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Crawfish Fest returns with music, traditional dishes and plenty of Cajun fare

Seven days out is your guide to entertainment events, concerts, festivals and activities in Escambia and Santa Rosa County.


Monday Night Blues

7 p.m. Monday, April 25. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Seville Quarter and the Blues Society of Northwest Florida are bringing the “blues” back to the Seville Quarter Entertainment District. The event features live blues music and “BBQ and Bud” food and drink specials. More info: 850-434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.


Jazz Concerts with Joe Occhipinti & Friends

1 p.m. the first and fourth Tuesday through July 26. West Florida Public Library, 239 N. Spring St. The West Florida Public Library is sponsoring a series of jazz concerts hosted by Joe Occhipinti, one of Jazz Pensacola’s founding members. Occhipinti and his friends will perform jazz standards as an educational outreach to highlight the Jazz Room on the second floor of the library. Free. More info: jazzpensacola.com.

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Bands on the Beach

7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach, Pensacola Beach. Pensacola Beach’s popular outdoor summer concert series with performers for every musical taste. Featuring a lineup of regional artists, Bands on the Beach delivers an eclectic musical experience throughout the entire summer. This week features the Whitesands Panhandle Band. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free. More info: 850-932-2257 or visitpensacolabeach.com.

Wishbone Ash comes to Vinyl Music Hall on Tuesday.

Wishbone Ash comes to Vinyl Music Hall on Tuesday.

Wishbone Ash: The Phoenix Rising Tour

7 p.m., doors; 8 p.m., show; Tuesday, April 26. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox St. Inspired equally by British folk traditions, American jazz and R&B, Wishbone Ash has played to public and critical acclaim. Celebrating 50 continuous years of touring – up until the pandemic – the group is the quintessential road band, having gained worldwide recognition, based firmly on a regime of relentless touring and recording which has fed and grown their rabid following. More info and ticket information: vinylmusichall.com.

Tuesday Night Jazz

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Enjoy jazz with Melodious Allen and The Funk Heads in Lili Marlene’s. More info: 850-434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.


Christopher’s Concerts

6 p.m. Thursday, April 28. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3200 N. 12th Ave. Christopher’s Concerts free live music showcases featuring some of the best local bands in the area. Attendees are welcome to bring their own beverages and food. This week features Bay Bridge. Free. More info: 850-433-0074.

The Hip Abduction

7 p.m., doors; 8 p.m., show; Thursday, April 28. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox St. Evoking the ocean and guided by the spirit of travel, The Hip Abduction pilot a sonic expedition past genre barriers. The band is the moniker for singer/songwriter David New who writes and produces music in between endless surfing and hiking excursions. More info and ticket information: vinylmusichall.com.

Matthew West: The Brand New Tour

7 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, 6205 North W St. Matthew West is a five-time Grammy nominee, a multiple ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and a 2018 Dove Award Songwriter of the Year (artist) recipient. He has received an American Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, a K-LOVE Fan Award and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year. Special guests Cain and Hannah Kerr will join the show. Tickets start at $25. More info: 855-484-1991 or platformtickets.com.


The crowd enjoys crawfish during a past Pensacola Crawfish Festival. The festival returns to Seville Square this weekend.

The crowd enjoys crawfish during a past Pensacola Crawfish Festival. The festival returns to Seville Square this weekend.

Pensacola Crawfish Festival

11 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 29 through May 1. Seville Square & Fountain Park, downtown Pensacola. The Pensacola Crawfish Festival features thousands of pounds of boiled crawfish, fresh from Louisiana, brought to attendees by Pensacola locals, Cordova Crawfish Company. Cajun fare features include boudin, jambalaya, etouffee, fresh and fried seafood, and gumbo. Traditional festival options and dessert are also available. Live entertainment starts at 3:30 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Adults: $5 per day. Kids age 6 to 12: $2 per day. Kids 5 and younger: Free. More info: fiestapensacola.org/crawfish-festival.

Bands on the Blackwater

7 p.m. Friday, April 29. Jernigan’s Landing on Blackwater River, downtown Milton. Bands on the Blackwater is a free outdoor concert series held Friday nights. The series offers a variety of music from local favorites to national touring bands. Bluegrass, country, blues and rock and roll will be performed. This week features Rhonda Hart & the Hartstrings. More info: 850-564-1647 or facebook.com/BandsOnTheBlackwater.

The Wizard of Oz

7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23 through May 1. Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St. Take a trip this spring to the Emerald City as Ballet Pensacola follows the yellow brick road somewhere over the rainbow to the Land of Oz. Join Dorothy on her journey to meet the wonderful Wizard as she makes incredible friends along her way. Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s iconic tale. Single tickets: $30. More info: 850-432-9546 or balletpensacola.org.


The 1st Annual Gulf Coast Community Love Affair will happen on April 30th at Belmont-Devilliers to help bring love and inclusion to the Pensacola community.

The 1st Annual Gulf Coast Community Love Affair will happen on April 30th at Belmont-Devilliers to help bring love and inclusion to the Pensacola community.

Gulf Coast Community Love Affair

7 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Belmont-DeVilliers. Change Tomorrow Today 365 presents the inaugural Gulf Coast Community Love Affair featuring fashion, games, educational resources, shopping, jobs, housing information, giveaways, food, financial information, art, music and entertainment. More info: changetomorrowtoday365.org/communityloveaffair.

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87 Art Fest

9 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Pik-itz, 1922 U.S. 87, Navarre. The 87 Art Fest features over 30 local artists in attendance along with food trucks and live music all day. More info: pikitz.com or 850-710-7128.

Battle on the Coast

8 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Navarre Maritime Park, 8739 Gulf Blvd, Navarre. Battle on the Coast is the Gulf Coast’s premier women’s only fitness competition. The competition features two and four-person teams. More info: battleonthecoast.com.

Norm Crowder Memorial Kids’ Fest

11 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Ye Olde Brothers Brewery, 4458 FL-87, Navarre. In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, join the Santa Rosa Kids House for a day of fun. Activities include face painting, bounce castle, and a dunk booth. Ye Olde Brothers Brewery will be serving barbecue plates for $15. Musician Stevie Hall will provide live entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Santa Rosa Kids’ House. More info: srkidshouse.org or 850-623-1112.

Spring Craft and Vendor Fair

11 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Innerarity Point Park, 5828 Cruzat Road. The Perdido Area Chamber of Commerce will showcase local artists, crafters, and businesses at the Spring Craft and Vendor Fair. Shoppers can shake off the winter blues while browsing locally sourced art, jewelry, craft items, and clothing. More info: 850-492-4660 or [email protected].

Navarre Sunset Stampede

5:30 p.m., fun run; 6:30 p.m., race; Saturday, April 30. Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill, 1451 Navarre Beach Causeway. Join the 13th annual Navarre Sunset Stampede, the largest race held in Navarre Beach. This is a fast and flat, certified out and back course along White Sands Boulevard. There will be an award’s ceremony and beach party at Juana’s Pagodas featuring live music, food and drinks on the sand at Santa Rosa Sound. More info: facebook.com/navarresunsetstampede or call 850-243-1007.

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra presents: Sounds Triumphant

7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox St. The 96th season comes to a close with the heroic music of triumph. Composer Libby Larsen will join the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra from the stage to discuss her own work, Symphony: Water Music, and the composers and pieces that have inspired her, including Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Sibelius’ majestic Second Symphony. Tickets start at $20. More info: 850-595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com.


Iron Chef Kids Competition

Noon Sunday, May 1. Ever’man Educational Center, 350 W. Garden St. Children from the Junior League of Pensacola’s Kids in the Kitchen program will participate in a cook-off showcasing healthy recipes guided by celebrity chefs including Pensacola Country Club’s Bradley Hamblin, Pensacola Yacht Club’s Rudy Rudolph, and Jaco’s Perdido’s Sean Robinson. A group of local celebrities will choose the winning recipe. Free. More info: juniorleagueofpensacola.org.


7 p.m., doors; 8 p.m., show; Sunday, May 1. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox St. Battles will perform live in concert at Vinyl Music Hall. The group returns this autumn with their fourth album Juice B Crypts on Warp Records to follow their complex, mind-bending predecessors Mirrored, Gloss Drop, Dross Glop and La Di Da Di. More info and ticket information: vinylmusichall.com.

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