Skate board at Helen McCall Park
Aug 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

An evening of free skating with the local community.
Where: Helen McCall Park. 325 Moll Drive off Highway 98
When: Monday evenings, 6:30 – 8 PM through the summer
Bring your board out and skate with friends of Walton Sk8s at the site of our future public skate park. All ages and skill levels welcome. Trick tips & pickup S-K-A-T-E games for anyone interested. No admission. All donations go towards our skatepark.

Fall gardening workshop in DeFuniak Springs
Aug 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fall is a great time to grow cool-season vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, and collards. The University of Florida Extension Service is offering an educational program to help those interested in fall gardening. It will be held at the Defuniak Springs Public Library at 3 Circle Drive on August 30th from 1- 3 p.m. Topics covered will include garden planning and preparation, hydroponics, planting, vegetable varieties suited for growing conditions in north Florida, diseases and pest control, harvesting, and nutrition and cooking.

For more information or to register, please contact the Walton County Extension Office at (850) 892-8172 or the Agriculture Agent Evan Anderson at [email protected]. Free.

Americana music under the stars at Topsail
Sep 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is hosting a musical event on Thursdays. Americana Under the Stars, a new weekly concert series will showcase singer/songwriters from across the country.

Admission to the park is free and there is a suggested $5 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Enter through the main park entrance off of 30-A and park in the day use parking area, from there it is a short hike down to the amphitheater. Bring a chair, your favorite beverage and enjoy some music in the park. This is family/ pet friendly and fun for all ages.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

Seaside Farmers Market
Sep 3 @ 3:00 am – 7:00 am

Come and reap the benefits of purchasing locally grown food as local farmers and vendors offer their wares. Fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit, honey, breads, cookies, cheeses, milk, organic chickens and broth, handmade jewelry, soaps and more. Buying locally grown food benefits you and our community.
: Seaside

Kayak demo day
Sep 3 @ 5:00 am – 10:15 am

Kayak demo day at Kayak Experience first Sat. of month every month.
From 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thinking about purchasing a kayak but not sure which one is the best fit? The Kayak Experience offers demos the first Saturday of each month.
600 Hwy 98 E
Destin, FL 32541

Rocky Bayou State Park hosting fishing classes every Saturday in Sept.
Sep 3 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Bass Pro Shops every Saturday during September for a unique opportunity to take a fishing class at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. Participants are asked to meet at the boat ramp at 8 a.m. where they will demonstrate the proper techniques for using a cast net to catch bait. Afterwards, they will walk over to a nearby pavilion where there is a small strip of beach from which to fish. The park will provide all bait and tackle and all the participant will need is a Florida Saltwater fishing license.

Space is limited to 10 people and there will be a sign up sheet in the ranger station at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. The spaces for the class are on a first come first serve basis. Please remember to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and any drinks or snacks you will require. Dress appropriately you will get wet.

Park admission fees do apply. Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is located at 4281 S.R. 20, Niceville, FL. For more information, call (850) 833-9144.

30A Cornhole tournament benefits Special Olympics
Sep 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Rosemary Beach Foundation invites you to a day of friendly cornhole competition on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held on the St Augustine Green – Rosemary Beach , FL 32461 – View Map

The tournament benefits Rosemary Beach Foundation and their charitable partner, Special Olympics Florida – Walton County.

The two-member team, single elimination tournament will be held on the beautiful St. Augustine Green in the Rosemary Beach community. Compete to win the ultimate prize package from August + Brill. Cost is $60 per two-person team.

Register on line at

View the sun and the stars at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Sep 3 @ 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm

View the sun and the stars from Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. The Northwest Florida Astronomy Assoc. will be on site with solar telescopes for everyone to see the sun and then after sunset they’ll switch telescopes to aid in viewing celestial objects in the night sky.  There will be plenty of telescopes on site but you are welcome to bring your own  binoculars or telescope if you like.  The park entrance gate closes before sunset so please be in the park by 6:30 pm. On September 3rd sunset will be at approx. 7:05 p.m.

Free entry to the park through Sept. 5. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

Alys Beach 5K and 1 mile fun run
Sep 4 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Runners and families will gather in Alys Beach for the Fifth Annual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run on Sunday, September 4, 2016. The certified 5K will start in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre and wind through the Gulf-side community and nature trail. Following the 5K, a family-friendly 1 Mile Fun Run will kick off for children ages 12 and younger. After the races, runners can gather in the Amphitheatre for awards, live music, a bounce house, and more. Proceeds will benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge, a no-kill shelter on the Emerald Coast that has helped find homes for 11,000 animals since its inception in 2007. For more information, please visit

WHEN:  Sunday, September 4, 2016
Certified 5K Start – 7:00 a.m.
1 Mile Fun Run Start – 8:15 a.m.

WHERE: Alys Beach9581 E. County Hwy 30A, Alys Beach, Florida 32413

REGISTER:    Registration is available online here. Advance registration for the 5K is $35 and the 1 Miler is $15 (children ages 12 and younger) through Sunday, August 28. From Monday, August 29 until Friday, September 2, the price to participate in the 5K is $50 and the 1 Miler is $25. Any remaining registrations will be sold on Saturday, September 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fonville Press during packet pick-up.

Blueberry lecture in Grayton Beach
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Now that traffic is subsiding and we look forward to cooler days ahead, its time turn our attention to our gardens.  Walton County Master Gardeners’ popular Lecture Series will resume after a summer hiatus.  The All American Garden programs will start off with “Backyard Blueberries.” Daniel Leonard will present options for selecting plants for this area and how to make them produce fruit for your family.  Daniel is the Walton County Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator.

Master gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions and light refreshments will be served.  Soil testing instruction and supplies will be available for $8.00.  These programs and topics are designed with the home gardeners in mind.

The presentation will be held Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon at the Extension Coastal Branch located at 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach, west off CR 283 just north of the 4-way stop.

The program is $5.00 (check or cash only) to cover handouts and expenses.  This fee is payable at the door or in advance. Seating is limited and reservations are required.  To reserve your place call Cheryl at 850-892-8172 or [email protected] by the Monday before.  This is a service of the University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Walton County.

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