Gulf Coast Events

Mark your calendar with these distinctive events along the Gulf Coast in all of our beach locations, including Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Scenic 30A, Panama City Beach, Navarre Beach, Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Fairhope. While each area hosts their own events, the beach communities are so close to one another, and often intertwined, that visiting guests can participate and enjoy neighboring activities going on nearby with ease.

One-of-a-kind festivals and fairs celebrate so many different passions and interests. With fishing core to all of our communities, we commemorate several seafood festivals and fishing tournaments highlighting local fare and seasonal favorites. With the unique arts and culture of our exceptional areas, art expos, plein air artists, live theater, and wine and music festivals satisfy the creative souls. For the athletes, our climate is perfect for foot races, duathlons and triathlons, as well as fantastic beach volleyball tournaments.

Southern Vacation Rentals event guide can direct you to countless ways to explore these happenings, either to enhance your existing vacation or perhaps entice you to plan your next trip to the beach. We hope you will want to plan more than one.

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Pensacola City Lights

One of the best parts of the Christmas season is seeing all of the dazzling lights illuminate the night. If you are celebrating Christmas with a vacation in Pensacola, visit the downtown area to see the Pensacola Lights!

Downtown Pensacola comes alive with over four hundred thousand white lights hung on historic buildings, parks, shops, galleries, and outdoor spaces. Catch this display of lights December 1, 2017 through January 28, 2018.

Navigate the eclectic district that is anchored by Palafox Street, named one of America’s “Ten Great Streets.” Palafox Street is host to many events throughout the year and features great shopping and delicious food. Another great aspect of Downtown Pensacola is the culture. It is full of historic buildings and museums, as well as beautiful art. Downtown Pensacola is reason enough to come visit the area, and the city lights are just an added bonus!

Of course, stroll through downtown by foot, Segway, horse and carriage, pedicab or a free Downtown Trolley. The lights continue from Wright Street south to Plaza de Luna on Pensacola Bay. Grab a bite to eat downtown and watch as Pensacola turns on the lights at 5:15 PM.

Bring your family out to see the famous Pensacola lights and get acquainted with this wonderful community!