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Foo Foo Festival 2015

FOO FOO FEST 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 “CORONAVIRUS”

Pensacola’s 12-Day Coastal Cultural Celebration Will Resume November 4 – 15, 2021

Contact: For questions, please contact curator@acepensacola.org

IMPORTANT NOTE: This cancelation applies to primary Foo Foo Fest grant-funded events only. A number of events are added each year, and placed under our marketing umbrella as “Friends of Foo.” However, whether these events occur or not, is not under the purview of the Foo Foo Festival or Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. Please check the websites and/or social media pages of your favorite Friends of Foo for updates on the status of their individual events moving forward.

PRESS RELEASE

The nonprofit organization, Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. (ACE), announced on April 2, 2020, that the 7th Annual Foo Foo Festival slated for November 5-16, 2020 has been canceled due to the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Foo Foo Festival will resume November 4-15, 2021 in Pensacola, Fla.

“Our board voted unanimously to suspend Foo Foo Festival this year in light of the pandemic,” said David Bear, trustee emeritus for Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. “The timing for committing financially for 2020 is now and we felt it would be irresponsible to begin our process during this uncertain and precarious time. We look forward to getting back to business as usual next year.”

For more information and updates about the Pensacola Foo Foo Festival, visit www.FooFooFest.com or follow Foo Foo Festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For ongoing news and updates please visit ACEPensacola.org.

The Foo Foo Festival celebrates art, music, dance, theatre, cuisine and more with programming from grant recipients, throughout the city of Pensacola for nearly two weeks. Strategically positioned in and around some of Pensacola’s most popular events, the Foo Foo Fest encourages cultural tourists to make Pensacola an arts destination those two weeks. Foo Foo Festival’s impressive roster of events has become highly anticipated for its outstanding grant recipients who celebrate individual experiences specific to their craft and in 2019, the festival gave a total of $400,000 in grant funding to artists.

About Art, Culture, Entertainment, Inc. (ACE)

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.

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Foo Foo Fest is a 12-day celebration of culturally creative happenings, events and moments under one banner, attracting visitors to beautiful Pensacola, Fla. Foo Foo Fest is big fun, with events of high artistic and cultural caliber, delivered with a hefty dose of Southern sophistication.

Fest Days

It’s a well kept secret that fall is one of the best times of the year to visit a coastal southern town, and Foo Foo Fest is set right when a breeze is in the air. The festival takes place during 12 days in November, beginning on Thursday, Nov. 5 and ending on Monday, Nov. 16.

Fest Events

Event Tickets

Some events are FREE, and some events do require a ticket. More information about each event can be found on the specific event’s info page. If the event does require a ticket, info regarding price and where to obtain a ticket can be found on the event’s specific page here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Foo Foo Fest?

Foo Foo Fest is a 12-day celebration of culturally creative happenings, events and moments under one banner, attracting visitors to beautiful Pensacola, Fla. Foo Foo Fest is big fun, with events of high artistic and cultural caliber, delivered with a hefty dose of Southern sophistication.

How Long is the Festival?

The festival is 12 days long, beginning on Thursday, Nov. 5 and ending on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020.

What goes on at the festival?

The Foo Foo Fest is a combination of several eclectic events over a 12-day span. Each event differs greatly, but more information can be found here in the event info section.

Do I need a ticket?

Each event is different. Some events do require a ticket for entry, but several events are free to the public. Information about each event can be found here in the event info section. At the top of each individual event page, there is information regarding date, time, location and if a ticket is required.

Where can I stay during the festival?

Pensacola is home to several wonderful accommodations to take advantage of while you visit for the Foo Foo Fest. Click here to view several of our hotels and vacation rental company information. Whether you’re looking to stay in town or close to the beach, each listing displayed gives a photo, accommodation info and a link to the hotel or rental company website.

Where did the inspiration for the name “Foo Foo” come from?

A “Foo Foo” is, by definition: An impromptu musical band known to come together on late 19th-century sailing vessels, consisting of members from the ship’s crew. So, quite literally, the gathering of Pensacola’s arts and entertainment organizations during this period of time is our very own “Foo Foo.”

How did the Foo Foo Fest come about?

Arts, Culture and Entertainment, Inc. (ACE) approached the county commission with the thought of securing grant monies, to be distributed among various arts/cultural organizations in the Pensacola area. The goal was to fill the period of time between some of Pensacola’s most popular cultural events—like the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival and the Blue Angels Homecoming Show at NAS Pensacola—with fun events attractive to “cultural tourists.” Foo Foo Fest offers a unique slate of events during the month of November or the middle of said off-season.

But what about the existing festivals?

The larger, or “anchor” festivals and events such as the Blue Angels Homecoming Show, the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival and the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival are all successful and attractive events in their own rights. ACE’s goal, by allocating grant money, was to challenge Pensacola’s other local groups and organizations to create unique events on their own to occur (primarily) in between the anchor weekend events. This creates a robust schedule of events on the days between the two weekends of Oct. 31st – Nov. 11th, 2019.

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