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Pensacola Bay Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

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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:
  • Multi-day,
  • Business Type:
  • Chambers & Visitors Bureaus, Destination Management Company, Welcome Centers

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Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade

December 13, 2014 - December 14, 2014
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 09, 2015
The Historic streets of Downtown Pensacola will host the 3nd annual Wind Creek Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration on the 12th Night! FREE to everyone! Come join us and Celebrate the 2015 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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20th Annual Cordova Mall Ball

January 25, 2015 - January 24, 2015
Get decked out in your best Mardi Gras attire to celebrate in style at the first and best Mardi Gras party in town! 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.
http://http://www.sacred-heart.org/mallball/

cathy.laird@shhpens.org

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Pensacola Double Bridge Run

February 07, 2015
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/DBRHomeWide.cfm

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Grand Mardi Gras Parade Party

February 14, 2015
Seville Quarter - 7 Rooms of Fun, 7 Nights a Week! Start your day off with Seville Quarter's pre-prade party with the Mardi Gras Krewes. The Party will continue after the 2 p.m. Grand Mardi Gras Parade is over with largest post parade dance party in Pensacola.
http://www.sevillequarter.com

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60th Annual Krewe of Lafitte Mardi Gras Parade

February 14, 2015
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 14, 2015
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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Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade

February 15, 2015
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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Smokin' In The Square BBQ Cookoff

March 06, 2015 - March 08, 2015
Friday, noon - 9 p.m.| Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Professional barbecue teams from around the U.S. will gather to compete at the first barbecue contest locally to be sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KSBS). Professional teams will be competing for prize money and points. Local barbecue enthusiasts also will be competing for prize money and bragging rights in the Backyard competition. Great family fun, entertainment, and food. Proceeds go to local charities.
http://www.smokininthesquare.com

smokininthesquare@yahoo.com

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Gulf Coast Renaissance Fair

March 07, 2015 - March 08, 2015
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!
http://www.yesteadyhands.com

gcrenfaire@aol.com

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38th Annual McGuire's St. Patrick's Day 5K Prediction Run

March 14, 2015
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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Festival on the Green

March 27, 2015 - March 28, 2015
Come be a part of Pensacola's rich history and diverse culture by experiencing a fine arts show, hand-made crafts, music, live performances, a book sale, food and Saturday's children's craft festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year's festival will include our New Green Trading Post and many new entertainment acts. Festival on the Green is a FREE and FUN way to spend the weekend. For more information, view the Festival Schedule.
http://www.uwf.edu/festival

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Pensacola JazzFest

April 11, 2015 - April 12, 2015
Free Admission! Great Music, Kids Area, Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink! More info to come!
http://jazzpensacola.com/

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31th Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival

May 01, 2015 - May 03, 2015
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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