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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.

March - 2024

Sunbelt Basketball Tournament

When: Everyday between Mar 5 - 11, 2024
Where: 201 E Gregory St, Pensacola, FL
This basketball tournament helps kick off NCAA March Madness with the 12 men’s and women’s Sunbelt teams competing over seven days.

St. Paddy's Day Pub Crawl

When: Mar 17, 2024
Where: Starts at 6 Casino Beach Boardwalk, Gulf Breeze, FL
The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts the 37th annual Pub Crawl featuring twelve participating bars and restaurants and a free breakfast at the start with the purchase of a $10 drink. Party goers are invited to join in their best green costumes at any time or location.
More Info: www.pensacolabeachchamber.com/go-irish-on-the-island/

Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts Festival

When: Everyday between Mar 23 - 24, 2024
Where: Gulf Breeze, FL
The Gulf Breeze Arts Festival celebrates its 28th year by hosting over 100+ artists from around the country. The event will also feature a variety of activities including a silent auction and a delicious selection of food vendors.
More Info: www.gulfbreezearts.com/festival

April - 2024

Pensacola Beach Crawfish Festival

When: Everyday between April 26 - 28, 2024
Where: Seville Square & Fountain Park, Pensacola Beach, FL
A true crawfish extravaganza that has become an annual Pensacola favorite. Thousands of pounds of boiled crawfish and a variety of traditional Cajun fair are the highlights of this event, along with an impressive selection of live music and art vendors. And, for the extra bold attendees, they also offer the annual crawfish eating contest.
More Info: www.fiestapensacola.org/crawfish-festival

Interstate Mullet Toss

When: Everyday between April 26 - 28, 2024
Where: 17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL
One of the Flora-Bama’s most anticipated events, the Interstate Mullet Toss is part of the beach’s greatest party where participants throw a dead mullet over state lines to compete for a variety of awards. However, don’t be fooled. Although many competitors and spectators might be sporting a mullet, the mullet being tossed across state lines is a common saltwater fish. All sport is for a good cause, too, with each fish tossed into Alabama raising money for local youth charities.
More Info: www.florabama.com/mullet-toss

May - 2024

Harlem Globetrotters World Tour

When: May 23, 2024
Where: Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E Gregory St, Pensacola, FL
Attend one of the greatest sporting spectacles as the Harlem Globetrotters take on the Washington Generals.
More Info: www.pensacolabaycenter.com/events/detail/harlem-globetrotters-2025

July - 2024

4th of July Fireworks

When: July 4, 2024
Where: Perdido Key, Downtown Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, FL
Pensacola offers three major firework displays for everyone to enjoy the festivities. Grab a lawn chair to hang out or check out one of the many events in each location.

Freedom Run

When: July 6, 2024
Where: Perdido Key, FL
Hosted by the Flora-Bama, this annual patriotic race features both a 4 Mile Run/Walk and a 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. However, the focus of this run isn't the athletes and their times. It’s all about the costumes. Break out your best red, white and blue attire as you zoom along this 4th of July inspired course.
More Info: www.florabama.com/freedom-run

September - 2024

Bulls on the Beach

When: Everyday between Sept 5 - 7, 2024
Where: Perdido Key, FL
Another Flora-Bama favorite, the annual Bulls on the Beach is a fun night complete with live rodeo action. The adrenaline filled event features Professional Bull Riders from around the country along with Junior Riders and a Coloring Contest Bike Giveaway.
More Info: www.florabama.com/bulls-on-the-beach

Pensacola Seafood Festival

When: Everyday between Sept 27 - 29, 2024
Where: Downtown Pensacola, FL
Organized by Fiesta Pensacola, the Pensacola Seafood Festival allows attendees to indulge in spectacular seafood and stroll through more-than 150 arts-and-crafts vendors lining the historic streets of downtown. A true local favorite full of fantastic food that is sure to make for a memorable night.
More Info: www.pensacolaseafoodfestival.com/

October - 2024

Pensacola Beach Songwriter's Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 1 - 6, 2024
Where: Pensacola Beach, FL
Spanning 19 venues with over 100 artists, this songwriter’s festival allows all types of musicians to come together and share the beauty of their art. The event offers a variety of workshops and activities to encourage creativity and learning.
More Info: www.pensacolabeachsongwritersfestival.com/

Pensacola Interstate Fair

When: Everyday between Oct 17 - 27, 2024
Where: 6655 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola, FL
The Pensacola Interstate Fair is one of the largest events on the Gulf Coast that has attracted visitors for years. Boasting over 60 rides, loads of food and a variety of exhibits, the Fair is always bustling with excitement. Don't miss out on a memorable, fun-filled eleven days.
More Info: www.pensacolafair.com/

Gulf Coast Jazz Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 18 - 19, 2024
Where: 301 W Main St, Pensacola, FL
This festival is perfect for music lovers to sit back and enjoy two full days of smooth jazz. Morris Baxter & DJ Bam Bam Belonge will host the event while attendees enjoy spectacular live music along the water at Community Maritime Park.
More Info: www.gulfcoastsummerfestjazzedition.com/

Beach-o-Ween

When: Oct 20, 2024
Where: Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, Pensacola Beach, FL
Beach-o-Ween is bringing Halloween fun to Pensacola. Located on the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, the event offers free activities and, of course, plenty of candy for all. Show up in your best costume and enjoy a Halloween bounce house, costume contests and facepainting.
More Info: business.pensacolabeachchamber.com/community-events/details/beach-o-ween-379029

November - 2024

NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

When: Everyday between Nov 1 - 2, 2024
Where: Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL
One of Pensacola's largest events, this free air show offers aerobatic performers and our very own Blue Angels. Gates open at 8:00 AM, and the show begins at 9:30 AM. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own seating, OR paid seating is available for purchase.
More Info: www.naspensacolaairshow.com/

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival

When: Everyday between Nov 1 - 3, 2024
Where: Seville Square, Pensacola, FL
One of the most popular arts festivals in the United States, this event is a three-day juried show that attracts over 200 artists nationwide. The festival offers live music, performances, a student art show, and even a Children’s Art Festival with activities for the kids to enjoy. Free admission and a day full of fun.
More Info: www.ggaf.org/

Art & Wine Fest

When: Nov 12, 2024
Where: Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, Pensacola Beach, FL
Stroll around the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk while sampling fine wine and admiring local art. This festival brings together more-than 20 local artists for a lovely Sunday evening and boasts about 30 wine selections that will be a part of the tasting experience.
More Info: www.pensacolabeachchamber.com/art-wine-festival/

December - 2024

Snowball Derby

When: Everyday between Dec 4 - 8, 2024
Where: 7451 Pine Forest Rd, Pensacola, FL
This annual race is an 300-lap super late model stock car race that has become a local favorite over the years.
More Info: www.5flagsspeedway.com/schedules/event/498876
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