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Natural Awakenings Northwest Florida

Festival Brings Native American Arts to Fort Walton Beach

Musical Echoes, the Native American flute, art and cultural festival, will take place April 20 to 22, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Fort Walton Beach Landing, located at 139 Brooks Street. This nonalcoholic, family-friendly event is open to all visitors, free of charge. 

The weekend festival features solo artists and full bands performing live music on stage; dancers performing colorful, rhythmic traditional dances and sharing their meaning; flute makers selling their handcrafted instruments and offering guidance on choosing and playing a Native American flute; art and craft vendors offering custom jewelry, baskets, leatherwork and other items; and traditional Indian fry bread and other festival food. There will also be a silent auction and raffles at the main tent. This year’s totem, the sea turtle, will be featured on the annual festival T-shirt, with an image created by artist Kenneth Maines. 

The festival lineup will include Ed Winddancer, Jeff Ball, Shelley Morningsong and Jonny Lipford. A torchlight ceremony featuring the Thunderbird Honor Guard and Poarch Creek Indian Traditional Dancers will take place April 21 at 6 p.m. ​

Musical Echoes Flute Festival Inc. is a volunteer-run nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that relies on funding through sponsorships and donations. For more information about the festival, or to be a part of the festival by contributing, visit MusicalEchoes.org or Facebook.com/MusicalEchoes, call  850-837-9828 or email Tisha Maraj at [email protected]

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