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Saturday, April 20

So, you’re ready to commit to Stay Local this Saturday but you aren’t sure exactly where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.  In additional Record Store Day and local shopping in general, here are some festivals, events and activities you can plan your day around.

Palafox Market
Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox St.
8 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Palafox Market is the ultimate in stay local shopping, as vendors must grow or produce what they sell within a 100-mile radius of the market. Art, clothing, beauty products, jewelry, plants, even books by local authors are sold alongside produce, baked goods, coffee, and some of the tastiest kettle corn in town. Located under the shade trees of MLK Jr. Plaza, the market is a great place to meet dozens of local farmers, artisans, and neighbors.

T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum
330 S. Jefferson St.
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Wentworth Museum, formerly Pensacola’s City Hall, has three floors of historic artifacts to explore. The museum’s focus is local and state history, told through both rotating and permanent exhibits. Admission to the museum is free.

For more local history enlightenment, you can also visit the nearby Historic Pensacola Village and Pensacola Children’s Museum, all of which are under the management of West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc., in affiliation with the University of West Florida.

Earth Day Pensacola 2013
Bayview Park, 2000 E. Lloyd St.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pensacola’s Earth Day festival in Bayview Park will offer another chance to enjoy the great outdoors and a scenic Pensacola view. Live music and presentations will alternate from the stage throughout the day, while a sustainable art show, children’s activities and numerous vendors will be set up on the grounds. Admission is free.
Michael O’Donovan’s Tiny House, a model for living sustainably in 200 square feet will also be on display—solar panels, composting toilet, bamboo flooring, and all. It’s like a green Ikea showroom right in our backyard.

Emerald Coast Tours
701 S. Palafox St.
Saturday Tours, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
To see Pensacola from a different angle, try one of Emerald Coast Tour’s Historic Pensacola Segway Tours, which depart at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ECT also conducts Walking Pub Tours on Saturday nights, which begin at 6:30 p.m.

Bike tours are by appointment only, but if you’d prefer to explore by bike on your own, bike rentals are only $10 a day or $25 if you prefer to keep the bicycle overnight. Price includes helmets and locks so you can ride safely and securely.

Estevanico 
International Festival
Plaza de Luna, 900 S. Palafox St.
Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Celebrating the Gulf Coast’s multi-cultural history, the Estevanico International Festival will take place at the end of Palafox wharf, overlooking Pensacola Bay. Named for the first African to arrive in North America, the festival features children’s activities, cultural attractions and presentations, and a number of vendors celebrating the region’s rich cultural heritage.
Musical performances by jazz, gospel, blues and Native-American flute artists will provide entertainment during the two-day event, which also runs Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Jazz in Black and White—Jazz Photography of Duncan Schiedt
Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St.
12-5 p.m.
Saturday marks the final day to view “Jazz in Black and White,” a collection of photos from the over 70-year career of photographer Duncan Schiedt. Schiedt has documented some of jazz’s most seminal figures, including Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis among many others. On display at PMA is a hand-selected grouping of his personal favorites, which he regards as “his number one set.”

Co-sponsored by PMA and the Jazz Society of Pensacola (JSOP), the exhibit is part of a series of programs for the ‘Viva Pensacola Jazz!’ celebration, marking the 30th anniversary of the Pensacola JazzFest.  Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and active duty military with ID, and free for members and children under 5 years of age.

Pensacola Bay Brewery Tour
225 E. Zaragoza St.
3:30 p.m.
Stay Local Saturday would be the perfect time to join Brewmaster Mark Robertson on a weekly behind-the-scenes tour of Pensacola’s own microbrewery, if you haven’t done so already. Tours are $5 and include a free pint of the brewery’s award-winning beer for those 21 and over.

An Evening Under the Stars-Free Stargazing Event
Gulfside Pavilion, Pensacola Beach (near the Beach Ball Water Tower), Dusk
Held monthly on the weekend of the first quarter moon, the Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association will set up telescopes and binoculars for their stargazing event just before sunset, clear skies permitting. The event is free, and what better place to view the stars above Pensacola than from our world-famous beach?

CLUSTERFEST
The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St.
7 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
For those who prefer a nighttime indie rock festival, Pensacola has you covered this Saturday. Nine bands, some of them local, some from as far as Mexico City, will each play 30-minute sets at The Handlebar, one of the city’s most beloved dive bars/music venues. Tickets are only $8 in advance.

Sluggo’s Anniversary Party
101 S. Jefferson St.
9:30 p.m.
Come in for potstickers. Stick around for the show. Sluggo’s celebrates their third anniversary at their downtown Jefferson Street location with local music and more. Local acts of the evening include Cookies and Cake (these Pensacola ladies promise to make your booty shake), Paul the P-Funk Fresh, Katskullkollector and No Code. Just three dollars gets you in the door and drink specials will keep you going throughout the evening. {in}