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A Guide to local entertainment in the Navarre Area
ADSO Book discussion group
The Arts and Design Society’s Book Discussion Group will meet 5-6 p.m. at the Clay Studio at the Art Center. Discussion will be based on book “War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles,” by Steven Pressfield. For further details, visit www.artsdesignsociety.org.
The Fort Walton Beach Community Chorus performs their live variety show, “Invasion,” at the Civic Auditorium in downtown Fort Walton Beach next to City Hall, May 17-19. For ticket information, visit www.fwbcc.org.
The Big Scoop
Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWFL as they celebrate their 30th anniversary at Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St., from 3 to 5 p.m. Attendees can taste an assortment of ice cream flavors, top with the best fixins’ and try out other sweet snacks. Tickets are $10 each, and children under three get in free. Buy tickets online at www.bbbsnwfl.org.
Sip & Science: 90s Edition
The Emerald Coast Science Center in Fort Walton Beach is taking this edition of Sip & Science way back to the 90s from 6 to 9 p.m. Dress in your best 90s attire and enjoy a night of trivia, games, music, specialty cocktails and more. Cost is $30. For more information, call 850-664-1261 or visit ecscience.org.
Emerald Coast MudRun
Join thousands of MudRunners in Niceville for an event that is sure to be a blast. This mud run features a 10K, 5K and 1-mile kids fun run. All proceeds go to support orphan care. For more information, visit www.emeraldcoastmudrun.com.
Mac & Cheese Festival
Head over to the Destin Commons from 1 to 3 p.m. for the Mac & Cheese Festival benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. This family-friendly event will feature gourmet, chef-inspired twists on the South’s favorite comfort food. Purchase samples for $1 each the day of the event, or pre-pay online at https://850tix.com/events/mac-cheese-festival.
Pensacola Bay Concert Band at the Movies
The Pensacola Bay Concert Band presents music from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Lion King,” “The Sound of Music,” “Star Trek” plus much more at University of West Florida beginning at 7:30 p.m., 11000 University Parkway, Building 82. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item to donate to Manna Food Pantries. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Book club meeting
The Red Shoe Book Club will meet at the Navarre Library at 10 a.m. Each person reads his or her own selected book or finds interesting facts to share about First Lady Barbara Bush. For more information, contact Kathy at email@example.com.
The Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company presents a version of “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” May 23-25 at the Pensacola Opera Center. The play is not recommended for children, and parents of middle school students are strongly cautioned. Seating is general admission. All tickets are $15 and are available at www.setsco.org.
Family Beach Fest
Christian Surfers is bringing in well-known bands and speakers for this family friendly event to Pensacola Beach from 2 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/familybeachfest.
Shark School students will learn about our local Gulf Coast sharks, shark biology and shark conservation at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. The cost is $15 per child and there is an entrance fee of $5 per adult. For more details, visit http://tiny.cc/sharkschool
Fort Walton Beach Farmers Market
The Downtown FWB Farmers Market opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. It is held at the Fort Walton Beach Landing Park, 139 SE Brooks Street. Farmers, artisan food vendors, and crafters offer an array of locally grown and handmade items. Visit downtownfwb.com for more information.
Blues on the Bay
Enjoy a cool breeze off the bay while dancing and listening to Not Quite Fab Beatles Show. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Amphitheater at Community Maritime Park. Concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 850-457-7557.
Movie on the Beach
Head over to The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island for a family friendly movie on the beach every Tuesday night. This week’s movie will be “Finding Nemo” and begins at 8 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/theboardwalkokaloosaisland.
Tunes by the Dunes
The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce kicks off its free summer concert series with The Rowdies at the Sand Crab Pavilion in Navarre Beach Park beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.navarrechamber.com.
Bridal Fair in the Square
The Gulf Coast’s most professional wedding vendors will be on site with information, displays and samples from 5 - 8 p.m. at Cordova Square, 4400 Bayou Blvd. Tickets will be sold the day of for $5. Cash only. For more information, contact The Bridal Loft at 850-475-8296.
Throwback Thursdays at HarborWalk Village in Destin kicks off with a Vintage Flyover at 6:30 p.m. then enjoy live music at 7 p.m. After the concert, make sure to see the fireworks show over the Destin Harbor at 9 p.m. Find more information at emeraldgrande.com/events.
Islands Near and Far, A Flower Show
Navarre Garden Club’s annual flower show, showcasing floral designs, artistic crafts and educational exhibits, in addition to an array of beautiful horticulture exhibits grown by garden club members in this area will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, and 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday, at the Navarre Library, 8484 James Harvell Rd. For more information, visit navarregardenclub.org.
Billy Bowlegs Festival
The Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival kicks off at the Fort Walton Beach Landing at 6 p.m. There will be a firework display at 9 p.m. The following day, the Billy Bowlegs 5K begins at 7:30 a.m. Festival grounds open at 11 a.m. The day will be filled with pirate revelry, music, family activities and more. For additional details, visit billybowlegsfestival.com.
Billy Bowlegs parade
Finish the Bowlegs festivities with the biggest parade on the Emerald Coast. The Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade begins at 7 p.m. at First Street and travels up Eglin Parkway. For more details, visit billybowlegsfestival.com.
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