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South Walton Farmers markets
Seaside Amphitheater – Saturdays 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. –
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – 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. ::MAP::
Rosemary Beach Community Town Center
Reap fresh produce and more from local farmers on Sundays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Rosemary Beach. Market located on N. Barrett Square.
9 a.m. till 1 p.m.
Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market at Sandestin
Saturdays Year Round 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Grand Park (Between Tommy Bahamas and Cantina Laredo)
600 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach
Emerald Coast Farmers’ Market at Seascape Resort
100 Seascape Drive, Miramar Beach
Tuesdays Year Round 1 – 6 p.m.
Thursdays (Memorial Day-Labor Day) 12 Noon – .6 p.m.
Corn maze, pumpkin patch and family fun at Cypress Cattle and Produce Farm in Ponce De Leon through Oct. 31
Cypress Cattle and Produce Farm swings open their farm gate for some fall fun with a corn maze, pumpkin patch and an assortment of family activities from Sept. 24 – Oct. 31. The enjoyment includes more than 7-acres of pumpkins to choose from, a 6-acre corn maze, with more than 2 miles to navigate. There will also be tractor-pulled hayrides, farm animals, full food concessions and more. Enjoy a day of fall fun as you experience a working farm in Ponce De Leon on the Walton County line.
The Maze opens Saturday September 24th and will be open Fridays 2-8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. throughout the month of October. Children 3 and under are free, youth tickets are required for kids 4 and up. General admission and season passes include unlimited maze access, lots of non-ticketed activities including the corn pond, mini-maze, hayride, bounce houses, access to pumpkin patch (pumpkins not included) and more! Pumpkin picking only does not require any admission. Tickets purchased online are good for any date during normal business hours, just pick your favorite weekend and come on out!
Click here for prices and tickets.
Take a tour
Tours of Cypress Cattle’s 1,100-acre working farm will take you through soybean fields, vegetable crops, cypress lakes and pastures. Stop under the live oak trees by the pond and enjoy your lunch. The tour will run every 45 minutes.
Halloween Bash at the barn Oct. 22
Things get a little frightfully fun on Oct. 22 at the farm. Head over to the Halloween Bash, haunted corn maze, and enjoy Luke Langford and the 331 South Band fire up some great country music from 6 – 10 p.m.
The events will be held at Cypress Cattle and Produce Farm at 2980 R. M. Ward Road, Ponce De Leon.
*Pre-season ticket sales will be fully refundable in the unlikely event (i.e. catastrophic weather) the maze cannot open.
Freeport Bayfest Fishing Tournament through November 5
Register at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, 7585 W. Hwy. 20, Freeport. $5 from each registration fee will be donated to Autism Spectrum on the Emerald Coast, Inc. For more information contact Trey Nick at 850-835-222, or 850-830-6161.
Entry Fee – $20 per angler. Click here to download registration: bayfest-fishing-tournament.pdf
Registration – Participants can pre-register or register at their first weigh-in. Registration is at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant.
Species – Speckle Trout – 3 fish total weight. Slot limit is 15”-20”
Redfish – Single Fish Spots Count and Tournament Aggregate Spots Count
Mullet – 3 fish total weight
Bass – 3 fish total weight
Bream – 3 fish total weight
Score – Based on daily weigh-in. Anglers may better their score but, can only hold one place on the leaderboard per species.
Weigh in – At Nick’s Seafood Restaurant from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Tuesday – Sunday.
** No Monday Weigh-in **
Cancelation – The Tournament Director may cancel or postpone the tournament due to inclement weather.
Gear/Fishing methods – All species other than Mullet, must be caught on a hook and line using artificial or live baits.
It is possible to schedule an earlier weigh-in time if a weigh-master is available. To schedule an earlier weigh-in time contact Trey Nick at 830-6161 or 835-2222.
The winner of each species will receive a prize package valued at $50 or more. Winners will be announced at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, November 5th at Nick’s.
Winners are required to pick up their prizes at the Freeport Bayfest on November 12.
Defuniak Springs Haunted Hospital Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29
Headless bodies, petrified mummies, experiments gone terribly wrong and a sadistic surgeon gone mad come to life at the old Lakeside Hospital where evil loves to party. Can you handle THE HAUNTED HOSPITAL featured in the 1999 campy horror classic, “House on the Haunted Hill?” Time will tell if you can manage to hold on to your senses and escape this chamber of terror, witnessing cauldrons of blood, gory ghosts and something even more…the “darkness.”
The DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op, Inc. in cooperation with the Florida Chautauqua Association will transform the old hospital into a fright night for the second year. If you have the stomach for it, welcome to an experience which will live in your memory longer than you’d like. Come to THE HAUNTED HOSPITAL to be preyed upon. On Friday and Saturday, October 21st and 22nd from 7 – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, October 28th and 29th from7 pm – midnight for a mere $10, experience a nail biting evening that will haunt your dreams! The Haunted House address is 1290 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435.
Tickets will be available at the door. Advance ticket sales can be purchased at the DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op beginning September 19th. The Co-Op ‘s location is 782 Baldwin Avenue in the Historic Downtown area and hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays accepting cash and credit cards. Additionally, cash only advance sale tickets are also offered at Emerald Coast Flowers and Gifts, 137 Hwy. 20 West and Kathryn Nikole Ladies Boutique, 131 State Highway 20 West in Freeport, FL. On the coast, Smith’s Antiques at 1250 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Miramar Beach will be selling cash only tickets. Check out the Haunted Hospital website at https://www.defuniakspringshauntedhouse.com/ to find specific times for advance ticket sales at our vendor locations or call 850-419-3007.
Pumpkin Festival at Arnett’s Gulfside Trail Rides Oct. 22, 23, 29, 30
Enjoy family fun at Arnett’s Gulfside Trail rides this October on their 20-acre horse ranch. Activities include pumpkin sale, bounce houses, hay rids, kid’s crafts, pony rides, food and more.
Festival dates are Oct. 22nd, 23rd, 29th, and 30th.
Arnett’s Gulfside Trail Rides is located at 613 CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach. For more information, call 850-208-3114.
Campfire stories and haunted cabin trail in DeFuniak Springs Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29
Be prepared to face your fears. What happens when you get lost in the woods and come across an abandoned cabin Only you will know if you live to tell! If you can make it down the haunted trail to the Cabin in the Woods be ready to escape your worst nightmare.
Face your fears and see if you can solve the mystery as Sapphire Island Camping and RV Resort hosts scary nights.
Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Admission: $10 per person.
Sapphire Island Camping and RV Resort is located at 5687 U.S. Hwy. 331 S., DeFuniak Springs. For more information call 850-520-4757.
Click here for map.
Enjoy a movie under the stars at Eden Gardens State Park Oct. 27
The Friends Eden Gardens State Park will host the third Annual Vintage Film Series at Eden Gardens State Park. Come and enjoy The Addams Family on October 27. Enjoy a fun evening under the stars watching these two classic fun filled movies. Come dressed in costume if desired. Concessions for donations will be available. Movie PG13. Event Weather permitting.
Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.
For more information, call (850) 267-8320.
181 Eden Garden Road, Point Washington, Fl. 32459 ::MAP::
$4.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.
Stargazing at Eden Gardens State Park Oct. 28
Eden Gardens State park will be host a star gazing program on Friday, Oct. 28. Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up several telescopes for viewing of star clusters, planets and galaxies. They will answer questions about the night sky. All ages are invited to enjoy an evening of star gazing. The Park will close at sunset at 6.01 PM. Those attending the star gazing should arrive prior to sunset. Program is from 5:30 – 9:00 PM. *Event Weather Permitting*
FEES: Program included in the park admission of $4.00/car.
Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.
For more information, call (850) 267-8320.
181 Eden Garden Road, Point Washington, Fl. 32459 ::MAP::
Haunted carnival at Rocky Bayou State Park Oct. 29
Join the Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park staff and volunteers on Friday, October 29th, 2016 for a Haunted Carnival hosted by The Friends of the Emerald Coast State Parks. The Carnival will feature 12 booths featuring face painting, ring toss, balloon darts, and many other games. The Haunted Carnival will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Haunted Carnival is known to inhabit ghosts, spiders, wolves, and spooky sights. Come join us for a day of fright and fun.
Park admission fees do apply and donations will be accepted at the CSO tent to improve their events. Please leave all furry friends at home. Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is located at 4281 S.R. 20, Niceville, FL. For more information, call (850) 833-9144 or click here for their website.
Admission Fees $4.00 per vehicle (2-8 people) and $3.00 per vehicle (single occupant).
Pedestrians, Bicyclists, extra Passengers, Passengers in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Permit Admission Fee $1.00.
Alaqua Unleashed Halloween party Oct. 30
Calling all party animals. Come join the fun at Alaqua’s Unleashed dog park, on Sunday, October 30 from 3 – 5 pm. Spread the word, and help us share the fellowship of the humans and dogs in our community.
There will be a costume party with prizes for the best costume along with treats and t-shirts for all.
Admission will be $5.00/person and all proceeds will go toward Alaqua Unleashed Dog Park. Help us to continue to provide this community park, where dogs can run, play, and enjoy the freedom of being, unleashed.
Alaqua Unleashed dog park is located at 342 J.D. Miller Road, Santa Rosa Beach.
Witches of South Walton Ride Oct. 31
The Witches of South Walton will be riding again along Scenic Hwy. 30A for the 13th year in a row. The event will be held on Mon.., Oct. 31, 2016 at 7 a.m. The witches ride for a cause of course, as a benefit for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN. The registration cost is $30.00 which includes access to the Gathering Brunch and 3 tickets for Mimosas.
The in person registration event will take place on Friday, October 28th 2016 from 5 – 8 pm at La Playa in Gulf Place on the Town Center Loop side of the restaurant. Cash or checks for registration and raffle tickets. Checks can be made out to Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Registration fee is $30.
The ride will take place on Monday, Oct. 31. Witches will meet at the starting location at Gulf Place before start time of 7 a.m.
More information on the event can be found on at www.WitchesOfSouthWalton.com or on Facebook www.Facebook.com/WitchesOfSouthWalton
Gardening in the sand lecture in Grayton Beach Nov. 2
It has been said that Florida soil is good for one thing: keeping the plant from tipping over! Sheila Dunning, UF/IFAS Commercial Horticulture Agent, will address the challenges and provide solutions for gardening in the sand during this latest installment in the Walton County Master Gardeners’ Lecture Series on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Walton Extension Coastal Branch in Grayton Beach. The location is 70 Logan Lane which runs west off CR 283 just north of the 4-way stop.
The cost of this program is $5 (cash or check only, please) and includes materials, handouts and light refreshments. Space is limited and reservations are required so save your place by contacting Cheryl Haney at 850-892-8172 or [email protected] by October 31!
Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions and soil sampling supplies and instruction will be available for $8.
Guided tour of Grayton Beach State Park nature trail Nov. 3
Join Walton County Extension Agents Laura Tiu (marine science) and Evan Anderson (agriculture) for a walking tour of the Grayton Beach Nature Trail around Western Lake.
The one-mile nature trail winds through a coastal forest where scrub oaks and magnolias stand, bent and twisted by the salt winds. Explore the various ecosystems and the plants and animals that live there.
Please wear weather appropriate clothing and closed toe shoes. The hike is moderately easy, but you will be walking in sand and over uneven woodland paths. You will be responsible for paying park entrance on your own. Meet at 9 a.m. by the pavilion which has restroom facilities available. Bring your camera. After the tour, you may want to have lunch at one of the many unique restaurants along 30A.
Cost is $10. Click here to register.
Grayton Beach State Park is located in Walton County, South of U.S. 98 off of Scenic Road 30A. Take county road 283 south from U.S. 98, turn left at the stop sign on 30A (approximately 1/4 mile east of the intersection of C.R. 30A and C.R. 283 the main entrance is on the right). ::MAP::
Admission Fee $5.00 per vehicle (2-8 people per vehicle) $4.00 single occupant vehicle
Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Permit – Admission Fee $2.00
DeFuniak Springs Downtown Arts Night Nov. 4
The event sponsored by Nook and Cranny, Art Nook and DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op will be a quarterly event where fine quality artists and artisans including wood workers, jewelers, authors, quilters, basket weavers and many other hand selected crafters will showcase their fine goods.
We’re looking forward to the return of the entertaining song renditions of Paul Streaker and friends from the top deck of Bogey’s Restaurant and Bruce Naylor playing his sweet blues and jazz guitar. Other musical entertainment will be along the street, so look forward to a nice surprise!
Farm fresh produce, homemade baked goods and desserts, and some unique foods will be available from food vendors.
Local businesses will extend their hours open to the public through the evening. Vendor spots are still available. For more information and reservations call: Nook and Cranny at 850-865-2976, The Art Nook at 850-585-8778 or the DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op at 850-419-3007.
Thunderbird Intertribal Powwow in Niceville Nov. 4-6
The Thunderbird Intertribal Council is hosting their annual Powwow Nov. 4-6, 2016. Celebrate Native American and Alaskan Heritage Month with activities educating the local community about Native Americans and their role in the past and the present. The event is to promote cultural understanding, and to encourage participation and
goodwill between Native and non-Native persons.
Location: Twin Oaks Park, FL-85, Niceville, FL 32578
Schedule of events
Children’s Day: 9 am – 2 pm; Powwow: 7pm Grand Entry; Intertribal Dancing into the night
Craft Competition: 10 am – 11 am; Special Performances: 11 am – 1 pm
Grand Entry & Opening Ceremonies: 1 pm, followed by Intertribal, Exhibition, Competition Dancing until 5 pm
Night Grand Entry: 7 pm followed by Intertribal Dancing, Dance Exhibitions & Competitions into the night
Church Service: 10 am-11 am: at the Arena
Intertribal dancing, dance exhibitions, competitions winners: Noon to 4 pm
Powwow: $5; $3 – Age 12 and younger
Children’s Day: $3
For more information, go to www.thunderbirdpowwow.org or call Kirby Locklear 850-863-5311 or Glenn Farmer 850-678-7714.
NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL ALLOWED
Service Animals Only
Sponsored by The Eglin Native American Heritage Observance Month Committees & the Thunderbird Intertribal Council, Inc.
Wings Over Florida birding hike at Blackwater Fisheries Research Nov. 5
Join Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail coordinator Whitney Gray and Wings Over Florida coordinator Andy Wraithmell for a hike around the wonderful birding trail site at Blackwater Fisheries Research. You will walk the dikes between the aquaculture ponds, looking for wintering wildfowl such as Ring-necked Duck and Blue-winged Teal. Wilson’s Snipe feed along the muddy edges. Bachman’s Sparrows and Brown-headed Nuthatches are fairly common and Henslow’s Sparrow has been recorded in the winter. Participants will have the opportunity to earn their first Wings Over Florida certificate.
The walk is limited to 25 people. This event is FREE and family-friendly. Youth participation encouraged. The walk is suitable for all experience levels but is aimed at beginner and intermediate level bird watchers. Loaner binoculars will be available if you do not have a pair of your own.
Click here to register.
Blackwater Fisheries Research, 8384 Fish Hatchery Road, Holt, FL 32564 Map
Capes and Crowns 5K and fun run at Baytowne Nov. 5
Get ready to dress up as your favorite superhero or glittering princess — the Capes & Crowns Fun Run and 5K is back at The Village of Baytowne Wharf on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Proceeds benefit The Tree House Episcopal Montessori School.
Packet pick-up occurs the day before the race on Friday, Nov. 4 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 North Highway 393, SRB, FL 32459 & also on race day Saturday, Nov. 5 from 7 – 8:30 am at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
Capes & Crowns Fun Run and 5K includes face painting by Abrakadoodle, superhero and princess appearances from Enchanted Parties, a family-friendly post-race party with games, snacks and treats provided by Another Broken Egg, Smallcakes and Menchies, complimentary post-race craft beer from Grayton Beer Company.
Prizes and medals for the two overall finishers of 5K race (Overall Male/Overall Female). Fun for the family and all ages.
Register at http://capesandcrowns.com/. Fun for the family and all ages! No refund if race is cancelled due to weather. This is a pet friendly event. Registered participants are welcome to participate in the Half Mile Fun Run with their 5K bib (no need to buy two registrations per person). Strollers and pets are welcome to join the fun too.
Haz mat collection day in north and south Walton Nov. 5
The Walton Board of County Commissioners is sponsoring a project to collect, recycle, treat and properly dispose of these and other household hazardous wastes: Pesticides – Used Oil – Stale Gasoline – Solvents – Fertilizers – Paint – Paint Thinners – Paint Strippers – Batteries – Furniture Polish – Brake Fluid – Engine Degreasers – Anti-Freeze – Pool Chemicals – Insecticides – Spot Removers.
Waste tire amnesty will also be held on the same date, during the same hours and locations. Walton county residents may bring up to 12 tires per residence. No gas cylinders or explosives, please. Due to hazardous nature of certain components in home computers, they will be accepting old computer hardware including processors, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, etc. Conditionally exempt small quantity generators (small businesses, schools, growers, etc.) will be accepted at a reduced rate.
Location: Walton County Fairgrounds, Highway 83 North (9th Avenue), DeFuniak Springs and South Walton Mosquito Control Office, County Road 393, Santa Rosa Beach. For more information, call 850-892-8180.
North Bay Clan of Lower Creek Muskogee Tribe hosting Pow Wow in Chipley Nov. 11-13
Join the North Bay Clan of Lower Creek Muscogee Tribe to honor our veterans at the Veteran’s Day Powwow November 11-13, 2016. The event will run from 9 am to 5 pm each day and will include story telling, drumming, dancing, arts and crafts, food and more.
This event is free to the public. Learn more about the Lower Creek Muscogee heritage from these proud descendants. Primitive camping is available with on-site bathrooms.
Location: North Bay Creek Indian Village at 1560 Lonnie Rd in Chipley, directly off of Hwy 77. For more information call Greg or Nancy Patterson at 850-547-2065.
Chipley Christmas Festival and parade Dec. 2
Get your Christmas shopping done during the Holiday Stroll when Downtown merchants will have their doors open offering special holiday discounts and Christmas treats to their guests. Wander down to the Farmer’s Market Complex on 7th Street and visit the Christmas Market where you can find specialty arts and crafts gifts for your loved ones. Enjoy the beautiful sounds of Heaven Sent and Alison and Tabitha as your little ones get their free photo with Santa or participate in one of the children’s games or activities. There will even be a continuous showing of Polar Express on an inflatable movie screen courtesy of the Washington County Public Library. Also, don’t forget to pay a visit to the Washington County Historical Society Museum for their Open House that night. All of this plus great food vendors equal a very merry night.
South Walton Fire District Elf Ride in Santa Rosa Beach Dec. 4
The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) will be hosting their 9t Annual Elf Ride on Dec. 4, 2016. Elves of all ages will meet at the Western Lake Beach Access in Watercolor at 1:00 p.m. and bicycle/walk to the SWFD’s Water Color Station located at 2109 CR 395 South, Seagrove (approx. 1.5 miles).
Bring an unwrapped toy to benefit the SWFD Angel Tree. Refreshments and a tour of the fire station as well as the fire trucks will be available. Be sure to wear your favorite Christmas outfit and decorate your bike. Parent(s) must accompany all children!