Fall on Pensacola Beach

September starts to usher in cooler nights and crisper days here on the Gulf Coast. Fall may not be here yet, but we can't help thinking about it with the kids back in school and Labor Day just around the corner. Labor Day is widely considered to be the last big beach weekend of the season, even though we are still seeing our fair share of visitors well into the fall. Fall visitors tend to include fewer children, so my thoughts are turning to fun for grown ups.

There are sure to be lots of celebrations for the Labor Day holiday. Harbor Walk Village is offering live music all weekend long and fireworks over the Destin Harbor. If you head over to Pensacola's Community Maritime Park, you can enjoy the Jazz Edition of the Gulf Coast Summer Fest. Starting at 3:30 September 2nd you can bring your coolers, lawn chairs & umbrellas and catch Boney James, Mindi Abair, Cindy Bradley, Nick Colionne, Althea Rene and more.

The Emerald Coast Beer Festival kicks off September 8th. Hailed as the premier beer festival on the Gulf Coast, the Emerald Coast Beer Festival will be held again this year at the Seville Quarter Good Time Emporium. More than 50 craft breweries from throughout the United States, including homebrew and several major brewing distributors, participate each year and provide samples of various craft beers, meads, ciders, and wines.

My husband and I have decided not to do any cooking until the weather cools down. You can catch us at the Taste of The Beach in Pensacola Beach September 16. The 10th Annual Taste of the Beach will feature cook offs, cooking demonstrations, a chef challenge, sample tastings and live concerts directly in the sand on Pensacola Beach. Great fun for beach visitors and Pensacola locals alike.

The 40th Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival will be in Seville Square Park September 29 - October 1. Sample a variety of mouthwatering seafood dishes and enjoy continuous entertainment in Fountain Park. Arts and crafts vendors will be displaying their unique wares, many items reflective of our area's unique Gulf Coast lifestyle. A children's area has activities for all ages. The Fiesta Seafood Grille offers cooking demonstrations where you can watch area chefs prepare regional delicacies.  

The Seafood Festival also features a 5K walk/run at 7:30 on the 30th. Participants will again be using the fast, new course that will run through Historic Downtown Pensacola around the Pensacola Seafood Festival. The course is both runner and spectator friendly. The Pensacola Seafood Festival Don McCloskey 5k Run/Walk is sponsored by the Pensacola Runners Association and Fiesta of Five Flags. This run kicks off the fall racing season in Pensacola and is a popular element of the Pensacola Seafood Festival.