March-ing Straight into Spring Fun; Pensacola Area Events Offer Enjoyment for All


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Pensacola, Fla. (Thursday, Feb. 28, 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 March.

Pensacola Mardi Gras: March 1-3

It’s time to Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler! Pensacola Mardi is here, and we can’t wait for you to join us. Friday, March 1, the annual illuminated Krewe of Lafitte Mardi Gras Parade kicks off at 7 p.m. On Saturday, March 2, the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade begins at 2 p.m. Both parades are in downtown Pensacola along Garden and Palafox Streets. Sunday, March 3, head to Pensacola Beach at 2 p.m. for the Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade. All parades are family-friendly.

Cox Diamond Invitational: March 1–3

Once you’ve gotten your beads, head over for some baseball! Enjoy waterfront views at Blue Wahoos Stadium for the 6th installment of the Cox Diamond Invitational. Division I teams from around the country will face off round-robin style until there is only one left standing. This year’s participants include Tennessee, University of North Florida, Louisiana Monroe, and Western Kentucky.

McGuire’s Prediction 5K and St. Patrick’s Day: March 9 & 17

If you can run, walk or pub crawl, you can find your Irish celebration in the Pensacola area without all those Blarney Stones. We are a long way from the Emerald Isle, but our coastal bergs along Pensacola Bay are brimming with emerald green waters, smiling eyes and more than a few places to dance a jig. That’s why St. Patrick’s Week is special here. The floats and beads from Mardi Gras are long gone, replaced by a pulsating groundswell of people parades. We have the nation’s largest Prediction Run/bouncing street party, the McGuire’s Irish Pub 5K, and a beach-flavored Irish pub crawl that could just about set an Uber driver up for retirement.

10th Annual Smokin’ in the Square: March 15 – 17

You’ve heard of baseball on the bay, but what about barbeque? With over 75 cookoff teams, you can bet that anything that moves south of the Mason-Dixon line will be sizzled, smoked and singed to perfection. Enjoy a day out at Community Maritime Park for flavors that won’t disappoint.

Ciclovia – Pensacola Open Streets: March 23

Get ready to get active at Pensacola Open Streets. Each year, miles of open road are closed to motorized vehicles and opened for people to ride bikes, walk, run, play or whatever moves them. Ciclovia is a world-wide movement dedicated to encouraging healthy lifestyles.

Reclaiming our Youth Spring Break Fest: March 23

Empowering the youth of today to be the leaders of tomorrow, Spring Break Fest is an annual event that features a live concert, expo and dance showcase for spring break students.

Flora-Bama Annual Beach Run/Walk for America’s Warriors: March 23

Run for a cause at the Flora-Bama 5th annual Beach Run/Walk for America’s Warriors. White sandy beaches and cold frosty bushwackers await you at the finish line at the Flora-Bama Lounge.

BarleyBrine – April 4-6

BarleyBrine is a celebration of all things stout and briny – of strong backs, stiff drinks and salty lounges. Above all, it’s a celebration of panhandle people, our way of like and this beautiful place we call home. BarleyBrine will feature a variety of oyster and craft beer tastings and special events, spread over three days in downtown Pensacola.

Visitor Information Center Events – Various Dates

Meet the Artist with Lyn Gentry: Tuesday, March 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, March 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: March 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.

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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.