May Teeming with Events and Activities in Pensacola

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Pensacola, Fla. – 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 May.

Hoecake Throwdown – May 4

The Hoe Cake Throw Down will celebrate the history, mythos & meaning of that most-quintessential of Southern foods — cornbread — and its liquid cousin: bourbon. Programming will include a celebrity chef cook-off, whisky tastings, live music and more. A portion of proceeds will benefit Chain Reaction — a Pensacola-based nonprofit that empowers children through character education & service-based learning.

Rosamond Johnson Commemoration – May 4

Army Pvt. Rosamond Johnson Jr. was only 15 years old when he enlisted in the army and only 17 years old when he saved two soldiers in battle during the Korean War on July 26, 1950. While attempting to save a third, Johnson was killed, marking him as the first black soldier and first resident of Escambia County to be killed in the Korean War. Annually, the Gulf Islands National Seashore commemorates his memory with a ceremony and wreath laying at Johnson Beach. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

29th Annual Sawmill Day & Car Show – May 4

The Alger-Sullivan Historical Society hosts its 29th annual heritage festival in the historic district of Century, Fla. The festival features more than fifty classic and custom vehicles, a live band, art exhibits and vendors.

Meet the Artist-Lynn Gentry: May 7 – 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.

John Appleyard: May 10 – 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.

25th Annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America: May 9

Former NASCAR driver and NBC Sports racing analyst Kyle Petty will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America by leading the longest route in the Ride’s history. As one of the most successful and popular charity rides in the country, the Ride will travel a true corner-to-corner route across the United States – starting in Seattle, Washington, on May 3 and ending in Key Largo, Florida, on May 11. Be there to meet Kyle Petty and other celebrity guests Thursday, May 9, at the Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach.

Gallery Night 2019 – May 17

Gallery Night Pensacola is all about taking art to the streets. Every third Friday of the month, downtown Pensacola comes to life with artists, music, and food to showcase the true culture of the community. 

Fiesta Days: May 31

In 1559, Spanish Conquistador, Don Tristan de Luna, established Pensacola as the first European settlement in the United States. The Fiesta of Five Flags organization was formed to celebrate the founding of Pensacola. Presently, a 10-day heritage celebration, held in May and June, is one of the oldest and largest heritage festivals in the state of Florida. The annual Grand Fiesta Parade will kick off Friday, May 31at 7 p.m. in downtown Pensacola.


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.