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Without a doubt, spring is the best time of the year to visit Pensacola. Some of the reasons are obvious: The weather is absolutely gorgeous, perfect for enjoying the outdoors, surf, sand, window shopping, dining al fresco and open-air markets, while school is still in session, so traffic isn’t quite as heavy as it is in the summer months.
But beyond the obvious, spring is festival season in Pensacola, and the calendar is packed with signature events and annual traditions that make the season an even more special time for visitors and locals alike. Take a look at some of the area’s most treasured celebrations, and make your plans now to join in on these unique and memorable occasions.
For those who don’t have access, some choice viewing locations include the Walmart or Target parking lots on Blue Angel Parkway, Navy Point Park or historic Fort Pickens — itself a must-see landmark for any Pensacola visitor. For practice schedules and more information, click here.
Tuesday nights, live music comes to the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach on Pensacola Beach. Beneath the iconic beach ball water tower, Bands on the Beach brings a wide variety of regional acts to the stage, April 4 through Oct. 31. Bring along your lawn chairs or blankets, but don’t be surprised if you end up spending the evening on your feet, dancing your cares away as the sun sets on the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Music starts at 7 p.m. each Tuesday, weather permitting. There is no charge to attend, but pets and glass containers are prohibited. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink, but there are also numerous delicious options available right on Pensacola Beach. For a complete band schedule and more information, click here.
Nothing says springtime like the Great American Pastime, and Pensacola is gearing up for another great season of Double-A baseball as the hometown Blue Wahoos return to Admiral Fetterman Field in downtown’s scenic Community Maritime Park. The Wahoos are the Southern League affiliate of the Miami Marlins, and their home opener is set for April 7, with games continuing through Sept. 17 — or even further, if the team makes it to post-season play (a real possibility for the defending Southern League champs!).
Of course, the on-field action is only part of the reason to take your family to the ball game. Blue Wahoos Stadium has been named the Southern League Ballpark of the Year three times, and is known for having the best view in Double-A ball, overlooking Pensacola Bay. And the concessions are top-notch, going far beyond standard ballpark fare to include Southwestern, seafood, Greek and diner fare, among other options. Some options are even available for delivery directly to your seats! For tickets, schedules and more information, click here.
Daily admission is $5 for adults, $2 for kids ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and younger. For more information, click here.
It’s about the most uniquely Pensacola tradition imaginable: Each year at the end of April, thousands of people gather on the white sandy beaches of Perdido Key behind the legendary Flora-Bama Lounge to toss mullet across the state line from Florida into Alabama. No, we’re not talking hairdos here, we’re talking fish.
Set for April 28-30, the Flora-Bama Interstate Mullet Toss is really an excuse for one of the greatest beach parties ever seen on the Gulf Coast, and if flinging fish doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, don’t worry — there’s plenty more to enjoy at the iconic roadhouse during this event, including food from three great restaurants, signature cocktails including the frosty Bushwacker and tons of live music across five stages. Watching the fish fly is entertainment unto itself, too, and maybe you’ll find yourself getting into the spirit and tossing a few — entry fees over the years have raised tens of thousands of dollars for local youth charities.
Daily admission is $10 for ages 21 and older, $15 for ages 16-20, and free for ages 15 and younger. Those younger than 21 are welcome until 6 p.m. only. For more information, click here.
As the spring winds down and the summer heats up, Pensacola celebrates its heritage and history with a series of events presented by Fiesta Pensacola. Honoring the various cultures whose flags have flown over America’s oldest city, the fun starts on May 31 with Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon Fiesta Days Celebration at downtown’s legendary Seville Quarter entertainment complex. Local dignitaries surrender the city to DeLuna (a masked figure representing the historical Don Tristan de Luna y Arellano, the 16th Century Spanish explorer who founded Pensacola) at this party featuring themed rooms and food and entertainment. Tickets to Fiesta Days are $40 here.
These are just some of the springtime highlights that Pensacola has to offer, so make sure to check Visit Pensacola’s events calendar regularly — there’s never a dull moment!