Visit Pensacola Awards $185,000 to Community Events Through Annual Event Grant Program

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Nicole Stacey
Visit Pensacola
(850) 434-2142

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Pensacola, Fla. – Visit Pensacola is pleased to announce its 2022 grant recipients for events taking place between Oct. 1, 2021 – Sept. 30, 2022. Annually, Visit Pensacola allocates funds to its event grant program for local groups and organizations that coordinate events or visitor experiences with a demonstrated history of visitor impact or significant potential to draw visitors to the area. Since implementing the program in 2015, Visit Pensacola has awarded over $1.6 million to numerous events and organizations within Escambia County.

“Following a year off due to budget restraints and the pandemic, we’re very excited to see the return of the program,” President and CEO Darien Schaefer said. “These dollars will provide valuable support to events in our community and allow them the opportunity to market people they otherwise might not be able to.”

Event grant recipients include:


Gulf Coast Blues Festival: Nov. 26-28

Pensacola Dragon Boat Festival: Oct. 9

Winterfest: Nov. 26-Dec. 24

Pensacola Interstate Fair: Oct. 21-31

Pensacola Mardi Gras: Jan. 7-March 1

Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival: Nov. 4-14

Pensacon: Feb. 18-20

Mahabhuta Vegan Yoga Festival: Nov. 12-14

Pensacola Habitat Food Truck Festival: March 11-13

For anyone seeking funds less than $4,999.99, mini-grants are available year-round. For those interested in applying, please email to learn more about guidelines and requirements. Visit Pensacola also provides free marketing support through the calendar of events on its website. Events in Escambia County are encouraged to upload information to To learn more about marketing opportunities with Visit Pensacola, visit

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.