6 Spring Events You Don’t Want to Miss March 11 2016

By Searcy Sledge

1. Pensacola Crawfish Festival  

Pensacola Crawfish Festival

For the 32nd year, the Pensacola Crawfish Festival will once again bring the flare of cajun cuisine to downtown Pensacola. The Pensacola Crawfish Festival serves more than 16,000 pounds of crawfish, making it one of the largest crawfish festivals in the southeast. If you plan on enjoying this festival, here’s what you need to know: 

When: April 29 - May 1
Where: William Bartram Memorial Park
Cost: Free admission

2. 33rd Annual Pensacola JazzFest

Pensacola JazzFest

Historic Seville Square will be filled with the brassy sounds of trumpets, trombones and saxophones once more as Jazz Pensacola hosts their annual Pensacola JazzFest. This three-day festival is one of the most popular spring events attracting guests from all over the surrounding area. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and be ready to have a great time! 

When: April 1 - 3
Where: Seville Square
Cost: Free admission 


3. Blue Angels Practice 

Blue Angels

Celebrating 70 years, the Blue Angels will be continuing their weekly practices at their home base of NAS Pensacola. Spectators will enjoy watching these historic pilots perform extraordinary aerobatic flight maneuvers. After the show, stop by the Naval Aviation Museum and explore more than 350,000 square feet of aviation history. Practices are held weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

When: First practice is March 23 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: NAS Pensacola
Cost: Free admission


4. Blue Wahoos Season Opener

Blue Wahoos Stadium

Like their fish counterparts, the Blue Wahoos are known for their explosive plays and bright blue coloring. The Blue Wahoos have called Pensacola home for the last three years at their bayfront stadium that was recently recognized by Stadium Journey Magazine as the No. 11 best sports venue in the nation. If you want to cheer on the Wahoos, make sure to bring your glove and ball cap. 

When: April 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park Stadium
Cost: Prices vary. Tickets are on sale now!


5. Interstate Mullet Toss 

Mullet Toss

As one of the most legendary beach parties of all time, the Mullet Toss brings two states together for a competition like no other. Each competitor will face the ultimate challenge, tossing a mullet from Florida into Alabama. Whether you’re tossing mullets or tossing backs oysters at Flora-Bama, you are sure to have a good time! Learn how to toss a mullet and more about the greatest gulf coast beach party at florabama.com

When: April 22 - 24
Where: Flora-Bama
Cost: $15 to compete in the Mullet Toss + cover


6. Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival 

Hot Air Balloons

With more than 30 hot air balloons, the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Foley, Alabama. Each night, the hot air balloons will take flight and light up the night while guests can enjoy local artists and bands. Along with daily competitions, the balloons will be offering rides for adults and kids of all ages.

When: May 6 - 7
Where: 18507 US Highway 98, Foley, Alabama 36535
Cost: $5 for admission