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

As college students, the only thing more valuable than our time is our money. Making a budget is essential, but it shouldn’t force you into a Netflix/Ramen Noodle marathon every weekend. There are plenty of fun and exciting things to do off campus that you can easily squeeze into your co-ed calculator. Here are 15 things to do around the Emerald Coast this week that won’t break the bank.

 

1) Ronnie Milsap in concert
When: 8 p.m. Feb. 16
Where: The Saenger Theatre, 118 Palafox Place, Pensacola
Cost: $32.95
Why: Ronnie Milsap is an American country singer and pianist whose popularity took off in the 70’s. He’s considered one of the most successful crossover artists of all time because of his ability to gain popularity in the country music genre, as well as pop. He’s won six Grammys, has 40 number one country hits and recently got inducted into the Music Hall of Fame.

 

2) An American In Paris & Stars and Stripes Forever
When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 & 17, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 18
Where: Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 South Jefferson St., Pensacola
Cost: $28-$34
Why: Artistic Director Richard Steinert’s “An American In Paris” is a one-act ballet that’s sure to get your blood pumping. The ballet is inspired by the original 1951 Academy Award-winning movie. But don’t leave just yet because “Stars and Stripes Forever” is up next and it’s an American classic. Two ballets for the price of one, what more can you ask for. Click here for tickets.

 

3) Wisdom of Myth, with Scott Davis
When: 2-4 p.m. Feb. 17
Where: Ever’man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe, 315 West Garden St., Pensacola
Cost: Free
Why: Come and learn about Mythology. Scott Davis is the author of “Mythosophy: The Wisdom of Myth.” He is a researcher of Mythology, Folklore and Spiritual Studies.

You can learn how hidden wisdom can be revealed in old stories in the words we use,” Rob Thead, manager at Ever’man Cooperative Grocery said. “Refreshments will be available for purchase.”

 

4) Losing Sunlight: live acoustic show
When: 5-9 p.m. Feb. 17
Where: Lucy’s in the Square, 301 South Adams St.,  Pensacola
Cost: Free
Why: With a name like Losing Sunlight and a voice like Amy Winehouse, the only thing you’re likely to lose is some sleep. Joycie Woods’ cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is sure to keep you rockin’ all night long. Losing Sunlight is a two-piece duo, featuring Andrew Johnson on guitar and Joycie Woods on lead vocals.

We perform Top 40 music throughout the decades, so we pretty much play it all,” Johnson said. “A little bit of everything.”

Johnson said the two haven’t been a team for too long.

“We’ve been together since April of 2017,” Johnson sai., “We were both raised here in Pensacola.”

Come have a beer and support some local talent. You won’t be disappointed. If you want a preview, check out their youtube channel here.

 

5) Puddles Pity Party: live show
When: 7 p.m Feb. 14
Where: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox St., Pensacola
Cost: $25
Why: If you’re feeling a little lonely this Valentine’s Day, you don’t have to be alone. You can enjoy a no-holds-barred pity party of your own with Mike Geier. Geier has been performing as the sad clown Puddles since 2013. His act was featured on America’s Got Talent and The Cartoon Network. His YouTube channel has more than 350 thousand subscribers with his video views into the millions. General admission tickets are going fast and tables are already sold out. Click here to purchase tickets.

6) Pub Trivia Wednesdays
When: 8 p.m. every Wednesday through May
Where: O’Riley’s Irish Pub, 321 South Palafox St., Pensacola
Cost: Free with $1 wine and $10 buckets of domestic beer
Why: Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? O’Riley’s has by far the most fun way to touch-up on some interesting knowledge. Drinks are cheap and the entertainment is free.

 

7) Dave Matthews Tribute Band
When: 8 p.m. Feb 17
Where: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox St., Pensacola
Cost: $10 (Additional $2 cash surcharge at the door for under 21 * Attendees under 16 must be accompanied by a ticketed, adult guardian)
Why: If you love Dave Matthews Band then make sure to mark your calendars. This tribute band is as close as you’ll get to the real deal and they’re a heck of a lot cheaper. Straight out of Buffalo, NY, this six-piece group is the only national traveling tribute to Dave Matthews Band.

 

8) AJ’s Famous Crawfish Boil
When: 4 p.m. every Sunday through July
Where: AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, 116 Harbor Boulevard, Destin
Cost: $28.95
Why: Eating out is expensive but you don’t have to shell out a bunch of money for a little bit of food. If you really want to get your money’s worth, you can do it every Sunday at AJ’s Famous Crawfish Boil. It’s a meal that you will be happy to splurge on because it’s sure to fill your belly. Admission price includes: 2 pounds of crawfish, potatoes, sausage, corn and mushrooms.  

 

9) The Lacs: Dirt Rock Tour
When: 9 p.m Feb. 17
Where: Midnight Rodeo Mobile, 7790 Tanner Rd., Mobile
Cost: $20-$25
Why: The Lacs is short for Loud Ass Cracker and they are ready to pump you up. Their music is a mixed bag of country, rock and rap. Also on the bill is Hard Target, Crucifix, and Nate Kenyon. Click here for tickets and full details. 

 

10) Traxxas Monster Truck Tour
When: 1:30-4:30 p.m., Feb. 17
Where: Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive, Mobile
Cost: $21
Why: The Traxxas Monster Truck Tour is coming to the Mobile Civic Center and it’s sure to be a roaring time. Watch as five different trucks race, crush cars, compete in wheelie contests and freestyle. For an additional $10, you can purchase a Pit Party Pass that grants you access to the pre-party where you can meet the drivers in person. Click here for tickets.

 

11) An Intimate Evening with the Chip Herrington Jazz Quintet
When: 8-11 p.m., Feb. 16
Where: The Listening Room of Mobile, 78 St Francis St., Mobile
Cost: $20 (Call 251-367-4599 to reserve)
Why: Chip Herrington is a Jazz artist who has shared the stage with acts like Aretha Franklin and Lou Rawls. His quintet is focused on bringing more authentic jazz to the area. It’s sure to be a relaxing evening, filled with smooth tunes.

 

12) Sea Turtle Half Marathon & Sweetheart 5K Run/Walk
When: 7:30-11:30 a.m., Feb. 17
Where: The Hangout, 101 East Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores
Cost:$15-$80
Why: It’s time to sweat out that Valentine’s Day sugar. You can run a mile ($15), run or walk a 5K ($35), or even run a half marathon ($80). The choice is yours. This event even offers a wheelchair option for the 5K and the half marathon. It’s a flat course and the afterparty is sure to be a good time. Click here for tickets.

 

13) Mardi Gras Boat Parade
When: 3-5 p.m. Feb. 13
Where: It will travel west down the canal from The Wharf and end at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores
Cost: Free
Why: As Mardi Gras season comes to a close, you might want to attend one more parade. This time it’s on the water. Catch some beads, catch some rays on Fat Tuesday and say “bon voyage” to Mardi Gras.

 

14) Movies By The Sea: Sleepless in Seattle
When: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 17
Where: Historic Downtown Panama City
Cost: Free
Why: Downtown Panama City is bringing back some old-school charm with Movies By the Sea. Grab some popcorn, a cooler, a blanket or a chair, and come watch a romantic movie under the stars.

 

15) Half-Priced Sushi at Atlas Oyster House
When: 5 p.m., Every Tuesday night
Where: Pensacola Fish House, 600 S Barracks St., Pensacola
Cost: All sushi is half off
Why: A sushi and saki night sounds appetizing, to say the least, but it can get expensive. Instead of paying full price on a Friday or Saturday, you can switch date night to a Tuesday and save on spending regrets. Their entire sushi menu is half-priced and saki specials are offered as well.

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