If you’re mainly staycationing this year, have no worries about keeping entertained. Every Friday through Sunday this summer there is at least one thing to do daily for those who are Pensacola-bound. Below is a guide for local signature summer events as well as a few new—and maybe unusual—experiences taking place in Pensacola from July 5 through Sept. 2.
BLUE WAHOOS BASEBALL The Pensacola Blue Wahoos play the Jackson Generals in game two of a 5-game home stand. In case you didn’t get your fill of fireworks on the Fourth of July, check out Saturday’s game starting at 6:30 p.m. It’s one of four remaining Saturday games (which all have fireworks after) and 28 overall regular season home games. Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, 7 p.m. 351 W. Cedar St., 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com
FIRECRACKER 5K To bounce back from any Independence Day over-indulging, take a walk (or run) during the 2013 Ronald McDonald House Firecraker 5K. Online registration ends July 4, but race day registration and packet pickup is available from 6-7 a.m. at Seville Quarter, inside Phineas Phoggs. Race begins at 7:30 a.m. For additional information, contact Running Wild, 435-9222 or visit werunwild.com/events/event/firecracker-5k
MAD VIOLINIST…and The Symphony Crack Orchestra bring the frenzy once again to Vinyl Music Hall. For only $7 a ticket, it’s practically a steal. Mad Love and Fusebox Funk open for the Mad Violinist, a.k.a. Ashanti Floyd, who has recorded with Lupe Fiasco, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne among others. 2 S. Palafox St. 8 p.m., or vinylmusichall.com
BREAKFAST AT WIMBLEDON BRUNCH Fans of tennis and/or English breakfasts will enjoy Seville Quarter’s Breakfast at Wimbledon brunch and viewing party, which starts at 8 a.m. The Wimbledon Men’s Finals will be shown while breakfast (and Pimm’s Cups) are served in Apple Annie’s. 130 E. Government St., 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com/events/breakfast-wimbledon
PENSACOLA ROLLER DERBY For a more recently conceived sports experience travel to Dreamland Skate Center to see the Pensacola Roller Gurlz—the hometown roller derby team—versus the Dixie Derby Girls. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. 2607 E. Olive Road, 6:30 p.m. 478-3994 or pensacolarollergurlz.com.
PENSACOLA BEACH AIR SHOW The airshow goes on sans Blue Angels on Friday and Saturday. Pensacola Beach, 1-3 p.m. pensacolabeachchamber.com
BMG ART SHOW & FESTIVAL The Pensacola Improv Event Center transforms into an indoor and outdoor art gallery showcasing painting, sculpture, photography, and jewelry. 375 N. Pace Blvd., noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, 332-5974 or bmgartfestival.com
BLACKFOOT GYPSIES Bluesy-southern rockers playing the perfect soundtrack for drinking beer with your friends on a summer night. The Gills, The JAG, Swayze, and Graffiti Bridge are all supporting. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St., 8 p.m. 434-9060 or pensacolahandlebar.com
TAKE A HIKE The Western Gate Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hike Fillingim Landing Trails as one of their regularly scheduled group hikes. The excursion departs from Fillingim Landing near the intersection of Jacks Branch Road and Saint Elizabeth Street in Molino. 10 a.m. westgate.floridatrail.org or meetup.com/ftawesterngate
CLASSIC MOVIE TIME The Saenger Theatre kicks off its Saenger Classic Movie Series with “Some Like It Hot.” For only $5 on most Saturday evenings of the summer, movie fans can see classics on the big screen in Pensacola’s oldest operating theatre. There will be 10 films in the series, which runs through September. For a schedule and additional info visit pensacolasaenger.com/classic-movies, or see below for listings. 118 S. Palafox, 7 p.m. 595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com
BASTILLE DAY BRUNCH Enjoy a French inspired brunch at Apple Annie’s in Seville honoring the French national holiday Bastille Day, commemorating the storming of the French fort-turned-prison, the Bastille, and the beginning of the French Revolution. 130 E. Government St., 11 a.m. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com/events/bastille-day-brunch-seville-quarter
Visit some of Pensacola’s historic forts (Fort Pickens, Fort Barrancas, or the boardwalk over the colonial fort archaeological site behind the Wentworth Museum) if you’re in the mood for after-brunch learning about masonry fortifications. See the summer museum guide for more information.
GALLERY NIGHT It’s that time again! A reception at Blue Morning Gallery will help you put some art back into the Open Container Night experience. The show is titled “Birds of a Feather,” and 10 percent of sales from participating artists will go to the Northwest Florida Animal Sanctuary. A few birds from the sanctuary, along with handlers, will also be in attendance. Gallery Night itself runs until midnight, and will be the last until September. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 Palafox Pl., reception from 5-8 p.m. 429-9100 or bluemorninggallery.com
GUMBO GALLERY GOES GULLAH Only blocks from Palafox Street, Gumbo Gallery is hosting an opening reception for the exhibit titled “Imagination Unlimited” by Gullah artist Hank D. Herring, owner of Green Herring Art & Framing in Beaufort, S.C. Herring will also offer Batik classes—demonstrating the ancient fabric dyeing technique—on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Saturday classes will be $45 per person, but the opening reception on Friday is free. 714 N. DeVilliers St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. 912-6806 or gumboartgallery.com
RUNNING OF THE BULLS Instead of actual bulls running to an arena, Pensacola’s nod to the annual event in Pamplona, Spain has members of the Gulf Coast Roller Derby Collective with wiffle bats in hand, charging down those on foot. A costume contest is also part of the mix of this family-friendly event, a part of Seville’s 3rd annual Fiesta de San Fermin en Pensacola that runs all weekend. 130 E. Government St., 10 a.m. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com/events/2013-running-bulls
ARTISTS ROW In the afternoon, visit Artist’s Row, a monthly art festival featuring a variety of media including painting, pottery, photography, jewelry, unique crafts and more. Held in Historical Belmont-DeVilliers, you can duck into Five Sisters Blues Café or Blue Dot BBQ for refreshments. Intersection of Belmont and DeVilliers streets, 1-6 p.m., 912-6806 or devilliersmuseum.com
SAENGER CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES: “Singing in the Rain,” 7 p.m. 118 S. Palafox, 595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com
LIVING COLOUR Touring for the 25th anniversary of their debut album “Vivid” the super eclectic and influential Living Colour comes to Vinyl Music Hall. “Cult of Personality” is probably the best-known song off of the album, which the band is playing in its entirety for the tour. Tickets are $25, which isn’t bad to see a seminal rock act. 8 p.m., 2 S. Palafox St. or vinylmusichall.com
FITNESS ON BOARD Each Sunday, classes alternate between yoga and a bootcamp offering. A single class costs $26.25. All beach classes launch from Margaritaville Beach Hotel Pier, and the company also offers paddleboard rentals for $22.50 an hour or $84.50 for a day. 11 a.m. 165 Ft. Pickens Road, 912-8089 or fitnessonboard.com
THE WEDDING SINGER The stage adaptation of the 1998 Adam Sandler film of the same name. The musical debuted on Broadway in 2006 and makes its way to Pensacola as part of PSC’s Summer High School Onstage Workshop. Performances run the weekends of July 26-28 and Aug. 2-4. Ashmore Auditorium, 1000 College Blvd. 484-1000 or pensacolastate.edu/mt
BOUNCING VEGAN It’s Hip Hop Night with Bruce at Sluggo’s. Never been? Just check it out. At the least, you can get a hearty vegan meal while you’re there. 101 S. Jefferson St., 9:30 p.m. 791-6501 or sluggospcola.blogspot.com
UKELELE CLASS Yes, it’s true. On this and most Saturdays, you can attend a Ukelele Class for Beginners at Blues Angel Music Center followed by a jam session until 11 a.m. While in the neighborhood, you could also stop by CJ’s for breakfast before, or Elbow Room for pizza and a beverage afterward. 657 Pace Blvd., 9:30 a.m. 457-7557 or bluesangelmusic.com
COUPLE UP AND COOK Pensacola Cooks partners with Polonza Bistro chef Brad Jones for a Couples Cook class at Polonza Bistro. Test your love and culinary prowess all in one tasteful—and tasty—setting. The class theme is “Hands-on Knife Skills.” The $95 per couple cost covers the class, wine, and recipe cards. 286 N. Palafox St., 6-8 p.m. Call Pensacola Cooks for reservations, 456-0743.
SAENGER CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES: “A Streetcar Named Desire,” 7 p.m. 118 S. Palafox, 595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com
PUG CRAWL, YA’LL The first annual “Pug Crawl” benefiting South Bark Animal Rescue will take place in downtown Pensacola. Hopjack’s is coordinating the crawl and is a stop along with 850 Open Water, The Tin Cow, and The Spotted Dog (with treats for the crawl’s four legged participants). There will be specials at every stop and 10 percent of all Seadog Brewery Sales go to South Bark. East side of Palafox St., 3 p.m. 497-6076
INDIE ROCK NEAR YOU Support local indie rock favorites Pioneers! O Pioneers!, Zulu Wave, and Imaginary Airshow at The Handlebar. You’ll be glad you did. 319 N. Tarragona St., 9 p.m. 434-9060 or pensacolahandlebar.com
BUSHWACKER 5K The run—the best way to burn off the weekend’s Bushwacker Festival calories—starts at Shorline Park in Gulf Breeze and finishes at Bamboo Willie’s on the beach. Late registration is available. For additional info about the race contact Running Wild, 435-9222 or visit werunwild.com/events/event/bushwacker-5k/
SAENGER CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES: “North by Northwest,” 7 p.m. 118 S. Palafox, 7 p.m. 595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com
PSYCHIC SATURDAY Every Saturday night, The Mystic Cottage hosts a Psychic Medium Gallery, which is a group reading for $10 a person. You can also schedule individual or off-site group readings by calling the store. When visiting, be sure to peruse the bookstore that sells a variety of items including herbs, essential oils, gemstones and music to help get connected and balanced. 4971 Mobile Hwy., 6:30-8:30 p.m. 456-5119 or mysticcottage.webs.com
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME …or the Pensacola Little Theatre, which will present its production of “The Wizard of Oz” over the weekends of Aug. 2-4 and Aug. 9-11. 400 S. Jefferson St., 7:30 p.m. 432-2042 or pensacolalittletheatre.com
GO BOWLING When’s the last time you rolled Big Lebowski style? Hit Liberty Lanes where the party goes on until 2 a.m. Friday night/Saturday morning. The Dude would abide and you should, too, at least once this summer. 3200 N. Palafox St., Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. 434-6441
DRINK AND LEARN Stop by the Pensacola Bay Brewery for the weekly Brewery Tour. The samples are reason enough to pony up the $5 tour fee, but getting a peek at the brewery operations is the perfect way to understand how what you’re drinking is made. 225 E. Zaragoza St., 3 p.m. 434-3353 or pbbrew.com
SAENGER CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES: “West Side Story,” 7 p.m. The series will take a week off, but will be back on August 10.
VEGAN SUNDAYS Start your day off healthily and tastily with a vegan organic brunch at End of the Line Café. If you’ve never been, you’re missing out on a delicious weekly tradition. Usually three courses, dessert is always included, too. If you’re inspired to learn some vegan cooking tips after your meal, sign up for the Aug. 19 cooking class at the restaurant by Thursday, Aug. 15. 610 E. Wright St., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 429-0336 or eotlcafe.com
STARGAZING IS FREE…although you may not know what exactly you’re looking at without some help. For free advice from people who literally know what’s up, head to the beach for “An Evening Under the Stars,” a free stargazing event at the Gulfside Pavilion sponsored by the Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association. Also takes place on Saturday 8/17. Sundown through 10 p.m. eaaa.net
STATE SOUNDS Boca Raton/Delray Beach based Mylo Ranger play at Sluggo’s with locals Space Voyager and Honeygun also on the bill. Who knows, the band—described as alternative folk—could be your new favorite. Or one of those that, when they’re famous, we all say, “Remember when they played Sluggo’s?” 101 S. Jefferson St., 9:30 p.m. 791-6501 or sluggospcola.blogspot.com
SECOND HAND TRESAURE HUNTING Antique Malls abound on the West Side, with one stretch of Navy Boulevard even dubbed “Antiques Row.” Start Saturday by visiting T&W Flea Market (1717 N. T St., 433-4315) for an outdoor shopping bonanza. If there is still space in your car, head over to Blue Moon Antique Mall (3721 W. Navy Blvd., 455-7377), Antiques & More (3929 W. Navy Blvd., 455-1060), Allison’s Antiques (3940 Navy Blvd., 453-5001), View Carre Antiques & Consignment (4007 Navy Blvd., 516-3032), and maybe wrap up the day with an auction at Garth’s Auction Gallery (3930 W. Navy Blvd., 456-1792). Keep your eyes peeled for signs as new stores pop up with regularity on Navy and New Warrington Road, too. Most all listed are open until at least 5 p.m.
DANCE, DANCE PARA-CON Fans of zombies, the paranormal, and horror films have reason to rejoice: Pensacola is hosting its own Para Con Aug. 17-18. The event culminates with the “Zombies, Freaks, and Geeks Ball” on Sunday night. TV Celebrities including “Walking Dead” actors, Ari Lehman of Jason: Friday the 13th, and Scott Tepperman from “Ghost Hunters International” will be among the guests. 130 E. Government St., 8 p.m.-? 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com/events/pensacola-para-con
NIGHT LIGHT For a sky-high Friday night experience, the Pensacola Lighthouse hosts a Light of the Moon Tour. Aspiring ghost hunters can also check the schedule for the lighthouse’s Ghost Hunts held regularly throughout the summer. 2081 Radford Road, 8 p.m. 393-1561 or pensacolalighthouse.org
BAYOU TEXAR TORCHLIGHT TOUR For more nighttime adventures, Pensacola Paddle Sport Rentals leads the night tours every Saturday through the summer. Enjoy a different view of the bayou during the hour and a half long tour. Single kayaks are $10 and tandems are $15. 2001 E. Lloyd St., 7:30 p.m. 255-5423 or pensacolapaddlesport.com
SAENGER CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES: “Rear Window,” 7 p.m. 118 S. Palafox, 595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com
GET THE BLUES…just for the night. Cedric Burnside plays Vinyl Music Hall. A multi-instrumentalist, Cedric is the grandson of legendary North Mississippi bluesman R.L. Burnside and continues the family tradition. For only $5 you can enjoy the sounds of the new generation of the blues. 2 S. Palafox St. 8 p.m., or vinylmusichall.com
AL MARTIN ON PIANO If you need an event to close out the weekend, take Scenic Highway to the Quality Inn near the interstate where piano guru Al Martin plays Thursdays through Sundays in the lounge. A long time heavy hitter in the Pensacola music scene, Martin’s laidback shows in the lounge are the perfect way to unwind and see a local legend at work. 7601 Scenic Hwy., 7-11 p.m. 477-7155
August 30-September 1 (Labor Day Weekend)
BLUEGRASS, BOURBON, AND BREWS Presented by Jim Beam, the tasting and music event sounds like a smooth to kick off a summer weekend at the Pensacola Bay Center. There will be 20 craft bourbons and 20 craft brews on hand for sampling and the Grammy-nominated bluegrass group the Grascals will provide the music along with Blue Dogs and the Honeycutters. Tickets are $40 for sampling and $20 if you’d just like to enjoy the music only. 201 E. Gregory St., 6:30 p.m. 432-0800 or pensacolabaycenter.com
See the museum guide for something to do—it’s the end of summer, there has to be at least one historic site you haven’t visited yet. So get to it!
SAENGER CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES: “African Queen,” 7 p.m. 118 S. Palafox, 595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com
BATHTUB (OR WHATEVER) RACES Bamboo Willie’s holds a Jamaican Fest Friday through Sunday this weekend, but perhaps the most-worth viewing event is the Anything That Floats Boat Race. Racers can build and enter their own homemade creation or borrow one from Bamboo Willie. 400 Quietwater Beach Road, 2 p.m. 918-9888 or bamboowillies.com
PBR BUFFET If you’re up late, visit the Handlebar for their regular Sunday All You Can Drink draft Pabst’s Blue Ribbon for $7. You probably have Monday off, so why not ring in Labor Day with a toast to those who endeavored for workers’ rights (like the right to have days off)? Happy end of summer! 319 N. Tarragona St., 10 p.m.-2 p.m. 434-9060 or pensacolahandlebar.com