Celebrate multicultural heritage in the Pensacola Bay Area
The fabric of our community is woven with contrasting experiences and diverse history. Experience our multicultural heritage and enjoy the finest in arts and crafts, international ethnic foods, museums, and cultural exhibits.
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In the Seville Square Historic District, the Julee Cottage Museum once belonged to Julee Panton, “a free woman of color.” Built sometime between 1804 and 1808, it is preserved as a Black history museum. (210 E. Zaragoza St.)
Pensacola’s African American Heritage Society features exhibits and performing arts presentations. (200 E. Church St.; (850) 469-1299)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza is a landscaped area in the park-like median on North Palafox Street between Garden and Chase streets.
The Perdido Bay Tribal Cultural Center, which includes a Creek Indian Museum, is located in a new facility in Pensacola’s Historic Seville Square (400 S. Alcaniz St., 497-8224).
An annual Creek pow-wow is held in Pace, about 15 miles northeast of Pensacola. Along with native dances and traditional food dishes, there’s a reenactment of the 19th century Florida Trail of Tears to Oklahoma’s Indian Territory. (995-8277)
The Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida (474-3108) as well as the Jikei-American Center and Japan House at the University of West Florida feature exhibits and events throughout the year.
With a Mardi Gras celebration dating back decades, Pensacola’s family-style celebration includes parades, cook-offs, and pageantry for weeks preceding Fat Tuesday (800-874-1234).
Pensacola’s Greek Community celebrates its heritage Veterans Day weekend in November with a Greek Festival. Food, dance and fun are enjoyed all weekend long at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation at K Street and West Garden Street downtown. (433-2662)
Singing lively Irish folk music until everyone knows the words (those who don’t must kiss the moose) is the order of the day at McGuire's Irish Pub (600 E. Gregory St.; 433-6789).
Spanish and Creole heritage is in the spotlight at the Fiesta of Five Flags festivities, including a reenactment of the surrender of the city to Spanish explorers and a Crawfish Festival with zydeco music and dance and Creole food (433-6512).
The town of Pace is also home to an annual Scottish Festival with traditional food, highland games and dance. (494-1189).