21 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 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.

The Gulf Coast’s premier luxury destination is nestled along the emerald-green waters and sugar-white sand of Northwest Florida. The Gulf Coast’s premier luxury destination borders a 220-acre dune lake on 499 acres, with 1,400 linear feet of beachfront on the renowned sugar-white beaches of South Walton. 

Location: Marina Park: 746 Western Lake Drive WaterColor, FL 32459

Introduction to Zen Meditation on 4/21 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

Karaoke @Steamboat Grill 30a (Seagrove) on 4/21 at 9pm

Come, be a star! Join in the fun on Thursdays with music, drinks, food and fun!
Location:Steamboat Bar & Grill (Seagrove): 4935 E. County Hwy 30A Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

18th Seabreeze Jazz Festival on 4/22  

 

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

Earth Day Coastal Cleanup at Norriega Point and Liza Jackson Park on 4/22 between 8am10am

CBA, City of Destin, City of Fort Walton Beach, FedEx & Nick’s Seafood Restaurant are partnering to host an Earth Day Coastal Cleanup effort to reduce the negative impacts of marine debris (trash) along coastal ecosystems in Okaloosa County, FL.
Cleanup efforts will be held at the site locations listed below from 8:00am-10:00am, Friday, April 22, 2016.
Norriego Point Public Beach Access
Gulf Shore Drive (end of Holiday Isle), Destin, FL 32541
CBA and the City of Destin, FL are co-hosting a site location at Norriego Point Public Beach Access. The clean-up will be held from 8:00am-10:00am. Volunteers are asked to arrive promptly at 8am and report at the back of the parking lot by the green dumpsters.
Liza Jackson Park
338 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
CBA and the City of Fort Walton Beach, FL are co-hosting a site location at Liza Jackson Park. The clean-up will be held from 8:00am-10:00am. Volunteers should go to the park’s WEST entrance.
Volunteers are required to wear closed-toe shoes, weather appropriate clothing and bring gloves. All other clean-up supplies will be provided to volunteers upon arrival to their site location. Please arrive early to ensure that you receive proper instruction for the clean-up effort. All volunteers are participating at their own risk. All entities involved in coordinating the clean-up effort are not held liable in the event of injury. First-aid will be availble in the event of minor injury. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: two locations: Norriega Point Public Beach Access | Liza Jackson Park Destin, FL 32541

Adventure Tour: Choctawhatchee River & Morrison Springs Tour on 4/22 between 8:30am – 11:30pm

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) and Northwest Florida State College present a series of Spring eco-adventures in Walton County. Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and residents varied opportunities to explore and discover the natural resources that make South Walton and surrounding areas so unique. CBA adventures await your discovery.
Tour of the Choctawhatchee River and Morrison Springs
Guide: Lori Ceier of Walton
Outdoors tour dates: Apr 22, May 20 8:30am (all day)
Learn about unique places tucked away along the Choctawhatchee River. Learn about our precious water resources, flood plains, where the river flows, and why it is ever changing. Learn about Morrison Springs. Lean about how many millions of gallons of water Morrison Springs emits every day, and where the water comes from. There will be a discussion on the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. You will then take a dip in the cool, clear spring water.
Bring water, a snorkel, waterproof camera, sunscreen, towel and your swimsuit. Pack a lunch if you wish, as there is a pavilion and restroom facility available at the park. The event and swimming is dependent on river conditions. Moderate exertion level.
Travel time: Approximately 1.5 hours each way
Group size: Space is limited to 7 participants. Minimum of 4 required.
Fee: $35
Registration: Register online at the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance website.
Location: Meet at Northwest Florida State College South College, NWF State College South Walton Campus, 109 South Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. A van will be used to transport individuals along the tour.

Stinky’s Fish Camp Earth Day Celebration on 4/22 between 11am9pm

Stinky’s Fish Camp is having a BIG Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 22 starting with an Organic Earth Day Menu served all day and including many special events, good food and music all afternoon and into the evening.
Party for the Planet!
Organic Earth Day Menu served all day
come out for lunch or dinner!
Locals Farmers Market 4-7pm
Derryck’s Pastries
The Soap Peddler
Paul’s Picks
Mac Farms
Tall Pines Beef
Twin Oaks Farms
The Honey Hutch
Dune Allen Lake Clean Up 4pm
Stand Up Paddle Boards provided by Hungry Boards. Come out and paddle and cleanup the coastal dune lake in Stinky’s back yard.
Crab and Crawfish Boil & Pickin’ | Demo with the Chefs 6pm
Chefs David Cunningham and Brannon Janca
Strawberry ice cream for the kids 6pm
Live Music at Stinky’s Bait Shack 7-10pm
(lineup tbd)
Come out and celebrate. Hang out on the lake, hear some good music, shop at this special farmer’s market. We can’t wait for the crab and crawfish cooked up by the experts at Stinky’s.
Location: Stinky’s Fish Camp: 5994 Scenic 30A Wes Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Indian Lunch on 4/22 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,

S’mores Social & Weenie Roast on 4/22 at 12pm

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

Happy Hour Paddle on 4/22 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

Full Moon Paddle Party on 4/22 between 5pm – 7:30pm

Embrace the power of the Full Moon and join us for a fun social paddle with old friends & new, sporting great Glow Gear! Experience peace, romance, moonlight magic on the Bay… and a powerful Magic Wish Circle! Be silly, be fun, be romantic… however the moon moves you!
We meet at the Paddle Hut and dress up with glow gear (for fashion and safety!) then paddle out into the Bay, set anchors, relax and toast the sunset and the full moonrise, acknowledging beautiful memories and celebrating new beginnings.
All gear (SUP board, Canoe, or Yolo Yak), including anchor, personal glow gear, light for your vessel, and champagne toast are are included in the price, as are snacks and beverages during the reception at our Paddle Hut upon return. The Full Moon only happens once a month, so l, let your creative juices flow and have FUN!!!
This special event paddle only happens 4-6 times a year (as conditions allow), so be sure to make your reservation early! Discounted rate for bringing your own board. This paddle is designed for those who already have some experience paddling.
Be sure to also check out our AM SUP Yoga, Sunset SUP Yoga, Happy Hour Paddles and SUP Yoga + Brunch at the Bay tours.
For more info, visit www.30APaddleboardYoga.com or call or text Shanda at 239-560-6667.
Location:Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Wine Tasting on 4/22 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

Rotary Club Destin Cajun Crawfish Bash on 4/22 between 5:30pm9pm

The Rotary Club of Destin will host its 4th annual Cajun Crawfish Bash on Friday, April 22 from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Warren Averett CPA & Advisors in Destin.
Event proceeds benefit young families in need through Food For Thought, Harvest House, the Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast, and support The Rotary Club of Destin Scholarship Funds.
Attendees can enter an incredible raffle drawing for themed packages from beach activities, bourbon baskets, concert tickets, golfing, restaurants to vacation stays – all to help fund the growing needs of our club’s charitable causes.
The public is invited to join in the Cajun festivities. The fun event is suitable for families and folks of all ages. Fresh crawfish from Louisiana will be dished up with the traditional potatoes and corn on the cob.  For those who don’t crave crawfish, there will also be grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and barbeque chicken prepared fresh on-site.
This year’s live entertainment will feature Zack Rosicka who has won countless awards and opened for such artists as ZZ Top, Gary Clark Jr., Trace Atkins, Double Trouble and various other international acts. His latest material is a fresh pop twist of blues and country influenced by several recent ventures throughout Nashville, although he calls Destin his hometown.
Tickets are now on sale for $25 per person and $10 for children under 12 or free to kids age three and under. Day of event, tickets are $30 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Newman-Dailey Resort Properties or by calling 850-837-1071 or from a Destin Rotarian. Warren Averett CPA & Advisors Offices are located at 36474C Emerald Coast Pkwy, # 3301, Destin, FL 32541 (2.5 miles east of Destin Commons).
Community support makes a tremendous impact in helping those less fortunate put food on their tables through Food for Thought and Harvest House. The Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast inspires and empowers all young people to achieve their full potential and improves the lives of all Emerald Coast youth. In addition, the Rotary Club of Destin awards multiple scholarships annually to deserving high school graduates, providing financial assistance for them to attend colleges and universities across the country.
The Rotary Club of Destin applauds Crawfish Sponsors – Pinch My Tail:  Columbus Capital Lending, The Big CrawDaddy: Destin Commons, Crawfish: McGill Escrow & Title, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Warren Averett CPA & Advisors, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, RentGearHere.com and Destin Locksmithing; Mudbug Sponsors:  Emerald Coast Title Services, Destin Animal Clinic, Harrison Sale McCloy, P.A.,Liufau McCall Insurance Group, CK Construction, Media Mechanical Services, Denis Gagnon and Carolyn DiFebo of RE/MAX, Simple HR, Old South Land Title, Linda Bryan and Gail Pelto of Keller Williams Realty, J. Jerome Miller Attorney-At-Law, Carl and Sally Harris, and Rob Lamotte.
The Rotary Club of Destin represents over 50 business women and men who are committed to “Service Above Self” and whose mission is to positively change lives through service…across the street and around the world with emphasis on eradicating hunger and supporting education in our community and internationally.  The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 7:15 a.m. at Rutherford’s 465 at Regatta Bay Golf & Country Club.
Location: Warren Averett CPA & Advisors: 36474C Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541

Chris Godber Concert at Gulf World on 4/22 at 7pm

Saxophonist Chris Godber to perform at Gulf World in the Garden Room on Friday, Apr. 22 at 7pm. Godber is joined by special guests Lowell Hopper and Caleb Middleton. Tickets $25 advance and $30 at door.

Purchase tickets by calling 850-234-5271 or in person at Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach.

Location: 15412 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Earth Day Movie in the Park at WaterColor on 4/22 at 8pm

Earth Day Movie in the Park – Blue Planet: Seas of Life- Tidal Seas starts at 8pm in Marina Park at WaterColor Resort. Bring a blanket to Marina Park and learn a new appreciation for our native oceans. This special movie showing takes place on Friday, Apr. 22 at 8pm.
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.
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.
The Gulf Coast’s premier luxury destination is nestled along the emerald-green waters and sugar-white sand of Northwest Florida. The Gulf Coast’s premier luxury destination borders a 220-acre dune lake on 499 acres, with 1,400 linear feet of beachfront on the renowned sugar-white beaches of South Walton. WaterColor Resort is a wonderland of activities for adults and kids alike. Perfect for a romantic getaway for two or a complete family vacation, there’s everything from water activities to golf to incredible shopping and a rejuvenating spa to keep both your days and your evenings occupied.
Location: Marina Park: 746 Western Lake Drive WaterColor, FL 32459

18th Seabreeze Jazz Festival on 4/23   

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

Where the Wild Things Run 5K at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center on 4/23 between 7am12pm

Let the wild rumpus start! Celebrate Earth Day on a race through the woods during the Where the Wild Things Run 5K at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, Saturday, April 23 at 7 am.

The 5K Trail Run course will take you through parts of Nokuse Plantation, a 53,000-acre conservation area. The challenging terrain will highlight the diversity and beauty of the property surrounding E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages are welcome. This trail is NOT stroller or pet friendly.

Event Schedule:
  • 7:00 AM: Registration and Race Packet Pick-Up
  • 8:00 AM: 5K Trail Race Start
  • 9:30 AM-12:00 PM: Celebrate with food, music & interactive museum/exhibits
  • 10:30 AM: Awards Announced
Event Details: 
  • Runners will park in gravel lot located in front of main Biophilia Center building. Check in and Registration will be located on front boardwalk in front of main building.
  • Runners will walk/warm up through Biophilia trails to get to starting line (approx. 1 mile from main building). Biophilia staff will also be shuttling people out to the starting line via golf carts. (Please arrive early to ensure enough time for transportation to race start.)
  • Celebrate after the race with food, music, and interactive exhibits at the Biophilia Center’s main building.
The E.O.Wilson Biophilia Center is a non-profit environmental education center with the mission to educated students and visitors on the importance of biodiversity, to promote sustainability, and to encourage conservation, preservation and restoration of ecosystems. The center is nestled in the Longleaf Pine ecosystem, which is considered the 6th most biodiverse area in the continental U.S. and less than 2% of it remains intact today. To learn more, go to eowilsoncenter.org and visit E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center on Facebook.
Location: E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center: 4956 State Hwy 20 East Freeport, FL 32439

Seaside Farmers Market on 4/23 between 8am12pm

Seaside Farmers Market takes place in the Seaside Amphitheater every Saturday rain or shine! Hours are 8am till 12pm in the Spring and Summer, and 9am till 1pm in Fall/Winter.
The Seaside Farmers Market consists of local growers and craftspeople who offer food and other products that are healthy and environmentally conscious at the year-round market located in downtown Seaside, Florida. It is a producer’s market focused on food, produce, cooking demonstrations, specialty items, artisan cheeses and breads, novice and professional gardeners, seed exchanges, education related to growing and preparing food and the celebration of eating and sharing great ingredients.
Visit the Seaside Farmers Market website and subscribe to the excellent weekly newsletter for vendors, produce and food coming to the market each week.
Enjoy your day at the farmer’s market and explore the town of Seaside with so many fabulous shops, restaurants, art galleries, outdoor markets and wonderful people working, playing and staying in South Walton, Florida.
Location: Seaside Amphitheater: 25 Central Square Seaside, FL 32459

30A YOLO Bike and Beach Club on 4/23 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

WaterColor Community Yard Sale on 4/23 between 9am12pm

WaterColor homeowners and town merchants will be holding their Spring community yard sale in Cerulean Park on Saturday, Apr. 23 from 9am to 12pm. What a perfect time of year to get out for fresh air and great deals. Strolling through the beautiful park is always a fun day.
WaterColor homeowners and merchants are participating with their goods. Everyone is invited out to shop and enjoy the day. You’ll find garage/yard sale items such as clothing, books, furniture and accessories from homeowners as well as some new items from WaterColor retail shops.
Come out to WaterColor and enjoy the day!
Location: WaterColor Cerulean Park: WaterColor Boulevard WaterColor , FL 32459

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market on 4/23 between 9am1pm

The Grand Boulevard Farmers Market sets up every Saturday year round from 9am-1pm at Grand Park, between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama restaurants.
The outdoor market will feature dozens of unique vendors offering locally sourced food items, such as produce, eggs, milk, cream, butter, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb, pork, local honey, pickled vegetables, and gourmet jams. On the artisanal and green side, Grand Boulevard Farmers Market will offer flowers, herbs, soaps, and lotions.
Vendors will offer many foods ready to pick up and go, including infused butters, cheese spreads, pita, hummus, various dips, artisan breads and pastries, crepes, and even ginger infused lemonade to quench your thirst on a hot day.
For more information, please visit Grand Boulevard Farmers Market on Facebook. For vendor information, please contact Diane Kolopanas at 850-499-4697.
Location: Grand Park at Grand Boulevard: 600 Grand Boulevard Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Shelves to the Shore at Coastal Branch Library on 4/23 at 10:30am

From Shelves to the Shores is a new program coming to local libraries for children to learn about local waters and habitats.
The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) alongside NWF Environmental Stewards will kick off their “From Shelves to the Shores” Program with three community libraries-Niceville Public Library, Destin Library and the Coastal Branch Library in South Walton.
Over the next three months, CBA will host activities every other week at these libraries for children aged 4-12. The children will participate in array of activities that range from growing a native, shoreline grass to observing live animals to creating their very own oyster.
“This year we are expanding our program to include three community libraries,” said CBA’s Education Coordinator Brittany Tate, “We hope this program encourages children to fall in love with our local waters through fun, hands-on education.”
The project is free and open to the public. Children are encouraged to come to their closest library to learn something new about the Choctawhatchee Bay and the local environment.
Two programs per month in South Walton rotating Thursdays at 4pm /Saturdays 10:30am.
From Shelves to the Shores at South Walton Coastal Branch Library
437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
(850) 267-2809
Saturday April 23, 10:30am
Field Trip to the Bay
Children are invited to join “From Shelves to the Shores” at a community library near you! See CBA online for Shelves to Shores programs at Niceville and Destin Libraries.
Location: South Walton Coastal Branch Library: 437 Greenway Trail Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Earth Day Festival at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on 4/23 between 11am4pm

Come celebrate Earth Day in SoWal at beautiful Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on Saturday, April 23 from 11am till 4pm. This festival is free to the public and will feature environmental education exhibits and hands-on activities, children’s programs, live music and MORE!!

Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

invite you to out to the park for a family day in recognition of Earth Day. Here are some of the activities planned.
  • A Ranger led 5K hike, as well as 2 shorter Ranger led hikes are scheduled through the diverse natural plant communities found at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.
  • A variety of environmental, educational and interpretive programs and activities are scheduled.
  • Local artisans and organizations will be on hand to educate and entertain
  • festival visitors.
  • Live music by Flash Flood.
  • Food by Red Food Truck.
  • Tram rides to the beach, paddle boarding demonstrations, face painting, food and more.
  • C.A.R.T. Dog Rescue will be onsite with animals available for adoption.
Standard park entrance/admission fees will be waived for the day. Earth Day Festival is free and open to everyone! Come out and celebrate at one of the most beautiful state park preserves in South Walton, Florida.
Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park: 7525 W Scenic Highway 30A Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Cocktails & Classics at The Pearl Rooftop on 4/23 at 7pm

The Pearl in Rosemary Beach is hosting Cocktails & Classics on the Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge on Saturday nights starting at 7pm. Enjoy a weekly film combining classic movie selections and food/drinks with light conversation.

Cocktails & Classics starts Mar. 19 and continues Saturday evenings through Nov. 29. Open to the public. Walk-ins welcome. Complimentary admission and popcorn for guests. Food available for purchase and bar open until 10 p.m.

You’ll want stay up to date with special events coming to The Pearl such as cooking demos with the Chef, the art of entertaining, special holiday dinners and brunches, and live music on The Rooftop. Info at thepearlrb.com. Also follow The Pearl RB on Facebook and click on Events.
The Pearl Rooftop Lounge Info & Events
Sunday Funday with board games, live music, cocktail specials and activities throughout the day.
Cocktails & Classics with classic movie selections and food/drink on Saturdays through Nov. 26.
Live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting at 6pm.
Happy hour and food specials daily 3-6pm.The Rooftop Lounge is open daily 11am till 10pm. Serving cocktails, lunch and dinner.
The Rooftop Lounge does not accept reservations. Please call (850) 588-2882 to book a private cabana for your group or occasion.

Location: The Pearl Hotel: 63 Main Street Rosemary Beach, FL 32416

Karaoke on 4/23 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

18th Seabreeze Jazz Festival on 4/24  

 

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

30A Farmers’ Market on 4/24 between 9am – 1pm

Nestled on Scenic Highway 30-A the prettiest Farmers’ Market and gulf front community around. Come enjoy the 30A Farmers’ Market Sundays year round and Thursdays (May 29-August 28) from 9am-1pm at Rosemary Beach, FL., and be transported to the West Indies. No passport required.
Walk through the beautiful park like setting with shade trees, a pretty fountain, cobblestone walkways and visit with our… friendly farmers, makers and bakers.
Fresh from the farm produce, dairy, honey, eggs, grass-fed beef, beef jerky, pork products and sausages. We even have Fresh local seafood, crabcakes, tuna and shrimp dips. There is homemade pita, hummus, veggie dips, hot sauces, salsa’s, guacamole and homemade tortilla chips. Jams, preserves, pickled veggies, BBQ sauces, marinades, mustards, flavored and smoked salts, cheeses, homemade pastas and sauces, along with foods, artisan breads and desserts (some organic and gluten free) from around the world. Cold pressed organic juices in a multitude of delicious combinations and teas in many flavors.
Don’t forget to pick up some fresh cut flowers, treat yourself to some organic soaps and lotions, and we even have organic pet treats for your furry friends…..So much more! See you at the market.
Location:Rosemary Beach: P.O. Box 611040 Rosemary Beach, FL 32461

Chicken & Waffle Ride on 4/24 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

Kids’ Fishing Tournament on 4/24 between 12pm – 4pm

The 11th Annual CCA Kid’s Fishing Tournament will be April 24 this year from noon to 4 p.m. Registration will be on the back deck of the Red Bar in Grayton Beach. The first 150 anglers will receive a rod and reel combo provided by Fish Florida, bait and tackle from our friends at Yellowfin Ocean Sports, beach rod holder donated from Ferguson Water Works and an awesome T-shirt graciously given by Samuel Taylor Homes and Luke & Blues custom homebuilders. Also, the guys from Preble-Rish will be on hand grilling dogs for anyone who is hungry! (Please note: ALL children must be accompanied by an adult for both registration and while fishing on the beach.)
The top three anglers from each division will be awarded a medal offered by O’Connell & Associates. First place winners in the boys and girls categories will receive a Gold Pass to Big Kahuna provided by Mainsail Realty.
In addition to the awesome fishing and family fun, look for education stations set up by Florida Fish & Wildlife, TopSail State Park, Grayton Beach State Park as well as the Choctawhatchee Bay Alliance (CBA). Bill Horn, a retired FWC marine biologist, will also be on hand to teach the children about local fish species identification.
For registrations, visit www.ccaflorida.org and click on the South Walton chapter page.
Location:Grayton Beach: Florida’s Scenic Hwy 30A Grayton Beach, FL 32459

Restaurant Paradis Wine Dinner on 4/24 between 3pm5pm

We’re always celebrating food and wine in South Walton. Come out to Restaurant Paradis in Rosemary Beach for an afternoon of wine tasting from the award winning Justin Vineyards and Winery and Landmark Vineyards on Sunday, April 24 from 3-5pm.

Wines are paired with small bites created by Chef Mark Eichin.

$35 per person. Space is limited. Please call to reserve your spot. 850-534-0400.

Justin Winery has been making world class blends and single varietal wines for over 30 years in Paso Robles, CA. www.justinwine.com
Landmark Vineyards is an ultra-premium winery nestled in the heart of Sonoma Valley in Kenwood CA. www.landmarkwine.com
Throughout the year Paradis hosts select wine dinners and tastings from some of California’s most exclusive vintners.
Paradis offers fine libations and fresh coastal cuisine in a warm and elegant space in the heart of Rosemary Beach, Florida. Enjoy the perfect evening in the dining room, on the patio or loaf with friends in the lounge. Open daily at 5:00 pm for dinner. Reservations highly recommended.
Location:Restaurant Paradis: Rosemary Beach: 82 South Barrett Square Rosemary Beach, FL 32461

Spoken Word on 4/25 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 4/26 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 4/26 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!
Also, this year in Alys Beach don’t miss seasonal concerts in the amphitheater (6pm), weekly outdoor movies at sunset, and many special events throughout the year such as 4th of July concert and fireworks, Alys Beach 5K and Fun Run (Sep). The big event Alys Beach event is Digital Graffiti coming up May 13-15 this year (previously held in June each year). SoWal.com/Events Calendar.
Location: Alys Beach: 147 West La Garza Ln Alys Beach, FL 32413

Crawfish Boil & Sunset Hydrobike Ride on 4/26 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 4/26 between 6pm8pm

Vintage Movie Night at The Hub takes place on Tuesdays starting at 6pm. Come out for date night, girls 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

Hydrobike Ride & Dine at Red Bar on 4/27 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

Happy Hour Paddle on 4/27 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

Family Movie Night at The Hub on 4/27 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 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

Baytowne® Wednesday Night Concert Series on 4/27 between 7pm – 9pm

Live music in the events plaza | Spring 2016 Series | April Tribute Bands

April 27 Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones

http://www.rollingstoneshow.com

Recreating the sound of the legendary Rolling Stones, Satisfaction has become a widely known International touring tribute band to one of the world’s iconic Rock & Roll Band. Performing over 2,500 shows around the world, they’ve captured audiences from top casinos, performing arts centers, and music halls for the past 15 years. Featured in Rolling Stones Magazine, Las Vegas Today, and CBS Sunday Morning News, this cast brings a colorful performance to over 50 years of rock & roll hits.
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

Karaoke on 4/27 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