Spring Events Highlight Pensacola Bay Area Quality of Place

City Thriving with Activities Thanks to Tourism

Media Contact:

Nicole Stacey
Visit Pensacola
(850) 434-2142

Tall Ship Festival

Pensacola, Fla. (April 11, 2018) – It’s no secret that the Pensacola Bay Area seemingly wakes up on the first day of spring with beautiful weather and a calendar full of events lasting well through the fall festival season. Thanks to the county’s strong focus on tourism, these activities are possible.

“It’s an exciting time of year for our community and its visitors.”  President of Visit Pensacola Steve Hayes expressed. “Visitors are attracted to the multitude of unique events and activities we enjoy here that make Pensacola the greatest place to live, work and play.”

Setting sail for the first time in history this weekend, Visit Pensacola, in partnership with Tall Ships America®, is excited to present Tall Ships® Pensacola. “With its maritime history, Pensacola was the perfect match for Tall Ships America®. The festival is a unique, attractive event for visitors and locals alike that they are sure to enjoy during this once in a lifetime opportunity,” Director of Marketing and Communications Nicole Stacey said.

Additionally, sports tourism is on the rise with outside travelers wanting to experience the white sand beaches and thriving downtown that Pensacola boasts. This weekend alone, six area events are contingent upon it.

“Spring in Pensacola is a beautiful time of year for many different types of sporting events,” Pensacola Sports President Ray Palmer said. “What makes Pensacola so special is its ability to host multiple and varied events the same weekend. Guests traveling to Pensacola to play or compete continue to comment on how well they enjoyed their visit and how welcoming the community is. This is a key factor in making these events a success.”

This weekend’s events consist of: 

  • April 12-15, Tall Ships® Pensacola Festival, Plaza de Luna
  • April 13-15, Pensacola Beach Firefighters Challenge and Skills Competition
  • April 13-15, Emerald Coast Grand Prix celebrating Military Appreciation Day, Flora-Bama
  • April 13-15, SPA Women’s Spring Softball Nationals, Exchange Park
  • April 14, Justice Jog 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run & Street Party, Downtown Pensacola
  • April 14-15, US Finals Cheer competition, Pensacola Bay Center

The tourism industry provides the county with nearly $800 million in direct visitor spending and employs more than 22,300 Escambia County citizens, all of which support events in the community that supply a wide range of benefits to residents and visitors alike. For a complete list of tourism-related events in Escambia County, visitvisitpensacola.com/events/. For a complete list of sports tourism-related events in Escambia County, visitpensacolasports.org/events/.


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.