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, January 1, 2023, 2 p.m. Brave the cold and start the New Year with a dip in the Sound.
February 4, 2023. Pensacola Sports Association presents the Double Bridge run.
February 18, 2023, 9 – 11 a.m. Morgan Park is a tranquil oasis amid the commercial core on Pensacola Beach filled with native flora. This event is the culmination of an overall renovation to revitalize the park.
February 11, 2023, 2 p.m. The twelfth annual Kids and Kritters Parade is set for Saturday, February 19 at 2 p.m. in the Casino Beach parking lot across from Sidelines on Pensacola Beach.
February 19, 2023. The parade rolls at 2 p.m. from Via de Luna and Avenida 10 to the Gulfside Pavilion. The Krewe of Wrecks parade features approximately 50 units, oversized floats with generous riders, marching units and Wrecks royalty.
March 17, 2023. 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 4 – October 24, 2023. Tuesdays at 7 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. Complete Bands & Dates listing
April 21 – 23, 2023. Mudbugs take over the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk for the annual Pensacola Beach Crawfish Festival, hosted by Bamboo Willies.
June 3rd, 2023. Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. A family friendly event of games, crafts and hands-on exhibits to educate and celebrate Sea Turtles. Take the Sea Turtle Friendly Oath, meet a mermaid, and touch a real turtle shell. Event is free to public.
July 4, 2023. Sound side 8:30 p.m. Celebrate your independence with fireworks on the sound side of the Island.
July 5-8, 2023. 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
September 16, 2023. Corvette show with vettes of all ages to admire at Casino Beach parking lot.
September, 2023. Pack up your beach chairs and a blanket, and dig your toes in the sugar-white sand while watching classic family movies on Pensacola Beach this fall. The Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) invites families and kids, young and old, to its newest event – Cinemas in the Sand – movie nights on Pensacola Beach. The movie night is sponsored by Postcard Properties, FL and Postcard Realty, Inc. The SRIA will host Cinemas in the Sand movie nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for three consecutive Friday nights starting September 30 at the Gulfside Pavilion on Casino Beach. Friday, Sept. 30 will feature the Disney/Pixar computer-animated film, “Luca,” on the giant-screen.
October, 2023. This sprint distance triathlon features a flat and fast course: a 600 yard swim along the pristine shores of the Gulf of Mexico, followed by an out-and-back bike course that traverses along the shores of the Pensacola Beach, and, lastly, a 5K run takes you through an idyllic beach neighborhood. Then spend the rest of your afternoon enjoying the beautiful Pensacola Beach.
October, 2023. Held at Park East, this event features a full triathlon experience for children from seven to 15 years old.
October, 2023. Pack up your beach chairs and a blanket, and dig your toes in the sugar-white sand while watching classic family movies on Pensacola Beach this fall. The Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) invites families and kids, young and old, to its newest event – Cinemas in the Sand – movie nights on Pensacola Beach. The movie night is sponsored by Postcard Properties, FL and Postcard Realty, Inc. The SRIA will host Cinemas in the Sand movie nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for three consecutive Friday nights starting September 30 at the Gulfside Pavilion on Casino Beach. Friday, Oct. 7 will feature the 2018 computer-animated monster comedy, “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.” The following Friday, Oct. 14 will feature the 1993 classic Halloween-themed film, “Hocus Pocus,” by Disney Pictures.
October, 2023. Pensacola Beach’s biggest culinary event starts with a VIP dinner on Friday night followed by Saturday’s daylong event filled with cooking demonstrations, challenges and food tastings from more than a dozen beach restaurants.
October, 2023. Bring the family out to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk to enjoy a free night of fun! Bounce houses, games, face painting, candy, food, and more.
November, 2023. A salute to our nation’s veterans.
November, 2023. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon sipping wine and browsing artwork on the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk.
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. This annual holiday event is presented by the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce. For more information, click here.
December 3, 2022, 6:30 p.m. View the Lighted Boat Parade procession, starting from Sabine Marina in Little Sabine Bay to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk on the Santa Rosa Sound. Look for Santa on the lead boat and then join him for meet and greet to follow on the boardwalk by 8 p.m.
December 4, 2022. 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 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, 2021, Midnight Keep your eyes focused on the Pensacola Beach skies this New Year’s Eve for a free firework displays along the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. At midnight a dazzling light display, provided by the beach chamber, will take place overlooking the Santa Rosa Sound from the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk.