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Considered to be home to "Florida's First Beaches," the Pensacola Bay Area, which encompasses Pensacola Beach to Perdido Key, is located along the state's westernmost stretch on the Gulf of Mexico and offers visitors the best of both worlds: miles of award-winning sugar-white beaches alongside a town rich with history, culture and Southern hospitality. Known as the "City of Five Flags," Pensacola was America's first settlement, having been discovered by Spanish explorers in 1559. The area's rich multicultural history is apparent in its fascinating attractions, which include archaeological sites, historic villages, a ballet, symphony, opera, trails, forts and museums, including the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum and the National Naval Aviation Museum, aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, which is home to the Blue Angels. Additionally, the Pensacola Bay Area provides an array of attractions suitable for outdoor explorers, including the nation's longest stretch of protected seashore and the world's largest artificial reef, as well as countless opportunities for fishing, diving, golfing, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding and sailing. Well known for its authentic restaurants and Pensacola Celebrity Chefs, foodies will also find something to suit their palettes in the Pensacola Bay Area, thanks to fresh Gulf Coast cuisine. From Pensacola Beach to Perdido Key, families, couples, friends, foodies, adventure-seekers and beachcombers alike will find there's lots to discover in the Pensacola Bay Area. It's no surprise we've been loved by explorers since 1559.

Amenities:
  • Amenities:
  • Baby-changing station, Covered Pavilion, Gift Shop
  • Average Visit Time:
  • Less than 1 hour, Multi-day,
  • Business Type:
  • Chambers & Visitors Bureaus, Destination Management Company, Welcome Centers

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Bands on the Beach - Every Tuesday

Now - October 25, 2016
Located in the beautiful Gulfside Pavilion overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this weekly series features regional artists performing a wide variety of music. Bring your lawn chair and join us this summer for hot music, smooth grooves and a whole lot of good times. The concert series will run April through October, everyTuesday night.
http://www.visitpensacolabeach.com

info@visitpensacolabeach.com

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Annual Taste of the Beach

Now - September 24, 2016
Cheer on your favorite crustacean at the hermit crab race and enjoy some serious slurping eating oysters, shrimp, crawfish and the most delicious seafood the gulf has to offer. Taste of the Beach is set on one of the most celebrated and scenic back-drops -the Gulf of Mexico 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. Enjoy a spectacular guest chef presentation that will kick up the gastronomic beach party with a cooking demonstration and opportunity for fans young and old to connect in the intimate setting. So, let the ...Read More>> countdown begin to sip, savor and surf Taste of the Beach 2016! Read Less
http://www.pensacolabeachchamber.com

info@visitpensacolabeach.com

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Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival

September 30, 2016 - October 02, 2016
Sample a variety of mouth watering seafood dishes and enjoy continuous entertainment in Fountain Park. Arts and crafts vendors will be displaying their unique wares, many items reflective of our area's unique Gulf Coast lifestyle. A children's area is filled with activities for all ages. The Fiesta Seafood Grille offers cooking demonstrations where you can watch area chefs prepare regional delicacies.
http://www.fiestaoffiveflags.org

info@fiestaoffiveflags.org

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Santa Rosa Island Triathlon

October 01, 2016
The Annual Santa Rosa Island Triathlon will be held on beautiful Pensacola Beach. A sold-out field of 1250 athletes is expected to compete in this nationally-renowned sprint triathlon event. The race distances are a 600 yard swim, an 18 mile bike and a 3.1 mile run.
http://www.sritri.org
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Pensacola Greek Festival

October 07, 2016 - October 09, 2016
Like a visit to Greece -- the Pensacola Greek Festival offers a rich, multi-sensory experience of Greek hospitality and culture. Savory cuisine, soulful music, lively dancing, and educational tours transform the church grounds into a three day “glendi” (celebration). Admission is free.
http://www.PensacolaGreekFestival.com
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Pensacola Interstate Fair

October 20, 2016 - October 30, 2016
Fair features big-name entertainment in addition to games, rides, agricultural and education-oriented exhibits and displays.
http://www.pensacolafair.com

john3@pensacolafair.com

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Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival

November 04, 2016 - November 06, 2016
The three-day, juried art show draws more than 200 of the nation's best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other artists. The event features live musicians in Fountain Park with sounds ranging from Zydeco, bluegrass, jazz and blues to classical. Local dance schools and groups perform daily. The Children's Arts Festival is next door in Bartram Park, featuring numerous hands-on artistic opportunities provided free of charge. The Children's Festival is open Friday for children with special needs from selected schools and is open to everyone on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
http://www.ggaf.org
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Blue Angels Homecoming Show

November 12, 2016
NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show will be celebrating not only Veteran's Day weekend, but the 70th Anniversary of the Blue Angels team! Come enjoy the high-flying performers at this year's air show! We will have day performances on Friday and Saturday, with the gates opening at 8AM both days! On Friday, November 11th, 2016 only, we are inviting everyone to watch the spectacular Friday Night Air Show, complete with night time aircraft and performers capped off by the largest fireworks display in the Pensacola area. Photo ID required for all adults.
http://www.naspairshow.com/
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Pensacola Marathon

November 13, 2016
The starting line for both the marathon and the half marathon will be near Admiral Mason Park in Downtown Pensacola, near the intersection of 10th Avenue and Colfax St. The finish line for both races will be near the intersection of 10th Ave and Romana St., next to the Vietnam Wall Memorial. The course time limit for the full and half marathon is 6 hours. The half marathon utilizes much of the same course as the full, so the entire course closes 12:30 (6 hours).
http://marathonpensacola.com/
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49th Annual Snowball Derby

November 30, 2016 - December 04, 2016
2016 Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway has evolved into the largest short track stock car race in the the USA. Drawing drivers from California to Maine and Canada, in 7 classes of competition on a banked half mile paved oval. Camping at nearby farigrounds with free daily shuttles. Several hotels nearby. Last year's winner was NASCAR Sprint Cup star Chase Elliott.
http://www.fiveflagsspeedway.com

tim@snowballderby.com

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Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade

December 10, 2016
The Christmas Parade includes local bands from every high school in Escambia County, groups from around the region, and as far away as Houston and New Orleans. The Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade profits go to local high school band booster organizations to assist in the purchasing of uniforms and equipment and funding of travel expenses. Preceding the parade is the popular 1.2 miles Christmas Parade Dash, sponsored by the Pensacola Runners Association. With nearly 400 participants each year, the Dash uses the Cox Pensacola Christmas parade route just prior to the start of the parade. The race begins at 5:00 pm and is a maze through the do ...Read More>> ntown area lined with thousands of people cheering. The course ends at Plaza Ferdinand where a large candy cane is handed to each finisher. For more information on the Christmas Parade Dash, please visit www.pensacolarunners.com. Read Less
http://www.coxpensacolachristmasparade.org
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Pensacola's 12th Night - Mardi Gras Kick Off

January 06, 2017
The Historic streets of Downtown Pensacola will host the 4th annual Wind Creek Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration on the 12th Night! FREE to everyone! Come join us and Celebrate the 2016 Mardi Gras Season along with the Krewes; their King and Queens for the upcoming season, King Cake*, and the town crier.
http://www.pensacolamardigras.com

pensacolamardigras@gmail.com

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21st Annual Cordova Mall Ball

January 28, 2017
Cordova Mall transforms into a glittering party hall featuring six live bands, tasty treats from area restaurants, a New Orleans-inspired French Market and a fantastic silent auction. With the support of our community, during the past 20 years, this event has generated more than $3.4 million in proceeds on behalf of sick and injured children in our community. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. IDs will be checked at the door. Bars close at 11:30 p.m. (No denim apparel, please.) Due to its high popularity, only 2,500 tickets are available. Tickets are non-refundable.
http://www.sacred-heart.org/mallball/

cathy.laird@shhpens.org

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Pensacola Double Bridge Run

February 04, 2017
A 15K course takes runers over two bridges crossing Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound, from downtown to Pensacola Beach. Runners and walkers are also welcome at the 5K course and Kids Fun Run.
http://doublebridgerun.com
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Annual Krewe of Lafitte Mardi Gras Parade

February 24, 2017
The only illuminated nighttime parade in Pensacola! The crowd can expect to be entertained with marching bands, lighted floats and great throws as the Krewe of Lafitte kicks off Pensacola Mardi Gras celebrations.
http://www.kreweoflafitte.net/
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Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade

February 25, 2017
One of the country's original celebration sites, Pensacola hosts this family-oriented Mardi Gras parade in the historical downtown area. Crowds catch beads, doubloons and moonpies galore as they are thrown from floats!
http://www.pensacolamardigras.com

dannyzuf@aol.com

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Grand Mardi Gras Parade Party

February 25, 2017
Pensacola’s Grand Mardi Gras Parade is the largest annual event in downtown Pensacola. Residents and visitors often totaling over 100,000 enjoy the pageantry and excitement of a parade with over 6,000 participants and over 250 entries.
http://www.sevillequarter.com
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Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade

February 26, 2017
Mardi Gras parade with an island atmosphere! The Krewe of Wrecks Parade will have the best floats throwing beads, candy and doubloons. No one leaves the island beadless! After parade parties are everywhere and the biggest is on the boardwalk, at the shell, where the paraders wait for the results of the judges and trophies to be awarded. Of couse the music is playing and partiers are dancing! Rain or Shine!
http://www.kowrecks.com

dannyzuf@aol.com

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Gulf Coast Renaissance Fair

March 04, 2017 - March 05, 2017
The only REAL live jousting on horseback with medieval knights in full armor on the Gulf Coast! This 2 day festival will feature medieval Jousting Knights, Falconry, the King and Queen, Swashbuckling Swordsmen, Storytellers, Arabian Dancers, Gypsy Dancers, Magical Wizards, Medieval Fighters, Renaissance Dancers, Irish Dancers, Medieval Musicians, Sword Swallowers, Jesters, Jugglers, Fire Breathers, Renaissance Food and Drink, Medieval Camel and Pony Rides, Renaissance Games of Skill, Medieval Merchants with Thousands of Renaissance Wares and Crafts and much more! Rain or Shine.
http://www.yesteadyhands.com

gcrenfaire@aol.com

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40th Annual McGuire's St. Patrick's Day 5K Prediction Run

March 11, 2017
Each Runner/Walker predicts how long it will take them to complete the course, the finishers that come closest to their prediction wins. Awards are also given for speed winners in several male, female and team categories.
http://www.mcguiresirishpub.com

gatord96@cox.net

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Annual Interstate Mullet Toss

April 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017
Perdido Key's Flora-Bama Lounge hosts this wacky annual tournament that has participants compete in tossing an actual mullet across state lines. A Mullet Toss consists of individuals on the beach throwing a mullet, from a 10-foot circle in Alabama across the state line into Florida. Not to mention a great excuse to throw a weekend long party, with lots of fun activities, great music and food!
http://www.florabama.com

info@florabama.com

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32nd Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival

April 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017
The Pensacola Crawfish Festival presented by Coastal Bank and Trust 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. Alcholic annon-alcoholic beverages are also available. Fri. Noon - 11 p.m.| Sat. 10a.m. - 11 p.m.| Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
http://www.fiestaoffiveflags.org

info@fiestaoffiveflags.org

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Grand Fiesta Day Parade

June 02, 2017
Catch some beads when beautiful floats parade down Palafox Street entertaining people of all ages. Special appearances will be made by DeLuna LXII, his Queen and Court. Don't miss this very special event!
http://www.fiestaoffiveflags.org

info@fiestaoffiveflags.org

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