Calendar of Events
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, Taste of the Beach and Art & Wine Festival. There’s always something going on, so check out our full calendar of events below.
New Year’s Day 2 p.m. Brave the cold and start the New Year with a dip in the Sound.
Parties, parades and activities for kids and adults.
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.
April – October 7 p.m. – 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. Complete Bands & Dates listing
April TBA, 2018 5-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Noon-6 p.m. Sunday Mudbugs invade the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk in April again with the annual Pensacola Beach Crawfish Festival, hosted at Bamboo Willie’s.
May TBA, 2018 Gulfside Pavilion Closed course Jet Ski racing and freestyle competition.
July 4, Sound side 8:30 p.m. Celebrate your independence with fireworks on the soundside of the Island.
July 14, 2018 Red, White & Blues Week! It’s all 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
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 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.
September 8, 2018 Corvette show with vettes of all ages to admire at Casino Beach parking lot.
September 15, 2018 Pensacola Beach’s biggest culinary event happens in September, and you’re invited! The 11th Annual Taste of the Beach will start with a special VIP dinner on Friday night, Sept. 14, and the fun will continue the following day, Sept. 15, 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.
October 3-7, 2018 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
October 21, 2018 A weekend of art and wine on Pensacola Beach Boardwalk
October TBA, 2018 A nationally acclaimed USAT-sanctioned sprint triathlon.
November 11, 2018 A salute to our nation’s veterans
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 1, 2018 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 2 Surfing Santa Beach Parade 2 p.m.
December 31 New Year’s Eve Fireworks 8 p.m. Keep your eyes focused on the Pensacola Beach skies this New Year’s Eve for 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.