10 Popular Festivals In Pensacola, Florida

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Set on the western edge of Florida, Pensacola is a breathtaking coastal city close to Alabama. It showcases majestic landscapes that are ideal for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Imagine swimming in refreshing waters all day long, basking in the warmth of the Florida sun, building marvelous sandcastles with your beloved ones, and marveling at the picturesque views to your hearts’ content. These are life’s simple joys that you’ll get to indulge in Pensacola. You’ll also get to enjoy staying in wonderful campsites or Airbnb vacation rentals. If you are a social butterfly, you will not be disappointed as the city has a fair share of delightful festivals that welcomes locals and tourists alike. For your guidance, here is a list of popular festivals in Pensacola, Florida.

1. Pensacola Greek Festival [Last event in 2019]

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Discover the Greek heritage of Pensacola and witness this fascinating European culture at Pensacola Greek Festival. Every year, Pensacola hosts this festival in October. Spearheaded by Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, and conducted in 1720 W. Garden Street, the event has been recurring since 1959. It is a three-day affair featuring various things to do, including dancing and singing. There are lovely music and delicious Greek food and drinks as well.

Pensacola Greek Festival

Address: 1720 W Garden St, Pensacola, FL 32502, United States

Website: Pensacola Greek Festival

Takes place: October

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2. Festa Italiana

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Started not long ago, Festa Italiana is a captivating event that offers guests a glimpse of the interesting culture of the Italians. It is a two-day event that highlights everything about the stunning European country. Lots of delicious food and bottles of premium wine are served to the attendees of the event. Additionally, there are live musical presentations and spoken poetry during Festa Italiana. Also, a well-curated program is prepared to bring joy to families. Expect friendly competitions with delightful prizes.

Festa Italiana

Address: St. Joseph’s 140 W Government St, Pensacola, FL 32502-5703, United States

Website: Festa Italiana

Takes place: October

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3. Dane Oktoberfest

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Another fantastic event that you should not miss out while in Pensacola in October is Dane Oktoberfest. In 2020, this festival will be in its 18th year already. An event that is hosted by Lake Melvin Yacht Club, Dane Oktoberfest or DaneToberfest welcomes everyone for a wonderful time of music, food, and friendly contests. It is a delightful event for the whole family, couples, and even groups of friends. Plus, Dane Oktoberfest supports the local neighborhoods.

Dane Oktoberfest

Address: 301 South Alcaniz St, Pensacola, FL 32502

Website: Dane-tober Fest

Takes place: October

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4. Pensacola Crawfish Festival

Nothing is ever as exciting as going on a culinary adventure while on vacation. Never mind the vacation calories as long as you get to fill your tummy with mouthwatering eats that will surely satisfy not only your cravings but also your heart. If you visit Pensacola in April, you will be able to experience the fun-filled Pensacola Crawfish Festival. It is a celebration that involves a lot of seafood [up 16,000 pounds (7253 kg) of them] and premium drinks. Aside from crawfish, crabs, shrimps, there are also chicken tenders, blooming onions, desserts, red beans, rice, and more. Surely, you have to be prepared for a heavy dining experience.

Pensacola Crawfish Festival

Address: 301 W Main St, Pensacola, FL 32502, United States

Takes place: April to May

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5. Pensacola Interstate Fair

Visiting Pensacola with your family in October? If so, be sure to check out the Pensacola Interstate Fair. It is a wonderful event that will surely have your kids overwhelmed with joy. Held in the Bellview Fairground, a stunning amusement park serves as the perfect setting that will make the kids and their guardians feel delighted. There will be exciting rides, such as a towering Ferris Wheel, bump cars, a merry-go-round, and a lot more. Also, shows and friendly contests will entertain all the guests at the festival. Prepare yourself for a lip sync battle! Food and drinks will be plenty at Pensacola Interstate Fair.

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Address: 6655 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32526, United States

Website: Pensacola Interstate Fair

Takes place: October

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6. Foo Foo Festival

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A fabulous event that takes place every fall season of the year, Foo Foo Festival is a charming celebration that stretches up to 12 fun-filled days. It is packed with lots of exciting attractions and events that will make your experience a memorable one. Expect art exhibits and trade fairs, and delightful live performances that represent various genres of music, from jazz, acoustic, and others. A stomp fest is also one of the highlights of this 12-day event. Check out their website for the list of activities that you might be interested to sign up for.

Foo Foo Festival

Address: 6120 Enterprise Dr, Pensacola, FL 32505, United States

Website: Foo Foo Festival

Takes place: November

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7. Back on the Blocks Festival [Last event in 2019]

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A festival that highlights music and arts, Back on the Blocks Festival is an annual event that is attended by thousands of people each year. It happens in Blocks of Historic Belmont DeVilliers, hence, the name. Lots of arts and crafts are exhibited in the area, and attendees can even score some quality products from local artists. Aside from that, guests will be entertained by local bands that provide delightful music to the occasion. Food and drinks are provided by many vendors in the area.

Back on the Blocks Festival

Address: 321 N De Villiers St (8,792.84 mi), Pensacola, Florida 32501

Website: Back on the Blocks Festival

Takes place: November

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8. Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival

Another exciting festival that will surely entice skilled artists, as well as budding talents and regular tourists with a deep appreciation for art, Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is an unmissable event that happens in Pensacola in November. It is a three-day artfest that features exhibits from various artists. Additionally, an art show happens in downtown Pensacola. Plus, what’s a celebration without entertainment, music, and food, right? Don’t worry because the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival has those covered.

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival

Address: 311 E Government St, Pensacola, FL 32502, United States

Website: Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival

Takes place: November

Price: Free entry

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9. Pensacola Egg Fest

How do you like your eggs done in the morning? Well, it doesn’t actually matter. What’s important is, if you love to eat eggs, or even make it for your loved ones, regardless of what preparation, scrambled, sunny-side-up, garnished, or boiled, you will surely be thrilled to know that Pensacola holds an interesting Pensacola Egg Fest. Taking place at Wahoos Stadium, this festival will take you to an unforgettable culinary escapade. Don’t worry about eating eggs all-day-long as Pensacola Egg Fest also serves other dishes, such as barbecue specialties, briskets, and lots of desserts.

Pensacola Egg Fest

Address: 351 W Cedar St, Pensacola, FL 32502, United States

Website: Pensacola Egg Fest

Takes place: November

Price: 25 USD

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10. Oktoberfest Pensacola

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Are you a big fan of Oktoberfest, and you always see to it that you attend each Oktoberfest in your hometown? If you happen to be in Pensacola in October, brace yourself as the city also hosts a wonderful Oktoberfest. Their version of it is closely identical to other cities and countries. Premium beers and delicious German food are served as guests enjoy quality music that will make them sing their hearts out and dance till their feet hurt. This taproom celebration takes place in 50 East Garden Street and is organized by Perfect Plain Brewing Co.

Oktoberfest Pensacola

Address: Perfect Plain Brewing Co., 50 E. Garden St., Pensacola, Florida 32502

Website: Oktoberfest Pensacola

Takes place: Usually held in October

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Make the most of your vacation in Pensacola

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Pensacola is a breathtaking island city that is an ultimate hideaway destination for tourists who want a quick escape from the concrete jungle. Families can book accommodations in upscale resorts in the city and enjoy curated amenities for them or they can experience the fun in amusement parks and family-friendly festivals. They can also discover great finds in flea markets. On a different note, tourists who wander in the city alone or those who are with their friends or romantic partner can make the most of their vacation by attending the most popular social gatherings in the city.

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