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 Dragon Boat Festival - Sept. 12. Watch 20 paddlers and their drummers race to the finish line in a sport that encompasses power, speed, synchronization and endurance. Join us at scenic Bayview Park in Pensacola’s East Hill neighborhood for this wildly entertaining event. www.PensacolaDragonBoatFestival.com
Bulls on the Beach - Sept. 11 & 12. Cowboys and cowgirls hit the beach at the legendary Flora-Bama in Perdido Key for a night of adrenaline-filled bull riding! This high-energy, rock-and-roll rodeo features professional bull riders from across the Southeast including the stars of the reality TV show Dukes of Cattle as seen on the National Geographic Channel. www.FloraBama.com
Perdido Key Pirate Festival - Sept. 19. A weekend of fun for pirates of all ages! Activities include treasure hunts for pirate coins and a grand prize treasure chest loaded with a vacation package that includes lodging and gift certificates to area attractions and restaurants. Festivities include pirate games, live sea-faring music, storytelling, face painting, arts and crafts vendors and more. Admission: Free to attend with paid admission to Big Lagoon State Park ($6 per vehicle). www.VisitPerdido.com
Taste of the Beach - Sept. 18-19. Celebrity Chef John Besh comes to Pensacola Beach, hosting Friday night’s VIP event with six of the beach’s finest chefs. Enjoy a special cooking demonstration presented by Chef John Besh, chef competitions, live entertainment and fun for kids. Taste of the Beach was recently named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast for September by the Southeast Tourism Society. www.TasteofPensacolaBeach.com
38th Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival - Sept. 25-27. Fresh seafood in historic downtown Pensacola! Sample a variety of mouth-watering seafood dishes and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and a children's area. The Fiesta Seafood Grille offers cooking demonstrations where you can watch area chefs prepare regional delicacies. Free admission. www.FiestaofFiveFlags.org
Pensacola Restaurant Week with Southern Living Sept. 19 – 28. Join Pensacola chefs in celebrating Pensacola Restaurant Week with Southern Living. Southern Living’s famous desserts and cocktails are paired with favorite flavors at Pensacola’s top restaurants. From traditional, down-home cooking to sophisticated, modern cuisine, it’s all served with southern style and a smile! Participating restaurants include: Jackson’s, Fish House, Atlas, Five Sisters Blues Café, Type, Pot Roast & Pinot and Nancy’s Haute Affairs.
Pensacola Seafood Festival 5K Walk/Run - Sept. 26. A favorite of local runners, this 5K runs through Historic Downtown Pensacola around the Pensacola Seafood Festival. The Pensacola Seafood Festival Don McCloskey 5k Run/Walk is sponsored by the Pensacola Runners Association and Fiesta of Five Flags. www.FiestaofFiveFlags.org
Bands on the Beach. - 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday night through October, Gulfside Pavilion, 735 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. Bring your lawn chair and join us for live music and amazing sunsets. www.visitpensacolabeach.com
The Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival. - Oct. 1-4. The songs of Willie, Garth, Jimmy, and Toby come to life in the hands of the people who wrote them each October on Pensacola Beach. More than 100 songwriters are scheduled to participate in the 2014 Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival. Talented songwriters that have written with and for the likes of Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Phillip Phillips, Stevie Nicks, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Jimmy Buffet, Ray Charles and more will be performing, storytelling, and giving festival goers a firsthand account of what it takes to ‘make it” in today’s music industry. Fans will have opportunities to meet-and-greet, participate in workshops, and attend smaller intimate “listening room” performances. Although most of the venues are free, a few events require a cover charge, mainly the “listening room” performances. An “all access pass” for all listening room venues is available for $50. www.pensacolabeachsongwritersfestival.com
Gallery Night. - Oct. 16. Stroll through the charming brick walkways of Downtown Pensacola to experience an eclectic array of music, art and cuisine. Explore galleries and businesses featuring the works of dozens of local artists. Soak up the sounds of local musicians and the aromas of local cuisine as the energy of the evening carries you from venue to venue. Gallery Night is a free event and many businesses provide light refreshments. www.downtownpensacola.com
Pensacola Beach Art & Wine Festival. - Oct. 13. Spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon strolling the Portofino Boardwalk, enjoying the hint of Fall in the air and sampling some of the best food and wine in the area, all this while perusing the works of some of the Gulf Coast’s most talented artists. The Art and Wine Festival will bring together local artists, renowned chefs, and the best wine offerings all in one place. Although admission to the festival is free, for forty dollars, you can attend a “progressive tasting” starting at noon. Succulent selections will be offered by 8 different local chefs paired with a complementary wine. www.pensacolabeachchamber.com
Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival: Nov. 6 – 8. The three-day, juried art show draws more than 200 of the nation’s best artists and craftsmen to Historic Seville Square in Downtown Pensacola. The event features live music and performances daily from local and regional musicians and entertainers, Heritage Arts Festival and Children's Arts Festival (Nov. 8-9) with hands-on art projects. www.ggaf.org.
Foo Foo Festival: Nov. 5 – 16. The Foo Foo Festival is a 12-day eclectic mixture of art and culture events with everything from a songwriter's music festivals to ballet, opera, high art, film festivals and food events. Dozens of long-standing favorites and new events are included under the Foo Foo umbrella. www.foofoofest.com.
Pensacola Marathon: Nov. 8. Run through Pensacola and greet the sunrise atop the bluffs overlooking Escambia Bay. The Pensacola Marathon begins and ends at Veteran's Memorial Park on the bay and winds its way through historic neighborhoods and the downtown district. A new 5K event has been added this year. The Pensacola Marathon is also a Boston Marathon Qualifier. www.marathonpensacola.com.
Blue Angels Homecoming Show: Nov. 6 – 7. Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show features a variety of performers showcasing the best in both military and civilian aviation and the final 2015 performances by the Blue Angels. Event includes a Kids’ Zone is an with an inflatable obstacle course, Spider Mountain, bounce houses and more. www.naspensacolaairshow.com.