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
Gearing up for finals can be pretty stressful but don’t forget to take a timeout. Resetting your brain can be good for absorption mode and if you’re looking for something affordable, we’ve got you covered. Put the books down for a few hours and get ready to relax.
1) Phil Vassar Live at Wild Greg’s Saloon
When: 7-10 p.m. April 27
Where: Wild Greg’s Saloon, 22 South Palafox St., Pensacola
Why: Phil Vassar is an American country music artist and songwriter who’s been entertaining country music fans for decades. Before being signed to a label in 1999, he wrote songs for multiple artists including Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina and even Alan Jackson. His talent for songwriting and performing has made him a staple in the country music world. Come and check out his fantastic show. Click here for tickets.
2) Mullet Toss 2018
When: 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. April 27-29 (times vary depending on the date)
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Package
Why: If you think that you’ve got the best mullet throwing arm around, don’t miss this opportunity to show it off. Mullet Toss 2018 is a three-day event that, not only delivers flying fish, it also has good music, delicious food, fun activities and plenty of beverages.
3) Paws on Palafox
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28
Where: Plaza De Luna
Cost: $30 registration fee
Why: It’s fundraiser time and you can finally include Fido in this one. Come to Paws on Palafox and help The Humane Society of Pensacola raise money for the Barbara Grice Memorial Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. This is a 3K walk/run that will take place rain or shine. You can join a Pack, create a Pack, or even walk as a Lone Wolf.
“Most of the participants like to walk and enjoy the route through downtown and historic Pensacola,” Darra Flanagan, event coordinator at Pensacola Humane Society said. “We will be awarding top fundraising Pack, top fundraising Individual, and top youth fundraiser. Last year, Paws on Palafox raised right at $30,000, our goal this year is to raise $40,000.”
This is sure to be fun for all ages and all breeds.
4) Sip and Shop Girls Night at Gary’s Home Brew
When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 25
Where: Gary’s Home Brew Supply and Artisan Craft Beer, 3403 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola
Cost: Tickets are free, but pre-registration is required
Why: Ladies, if you are tired of the typical ladies night out, Pensacola Housewives has your covered. Get ready to shop, drink and eat in one convenient location. Pensacola Housewives is a networking social group for women in Pensacola and the surrounding area, whose blog serves as a platform for monthly Girl’s Night Out events. Their Facebook page reaches over 18 thousand people on average and their collective pages have already broken a million. This has all grown over the short span of a year.
“Our events aren’t like your usual networking events or your usual vendor events,” Veronica Kramer, publisher and coordinator of Pensacola Housewives, said. “ We usually have a range of vendors to include, some are home businesses like Paparazzi, ItWorks, etc. We also have brick and mortars like New York Life, Realtors, and local boutiques as well.”
If all that shopping works up an appetite, you can get a delicious meal for the low cost of $20.
“The meal is provided by Gary’s Home Brew and last time they hosted the event, they provided a delicious three-course meal which included a salad, chicken and a yummy homemade cheesecake with the perfect wine pairing,” Kramer said. “We focus on building relationships in our community, whether you are a college student, a business owner, or stay-at-home mom. We love helping bring you together and grow your network of business connections or maybe finding your new best friend.”
This 18 and up event is fun for everyone but you must be 21 to enjoy some of the raffles.
5) 2018 Gulf Coast Cornhole Series Qualifier
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28
Where: Oar House, 1000 North Pace Boulevard, Pensacola
Cost: $30 to pre-register a team, and $10 for singles
Why: Who doesn’t love cornhole? It’s become this generation’s darts but it’s far less dangerous and you can even play it on the beach. This is your opportunity to come and see just how good you really are. There will be 12 qualifying tournaments and a championship tournament between March and September at various locations. Over the course of the entire series, they will be giving out more than $1,000 dollars worth of prizes. Sounds like a relaxing, yet fun afternoon of friendly competition. Check out the full schedule here.
6) Spring Thing
When: 1-3 p.m. April 29
Where: Nearly Dead Thread and Oddities
Why: Have you ever watched a painter work? It can be a pretty inspiring and amazing thing to witness. Spring Thing has three incredible artists who will be putting their best foot forward for your pleasure and enjoyment. Come and watch while you nibble on some tasty free treats from Totally Baked Gourmet Cupcakes.
7) WBZ 29th Anniversary Party Black and White Party
When: 6-9 p.m, April 28
Where: Waterboyz Surf and Skate Shop, 380 North 9th Ave., Pensacola
Why: Waterboyz Surf and Skate Shop is celebrating 29 years of business and they want you to come and celebrate with them. There will be free food, live music and cold adult beverages. Formal attire is not required but you must wear black and white. They will also have a free skate from 5 until close that day.
8) Beats Antique
When: 7 p.m. April 27
Where: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 South Palafox St., Pensacola
Why: If you’re looking for a truly unique genre of music to jam out to, Beats Antique will certainly fit the bill. This U.S.-based band classifies themselves as a mix of world fusion and electronic. Basically, they can do a little bit of everything and the end result is bound to leave an impression on you. Come check out this all ages show and don’t forget to wear some close toe shoes because it might get a little crowded. Click here for tickets.
9) Ladies Night at Cuvée
When: 7-10 p.m. April 26
Where: Cuvée Kitchen, 36120 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin
Cost: Champagne is free
Why: Sorry fellows, this one’s for the ladies. Cuvée wants you to feel pampered. What better way to do that then offering up some complimentary champagne. Come and enjoy some bubbly while feasting on some delicious cuisine, or just skip the food all together. The champagne will be flowing until 10 p.m.
10) Redneck Olympics & Pig Roast
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28
Where: The Dublin Pub & Eatery, 5955 Old Shell Road, Mobile
Cost: $10 cover
Why: Get ready to celebrate a night of high class at the Redneck Olympics & Pig Roast. Dublin Pub & Eatery will be roasting a massive pig for you to feast on while downing $1 beers and even enjoying multiple redneck competitions. Bobbing for pig feet anyone? Not only will there be fun competitions, cheap beer and yummy food, the Talladega Nascar race will also be playing on the big screen all night.
11) The Record Company
When: 7:30-11:59 p.m. April 28
Where: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St., Mobile
Why: If you’ve ever felt like you were born in the wrong era of music and you secretly dream of attending a Led Zeppelin concert, this might be just the show for you. The Record Company is a throwback to the classic rock-n-roll of the 70’s but they somehow manage to sound modern. Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, this three-piece rock band is taking the music industry by storm. Come and see the band that Rolling Stone Magazine named one of the “10 new artists you need to know.”Grab your tickets here.
12) Sunday Funday Craft Cocktail Party
When: 12-4 p.m. April 29
Where: Bella Sera Destin, 2 Harbor Boulevard Suite 200, Destin
Why: Come and enjoy some live music, prize giveaways, appetizers and a variety of cocktails by local distillery, Timber Creek Distillery. Reserve your seats quick because they are likely to go fast. Call the restaurant at 424-6425 for tickets or purchase them at the door for $30. Sunday Funday will be on the Bella Sera deck, overlooking the Destin Harbor.
13) Winemakers & Shakers
When: 5-7 p.m. April 26
Where: Wine World, 4424 Commons Drive East E3, Destin
Cost: $40 in advance or $45 at the door
Why: If you love wine but you can’t afford to attend South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, Winemakers & Shakers is a much more affordable option. Wine World is hosting this annual event in preparation for the festival and it’s guaranteed to deliver a wide range of wine, spirits, and brews. With more than 75 plus samples on hand and an artisan cheese pair, your pallet is sure to be defined by the time you leave.
14) Concerts in the Village Kickoff
When: 7-9 p.m. April 26
Where: Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, 4323 Commons Drive West, Destin
Why: 3rd Planet Brewing Company and Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation are teaming up to kick off the 2018 Concerts in the Village. Get ready to boogie down to the best hits from The Temptations as the tribute group, Temptation Revenue hits the stage. This group pulls off the look, the moves, the sounds and the flavor of the classic group that wowed America almost 60 years ago like no one else. Makes sure you bring a chair or blanket to sit on and your welcome to bring a cooler for refreshments.
15) A Chorus Line
When: 7:30 p.m. April 27
Where: Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Ave., Panama City
Why: Chorus Line is a classic tale. It explores young and starving artists who are hoping to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a Broadway star. Broadway is considered by most in the industry to be the cremé de la cremé of gigs and chorus line takes you behind the scenes. Come and watch the play that been a staple in the performing arts world since 1975.