Foo Foo Fest looks forward to the opportunity to welcome new and returning festival attendees to its 11th annual beloved arts and culture event October 31-November 11, 2024, and to showing continued support for the Pensacola community.
It’s a well-kept secret that fall is one of the best times of the year to visit a coastal southern town, and Foo Foo Fest is set right when a breeze is in the air. The festival lasts 12 days in November, beginning on Thursday, October 31, and ending on Monday, November 11, 2024.
Some events are FREE, and some events do require a ticket. More information about each event can be found on the specific event’s info page. If the event does require a ticket, info regarding price and where to obtain a ticket can be found on the event’s specific page here.
Foo Foo Fest is a 12-day celebration of culturally creative happenings, events, and moments under one banner, attracting visitors to beautiful Pensacola, Fla. Foo Foo Fest is big fun, with events of high artistic and cultural caliber, delivered with a hefty dose of Southern sophistication.
The festival is 12 days long, beginning on Thursday, October 31, and ending on Monday, November 11, 2024. This year marks the 11th year of Foo Foo Fest in Pensacola.
The Foo Foo Fest is a combination of several eclectic events over a 12-day span. Each event differs greatly, but more information can be found here in the event info section.
For those local non-profits interested in learning more about Foo Foo Festival grants and potentially applying to create and execute a unique event to be held during the Foo Foo Festival, visit ACEPenscola.org.
For those local non-profit organizations that apply and do not receive a grant but would still like to participate or those local for-profit businesses such as hoteliers, restaurants, bars, etc who are interested in participating by hosting events during the 12-day period and benefitting from marketing efforts, we encourage you to apply as a Friend of Foo. To learn more and apply for this year’s Friend of Foo program, visit FooFooFest.com. Please note that there is a submission and approval process for the “Friend of Foo” program.
Each event is different. Some events require a ticket for entry, but several events are free to the public. Information about each event can be found here in the event info section. At the top of each individual event page, there is information regarding the date, time, location, and if a ticket is required.
Pensacola is home to several wonderful accommodations to take advantage of while you visit for the Foo Foo Fest. Click here to view and learn more about local accommodations. Whether you’re looking to stay in town or close to the beach, each listing displayed gives a photo, accommodation info, and a link to the hotel or rental company website.
A “Foo Foo” is, by definition: An impromptu musical band known to come together on late 19th-century sailing vessels, consisting of members from the ship’s crew. So, quite literally, the gathering of Pensacola’s arts and entertainment organizations during this period of time is our very own “Foo Foo.”
Arts, Culture and Entertainment, Inc. (ACE) approached the county commission with the thought of securing grant monies, to be distributed among various arts/cultural organizations in the Pensacola area. The goal was to fill the period of time between some of Pensacola’s most popular cultural events—like the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, and the Blue Angels Homecoming Show at NAS Pensacola—with fun events attractive to “cultural tourists.” Foo Foo Fest offers a unique slate of events during the month of November or the middle of said off-season.
The larger, or “anchor” festivals and events such as the Blue Angels Homecoming Show, the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, and the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival are all successful and attractive events in their own rights. ACE’s goal, by allocating grant money, was to challenge Pensacola’s other local groups and organizations to create unique events on their own to occur (primarily) in between the anchor weekend events. This creates a robust schedule of events on the days between the two weekends of Nov. 2 – Nov. 13, 2023.