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February 4

February 5

You’re invitee to the City of Fort Walton Beach Mardi Gras Parade & Downtown Throwdown on Sunday, February 5th rom 11 to 4. The party takes place at the corner of Ferry Road and First Street. The parade kicks off at 11am.  Live music at the Throwdown features Dikki Du and Zydeco Krewe until 4pm.

The parade route starts at First Street and Eglin Parkway with floats lining up on First Street between Eglin Parkway and Perry Avenue. The parade will travel up Eglin Parkway, right on Perry Avenue, slight right on Ferry Road, ending at First Street.

February 5

The Emerald Coast Music Alliance presents a free public concert on Sunday, February 5th at 4pm at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. The concert features pianist Alon Goldstein and international special guest performers. Get more details at EmeraldCoastMusic.org.

February 10

The Emerald Coast Science Center Trivia Night: Rom-Com Edition is February 10th from 6 to 8pm. Test your wits at this special Rom-Com edition of Trivia Night. Maximum 6 people per team. This event is for ages 21 & up. The winning team will receive one $25 gift certificate to the center, good for admission, workshops, gift shop purchases, planetarium events, and more. Have a glass of wine, woo your sweetheart with some chocolates, and start Valentine’s celebrations off right with a fun trivia challenge. Harry wishes he met Sally at one of our trivia nights!

Admission is $12 for nonmembers, $10 for members and the ticket price includes two beverages (beer, wine, and nonalcoholic options available), light appetizers, and of course, chocolates! For more details visit the Emerald Coast Science Center website here.

February 10 – 19

“The Last Five Years”

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Cabaret Stage: Dramatic Musical

560 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach, visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org

Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m, Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m.

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically. The two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.  With brilliantly intricate music that is both gorgeous and heartbreaking, “The Last Five Years” is a beautifully compelling chronicle in the book of love.

February 18

Main Street Crestview Association invites you to “Muggles on Main,” on Saturday, February 18, in Downtown Crestview from 10am until 3pm. The Harry Potter inspired “Muggles on Main” event includes two phases of Lord Voldemort’s Escape room, lunch at Cafe 9 3/4, along with a scavenger hunt, raffle, selfie stations, vendors and Main Street businesses selling Harry Potter centric items, and a character or two spotting. Reservations are required for a few of the activities. Visit here for more event details.

February 23

Planetarium Special Feature: Stars & Stories of Africa. Celebrate Black History Month with a special planetarium event! Space is limited. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Celebrate Black History Month with a special planetarium event! We’ll travel the cosmos to learn more about the ancient Kush people, exactly what the Kenyan Borana Star Calendar was, and identify the Swahili names for the planets. You’ll get to hear African folklore stories and even discover how enslaved African Americans were able to follow the stars to freedom in the north.

Shows begin at 6 and 7 p.m. All shows last approximately 45 minutes.

Our Planetarium is an inflatable dome. Guests sit on cushions on the floor of the planetarium to view the show. Space is limited, so purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended for this reason.  Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled showing. In case of no-shows/late shows: reserved spots will be released at show time to make space for the next party.

Seating is limited and very popular. We encourage purchasing your tickets in advance, as this is a first come, first served event. Please call 850-664-1261, stop by the Science Center, or use our online ticketing option to purchase your tickets.

Our planetarium is powered by FPL

Nonmember $12 Adult • $10 Child • $10 Senior, Member $10 Adult • $8 Child • $8 Senior
Planetarium Special Feature shows do not qualify for free member admission; reduced pricing is available for members.http://ecscience.org/events

February 24 – March 5, 2023

“Steel Magnolias”

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Mainstage Dramatic Comedy

560 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach, visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org

Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Make an appointment at Truvy’s Beauty Salon and get all the latest gossip from Shelby, M’Lynn, and the rest of the magnolias as they navigate life’s greatest joys and tragedies.  Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, you will find a little piece of yourself in each of the characters.  Filled with so much heart and warmth, Steel Magnolias touches on the gentle strength and courage that every woman carries within them as they support each other through the good times and bad.

February 24 & 26, 2023

Crescendo! 2023 – February 24, 2023 | 6PM, February 26, 2023|11:30AM

This highly anticipated event extravaganza kicks off on Friday with a series of intimate Vintner Dinners. On Sunday, the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa will transform into a chic ebony and ivory-themed fete. Crescendo! Main Event features world-class vintners and spirit purveyors, delectable bites, a seated lunch, amazing auction items and live entertainment. Tickets are $195. Proceeds benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education programs. SinfoniaGulfCoast.org.

February 25

February 27

Listen to the Earth in a whole new way! A highly interactive presentation hosted in our planetarium guides audiences through the groundbreaking new science of Soundscape Ecology. Exclusive premier experience for Emerald Coast Science Center members only. Preregistration is required.

The Planetarium is an inflatable dome. Guests sit on cushions on the floor of the planetarium to view the show. Space is limited to 25 guests per show; reserving tickets in advance is required for this reason. On show night, please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled showing. Please call 850-664-1261, stop by the Science Center, or use our online ticketing option to reserve your tickets.

Shows begin at 5 and 6 p.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. We will host sound and energy activities in our front classroom 30 minutes before show time! Come before your show to participate. Get more details at ECScience.org/events.

March 11, 2023

Sinfonia Gulf Coast Presents Classical Connections Featuring Geneva Lewis, Violin – 7:30 pm – Destin High School

New Zealand-born violinist Geneva Lewis has forged a reputation as a musician of consummate artistry whose performances speak from and to the heart. Lauded for “remarkable mastery of her instrument” and hailed as “clearly one to watch,” Lewis is the recipient of a 2022 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Grand Prize winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Lewis has performed with prominent musicians such as Jonathan Biss, Glenn Dicterow, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, Gidon Kremer, Marcy Rosen, Sir András Schiff, and Mitsuko Uchida, among many others. Tickets are $15 to $35 per person. Proceeds benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its education and community engagement initiatives throughout Northwest Florida. Purchase tickets online at SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or by calling the box office at (850) 460-8800.

April 21-23, 2023

The Musical Echoes Native American Flute Festival is on April 21-23, 2023 at the Ft. Walton Beach landing. This is a free event, showcasing Native American dancing, drumming, playing flute and singing. There will also be vendors and great food, especially Native American Fry Bread. Get more details at https://www.musicalechoes.org

April 28-30, 2023

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), one of the nation’s premiere fundraising organizations, is excited to announce the details of the 18th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction presented by the Jumonville Family scheduled for April 28-30, 2023. Currently ranked fifth on Wine Spectator’s list of “Top Charity Wine Auctions in the US,” all funds raised at the annual auction benefit children in need in Northwest Florida through the Foundation’s 16 partner children’s charities. In 2022, DCWAF donated a record-breaking $3.775 million to charity following its most successful auction to date.

Patrons attending the Destin Charity Wine Auction presented by the Jumonville Family can expect a weekend filled with exclusive wines and excellent food from a variety of celebrity chefs beginning Friday, April 28 with the patron dinner experience. Each year, patron dinners are hosted in the most exquisite homes and restaurants throughout South Walton and the Emerald Coast.

The Destin Charity Wine Auction is the main event of the weekend, beginning at 1pm on Saturday, April 29. The Reserve Tasting and Live Auction will be held under an air-conditioned tent at Grand Boulevard Sandestin Town Center. The Destin Charity Auction presented by the Jumonville Family is hosted each year in conjunction with the South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, which also takes place in Grand Boulevard Sandestin Town Center the same weekend. South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival will showcase hundreds of premium wines along with a diverse selection of spirits and culinary creations that deliver a world class experience to each guest throughout the weekend. Auction attendees also have access to South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival’s Grand Tasting on Sunday, April 30 beginning at 1pm.

April 29, 2023

Sinfonia Gulf Coast Presents Beethoven Vs Coldplay: A Merging of Musical Giants – 7:30pm – Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center

Description: Beethoven Vs. Coldplay transforms the Eroica into an oratorio, weaving the melodies and lyrics of Coldplay into the original Beethoven, pairing them together based on content and context. It is the alternate Eroica Beethoven may have created had he known the music of Coldplay at the time. Three vocalists join the full symphony, and conductor/composer Steve Hackman alternates between conducting the orchestra and playing the piano. Many of Coldplay’s most well-known songs are interpolated, including Yellow, Viva La Vida, Clocks, and The Scientist. Tickets are $20 to $55 per person. Proceeds benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its education and community engagement initiatives throughout Northwest Florida. Purchase tickets online at SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or by calling the box office at (850) 460-8800.

May 5 – 14, 2023

“The Sound of Music”

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Mainstage Family Musical

560 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach, visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org

Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 10 at 2:30 p.m.

Don’t miss the world’s most beloved musical based on the true story of the Von Trapp family. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the title number “The Sound of Music,” this is one inspiring musical that brings joy to audiences of all ages.



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