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    Local Events & Attractions in Pensacola, FL

    Pensacola, Florida, offers plenty to do for visitors of all ages, from families who want to enjoy the beach to couples looking for a romantic getaway. Visitors enjoy the natural spans of picturesque beaches with sparkling blue waters as well as the great dining, shopping and entertainment options our corner of Florida has to offer. With our historical sites, amusement parks, arts scene, sports schedule, zoo, and numerous annual events, Pensacola has something fun to do every day of the week.

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    If you thought Mardi Gras was only for the New Orleans crowd, think again! Pensacola offers the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the nation, behind only New Orleans, LA, and Mobile, AL. For five days each Mardi Gras season, our streets are filled to the brim with colorful celebrations and culture, including parades in downtown Pensacola and on the picturesque Pensacola Beach.  Visit Site

    The luck of the Irish shines on the shores of Pensacola each March, with a variety of St. Patrick's Day annual activities for adult revelers and families alike. From the beach to the historic downtown area, Pensacola loves St. Paddy's day and celebrates with popular events like the McGuire's St. Patrick's Day 5K run that starts and finishes at McGuire's Irish Pub.  Visit Site

    Bring your appetite and celebrate Pensacola's vibrant Cajun culture with the Crawfish Festival: one of the largest crawfish boils in the state. The three-day festival is held at the waterfront in Bartram Park in downtown Pensacola, annually in late April-early May. Bring the whole family to enjoy fresh food and great music straight from the bayous of Louisiana.  Visit Site

    Honor our veterans and celebrate the start of summer with Memorial Day in Pensacola. Situated near many military bases, Pensacola offers patriotic celebrations and memorials unlike any other. One of the city's must-see veteran's memorials, whether during Memorial Day weekend or any day of the year, is the Wall South, located in  Veteran's Memorial Park.

    Get a taste of Old Florida history with the Fiesta of Five Flags in June, a 10-day annual celebration of the founding of Pensacola. The 10-day yearly event is one of the oldest and largest heritage festivals in the state and celebrates the rich history of the Pensacola coast. In 1559, Spanish Conquistador, Don Tristan de Luna, established Pensacola as the first European settlement in the U.S. In the centuries since, five different flags have flown over the city: Spanish, French, British, Confederate, and American. Visit Site

    Pensacola's endless summer is punctuated with a bang every Independence Day! There is simply no better place to celebrate the 4th of July than Pensacola. The city offers an impressive fireworks spectacle overhead, soft sand underfoot, gentle breezes and impromptu parties up and down the coast! Stake your spot on the beach and enjoy the fireworks exploding over the Gulf of Mexico, or head downtown for Sertoma's 4th of July Celebration.  Visit Site

    Thrills are on tap each year at the Pensacola Beach Air Show. Families always enjoy the heart-stopping entertainment and exhilarating stunts of the U.S. Navy's flight demonstration team and the Blue Angels, side by side with civilian and other military aircraft performing aerial acrobatics over the Gulf of Mexico. The summer event is capped off later in the year with the Fall Homecoming Show at NAS Pensacola.  Visit Site

    Seafood lovers rejoice: the Pensacola Seafood Festival boasts unique culinary delights from 18 food vendors and sensational cultural art and gifts from more than 180 arts and crafts vendors. The event also features more fun for the whole family including live music performances by local and regional acts, cooking demonstrations, a 5K run/walk, and more fun all weekend long. Visit Site

    The national art scene descends on Pensacola each year for the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, a three-day event and juried art show held in historic Seville Square on the first weekend in November. This highly regarded and popular festival draws more than 200 of the nation's best visual artists including painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen, mix-media artists, and artists that defy definition.  Visit Site

    Forget Times Square. The historic streets of Downtown Pensacola close down each New Year's Eve to ring in the new year in true Floridian style… with a pelican! A giant illuminated pelican is perched above the yearly celebration on a 100-foot platform, descending at midnight with the fabulous backdrop of a fireworks extravaganza. The family-oriented celebration includes live entertainment, dining, and special activities just for kids.  Visit Site

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    From food and art festivals, national holidays with local flair, to wonderful air shows of the highest caliber…there's certainly no shortage of fun events and attractions in Pensacola, Florida.

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