Local events Sept. 30 – Oct. 8

Sept. 30

Wine Tasting
Sailor’s Grill on Navarre Beach is hosting a wine tasting and dinner special at 6 p.m. Menu will include roasted red pepper hummus with pita, Moroccan chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens with a balsamic reduction and chicken shawarma. For more information, call 939-1092.

MDA Fill-the-Boot Campaign
Your local firefighters have started up their annual MDA Fill-the-Boot Campaign. They will be setting up at the Navarre Walmart on Sept. 30, 4 to 8 p.m. and Oct. 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in order to raise awareness for muscular dystrophy, as well as collect donations to the cause.

Pensacola Seafood Festival
Sample a variety of mouth-watering seafood dishes and enjoy continuous entertainment in Fountain Park Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Arts and crafts vendors will be displaying their unique wares, many items reflective of our area’s unique Gulf Coast lifestyle. A children’s area is filled with activities for all ages. The Fiesta Seafood Grille offers cooking demonstrations where you can watch area chefs prepare regional delicacies. For additional information, visit
Destin Seafood Festival
The Destin Seafood Festival is hosted along the Destin Harbor and is free to the public. Check out local vendors, food, crafts, children activities and more Sept. 30-Oct. 2. For more information and times, visit

Oct. 1

Navarre Fishing Rodeo
The Navarre Chamber Foundation is excited to once again bring to anglers young and old, novice and expert, the 4th Annual Navarre Fishing Rodeo set to take place Oct. 1 and 2. This event has become a very popular and much anticipated fishing opportunity with participation growing each year. Buy tickets at Half Hitch Navarre, Navarre Beach Pier or Gulf Breeze Bait and Tackle. Free walking and fishing on Navarre Pier Rodeo weekend. Benefiting: Heroes on the Water, Take A Kid Fishing Foundation & Navarre Beach Marine Park including Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center & Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary. For more information, visit

Take a Kid Fishing
This free kid’s fishing pole giveaway and clinic is staged at Navarre Beach Pier, 8579 Gulf Blvd., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. First 500 children under 12 receive a free fishing pole, t-shirt and hat. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at or if available, day of event. The event includes free bait and fishing instruction. For more information, call Stephanie at 850-686-2141 or email [email protected].

Oktoberfest Beer Tasting
Head down to Juana’s Pagodas from noon to 5 p.m. for a festive atmosphere for adults and activities for children staffed by the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. For more information, call 850-336-2660 or visit
Navarre Farmer’s Market
A local market with a variety of fresh produce and vendors from 8 a.m. to noon next to Ye Olde Brothers Brewery, 4458 Highway 87 South. For more information call Tracy at 850-292-4530 or email [email protected]

Sand Dollar Saturday & Local Marketplace
Shop the great deals and have a bite to eat at the Sand Dollar Plaza, 1900 Highway 87, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.facebook/sanddollarsaturdays.

Navarre Women’s Expo
Join the Navarre Chamber for a “girls day out” at the Navarre Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be shopping, beauty demos, health info, wine tasting and more. For more information, visit

Disney Live
Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy at the Pensacola Bay Center as 25 of your favorite characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob. In Disney Live: Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic, you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination. For more information, visit

Oct. 4

Bands on the Beach
Pensacola Beach’s popular outdoor summer concert series features Dr. Breeze from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gulfside Pavilion on Casino Beach. The event is open to the public. For more information, visit

Swan Lake
Based on Russian folklore and German legend, “Swan Lake” follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Tickets start at $30. For more information, visit

Oct. 7

Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival
The Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival will be Oct. 7-8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Panhandle Butterfly House located in Navarre. Watch as hundreds of Monarch butterflies are released into the wild for their annual migration to Mexico. For additional information, please visit

Gulf Breeze Community Expo & Taste of Gulf Breeze
The Gulf Breeze Community Expo will be on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 & 8. Friday 5 to 8:30 p.m. features the Taste of Gulf Breeze, a 21 and up only venue, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. family day featuring children’s activities at the Gulf Breeze Community Center. The public is invited to attend. Taste of the Gulf Breeze $5 admission. Free admission on Saturday. To register or for additional information, call 850-932-7888.

Glass Pumpkin Patch
First City Art Center’s 10th annual Glass Pumpkin Patch takes place on Saturday, Oct. 8th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1060 N. Guillemard St. This year, attendees will have over 3,000 hand-blown glass and hand-thrown clay pumpkins to choose from. The pumpkins are created by members of First City Art Center’s glass and pottery guilds. Prices for pumpkins begin at $30. The Pumpkin Patch is First City Art Center’s largest fundraiser of the year and the sale helps support programs and outreach throughout the year. For more information, contact 429-1222 or visit .

Oct. 8

Fire Prevention Festival
The Holley-Navarre Fire District is hosting Fire Prevention Festival at Navarre United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in support of Fire Prevention Week and this year’s campaign. The event will include Bouncies, Music, Raffles Games, Food, and Safety Displays.


Holley Hill Pottery &Art Studio
Coast Kiln Walk Society has the largest wood fueled anagama kiln and the only reconstructed wood fueled kiln from the 1940s in the State. Holley Hill Pottery has been making pottery in Santa Rosa County
for over 30 years using local clays capturing the lifestyle, scenery and sea life of the Gulf Coast. Studio will be open Oct. 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 7505 Buckeye Dr.

Sea Turtle Extravaganza
This family fun event at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center will have loads of activities, kids crafts and more. Stop by and say “hi” to Gigi the sea turtle. Event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, visit
Run for the Reef
Run for the Reef benefits the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary and keeps Navarre snorkelicious. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. and there are three course options to choose from. For more information, visit

Pinktober Fest
The Pink Pirates will host Pinktober Fest at Navarre Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be raffles, music, vendors and more. For more information or booth rentals, call 850-582-2504. For more information, visit