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With an eclectic mix of art, music, food, and even an airshow, some of Northwest Florida’s most exciting events are packed into twelve days in November known as Foo Foo Festival.

Organizers are inviting visitors to “vacation artfully” during the festival, which kicks off on Thursday, November 3 and continues through Nov. 14. Foo Foo Festival, now in its third year, is essentially one big umbrella covering a slate of both new and well-established events, including the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, the Back on the Blocks Festival, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show, and many others.

The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival features hundreds of arts and crafts vendors. (Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival/Special to The Pulse)

The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival features hundreds of arts and crafts vendors. (Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival/Special to The Pulse)

Many of the events were supported in part by the 22 individual grants awarded by Arts, Culture and Entertainment, Inc., the nonprofit organization which oversees the festival and works to promote the Pensacola Bay Area as an arts and culture destination.

“We are thrilled to host the third annual Foo Foo Festival,” said David Bear, president of ACE. “Our grant recipients have created programming that will showcase Pensacola as one of the premier arts and cultural destinations in the southeast. We welcome locals and visitors alike to experience the talent and passion that is the hallmark of Foo Foo Festival.”

One of the highlights of this year’s Foo Foo Festival will feature local artists Evan Levin and Ashton Howard as they transform a downtown Pensacola parking garage into a permanent, 3,000 square foot mural that showcases the city’s history. Levin and Howard began sketching out the mural last week and will continue to paint it over the course of the festival.

Art lovers will want to flock to the three-day Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, held this year on Nov. 4-6. The long-running event includes hundreds of vendors and a juried art show featuring painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other artists, as well as music and other performances. The Pensacola Museum of Art will also host an exhibition of surrealist painter Salvador Dali’s late prints as well as a series of portraits by internationally acclaimed French photographer Frederic Brenner.

The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra will stage three performances over the course of Foo Foo Festival. (Pensacola Symphony Orchestra/Special to The Pulse)

The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra will stage three performances over the course of Foo Foo Festival. (Pensacola Symphony Orchestra/Special to The Pulse)

For music lovers, Foo Foo has everything from the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, featuring performances by more than 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters, to performances by the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and Pensacola Opera. The symphony’s popular annual outdoor pops concert, “Symphony in the Square,” will take place as part of the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival on Sunday, Nov. 6.

Another must-visit is the Back on the Blocks Festival, located in Belmont-Devilliers, Pensacola’s historic black business, entertainment, and cultural district. Taking place on Nov. 4-5, the two-day event features live music, food, dance, a short film festival, and even a antique car and motorcycle show. Foodies will want to mark Nov. 13 for the Pensacola Big Green Egg® Fest, where nearly 100 of the iconic oblong grills will be cooking up all sorts of good eats.

Artists Ashton Howard, left, and Evan Levin, right, at Pensacola's iconic Grafitti Bridge in 2014. (Foo Foo Festival/Special to The Pulse)

Artists Ashton Howard, left, and Evan Levin, right, at Pensacola’s iconic Grafitti Bridge in 2014. (Foo Foo Festival/Special to The Pulse)

You might not think of airshows as art, but there’s really no better word to describe the tightly-coordinated, high-speed aerobatic maneuvers for which the U.S. Navy Blue Angels are known the world over. The Blue Angels will cap their 70th anniversary season on Nov. 11-12 as they return to Naval Air Station Pensacola for their annual homecoming show.

With a huge, diverse slate of events, Foo Foo Festival really does have something for everyone. For more information about the festival and to check out its 12 days of events, visit foofoofest.com.

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This post is a sponsored collaboration between The Pulse and Foo Foo Festival.

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