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 #27 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...
Call for Entries are open for the GGAF Invited International Artist. The deadline for applying to be the 2016 Invited International Artist is January 1st, 2016. It is free and easy for visual artists living around the world to apply.
The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival Committee awards grants to local nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties for community arts projects. Applications for 2016 are being accepted through December 15, 2015
Michael Bond takes Best of Show for his printmaking/graphics. See to full list of winners.
Alan Weston, British realist painter and GGAF Invited International Artist, was interviewed by WUWF's Sandra Averhart.
Artist Joey Blazek is the winner of the 2015 Great Gulfcoast Art Festival Poster competition. “In recent years, I have come full-circle - returning to my first love of painting,” Blazek said. “After a career in designing, directing and shooting images for print, I have taken that instinct, energy and experience, and directed it back to the canvas - painting images of locales that I know and love.”