February Events and Festivals in Northwest Florida

The February Events Calendar for 2015 is more than Valentine's Day dinners and candy hearts. It's about Mardi Gras parades, gumbo cook-offs, and local art.

While a groundhog is dictating the weather to the rest of the country, we can still get outdoors and enjoy warm sunshine, hiking, biking, playing a round of golf and beachcombing. But, it's also cool enough to enjoy "wintery" foods like gumbo and chili, especially when someone else is doing the cooking. 

February is Mardi Gras month and parades and festivals are ongoing for weeks ahead. In our region they are mostly family-friendly. You'll find celebrations in Destin, Pensacola, and Panama City Beach, and lots of places in between. Just follow the folks wearing beads.

Note: All times listed on the Northwest Florida February Events and Festivals Calendar are U.S. Central Time Zone unless otherwise indicated.

18th Annual St Andrews Mardi Gras Parade

Date: February 6 & 7, 2015
Hours: Children's Parade Friday 4:00 pm; Main Parade Saturday 2:00 p.m.
Where: Historic St. Andrews in Downtown Panama City
Cost: Free
More Information: Call 850-763-7359 or visit St. Andrews Mardi Gras Fest

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Panama City with the Krewe of St. Andrews. This family-friendly two-days of parades is the oldest and largest Mardi Gras celebration in Northwest Florida and includes a Kids Parade & Mardi Gras Pet Parade on Friday at 4:00 p.m., and the Annual Grande Parade at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. 

28th Annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade

Date: February 7, 2015
Hours: 1:00 p.m.
Where: Gulf Boulevard, Navarre Beach
Cost: Free
More Information: Visit Navarre Krewe of Jesters

Let the good times roll at the annual Navarre Krewe of Jesters Mardi Gras Parade on Navarre Beach. Catch beads and other goodies and have the most fun this side of New Orleans. This year's theme is Mardi Gras Around the World.

Pensacola Mardi Gras

Date: February 13 & 14, 2015
Hours: Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 2:00 p.m.
Where: Parades begin at Spring & Garden Streets, Pensacola
Cost: Free
More Information: Call 850-436-7638 or Visit Pensacola Mardi Gras

One of the country's original Mardi Gras celebration sites, Pensacola hosts several parades over this weekend. Friday night is the Krewe of Lafitte Mardi Gras Parade, Pensacola's only illuminated nighttime parade, filled with lots of lighted floats and Mardi Gras fun. The family-friendly Grand Mardi Gras Parade offers traditional bead-tossing, marching bands and colorful costumes and floats.

Mardi Gras at the Beach!

Date: February 13 &14, 2015
Hours: Friday 4:00 pm to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Pier Park, Panama City Beach
Cost: Free
More Information: Visit Mardi Gras at the Beach

Join the Krewe of Dominique Youx and celebrate Mardi Gras on the streets of Pier Park. This family-friendly event includes pirates, parades, fireworks, and lots of Mardi Gras beads and colorful costumes, along with kids activities, live entertainment, and food vendors. Spend the day Saturday. The Main Parade starts at 5:00 p.m. with fireworks on the beach at 8:30 p.m..

26th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival

Date: February 14, 2015
Hours: 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Cost: $20 in advance, $30 at the door
More Information: Call 850-267-8110 or visit Sandestin Gumbo Festival

Live music, delicious cooking seminars and home-made gumbo soup served by Gulf Coast restaurants and businesses make this one of the top gumbo festivals around. Wander the tents and tastings at Baytowne, enjoy gumbo and vote for your favorites in the People's Choice Awards.

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Gulf Islands National Park Appreciation Days

Date: February 14-16, 2015
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to sunset
Where: Fort Pickens and Johnson's Beach, Gulf Islands National Seashore
Cost: Free
More Information: Call 850-934-2600, For Camping reservations call 877-444-6777

Fee Free Days at Gulf Islands National Seashore means you can explore the historic fort and museums, and enjoy the beaches and many recreational opportunities for FREE. Park entry is free on these days, and overnight camping is available for $26 per night that includes grills, fire rings, water, and electric hook-ups. It's a great time to visit your National Park.

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Artwalk on the Harbor

Date: February 15, 2015
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: The Harbor, Destin
Cost: Free
More Information: Call HarborWalk 850-424-0600

Peruse the works of local and regional artists and vendors as you enjoy the beauty of the Destin Harbor. Stroll the Boardwalk from HarborWalk to AJ's for arts and crafts, photography, jewelry, and more.

17th Annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off 

Date: February 21, 2015
Hours: 10:00 a.m. until gumbo is gone
Where: Sunset Park, Mexico Beach
Cost: Free to enter but Tickets Required to Sample
More Information: Call the Mexico Beach Community Development Center at 888-723-2546 or visit Mexico Beach

Take all the Festivals in Northwest Florida February events and toss them into one big pot on the beach and you've got the Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off. Celebrate Mardi Gras and the food that goes with it at this Gumbo Festival with beads, live music, and lots of gumbo and stew. There will also be BBQ and beverages available for purchase as area cooks battle it out to see who will be crowned "Gumbo King." 

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I've listed the highlights here, but you may know of some other events. If so, please contact me, or you can let us know by writing a comment below. Be sure to put the event name, date, time, where it's at, and if there is a cost.

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