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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, 2018   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. Enjoy the music at the Elvis Tribute ad win big at Trivia Blast Bingo!

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, 2018 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 p.m. – 9 p.m. Be sure to come Trick or Treating at the SRIA booth during our last event on Halloween! 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

A U G U S T

SEA TURTLE BABY SHOWER  

August 12, 2017

Saturday from 2-5 p.m.

Landshark Landing (165 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, on the Margaritaville Beach Hotel property )

A family friendly afternoon of games, activities, entertainment to educate and celebrate Sea Turtles. Take the Sea Turtle Friendly Oath, Meet Meg the Mermaid.  Touch a real turtle shell. Lots of giveaways.

Event is free to public.

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

PENSACOLA BEACH SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL  

October 4-8, 2017 More than 100 songwriters perform on 15 stages across Pensacola Beach. Most events are free and open to the public. Some special events require tickets. For ticket info go to: www.pensacolabeachsongfest.com

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 

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.   December 2   Lighted Boat Parade   6:30 p.m. Lighted Boat Parade from Sabine Marina to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk – View parade procession in Little Sabine at 6:30 pm. View from Quietwater Beach area at 7:30 p.m. Look for Santa on the lead boat! Fireworks with Santa- Soundside- 8 p.m.   December 4   Surfing Santa Beach Parade    2 p.m.

Thousands of children, parents and other spectators make their way to Pensacola Beach on Sunday to see Santa Claus making his way down Via De Luna Drive atop a Pensacola Beach fire truck at the annual Surfing Santa Beach Parade. Starting at 2 p.m. from Avenida 10, the parade will make its way down Via De Luna toward Casino Beach and end at the Gulfside Pavilion.

December 31   New Year’s Eve Fireworks   8 p.m. & Midnight Keep your eyes focused on the Pensacola Beach skies this New Year’s Eve for not just one, but two, free firework displays along the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. At 8 p.m. a dazzling light display, provided by the beach chamber, will take place overlooking the Santa Rosa Sound from the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk.   January 1, New Year’s Day   Polar Bear Plunge  2 p.m.