Monday, February 24, 2014

Your Feb. 28 – March 2, 2014 Weekend Entertainment Guide

It’s here again—the weekend! And better yet, it’s Mardi Gras weekend! Get out and enjoy this festive purple, green and gold event by taking part in one (or all!) of the many Mardi Gras parades and happenings over the weekend. Temperatures are reported by to be in the mid-60s for the high and mid-50s for the low, with a chance of rain Friday through Sunday. Don’t let the slight chance of rain hold you back from enjoying yourself!

Life's A Beach Mardi Gras float from 2012.
As always, have a BEACHY weekend!

Friday, February 28, 2014:
Mardi Gras Pub Crawl with Destin Nights
HarborWalk Village at the Emerald Grande
10 Harbor Blvd.
Don your best Mardi Gras outfit and join the Destin Nights for another exciting pub crawl! Purchase an armband to support a local charity and receive drink and food specials at each stop. Visit the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl with Destin Nights Facebook page for more information.

Cello Recital – Featuring NFSO Cellist Boyan Bonev
Mattie Kelly Arts Center
100 College Blvd.
Cellist, Boyan Bonev, from the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra performs a recital at 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted at the door to support the NFSO. For information, contact the NWF State College Fine & Performing Arts Division office at 850.729.5382.

Saturday, March 1, 2014:
ADSO Window Gallery Display, Month of March 2014 – Pat Federinko
Art Center
17 First Street, SE
Fort Walton Beach
To showcase the work of local artists, the Arts and Design Society presents a month-long exhibit in their studio windows, facing First Street in Fort Walton Beach. In March, on display is the art of Pat Federinko. Pat works with paint, pottery and glass. The window art is available for viewing 24/7, while office and gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, and the gallery (which is free to the public) is additionally open 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

Snake Day
Downtown Fort Walton Beach (in front of the FWB Landing)
139 Brooks Street
Fort Walton Beach
Experience exciting encounters with live animals from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Southern Resorts Garage Sale to Benefit Ronald McDonald House
RE/MAX Southern Office
34894 Emerald Coast Pkwy.
The garage sale, which will take place from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., will feature high-end office furniture and décor, like-new clothing and other odds and ends donated by Southern employees. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. The event will take place at the old RE/MAX Southern office located at 34894 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin.

Campfires and Safety
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W. Scenic Hwy. 30A
Santa Rosa Beach
Topsail Hill Preserve invites you to learn about campfires. This all-ages program will take place outside around the campfire ring at the amphitheater. You will learn safety, cooking techniques and a host of other useful ideas. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Park staff will direct you to the clubhouse parking lot upon arrival.

Saturday Latin Night at Crab Island Cantina
Crab Island Cantina
2 Harbor Blvd. #100
Every Saturday Night is Latin Night with “DJ Vasco.” From 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., dance to Bachata, Merenque, Salsa, Reggaeton and top 40. Drink specials all night.

HarborWalk Village 6th Annual Mardi Gras Parade
HarborWalk Village
10 Harbor Blvd.
Enjoy sparkly floats, colorful costumes, street performers and float riders tossing handfuls of beads! Stay and enjoy live music on the Main Stage, following the parade. Proceeds from the entry fees and donations will benefit a local charity. Parade begins at 2 p.m.

View of HarborWalk Village and Norriego Point.
Fourth Annual Eglin AFA Fisher House 5K
Fisher House of the Emerald Coast
P.O. Box 2007
350 Boatner Rd.
Eglin AFB
The Eglin AFA Fisher House 5K is a 5K Race and Kids’ Fun Run, benefitting the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and presented in partnership with the Team Eglin Top Three Association. The Fisher House provides a home away from home for families of sick or wounded military personnel, veterans and their families. No one ever pays a cent to stay at the Fisher House. Each year, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast serves nearly 400 guests. If interested in a sponsorship, please contact Eddie McAllister at For more information, call 850.218.8817.

Home School Fridays and Hands-On History Saturdays
Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida
115 Westview Ave.
March 1 marks the next Hands-On History Saturday and March 7 will be the next Home School Friday. The month of March features “Can you ‘Dig It?’ ” During these classes, questions such as “What is an archaeologist?” and “What is the process for unearthing and recording historical objects?” will be answered and explained. Participants will discover important vocabulary terms related to archaeology. You will also get to work together with the teachers with digging, investigating, observing, and collecting and recording data. This hands-on learning experience is one-of-a-kind, so come on out and explore! Space is limited. Please pre-register by calling 850.678.2615.

Sunday, March 2, 2014:
Children’s Advocacy Kieran May Memorial Golf Tournament
Kelly Plantation Golf Club
307 Kelly Plantation Dr.
The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) is hosting their annual Children’s Advocacy Kieran May Memorial Golf Tournament March 2 with a noon tee time at Kelly Plantation. This important fundraising event benefits children by providing services to help identify, treat and support them in abusive situations. ECCAC’s Night of a Thousand Stars Gala will take place on the eve of the golf tournament, Saturday March 1 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort at 6 p.m. The golf tournament is $400 per person, which includes two tickets to the Gala. Please call 850.833.9237 ext. 222 to make reservations. For more information, visit

Mardi Gras Dog Parade
Village of Baytowne Wharf
9300 Hwy. 98 W
Join Sandestin for the 11th Annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade! The streets will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans throwing a myriad of throws, beads and parade favors. Themed convertibles, small floats (pulled by masters), golf carts, bicycles and decorated wagons will be everywhere with Mardi Gras music filling the air. The Mardi Gras Dog Parade is one of the premier canine events on the Emerald Coast with members of the four-pawed community coming far and wide to participate. For more information, visit

Sunday Brunch at Crab Island Cantina
Crab Island Cantina
2 Harbor Blvd. #100
Enjoy an awesome Sunday Brunch with one of the best views of the Destin Harbor. Drink bottomless Margaritas, Bloody Marys and Mimosas from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with the purchase of an entrée. View the menu online.

Crab Island Cantina on Destin Harbor.
“So You Think You’re Funny?” at Crab Island Cantina
Crab Island Cantina
2 Harbor Blvd. #100
Crab Island Cantina on the Destin Harbor hosts a comedy competition every Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m. with sign up at 5 p.m. Sixteen weeks of competition with weekly winners to compete for the grand prize of performing at the world famous Comedy Store on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California. The overall winner will receive two round-trip tickets and a three-day, two-night stay at Wyndham Resorts. For more information, please contact Ed Joseph at 321.230.0487.

Sunday Brunch at Harry T’s
46 Harbor Blvd.
Come out to Harry T’s for a delicious Sunday Brunch on the Destin Harbor. Brunch items are served with fresh fruit, a fresh bakery basket and your choice of fried potato, hash browns or cheese grits. Bottomless champagne with entrée purchase from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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