Get ready for 11 big days of fun and excitement at the annual Pensacola Interstate Fair! Opening on Thursday, October 17th and running through Sunday, October 27th, you’ll find rides, activities, and entertainment for the whole family. Hours of operation vary each day with rides and exhibits typically opening at 4:00 pm on week days and 11:00 am on weekends. General admission tickets are $12 for ages 12 and up, $6 for children 4 through 11 and free for kids 3 and under or you can get half price admission tickets online at PensacolaFair.com through October 18th. Ride tickets can be purchased at ticket booths or you can buy wristbands for unlimited rides for $20 Monday through Thursday and $25 Friday through Sunday. You can get $5 off wristband prices if you purchase them online and there are daily specials for seniors, Cox customers and other great daily deals.[Read more…]
What is Oktoberfest?
It all began with a wedding. On 12 October 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates and celebrate the happy event. Due to the popularity of the included horse races, the event was repeated in subsequent years giving rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest. In the first few decades, the choices of amusements were sparse, but visitors were able to quench their thirst at small beer stands, which grew rapidly in number. In 1896 the beer stands were replaced by the first beer tents and halls set up by the enterprising landlords with the backing of the breweries. Oktoberfest continues to this day, and traditionally starts in the third weekend in September and ends the first Sunday of October.
The celebration of Oktoberfest in Pensacola has grown in popularity recently, in no small part due to the rise of craft breweries in the area. With many breweries hosting events, each with their own unique spin, there are now many Oktoberfest celebrations out there to be enjoyed. So, grab a stein and a giant pretzel and celebrate the wedding of Ludwig and Therese right here in Pensacola!
Sep 21 ~ Perfect Plain Brewing Company – 10:00 am – Midnight
Sep 29 ~ Spahr Brewing Company – Noon – 10:00 pm
Oct 5 ~ Ye Olde Brothers Brewery (Navarre) – 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Oct 5 ~ Gary’s Brewery & Biergarten – 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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If you’ve got kids to entertain this summer then you should definitely check out the Kids Bowl Free program! All you have to do is register your child at the Kids Bowl Free website then locate a participating bowling center in your area and your kids can get two free bowling games every day this summer. You have to rent or provide your own bowling shoes, but this offer is valued at over $500 per child and is a great way to provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.
The Downtown Improvement Board is giving $1,000 in Downtown Pensacola gift certificates to one lucky local shopper in a new holiday contest that launches Nov. 23. To enter, participants submit copies of their receipts from downtown merchants dated between Nov. 23 and Dec. 16. Contest entry form and complete rules are online at downtownpensacola.com/alliwant.
Get ready for 11 big days of fun and excitement at the annual Pensacola Interstate Fair! Opening on Thursday, October 18th and running through Sunday, October 28th, you’ll find rides, activities, and entertainment for the whole family. Hours of operation vary each day with rides and exhibits typically opening at 4:00 pm on week days and 11:00 am on weekends. General admission tickets are $12 for ages 12 and up, $6 for children 4 through 11 and free for kids 3 and under or you can get half price admission tickets at local Walgreens stores and online while they last. Ride tickets can be purchased at ticket booths or you can buy wristbands for unlimited rides for $20 Monday through Thursday and $25 Friday through Sunday. You can get $5 off wristband prices if you purchase them at Walgreens and there are daily specials for seniors, Cox customers and other great daily deals.
All entertainment is free with the purchase of an admission ticket and seating is first come, first served so arrive early to get the best seats. There’s a great lineup of entertainers this year for you to come out and enjoy:
Cat Country 98.7 “Big Lip Sync Final Battle – Thursday, October 18, 7:00 pm
Sugar Ray – Friday, October 19, 7:30 pm
High Valley – Saturday, October 20, 7:30 pm
Pensacon Day – Monday, October 22, 4:30-6:00 pm & 7:00-8:30 pm
Moccasin Creek – Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 pm
Dusty Sanderson – Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 pm
The Definitive ELVIS Tribute: Thane Dunn – Thursday, October 25, 3:30 & 7:30 pm
White Tie Rock Ensemble Presents a Tribute to Led Zeppelin – Friday, October 26, 7:30 pm
Craig Campbell – Saturday, October 27, 7:30 pm
There is a terrific free AG-Venture “hands-on” educational program designed to teach young people the importance of agriculture and where the food comes from, you’ll find lots of great exhibits and of course tons of yummy fair food at the Pensacola Interstate Fair!
Escambia County schools will be back in session starting Monday, August 13th and Florida shoppers once again will have a three-day “tax-free holiday” weekend in anticipation of the new school year.
Nestled on a private street in Milestone off Nine Mile Road near Pine Forest, you’ll find the Milestone Aquatic Club Indoor Pool & Fitness Center located at 35 New Market Street in Cantonment. This adorable storefront facade building houses a nice lobby area, event room and huge enclosed public swimming pool.
Whether you’re from Pensacola, have fond memories of visiting the area, or just can’t wait to come see our sandy white beaches and experience the laid back local lifestyle, you’re sure to find some fabulous Pensacola themed gifts in the gift guide below. Need a fabulous gift idea for a boss, co-worker, friend or loved one? These classic Pensacola and Pensacola Beach themed items are sure to be a hit!