Foo Foo Festival Returns November 4-15
12-day festival celebrates the cultural arts in Pensacola
Pensacola is fast becoming known as “the Culture Capital of the Southeast.” That’s thanks in part to hosting ambitious cultural events such as next month’s Foo Foo Fest, a 12-day extravaganza of all things arts, culture, and entertainment.
Pensacola’s pristine sugar-white beaches and emerald green water beckon visitors from all over the world, but many find themselves equally captivated by Pensacola’s history, culture and diverse heritage.
Foo Foo Fest showcases Pensacola’s culture throughout the city for 12 days, featuring innovative and extraordinary artists from all genres including art, music, dance, theatre and more.
The highly anticipated festival, one of the largest in the Southeast, is produced by the nonprofit Art, Culture, and Entertainment Inc. (ACE).
Foo Foo Fest is a 12-day celebration each fall, with culturally creative happenings, events, and moments under one banner, attracting visitors to beautiful Pensacola, Florida. Foo Foo Fest is big fun, with events of high artistic and cultural caliber, delivered with a hefty dose of Southern sophistication. This year’s festival takes place Nov. 4 ‑ Nov. 15, 2021, in downtown Pensacola.
Some of the highlights of this year’s lineup include:
Gulf Coast Quilt Trail – November 4-15, 2021
The Gulf Coast Quilt Trail, in partnership with the Pensacola Quilters Guild, is creating a folk art scavenger hunt. By the start of this year’s Foo Foo Festival on November 4, 2021, it is the Gulf Coast Quilt Trail’s goal to introduce 20+ new Quilt Blocks around Escambia County, providing a detailed informative map to explore all installations. Each installation ranges in size from two-foot squares up to eight-foot squares. Attendees will also be able to see a live Quilt Block painting demonstration by Louisiana artist Kim Zabbia during the Greater Gulfcoast Arts Festival or paint their own Quilt Blocks for their home or business as part of a series of painting events.
Friends of Downtown Son et Lumiére Digital Projection – November 4-7, 2021, Artel Gallery, 223 Palafox Place
At this year’s Foo Foo Festival, Friends of Downtown will present “Son et Lumière,” a form of nighttime entertainment typically presented in outdoor venues of historic significance. A digital projection mapping of the old County Courthouse will allow visitors to witness a spectacular interactive mashup of technology and history, where scenes, people and imagery from 200 years ago come to life.
Blue Angels 75th Anniversary Homecoming Air Show – November 5-6, 2021, NAS Pensacola, 280 Taylor Rd.
Helping to kick off the Foo Foo Festival’s opening weekend, Pensacola’s beloved Blue Angels will celebrate their 75th Anniversary with a season-closing Homecoming air show, departing from NAS Pensacola and flying high over Pensacola Beach and the Santa Rosa Sound. Gates will open at 8 a.m., and performances will take place at 9:30 a.m. on both days.
Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival – November 5-7, 2021, Seville Square, 311 E. Government St.
The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is one of the highest-regarded, most popular art festivals in the U.S. The three-day, juried art show draws more than 200 of the Nation’s best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, and craftsmen to the destination each year. Live musicians hit all the right notes from the Main Stage with sounds ranging from Bluegrass to Cajun, Jazz to Classical, and more. Craft artists demonstrate traditional arts, crafts, and trades, including blacksmithing, engraving, spinning, weaving, and other skills in the Heritage Arts Area. Children also become artists at the Children’s Arts Festival, with free fun geared toward children both toddler age and older.
Pensacola MESS Hall Events November 6, 11, & 13-14, 2021, Downtown Pensacola
The mission of the Pensacola MESS Hall is to inspire curiosity, experimentation, and creative problem solving through exploration of math, engineering, science, and stuff while aspiring to attract and create a community of critical and creative thinkers of all ages who are inspired by and understand the basic principles of science. The Pensacola MESS Hall will present a pop-up Games Garden and other game-themed programming throughout the festival dates, engaging passersby and attendees in games of chance, physics, math, and more.
Pensacola Opera Veterans Day Salute – November 11, 2021, Hunter Amphitheatre, Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St.
On Veteran’s Day, the Pensacola Opera will host a complimentary concert honoring the Pensacola community’s veterans. Performed in the Hunter Amphitheatre, the Veteran’s Day Salute will feature four vocal soloists and the Pensacola Symphony performing patriotic selections along with members of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus, Pensacola Opera Chorus, Choral Society of Pensacola, and University of West Florida music students. The Veteran’s Day Salute will serve as an extension of the commemorations that will take place earlier that day at Veterans Memorial Park at 11 a.m.
STAMPED Film Festival – November 12 & 14, 2021, Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St.
STAMPED Film Festival is dedicated to providing a vibrant cultural experience to Pensacola by using the unique expression of films with a specific focus on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community to foster awareness, inclusion, and diversity. The vibrant three-day film series will take place November 11-13, 2021 from 5-9 p.m. and will conclude with a family-friendly showcase on Saturday full of food, games, activities, and films running from Noon-9 p.m.
Jazz for Justice – November 14, 2021, Seville Quarter, 311 E. Government St.
In its fifth year with the Pensacola Foo Foo Festival, Jazz for Justice plans to expand its cultural and musical offerings by bringing well-known musicians and local artists together for a unique jazz and blues festival in Downtown Pensacola’s Seville Quarter. Jazz for Justice is a premier annual jazz event benefiting the Legal Services of North Florida, a nonprofit organization that serves low-income individuals and families across the Florida panhandle by providing free civil legal help to eligible clients. This year will include elements such as photo booths and sketch artists to celebrate the Pensacola art community in addition to great jazz music.
A Celebration of Art: An Immersive 3-D Projection Experience – November 11-14, 2021, Pensacola Little Theatre (400 S. Jefferson St.) and Pensacola Museum of Art (407 S. Jefferson St.)
Pensacola Little Theatre plans to make the biggest, safest, and most dramatic statement at Foo Foo Festival 2021 with an outdoor, COVID-friendly projection series. In partnership with the Pensacola Museum of Art and Ballet Pensacola, Pensacola Little Theatre will wow tourists and locals alike with a double-trouble projection bouncing back and forth between the Pensacola Museum of Art and Pensacola Little Theatre buildings to give audiences twice the bang for their artistic buck – with live performances, music, cocktails, and beyond to make culture come alive in Downtown Pensacola.
For more information on the 2021 Pensacola Foo Foo Festival, visit FooFooFest.com.