Spring Break is a time to relax, leave the books behind and hit the beach. Some of us are traveling, headed for road trips with friends or headed home to see family, while others are opting to stay in town and enjoy the various activities available to you here in sunny Pensacola. If you fall into the latter category, you’ll be happy to hear that there are hundreds of things to do just within a few miles of campus! Luckily for you, we’ve gone through and picked out a few of our favorites.
1.Tuesday Jazz Jam at Seville
First up on the list is for the classic spring breaker, those who like to start off the week with a stiff drink and quality music. The one of a kind Seville Quarter is spicing up their usual evening fun every Tuesday until the end of the month with the talent of local Jazz musicians starting at 6:30 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to grab a drink, pull up a stool and enjoy the sweet melody as the night begins to heat up.
2. Pensacola Beach and Boardwalk
In the past week, weather around Pensacola has been, well, less than preferable for traditional Florida fun, but next week is thankfully looking a little warmer. If you’re the kind that lives down here for the sea and sand, the beach may be your ideal break location. Even if clouds roll in, you can still enjoy the boardwalk, with all the features of a mall but right on the water with all the atmosphere of the beach.
3. Movie Under the Stars: Ratatouille
For the kid or Disney fan in all of us, the From the Ground Up Community Garden is hosting a free movie night on their lovely grounds on March 14. There is no cost of admission, refreshments and concessions are available, and donations will be accepted with all money raised going back into making the garden even more beautiful. Perfect for a student-salary date night or just some innocent fun, the gates open at 6:45 p.m. and it’s first come, first served, so be sure to get there quick!
4. Gallery Night in Green
A classic Pensacola staple, once a month, Gallery Night fills Palafox street with the talent of local artists, the wares of local businesses, and the food of local restaurants. This month, it just so happens to fall on Friday the 15, just in time for Spring Break! In addition, Saint Patrick’s day has come early this year as Gallery Night will also be themed to reflect the unique March holiday. Be sure to wear green and keep that clover handy! The festivities begin at 5 p.m. and last until the bars close.
5. Hot Glass Cold Brew
On the evening of March 15, the First City Art Center is hosting a fundraising event to show off the work of our local glass artists. There will be magnificent art displays, demonstrations of skills such as pottery and glass making, and complimentary drinks straight from the Pensacola Bay Brewery all with a distinct 80s theme. Tickets will be sold online and are $20 for members and $30 for non-members which includes light food, two drinks, and a handmade cup, so pull up those legwarmers and slide on over! Events will begin at 6 p.m. and last until 9 p.m.
6. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Knoxville Ice Bears
For the ice hockey fans on campus, our very own hometown Ice Flyers will be taking on the visiting Knoxville Ice Bears in the Pensacola Bay Center twice during Spring Break. Once on March 15 at 7:35 p.m. and then a second time at 7:05 p.m. on March 16. Bundle up and get ready to see the mayhem! Tickets can be found online on the Ice Flyers website.
7. Pensacola Opera: Florencia in the Amazon
For two nights only, the Pensacola Opera is presenting Daniel Catán’s musical masterpiece in the Saenger Theatre downtown. Come and experience the journey of singer Florencia Grimaldi as fantasy and reality overlap in a breathtaking spectacle of musical talent and visual brilliance. All seats must be reserved online through either the Saenger Theatre or the Pensacola Opera website, begin at $24 with special deals for music or theatre students, and the shows are March 15 at 7:30 p.m. and March 17 at 2:00 p.m. This show will even feature the talents of two UWF Alumni, Tyler Frayer as Technical Director and Alyssa Bramwell as Stage Manager!
8. Grog March 2019
In their annual Saint Patrick’s Day tradition, local Irish Pub O’Riley’s is hosting a night of fun, food, and drink in order to raise donations for Manna Food Pantries on March 16 at 4 p.m. Registration is $10, which includes a commemorative mug and t-shirt, and participants are asked to provide either two or more non-perishable food donations or cash to donate to the charity. If you love drinks, local bars, and helping those in need, look no further for the perfect conclusion to your spring break!