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Now – April 24th: Keep Crestview Beautiful

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Thursdays Now – June 24th: Mattie Kelley Arts Foundation Spring Concerts

Gates open at 6 PM with concerts beginning at 7 PM for this come-as-you-are family-friendly outdoor concert series. Bring a lawn chair, picnic, and wine, or purchase food and beverages on-site prepared by featured restaurants and food trucks.

Those interested in becoming an MKAF member can learn more at MKAF.org. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All sales are final, sorry, no refunds. Pets, tables larger than two feet, and drones are not permitted.

A limited number of VIP tables (provides a reserved table and seating with admission for up to 8 guests) are available.  Please contact MKAF at 850-650-2226 for details. Click HERE for tickets and more info.

  • April 22nd, 6-9pm: Sinfonia Gulf Coast performing “The Music of Queen”
  • April 29th, 6-9pm: Duchess
  • May 6th, 6-9pm: Modern Eldorados
  • May 13th, 6-9pm: The M-80’s
  • May 20th, 6-9pm: “A Brother’s Revival” Allman Brothers Tribute
  • May 27th, 6-9pm: Deana Carter
  • June 3rd, 6-9pm: The Tams
  • June 10th, 6-9pm: Kara Grainger
  • June 17th, 6-9pm: “The Petty Hearts” Tom Petty Tribute
  • June 24th, 6-9pm: Air National Guard- Band of the South

 

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April 16th: Community Health Fair

FREE Community Health Fair in FWB… Free screenings such as BMI, blood sugar, basic vision, and blood pressure will be offered. There will also be a physician and Nurse Practitioner on site. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The goal is to help people be more aware of their current health and to help them achieve better health.

Time: 10AM-12PM
Location: 514 Mary Esther Cut Off NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

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April 17th: Veterans Help Veterans Poker Run

Event starts at Emerald Coast Harley Davidson. Registration 9:30am – 11am

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April 16th – 18th: Destin Snorkel’s 2nd Annual “Locals First Weekend”

Destin Snorkel is offering locals free Dolphin Cruises, 16-18 April 2021. We start taking reservations on Sunday April 12th.
This event is sponsored by Destin Snorkel to help Harvest House’s food pantry as well as give back to our locals with a free Dolphin Tour weekend. We at Destin Snorkel realize that our local neighbors work hard and rarely get a chance to get out with their families on the water and enjoy where we live. It is wonderful it is to be able to help our communities food bank at the same time.

This drive also helps get the word out to people in need in our local Destin and Miramar Beach communities. Last year, Destin Snorkel was able to donate over 5000 pounds of food to The Harvest House and have 1600 locals participate!

Each cruise is limited to 49 guests and will fill up quickly, for this special “Local’s First Weekend” please call Destin Snorkel at 850-269-2329 to reserve your spot starting 12 April 2021.

All locals are asked to present a valid Florida ID at check-in.
We kindly ask, if able but not a requirement, to bring in non-perishable food items to help feed our local hungry.
• Call Destin Snorkel for reservations 850-269-2329.
• Duration of the tour 1 1/2 hours and subject to change pending weather conditions.
• Cruises are limited to 49 People per boat.
• Guests are encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items to help meet the need of local food pantry, The Harvest House, so they may to continue to feed our locals in need. MOST NEEDED FOODS and ITEMS are: Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, etc.), Canned vegetables and fruit, Canned and boxed meals (hamburger helper, soups, macaroni and cheese, etc.), Peanut butter, other nut butters and jelly, Cereals, muffin, pancake and cornbread mix and syrup, full sized toiletries – toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap

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April 19th – April 23rd: “Spring Into Fun” Spring Break Camp

The Destin Community Center will offer a “Spring into Fun” Camp during Spring Break from Monday, April 19th through Friday, April 23rd, 2021. Camp registration is open to residents of Okaloosa County between the ages of 5 – 12. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Cost is $80 for Destin residents and $90 for non-Destin residents within Okaloosa County.

Camp begins at 9:00 am and will end at 5:00 pm. Counselors and campers will have their temperatures taken upon arrival and will adhere to the Center of Disease Control (CDC) guiding principles. There will be water days, park days (weather permitting), recreation games, crafts, and different activities planned throughout the week. For more information, please call the Destin Community Center at 850-654-5184 or email: Recreation@cityofdestin.com.

 

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April 21st: Guns & Hoses Blood Drive

Crestview’s two public safety agencies are vying to see which are the public’s favorite. It’s the folks in blue versus the folks in red; it’s the Police Department versus the Fire Department in the city’s April 21 Guns & Hoses Blood Drive! Although, the Oneblood blood bank’s recipients are the REAL winners.

While a good-natured rivalry may exist between the two agencies, firefighters and police officers are all of one accord when it comes to matters of public safety and events that benefit the public each serves.

The Wednesday, April 21 Guns & Hoses Blood Drive will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at City Hall, 198 Wilson St. N., and at the Police Department, Whitehurst Municipal Building, 201 Stillwell Blvd. All donors will receive a T-shirt, a $10 eGift card, and a wellness check-up that includes a COVID-19 antibody test, blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screenings. Oneblood recommends donors make an appointment at www.oneblood.org/donate-now. The sponsor code is #64554. When giving blood, donors are reminded to cast a vote for their favorite Crestview public safety agency.

 

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April 21st: Explore The Universe @ Emerald Coast Science Center

We have brand new kits from the NISE Network all about Space, so get ready to explore the galaxy with hands-on activities appropriate for a wide range of ages. What will your family discover together? Enjoy the rest of the museum from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on all of these days. All activities are included with general admission pricing. Rates: $10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 for children. Military discounts are available.
For more info, click HERE

 

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April 22nd: Earth Day “Going Green” @ Emerald Coast Science Center

We’re celebrating Earth Day while learning about our environment with fun, hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy together regarding all things green. What will your family discover together? Enjoy the rest of the museum from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on all of these days. All activities are included with general admission pricing. Rates: $10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 for children. Military discounts are available.
For more info, click HERE

 

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April 22nd: Native American Folklore Planetarium Feature

Join us for this special planetarium where we’ll explore Native American folklore and legends behind the stars. Our Planetarium is an inflatable dome. Guests sit on cushions on the floor of the planetarium to view the show. Due to social distancing guidelines, space is limited. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended for this reason. Masks are also required while inside the museum. On Planetarium Nights, 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.

Shows begin at 6 and 7 pm and last approximately 45 minutes.

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.

Pricing:
Nonmembers: $9 Adult | $8 Senior | $7 Children
Members: $7 Adult | $6 Senior | $5 Children
Planetarium Special Feature shows do not qualify for free member admission; reduced pricing is available for members.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must occur 24 hrs prior to your show time to receive a refund. No Shows will not receive a refund. Be at least 10 minutes early to your show time or your seat can be given to someone else.

For more information or questions, call 850-664-1261 | Email business-office@ecscience.org

 

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April 24th: Tutu Trot

Come to Run/Walk and stay for the festivities! After the race enjoy award announcements and groove to the DJ. Shop local vendor booths while savoring deliciousness from our awesome food trucks. Visit event sponsors booths and get a free photo print out of you in your tutu with family and friends in our Magic Mirror Photo Booth!

Our mission – To run and walk together outside in the fresh air as a community in our tutus to make fun memories while we raise funds for charities that are designed to benefit, ameliorate, or uplift mankind mentally, morally, or physically.

2021 will mark the Inaugural year for the Tutu Trot. We hope to host this 5k Run and Walk every year to raise funds for deserving charities in our community. Won’t you join us in making this kick off year one for the books! Take home your event t-shirt and photo and collect them each year!

Click HERE for more info

 

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April 24th: Heritage Museum’s 45th Annual Saturday In The Park

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida invites you to the 45th Annual Saturday in the Park, from 10:00AM-4:00PM. Come out and celebrate with live music and a Boggy Boys fish fry! There will be craft and food vendors as well as a puppy parade for all to enjoy. We will be having a 5k run at 8AM and the kids run begins around 9AM. The cost of admission to the Museum on the day of the event is free. SPACE FOR THE 5K RUN IS LIMITED! Register today: (850) 678-2615 or visit us online at Heritage-Museum.org

 

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April 24th: Snake Day With Reno’s Reptiles

The folks at Reno’s Reptiles are bringing a wide variety of animals including Pythons, Anacondas, Iguanas, Skink, Scorpion, and a 50lb Tortoise! All can be held and touched (minus the scorpion), so come discover these awesome animals. General admission rates apply: $10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 for children. Discounts available. Noon- 2pm

For more info, click HERE

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April 24th: “The WOW! Factor” Science Show

With its fun and interactive experiments, The WOW! Factor Science Show will show young and old alike how cool science can be. They have fun down to a science. Join us at the Science Center for a free show starting at 11 a.m.

Notice of Filming: when you attend this event, you enter an area where video recording will occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to such recording media and its release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction.

Participating in the show itself is free; admission to the museum is a separate cost. The show is at 11am, and the museum is open for general admission from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 24th.

For more info click HERE.

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April 25th: Remembering Perri’s Luncheon

Menu will include your choice of Spaghetti and Meatballs, Fettuccine Alfredo, Chicken Parmigiana served with Tossed Salad and toasted Garlic Bread. Angelo Brocato’s Italian Ice Cream Parlor In New Orleans will be supplying Spumoni just like they supplied to Perris for decades. $15 minimum donation and reservations can be made by calling Tom Rice At 850-302-0266.

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April 28th – 29th: FWB Branding Project- Collaboration Meetings

The City of Fort Walton Beach has been working hard over the past several years to plan and improve for the future for our citizens. We’ve increased resources to keep everyone safe and healthy; built new parks and facilities; and developed several new plans for the Landing, Downtown and “Around the Mound.”

Now is the time to pull these initiatives together and collaborate as a community to create a promise. This promise, or brand, will be used to recruit new businesses; create innovative wayfinding and experiences for residents; and communicate the direction for future growth.

Please join us for two neighborhood roundtables. These sessions will be professionally facilitated to collect your input about what makes our home special. Come hear City Manager Michael Beedie share a few new plans and then give feedback about what it’s like to live and work here. These meetings are directed but informal and will be held in two different areas so please choose the location and day that works best for you.

Brand Roundtable at the FWB Golf Club
Date:  Wednesday, April 28 from 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: Fort Walton Beach Golf Club
Outside on the Veranda
To keep everyone distanced and safe, we are asking you to RSVP here.

Brand Roundtable on Beal
Date: Thursday, April 29 from 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: The Place on Beal
Inside in the new meeting space
To keep everyone distanced and safe, we are asking you to RSVP here.

If you can’t attend these sessions in person, the City will also be conducting a virtual roundtable in May. More details to come.

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May 1st: Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival

The City of Fort Walton Beach is proud to partner with the Downtown Merchants and the Krewe of Bowlegs to host the 65th Annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Be at the Fort Walton Beach Landing Park (131 Brooks Street) on Saturday, May 1, at 2 p.m. to witness the arrival of Captain Billy and his krewe of scallywags as they march inland to continue their mischief Downtown and attempt to take over the City and skirmish with Mayor Rynearson.

Pirate-themed activities for kids will take place from 2-6 p.m. including a scavenger hunt. Everyone is invited to a block party with live entertainment on Ferry Road SE between Burrito del Sol and the Salty Duck – a DJ from 2-5 p.m. and a band from 5-8 p.m. – where Captain Billy himself will join the party. The night will be capped off with a fireworks display Downtown at 8:30 p.m.!

You don’t want to miss this FREE event! See you there!

 

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May 3rd: Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade

For more info, click HERE

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May 3rd: Jesus Christ Superstar Auditions

Do you know any actors? Casting call for our summer show, Jesus Christ Superstar! Auditions will be held May 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. For more information email Caitlin TaraBori at taraboric@nwfsc.edu.

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May 8th: Toast to the Coast

Join us at HarborWalk Village for Toast to the Coast: A Cocktail and Culinary Celebration featuring local cuisine, signature beverages, live entertainment, and the ambiance of HarborWalk Village. Area restaurants will showcase masterfully matched samplings—a delectable light bite with a complimentary cocktail. Enjoy a true culinary experience of perfectly paired, balanced, and contrasting flavors as you sip and savor your way along the Destin Harbor. Get your Early Bird Tickets today! Purchase tickets prior to the event for savings!

https://www.eventliveus.com/event/toast-to-the-coast

General Admission Tickets include:

  • 10+ Samples of Culinary and Cocktail Pairings from Area Restaurants
  • Tasting Kit with Logoed Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail Recipe Book
  • Live Music
  • AND MORE!

**$10 On-site parking fee

 

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May 9th: PTSD Awareness Ride & Poker Run

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May 13th: Planetarium Feature “Sordid Secrets of the Stars”

Discover the sizzling stories behind the constellations in this planetarium event for adults (18+). Explore Roman and Greek legends and mythology hidden in the sky as you take a trip through the cosmos during the ultimate planetarium adventure. Much like all our Sordid Secrets, this is an adult event, as those wily gods definitely didn’t keep things rated PG!

Our Planetarium is an inflatable dome. Guests sit on cushions on the floor of the planetarium to view the show. Due to size, space is limited to 15 patrons at a time. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended for this reason. On show nights, 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.

Shows begin at 6 and 7 pm and last approximately 45 minutes.

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.

Pricing
Nonmembers: $9 Adult | $8 Senior
Members: $7 Adult | $6 Senior
Event for guests 18 and up
Sordid Secrets shows are a special quarterly planetarium feature and do not qualify for free member admission; reduced pricing is available for members.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must occur 24 hrs prior to your show time to receive a refund. No Shows will not receive a refund. Be at least 10 minutes early to your show time or your seat can be given to someone else.

For more information or questions:
Call 850-664-1261 | Email business-office@ecscience.org

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May 14th: Relay For Life of The Emerald Coast

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June 7th – August 3rd: Summer STEAM Workshops

The Emerald Coast Science Center has exciting new workshops for 2021 including hands-on, interactive lessons that give kids the opportunity to spend their vacation on a science adventure! From Disney-inspired engineering to galactic space adventures and our Wizarding World of Science, Monday and Tuesday workshops will delight and educate all. Sign your kiddos up today! Camp time includes the lessons listed below as well as fun activities in SMALLab, in our new STEAM Machine, and in our outdoor exhibit area, plus a 20-minute lunch break. Kids can expect to explore a different theme every week, and each Monday and Tuesday workshop will have different activities. For a full schedule of events from June 7 to August 3, please visit ecscience.org/summer-steam-workshops

 

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Ongoing: REFIT Fitness

A different sort of exercise program is coming to Crestview, and it’s something the entire family can enjoy together. REFIT classes begin Tuesday, Feb. 2, and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday thereafter through June through the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

“This cardio-based format uses positive music and powerful moves to encourage a path of healthy well-being, for the mind and body,” Crestview’s certified REFIT instructor, Will Williams Jr., said. “REFIT takes a community-centered approach to fitness and creates fitness experiences where everyBODY belongs — every size, shape and ability.”

Crestview’s REFIT classes are 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Feb. 2, in the Fairview Center at Allen Park, 895 McClelland St. There is no cost and children are welcome to exercise with their parents.

REFIT IN CRESTVIEW

When: 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Feb. 2 through June

Where: Fairview Center in Allen Park, 895 McClelland St., Crestview

How much: Classes are free, donations accepted

Health precautions: Wear masks when coming in and out. Participants may remove masks during class. Maintain at least 6 feet distance between other participants. Space is limited: 20 participants max. Drinking water and use of hand sanitizer are encouraged. For information, contact Parks and Recreation, 850.682.0789.

 

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 Ongoing: New COVID Drive-Up Location in Fort Walton Beach

ProHealth, known for their affordable blood work and occupational testing, is expanding its efforts this week, and opening another location in Fort Walton Beach at 2010 Lewis Turner Blvd. The building officially opened for business on Wednesday, December 16,
2020 and offers patients drive-up rapid antigen and antibody covid-19 testing on Monday – Friday from 8am to 3pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

ProHealth has also opened a new COVID-19 testing site in Pensacola this past fall. The Fort Walton Beach location will be the ProHealth’s 9th location in Northwest Florida. Walk-ins are welcome for most services. For more information, please visit
ProHealthFL.com.

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