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Year round fun on the beach!

 The beach is the setting for a calendar of events full of diverse and inviting things to do: from the Pensacola Beach Air Show, to Bands On The Beach live concerts every Tuesday night at the Gulfside Pavilion, to stargazing on clear nights, to signature sporting events and festivals like the Crawfish Festival and Taste of the Beach. There’s always something going on, so check out our full calendar of events below.

J A N U A R Y

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE  

New Year’s Day    2 p.m.

Brave the cold and start the New Year with a dip in the Sound.

SNOWBIRDS BEACH BASH  

January 26, 2017   9-10:30 a.m.

Pensacola Beach welcomes winter visitors at this fun event. Meet at Pensacola Beach Community Church, enjoy a light breakfast, shopping local businesses and explore Pensacola Beach via our Trolleys beginning at 10:45 a.m.

F E B R U A R Y

MARDI GRAS

Parties, parades and activities for kids and adults.

M A R C H

GO IRISH ON THE ISLAND!  

March 17, 2017
St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl

Make your way through dozens of beach bars, restaurants and hotels serving up Irish drink specials, music and mischief.

A P R I L

BANDS ON THE BEACH

April – October  7 – 9 p.m.

Pensacola Beach’s popular outdoor summer concert series, Bands on the Beach, features a lineup of performers sure to please every musical taste. Located in the beautiful Gulfside Pavilion overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the series features regional artists performing a wide variety of music. Bring your lawn chair and join us every summer for hot music, smooth grooves and a whole lot of good times. Bands on the Beach takes place every Tuesday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., starting April through October, 2017.

Complete Bands & Dates listing

PENSACOLA BEACH CRAWFISH FESTIVAL  

April 21-23, 2017

5-9pm Friday, 11am-9pm Saturday, Noon-6pm Sunday

Mudbugs invade the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk in April again with the annual Pensacola Beach Crawfish Festival, hosted at Bamboo Willie’s.

STARGAZING NIGHTS 

April – October  7 – 9 p.m.

Held on the first quarter moon weekend, beginning at sunset at the Gulfside Pavilion.

Complete list of Stargazing nights for 2017

MAY

GRAND PRIX OF WATERCROSS  

May 12-13, 2017  Gulfside Pavilion

Closed course Jet Ski racing and freestyle competition.

J U L Y

FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS  

July 4,  Sound side  8:30 p.m.

Celebrate your independence with fireworks on the soundside of the Island.

PENSACOLA BEACH AIR SHOW   

July 8-10, 2017

Red, White & Blues Week! 

Festivities begin on the 4th of July with a spectacular fireworks show then it is eyes to the skies as the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, civilian and other military aircraft perform acrobatics over the Gulf of Mexico.

The Pensacola Beach Air Show presented by the Santa Rosa Island Authority.

Complete Air Show details

S E P T E M B E R

TASTE OF THE BEACH 

September 15-16, 2017

Pensacola Beach’s biggest culinary event happens in September, and you’re invited! The 10th Annual Taste of the Beach will start with a special VIP dinner on Friday night, Sept. 15, and the fun will continue the following day, Sept. 16, with cook offs, cooking demonstrations, a chef challenge, sample tastings and live concerts along the sugar-white sands and emerald green waters of Pensacola Beach.

VETTES AT THE BEACH CAR SHOW 

September 9-10, 2017  

Corvette show with vettes of all ages to admire at Casino Beach parking lot.

O C T O B E R

ART & WINE FEST 

October 22, 2017

A weekend of art and wine on Pensacola Beach Boardwalk

SANTA ROSA ISLAND TRIATHLON 

October 7, 2017  

A nationally acclaimed USAT-sanctioned sprint triathlon.

N O V E M B E R

VETERAN’S DAY PARADE 

November 11, 2017

A salute to our nation’s veterans

D E C E M B E R

SEASON YOUR HOLIDAYS 

December 2017  

Looking for a unique winter wonderland this holiday season without the frigid temperatures? Pensacola Beach, with its sugary-white sand, offers guests a guaranteed white Christmas and is jam-packed with “island style” holiday activities guaranteed to get even the worst Scrooges in the spirit.

  • Lighted Boat Parade – Saturday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Surfing Santa Beach Parade – Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks – Sunday, December 31 at 8 p.m. and midnight
  • Polar Bear Plunge – New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1 at 2 p.m.

NEW YEARS EVE FIREWORKS

December 31, 2017  

Gather Soundside for a fantastic fireworks display to ring in the New Year.