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Fall for the Pensacola Bay Area

In the Pensacola Bay Area, fall features fewer crowds, peaceful beaches and crisp blue skies: it’s the best kept secret season. This fall, the area welcomes several new restaurants and attractions as well as a variety of cultural events and anniversaries to celebrate. Fall is also filled with festivals and events that the whole family can enjoy. Take a break from the back-to-school rush, relax and have fun this fall.

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Fall Festivals Feature Art, Music, Food & Wine

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  • Enjoy an evening of arts and culture in a street party atmosphere during Gallery Night Sept. 16.
  • Get a sampling of island flavors from the area’s best chefs at the 4th Annual Taste of the Beach Sept. 17-18.
  • Sample a variety of mouth-watering seafood dishes, enjoy continuous live entertainment, shop at the many arts-and-crafts vendors and watch cooking demonstrations at the 34th Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival Sept. 23-25.
  • Original music comes to the island during the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival Sept. 26-Oct. 2.
  • Enjoy wine tastings and local art as you’re transported by trolley during the 4th Annual Art and Wine Weekend on Pensacola Beach Oct. 1-2.
  • Sample specialty beer, compete in the costume contest and listen to live music at the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest in Perdido Key Oct. 1.
  • This year's DeLuna Fest features an impressive lineup including Linkin Park, Weezer, Mute Math and Big Boi Oct. 13-16.

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10 Signs It's Fall in the Pensacola Bay Area

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  1. Pensacola kicks off its festival season: Seafood Festival, DeLuna Fest, Frank Brown Songwriters Festival…the list goes on
  2. Crowds are cheering for their favorite football teams on big screen TVs at all the bars on Palafox Place
  3. Locals and visitors start to see the graceful monarch butterflies migrating south
  4. WEAR Channel 3 meteorologists report no more temperatures in the 90s (so we hope!)
  5. Hotels and rental properties drop their rates, providing great deals throughout the season
  6. Local restaurants unveil their fall menus with delicious local ingredients
  7. Redfish start biting in Pensacola Bay, off the fishing piers and from charter boats
  8. The Belmont Arts and Cultural Center hosts its Glass Pumpkin Patch featuring 500 hand-blown glass pumpkins 
  9. Rumors of ghost sightings began flying following haunted tours downtown
  10. The Blue Angels come home for their final air show of the year

What's New

paddle boarding in pensacolaThere's always something new going on in the Pensacola Bay Area, so even if you’ve been recently, we can promise you a new experience when you return. For instance, paddleboarding, that new sport that everyone wants to try, is now offered on Perdido Key at Big Lagoon State Park and on Pensacola Beach by Key Sailing and through Margaritaville Beach Hotel. The National Naval Aviation Museum has two new simulators, so you can engage in stunt flying, air-to-air combat and practice landing on an aircraft carrier. For boat lovers, Grand Marlin restaurant has added two docks with 24 slips, and Happy Harbor Bar opened on Perdido Key with two bars, two dining rooms and a deck on Old River. Two venues downtown welcomed new chefs: Nick Farkas joined 600 South and Blake Rushing joined Lee House Bed & Breakfast. And for those who love to shop, Portofino Boardwalk’s latest boutique Envie offers great brands such as Mudpie and Vineyard Vines. For more on our new attractions, click here.

Civil War 150th Anniversary Events

pools on Pensacola Beach and Perdido KeyThe Pensacola Bay Area played a significant role in the Civil War. Visitors can explore massive brick fortresses that once housed Union and Confederate troops and tour antebellum homes and the oldest church in Florida that survived the war. On Oct. 8, the Battle of Santa Rosa Island Commemoration from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fort Pickens Parade Ground includes a presentation from the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and Santa Rosa Strings Student Orchestra followed by a historic presentation. On Nov. 19 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the bombardment of Pensacola Bay, the national park service will offer candlelight tours of historic Fort Pickens from 5 to 7 p.m.