So, let’s take a look at the rest of 2020. It’s hard to pick just one event from each month, so we won’t even try.
February is for lovers and Pensacola Beach loves Mardi Gras. The Krewe of Wrecks hosts a walking procession for people and pets. The Kids and Kritters Parade is February 15. The Wrecks, who are celebrating their fortieth year, pull out all the stops when they present the Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade, Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m. All the beach’s Mardi Gras events, parties, what to wear and who’s invited can be found at www.PensacolaBeachMardiGras.com.
March brings a ball, a crawl and a brawl. The Independence for the Blind’s Eye Ball is March 14 at the Hilton. The Pensacola Beach Chamber hosts the St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl, always on March 17 and the strong and fit will fill the Casino Beach parking lot at the Pensacola Beach Brawl crossfit contest March 20-22.
Easter on Pensacola Beach dawns with egg hunts on April 11, and Christian church services on the water’s edge, April 12. Then, it heats up with the Pensacola Beach Firefighters Challenge, April 17-18. Open water swimmers take to Santa Rosa Sound in the DeLuna Beach Swim, April 25.
Mom has her day in May. Tens of thousands of visitors flock to the Beach for Memorial Day Weekend festivities. Johnny Chisholm promotes the Memorial Weekend Pensacola and the Christian Surfers host the Family Beach Festival at Casino Beach. Perfect weather to book at trip on the Pensacola Bay Ferry service.
June is the official start of summer with free, seasonal trolleys running daily. It’s also the month for flags, fathers and free concerts every Tuesday night. The Bands on the Beach concert (the series runs from April to October) begins at 7 p.m. at the Gulfside Pavilion. Bring your own beach chair and dance partner.
July is the most anticipated month on the calendar. The Fourth of July picnics and fireworks are a patriotic practice session that leads up to Red, White and Blues Week on Pensacola Beach. The Blue Angels fly circle and arrival maneuvers on July 8 with practice shows on July 9 and 10 followed by the Pensacola Beach Air Show on July 11. No matter how much planning and sunscreen is necessary, it’s worth it.
August send kids back to the classroom and the Sea Turtle Baby Shower to the sandy side of Landshark Landing. The event celebrates the beach’s nesting sea turtles and the hatchlings that emerge from the nests. Part educational and part fun, it gets better every year.
For a weekend that should be without work, the Labor Day Bathtub Races will put you through your paces, September 6 at Bamboo Willie’s. Corvettes roar onto Casino Beach for their annual car show, Sept. 19 and crossfit athletes host a fall contest, Sept. 26-27.
October is well-known for mellow weather and a jam packed festival schedule. Pensacola Beach Songwriters, Santa Rosa Island Triathlon and Sea Turtle Tri for kids fill the first weekend followed by the Beach Chamber’s Taste of the Beach, October 9-10. Mopars and More bring their car show to Casino Beach in October. Beach-o-Ween and Halloween closeout the month.
The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot on Pensacola Beach attracts more runners and costumes each year. Over one thousand 5K runners preceded by a fun run for kids in the sand.
December is holiday time on the island whose first name is Santa. The Beach Chamber gets very merry with a Lighted Boat Parade and Surfing Santa Beach parade, usually held the first weekend in December. The year ends with a pop and a sizzle. Champagne and Fireworks at midnight on New Year’s Eve.