PENSACOLA, FLA. – Painting, sculpture, ballet, jewelry, Pensacola Symphony, Shakespeare, crafts from the past, great food – all the arts come together at the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival in historic downtown Pensacola.
The 2016 Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival is slated to be held November 4, 5, 6, 2016. Free Admission.
The 2015 juried art show drew more than 200 of the nation’s best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other artists. The artists competed for a total of $25,000 in prize money in categories including ceramics, drawing, fiber/leather, glass, jewelry, mixed media, oil/acrylic, photography, printmaking/graphics, sculpture, watercolor and wood.
Artists and vendors lined the perimeter of the park and the sidewalks that crisscross the site. In the center of the park there is a permanent wood gazebo, a great landmark for meet-ups or navigation. This family-friendly festival is ranked in the top 50 Fine Art Shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine.
Travel back in time as you watch traditional artisans create handmade crafts before your eyes in Pensacola’s oldest and most historic neighborhood. A favorite of festival fans, The Heritage Arts area provides an authentic setting for craftspeople from around the country to demonstrate such arts as blacksmithing, engraving, spinning, weaving and other skills.
Neighboring Bartram Park is the site of the Children’s Arts Festival with hands-on art projects for kids of all ages plus an entertainment stage just for kids! Activities are all provided free of charge. The Children’s Festival is open Friday for children with special needs from selected schools and is open to everyone on Saturday and Sunday.
Also in Bartram Park you’ll find the Student Art Show which 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.
The Festival features great music on the Main Stage, dance and more on the Parrish Performing Arts Stage. The Children’s Stage features local performing arts, dance and musical groups. See demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts in the Heritage Arts area.
Some of Pensacola’s best-known restaurants will be onsite serving local favorite concessions, along with dozens of booths serving traditional festival fare. Beer, wine and other lively sprits are also available.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday,
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday
Children’s Festival Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
· An interactive parking map is available at www.pensacolaparking.com <http://www.pensacolaparking.com/>.
· Handicap parking is at Bartram Park. Patrons with handicap permits should enter from Main Street at Barracks Street. Present your permit to the police officer manning the street closure for access.
· Pets are not allowed at the Festival.
· Posters and t-shirts are available for sale at the festival.