Here are a few of the events we’re looking forward to in 2010. Mark your calendars.
2.26 LYRIC LIBATIONS 5:30-8 p.m. A gala evening of food, wine and entertainment. In addition to a variety of heavy hors d’ oeuvres and fine wines, you’ll also enjoy live entertainment by Holly Shelton, with accompaniment by pianist David Shelander. $25 per person. Dollarhide Music Center, 41 N. Palafox St. 484-1806 or choralsocietyofpensacola.com.
3.13-17 GO IRISH ON THE ISLAND A week filled with live entertainment, drink specials, food, music and special events that culminates in the Annual St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl, which will visit one dozen beach locations and raise money for Hospice. Events include a Leprechaun Hunt for Kids, Lucky Little Lad and Lass Party, Green Bikini Contest, Pour the Proper Pint competition, a reenactment of Tim Finnegan’s Wake and a Catholic Mass. 932-1500 or pensacolabeachholidays.com.
3.17 2ND ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BAY SCAVENGER HUNT The scavenger hunt will start at New York Nick’s, end at Hopjacks, and take you everywhere in between. Participants will need a valid ID and digital camera. Prizes will be given out for top finishers, best team outfit, best team name and best team photo. Registration 5-6 p.m. at New York Nicks. Hunt 6-9 p.m. $30 per three-person team. New York Nicks, 9-11 S. Palafox St. email@example.com.
3.17 ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION AT SEVILLE QUARTER. 11 a.m. The fun starts with an Irish themed lunch with Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, followed by nickel green beer from 4-5 p.m. in Lili Marlene’s. Throughout the day there will be specials on Irish beers and ales and there will be plenty of Irish Whiskey to go around. The fun will continue with an Irish jig contest in the End O’Alley Bar and Sexiest Redhead contest where the audience is the judge. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.
3.17 3RDANNUAL ST. PATTY’S DAY PUB CRAWL ON PERDIDO KEY 5-11 p.m.
The pub crawl will start at The Jellyfish Bar and will stop at the Flora-Bama, The Reef, The Tiki Bar, Hub Stacey’s and end back at The Jellyfish Bar. Additional details to be announced. 332-6532 or jellyfishbar.com.
3.19-20 10TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND AT INTERMISSION. Help the folks at Intermission celebrate 10 years in downtown Pensacola. 433-6208.
3.19-21 BEULAH SAUSAGE FESTIVAL Enjoy some of Nashville’s hottest country music stars, up-and-coming acts, arts and crafts, carnival-style rides and of course, beer and sausage. Escambia County Equestrian Center. 944-3167 or beulahsausagefest.com.
4.10 PENSACOLA WINE FESTIVAL Sample wines from around the world while Pensacola’s top restaurants lead cooking demonstrations. Additional details to be announced. 434-5371 or pensacolawinefestival.com.
4.10-11 27TH ANNUAL JAZZFEST 2010. The two-day festival will feature performances by the UWF Jazz Band, Abraham Baldwin, Loren Pickford and The Kansas City Jazz Conspiracy Six, Russ Kassoff with Dennis Mackrel and Steve Gilmore, Aaron Weinstein and the Howard Alden Duo, Northwest Florida State College Jazz Band, and more. The festival will also feature a “Jazz Jam for Kids” with complimentary kazoos and harmonicas for kids. Jazz Jam is free and will take place Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Seville Square. 433-8382 or jazzpensacola.com.
4.16-18 NINTH ANNUAL CRAWFISH FESTIVAL Visit Bamboo Willies on Portofino Boardwalk for the Ninth Annual Crawfish Festival, with three stages of live music, Kids Zone and Merchants Sidewalk Sale. Over three tons of crawfish will be sold. 400 Quietwater Beach Road, Pensacola Beach. 932-1185 or bamboowillies.com.
4.22-25 SANDESTIN WINE FESTIVAL Four days of unique events include private dinners, auctions of rare and distinctive wines, seminars and wine tastings. Visit sandestinwinefestival.com for detailed ticket information for various events. The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin. (850) 267-8110 or sandestinwinefestival.com.
4.23-25 INTERSTATE MULLET TOSS Perdido Key’s Flora-Bama Lounge on the Florida-Alabama state line hosts this wacky annual mullet-tossing tournament. Enjoy live music, food and drinks. 492-0611 or florabama.com.
4.30-5.2 CRAWFISH CREOLE FIESTA The annual festival celebrates the Cajun influence in the community with one of the largest crawfish boils in Florida and brings a little of the Louisiana bayou to Pensacola. Patrons enjoy great music straight from the bayous of Louisiana. Bartram Park. 433-6512 or fiestaoffiveflags.org.
5.29 4TH ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY PARTY 1 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Help The Jellyfish Bar celebrate four years of business. Call for details. 13700 Perdido Key Drive. 332-6532 or jellyfishbar.com.
(Date TBA) INDEPENDENT NEWS 11TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY. Help us celebrate another year of keeping Pensacola on its toes. Additional details to be announced. 438-8115 or inweekly.net.
8.6-8 BUSHWACKER FESTIVAL The festival is centered around Pensacola Beach’s favorite adult beverage–the milk-chocolatey bushwacker. Quietwater Boardwalk. 932-1500.
9.3-5 JAMAICAN FEST The annual festival will feature live music, The Kids Zone, sidewalk sale and the “Anything that Floats” race in Santa Rosa Sound. Portofino Boardwalk. 932-1500 or visitpensacolabeach.com.
9.10 EMERALD COAST BEER FESTIVAL 6 p.m. Distributors and brewers will be pouring samples of beers inside and outside Seville Quarter. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions about home brewing, micro breweries and the art of craft-brewed beers and ales. Advance tickets are $20, $30 at the door. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St., 434-6211 or emeraldcoastbeerfest.com.
9.18-19 TASTE OF THE BEACH Signature dishes from island chefs are showcased at vendor booths from various beach restaurants. Enjoy live entertainment while dining with a view of the Gulf of Mexico. 932-1500 or visitpensacolabeach.com.
9.24-26 33RD ANNUAL SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Sample a variety of seafood dishes, enjoy continuous live entertainment and shop at the many arts and crafts vendors. Free. Seville Square. 433-6512 or fiestaoffiveflags.org.
9.27-10.5 SONGWRITERS FEST Come hear the many stories that inspired the songs you love. Nashville’s songwriters will play on the white sands of Pensacola Beach at Paradise Bar & Grill, the Sandshaker, Sabine Sand Bar, Lillo’s and Portofino Boardwalk. 341-0889 or pensacolabeachsongwritersfestival.com.
10.2-3 ART & WINE WEEKEND The weekend will feature wine tastings, art demonstrations, music and displays. Free transportation provided on island. 932-1500 or visitpensacolabeach.com.
10.23 BAYTOWNE WHARF BEER FEST AT SANDESTIN The 3rd Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest will feature a craft beer tent, live entertainment and a retail tent. The main event on Saturday will feature more than 100 domestic and international craft beers available for sampling. Brewery representatives will be available to teach you about the different types of lagers and ales. Tickets are $20, $25 after Oct. 16. (850) 267-8117 or baytownewharfbeerfestival.com.
10.23 OKTOBER FEST 4-10 p.m. Celebrate German heritage and enjoy authentic German music, dancing, food and, most importantly, beer. The festival will feature great German and international beers plus international cuisine, an art walk and music. The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach, Ala. (251) 404-1213 or thewharfal.com.
10.30 GERMAN SAUSAGE FESTIVAL 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy German sausage and sauerkraut, entertainment for adults and children, and 250 arts and crafts booths. Additional food will include German-style filled cabbage, potato salad, goulash, red beans and rice, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn and peanuts. The Bellview Stumpfiddle Band will perform with the North End Stompers. Entertainment will also include cloggers, carnival rides, polka, and country and German music. Free. Elberta City Park. sausagefest.elbertafire.com.
(Date TBA) PERDIDO KEY MARTINI FESTIVAL Enjoy live music, local artists, food and liquors available from the largest names like Grey Goose, Three Olives, Stoli, 42 Below and Bacardi while raising money for local charities. Additional details to be announced. 332-6532 or perdidokeymartinifestival.com.
11.12-14 GREEK FESTIVAL Enjoy traditional Greek dances, gifts, entertainment and traditional dishes like baklava, gyros and spanakopeta. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 433-2662 or annunciationgoc.org.