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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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61th Annual Krewe of Lafitte Mardi Gras Parade

February 06, 2016
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 06, 2016
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 06, 2016
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 07, 2016
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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Pensacola Double Bridge Run

February 13, 2016
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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39th Annual McGuire's St. Patrick's Day 5K Prediction Run

March 12, 2016
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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Smokin' In The Square BBQ Cookoff

March 18, 2016 - March 19, 2016
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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Pensacola JazzFest

April 02, 2016 - April 03, 2016
Free Admission! Great Music, Kids Area, Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink! More info to come!
http://jazzpensacola.com/
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Bands on the Beach - Every Tuesday

April 05, 2016 - October 26, 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 Interstate Mullet Toss

April 22, 2016 - April 24, 2016
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 29, 2016 - May 01, 2016
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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International Billfish Tournament

June 29, 2016 - July 02, 2016
For those who have not fished the Pensacola International Billfish tournament hosted by the PBGFC you are in for a treat. Our Tournament is during the hottest Billfish action of the season and we pride ourselves in a pure sportfishing community.
http://www.pbgfc.com

info@pensacolabiggamefishingclub.com

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Sertoma's 4th of July Celebration

July 04, 2016 - July 05, 2016
For the 27th year, area Sertoma organizations are coordinating and hosting the largest Fireworks display on the Gulf Coast over Pensacola Bay on Monday, July 4th, 2016, at 9:00 pm. There will be activities throughout the day, from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm, in Seville Square to include a FREE Children’s Area with inflatables, pony rides, rock climbing wall, “meet and greet” with characters, face painting, Lowe’s kid’s clinic and much more! There will also be a variety of Arts and Crafts vendors, Food vendors, and live entertainment on the gazebo stage beginning at 11:00 am. Of course, the 4th of July would not be complete without a Hot Dog Eat ...Read More>> ng Contest! Be sure to sign up early as the contest begins promptly at noon! Starting at 4:30, there will be live music on the Bayfront Stage. The festivities will culminate with the fireworks show over Pensacola Bay, synchronized with music broadcast on Cat Country 98.7. Read Less
http://www.pensacolafireworks.com

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