Fall may be the best time of the year to visit Pensacola. Not only is the calendar packed full of festivals, food and fun, the weather is some of the most beautiful of the year — still warm enough to enjoy the sun, sand and surf, but not so hot that your longing to get back into the air conditioning.

But if the climate isn’t enough to sway you, the stellar array of entertainment options surely will. Here are some of the events you won’t want to miss.

Pensacola Seafood Festival

One of Pensacola’s premier annual events, the Pensacola Seafood Festival celebrates the bounty of delicious seafood that comes straight from the local Gulf of Mexico waters. Set in charming historic downtown Pensacola in Olde Seville Square, with a spectacular view of the bay, the three-day event includes a wide variety of seafood dishes and other treats available for purchase from local Gulf-to-table restaurants as well as carefully curated festival vendors.

The weekend also includes informative cooking demonstrations, live music and one of the area’s largest arts and crafts fairs. While this year’s music line-up has not yet been announced, this festival has had a knack in the past for scoring future superstars, so you can say you saw them when — and at no admission charge, to boot! For more information, visit www.pensacolaseafoodfestival.com.

 

Pensacola Beach Songwriter’s Festival

Pensacola Beach will be alive with the sounds of original music performed by the folks who wrote the tunes during the first week of October. With a decade under its belt, the Pensacola Beach Songwriter’s Festival has become a treasured annual favorite, offering performances at nearly two dozen beachside bars, restaurants and other attractions. Attendees can expect to hear great music as well as the stories behind the songs while enjoying some of the best weather of the year along our spect

 

Pensacola Interstate Fair

For 11 days each October, the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds are awash in color, lights and music as the midway roars to life for the return of the Pensacola Interstate Fair. For more than 80 years, families have flocked to the fair for good, old-fashioned entertainment including dozens of rides on the Reithoffer Midway, games of skill and chance, livestock exhibits and auctions, arts and crafts shows, live entertainment and the ever-popular fair food delicacies that only come once a year.

The Pensacola Interstate Fair is well known for bringing top-with musical acts to its open-air stage. Some of the acts who’ve performed over the past several years include Trace Adkins, Sugar Ray, Smashmouth, Bret Michaels, Little Richard, Morris Day & the Time, Candlebox and Lady Antebellum, so you can expect a wide variety of artists to take the stage — all included with your fair admission. For more information, visit www.pensacolafair.com.

 

Foo Foo Fest

Pensacola invites you to “Vacation Artfully” during the annual Foo Foo Festival, which features a wide variety of cultural and artistic activities throughout the community. Each year, our community is graced with a variety of seasonal that typically includes concerts, art exhibits, interactive experiences and much more. The 12-day event is anchored by long-running festivals on the weekend including the Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow, the Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival, and Pensacola Eggfest.  Watch www.foofoofest.com for complete event listings and more information as it becomes available.

 

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival

Pensacola’s premier juried fine arts show is the centerpiece of the annual Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, but it’s really just a small part of the event that takes over the downtown historic district. Along with hundreds of amazing artists who compete in the show, the event celebrates the arts in all forms, including musical, dance and theater performances, heritage arts and crafts, kids activities and a kids art show, and more. If you can only get to one arts festival, this is the one you should make time for. Visit www.ggaf.org for more information.

 

Blue Angels Homecoming Show

The roar of the engines, the streamers of smoke, every formation in perfect symmetry. The U.S. Navy’s elite flight demonstration squad, the Blue Angels, returns to its home base in Pensacola each fall for a spectacular homecoming show that draws aviation fans in droves to the base for two days of thrills. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show will be moved to Pensacola Beach.

 

Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival

 Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival has become one of the nation’s premier showcases for songwriters who come from across the country down to the Gulf Coast to share their original works and the stories behind them, including some of the most famous songs they’ve written for your favorite performers.

With performances scattered across multiple Pensacola and Perdido Key venues, the festival will have the entire Pensacola Bay Area swaying to the sounds of music. For this year’s lineup of artists and venues, and more information, visit www.frankbrownsongwriters.com.