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THURSDAY, FEB. 6

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

SATURDAY, FEB. 8

CHILI COOKOFF AND MARKET

De’France Antiques, Fort Walton Beach, 10 AM-2 PM

Defranceantiques.com

Share your AMazing chili—call 850-314-7500 to sign up for FREE. Then show up with your crock pot and enjoy the Saturday Market with local vendors, artists and crafters.

COMPLIMENTARY TROPICAL RE-UNION WEDDING VOW RENEWAL

Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s, Destin, 2 PM

www.LuLuBuffett.com/Destin

Celebrate your love and commitment by officially renewing your wedding vows at LuLu’s. Registration begins at 11 AM, with the complimentary wedding vow renewal ceremony performed by popular officiant and Parrot Head Hurricane Jane Carver at 2 PM. Be sure to pre-register so LuLu’s can have Certificates of Reunion ready for each couple.

Complimentary champagne toasts, wedding cake and flowers for the “brides,” plus prizes for the couples who have been married the longest and shortest and who are dressed the most festively. Register online or call 850-710-5858.

EIGHTH ANNUAL ROCK THE ROAD 5K & 10K

Pompano Joe’s, Miramar Beach, 8:30 AM-Noon

www.JLEC.org

The rock ‘n roll themed race—dress as your favorite icon—benefits The Junior League of the Emerald Coast’s Child Clothing Project.

FRESH START FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN MARDI GRAS BALL

Emerald Coast Convention Center, Okaloosa Island, 7-11 PM

FreshStartFL.com

Silent auctions, food, music, and lots of dancing to benefit the nonprofit that helps local children and families overcome homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency. Tickets are $75 each, tables of 10 $700 each. Sponsorships available. Call 850-243-5648 for more info.

GRAND BOULEVARD FARMERS MARKET

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, 9 AM-1 PM

GrandBoulevard.com

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

SEASIDE FARMERS MARKET

Seaside, 8 AM

SeasideFL.com

SUNDAY, FEB. 9

BRUNCH, RHYTHM & BREWS

HarborWalk Village, Destin

HarborWalkVillage.com

Enjoy brunch and brews at Harry T’s, Jackacudas and Margaritaville, then soak up the sounds of The Two Hoodoos on the main stage at 2 PM.

Hannah Martin

LA LUMIERE PRESENTS “MADLY GIVING”

The Lakehouse at WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach, 3-8 PM

www.hannahmartinsparty.com

Hannah Martin’s annual fundraiser benefits Special Olympics Florida – Walton County and Westonwood Ranch. Dress in quirky cocktail attire to match this year’s “Alice in Wonderland” theme, and enjoy the “Mad Makeover Room,” quirky cocktails, decadent food served family style, and entertainment beyond your wildest dreams. Individual tickets are $500 and can be purchased online.

30A FARMERS MARKET

Rosemary Beach, 9 AM-1 PM

Satisfying salts, teas, spices, blends and more.

MONDAY, FEB. 10

TECHNOLOGY IN FOCUS

Destin Library, 10 AM

850-837-8572

FREE to attend, but registration is required.

TUESDAY, FEB. 11

BEANSTALK BRIGADE FOR AGES 4-7

Destin Library, 4 PM

850-837-8572

Kids will explore their imaginations with great stories using longer picture books, poetry, flannel stories, folk tales, and expressive art. FREE to attend for beginning readers—no registration required.

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

RISE & RUN

Camille’s at Crystal Beach, Destin

The run club meets at Camille’s for coffee at 6 AM, then embarks on a barefoot beach run at 6:15.

THE RISE OF WHITE NATIONALISM IN 21ST CENTURY AMERICA

Destin Library, 2 PM

850-837-8572

Former Southern Poverty Law Center president Richard Cohen speaks. FREE—no registration required. Presented by the Friends Guild of the Destin Library.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12

LADIES’ NIGHT

Camille’s at Crystal Beach, Destin

www.CamillesAtCrystalBeach.com

Half off drinks for the ladies! Two bucks off sushi rolls!

THURSDAY, FEB. 13

NAVARRE GARDEN CLUB PRESENTS “WHY GO NATIVE?”

Navarre Visitor Center, 1-3 PM

hort@navarregardenclub.org

Jytte Fawzy discusses the benefits of native plants. Email or call Ginger at 850-396-5494 for more info.

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

FRIDAY, FEB. 14

SHARING & CARING VALENTINE’S DAY FUNDRAISER

AJ’s on the Bayou, Fort Walton Beach, 5-9 PM

A portion of the dinner service will be donated to the Okaloosa County nonprofit.

FRIDAY, FEB. 14-SATURDAY, FEB. 15

THE 31ST ANNUAL SANDESTIN GUMBO FESTIVAL

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, 5 PM Friday, Noon-4 PM Saturday

www.sandestingumbofestival.com

Sample a variety of gumbo and vote your favorite as the “People’s Choice” winner. Dark or light roux? Chicken, sausage or seafood? Celebrity judges will name the area’s best. Gulf Coast restaurants will be featured along with live music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe and children’s activities. Plus—who will win Best Bloody Mary at the Beach?

More in this issue’s Cover Story.

SATURDAY, FEB. 15

BEANS & BEADS MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL & CHILI COOK-OFF

Main Street, Crestview, 11 AM-4 PM

Music, vendors, delicious chili and more.

GRAND BOULEVARD FARMERS MARKET

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, 9 AM-1 PM

GrandBoulevard.com

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

SEASIDE FARMERS MARKET

Seaside, 8 AM

SeasideFL.com

SATURDAY, FEB. 15-SUNDAY, FEB. 16

VALENTINE TOUR OF HOMES

Various Locations Throughout South Walton, 10 AM-4 PM Saturday and Noon-4 PM Sunday

CulturalArtsAlliance.com

Valentine’s weekend typically means romantic dinners and flowers for most, but for South Walton residents and visitors alike it also signals the highly anticipated annual Valentine Tour of Homes presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. The tour showcases stunning interiors, architecturally acclaimed homes and picturesque settings, bringing inspiration to tourgoers’ winter weekend at the beach.

Tickets are available in advance and at the door the day of the event, valid for the entire weekend with one entry per house. Please note that as most of these homes are private residencies, they cannot be guaranteed as ADA compliant. Contact the CAA office in advance for questions regarding access.

SUNDAY, FEB. 16

BRUNCH, RHYTHM & BREWS

HarborWalk Village, Destin

HarborWalkVillage.com

Enjoy brunch and brews at Harry T’s, Jackacudas and Margaritaville, then soak up the sounds of BobbyD on the main stage at 2 PM.

30A FARMERS MARKET

Rosemary Beach, 9 AM-1 PM

Satisfying salts, teas, spices, blends and more.

TUESDAY, FEB. 18

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

RISE & RUN

Camille’s at Crystal Beach, Destin

The run club meets at Camille’s for coffee at 6 AM, then embarks on a barefoot beach run at 6:15.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19

BEACHCOMBING 101

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, 2-3 PM

Nbmss.ticketbud.com

Learn all about seashells with a classroom presentation and guided walking tour of Navarre Beach. Cost is $10 per person—preregistration required. Each participant will receive a session take-away. Visiting Snowbirds encouraged to attend.

LADIES’ NIGHT

Camille’s at Crystal Beach, Destin

www.CamillesAtCrystalBeach.com

Half off drinks for the ladies! Two bucks off sushi rolls!

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19-SUNDAY, FEB. 23

NINTH ANNUAL 30A WINE FESTIVAL

Alys Beach

30AWineFestival.com

Showcasing renowned vintners and beloved culinary personalities, the five-day celebration will benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network.  The festival kicks off with an intimate wine dinner featuring a four-course meal prepared by Alys Beach Executive Chef Drew Dzejak.

Thursday night, Garden & Gun magazine comes to life during Oysters & Champagne in Central Park. Friday night features Bourbon, Beer & Butts, a down-to-earth and lively barbecue, bourbon and beer tasting featuring some of the country’s best pit masters, distillers and craft brewers accompanied by live music that’ll have you tapping your toes.

Saturday offers an opportunity for wine-lovers to wine and dine as they indulge in tasting seminars followed by the evening’s grand tasting along the town’s picturesque streetscape. Rosé & Croquet on Sunday features rosé tastings, a delicious brunch, and the beloved croquet tournament.

THURSDAY, FEB. 20

BUBBLY BAYTOWNE

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, 5-7 PM

www.BaytowneWharf.com

An evening of FREE champagne for 21 and uppers at various Village merchants.

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

FRIDAY, FEB. 21

MARDI GRAS BIG EASY BAR CRAWL

HarborWalk Village, Destin, 6:30 PM

HarborWalkVillage.com

Dress in your Mardi Gras best for a bingo-style bar crawl. Pick up your cards at 6:30 and turn them back in for raffle drawing. Plus—compete for the title of Mardi Gras King and Queen at Coyote Ugly Saloon at 10 PM.

MARDI GRAS MASQUERADE

Destin Commons, 6-8 PM

Live music, FREE face painting and photo booth. Family-friendly parade starts at 7.

FRIDAY, FEB. 21-SATURDAY, FEB. 22

THE CITY OF DESTIN’S 14TH ANNUAL SPRING CRAFT SHOW

Destin Community Center, 9:30 AM-5 PM Friday, 9 AM-3 PM Saturday

Over 70 vendors display handcrafted jewelry, woodcarvings, painting, food items and more. Vendor booths available for $45 ($55 for non-residents of Destin). Call 850-654-5184. FREE to attend.

SATURDAY, FEB. 22

GRAND BOULEVARD FARMERS MARKET

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, 9 AM-1 PM

GrandBoulevard.com

MARDI GRAS GOLF SCRAMBLE

Shalimar Pointe Golf Club, Shalimar, 8:30 AM

Presented by the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, with all proceeds benefiting the museum’s education and community engagement initiatives as well as improvements to existing exhibits. Register at www.heritage-museum.org/special-events.

MARDI GRAS PARADE & PAWDI GRAS

HarborWalk Village, Destin, 2-7 PM

HarborWalkVillage.com

Fais Do Do performs at 2 PM, followed by dazzling floats and street performers in the parade at 4. Pawdi Gras pet costume contest follows at 5.

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

SEASIDE FARMERS MARKET

Seaside, 8 AM

SeasideFL.com

SUNDAY, FEB. 23

BRUNCH, RHYTHM & BREWS

HarborWalk Village, Destin

HarborWalkVillage.com

Enjoy brunch and brews at Harry T’s, Jackacudas and Margaritaville, then soak up the sounds of Beachcomber Music Awards Hall of Famer Joe Fingas on the main stage at 2 PM.

MARDI GRAS PARADE

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, 2 PM

www.BaytowneWharf.com

Costumed dogs and humans, unique and colorful floats, live music and a barrage of beads, moon pies and other trinkets.

30A FARMERS MARKET

Rosemary Beach, 9 AM-1 PM

Satisfying salts, teas, spices, blends and more.

TUESDAY, FEB. 25

BAYTOWNE MARDI STREET PARDI

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, 6 PM

www.BaytowneWharf.com

Let down your hair and let the good times roll with live music, street performers and more.

BEANSTALK BRIGADE FOR AGES 4-7

Destin Library, 4 PM

850-837-8572

Kids will explore their imaginations with great stories using longer picture books, poetry, flannel stories, folk tales, and expressive art. FREE to attend for beginning readers—no registration required.

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

RISE & RUN

Camille’s at Crystal Beach, Destin

The run club meets at Camille’s for coffee at 6 AM, then embarks on a barefoot beach run at 6:15.

SIP SIP HOORAY! WINE TASTING & FOOD PAIRING

Camille’s Café, Destin, 3-5 PM

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26

LADIES’ NIGHT

Camille’s at Crystal Beach, Destin

www.CamillesAtCrystalBeach.com

Half off drinks for the ladies! Two bucks off sushi rolls!

THURSDAY, FEB. 27

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

FRIDAY, FEB. 28-SATURDAY, FEB. 29

JOSEPH RIBKOFF FALL 2020 PREVIEW TRUNK SHOW

Today’s Boutique, Destin, 11 AM-6 PM Both Days

Get a sneak peek and try on sample sizes from the upscale yet functional line. Call 850-837-5565 for more info.

SATURDAY, FEB. 29

BEACH CLEANUP

WET Inc., 818 U.S. 98, Destin, 9 AM

Wetdestin.com

Teams will be assigned to Norriego Point Beach and the Destin Harbor. Meet at the WET shop. Call 850-974-0134 for more info.

GRAND BOULEVARD FARMERS MARKET

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, 9 AM-1 PM

GrandBoulevard.com

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

SEASIDE FARMERS MARKET

Seaside, 8 AM

SeasideFL.com

SUNDAY, MARCH 1

30A FARMERS MARKET

Rosemary Beach, 9 AM-1 PM

Satisfying salts, teas, spices, blends and more.

MONDAY, MARCH 2

ONLINE SAFETY AND SECURITY

Destin Library, 10 AM

850-837-8572

FREE to attend, but registration is required.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

RISE & RUN

Camille’s at Crystal Beach, Destin

The run club meets at Camille’s for coffee at 6 AM, then embarks on a barefoot beach run at 6:15.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4

LADIES’ NIGHT

Camille’s at Crystal Beach, Destin

www.CamillesAtCrystalBeach.com

Half off drinks for the ladies! Two bucks off sushi rolls!

THURSDAY, MARCH 5

LADIES NIGHT OUT: AN EVENING OF HEALTH, WELLNESS AND FUN

The Henderson, Destin, 5:30-8:30 PM

EmeraldCoastLNO.com

Learn. Explore. Laugh. Ladies are invited to attend an exclusive celebration of health, wellness and fun. From Botox to aching feet, chair massages and fabulous mini-makeovers, attendees will have a chance to talk one-on-one with over 18 physicians and experts about various health and wellness topics.

Ladies will be greeted with champagne upon arrival and will also indulge in a delicious display of heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, plus the opportunity to win over 25 door prizes. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased now online. This event is held in partnership with Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Twin Cities Hospital and Destin Chamber of Commerce.

OKALOOSA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET

Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach, 7 AM-2 PM

850-689-5850

Locally grown produce and more.

 

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