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    Things to do in Pensacola: Grand Fiesta Parade; Memorial Day Concert; Boat Parade

    By Pensacola News Journal/USA TODAY NETWORK,

    18 days ago

    Seven days out is your guide to entertainment events, concerts, festivals and activities in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.


    Pensacola Memorial Day Concert

    1 p.m. Monday, May 27. Hunter Amphitheater, Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St. The Memorial Day concert is an annual concert performed by the Pensacola Civic Band that honors our country’s veterans, service men and women as well as military families. This concert reflects and honors the bravery and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for our nation. The Pensacola Civic Band, along with the 151st Army Band, will perform songs in tribute to the United States of America, the true heroes who have defended our freedom, and the service men and women who continue that pledge today. Free. More info:

    Monday Night Blues

    7 p.m. Monday, May 27. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Seville Quarter and the Blues Society of Northwest Florida are bringing the “blues” back to the Seville Quarter Entertainment District. The event features live blues music and "BBQ and Bud" food and drink specials. More info: 850-434-6211 or

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    Bands on the Beach

    7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28. Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach, Pensacola Beach. Bands on the Beach is Pensacola Beach's popular outdoor summer concert series with performers for every musical taste. Featuring a lineup of regional artists, the series delivers an eclectic musical experience throughout the entire summer. This week features Disco Kiss. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free. More info: 850-932-2257 or


    Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon Fiesta Days Celebration

    7:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Be sure to join the Surrender of the City in Phineas Phoggs at Seville Quarter as local dignitaries such as the mayor, fire chief, supervisor of elections, Escambia County sheriff and Pensacola Naval Air Station’s commanding officer surrender the city of Pensacola and its citizens to DeLuna and his queen for the Fiesta season. More info:


    Bands on the Blackwater Fall Concert Series

    7 p.m. Friday, May 31. Jernigan’s Landing, 5154 Willing St., Milton. Come by boat or bring a lawn chair and join friends and neighbors for the best live music on the Gulf Coast at the award winning, family-friendly Bands on the Blackwater concerts. The series offers a variety of music. This week features Crosstown Band. Free. More info: 850-983-5400 or

    Fried Green Friday

    7 p.m. Friday, May 31. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. The Panhandle Pirates will perform live in concert with Cremro Smith, Sounds by Dusty Deluna, and more. $10 in advance and at the door. More info:

    Grand Fiesta Parade

    7 p.m. Friday, May 31. Downtown Pensacola. Come catch some beads, hear the sounds of local high school marching bands, and enjoy watching beautiful floats parade through downtown. Bring the entire family to one of Pensacola’s favorite Fiesta events. In addition to the dozens of local krewes parading, special appearances will be made by a masked DeLuna, his queen and their court. Presented by Centennial Imports. More info:

    Nirvanna - Tribute to Nirvana & The Linkin Park Tribute

    7 p.m., doors; 8 p.m., show; Friday, May 31. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox St. For the last seven years Nirvanna - Tribute to Nirvana, has been touring the U.S. and the globe with their theatrical replication of a real 1991 Nirvana live show. The show is performed in exact fashion. The act delivers the hits and favorite B-sides that will have attendees screaming along to Nirvana songs all night long. So come as you are, get out that dusty flannel and Doc Marten boots, catch the grunge vibe and prepare to feel the nostalgia and undeniable energy of reliving Nirvana grunge. $15. For all ages. More info and ticket purchase:

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    Fiesta Boat Parade

    Saturday, June 1. Pensacola Bay. Join Fiesta as DeLuna's court, crew and parade of vessels set sail on the beautiful Pensacola Bay. To watch the cruise from land, the best views will be from Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center or Plaza de Luna in downtown Pensacola. More info:

    Amazing Kids Day

    9 a.m. Saturday, June 1. Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd. WSRE PBS is hosting the second annual Amazing Kids Day for families affected by autism. This is a free, sensory-friendly event for children with special needs to explore fun, educational activities. At the same time, parents and caregivers can learn about some of the local family resources available to them. The following organizations have signed up to take part with educational resources and fun activities designed for kids with autism: The Arc Gateway, Autism Pensacola, Be the Miracle, Western Panhandle Early Steps, Epilepsy Alliance Florida, Escambia Westgate School, Florida Advanced Technological Education, Life Horse and Pensacola Opera. Free. More info:

    Movies in the Park

    6 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to spread out on the lawn to watch a family-friendly movie under the stars. Concessions from local food truck vendors will be available for purchase, and outside food is also welcome. Pets and glass bottles are prohibited at the event. This week’s movie is The Marvels. Free. More info:

    Margie Shortt Dance Studio: Once Upon A Time

    7 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox St. Margie Shortt Dance Studio provides students with an exciting performance experience through its final production in their annual showcase of the dance school. The production offers students a professionally directed performance that allows them to present to their families and friends the results of a year’s hard work, dedication, and progress. A big part of the dance training process includes learning through performance. This experience helps build self-esteem, self-assurance, and contributes to a sense of confidence. Tickets start at $21. More info: 850-595-3880 or


    Five Flags Dance Academy: Heroes and Villains

    2 p.m. Sunday, June 2. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox St. Five Flags Dance Academy, the 2017 Best of the Bay winner for Best Dance Studio, is hosting their recital. Tickets start at $29. More info: 850-595-3880 or

    Blues on the Bay

    6 p.m. Sunday, June 2. Community Maritime Park Hunter Amphitheater, 301 W. Main St. This free concert series is one of the most popular events for locals and visitors to spend the final hours of their weekend enjoying great music with family and friends in a great atmosphere. Concert spectators are invited to bring coolers and lawn chairs. Guests of all ages are encouraged to enjoy the cool breeze of the bay while listening and dancing to some of the region's best musical talent. This week features Goldmine. More info: 850-436-5670.

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