15 things to do this weekend on the Emerald Coast

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) 12th Annual Cajun Fest
When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 16-22
Where: Schooners, 5121 Gulf Dr., Panama City Beach
Cost: Free to attend
Why: Schooners of Panama City Beach is hosting their 12th annual Cajun Fest and this year is going to be bigger than ever. You can enjoy cajun menu specials all week but don’t miss out on the rest of the fun. They will have live music, DJ’s, a Crawfish boil on the beach, and even special activities for kids of all ages. Check out the full schedule of events here.

2) Baskerville
When: 7:30 p.m. April 20-April 28
Where: Martin Theatre, 409 Harrison Avenue, Panama City,
Cost: $7.50-17.50
Why: The classic crime novel “The Hound of the Baskervilles” comes to life in this riveting play. Get ready to laugh and jump out of your seat with anticipation as you watch Ken Ludwig bring this 117 year old story to the stage. What makes this particular play so unique is that there will only be five actors to portray over 40 different characters. Get your tickets here.

3) Ballet Pensacola’s Aladdin
When: 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 20, 22, 27, and 28
Where: Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 South Jefferson St., Pensacola
Cost: $37
Why: Get ready to watch one of Disney’s most beloved stories like never before. Aladdin is not just for the kids. Parents, teens, and even grandparents can come and enjoy this mysterious tale of a street rat winning over his one true princess Jasmine. This show will not only display some magnificent choreography and ballet, it will also include a magic carpet ride. Purchase tickets here.

4) Big Lagoon State Park Earth Celebration Day
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22
Where: Big Lagoon State Park, 12301 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola
Cost: Free
Why: April 22 is National Earth Day and if you’re looking of a way to celebrate our wonderful planet, Big Lagoon State Park has you covered.

“The event at Big Lagoon State Park will be rain or shine,” Sara Janosik, Marketing Manager at Keep Pensacola Beautiful, said. “Keep Pensacola Beautiful will be on site with an information booth and free giveaways. We also have a plastic bag swap at everman the same day from 9-12 p.m., people can bring bundles of 25 plastic bags to be recycled in exchange for a reusable shopping bag.”

5) Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball from Admiral Mason Field
When: Various times, April 21-25
Where: Admiral Mason Field, 351 West Cedar St., Pensacola
Cost: Tickets starting at $9.50
Why: Come and support the Pensacola Blue Wahoos as they take on the Birmingham Barons this week. You’ll have five different nights/days to choose from and it will cost you less than a movie ticket. Sporting events are always a great way to meet new people and you might even get a chance to catch a foul ball. Buy your tickets here.

6) Legal Graffiti
When: 5-9 p.m., April 20
Where: Zarzaur Law P.A., 11 East Romana St., Pensacola
Cost: Free
Why: Get ready for a night of family fun including spray paint, sidewalk chulk, corn hole, hula hoops, and bean bag games. Zarzaur Law is hosting a legal graffiti night to benefit Autism Pensacola, Inc and you can enjoy the fun for small donation. While donations are not mandatory, a $10 dollar donation will certainly go a long way for the cause. The first 200 people to donate $10 will even get an Autism Pensacola glow-in-the-dark wristband

7) Postmodern Jukebox
When: 7 p.m, April 22
Where: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 South Palafox St., Pensacola
Cost: $35 general admission
Why: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox has been blowing up the internet for years now and this is your chance to catch the show live. The ensembles YouTube channel has a staggering 3 million plus subscribers and over 100 million video views. His throwback renditions of current pop hits and old school rock tunes will leave you mistified. Don’t miss your chance to hear what Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train might have sounded like during Motown. For more information and ticket purchases, click here.

8)  Sunday Pool Tournament
When: 6 p.m. April 22
Where: Whiskey Runners Saloon, 610 East Nine Mile Rd., Pensacola
Cost: Free
Why: Pool sharks take notice. Sunday is Pool Tournament day and it’s your chance to play for some cash. The tournament takes place every Sunday at Whiskey Runners Saloon and there is no cover. Come and finish off your week with a cold beer and some friendly competition.

9) De Luna Winery Tasting Room Grand Opening
When: 5-10 p.m. April 21
Where: DeLuna Winery
Cost: $10
Why: De Luna Winery has a brand new tasting room and they are ready to show it off. Their grand opening will include a full night of fun, including, food, games, music, wine and even a $5,000 prize. A $10 wristband include two glasses of wine.

10) Ladies Night at AJ’s
When: 8-11 p.m., Every Wednesday night
Where: AJ’s Seafood and Oyster House, 116 Harbor Boulevard, Destin
Cost: No Cover
Why: Every Wednesday night is sure to keep you feeling right at AJ’s. Ladies come and enjoy your first drink for free, followed by $3 martinis and half priced sushi. Guys, if you are looking to meet some nice ladies, you know where the party is at.

11) Tap it and Run Club
When: 6-8 p.m., Every Monday
Where: World of Beer, 4285 Legendary Dr., Destin
Cost: Free
Why: Grab your dogs and kids and join World of Beer every Monday night for a scenic 5k run down highway 98. After you are finished sweating it out, enjoy a complimentary brew on the house. If one isn’t quite enough, you can take advantage of happy hour pricing the rest of the night.

12) Mobile Pops Band Disney Concert
When: 7-8:30 p.m., April 16
Where: Mobile County Bicentennial Pavilion at Medal of Honor Park, Mobile
Cost: Free
Why: The fantastic Mobile Pops Orchestra band are ready to bring you the best of Disney. Get ready to be dazzled by all your favorite tunes. Some of which include, “Mary Poppins,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Frozen” and many more. This is a free concert that your entire family can enjoy.

13) Nightwish
When: Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8:15, April 19
Where: Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim St., Mobile
Cost: Tickets start at $24.99
Why: Get ready to be wowed by Finland’s most successful band. Nightwish is a symptomatic metal band who have been rocking out in multiple countries for over 20 years. Their 2004 album, Ocean, was a breakthrough success in the United states, and has sold more than one million copies. Come and catch their latest tour that will feature songs from all 8 studio albums.

14) Mobile Sushi Class
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 17
Where: Serda Brewing Company, 600 Government St., Mobile
Cost: $40
Why: If sushi is one of your favorite meals but you can’t afford to eat out that often, why not learn how to make it yourself. Serda Brewing Company is teaching a two hour class that is hands on and sure to be fun. You will not only learn how to make that perfect “sticky” sushi rice, you’ll also learn how to mix up your favorite sauces(eel sauce, Bang Bang, and more). They will also teach you where to shop and tell you what to buy, so you can safety serve raw fish at home with confidence.

15) Waterville Family Fun Day
When: 12-5 p.m., April 22
Where: Waterville USA, 906 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
Cost: $10
Why: Waterville is ready to kick off the summer season with their annual Family Fun Day. Come and enjoy a discounted rate for only $10 per person. With price of admission you get unlimited roller coaster rides, Go Kart rides, kiddie rides, and unlimited rounds of miniature golf. Price does not include waterpark, Escape House, Flowrider or arcade. All proceeds will benefit Relay For Life.

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