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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 - 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

When: Dec 6, 2024
Where: 7 Casino Beach Boardwalk, Pensacola Bech, FL 32561
Celebrate the holidays with the dazzling Holiday Lighted Boat Parade in Pensacola, Beach, Florida! Watch as boats of all sizes, shapes and colors compete in the annual contest as they cruise through the streets. The parade begins around Little Sabine at 6:30 p.m. and ends at Quietwater/Soundside. And, stay after the parade for Santa’s grand arrival in his sleigh and a spectacular fireworks show. Entry is $35 per boat and prizes are awarded to the Most Merry boat under 27 feet, the Most Merry boat over 27 feet and Best in Show.
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