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 #33 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...
Of 26 award winners for the 2013 Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival juried fine arts show, six local artists nabbed prizes, including Nita Jones for Best of Show.
The world-renowned Flamenco Puro Dance Company will perform at the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival Sat., Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 3 at 1:45 p.m. on the Parrish Performing Arts Stage.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., First City Art Center (FCAC), in conjunction with the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival (GGAF), will host the 9th Annual Glass Jam event, which will bring some of the country’s best glass blowers together with FCAC’s glass artists to raise funds for FCAC’s studios and programs.
Eleven $500 scholarships were awarded to UWF and PSC students in visual, performing, or media arts in honor of former GGAF chair and beloved volunteer Donna Fassett.
Each year, the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival Committee awards grants to local nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties for community art projects. The 2013 grant recipients are showcased in a booth on the south side of Zaragoza St. by the Music Stage. Be sure to stop by the booth to view photos of the art projects from the organizations receiving funding.
The American Bus Association has named the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2014! The list highlights the top fairs, festivals, parades, exhibits, theater and shows across the U.S. and Canada and is published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine. Thank you to all of our visitors, artists, volunteers, sponsors and supporters for making us a great destination!