The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is one of the best-regarded, most popular arts festivals in the United States. The three-day, juried art show draws more than 200 of the nation's best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other artists.
The Festival is ranked #29 in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine and the American Bus Association has named the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival one of the Top 100 Events in North America.
Live musicians hit the right notes from the Main Stage with sounds ranging from bluegrass to Cajun and blues to jazz and classical.
Performing companies, dance schools, community groups, and area folk groups have their time to shine.
Craft artists demonstrate traditional arts, crafts and trades, including blacksmithing, engraving, spinning, weaving and other skills in the Heritage Arts Area.
Children become artists at the Children's Arts Festival with numerous hands-on art activities. All children's art activities are free, fun, and geared toward children toddler age and older.
From traditional treats at the Heritage Festival to local favorites and regional festival fare, there are delicious dining and drink choices for every taste at the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival!
The Festival is centered in Pensacola's beautiful historic Seville Square. November is usually perfect for exploring downtown's many restaurants and historical and cultural attractions.
The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is one of the best-regarded, most popular arts festivals in the United States. The three-day, juried art show draws more than 200 of the nation’s best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other artists.
The Festival features great music on the Main Stage, dance and more on the Parrish Performing Arts Stage. The Children's Stage features local performing arts, dance, and music groups. and authentic craftspeople in the Heritage Arts area.
The festival celebrates our artisan history in the Heritage Arts Area, where local craft workers demonstrate traditional arts, crafts and trades, including blacksmithing, engraving, spinning, weaving and other skills.
The Children’s Arts Festival features numerous free, hands-on artistic opportunities for kids. The Student Art Show showcases the talents of school students in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties
Some of Pensacola’s best-known restaurants will be onsite serving local favorite concessions, along with dozens of booths serving traditional festival fare. Beer, wine, Champagne, and more lively sprits are also available.
Admission to the festival is free.
Hours: 9am - 5pm on Friday and Saturday, 9am - 4pm on Sunday
Children’s Festival: Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm. More Details...
Do you have a traditional skill right for the Heritage Arts area? Download the Heritage Arts Application. Application deadline is June 30, 2015
Artists' applications for the 2015 Festival are online now at ZAPP. The deadline for entry is May 31st.
The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is awarding grants to arts organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties requesting funds for specific items, projects or events. The application deadline is December 15, 2014.
The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival has announced winners for the 2014 juried fine arts show. A total of $25,000 in prize money was awarded.
Hancock Bank and the Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz (AWKO) Justice Foundation have joined forces to become the sponsors of The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival’s Very Special Arts Day.
Artist and retired art teacher Lucy Reser is the 2014 Great Gulfcoast Art Festival poster competition winner. Her colorful, lively piece will be reproduced on limited edition posters, T-shirts and other GGAF promotional items that are a major source of support for the Festival.
Reser created the work using a painting method based on batik, a fabric dying technique that uses beeswax to create patterns.