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PK Visitor Guide 2017

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82 VISITPERDIDO.COM festivals. There's the Taste of the Beach on Pensacola Beach (Sept. 15-17), which features delicious local foods with a gorgeous view. Travel west a little and you will reach the Wharf's Uncorked event (Sept. 14-16). The weekend- long festival combines mouthwatering food and wines, and live entertainment – the perfect "dinner and a show" date. The Wharf Uncorked also raises funds for Make-A-Wish® Alabama. The Pensacola Seafood Festival (Sept. 29-Oct. 1) welcomes thousands of hungry attendees every year in Seville Park. Throughout the festival, you'll experience a diverse selection of local seafood favorites, live cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, and fantastic live music. In case you aren't full yet, we still have more food festivals to offer! On Oct. 12-15, cross the Alabama line and head to the annual National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala. It's one of the nation's premier outdoor festivals and draws hundreds of thousands of attendees each year. Both local and visiting vendors participate and offer everything from fine art to crafts to a retail marketplace. When the weather starts to cool off, that's when the real fun begins. November brings us the Foo Foo Fest, which acts as an umbrella festival for a number of events and celebrations happening during the month. We have events like the weekend-long Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival (Nov. 3-5), which offers the widest variety of art, jewelry, paintings and overall entertainment you'll find along the Coast. If you're looking for an off-the- beaten-path musical experience, the Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival (Nov. 9-19) is what you need. As the oldest songwriting festival in the nation, it has the power to transform the famous songs you know into real memories. It's a chance for the audience to hear the stories behind the songs they love from the artists themselves. Even though a white Christmas is hardly ever in the forecast, that doesn't stop the Gulf Coast from celebrating the season. The winter trolleys in downtown Pensacola have started running (Nov.- Dec.) and Santa is jumping out of an airplane to meet children on the beach. Want to see a truly spectacular sight? Don't miss the Lighted Boat Parade (Dec. 9) in Orange Beach, Ala., or the Pensacola Christmas Parade, both adorned with sparkling lights, smiling faces, and tons of holiday cheer. Pensacola then ends the year with its own twist on the Ball Drop: the Pelican Drop. The world-famous Flora-Bama also holds its own New Year's Eve Party with champagne, free goodies, and fireworks on the beach. No matter how you spend your year here in the Perdido Key area, we hope you have fun!

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