Nov. 5, 6, & 7, 2021
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.
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!
Various COVID precautions will be taken throughout the Festival, including additional sanitizing stations throughout the parks, sanitizer at each beverage booth, and committee members and volunteers in masks. We are also asking that patrons wear a mask while visiting the Festival.
The pandemic has forced a few changes on the Festival. Due to limitations on international travel, The Festival will not have an Invited International Artist this year. Also, the Children’s Area Very Special Arts Day on Friday will be on pause. The Children’s Festival will be open on Saturday and Sunday. We look forward to both programs returning in 2022.
Due to issues with international travel due the COVID, Invited International Artist Lara Sophie Benjamin will not be able to attend this year's Festival. We hope she will be able to join us in Pensacola in 2022.
The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, in partnership with Artel Gallery, announce the artists selected for the Emerging Artists grant program. Ivo Alcala said his focus is figure drawing and portraits. “I love classical painting, but I am stuck in a world of contemporary art.” Summer Sevi works primarily in oils and charcoal, she creates haunting portraits conveying the struggles that we all share.
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 2021 Festival poster is by local artist Danielle Pierce.