Whether you are looking to dance the weekend through, or simply sit back and enjoy the sights, sounds and scenery, there is endless entertainment to be found both daily and nightly throughout Memorial Day weekend. Here are some of the leading area events to add to your party lineup.
PARTIES ON THE MAINLAND
406 E. Wright St.
Thurs., May 23 – Mon., May 27
9 p.m. – 3 a.m. nightly
This Gulf Coast premier gay dance bar is bringing a different theme to each night of the Memorial Day weekend festivities. DJ Jay-R and DJ Dewight Barkley provide alternating music entertainment through the weekend with lights by Shavar. The grand finale is a special Memorial Day edition of “Drink & Drown” Monday night. If you are looking to get a good parking spot or simply a jumpstart on the party, The Other Side Bar, situated just next door to the left, opens at 3 p.m. daily. For more information on the full lineup of nightly events, visit emeraldcitypensacola.com.
101 S. Jefferson St.
Wed., May 22 – Mon., May 27
Times vary nightly
Enjoy nightly fun and entertainment without a cover charge at your neighborhood gay bar. Memorial Weekend at The Cabaret kicks off on Wednesday with Trivia. Back to back performances by the Armorettes of Atlanta serve as the main feature Saturday and Sunday nights beginning at 10 p.m. Along with offering entertainment, this touring drag troupe has raised more than $2 million for HIV/AIDS support groups and services. This weekend’s shows benefit AIDS support group OASIS. For a full lineup of nightly events and times, follow The Cabaret on Facebook.
Vinyl Music Hall
2 S. Palafox
Fri., May 24, 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
You haven’t lived until you’ve seen the Queen of Bounce—Big Freedia—live and in the flesh, or until you’ve bounced right along with her. This New Orleans legend has been credited with popularizing the underground hip hop subgenre and booty shaking dance form that has become widely known as “bounce.” Tickets are $15. Advance tickets are available at vinylmusichall.com
Ladies Day Memorial Weekend
Sat., May 25, 4 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Ladies Day Memorial Weekend 2013 is an event formulated by a group of local promoters, instructors and musicians, with a goal of bringing together the local community for a celebration of music. Although geared toward the lesbian community, the event aims to include and welcome everyone. Tickets are $15. Advance tickets are available at vinylmusichall.com
PARTIES ON THE ISLAND
Located just a little more than a mile to the east of Portofino Island Resort on Pensacola Beach, Park East is your last stop before entering Gulf Islands National Seashore property. It’s a stop you can’t miss—especially this weekend. Park East amenities include a restroom and changing area, plus picnic pavilions and a lifeguard station. Most importantly, Park East acts as a central hub for the weekend, with parties brought to you by Emerald City.
Splash Beach Fest
Fri., May 24 – Sun. May 26
10 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily
Enjoy three uninterrupted days of fun in the sun at Splash Beach Fest. The free event includes plenty of music, bars, vendors, and beyond. Ice is available for purchase so you can keep your beverages nice and cold. An ATM is also accessible on site.
Wave Beach Party
Sat., May 25, 10 p.m. – 4 a.m.
If you aren’t worn out from the sun, you’re in luck, because Saturday night the party doesn’t stop. Instead, it goes all night. Saturday night, producer and DJ Roland Belmares brings an all-night dance party to Park East. Tickets are $50 and available for purchase online at memorialweekendpensacola.com.
For more information on the Park East parties and a list of helpful weekend reminders, hotel information and more, visit memorialweekendpensacola.com.
Sexacola Beach 2013
Capt’n Fun Beach Club 400 Quietwater Beach Road
Thurs., May 23 – Sun. May 26
8 p.m. – 3 a.m. nightly
This weekend, the annual “Sexacola” event returns to Capt’n Fun Beach Club on Quietwater Boardwalk for its fourth year. Nightly events include wet T-shirt contests and cash giveaways. Special features include Thursday night’s kick off foam party, Friday night’s illuminated glow stick dance party (glow stick tip: green means single, red means taken), and a performance by the Ying Yang Twins on Saturday night. For a complete listing of nightly entertainment and ticket information, visit sexacolabeach.com.
Kristy Lee Presents: UnLeashed Music Festival 2013
Flounders Chowder House
800 Quietwater Beach Road
Thurs. – Sun., Schedule subject to change
Ten years ago Alabama country singer Kristy Lee brought her guitar to Pensacola Beach and played an unadvertised show to roughly 800 friends and fans. Now the annual UnLeashed Music Festival brings in more than 8,500 attendees. This year Kristy Lee returns and welcomes Brandi Carlile and the Indigo Girls. Four-day General Admission passes are available for $105 including a service fee. Nightly tickets will be sold at the door based on availability. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit pensacolaunleashed.com.