Music and Nightlife in Pensacola

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Whatever your taste in music or listening atmosphere, you’ll find something to fit your mood in Pensacola. You’ll find a wide range of entertainment options here, from seasonal concert series and beach events to gigs at restaurants, bars, and clubs near Milton. The team at Sandy Sansing put together this guide to Pensacola music and nightlife to help you plan a special evening — whether you’re a longtime local or just visiting from Ferry Pass!

Bands on the Beach

If your idea of a perfect evening is live music on the beach, silhouetted by the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico, then we highly recommend the Bands on the Beach weekly concert series. Watch a lineup of local and regional artists, representing a diverse range of music styles, perform at the Gulfside Pavilion.

Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival

This four-day event attracts top songwriters from across the country. You’ll get the inside story on some of your favorite hit songs straight from the songwriters themselves. If you know any budding songwriters, check out workshops hosted by festival participants at local schools and music programs!


Celebrate an original American art form with performances by local, regional, and national jazz musicians for this weekend-long concert event in historic Seville Square. Bring your lawn chair and refreshments, and stake out your spot on the grass — you might want to stay a while! Enjoy a wide range of styles, from tight ensemble to big band, and a competition between jazz students!

Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

If you can’t make the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival, you have more than one option in Pensacola when it comes to lyricist meet-ups! In recent years, the Frank Brown Songwriters’ Festival has attracted over 200 Pensacola-area artists. Audience members are treated to an up-close and personal engagement with the musicians!

Vinyl Music Hall

If you’re in the mood for late-night fun in a funky ballroom setting, the Vinyl Music Hall is a great place to see your favorite Catonment and national artists. The small size of the music hall means you’ll get a close-up view of the performance, and bartenders are at the side of the room — so you don’t have to miss a song while you grab a drink!

Find More Pensacola Tips from Sandy Sansing!

The team at Sandy Sansing is happy to answer any further questions you have about the Pensacola events above, or provide recommendations for great shopping, attractions, and dining near Milton. Even if you’re coming from Ferry Pass, a trip to Sandy Sansing is worth the drive!


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