Upcoming Events

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South Walton Farmers markets

farmersmarketSeaside 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

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Geocaching event at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park every Wednesday

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Topsail Hill State Park invites you to enjoy their “one of a kind” geocache program every Wednesday through Nov. 8. Visitors can check in at the Camp Store and pick up the geocache packet. This activity will take you to various points throughout the Preserve. Note: the hiking and biking trails are easy to moderate in difficulty, some are paved, sand and gravel, or hard pack.

What is Geocaching? It is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches,” at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. Geocaching was originally similar to the 160-year-old game letterboxing, which uses clues and references to landmarks embedded in stories. Geocachers are free to take a treasure, or “swag” (except the logbook, pencil, or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value behind.

Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the Camp Store, you will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS.

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. 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::

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Fishing classes at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park on Saturdays in Sept.

Date/time: Saturday September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th – 8 a.m. – 12 Noon

Join Bass Pro Shops every Saturday during September of 2017 for a unique opportunity to take a fishing class. Participants are told to please meet at the boat ramp at 8:00am where we 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. We will provide all bait and tackle and all the participant needs 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.

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St. Joseph Bay educational adventure Sept. 19-20

The University of Florida IFAS Extension faculty are continuing their Panhandle Outdoors Live programs for 2017. They include presentations, as well as, traditional excursions to explore and learn about the Panhandle’s signature ecosystems. The latest program is St. Joseph Bay in Gulf County, Sept. 19-20.

The St. Joseph Bay Ecosystem is home to one of the richest concentrations of marine grasses along the Northern Gulf Coast. It supports an amazing diversity of fish, aquatic invertebrates and birds. Other local habitats of significance include nesting beaches for loggerhead sea turtles, salt marshes that support secretive marsh birds, and pine flatwoods uplands.

This two-day educational adventure is based at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve near the coastal town of Port. St. Joe, Florida. It includes field tours of unique coastal uplands, presentations by scientists and naturalists, and a kayak trip to explore the underwater life of the seagrass beds.

Download brochure.pdf

To view short video on the Buffer Preserve click here

Participants need to bring personal snacks and/or drinks (bottled water and simple snacks are supplied), bug repellent, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, etc. Canoes or kayaks may be rented (see ticket options for prices); however, participants may also bring their own kayak or canoe and paddling gear (life jacket, emergency whistle, paddle, etc.), although a $10 launch fee will be applied by the outfitter (included in ticket options).

Base registration fee covers breakfast and lunch, facility costs, water & snacks, transportation and educational sessions. Additional costs are related to lodging, rental fees for canoes and kayaks. To find cost, registration, and lodging information click here.

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Topsail Hill Preserve State Park public workshop in Santa Rosa Beach Sept. 21


Date/time: Thursday, Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m.

Interested in having input on the future of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park? A preliminary public workshop is being held and will serve as a forum for the public to provide input on the future management of the park. The preliminary public workshop will be held September 21, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., with a presentation at 6pm, at South Walton County High School, Media Center, 645 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park protects perhaps the most outstanding assemblage of natural communities on the coast of the Florida Panhandle and provides world-class outdoor recreational opportunities to residents and visitors in a fast-growing region. The park is home to 3 miles of white sand beach, one of the largest state park campgrounds in Florida, multiple dune lakes, and the rare Choctawhatchee beach mouse.

This workshop is a unique opportunity for the public to shape the future direction of the park and we hope you and members of your organization can attend for the shared effort it takes to continually improve the Florida Park Service.

For additional information contact Holy Cramer, Park Planner, Florida Department of Environmental Protection at [email protected] or call 850.245.3065.

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Guided sunrise paddle tour at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Sept. 22

Date/time: Friday, Sept. 22, 5 – 8 a.m.

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a sunrise paddle on Sept. 22, 2017 from 5 – 8 a.m.  Experience Campbell Lake on a ninety-minute ranger guided paddling tour.  Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs. old.

For those that can’t attend this Sunrise Paddle maybe a future date will work better for them.  In 2017 Sunrise Paddles will be on the fourth Friday of the month June through October.

Program is $40 per person.  Space is limited.  Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake, juice/water and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Program is weather dependent.

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::

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Butterfly workshop in DeFuniak Springs Sept. 22

Date/time: Friday, Sept. 22 – 1 – 3:30 p.m.

If you are interested in butterfly gardening, preservation of pollinators, or just enjoying the annual migrations of the incredible Monarch Butterfly, the University of Florida/IFAS Walton County Extension is presenting an entertaining educational program on Monarchs in Northwest Florida and creating garden spaces for butterflies in your yard. Two lectures will be offered: “Monarch Mysteries and Other Butterfly Tales,” “Save a Place for Butterflies.”

The event will be held at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, 732 N 9th St. in DeFuniak Springs on Friday, Sept. 22 from 1 pm – 3:30 pm CST.

Topics covered will include ecology and migration of Monarchs, the role Northwest Florida plays in Monarch migration, milkweed species preferred by butterflies and the latest milkweed research, creating a permanent habitat in your yard to support many North Florida butterfly species and creating butterfly havens in your yard with trees, shrubs and perennials.

Presenters will be Scott Allen Davis, Refuge Ranger, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and MaryAnn Friedman, Western Panhandle Regional Coordinator for the FWC Research Grant to document and map vulnerable species for the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI).

For more information and to register for the program, please contact Cheryl Cosson at (850) 892-8172 or [email protected]. Cost of the program is $10 and is payable by cash or check only.

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Fall equinox gathering at Glendale Memorial Preserve Sept. 22-24

A fun-filled weekend is planned in celebration of the fall equinox at Glendale Memorial Preserve. Enjoy primitive camping, tours, nature walk, climb the fire tower, arts/crafts, potluck, bonfire, and Saturday night music and dance.

Bring a friend from Sept. 22-24 and a musical instrument, food to share, and good vibes.

For more information, call Nita at 850-585-9460 or John at 850-859-2141.

Glendale Memorial Preserve is located 9 miles north of DeFuniak Springs on Hwy. 83.

Learn more about Glendale here.

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Washington County Fun and Fitness 5K Colorburst Sept. 23

The 3rd Annual Washington County Fun & Fitness 5K Colorburst is held to support the Florida Surgeon General’s Healthiest Weight Florida’s 5K Initiative. The purpose is to bring awareness of the importance of increasing physical activity, improving nutrition habits and celebrating clean air. The event will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Old Chipley High School track on North Railroad Ave in Chipley, FL.

Registration begins at 7am. A finale party complete with a live DJ, activities for the kids and a paint throw round out the morning. Be sure to wear your white T-shirt and sunglasses for the race. Paint and an event T-shirt will be provided at registration.

Proceeds from the event will go to support a weekend backpack program sending meals/snacks home with students in need of supplemental nutrition in Washington County. Register here.

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Scarecrow festival in Chipley Sept. 23

Date/time: Sat., Sept. 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Washington County Historical Society is hosting their annual Scarecrow Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23. The event will be held at 685 7th Street, Chipley.

The festival features a scarecrow contest with numerous categories and cash prizes. The event will also host craft vendors, offer music by D.J. Orwat playing lost tunes from eras gone by and this years food vendor will be the Blalock’s and their food truck. (Bring on the funnel cakes!) The event is held at the Chipley Farmer’s Market pavilion home of the Washington County Historical Society Museum. Both buildings will be open that day. Come and enjoy the first of the Fall season and steep yourself in history.

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Sunset paddle at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Sept. 30

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a Sunset Paddle on September 30, 2017 from 5 – 7:30p.m. Experience Campbell Lake on a Ranger guided paddling tour. Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs. old.

Program is $40 per person. Space is limited. Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Program is weather dependent. In order to prevent the introduction of invasive species in to Campbell Lake, which is a rare Coastal Dune Lake, watercraft and gear from outside the park is not allowed,

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::

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Fall festival and pumpkin sale at Camp Helen State Park Oct. 7

Date/time: Saturday, Oct. 7 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The second annual Fall Festival at Camp Helen State Park will be on Saturday, October 7 from

11 am – 4 pm. There will be fun, food, and games for the entire family.  State Park entrance fee of $2 per person for anyone the age of 7 and above.  Kids 6 and under are free. The event is free however donations are accepted.  Donations will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to benefit the park’s resource management projects and interpretive programs.  A parent or guardian must accompany all children.  Parking at the state park is limited to those who need accessible parking.  All others are requested to park at Winn-Dixie and ride the free shuttle to the park. Winn Dixie is at the junction of U. S. 98 and Front Beach Road a mile east of the Philips Inlet Bridge and about five miles west of Highway 79.

Additionally, Camp Helen will be selling pumpkins 7 days a week, 9 am – 4 pm, starting September 30 through October 31.

These special events are sponsored by the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. For more information contact Gloria Turner at (850) 588-8426 or (850) 233-5059 or by emailing [email protected].

Camp Helen State Park is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway (Highway 98), Panama City Beach, just west of the Lake Powell Bridge.

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Vintage RV show at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 7

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for “Rollin’ Through the Decades” a Vintage and Antique RV Show on October 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Attendees will get to visit with performer Tim Jackson, explore a 1953 New Moon Trailer made famous by the popular couple Lucy & Ricky as well as view other vintage and antique RVs and campers. Attendees will also be able to enjoy presentations and activities in camping related exhibits.

Event is free with regular park admission.

$6.00 per vehicle, allowing admission for 2-8 people per vehicle; over 8 people requires additional per person fees. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle, including motorcycles with one or more riders and vehicles with one occupant. $2.00 pedestrians, bicyclists, per passenger over 8 per vehicle, per passenger in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

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

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Watersound Origins PorchFest Oct. 8

October 8, 3 – 6 pm

Join in for the 2nd Annual Watersound PorchFest. Live music will be featured on the front porches and lawns of the community. This event is FREE and open to the public. Guests will have the opportunity to walk along the porches and lawns of the community while listening to live music. The event is free, coolers and lawn chairs are welcome.

Music lineup:
• Chas Sandford  is a hit songwriter known for such songs as “Missing You” by John Waite, “What Kind of Man Would I Be” by Chicago, and “Talk to Me” by Stevie Nicks. Chas Sandford will be singing with Ken and Andi Johnson “in the round” on the  “Songwriter House Concerts on 30A” Stage.
• Huck and Lilly – play music for kids and the grown ups who love them.
• Sean Dietrich and the Boiled Peanut Vendors – this group is known for country – folk feel good music.
• The Graytones – A four-piece Gulf Coast funky jam band from Grayton Beach.
• Matt Miller & Mari Gleason – Ukulele meets fiddle with this beachy duo.

Watersound Origins, 530 Pathways Drive, Watersound, FL 32461

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Art in the park at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 13

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is offering a watercolor class with local artist Carol Dickson on Oct. 13.  Class fee is $25 and includes all materials needed. The class will be from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Classes are limited to 10 participants and participants must be at least 12 years of age.  Registration is due 7 days before class date and can be done in the park store or online at www.topsailparkfriends.org.  The park store is open seven days a week 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Free entry to the park through Sept. 4. Otherwise $6.00 per vehicle, allowing admission for 2-8 people per vehicle; over 8 people requires additional per person fees. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle, including motorcycles with one or more riders and vehicles with one occupant. $2.00 pedestrians, bicyclists, per passenger over 8 per vehicle, per passenger in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

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

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Haunted House at old Lakeside Hospital in DeFuniak Springs Oct. 13, 20, 21, 27, 28

The DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op, Inc. in cooperation with the Florida Chautauqua Association transforms the former Lakeside Hospital at 1290 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs, Florida into a fright night this October. “An Evening with Jason – Long Night at Camp Blood” premieres on Friday, Oct. 13 from 7 pm – midnight. Encore presentations take place the following weekends: Friday, Oct. 20, Saturday, Oct. 21, from 7 – 10 pm and Friday and Saturday, Oct 27 and 28, from 7 pm – midnight. Ticket prices are $13.

Proceeds benefit both non-profit organizations. Parking is available on Baldwin Avenue in historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs and also along Circle Drive and adjoining side streets. Attendees must be at least 12 years of age to enter without an adult or accompanied by a parent if underage.

Tickets to the Haunted House will be available at the door. Advance ticket sales are available at the DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op beginning in September. The Co-Op’s location is 756 Baldwin Avenue, Suite B, next to the Music store, in the historic Downtown area (open 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 Freeport Pet Clinic at 907 Fl-20 in Freeport, FL. On the coast, Smith’s Antiques at 1250 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Miramar Beach will be selling cash only tickets as will the Visitor’s Center in Santa Rosa Beach at the northeast corner of Highway 331 and 98. In Crestview cash only tickets are being sold at Happy Lark Art Supply, 551 S. Main Street. Check the Haunted House website here.

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Explore The Outdoors Festival comes to Live Oak Landing Oct. 14

boywithfishWalton Outdoors will be hosting our eighth annual Explore The Outdoors Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the beautiful waterfront location of Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination, 229 Pitts Avenue in Freeport, Florida.

This fun-filled day will introduce children to the wonders of exploring nature and the outdoor experience. Hands on activities will include fishing, kayaking, wildlife, archery, interactive educational exhibits, giveaways and much more. The event is free. The water activities are geared for children six-years-old and up. Food will be available for purchase from Black Creek Café.

Activities and exhibits include:
• Learn to fish on Black Creek
• FISH FLORIDA fishing rod/reel giveaways
• Freshwater fishing education with Florida Fish and Wildlife
• Emerald Coast Hydrobike cruises
• Archery with Freeport Parks and Recreation
• Boating with Wounded Warrior Fishing
• Boating with Backwater Tours
• Birding with the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
• Wildlife exhibit with Florida Fish and Wildlife
• Florida State Park exhibits
• Northwest Florida Astronomy Club
• Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance touch tank
• Smokey the Bear and his friends from Forestry
• Florida Sea Grant exhibit
• Freeport Town Planters Society crafts
• Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge exhibit
• Butterfly exhibit
• Beekeeping exhibit
• Snake exhibit with Falling Waters State Park
• Walton County Master Gardeners activity
• Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve
• Navarre Beach Marine Science exhibit
• Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters

For more information, go to www.waltonoutdoors.com/explorefest or call (850) 267-2064.

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Where the Wild Things Run 5K Trail Run/1 Mile Fun Run in Freeport Oct. 14

Race through the woods on a wild adventure. Join the E.O.Wilson Biophilia Nature Center for the 2nd Annual Where the Wild Things Run. Sign up for the 5K Trail Run or 1 Mile “Little Critter” Fun Run benefiting the Center on Saturday, October 14. The event starts at 7 a.m.

The 5K Trail Run course will take you through parts of Nokuse Plantation, a 53,000 acre conservation area. The challenging terrain will highlight the diversity and beauty of Northwest Florida. Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages are welcome.

The E.O.Wilson Biophilia Center is a non-profit environmental education center with the mission to educated students and visitors on the importance of biodiversity, to promote sustainability, and to encourage conservation, preservation and restoration of ecosystems.

Race Goodies:
All 5K Trail Run Advanced Registrants, or first 300 signed up, will receive t-shirt, wooden finisher medal, and swag bag. All “Little Critter” Fun Run Advanced Registrants, or first 100 signed up, will receive wooden finisher medal.

Registration and Pricing: 5K Trail Run: $35.00
“Little Critter” 1 Mile Fun Run: $15.00 (children 12 and younger only, please)

E.O.Wilson Biophilia Center is located at 4956 State Hwy 20 East Freeport, FL  32439
To register, click here.

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Sale on the Circle in DeFuniak Springs Oct. 14

The circular drive around Lake DeFuniak is the site of the 10th Annual “Sale on the Circle” on Saturday October 14th from 8 am to 2 pm. Antiques, crafts, collectibles, dolls, yard sale items and much more, will be on sale in the shade of huge trees.

Vendors and sellers are welcome to reserve space ($1/foot). Donations of unwanted items for the St. Agatha’s Church to sell would be appreciated. Phone 830-7663 for space reservations and further information.

Historic St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church sponsors the sale to assist both sellers and buyers. In past years meager profits have benefited ministries and maintenance of the tiny church. The members also maintain two additional historic buildings on Circle Drive. All three structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as contributing sites in the DeFuniak Springs Historic District.

Box lunches will be available.

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Mullet Festival in Niceville Oct. 20 -22

Niceville, Florida is the place to be October 20th, 21st and 22nd for the 41st Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival. Here in Boggy country you’ll find a great time for the entire family, thanks to a vast assortment of arts and crafts, riveting rides and games, fantastic festival foods (including plenty of fried and smoked mullet) and exceptional entertainment on the Mullet Festival stage. Chris Janson will headline Friday, Frankie Ballard Saturday and country music legend Tanya Tucker will close out the festival on Sunday. Also performing are The Molly Ringwalds, Pelican212, Troy Laz, Dan Eubanks, The Mulligans and more.

The festival will be held at the corner of Hwy. 85N and College Blvd., Niceville.

Hours are 12 Noon – 8 p.m. For more information and ticket prices go to Boggybayoumulletfestival.info

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Coastal Dune Lake Day at Grayton Beach State Park Oct. 21

Date/time: Sat. Oct. 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Coastal Dune Lake Day will celebrate our rare coastal dune lakes in South Walton county. Come out and enjoy a day along Western Lake at Grayton Beach State Park, and learn all there is to know about this local treasure. Take a tour on foot, kayak, or SUP from the experts. Hear about local history and folklore surrounding the lakes.

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::

Park Fees:
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

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Rock the Falls Festival at Falling Waters State Park Oct. 21

Date/time Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Falling Waters State Park and the Washington County TDC are proud to present the 2nd Annual Rock the Falls Music Festival. Live music will be played by award winning recording artists along with crafters all set to the backdrop of what has been called the most amazing geological feature in Florida.

Crafters will include woodworkers, soap makers, glassworks, ceramics, jewelry, custom knives and much more. A kid’s zone will be set up with an inflatable slide, bounce house, pony rides and petting zoo. The event would not be complete without some great BBQ and other amazing foods available while you enjoy the music. So bring a blanket or lawn chair and experience a day of great music, amazing crafters and fun for the whole family.

Admission is $5 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

Falling Waters State Park is located three miles south of Chipley, off State Road 77A. ::MAP::

Call 850-638-6130 for more information.

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Guided sunrise paddle tour at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 27

Date/time: Friday, Oct. 27, 5 – 8 a.m.

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a sunrise paddle on Oct. 27, 2017 from 5 – 8 a.m.  Experience Campbell Lake on a ninety-minute ranger guided paddling tour.  Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs. old.

For those that can’t attend this Sunrise Paddle maybe a future date will work better for them.  In 2017 Sunrise Paddles will be on the fourth Friday of the month June through October.

Program is $40 per person.  Space is limited.  Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake, juice/water and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Program is weather dependent.

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::

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Monarch Butterfly Tagging Festival in Panama City Beach Oct. 28

Panama City Beach Parks Department is hosting a Monarch Butterfly Tagging Festival at Conservation Park on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12 Noon – 2 p.m.

The festival is a citizen science project where the public can get hands on experience with tagging and tracking their own butterflies. There will be educational video clips and displays as well as the live butterflies.

This year’s guests will be the Florida Native Plant Society who will be sharing information on host and nectar plants, and a new group called ‘850Rocks’ that will be painting ‘Kindness Rocks’ with the public.

Panama City Beach Conservation Park is located on Conservation Drive just north of Back Beach Road (U.S. Hwy. 98) off of State Road 79, or off of Back Beach turning on to Griffin Blvd. ::MAP::

For more information call 850-233-5045.

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Flutterby Festival at Watersound Nov. 11 – 12

The Flutterby Festival celebrates its 25th year of the migration of the Monarch Butterfly through our area with art activities, live music, theatre and dance performances, art exhibits, a butterfly parade and more.

Join in for this free, family-fun, two day event on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 in beautiful Watersound Origins. There will also be a 25th birthday celebration and ice cream social each afternoon. Proceeds benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County’s ‘Art For All’ Program.

The free festival will held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.

Watersound Origins is located at 530 Pathways Drive, Inlet Beach.

Vendor, artist and sponsorship details can be found at www.CulturalArtsAlliance.com.

 

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