In Pensacola, every day is a celebration.
Our history, our talented arts community, our amazing seafood, our white beaches and glorious wilderness – there’s always something to get excited about, take in, and enjoy.
But sometimes we like to crank it up a notch – shine the spotlight and bring the community together to revel in the things that make us special.
The Fiesta of Five Flags makes our diverse heritage come to life. The Seafood Festival cooks up the bounty of our abundant local fishing industry. The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival and our year-round Gallery Nights bring art, dance and music to the parks, streets and galleries of historic downtown. Mardi Gras takes the party from the balconies of Palafox Street to the edge of the Gulf with parades and parties for all ages.
Throughout the year you can find bands playing through a waterfront sunset, fun for children and families, and breezes carrying the succulent smell of shrimp, barbecue, crawfish.
Our festivals and events showcase not only the best of what we do, but also the best of who we are.
Join us and become a part of the celebration and our community. We’re happy to have you!
Gallery Night in Downtown Pensacola
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Pensacola Double Bridge Run – A 15K course takes runners over two bridges crossing Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound, from downtown to Pensacola Beach. Runners and walkers are also welcome at the 5K course and Kids Fun Run. (850) 434-2800, www.DoubleBridgeRun.com
Mardi Gras – One of the country's original celebration sites, Pensacola and Pensacola Beach host family-oriented fun at numerous parades with lots of beads and moon pies. Perdido Key also hosts its version with a street party. (850) 434-1234, pensacolamardigras.com.
Mardi Gras Kid and Kritter Krawl – This walking parade on Pensacola Beach is open to children and pets. (850) 932-1500, www.pensacolabeachchamber.com
Pensacon – Feb 19 - 21, 2016 - Pensacola Comic Con 2016 is an all-inclusive event that encompasses many genres of the fan community. Expect Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Comics, Anime, Gaming and much more! Events are held at the Pensacola Bay Center and the Crowne Plaza Grand Hotel with other special events for attendees throughout downtown. See the full list of guests and events: www.pensacon.com.
Gulf Coast Renaissance Fair – March 5-6, 2016 - Step back to the days of old with jousting exhibitions, falconry, medieval musicians, jesters, jugglers, fire breathers, belly dancers, bagpipers and more. (877) 429-8462, www.gcrf.us.
McGuire's 5K Prediction Run – March 12, 2016 - With more than 5,000 participants, it's the nation's largest prediction run. Awards go to the fastest as well as the most accurate in predicting completion time. MGuire's signature bean soup, Irish Wakes, home-brewed beer and authentic Irish tunes are available at the post-run party. (850) 433-6789, www.mcguiresirishpub.com.
Go Irish on the Island – March 17, 2016 - Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a pub crawl, green bikini contest, jig dancing contest, leprechaun hunt and other activities. (850) 932-1500, www.pensacolabeachchamber.com.
Smokin' in the Square – March 18 – 19, 2016 - Enjoy some of the South's best barbecue in Seville Square. (850) 516-2622, www.smokininthesquare.com.
Beach Run-Walk for America’s Warriors 5K & 1/2 Marathon – March 26, 2016 - Flora-Bama’s 3rd Annual Beach Run/Walk for America’s Warriors takes runners along Perdido Key’s gorgeous white sandy beaches? The run begins and ends at the Flora-Bama. All 5K runners will be headed into Alabama and all 1/2 marathon runners will be headed into Florida. 100% of the registration fees will go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. www.visitperdido.com.
Bands on the Beach – Music on a summer night at the the Gulf of Mexico – what could be better? The Bands on the Beach weekly series begins on April 5 and features regional artists performing a wide variety of music. Join us every Tues. from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gulfside Pavilion, 735 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. This series runs through October.www.visitpensacolabeach.com.
Pensacola JazzFest 2016 Arts & Crafts – Join us for this free jazz concert event on April 1 - 3 at Seville Square in historic Downtown Pensacola. The 33nd Pensacola JazzFest, will feature the best of local, regional and national stars of the jazz world. Open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. both days. Enjoy music, food, arts, fun and activities for the whole family.jazzpensacola.com.
Interstate Mullet Toss – You’ve never seen anything like the Flora-Bama Lounge Interstate Mullet Toss. Participants throw a mullet (the fish, not the haircut) from Alabama across the state line into Florida. The weekend-long party includes lots of fun activities, great music and food! Join us April 22 - 24, beginning at noon Fri. and 10 a.m. on Sat. and Sun. 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Perdido Key. www.florabama.com.