Upcoming Pensacola festivals

go to link Emily Doyle

Staff Writer

Pensacola is a city with a rich, diverse history and an active community; a community fueled by the Gulf of Mexico that celebrates good food, unique art and music that lifts the spirits.

Over the next few months, Pensacola is bursting with activities that show the city’s true colors. Here are just a few Pensacola pastimes happening within the next few months:

The 38th Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival: On Sept. 25-27 in downtown Pensacola, artists, food vendors, and musicians will come together to provide a fun weekend for all ages. There will be kid’s areas, live cooking demonstrations, more than 150 local artists and fresh seafood for all to enjoy. There is no admission fee to join in on all the fun that is the Pensacola Seafood Festival.

Bands on the Beach: Held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through October at the Pensacola Beach Gulfside Pavilion, there’s no charge to come out and watch the featured band of the week. So pack some snacks and a beach chair, sit back and relax and let the music and salty breeze take away your stressors of the week.

Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival: From Oct. 1-4 at Pensacola Beach’s many venues, this annual festival celebrates the people behind the music – the ones who wrote the songs. The festival showcases songwriters that have written with and for artists such as Willie Nelson, Stevie Nicks, George Strait, Jimmy Buffet, Ray Charles and many more. Festival attenders have the chance to experience meet-and-greets, participate in workshops and attend smaller intimate “listening room” performances. Most of the venues are free, with only a few events having a cover charge. The schedule is available here.

Gallery Nights: The last Gallery Night of the year is Oct. 16. Walk around the charming brick walkways of downtown Pensacola as you experience local artists showing their skills, live music, and many restaurants providing food and drink specials.

Great Coast Arts Festival: On Nov. 6-8 in Historic Seville Square in Downtown Pensacola, the art show draws in more than 200 of the nation’s best artists and craftsmen. The event has local live Cajun, blues and jazz musicians and performances daily from local entertainers. Admission is free.

As you can see, Pensacola takes the fall season by storm, by providing many fun weekends and opportunities for our community as soon as the weather gets cooler. These events provide a fun way to get acquainted with the community and culture of this amazing area.

If you are a University of West Florida student who wants to go to these events but have no transportation, UWF provides two free Escambia County Area Transit bus tickets a day. To find out more about how to utilize the UWF bus system, look at their website here.