Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Our Top Picks for February 27 – March 1 Entertainment on the Emerald Coast

This weekend, we welcome the month of March with open arms! Along the Emerald Coast, there will be events like Run With the Dogs 5K, a chili cook-off, cornhole tournament and more! Be sure to check or tune in to the Weather Channel for the latest updates on local weather conditions.

The   crew wishes everyone a beachy weekend! Enjoy!

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Friday, February 27, 2015:
The Indian Temple Mound Museum Presents “Eglin in the Movies”
Heritage Park & Cultural Center
139 Miracle Strip Parkway
Fort Walton Beach
Time: 6 p.m.
On February 27, Dr. Robert Kane will share the story of Eglin Air Force Base’s cinematic history. Known worldwide as the military centerpiece of Northwest Florida, Eglin Air Force Base has been the center for testing the latest aircraft and weapons and served as a home for Air Force and Army special operations. Eglin has also been a movie star since the 1940s. Films as diverse as 1949’s Twelve O'Clock High and 1964’s Dr. Strangelove were filmed in part at Eglin. Additionally, many movies have featured units and personnel from Eglin.

This free presentation is open to the public and will be offered at the Indian Temple Mound Museum. For more information, please contact the Museum Programming Coordinator, Michael Weech, at 850.833.9595 or

Saturday, February 28, 2015:
15th Annual Run With the Dogs 5K Run/Walk
City of Destin
4200 Indian Bayou Trail
Time: Race begins at 9 a.m.
The city of Destin Parks & Recreation Department will host the run/walk, which is open to individual runners/walkers. A Stroller Division has been added this year. Participants may bring their dogs, big or small, to run or walk the race. Registration costs $25 if registered February 10-27. Day-of registration will cost $30 and will be from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Destin City Hall Annex parking lot (4100 Indian Bayou Trail). Participants can also register online at until February 27 at 5 p.m. The race begins on the 28th at 9 a.m.

Early packet pickup will be Thursday and Friday at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. from 5-8 p.m. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is sponsoring the award ceremony and celebration following the race. T-shirts and prizes for winners of each category will be awarded.

Dogs are required to wear their current rabies tag and must be on a short leash. Dog owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs (please bring your baggies). Registration forms can be picked up at the Destin Community Center, City Hall and downloaded online at For more information, call 850.650.1241 or e-mail

Emerald Coast Parrot Heads Annual Chili Cook-Off
Destin Harbor
10 Harbor Boulevard
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club is hosting a fun and exciting Chili Cook-Off on the Destin Harbor, featuring more than 20 different restaurants and Chili Masters. To compete in this event, please contact or visit The price is $10 for pre-sale tickets and $15 for the day of the event. Armband for sampling, purchase them here:, using promo code: EARLYBIRD. There will be live music by Cadillac Willy. Come on out for great food and entertainment!

Cornhole Tournament
Twin Oaks Horseshoe Pits
Corner of Hwy. 85 N. and College Blvd.
Time: 11 a.m.
There will be two divisions in this tournament: beginners and masters, with cash prizes to be awarded to those who place first and second in each division. Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join the fun! Sign-up/warm-up is from 11-11:45 a.m. The tournament is scheduled to begin at noon.

The cost is $30 for a team and $20 for an individual. Corporate teams that register will receive verbal, event recognition, may donate prizes and may hang their company banner on the fence during the tournament. All proceeds benefit the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida.

On top of all of the cornhole fun, there will also be a raffle, 50/50, food and soft drinks. Please dress for the forecasted weather and bring your lawn chairs for comfort. For more information, contact 850.678.2615 or e-mail

Emerald Coast Science Center’s Girls Night Out
Ramada Plaza Beach Resort
1500 Miracle Strip Parkway
Fort Walton Beach
Time: 6-10 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Sunday, March, 1, 2015:
Some Sunday Brunch spots in and around Destin:
Crab Island Cantina, Destin Harbor
Harry T’s, Destin Harbor
Angler’s Beachside Grill, Okaloosa Island Boardwalk
McGuire’s Irish Pub, Destin

March-April, 2015
2015 HarborWalk Marina 18th Annual Cobia Tournament
The tournament takes place at HarborWalk Marina, located on the Destin Harbor, just minutes away from the intracoastal waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. The tournament begins when the first fish is caught and ends April 30 at 8 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

Photo credit: Destin Cobia Tournament Facebook page

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Our Top Picks for February 21-22 Entertainment on the Emerald Coast

With Spring Break officially less than two weeks away, the Emerald Coast is getting ready for the warm season that we all look forward to! This weekend, put on your dancing shoes for the Island Dance party on Okaloosa Island, get creative with a knitting class at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, or sip on a frozen margarita with extra salt in honor of National Margarita Day on Sunday—there’s always some fun to be had on the coast! Be sure to check or tune in to the Weather Channel for the latest updates on local weather conditions.

Thecrew wishes everyone a beachy weekend! Enjoy!

Saturday, February 21, 2015:
Island Dance Party on Okaloosa Island
Emerald Coast Convention Center
1250 Miracle Strip Parkway
Fort Walton Beach
Time: 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Dance and Party to Classic Rock! This event will benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The cost is $10 per person. Buy 4 tickets and get 1 free. More than 2,000 people attended the last three dance parties!

For more information, please visit

Poppy's Seafood Factory Presents Western Gunfighters Murder Mystery Dinner
Poppy's Seafood Factory
138 Fisherman's Cove
Time: 6-9 p.m.

Knitting Class
Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida
115 Westview Avenue
Time: 9-11 a.m.

Warm up when you learn to knit this winter with Carol Burkhard. She will teach students the craft of knitting by using basic stitches to begin a project of your choice. Please bring your own yarn and size 8 circular needles. The fee is $20/$15 for museum members.

Sunday, February 22, 2015:
Today is National Margarita Day! Enjoy one of these great beverages frozen or on the rocks at an area restaurant overlooking the water. Sounds like paradise to us!

Winter Guest Concert Series
Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village
10 Harbor Boulevard
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Shake off the chills of winter with free, live music on HarborWalk Village’s main stage. All winter guests and locals are invited to enjoy an inspirational and upbeat concert!

Fish Fry at the American Legion Post 296
American Legion Post 296
311 Main Street
Time: Jabbo 4-7 p.m./ Cajun Ray’s Fish Fry 3-6 p.m.

This event is open to the public. The cost is $7. Please come out and help support our veterans. Visit to learn more.

Some Sunday Brunch spots in and around Destin:
Crab Island Cantina, Destin Harbor
Harry T’s, Destin Harbor
Angler’s Beachside Grill, Okaloosa Island Boardwalk
McGuire’s Irish Pub, Destin