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Pensacola, Fla. (Thursday, Jan. 31,2019) – The Pensacola Bay Area is teeming with events, activities and more for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. Here’s a roundup of everything happening in February.
Pensacola Celebrates Black History Month
This vacation hotspot might be best known for its sugar-white beaches and turquoise water, but its postcard beauty belies a rich and diverse history. From a Mississippi Blues Trail marker to southern soul food and more, Pensacola is the perfect place to celebrate Black History Month.
Double Bridge Run – Saturday, Feb. 2
Run with a view over the Pensacola Bay Bridge for the last time! The Pensacola Double Bridge Run is one of the premier 15K races in the country of which spans over two bridges. Runners can take in scenes from Pensacola’s historic downtown all the way to the white sands of Pensacola Beach. Not a runner? Join the after party at the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk.
Gallery Night – Friday, Feb. 22
One special Friday evening each month, the streets of Historic Downtown Pensacola come alive for Gallery Night. Galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and bars open their doors to the night air as visitors and locals flood the streets to enjoy music, art and cuisine. Café tables set out on brick sidewalks are the perfect place to enjoy a coffee or cocktail, as the sounds of live music and a spirited crowd fill the air. Families linger in the downtown parks, playing around the beautiful fountains and historic oaks.
It's the perfect chance to get an inside look at Pensacola's lively downtown sector and thriving art scene. Streets close to traffic at 5 p.m., but there is ample parking available on side streets. The party officially wraps up at 9 p.m., but most restaurants, bars, and local businesses extend their hours to promote the excitement of late-night crowds. This month’s gallery night will take place on Friday, Feb. 22, and is Pensacon themed so don’t be afraid to whip out those costumes.
Pensacon – Feb. 22-24
Sci-fi, superheroes, cult classics, horror and wrestlin' – if you're a fan, this is your jam.
Pensacon: Pensacola Comic-Con, is an all-inclusive event that encompasses many genres of the fan community. Expect Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Comics, Anime, Gaming and more. For three days each February, Wookiees, Daleks, Hogwarts students and Ghostbusters become a common site in our historic downtown, and even the airport gets in the act, upgrading from merely International to the Pensacola Intergalactic Airport. Be sure to check out local downtown businesses
Mardi Gras – Various Dates
It’s a tale old as time. Rich feasts, swanky costumes, all that glitters in gold and more to celebrate Carnival. With the turn of a new year, swarms of beads and Moon Pies will soon be flying overhead while the sounds of laughter and music fill the streets during Mardi Gras. Passionate krewes, extravagant parades, and decorated floats will soon be the talk of the town and you’re invited to take part. This month, several krewes will throw gala’s and balls, with some of them being ticketed events to the public. Additionally, Mardi Gras falls early this year, with all of the parades kicking off on Friday, March 1.
Pensacola Visitor Information Center Events – Various Dates
Meet the Artist with Lyn Gentry Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, Perdido Key Visitor Information Center
Every first Tuesday of the month, artist Lyn Gentry showcases her work at the Perdido Key Visitor Information Center. Lyn studied with the renowned glass artist and designer, Narcissus Quagliata, whose works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, and Renwick Gallery, with installations at the Charles Schwab Building in San Francisco and the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City, to name a few. It was Quagliata who developed the concept of using glass as a method to manipulate light to enrich a living environment and to use glass rather than canvas to express the nature of light within a design.
Pop-Up Opera, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, Pensacola Visitor Information Center
Pensacola Opera artists in residence are ready to serenade you with a number from their next performance. Join us in the Pensacola Visitors Information Center on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 1:45 p.m. for a look into the arts.
John Appleyard Storytelling Sessions, Feb. 12 and 26, Pensacola Visitor Information Center
Beginning at 9 a.m., famed Pensacola historian John Appleyard will take guests on a historical journey of Pensacola’s past.
For more information on events and activities in Pensacola, visit www.visitpensacola.com.
About Visit Pensacola
Visit Pensacola is the destination management organization for Escambia County which includes Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. With over 450 years of rich history and 18 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordered by the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, visitors from all over the world are lured to our pristine shores every year. Visit Pensacola supports the community vision of tourism by serving as the central body responsible for building tourism as an economic engine for our community through leadership, connection, collaboration and communication.