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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.

May - 2015

31st Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival

When: May 1 - 3, 2015
Where: Bartram Park
Are you ready for the 31st annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival weekend? Join us May 1, 2, & 3 in downtown Pensacola at one of the largest crawfish boils in the Southeast, located in beautiful Bartram Park. The Pensacola Crawfish Festival will bring a taste of Louisiana right here to Pensacola Bay with a wide variety of Cajun fare such as crawfish poboys, crawfish pies, and over 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish. Other festival favorites include chicken baskets, red beans and rice, gyros, bloomin' onions, kettle corn, apple dumplins and Deep Fried Brownies.
Phone: 850-433-6512

Pensacola Fiesta Day Parade

When: May 15, 2015 6:30 PM
Where: Downtown Spring & Garden Streets
Join in the festivities for the 66th annual Pen Air Federal Credit Union Fiesta Day Parade. Come catch some beads and enjoy watching beautiful floats parade through downtown.
Phone: 850-433-6512

Fiesta Sand Sculpture Contest

When: May 17, 2015
Where: Pensacola Beach - Gulfside Pavilion
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and judging at 2 p.m. The competition is free and more than $1,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. The public is invited to vote for their favorite sculptures in the Peoples Choice Awards.

July - 2015

44th Annual Pensacola International Billfish Tournament

When: July 1 - 5, 2015
Where: Plaza DeLuna Park Pensacola, FL
Since 1970, The International has become a tradition in downtown Pensacola. The International is a qualifying event for the IGFA World Qualifier with the winner receiving an Invitation to fish the IGFA World Championship.

Fourth of July Fireworks

When: July 4, 2015
Don't miss the annual Fourth of July fireworks spectacular on Pensacola Beach. Soundside at 8:30 p.m.

Blue Angels Air Show

When: July 11, 2015
Witness exhilarating stunts and heart-stopping maneuvers at the Blue Angels Air Show. The Blue Angels will perform aerial acrobatics over the Gulf of Mexico during a weekend of high-flying fun. Pensacola Beach at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

September - 2015

Taste of the Beach

When: 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: 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

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.

November - 2015

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: 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

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