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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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.
48th Annual Snowball Derby Dec. 3 – 6, Five Flags Speedway, 7451 Pine Forest Road, Pensacola, FL. Five Flags Speedway is home of the Snowball Derby, which was started in 1968. It is a top short track event each year, bringing drivers such as Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison. Each year, all the best drivers from across the country take to the famous half-mile track trying to make the final 38-car field. The top driver after 300 laps can proudly say that he beat the best of the best. 5flagsspeedway.com
Celebrate the New Year in Downtown Pensacola with the annual Pelican Drop! We close down the streets and strike up the bands in the afternoon and the party goes on until the lighted Pelican with a 20-foot wingspan drops from its 100-foot-high perch at midnight to kick off the New Year. The blocks-long street-party includes live music, food vendors, events at downtown businesses, a children's area, the children’s Pelican lighting at 8 p.m. and fireworks at the big Drop at midnight. Many downtown restaurants, venues and accommodations offer New Year’s Eve packages and specials, so you can walk from dinner to celebration and then home for the night. www.pensacolapelicandrop.com
At the Beach
Celebrate the New Year with surf and sand as Pensacola Beach begins the New Year with fireworks over the Gulf of Mexico, shot from the end of the Gulf Pier on Casino Beach. Make your reservations now to watch the fireworks from your Gulf-front room! www.pensacolabeachchamber.com
Pensacola's 12th Night: Mardi Gras Kick Off – Jan. 8. The Historic streets of Downtown will host Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration! FREE to everyone! Come join us and celebrate the 2016 Mardi Gras Season along with the Krewes; their King and Queens for the upcoming season, King Cake, and the town crier. www.pensacolamardigras.com.
Pensacola Beach Half Marathon, 5K and 10K Run: – Jan. 16. The PBR will start with a completely separate 1/2 marathon, at 7:30 a.m. The 5K and 10K are still a pick-your-distance run starts at 8 a.m. You all start together and pick which turn around you want to take. www.pensacolarunners.com.
Pensacola Ice Flyers – Throughout January. Join Pensacola’s back-to-back championship hockey team for an exciting night on the ice! The Ice Flyers have six home games at the Pensacola Civic Center in January: 1, 2, 8, 23, 30 and 31. Home games include theme nights, giveaways and more. www.pensacolaiceflyers.com.