Things To Do Around the Key

Miles of sugar-white beaches, turqouise waters, community events, shopping and more have made Perdido Key a perfect vacation destination. From monthly events to various Perdido Key area attractions, Eden Condominiums is right in the middle of all the fun on the Gulf Coast! With so much to do and see, we've narrowed down some of our favorite things to do in and around Perdido Key here!

 

November Events

November 3-4 | 10th Annual Oyster Cook Off & Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout

Don’t miss a concert by Anderson East at the Craft Beer Festival on Friday, November 3. Admission includes tastings of dozens of beers from breweries like Good People, Abita, Big Beach Brewing, Sierra Nevada and many more. On Saturday, November 4, spend a decadent day at the beach as you taste oysters from dozens of chefs and restaurants, sip on a variety of craft beers, and enjoy a great lineup of music. Sharpen your culinary skills with fun & informative cooking demos from award winning chefs and wash it down with a Bloody Mary or a glass of Champagne. Kids 12 and under get in for free. Tasting tickets will be available for purchase to sample oysters.

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November 2-13 | Foo Foo Festival

Foo Foo Festival (Foo Foo Fest) is a 12-day celebration of culinary, musical, theatrical and creative events, with programming provided by grant recipients, as well as already established events, throughout the city of Pensacola, Fla. marking the city as a must-visit vacation location for the fall season. 

Events include the Pensacola Umbrella Sky Project, Pensacola Buskers Festival, Big Green Egg® Cook-off, CUBED, Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival and the Pensacola Marathon, among other uniquely artful events in the area.  For more information about the 2017 Pensacola Foo Foo Festival, visit FooFooFest.com or find Foo Foo Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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November 3-5 | Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival

The Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival is one of the best-regarded, most popular arts festivals in the United States. The three-day, juried art show draws more than 200 of the nation's best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other artists. The Festival is ranked #30 in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine.

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Great Gulf Coast Art Festival
Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

November 9-19 | Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

The granddaddy of Gulf Coast songwriters festivals with more than 200 Grammy award-winning songwriters and up-and-coming stars heading to the key to perform their original songs and talk about the stories behind the music. Enjoy miles of powder-sand beaches, legendary seafood and, 11 days of unforgettable music on Perdido Key and its’ surrounding areas. Admission: Free at most venues, small cover at others.

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November 10-11| Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

The Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show is the flourish on an exciting air show season featuring the U.S. Navy's elite flight demonstration team. This year features the return of the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs parachute team, Shockwave Jet Truck, and the best military and civilian aircraft performances in the country.

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Blue Angels

Gallery Night

November 17 | Gallery Night Downtown Pensacola

Enjoy the beauty of downtown Pensacola at Gallery night.  Gallery night celebrates Pensacola downtown with arts and craft vendors lining the streets, live entertainment, music and fun from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with an after party from 8 p.m. to midnight!  

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November 23 | Thanksgiving Day Potluck

The potluck will begin at 1pm. Bring a covered dish and get all the turkey and ham your belly can stand. The Flora-Bama helps take the stress out of your holiday cooking. Throw those pans out and get to the line for this wonderful feast. 

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Flora-Bama Thanksgiving Day Potluck

Winterfest Elf Parade

November 24 | Winterfest Elf Parade

The Elf Parade is the grand kickoff to the 2017 holiday season in downtown Pensacola! Join Santa Claus and his reindeer in a walking parade through the streets of downtown. Bring your whole family to take part in this long-running holiday tradition. There will be contests for best dressed elf, best stroller, best elf ears and more.

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November 30-December 3 | 50th Annual Snowball Derby

Five Flags Speedway has evolved into the largest short track stock car race in the USA. Drawing drivers from California to Maine and Canada, in 7 classes of competition on a banked half mile paved oval. Last year's winner was NASCAR Sprint Cup star Chase Elliott.

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50th Annual Snowball Derby

 

 

December Events

December | Winterfest 2017

The moment you enter Plaza Wonderland on Palafox Place, the snow begins to fall. A cup of hot chocolate and the sound of a trolley bell bring back memories of the Polar Express. The conductor calls your name: All aboard for the most wonderful journey you’ll take this Christmas season.

Reindeer games, performance trolley tours (including a Polar Express & Grinch tour), visits with Santa and more! 

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Winterfest Santa Photo Party

December 1-25 | Santa's Photo Party
Downtown Pensacola

Santa Claus is coming to downtown Pensacola! Come visit Santa and his elves at Santa Plaza in front of the Escambia County Government Building. Take part in the reindeer games, enjoy hot chocolate and get your picture taken with Santa!

Visit Santa on weekends from Nov. 17 through Dec. 25:
Fridays 5pm – 9pm
Saturdays 11am – 9pm
Sundays 11am – 8pm

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December 3 | Surfing Santa Beach Parade

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, where kids will be able to meet and greet with Santa until 3 p.m.

 

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Surfing Santa Beach Parade

Christmas on the Coast

[photo: PNJ]

December 8-10 | Pensacola Children's Chorus Presents: Christmas on the Coast

One of Northwest Florida’s most popular events and a family tradition for over 25 years, Christmas on the Coast presents many of our community’s most delightful and engaging performers, ages 8-18.  Chorus members are set to dazzle audiences with a holiday extravaganza featuring the best of seasonal music, dynamic choreography, dazzling costumes and imaginative staging

Christmas on the Coast shimmers and sparkles with the sounds and sights of this beautiful time of year. Purchase your tickets here

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December 9 | Flora-Bama Santa Drop

Join Flora-Bama on Saturday, December 9th from 11am-2pm as they kick-off the Christmas holidays with our annual Santa Drop. You don't need to pay $20 to take a picture with Santa at the mall.. See Santa skydive onto our white sandy beaches! It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still sit on Santa’s lap and ask for whatever you want! Activities, free sweets, hot chocolate, & juice will be available for the kids! But not too worry there are plenty of Bushwackers at the bar for those of age. 

This special day is fun for everyone, especially Santa’s helpers who sing Christmas carols with the children. 

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Santa Drop at Flora-Bama

December 9 | 2017 Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade

Enjoy the beauty of downtown Pensacola at Gallery night.  Gallery night celebrates Pensacola downtown with arts and craft vendors lining the streets, live entertainment, music and fun from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with an after party from 8 p.m. to midnight! 

This months’ gallery night also brings you the First City Lights Festival. Downtown Pensacola will be transformed by the glow of nearly half a million dazzling white lights, when you can explore the unique shops, galleries, parks, museums and nightlife on foot, or by Segway, horse and carriage or pedi-cab.

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Cox Christmas Parade

Palafox Street Holiday Lights

December 15 | Gallery Night Downtown Pensacola

Enjoy the beauty of downtown Pensacola at Gallery night.  Gallery night celebrates Pensacola downtown with arts and craft vendors lining the streets, live entertainment, music and fun from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with an after party from 8 p.m. to midnight! 

This months’ gallery night also brings you the First City Lights Festival. Downtown Pensacola will be transformed by the glow of nearly half a million dazzling white lights, when you can explore the unique shops, galleries, parks, museums and nightlife on foot, or by Segway, horse and carriage or pedi-cab.

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December 25 | Flora-Bama Christmas Potluck

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Christmas is a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate. The Flora-Bama wants you on the line to eat, drink and be merry for its traditional Potluck Dinner. This year the turkey and ham will be prepared and provided by the Flora-Bama Yacht Club!

Beginning at 1pm, patrons are encouraged to bring a covered dish to share, because that’s what Christmas is all about. Live music will be playing all around the bar to add even more Christmas cheer. 

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Flora-Bama Christmas Potluck

Flora-Bama New Year's Eve Bash

December 31 | Flora-Bama New Year's Eve Bash

The Flora-Bama really gets down on New Year’s Eve. Blow it all out before making those pesky resolutions. Live music on all three stages will be rockin’ until the party stops. Food, party favors, and champagne flow all night help bring in the New Year the Flora-Bama way. You won't regret it. New Year's Eve Bash starts at 7pm!

 Tickets (18+): $40
18-20yr will be charged an extra $10 at the door if you bought a $40 ticket in advance.

Ticket Includes: All you can eat buffet from 7pm until 12pm, free breakfast sandwiches out of the gift shop bar starting at 12:30am, free champagne split, party favors, souvenir huggie, live music on all three stages, + surprises all night long!

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Perdido Key Area Attractions

Blue Angels Practice & Autograph Sessions

The world-famous Blue Angels are based at NAS Pensacola, and can be seen practicing over the Museum at NAS Pensacola most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from March to November. Practices typically begin at 11:30AM, and last about 55 minutes. Admission to practice is FREE and open to the public. 

Following most Wednesday practices, members of the Blue Angels meet fans and sign autographs inside the National Naval Aviation Museum. 

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Blue Angels Autograph sessions
Dolphin Cruise

Morning Dolphin Cruise

The Wild Hearts captain and crew are very good at cruising to areas where dolphins are known to play. Spot dolphins in their natural habitat for an experience you will never forget. This enjoyable nature cruise is always a hit with passengers on Wild Hearts.

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Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Experience a once in a lifetime event at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo with a tiger encounter. The Zoo is currently home to two tiger cubs and for a limited time and offering visitors the chance to meet these extraordinary animals. Encounters will be available by reservation only at scheduled times throughout the day. Pricing is $50 + tax Per Person, PLUS the cost of regular zoo admission. Children ages 4-12 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

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Tigers at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

OWA

OWA

With more than 20 amusement park rides, fabulous stores and excellent restaurants, there's excitement at every turn at the Gulf Coast's newest attraction! Get a headstart on your adventure by purchasing your tickets before you get to the park here!

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Big Lagoon State Park

Interested in exploring one of Florida's beautiful parks? Check out Big Lagoon State Park, which offers hiking, camping, bird watching, swimming and much more. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset.

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Big Lagoon State Park
National Naval Aviation Museum

National Naval Aviation Museum

Experience the history of Naval Aviation at the world's largest Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola. The museum is home to more than 150 restored aircrafts representing the Navy, Marine and Coast Guard Aviation. The Museum captures the history and heritage of Naval Aviation with free guided tours, flight simulators and more!

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Hummingbird Zipline at Gulf Adventure Center

Experience a thrill and enjoy spectacular views of the white sandy beaches and emerald green waters of the Alabama Gulf Coast at Gulf Adventure Center. The zipline course takes you as high as 90 feet above the ground as you fly through tree canopies and skim over the freshwater lake at the Gulf State Park.

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Hummingbird Zipline at Gulf Adventure Center

Tanger Outlet Mall

Tanger Outlet Mall

Shop until you drop at Tanger Outlets in Foley, Alabama. With more than two-hundred stores, this outdoor outlet mall has something for everyone! Tanger Outlets is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

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