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Two of Pensacola’s annual events celebrate the city as the Cradle of Naval Aviation. The Pensacola Beach Air Show, featuring the Blue Angels flight demonstration team, is held every July and always attracts a crowd. The Blue Angels Air Show, held in November, is the final air show of the season for the Angels, who spend much of the year traveling the nation with their precision jet performances.

Another yearly event, the Pensacola Crawfish Festival, celebrates the Creole influence on the area. It’s also one of the largest crawfish boils in the state and includes authentic bayou country entertainment.

Pensacola is also the site of what has become one of the country’s largest billfish tournaments. Hosted by the Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club, the Pensacola International Billfish Tournament generally attracts around 500 anglers.

The fruits of the sea are also the focus of the Pensacola Seafood Festival. Samples of seafood dishes, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and more than 150 arts and crafts vendors attract thousands to Seville Square, Fountain Park, and Bartram Park for this free event, which has been consistently recognized as one of the top 20 festivals in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Probably one of the most unusual area events is held in nearby Perdido Key. The annual Mullet Toss takes place the last full weekend of April at the Flora-Bama Lounge. This quirky contest, which regularly attracts several thousand visitors, requires participants to throw a mullet from a designated spot in Florida across the state line to Alabama. In addition to the Mullet Toss, the weekend event includes plenty of music, food, drink, and other fun activities. It’s all in a good cause, too, because a contribution for each fish flung goes to local youth charities, and the event raises around $20,000 annually.

Other special events throughout the year include sailing regattas, sand-sculpting contests, concerts on the beach, and a Mardi Gras celebration.

Check out our calendar of events for an up-to-date list of what’s going on while you’re in town.

September - 2015

Nighttime Educational Beach Walks

When: Everyday between Sept 1 - 30, 2015 8:00 PM

Jazz Jam

When: Everyday between Sept 7 - 30, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: 51 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, FL

Adventure Saturday

When: Sept 19, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: National Museum of Naval Aviation, 1750 Radford Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32508
Open to children in Kindergarten-12th grade and will be from 9:00am to 1:00pm, lunch included. Registration is $30 per child. The National Flight Academy hosts Adventure Saturday, a hands-on STEM education program for kids.

Taste of the Beach

When: Everyday between Sept 19 - 21, 2015 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Casino Beach
Taste of the Beach is set on one of the most celebrated and scenic back-drops - the Gulf of Mexico. It is a true feast for the eyes and palate. Tent after tent of yummy seafood and signature dishes allows you to experience the true culinary talents from around the Island.

Pensacola Seafood Festival

When: Everyday between Sept 25 - 27, 2015
Where: Seville Square Between Alcaniz and Bayfront Pkwy Pensacola, FL 32502
Treat your taste buds to a variety of dishes from carefully selected food vendors bordering the park. Enjoy foods such as grilled conch, seafood gumbo, oyster croquettes, soft shell crab, coconut shrimp, Caribbean crab cakes, and more.

October - 2015

Nighttime Educational Beach Walks

When: Everyday between Oct 1 - 31, 2015 8:00 PM

Jazz Jam

When: Everyday between Oct 1 - 5, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: 51 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, FL

Oktoberfest

When: Oct 3, 2015
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
Flora-Bama’s 3rd annual Oktoberfest. Brats, sauerkraut, and a variety of German beer flow during this festival. German style musical acts perform while party goers chicken dance.
Phone: Flora-Bama’s Oktoberfest, because it's time to wel

31st Annual Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 5 - 15, 2015
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
Grammy Award winning songwriters and the up and coming stars of tomorrow come into the spotlight to perform original songs in multiple locations in beautiful Perdido Key and Pensacola, Florida and Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Phone: 850-492-0611

Art and Wine Festival

When: Oct 18, 2015 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Portofino Boardwalk
With the stroke of a brush and the pop of a cork, beautiful Pensacola Beach will transform into an artist and foodie's paradise. Starting at 11 a.m., the festival will feature eight area chefs, more than 50 wines and more than 20 artists. Tickets for the festival, which include the tastings, are $35 and can be purchased at the Boardwalk the day of the event.

Pensacola Mud Run

When: Oct 24, 2015 7:30 AM
Where: Location near St. Matthews Baptist Church 3047 County Hwy. 95A Cantonment, FL 32533
Pensacola Mud Run is a 5 mile/ 20 obstacle course with a 1 mile/ 5 obstacle Kid Run obstacles. Runners can all expect to slip, slide, climb, jump, slog, and swing their way to a fun finish where food, refreshments, and showers are waiting. 7:30 a.m. will start the Competetive Heat followed by numerous Non-Competitive Heats throughout the day, and lastly ending with the Kids Run. The object is to have fun and complete the run, not to finish first. Proceeds will benefit Pathways for Change.
Phone: 850.637-1429
More Info: info@pathwaysforchange.org

November - 2015

Nighttime Educational Beach Walks

When: Everyday between Nov 1 - 30, 2015 8:00 PM

Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

When: Nov 6, 2015 7:00 PM
Where: Pensacola Little Theatre 400 S Jefferson St. Pensacola, FL 32502
The Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival Presents “Remembering Larry Butler” A celebration of the life and music of Grammy award winning music producer and Pensacola native, Larry Butler November 6, 2014.

Blue Angels Homecoming Show

When: Everyday between Nov 6 - 8, 2015
Where: National Naval Aviation Museum 1750 Radford Blvd Pensacola, FL 32508
The airshow starts with the Night Show on Friday night, and day performances featuring the Blue Angels are on Saturday and Sunday.
Phone: 850-452-3604

Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

When: Nov 7, 2015 9:00 AM
Where: National Museum of Naval Aviation, 1750 Radford Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32508
Gate admission is free. Gates open at 8 am each day.The show begins at 9 am, with the Blue Angel Flight Demonstration Team scheduled to fly around 2 pm. There will be a Kids' Zone, virtual games and bungee jump for children of all ages.
More Info: http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/show/