Area Events April 27th – May 4th 2016

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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

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival: Meet & Greet on 4/28 between 4pm8pm

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival presents a weekend of great wines, fine foods, live music from national artists, culinary celebrities and more, April 28 – May 1, 2016 at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin®.
THURSDAY, APRIL 28
VIP Meet and Greet with Winemakers and Industry Night
4 PM – 8 PM | Beachfront, Hilton Sandestin® Beach Golf Resort & Spa
By invitation only, this insider’s reception and dinner is hosted by wine and festival founder, Chan Cox. A casual occasion, guests are treated to an authentic South Walton menu, complete with freshly shucked oysters, delicious wines and craft beer. Enjoy live entertainment as the sun sets into the mesmerizing Gulf of Mexico.
Grand tastings, seminars, live music performances and Destin Charity Wine Auction events take place at Grand Boulevard in South Walton, Florida.
Taste as many of the 800 bottles of wine as you like, paired with delicious food selected to go with all varieties of wines in the Savor South Walton Culinary Village.
A prestigious lineup of celebrity winemakers, including wine superstar Cristina Mariani-May, Family Proprietor and co-CEO of Banfi Vintners, and Ronan Laborde of Chateau Clinet, known as the “Pomerol Superstar,” are among the headliners at the annual event.
Proceeds from the festival benefit Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which was named a Top 10 Wine Charity Auction by Wine Spectator magazine. Destin Wine Charity Auction Foundation supports children’s charities in Northwest Florida.
Grand Boulevard is the shop, dine, play and stay Town Center located on Northwest Florida’s Beaches. The center offers a dynamic lifestyle experience with convenient access to a multitude of exclusive shopping and dining options, entertainment, professional services, corporate offices and lodging. For more information, please call (850) 654 – 5929 or visit www.grandboulevard.com.
Location: Hilton Sandestin®: 4000 Sandestin® Blvd S Sandestin®, FL 32550

Happy Hour Paddle on 4/28 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

Introduction to Zen Meditation on 4/28 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

Americana Under the Stars at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on 4/28 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 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

Movies in the Park at WaterColor on 4/28 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 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.
Location: Marina Park: 746 Western Lake Drive WaterColor, FL 32459

Karaoke Party on 4/28 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

SUP Yoga + Brunch at the Bay on 4/29 between 10am – 3pm

Join in for a great day on the water! This half-day charter begins at our Paddle Hut Hideaway with an intro to Stand Up Paddling. We practice the basics in the secluded lagoon then paddle down the canal and out into the Bay. We set anchors and then the Yoga magic happens on the boards in the sunshine (come find out why we call it “sun-kissed bliss”)! Afterwards, instead of returning to the Hut, we keep heading west to arrive via paddleboard at the area’s coolest hangout – The Bay Restaurant – for brunch & cold beverages! Enjoy fresh sushi and southern Gulf coastal cuisine (meals & beverages not included in class price).
After we’ve recharged and re-hydrated, we paddle back to the Hut. This fun-filled fitness adventure is about 3 miles round trip and lasts about 4 hours. Get fit as you build new skills and confidence on the board & off. Experience the healing energy of nature combined with the deep relaxation of yoga AND the best Key Lime pie ever (go ahead – treat yourself – you’ve earned it)! This powerful combo is just what the doctor ordered!
AND… we’ll even capture you & your friends doing your favorite poses on the board on camera!
This half-day experience offers fun in the sun, fitness & adventure!
Also check out our AM SUP Yoga, Sunset SUP Yoga, Happy Hour Paddles, Full Moon Paddle and SUP & Canoe Rentals on the Bay!
Reserve your place online at www.30APaddleboardYoga.com or call or Text Shanda at 239-560-6667.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Indian Lunch on 4/29 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 32459

S’mores Social & Weenie Roast on 4/29 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 4/29 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

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Fest – Winemakers & Shakers on 4/29 between 4pm – 6pm

Join in as the festival organizers host honored winemakers and shakers from some of the top wineries in the world and taste great wines.
Click here to buy your tickets.
Location: Wine World Destin: 424 Commons Drive East Destin, FL 32541

Wine Tasting on 4/29 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

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival: Craft Beer and Spirits Jam on 4/29 between 6pm9pm

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival presents a weekend of great wines, fine foods, live music from national artists, culinary celebrities and more, April 28 – May 1, 2016 at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin®.
FRIDAY, APRIL 29
Winemakers and Shakers
4 PM – 6 PM | Wine World in Destin
Join us as we host honored winemakers and shakers from some of the top wineries in the world and taste great wines.
Craft Beer and Spirits Jam 
6 PM – 9 PM | Town Center and Grand Park
Taste and enjoy specialty craft beers and spirits from the hottest breweries and distilleries in the country. Meet the people who make these lively libations. Nosh on great food on EATS Street. Live music by local favorite, The Owsley BrothersTickets available online now.
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
April 28 – May 1, 2016
Taste as many of the 800 bottles of wine as you like, paired with delicious food selected to go with all varieties of wines in the Savor South Walton Culinary Village.
A prestigious lineup of celebrity winemakers, including wine superstar Cristina Mariani-May, Family Proprietor and co-CEO of Banfi Vintners, and Ronan Laborde of Chateau Clinet, known as the “Pomerol Superstar,” are among the headliners at the annual event.
Proceeds from the festival benefit Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which was named a Top 10 Wine Charity Auction by Wine Spectator magazine. Destin Wine Charity Auction Foundation supports children’s charities in Northwest Florida.
Grand Boulevard is the shop, dine, play and stay Town Center located on Northwest Florida’s Beaches. The center offers a dynamic lifestyle experience with convenient access to a multitude of exclusive shopping and dining options, entertainment, professional services, corporate offices and lodging. For more information, please call (850) 654 – 5929 or visit www.grandboulevard.com.
Location: Grand Boulevard: 600 Grand Blvd Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Seaside Farmers Market on 4/30 between 8am12pm

Seaside Farmers Market takes place in the Seaside Amphitheater every Saturday rain or shine! Hours are 8am til 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 4/30 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

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market on 4/30 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

Market Days of South Walton on 4/30 between 9am3pm

Market Days of South Walton will take place on Saturday, Apr. 30 from 9am til 5pm at South Walton High School.

Presented by Kathleen’s Kottage, Hilltop Production Events, and H & M Event Rentals.

Market Days is an outdoor market event that was previously scheduled for Easter weekend but postponed to Apr. 30 due to weather. The one-day event will be held in the football stadium of South Walton High School.

Join vendors from across the country offering a variety of items ranging from fine art, folk art, antique furniture and collectables, vintage, sports goods, antique vehicles, store overstock, gently used yard sale items, handcrafted furniture and jewelry, food vendors and much more. The open-air market will bring back the opportunity and experience we miss from the former South Walton Community Yard Sale. Applications are available now on line at www.hilltopproductionevents.com.

MORE events!

The Silent Auction benefitting Caring & Sharing of Walton County and the Children in Crises. Numerous artists and crafters have donated works for this event, as well as gift baskets, spa treatments and vacation packages. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The SWMD Car Show will take place around the vendor’s market, with a variety of classic, hot rods, vintage and antique vehicles. Awards will be given for People’s Choice, Overall second and Overall third place. Voting is done by all attending the event. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Awards presented at 2:15 pm

Organizational and Community Activities that include information from the state and county, water safety, pet adoption, and much more.

Vendors are urged to sign up early. This event is being put on by Hilltop Productions in conjunction with Kathleen’s Kottage of South Walton. Anyone interested in being a sponsor, vendor or volunteer should call William Donelson at 850-830-8478.

See http://www.hilltopproductionevents.com/ for more info and vendor application.
Location: South Walton High School: 645 Greenway Trail Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Adventure Tour: Coffeen Nature Preserve on 4/30 between 9:30am11:30am

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.
Historical Tour: Coffeen Nature Preserve
Guide: Susan Paladini
Mar 9, Mar 26, Apr 30, May 4, May 28
9:30am – 11:30am | Fee: $20
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. No minimum.
Location: Coffeen Nature Preserve, Santa Rosa Beach
Fee: $20
Eco-adventure tour schedule and descriptions are available online at www.basinalliance.org. Tour prices vary, starting at $15. Registration is by phone at 850-200-4160.
Location: Coffeen Nature Preserve: 146 Coffeen Hill Rd Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Swim With Dolphin Day at Gulf World on 4/30 at 10:30am

Hey KIDS! Come out to Gulf World in Panama City Beach on Saturday, Apr. 30. Bring a new toy for donation and swim with dolphins…
Coming up April 30th – 10 Thousand Smiles is hosted by Dolphin Discovery Foundation, with the aim that children perform interactive swim with dolphin’s programs for a special price and this way, collect toys for the benefit of underprivileged children.
This celebration is happening around the world at Dolphin Discovery facilities including Gulf World in Panama City Beach, Fl. Up to 60 participants can take part in this special program at Gulf World at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 30th.
Children 17 and under can swim with a dolphin by bringing a children’s toy valued at $15 or more. Adults can participate for $45. Children under 4’7″ must be accompanied in the water by a paying adult participant 18 years or older one on one.
These toys will be donated to the Toys for Kids foundation. Guests must call 850-234-5271 to sign up, up to 60 participants can take part in this program.
Reserve your spot today! “It’s important that we give back to the community, and to underprivileged youth. We are happy to take part in this Dolphin Discovery tradition.” Pam George, Gulf World General Manager.
Location: 15412 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32413

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Fest – VIP Wine Tasting on 4/30 between 11am – 1pm

For the ultimate wine experience, the VIP Wine Tasting has top wine celebrities presenting and pouring rare and collectable wines. Food tastings from fabulous Grand Boulevard and South Walton restaurants. Receive your own commemorative Riedel glass round out this exclusive tasting. Express entry to Saturday’s Grand Tasting is included in ticket price. The event will take place in Grand Park.
Click here to buy your tickets.
Location: Grand Boulevard: 600 Grand Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival on 4/30 between 11am5pm

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival presents a weekend of great wines, fine foods, live music from national artists, culinary celebrities and more, April 28 – May 1, 2016 at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin®.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30
VIP Wine Tasting
11 AM – 1 PM | Grand Park
For the ultimate wine experience, the VIP Wine Tasting has top wine celebrities presenting and pouring rare and collectable wines. Food tastings from fabulous Grand Boulevard and South Walton restaurants. Receive your own commemorative Riedel glass round out this exclusive tasting. Express entry to Saturday’s Grand Tasting is included in ticket price.
Destin Charity Wine Auction Reserve Tasting
1 PM – 3 PM | Auction Central
This kick-off to the annual wine auction allows guests to enjoy fantastic reserve wines while perusing the silent auction items, including fabulous vacation trips and collectable wines. Part of the Destin Charity Wine Auction.
Grand Tasting
1 PM – 5 PM
Town Center and Culinary Village
It’s all about the wine! It truly is all about the quality, diversity and scope of wines being offered and the skills and relevance of the people bringing them to you. Over 800 wines will be available at the Grand Tasting, Savor South Walton Culinary Village, tasting seminars, Champagne Lane, Spirits Row, chef demos and live entertainment.
Champagne Lane
1 PM – 5 PM | Town Center
Special guests and wine celebrities will walk you through Champagne Lane, featuring the finest Champagnes and sparkling wines. This festive addition greets festival attendees as you walk into the event. Taste delicious Champagnes and sparkling wines, sign up for giveaways and, of course, delight in the bubbles, literally!
Tasting Seminars
1 PM – 5 PM | Savor South Walton Culinary Village in North Park
Tasting Seminars take place throughout the Grand Tastings in Savor South Walton Culinary Village. Learn the back stories while you taste new and exciting wines and libations during one of the entertaining tasting seminars taking place on Saturday. Learn how to select and pair wines with food. Sample fine and rare wines and spirits.
Destin Charity Wine Auction
3 PM | Auction Central
This unparalleled charity event raises money for children in need in Northwest Florida and was named a “Top 10 Charity Wine Auction” by Wine Spectator magazine. For more information about Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s amazing mission and this event, please visit website:www.DCWAF.org. Separate ticketed event.
Nashville Songwriters Showcase
Throughout the Day | Town Center
During the Grand Wine Tasting, the top songwriters from Nashville will perform their hit songs as part of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s (FRLA) Endless Summer Songwriters Series.
Tickets available at sowalwine.com.
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
April 28 – May 1, 2016
Taste as many of the 800 bottles of wine as you like, paired with delicious food selected to go with all varieties of wines in the Savor South Walton Culinary Village.
A prestigious lineup of celebrity winemakers, including wine superstar Cristina Mariani-May, Family Proprietor and co-CEO of Banfi Vintners, and Ronan Laborde of Chateau Clinet, known as the “Pomerol Superstar,” are among the headliners at the annual event.
Proceeds from the festival benefit Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which was named a Top 10 Wine Charity Auction by Wine Spectator magazine. Destin Wine Charity Auction Foundation supports children’s charities in Northwest Florida.
Grand Boulevard is the shop, dine, play and stay Town Center located on Northwest Florida’s Beaches. The center offers a dynamic lifestyle experience with convenient access to a multitude of exclusive shopping and dining options, entertainment, professional services, corporate offices and lodging. For more information, please call (850) 654 – 5929 or visit www.grandboulevard.com.
Location: Grand Boulevard: 600 Grand Blvd Miramar Beach, FL 32550

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Fest – Grand Tasting on 4/30 between 1pm – 5pm

It’s all about the wine! It truly is all about the quality, diversity and scope of wines being offered and the skills and relevance of the people bringing them to you. Over 800 wines will be available at the Grand Tasting, Savor South Walton Culinary Village, tasting seminars, Champagne Lane, Spirits Row, chef demos and live entertainment. this event will take place in the Town Center and Culinary Village.
Click here to buy your tickets.
Location: Grand Boulevard: 600 Grand Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Fest – DCWA Reserve Tasting on 4/30 between 1pm – 3pm

This kick-off to the annual wine auction allows guests to enjoy fantastic reserve wines while perusing the silent auction items, including fabulous vacation trips and collectable wines. Part of the Destin Charity Wine Auction (DCWA). This event will take place in Auction Central in Grand Boulevard’s.
Click here to buy your tickets.
Location: Grand Boulevard: 600 Grand Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Destin Charity Wine Auction at Grand Boulevard on 4/30 between 1pm5pm

The 11th annual Destin Charity Wine Auction will take place on the last weekend of April 2016. The schedule of events is below. Registration is now available.
The event draws wine aficionados, gourmet chefs, and celebrity vintners from around the globe to enjoy world-class wines in the picture-perfect setting & white sand beaches of the Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast. Funds raised will benefit our local charities impacting the lives of children in need.
The 10th Annual Auction in 2015 ranked among the nation’s top 10 highest-grossing charity auctions by Wine Spectator Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Over the last 10 years, DCWAF has donated more than $10 million to support children in need in Northwest Florida. In 2015, DCWAF donated $2.3 million to 14 local charities serving children in need! Attached is the press release with details as well as details for the 2016 Auction, which will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
2016 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Patron Dinner/ Restaurant Dinner of your choice – Friday (4/29)
On April 29th, some of the Emerald Coast’s most exquisite homes set the stage for the 2016 Patron Dinners. Each Patron Dinner will feature a nationally recognized chef paired with world-class celebrity vintners. The dinners provide a unique opportunity to interact with fellow wine enthusiasts while enjoying innovative cuisine and the world’s best wines. As patrons, you will also enjoy complimentary transportation to and from your dinner. Each dinner will benefit one of our 14 charities and allow a chance to see firsthand how your generosity is changing the lives of the children in need in our community.
Reserve Tasting & Live Auction – Saturday (4/30)
On April 30th, the Reserve Tasting and Live Auction will be held under an air-conditioned tent on Grand Boulevard at Sandestin® Town Center’s North Lawn. It will feature distinctive wines from internationally acclaimed vintners, poured and paired with cuisine created by a selection of the area’s top local restaurants. The Reserve Tasting is accompanied by a silent auction as well as an almost live auction featuring wine, autographed large format bottles, art and more. The event will culminate with a high-energy live auction, which includes rare and distinctive wines, spectacular trips and other incredible one-of-a-kind items.
1:00 P.M. – Reserve Tasting & Silent Auction
3:00 P.M. – Live Auction
LOCATION – Grand Boulevard at Sandestin® Town Center’s North Lawn
ADDRESS – 600 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach, FL 32550
ATTIRE – Resort Casual
Registration for Destin Charity Wine Auction patron dinners and auction available online now.
In 2016, Destin Charity Wine Auction will feature approximately 300 silent and live offerings, and will welcome hundreds of auction attendees who look forward to the ability to secure rare and highly sought after wines and wine-oriented trips. In 2016, DCWAF is proud to offer auction lots that include trips to New York City, London, Tokyo, as well as five wine trips to Italy, and three wine trips to France. New for 2016, the Auction will feature trips to Montana, Seattle, and the Canadian Rockies. The 2016 Auction will also feature rare wines, including Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Shafer and their signature lot “Magnum Force” that includes a record 50 magnums of wine.
This year, the Destin Charity Wine Auction will be held on Saturday, April 30 at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The 2016 Honorary Vintner is Ric Forman of Forman Vineyard and the International Honorary Vintner is Cristina Mariani-May of Castello Banfi. The weekend kicks off with 14 intimate Patron Dinners held on Friday evening, April 29, allowing patrons to experience exclusive wine and food pairings and get a closer look at one of the 14 charities this mission-driven event benefits. For more information on DCWAF and the Auction, visit www.dcwaf.org.

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s mission is to connect wine enthusiasts to raise money to benefit children in need in Northwest Florida. Founded in 2005, DCWAF has donated more than $10 million to Northwest Florida charities through hosting world class wine and culinary events. These funds have impacted the lives of over 60,000 youth, including those afflicted by health issues and abuse. The funds raised are distributed to 14 local non-profit organizations for specific projects and programs that benefit children. Charity partners for 2015 include Children in Crisis, Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Emerald Coast Autism Center, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Food for Thought, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, Arc of the Emerald Coast, Homelessness and Housing Alliance, Pathways for Change, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, Shelter House of Northwest Florida, AMIKids Emerald Coast, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, and Youth Village. Learn more at DCWAF.org or facebook.com/DCWAF.

Destin Charity Wine Auction takes place at Grand Boulevard as part of the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. 

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
April 28 – May 1, 2016
Taste as many of the 800 bottles of wine as you like, paired with delicious food selected to go with all varieties of wines in the Savor South Walton Culinary Village.
A prestigious lineup of celebrity winemakers, including wine superstar Cristina Mariani-May, Family Proprietor and co-CEO of Banfi Vintners, and Ronan Laborde of Chateau Clinet, known as the “Pomerol Superstar,” are among the headliners at the annual event.
Proceeds from the festival benefit Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which was named a Top 10 Wine Charity Auction by Wine Spectator magazine. Destin Wine Charity Auction Foundation supports children’s charities in Northwest Florida.
Grand Boulevard is the shop, dine, play and stay Town Center located on Northwest Florida’s Beaches. The center offers a dynamic lifestyle experience with convenient access to a multitude of exclusive shopping and dining options, entertainment, professional services, corporate offices and lodging. For more information, please call (850) 654 – 5929 or visit www.grandboulevard.com.
Location: Grand Boulevard : 600 Grand Blvd Miramar Beach, FL 32550

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Fest – Tasting Seminars on 4/30 between 1pm – 5pm

Tasting Seminars take place throughout the Grand Tastings in Savor South Walton Culinary Village. Learn the back stories while you taste new and exciting wines and libations during one of the entertaining tasting seminars taking place on Saturday. Learn how to select and pair wines with food. Sample fine and rare wines and spirits.
Click here to buy your tickets.
Location: Grand Boulevard: 600 Grand Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Destin Charity Wine Auction on 4/30 at 3pm

This unparalleled charity event raises money for children in need in Northwest Florida and was named a “Top 10 Charity Wine Auction” by Wine Spectator magazine. For more information about Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s amazing mission and this event or to buy tickets, please visit their website.
Location: Grand Boulevard: 600 Grand Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Cocktails & Classics at The Pearl Rooftop on 4/30 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 4/30 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

30A Farmers’ Market on 5/1 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 5/1 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 TV’s, 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

Military Appreciation Month – Enter to Win from 5/1 till 5/31 between 10am – 9pm

Military members and their families are invited to Silver Sands Premium Outlets during the month of May to enter to win a Shop & Stay prize package. Visit the Information Center, located between Kate Spade New York and Vera Bradley, to enter and also receive a free Savings Passport and list of year-round military discounts. Participants must present valid military ID.
Location: Silver Sands Premium Outlets: 10562 Emerald Coast Parkway Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Tea Fore Her at The Vue on 5/1 between 1pm3pm

Time to get out your finest pearls and fanciest hat and join us for an afternoon of tea benefitting Fore Her.
Join Fore Her friends for tea, scones, petit fours and quiche at Vue on 30a on Sunday, May 1 from 1-3pm. There will be great tea, great food, fabulous view, a few awesome raffle prizes and wonderful company.
This is a perfect event to bring your mom, daughter, grandmother, group of girlfriends for a few hours of tea, talking and food while raising funds for local women with breast cancer and their families in financial need.
Limited seating!
Donation of $40 per adult and $35 per child 13 and under.
Link to reserve your ticket for a donation:
http://foreher.org/events/See the website for sponsorship opportunities of this event.

Fore Her Signature Event
The Fore Her Golf Outing 2016 will be held at Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club on September 30! Mark your calendar and come out for a great day of golf and fun Fore Her! Meanwhile, make plans to attend Tea Fore Her!

Location: Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club: 4801 West County Hwy 30A Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Fest – Tasting Seminars on 5/1 between 1pm – 5pm

Tasting Seminars take place throughout the Grand Tastings in Savor South Walton Culinary Village. Learn the back stories while you taste new and exciting wines and libations during one of the entertaining tasting seminars taking place on Saturday. Learn how to select and pair wines with food. Sample fine and rare wines and spirits.
Click here to buy your tickets.
Location: Grand Boulevard: 600 Grand Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Fest – Grand Tasting on 5/1 between 1pm – 5pm

Sometimes something is so much fun you want to do it all over again. Welcome back to day two of the Grand Tasting. For those of you just joining us, relax and enjoy ambling around Grand Boulevard’s large Town Center as you taste as many of the 800 bottles of wine as you like. Mosey on over to the Savor South Walton Culinary Village and taste delicious food, selected to go with all varietals of wines. Check out the lifestyle stations and listen to the songwriters who came in from Nashville to play just for you.
Click here to buy your tickets.
Location: Grand Boulevard: 600 Grand Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Fest – Champagne Lane on 5/1 between 1pm – 5pm

Special guests and wine celebrities will walk you through Champagne Lane, featuring the finest Champagnes and sparkling wines. This festive addition greets festival attendees as you walk into the event. Taste delicious Champagnes and sparkling wines, sign up for giveaways and, of course, delight in the bubbles, literally!
Click here to buy your tickets.
Location: Grand Boulevard: 600 Grand Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Music in Pictures Community Festival on 5/1 between 2pm5pm

The Music in Pictures Community Festival will be held at Freeport High School Sunday, May 1 at 2pm.
Music in Pictures, presented by Rosemary Beach Foundation, is an educational project and student art contest. Students from area schools listened to and visually interpreted works by classical composers.
Celebrate Arts in Education! Festivities include student artwork screening (slideshow of 372 paintings inspired by classical music), awards presentation, classical music performances, instrumental petting zoo, and photographs.
Featuring Talented Artists From These Walton County Schools
Bay Elementary School
Emerald Coast Middle School
Freeport Elementary School
Freeport Middle School
Freeport High School
Maude Saunders Elementary School
Mossy Head School
Ohana Institute
Paxton School
Seaside Neighborhood School
South Walton High School
The Tree House Episcopal Montessori School
Van R. Butler Elementary School
Walton Middle School
Walton High School
West DeFuniak Elementary School
Presented by Rosemary Beach Foundation, the Annual Music in Pictures is an educational art initiative and juried art contest open to ALL students in grade K-12 in the Walton County school system – both public and private. Created in collaboration with professional musicians and university faculty, Music in Pictures promotes creativity, encourages lifelong appreciation of symphonic music, enhances learning and provides educational enrichment.
Music in Pictures includes classroom presentation, live performances by Florida State University musicians, professional development workshops for teachers and an awards ceremony.
Location: Freeport High School: 12615 U.s Highway 331 South Santa Rosa Beach , FL 32439

Spoken Word on 5/2 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 5/3 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 Tasting on 5/3 between 5pm – 7pm

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: Fonville Press: 147 N Charles Street Alys Beach, FL 32413

Crawfish Boil & Sunset Hydrobike Ride on 5/3 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

Hydrobike Ride & Dine at Red Bar on 5/4 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.
Location: Grayton Beach: Florida’s Scenic Hwy 30A Grayton Beach, FL 32459

Adventure Tour: Coffeen Nature Preserve on 5/4 between 9:30am11:30am

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.
Historical Tour: Coffeen Nature Preserve
Guide: Susan Paladini
Mar 9, Mar 26, Apr 30, May 4, May 28
9:30am – 11:30am | Fee: $20
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. No minimum.
Location: Coffeen Nature Preserve, Santa Rosa Beach
Fee: $20
Eco-adventure tour schedule and descriptions are available online at www.basinalliance.org. Tour prices vary, starting at $15. Registration is by phone at 850-200-4160.
Location: Coffeen Nature Preserve: 146 Coffeen Hill Rd Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Happy Hour Paddle on 5/4 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

Baytowne® Wednesday Night Concert Series on 5/4 between 7pm9pm

Welcome to The Village of Baytowne® Wharf where the music rolls every Wednesday night from 7-9pm. Don’t miss the May 2016 lineup in the events plaza in the heart of #SandestinFL.
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.
Live music in the events plaza | May Blues
May 4 JP Soars & The Red Hots
http://www.jpsoars.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.
Follow The Village of Baytowne® Wharf on Facebook for updates on upcoming festivals and events. And check Sandestin® Golf & Beach Resort on Facebook for lodging specials and beautiful scenes from the beach.

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