August 6

4th Annual Hope for the Hungry Emerald Coast

Destin teen Bryson Turner created the annual event that now feeds hundreds of thousands of people annually. When a devastating earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 2010, 3 year-old Bryson began praying for Haiti daily. So in 2014 and 2015, his family traveled to Haiti on mission trips with Mission of Hope to visit the country that had been on his heart for most of his childhood. After that second trip, Bryson began continually asking about raising money to host a food packing event to help Mission of Hope to feed kids in Haiti.

Bryson’s first Hope for the Hungry event in 2019 raised $6,000 and packed 22,000 meals. He nearly doubled that in 2020 with another 40,000 meals. And in 2021, Bryson, his family, several local churches, and the greater Destin community came together to pack an astonishing 250,000 meals. The goal is even higher this year, with a financial goal of $100,000 and 900 volunteers needed to pack 300,000 meals.

“This event is bringing our community together in such a unique way,” says event director (and Bryson’s mom), Mhari Turner. “This is a multigenerational event that whole families, teams, clubs, and neighbors can come together to participate in. We like to say that it is a local event with a global effect.”

August 11

Poquito Bayou Community Association “Meet The Candidates” at Bob Hope Village Community Ballroom in Shalimar.

TIME: 6:15 P.M. to 6:45 P.M – Reception (light refreshments served)
7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M – Political Forum
SPONSORED BY: Poquito Bayou Community Association
VENUE PROVIDED COURTESY OF: Air Force Enlisted Village

Meet, hear and quiz candidates for the August 23rd primary for Congress, County Commission, and School Board seats. Non-Partisan Statement: The Poquito Bayou Community Association does not support or oppose individual candidates for political office nor do we endorse any political party)

August 12

Trivia Night: Disney Edition – August 12 – 6pm-8pm at Emerald Coast Science Center.

A whole new world of fun! Test your wits at this special Disney edition of Trivia Night. Maximum 6 people per team. This event is for ages 21 & up. Prizes for winning team.

Welcome to a trivia night based on the magical place on Earth. Whether it’s classic movies, park history, or wacky facts, our Disney trivia will keep you on your toes. Teams (maximum of 6 people per team) are invited to come nerd out with us and decide once and for all who’s Lady and the Champ. 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 drink, come up with a ridiculous team name (Walt Quizney, anyone?), and start the weekend off right with a fun trivia challenge. Hakuna Matata, friends.

$12 for nonmembers • $10 for members
Ticket price includes two beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic options available) and light appetizers
Ages 21 & up only.

August 18

Making Strides of the Emerald Coast will be kicking off the 2022 event season on August 18, 2022 at the UWF Campus in Fort Walton Beach.

Join us for a “Night at the Movies” to learn more about our mission and the upcoming events for 2022.

Mission, Music, Movie Theme and so much more!!

August 18, 2022
6 PM
UWF Campus-Fort Walton Beach
Bldg 2

1170 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL

August 25

Emerald Coast Science Center’s Planetarium Special Feature: Norse Mythology

We invite you to sit under the stars and listen to the action-packed stories of the Norse gods: Thor, Loki, Odin, and Freya. On this tour of the solar system, you’ll learn fun facts about the planets, how the Nine Realms of Norse mythology were created, and how the days of the week received their names from the Norse gods. The show will end with a dazzling display of Norse constellations & legends.

Our Planetarium is an inflatable dome. Guests sit on cushions on the floor of the planetarium to view the show. Shows begin at 6 and 7 pm and last approximately 45 minutes.

Seating is limited and very popular. Get advance tickets by calling call 850-664-1261, stopping by the Science Center, or using our online ticketing option to purchase your tickets. Our planetarium is powered by FPL

Nonmembers: $10 Adult | $9 Senior | $8 Children
Members: $8 Adult | $7 Senior | $6 Children
Planetarium Special Feature shows do not qualify for free member admission; reduced pricing is available for members.

September 23 – October 2


Emerald Coast Theatre Company Mainstage Musical Comedy

560 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach, visit

Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday Sept 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Join Jesus and His disciples as they recount the greatest story ever told. Timeless songs such as “Day by Day” and “Prepare Ye” shine a light on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. At times funny and poignant, this beautiful show dissolves hauntingly into The Last Supper and Crucifixion while Jesus’ message of kindness and love comes vibrantly to life. 

November 12

Emerald Coast Out of the Darkness Walk
Saturday, November 12th
Location – Beasley Park – Ft. Walton Beach
Time: 10 am
Our walks are a day of hope and healing and unite communities on the ways in which mental health and suicide affect our lives and the lives of those we care about. We walk to bring mental health out of the darkness and raise awareness about such an important issue.

December 8 – 18

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical”

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Mainstage Holiday Musical

560 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach, visit

Thursday-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec 14 at 2:30 p.m.

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem and soon everyone is calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s now up to the Bradleys to help the community see the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic.

January 20 – 29

“The Odd Couple”

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Mainstage Comedy

560 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach, visit

Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Clash of the Titans has nothing on Oscar and Felix. When Oscar the slob and fastidious Felix decide to room together, hilarity ensues as the two have a showdown of epic proportions. A Broadway classic that never goes out of style, “The Odd Couple” is non- stop comedy you won’t want to miss.

February 10 – 19

“The Last Five Years”

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Cabaret Stage: Dramatic Musical

560 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach, visit

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 24 – March 5

“Steel Magnolias”

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Mainstage Dramatic Comedy

560 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach, visit

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.

May 5 – 14

“The Sound of Music”

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Mainstage Family Musical

560 Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach, visit

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.