15 things to do this week that won’t break the bank

Editor’s note: This continues our weekly series of 15 things to do on the Emerald Coast. Each week, staff writer Jessica Ayers will highlight 15 inexpensive local events for college students to attend without breaking the bank.

By Jessica Ayers
Staff writer


1) O’Riley’s Grog March

When: 4-10 p.m. March 3
Where: O’Riley’s Irish Pub downtown,   321 South Palafox St., Pensacola
Cost: $10 donation
Why: O’Riley’s is hosting their third annual Grog March and you don’t want to miss it. Not only is it sure to be a good time, it’s in support of a wonderful cause. All donations will benefit a wonderful organization, Manna Food Pantries.

“Mana is a local organization that services people in Escambia and Santa Rosa county who are facing hunger related issues,” Kerri Smayda, Mana’s outreach and marketing manager, said. “We provide emergency food assistance to to those in need, some of who are just like you and I, maybe they’ve come across a financial challenge and we are here to help them in that moment.

“In the last year we helped 20, 269 people. 11,310 were families, 15 percent military, 42 percent were children under the age of 18, and 25 percent were seniors.”

Be sure to bring two non-perishable food or cash donations as your crawl entry fee. A minimum of $10 donation value would be greatly appreciated. Each crawler will receive a commemorative t-shirt while supplies last and a passport for the raffle at O’Riley’s later that night.


2) Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration
When: 1-3 p.m. March 3
Where: Barnes & Noble, 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola
Cost: Free
Why: Come to your local bookstore and celebrate a very Seussical Musical birthday. Dr. Seuss is one of America’s most beloved children’s authors, whose stories have stood the test of time. Barnes & Noble is hosting a special birthday celebration for children of all ages to come and enjoy. They will have face painting, coloring, reading stations, door prizes, cake, punch, and many more activities.


3) Maine Lobster Monday
When: 5:30-10 p.m., every Monday
Where: Jackson’s Steakhouse, 400 South Palafox St., Pensacola
Cost: $19.95
Why: Who says you have to be rich to eat lobster? Jackson’s Steakhouse is offering this decadent dining option to anyone with a twenty dollar bill. Start your week off right with a delicious meal and an even more delicious price tag.


4) Bar Bingo
When: 8 p.m., Every Monday night
Where: Apple Annie’s, 130 East Government St. Pensacola
Cost: Free
Why: When you think of bingo, you might think; cigarette smoke, cheap perfume, and little old ladies. But bar bingo at Apple Annie’s is just the opposite. It’s hip, fun, and even a little crazy. They offer $2.50 Miller Lite bottles, $3.50 Bomb shots, and awesome prizes.


5) 24 Hour Theatre
When: 7:30-10 p.m March 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 3
Where: Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 South Jefferson St., Pensacola
Cost: $10
Why: This is a rare opportunity for aspiring actors and play enthusiasts alike. Actors this is your chance to audition, learn lines, find props, and perform a mini production within a 24 hour time period. If you think you might want to give SNL a go, try this first.

As for the non-actors and play lovers, you don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind performance. Nothing says raw talent and beautiful chaos like 6 one-act plays that are written and performed in less than 24 hours. Actors must show up Friday night at 7:30 PM to audition, shows are cast. Writers will then spend the entire night at the theatre writing the plays. The directors and cast show back up in the morning and spend the entire day rehearsing. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Don’t be late.


6) Edwin McCain
When: 7 p.m. March 4
Where: Vinyl Music Hall,  2 South Palafox St., Pensacola
Cost: $25
Why: Valentine’s Day might be over but that doesn’t mean the romance has to end. Edwin McCain is a charming hit maker with a smooth and sultry voice. He’s ready to serenade you with wedding day hits like I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More”. You’re likely to fall in love, all over again. Click here for tickets.


7) Gumbo Ya Ya
When: 4 p.m, March 3
Where: 130 East Government St., Pensacola
Cost: $10
Why: Calling all gumbo lovers. If you have a secret gumbo recipe handed down for generations then this is the competition for you. Seville Quarter is hosting a delicious gumbo cook off that is sure to get your bellies full and your mouths fired up. If you want to compete then you must pay the $20 entry fee and be ready to cook by 11 a.m. If you want to just eat, pay the $10 door fee and be there by 4 p.m. to chow down. Trophies will be awarded to the top three winners.


8) Radio Romance
When: 9 p.m., March 3
Where: Whiskey Runners Saloon, 610 East Nine Mile Rd., Pensacola
Cost: Free
Why: The winners of Nash Next are the hottest new thing and they’re coming to Whiskey Runners Saloon. They’ve shared the stage with acts like: Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Lee Brice, ZZ Top, Phil Vasser, Colt Ford, Parmalee and many more. They have a new and fresh take on country that you don’t want to miss. Think Ed Sheeran meets Tim McGraw. Come see the band that beat out hundreds of others to become the Nash Next 2017 winners. Look for their debut album this spring.


9) 80’s Trivia
When: 7-10 p.m., Feb. 28
Where: World of Beer, 4285 Legendary Drive, Destin
Cost: Free
Why: The only thing better than trivia night is 80’s trivia night. What better way to spend a Wednesday night then answering questions about our most beloved decade. World of Beer is busting out their brightest cocktails and their sure to be delicious. Try a Blue Lagoon or Fuzzy Navel to start. But don’t leave home without your hairspray because they will be handing out prizes for best costume.


10) Mobile 90’s Block Party
When: 7:30 p.m., March 3
Where: Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive, Mobile
Cost: Tickets start at $39
Why: The 90’s were known for busting out some of the best R&B ever created. Mobile is bringing you the nostalgia and it might to get a little loud. Performers include: Guy, Teddy Riley, Jagged Edge, 112, and Next. Doors open at 6:30. Get your tickets here.


11) A Midsummer Night’s Dream
When: 7:30, March 3
Where: Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive, Mobile
Cost: Student tickets start at $17.50
Why: No matter how much time passes, Shakespeare’s work never gets old. It has the ability to stand the test of time and reinvent itself over the years. Come and see one of his timeless classics while enjoying the beautiful art of ballet. It’s a Midsummer Night’s Dream of beautiful ballerinas. Purchase tickets here.


12) 6th Annual Glow Run: Colors of Cancer
When: 6:30-9:30 p.m., March 3
Where: Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Boulevard, Mobile
Cost: $17
Why: 5k’s are always fun but a night race that glows, takes it up a notch. This is something unique and it’s even for a good cause, cancer awareness. “We bring awareness to all cancer with multiple colors,” Kymberly Soule’ Glow Run producer said,  “it’s also benefiting Make A Wish, an organization that grants wishes to children with life threatening illnesses.” “Everyone gets a glow stick but we encourage people to come with their own glow items as well,” Soule’ said. Soule’ also said they will have refreshments, a DJ, and are expecting over 400 participants this year. Purchase tickets here.


13) Travis Meadows
When: 8 p.m. March 2
Where: The Listening Room of Mobile
Cost: $30
Why: Travis Meadows is an amazing country songwriter turned country artist. He’s written songs for acts like: Wynonna Judd, Hank Williams Jr., Eric Church, and many more. With a voice like Willie Nelson, he’s sure to sing you into a country coma.


14) Palafox Market
When: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., every Saturday
Where: Downtown Pensacola
Cost: Free
Why: Farmers Markets are a great place to discover new items, brands, and the freshest foods. Every Saturday you can come and check out the best vendors in town and sample some yummy foods. They have fine art, baked goods, fresh produce, and even some antiques to look at. Farmers markets are the only place where browsing and buying can be equally as fun.


15) Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “Sylvia”
When: 7:30 p.m., March 1
Where: Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, 560 Grand Boulevard, Sandestin
Cost: $20 with student ID
Why: “Sylvia” is a play that was originally written and produced back in 1995. It’s essentially about a couple and the journey they go through after they adopt a dog. The dog in the play is portrayed by a person and it translates into a hilarious and enduring work of art.

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