Nov. 6, 7, & 8, 2020
Location: Seville Square, Pensacola, Florida
Hours: 9am - 5pm on Friday and Saturday, 9am – 4pm on Sunday
Children’s Festival: Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm.
Admission to the festival is free. Pets are not allowed at the Festival. More Details...
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 #9 in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine.
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. The Student Art Show showcases the talents of both private and public school students of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Over 2,000 pieces of art from elementary, middle and high school students will be on display.
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 Festival!
The 2020 Invited International Artist is Lara Sophie Benjamin, a painter from Nicosia, Cyprus. Lara draws subject matter from her everyday surroundings and finds significant resonance in ordinary sights and spaces. Lara is interested in their experiential nature, subjective and selective readings, and the light and the forms created within them.
Since our local schools are in a learn-from-home mode, we’re changing up how our Children’s Poster Contest entries are submitted this year. We’re asking students to create their artwork at home, then email us a photo. The Children’s Poster Contest is only open Escambia and Santa Rosa county children ages 4–11
Best of Show goes to Don McWhorter, Ceramics. Find his booth at Picasso 29. See the complete list of award winners…
Each year, the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival sponsors a design competition to select the official GGAF poster. The design is turned into a limited-edition poster, t-shirts, and other items which will be available for sale at the festival. The poster and shirts have become local collector’s items. The only way to get them is at the Festival.
The 2019 Festival poster is based on a painting by Emily Woodson, an illustrator, graphic designer, and painter living in Pace, Florida. She has a BFA in Illustration Kansas City Art Institute.