Located in the northwest region of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico, the Pensacola Bay Area is home to award-winning sugar-white beaches, the Blue Angels and an event calendar brimming with festivals, sporting events, the arts and seasonal celebrations.
Visit Pensacola looks forward to welcoming more than 3 million visitors who arrive year-round to experience the following major events that are uniquely Pensacola.
Pensacola International Billfish Tournament
One of the largest billfish tournaments in the country, the Pensacola International Billfish competition attracts local, regional and national anglers to Pensacola for the chance to win bragging rights and cash prizes. Curious spectators gather at the docks of Downtown Pensacola all weekend long to watch the teams arrive for the weigh-in.
Sertoma’s Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks
The Fourth of July holiday is well-celebrated in Pensacola with packed crowds downtown at the annual Sertoma Celebration. Take the whole family downtown to celebrate the Fourth of July with a day full of games, arts and crafts vendors, hot-dog eating contests, live entertainment and music followed by a dazzling nighttime fireworks display over Pensacola Bay. Deemed the largest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast, the pyrotechnics show is synchronized to music broadcast over the radio.
Red, White and Blues Pensacola Beach Airshow
The week begins with a bang on the Fourth of July with a dazzling fireworks display over the Pensacola Beach sound. A few days later, the Blues take over the skyline. The Blue Angels Pensacola Beach Air Show is one of the most popular on their schedule, bringing thousands to the beach to watch the Navy’s prestigious flight demonstration squadron show off their skills and aeronautic acrobatics.
Gulf Coast Summer Fest
Get ready for 12-plus hours of non-stop music at the 2015 Gulf Coast Summer Fest. This year the annual all-day music party moves indoors to the Pensacola Bay Center. Summer Fest celebrates R&B, Jazz, and Southern Soul Blues music and brings in artists from all over the country. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s artists.
Taste of the Beach
One of the area’s favorite culinary events, the 2015 Taste of the Beach festival will feature New Orleans Chef John Besh as this year’s celebrity chef, a VIP party, cooking demonstrations and food samplings from Pensacola’s finest chefs who showcase their favorite coastal cuisine.
Perdido Key Pirate Festival
The 3rd annual Perdido Key Pirate Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, International Talk Like A Pirate Day! The family-friendly event features fun activities for all ages. It has shopping vendors, treasure hunts, pirate music and dancing, prizes, and delicious food. The event will be held at Big Lagoon State Park, located off Gulf Beach Highway in Perdido Key, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For a complete list of 2015 events in the Pensacola Bay area, including upcoming performances, art exhibits, festivals and sporting events, visit http://www.visitpensacola.com.