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Warm, sunny days just about year-round make the Perdido Key area a popular spot for special events.

The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, held each November at various spots in Perdido Key, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and other nearby communities, offers nearly two weeks’ worth of live musical entertainment. The festival is a popular venue for aspiring writers and musicians to showcase their work.

Probably the oddest local event is the annual Mullet Toss, which 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 into 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.

The Flora-Bama is also the site of the New Years Polar Bear Dip. At high noon every New Years Day, a group of hardy souls welcomes the new year by joining hands and wading into the Gulf of Mexico. The reward for getting cold and wet is a dish of black-eyed peas.

Just down the road in Pensacola are two events that have received national attention. 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.

To the west in Gulf Shores, more than 300 vendors gather each October for the National Shrimp Festival. Displays at the four-day festival include arts, crafts, clothing, jewelry, and other retail goods.

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

August - 2015

Wine & Glide Segway Tours

When: June 18 - Aug 28, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Segway tour through downtown Pensacola with a stop for a wine tasting every Thursday or Friday Night! Length: Approximately 1 Hour of Segway Time and 1/2 hour (or more) of wine tasting. Every Thursday & Friday
Phone: (850)417-9292

Perdido Farmers Market

When: June 20 - Aug 29, 2015 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Baars Field in Perdido
There will be fresh produce vendors, as well as a variety of other local vendors.
Phone: 850.492.4660

Worship On The Water

When: June 21 - Aug 30, 2015 9:00 AM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge and Package
Worship service in the tent at the Flora-Bama. It meets every Sunday with two services at — 9 am and 11 am.

Blue Angel Practices

When: June 23 - Aug 26, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Where: Naval Air Station
Every Tuesday & Wednesday

Blues On The Bay Concert Series

When: Aug 2, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park 301 W. Main Street - Pensacola
August 2: John Hart Project Concerts begin at 6pm and are free and open to the public. Please do not bring pets or glass containers into the park.


When: Aug 8, 2015 12:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar 17401 Perdido Key Drive Pensacola, FL 32507
It's Sandstock the Flora-Bama way. Come and hear great music, have good times and eat Great food and music devoted to Sandstock style. Customers are encouraged to dress up in hippie style threads.

Top of the Hops Beer Festival at The Wharf

When: Aug 15, 2015
Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach, 4550 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561
The Beer Festival will showcase the growing popularity of craft beers from around the country and the world. Patrons will receive a commemorative sampling mug and have access to unlimited, two-ounce sampling of over 150 craft beers. The festival will also feature the Samuel Adams Brew University Education Area where patrons will enjoy beer seminars such as Cooking with Beer, Food Pairings, How to Brew Beer and other beer education sessions. Come enjoy the mass of craft beers with live music.

Blues On The Bay Concert Series

When: Aug 16, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park 301 W. Main Street - Pensacola
August 16: Not Quite Fab….50th Anniversary Shea Stadium Concert Concerts begin at 6pm and are free and open to the public. Please do not bring pets or glass containers into the park.

September - 2015

C Spire Concert Series presents: Alabama

When: Sept 6, 2015
Where: The Amphitheater at The Wharf , 23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Alabama has a long list of '80s and '90s country hits including "Tennessee River," "My Home's in Alabama," "The Closer You Get" and "Close Enough to Perfect."
Phone: 800-745-3000

Bulls on the Beach

When: Sept 12, 2015
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
Bulls on the Beach, a night of adrenaline-filled bull riding! Saturday night will feature professional bull riders from across the Southeast including the stars of the new reality TV show “Dukes of Cattle.”
Phone: 850-492-0611

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.

The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event

When: Sept 24 - 26, 2015
Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach, 4830 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561
The three day event combines tastings of delicious food and tantalizing wines, a pinch of southern flare and a dash of Gulf Coast hospitality. This event will raise funds for Make-A-Wish Alabama.
Phone: 251-224-1000

October - 2015


When: Oct 3, 2015
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
The third annual Oktoberfest! Brats, sauerkraut, and a variety of German beer during this festival. German style musical acts perform while party goers chicken dance.
Phone: 850-492-0611

4th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor 2015

When: Oct 3, 2015 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Foley Heritage Park, 112 East Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 36535
The 4th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor, is set to take place Saturday, October 3 in the streets of Historic Downtown Foley. The Alabama Festival of Flavor showcases the many flavors of local and regional foods, wine and craft beer.

31st Annual Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

When: 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

44th Annual National Shrimp Festival

When: Oct 8 - 11, 2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, 101 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
The 44th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event that attracts over 300,000 people. Musical entertainment featuring a lineup of national, regional and local acts including Blues, Motown, Southern Rock, Jazz, Zydeco and Country. The music begins at 10 a.m. each day and runs through 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Fall Garrison Living History Day

When: Oct 17, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Fort Morgan, 51 Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Living historians and re-enactors gather at Fort Morgan for the continuation of the site's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Artillery and infantry demonstrations will occur throughout the day.

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
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November - 2015

8th Annual Oyster Cook Off at The Hangout

When: Nov 6 - 8, 2015 6:00 PM
Where: The Hangout, 101 East Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
this year’s Oyster Cook-off will bring together celebrity chefs from across the U.S. as well as a long list of well-known Gulf coast restaurateurs. Set for Nov.6-8, the event is presented by Alabama Gulf Seafood and hosted by The Hangout. Saturday is the Oyster Cook-off, Sunday Nov 8th Brunch & Bloody Mary's.

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.
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Waterway Village Art Market

When: Nov 7, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery, 225 East 24th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Local and regional artists will be displaying their original works of art, which will include paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and mixed media. There will also be original hand-created pottery, jewelry, wood, metal and textile art. Live musical entertainment, children's hands-on art activities and concessions will be available.

Flora-Bama Thanksgiving Pot-Luck

When: Nov 26, 2015
Where: Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Perdido Key, FL 32507
Bring a covered dish and get all the turkey and ham your belly can stand. The Flora-Bama helps take the stress out of your holiday cooking. Throw those pans out and get to the line for this wonderful feast.
Phone: 850-492-0611

2015 Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Coastal Half Marathon and 5K Run

When: Nov 28, 2015
Where: Orange Beach Sportsplex 4389 William Silvers Parkway, Orange Beach, AL 36561
From a 1 mile fun run to a 5k run to a half-marathon run. Enjoy running on the peaceful, scenic paved trails in the Back Country Trail. There will be awards and a post-race party at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
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December - 2015

Flora-Bama Christmas Potluck

When: Dec 25, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
The turkey and ham will be prepared and ready to go by Flora-Bama with live music. Patrons are encourage to bring a covered dish to share.


When: Dec 31, 2015 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Where: Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill at The Wharf 4720 Main St. Bldg M Ste. 102 Orange Beach, AL 36561

January - 2016

"Super" Bowl Chili Cook-off

When: Jan 1, 2016
Where: Flora-Bama
Teams register beforehand and some even dress up to show team spirit. Cooking begins at 10:00 am with tasting at 12pm.

Polar Bear Dip

When: Jan 1, 2016 12:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama
Take a swim in the chilly Gulf of Mexico at high noon to ring in the New Year at the Flora Bama.The Flora-Bama provides the traditional feast with black-eyed peas, cornbread, ham and more for those who take the plunge.

February - 2016

Orange Beach Seafood Festival

When: Feb 1, 2016
Where: Event Center Grounds @ The Wharf
The Festival hosts delicious food and 80 arts and crafts vendors with music for the whole family. This is an alcohol-free event. There will be a silent auction, food booths festival includes a silent auction, food booths & a car show featuring antique, classic & cars. Date:TBA
Phone: 251-981-1524

Pensacola Mardi Gras Parade

When: Feb 6, 2016
Where: TBA

Fat Tuesday

When: Feb 9, 2016