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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.

April - 2024

Mullet Man Triathlon

When: April 20, 2024
Where: Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507
This awesome addition to the Annual Interstate Mullet Toss will include a ¼ mile swim in the Ole River, a 16.5 mile bike and a 3.9 mile run. The event will finish with a post-race party at the Flora-Bama.
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Interstate Mullet Toss & Beach Party

When: Everyday between April 26 - 28, 2024
Where: Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507
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.
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June - 2024

Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo

When: Everyday between June 9 - 11, 2024
Where: Ole River Beach Grill, 17400 Perdido Key Dr, Perdido Key, FL 32507
This annual event is a 3-day Captain’s Choice tournament with over thirty categories including anglers and red snapper. Enjoy some fishing or come for the party featuring live music, food and more.
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July - 2024

July 4th Fireworks

When: Everyday between July 3 - 4, 2024
Check out an impressive number of firework shows at Perdido Beach Resort, the Flora-Bama, Gulf-Shores State Park or Pensacola Beach.
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Flora-Bama Freedom Run

When: July 6, 2024
Where: Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507
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.
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September - 2024

Bulls on the Beach

When: Everyday between Sept 5 - 7, 2024
Where: Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507
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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October - 2024


When: Oct 6, 2024
Where: Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507
The annual Flora-Bama Oktoberfest is a fall party you don’t want to miss. Participate in the Samuel Adams sponsored stein hoisting contest and enjoy a complimentary German food buffet. Entry includes one free drink, 25% off at the gift shop and free access to the buffet.
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November - 2024

Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

When: Everyday between Nov 7 - 17, 2024
In its 40th year, this festival will feature over 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters across different venues in the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast. Learn the stories behind the words in a way that can only be taught by the song’s creator.
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December - 2024

The Annual Santa Drop

When: Dec 7, 2024
Where: Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507
Bring the kids to meet Santa in this unique, well-loved Christmas event. Watch Santa skydive onto the beach and then get in line to snap some pics. Before the jump, there will also be free crafts, activities and holiday treats.
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Annaul Christmas Potluck

When: Dec 25, 2024
This jolly Christmas Day potluck is an opportunity to gather and share delicious food. The Flora-Bama will provide turkey and ham but all are encouraged to bring a covered dish in true potluck style.
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