Make the season shine with the First City Lights Festival, Elf Parade
Seven days out is your guide to entertainment events, concerts, festivals and activities in Escambia and Santa Rosa County.
Monday night blues
Monday, November 22 at 7 p.m. Seville District, 130 E. Government St. The Seville District and the Blues Society of Northwest Florida are bringing the blues back to the Seville district entertainment district. The event features live blues music and special offers on “BBQ and Bud” food and drink. More info: 850-434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.
Visit of ghosts and cemeteries
5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday November 23 and 27. Go Retro, 610 N. Spring St. From fear to laughter and somewhere in between, Go Retro offers the ultimate spooky experience for adults. This horse riding tour covers a large area with stops in the business district, Seville, Sanders Beach, North and West Hill. There is a stop at a cemetery and sometimes the driver can show you around a haunted house. Designed for an adult audience; parental supervision is strongly recommended. More info: 850-466-5220.
Thanksgiving movie: planes, trains and automobiles
7 p.m. Tuesday, November 23. The Rex Theater, 18 N. Palafox St. Pensacola Cinema Art and Generation Church presents its annual Thanksgiving screening with “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” from 1987. The film stars Steve Martin and John Candy as two traveling salesmen trying to get home for the Thanksgiving vacation. Directed by John Hughes. Evaluated R. $ 5. More information: PensacolaCinemaArt.com.
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Tech N9ne’s strange new world tour
7 p.m., doors; 8 p.m., show; Tuesday 23 November. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox St. Tech N9ne is a lot of things, not all of which perfectly match the image of a rapper named after a semi-automatic pistol. He is an icon of the Horrorcore genre, but cites his religious faith as one of his main influences. He’s known for his scathing chopper delivery, but claims The Doors as a major musical inspiration. $ 40. More info and ticket purchase: vinylmusichall.com.
Tuesday night jazz
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 23. Seville neighborhood, 130 E. Government St. Enjoy jazz with Melodious Allen and The Funk Heads at Lili Marlene’s. More info: 850-434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.
First city light festival
From Friday November 26 to Thursday January 13. Pensacola town center, 226 S. Palafox Place. Enjoy a magical season of diverse holiday events, from ballet and cart tours at Palafox Market to a holiday-themed gallery night. Experience music, shopping, food, art and nightlife under a canopy of half a million white lights illuminating historic buildings, parks, boutiques, galleries and outdoor spaces. The First City Lights Festival brings all of these experiences together into one month-long event. More information: centre-villepensacola.com.
Pensacola Winter Festival
Several times until Friday, December 24. Based on the plazas around the Old County Courthouse at the corner of Palafox and Government streets in downtown Pensacola. The town center comes alive with song and dance, arts and crafts during the holidays with Winterfest. Participants can enjoy Photos with Santa, Photos with the Grinch, Polar Express Tour, Grinch Tour, Cajun Christmas and Scrooge Tour. More info and tickets: pensacolawinterfest.org.
The Festival of Trees
4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, November 26 to 28. Museum of Commerce. 201 E. Zaragoza St. Christmas trees and wreaths, decorated by local designers, will be on display and available for sale and auction online to benefit the WSRE-TV Foundation. Auctions will take place on an online store at wsre.org starting on Thanksgiving night. The festival has been scheduled in conjunction with the kickoff of Pensacola Winterfest and will be located alongside the Cajun Christmas show in the historic village of Pensacola. Free entry. More information: wsre.org.
Pensacola Elves Parade
5 p.m. Friday, November 26. Former Escambia County Courthouse, 223 Palafox Place. The parade arrives at Plaza Wonderland for a musical performance of Winterfest favorites, where Mayor Augustus Maywho and the Grinch will light the large Christmas tree and Santa will announce the first snowfall of the season. The winners of the parade competitions will be rewarded and special guests will sing songs to welcome the Christmas spirit in Pensacola. More info: elfparade.com.
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Gulf Coast Blues Festival
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, November 26 to 28. Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds, 6655 Mobile Highway. Enjoy music from Calvin Richardson, LJ Echols, Big Pokey, Dee Dee Simons, Till 1, LeBrado, Willie Clayton, J-Wonn and Walter Waiters. Hosted by Nikki Demarks and Beverly McDowell. Sunday will change gears with Blues & Bingo at Lucky Dauber Bingo. More information and ticket details: gulfcoastbluesfest.com.
From 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, November 26 and 27. DeLuna Lanes and Peter B’s Sport Grill, 590 E. Nine Mile Road. Cosmic Bowling is a glow-in-the-dark bowling alley with a dance club atmosphere. The event includes a light show, fog machine and music. Before the start of Cosmic on Saturday evening, attendees can enjoy karaoke in the sports grill. Admission: $ 12. More information: 850-478-9522.
Pensacola Symphony Presents: Home for the Holidays with Ashley Brown
3 p.m. Sunday, November 28. Saenger Theater, 118 S. Palafox Street. Join the festivities as the Pensacola Symphony celebrates the return of Broadway sensation and Gulf Breeze native Ashley Brown for this special holiday concert. With traditional classics and holiday hits, and a special appearance by the Pensacola Children’s Chorus, it will be a joyous occasion for all to share. Tickets start at $ 22. More info: 850-595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com.
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