Foo Foo Festival 2015



Seventh Annual Cultural Celebration Set to Return November 4-15, 2021


Pensacola’s Foo Foo Festival officially announced its plans for its seventh annual events, taking place November 4-15, 2021. Via a virtual kickoff, the Foo Foo Festival committee shared this year’s grant application process, funding structure, and COVID-safe procedures that will be implemented into this year’s festival. While the Foo Foo Festival’s plans for its 2020 events were canceled out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of the Pensacola community and attendees, the highly-anticipated festival will return in November 2021 better than ever before. 

In 2021, the Pensacola Foo Foo Festival will once again fund top-scoring grant applicants, with the number of grants to be awarded contingent upon the number of submissions. This year the Foo Foo Festival will provide up to $315,000 in grant funding, and grant applicants can apply for up to $100,000 in grant funding. For those local non-profits interested in applying for a Foo Foo Festival grant, visit ACEPensacola.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.


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Foo Foo Fest looks forward to the opportunity to welcome new and returning festival attendees to its seventh annual beloved arts & culture event November 4-15 and to showing support for the Pensacola community during these challenging times.  

Visit the Foo Foo Fest news page, for more information on the 2021 Pensacola Foo Foo Festival.

For more information on the 2021 Pensacola Foo Foo Festival, visit FooFooFest.com or follow Foo Foo Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ACE is a nonprofit organization that receives Federal, State of Florida, Escambia County, City of Pensacola, corporate, foundation, and personal funds. ACE disperses these funds through an equitable granting process to nonprofit arts, culture, and entertainment organizations throughout Escambia County, Fla., and promotes Escambia County as an arts and cultural destination through the annual Foo Foo Festival and other marketing efforts. For more information about ACE, visit www.acepensacola.org.


The health and safety of the Pensacola Foo Foo Fest’s attendees, staff, vendors, and participants are of the utmost importance to the Foo Foo Fest team. As Foo Foo Fest organizers work to finalize the plans and event layout for this November’s festivities, the team is taking all precautions possible to ensure that the health of its festival-goers will be kept top of mind, including the institution of COVID-safe protocols and enhancement of outdoor spaces to allow for social distancing. The Foo Foo Fest team will continue to monitor developments surrounding COVID-19 leading up to November’s events and will fully cooperate with any instructions heeded for Escambia County by local and state officials and the CDC.

Foo Foo Fest looks forward to the opportunity to welcome new and returning festival attendees to its seventh annual beloved arts & culture event November 4-15, 2021, and to showing support for the Pensacola community during these challenging times.  


2019 Pensacola Writing & Book Festival presented by West Florida Literary Federation and Gulf Coast Authors

Nov. 9, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Tickets: Pre-Register for FREE Tickets

West Florida Literary Federation

Event Info

FREE! Calling all novice or published writers and book lovers of all ages. Learn tips from 10 published authors on how to start writing, publish your novel, memoir, romance, thriller and more. Kids’ Korner with puppets and fantasy dragons. Keynote speaker New York Times best-selling author Lenora Worth. “Write Funny Stuff” with PNJ editorial cartoonist Andy Marlette. Special panel of military veteran authors. Sign up to pitch your draft book to WordCrafts Press for possible publication. And much more! For more info, visit www.wflf.org and www.gulfcoastauthor.com.


Pre-register for FREE tickets here

Event Schedule

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. – Vendors Atrium – Registration; Sign up for free books and door prizes (must be present to win)

9:45 – 5:00 p.m. – Vendors Atrium – Meet the Authors book sales & signing

9:45 -10:00 a.m. – Conference Room – Welcome by ED STANFORD, President, West Florida Literary Federation; SUSAN LEWIS, President, Gulf Coast Authors

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Conference Room – Romancing the Word: Writing Romance Novels LENORA WORTH, New York Times & USA Today best-selling author. Worth has written more than 80 books, with more than 3 million in print. Titles include, Deep Undercover, Survival Mission, Closing the Deal and Christmas Rescue. She is also a 2019 Romance Writers of America RITA© Award finalist.

11:15-12:15 p.m. – Conference Room – So You Want to Write — How to Begin: Creating Writing Spaces, Outlines, Writing Page One; LARRY WILLIAMSON, author of Tallapoosa and Muskogi Sunset: The Second Creek War of 1836, and Auburn University Professional & Continuing Ed novel-writing  instructor

12:15 -1:00 p.m. – Vendor Atrium – Lunch (available for purchase)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Conference Room – So You’ve Written Your Story: Now What? How to Edit, Publish & Copyright Your Book MIKE PARKER, WordCrafts Press editor & acquiring publisher; the publisher’s perspective; PAULA K. PARKER,  playwright/author/freelance writer of over 1000 articles, plays, novels, non-fiction and more; agent query letters and publishing from an author’s perspective;  M.M. Le BLANC, JD, 7-time award-winning author/screenwriter of 14 books; copyrights

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. – Conference Room – Honoring Our Veterans in Books: Thrillers, Memoirs, History MICHAEL BYARS LEWIS, # 1 Amazon International Best-selling  Author, 2016 Military Writer’s Society of America SILVER MEDAL WINNER, Thriller, ex-U.S. Air Force Special Ops; DR. SANDRA DAVIS, author of  So What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This: Seoul to Saigon, ex-U.S. Army Special Services Club Director & Librarian. RACHEL COGGINS, author of Gateway to Iraq: A Chaplain’s Story; ex-U.S. Army Chaplain

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Conference Room – Lions & Tigers & Humor, Oh My! How to Write Funny Stuff!; ANDY MARLETTE, Pensacola News Journal editorial cartoonist, journalist and author

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Conference Room – Door Prize Bonanza Giveaway! (must be present to win)

WRITERS! Pitch your Manuscripts. MIKE PARKER, WordCrafts Press Acquiring Publisher, will take 5-minute pitches from writers with manuscripts about the possibility of publishing your book (first come, first served)!

KIDS KORNER ACTIVITIES (all in Atrium Lobby)

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. – Welcome by LISA RAWSON, West Florida Literary Federation Board Member

10:00-11:00 a.m.Children’s Puppet Storytelling Hour (ages 4-9); LAURA RICHARDS as “The Queen”

11:15-12:15 p.m. Children’s Collage and Story Hour (ages 4-9); LAURA RICHARDS as “The Queen”

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.How to Write Fantasy Stories: Teen/Tween Expand Your Imagination, Part I (ages 10-17); VICKI SHANKWITZ, author of the Dragon Master Series

2:15 – 2:55 p.m.Illustrating Dragons & Other Fantastic Creatures: Teen/Tween Expand Your Imagination, Part II: (ages 10-17); ROBERT SHANKWITZ III, Dragon Master Series illustrator

2:55 – 3:00 p.m.Kids’ Korner Door Prize Bonanza Giveaway! (must be present to win)

Email for more info: writingandbookfest@gmail.com

Visit: wflf.org or gulfcoastauthor.com


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