The Best Things To Do on 30A This Week – May 13-19

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This week, 30A is buzzing with a lineup of events designed to engage, entertain, and inspire. From the enriching Longleaf Writers Conference to spirited live music performances and a silent piano concert on the beach, each event offers a unique opportunity to connect with the community and enrich your cultural palate. Whether you’re a literature enthusiast, a music lover, or a connoisseur of fine wines and spirits, there’s something for everyone to enjoy along the scenic shores of 30A. Join us for these exceptional gatherings and make the most of your week! 1. Inspiration by the Sea: 11th Annual Longleaf Writers Conference The 11th Annual Longleaf Writers Conference is taking place from May 11-18, 2024, during Art Week South Walton in Seaside, Florida. This immersive event features a week filled with intensive writing workshops, seminars, and agent consultations, providing a unique opportunity for writers at all levels to enhance their craft. Celebrated authors Adam Johnson and Maggie Smith will headline the event, offering seminars and public readings. Attendees will also enjoy one-on-one sessions with top literary agents in the inspiring setting of Seaside, surrounded by its stunning white-sand beaches. Whether you’re a budding or seasoned writer, the Longleaf Writers Conference is an enriching retreat that combines professional growth with the tranquility of coastal life. Longleaf Writers Conference / Monday, May 13, to Saturday, May 18, 2024, @ Seaside Assembly Hall 2. Groove Under the Stars: Jones & Co. Live at Stinky’s  Join us at Stinky’s Bait Shack on Wednesday, May 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. for an unforgettable evening with Jones & Co. Known for their dynamic blend of Jazz, Soul, R&B, and World Music, this celebrated band promises to deliver a performance that transcends musical boundaries and connects deeply with every listener. Don’t miss a night where music meets magic with the iconic Dr. Cheryl Jones leading the ensemble. Jones & Co. / Wednesday, May 15, 2023, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. @ Stinky’s Bait Shack 3. FOOW Winemaker’s Experience: Sip and Savor Join the bubbly fun at Fish Out of Water for their exclusive “Experience the Experts” wine-tasting event, happening every third Thursday from March 21 to June 20. Delight in a selection of exceptional wines handpicked by an expert vintner, complemented by tasty nibbles and engaging entertainment. This event is complimentary for participants of the Spring Wine Lovers Dinners, and only $20++ per person for others. No reservations needed—just drop by and enjoy! Discover your new favorite wine and take a bottle home to continue the experience. FOOW Package Store: Winemaker’s Experience / Thursday, May 16, 2024, from 2 p.m. onwards @ Fish Out of Water 4. Farm & Fire’s Exclusive Tequila Tasting & Pairing Night Experience an enchanting evening of flavor and camaraderie at Farm & Fire Southern Pizzeria on Thursday, May 16. Delve into the world of tequila at their intimate Tequila Tasting & Pairing Night, where guests will savor a selection of four premium tequilas, each accompanied by a perfectly matched small plate from our prix fixe menu. Specialty cocktails will also be available for purchase. With limited seating be sure to secure your spot early. Note that seating will be assigned based on the order of purchase, and you may be seated with other guests. For specific seating requests, please purchase tickets together or contact them post-purchase at hello@farmandfiresouthwalton.com. Tequila Tasting & Pairing Night / Thursday, May 16, 2024, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. @ Farm & Fire Southern Pizzeria 5. Seaside Silent Piano Concert: An Evening with Murray Hidary Experience the enchanting MindTravel Live-to-Headphones ‘Silent’ Piano Concert, featuring the captivating melodies of acclaimed pianist Murray Hidary. Join us on Thursday, May 16, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Coleman Pavilion on Seaside’s scenic beach. Dive deep into a unique musical journey, where each note is delivered directly to your headphones, creating a personal and immersive soundscape. Secure your tickets now for a magical evening of music and mindfulness right on the sands of Seaside. MindTravel Live-to-Headphones Silent Piano Concert / Thursday, May 16, 2024, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. @ Seaside 6. Explore the Future of Art at Digital Graffiti 101 Panel Head to Alys Beach for the Digital Graffiti 101 Panel on Friday, May 17, from 10 am to 12 p.m. This engaging panel discussion, free of charge and moderated by Kevin Boyle, features Curator John Colette alongside the 2024 Digital Graffiti Finalists. Dive into the evolving world of digital art and learn from the pioneers leading the charge. Please note that an RSVP is required to secure your digital ticket for entry. Reserve your spot today for this insightful exploration of digital graffiti. Digital Graffiti 101 Panel, Central Park / Friday, May 17, 2024, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. @ Alys Beach 7. Spring Fling: A Gourmet Market Extravaganza at Sandestin Celebrate the vibrancy of spring at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s Spring Fling – A Sandestin Gourmet Spring Market, on Saturday, May 18, from 12 pm to 3 pm at The Grand Lawn. Enjoy an afternoon of exceptional wines, spirits, and local flavors, with over 40 varieties available for sampling and purchase at up to 30% off market rates. Delight in live music by Jared Herzog from “The Voice,” indulge in food and beverage tastings, and explore a coffee and chocolate bar. Family-friendly activities include a children’s crafting corner with spring-themed crafts and kid-approved treats. Tickets available on Eventbrite: $25 for Kids’ Corner, $25 for Classic Pass, and $75 for Premium Pass. Spring Fling – A Sandestin Gourmet Market / Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. @ Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort 8. Illuminate the Night: Digital Graffiti Finale at Alys Beach Cap off the 17th Annual Digital Graffiti event with a spectacular finale on Saturday, May 18, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Alys Beach. Immerse yourself in a dazzling display of projection art along the festival path, perfect for families and guests of all ages. Engage directly with the art, enjoy a variety of delicious options from food trucks, and sip on refreshments available for purchase. Don’t miss this unique blend of technology and creativity at Alys Beach’s immersive art experience. Finale of the 17h Annual Digital Graffiti event / Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. @ Alys Beach 9. 30A’s 9th Annual Locals Last Stand: A Pre-Summer Bash Join us for the 9th annual Locals Last Stand party, a beloved community tradition, on Sunday, May 19, 2024, from 3 to 7 p.m. at The Pavilion at Watersound Town Center in Inlet Beach, Florida. This free, rain-or-shine event features an exciting lineup with MECO, Sons of Saints, and the Casey Kearney Band. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle in for an afternoon of live music, local food trucks like Taco30A and Soo Trucking Delicious, and community spirit. It’s the perfect way to enjoy some fun and relaxation with family and friends before the summer season kicks off. Don’t miss out on this vibrant celebration of local talent and camaraderie! Local Last Stand: MECO, Sons of Saints & Casey Kearney Band @ Watersound Town Center To keep up-to-date with daily 30A events and other fun things happening here at the beach, bookmark 30A.com/events, and download the free 30A iPhone and 30A Android apps.  https://30a.com/best-things-to-do-may13/

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