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 TMaraj@gmail.com

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