Festivals in Northwest Florida February Events Calendar 2012

The Festivals in Northwest Florida February Events Calendar for 2012 is more than Valentine's Day dinners and candy hearts. It's about Mardi Gras parades, gumbo cook-offs, and African American history celebrations.

This month, when a groundhog dictates the weather to the rest of the country, we can get outdoors and enjoy warm sunshine, hiking, biking, playing a round of golf and beachcombing. Then it's time to enjoy "wintery" foods like gumbo and chili, especially when someone else is doing the cooking.

As usual, there's so much going on, it's hard to keep up.

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Note: All times listed on the Festivals in Northwest Florida February Events Calendar for 2012 are U.S. Central Time Zone unless otherwise indicated.


Panama City Mardi Gras Festival

Date: February 3 & 4, 2012
Hours: Friday 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday Festival 12 noon to 10:00 p.m., Parade at 3:00 p.m.
Where: McKenzie Park in downtown Panama City
Cost: Free
More Information: Call 850-913-8383 or visit Krewe of Massalina

It's Mardi Gras in Panama City! Sponsored by the Krewe of Massalina, this two-day festival includes a Friday night block party, a Saturday afternoon parade, live music, arts and crafts, and fun for the whole family.


22nd Annual Chili Competition

Date: February 4, 2012
Hours: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Santa Rosa Mall, 300 Mary Esther Blvd., Fort Walton Beach
Cost: $.50 a bowl
More Information: Call 850-243-0315

Sample chili until you can't eat any more as contenders vie for bragging rights as the area's best chili cook.


Mardi Gras Parade

Date: February 4, 2012
Hours: 2:00 p.m.
Where: Harborwalk Village, Destin
Cost: Free
More Information: Call 850-424-0600

Enjoy dazzling floats, colorful costumes, street performers, and float riders tossing colorful beads! Stay and enjoy live music on the Main Stage after the parade.

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15th Annual St Andrews Mardi Gras Parade & Festival

Date: February 10 & 11, 2012
Hours: Friday 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Historic St. Andrews in Panama City
Cost: Free
More Information: Call 850-763-7359 or visit St. Andrews Mardi Gras Fest

Celebrate Mardi Gras by "Puttin' on the Ritz" with the Krewe of St. Andrews and the SAMGFest. This family-friendly two-day festival 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. Over 100 vendors offer cajun and other foods and eight stages fill with live music and entertainment.


Pensacola Black History Arts Festival & Expo

Date: February 10-12, 2012
Hours: Friday 6:00 p.m., Saturday 12 noon to 6:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Historic Belmont and Devilliers, Pensacola
Cost: Free
More Information: Visit Truth for Youth

This year's theme is "Images in Black" as the festival kicks off in the Historic Belmont distric in Pensacola. this three-day family-friendly event includes a guest speaker on Friday, Soul Music, Gospel music, food, arts, live performances, a young people's art contest, children's activities, and a chili cook-off.


Mardi Gras on the Island

Date: February 11, 2012
Hours: 11:00 a.m.
Where: Santa Rosa Boulevard, Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach
Cost: Free
More Information: Call 850-244-8191

Let the good times roll at the annual Mardi Gras on the Island Parade. Catch beads and other goodies and have the most fun this side of New Orleans.




Mardi Gras at the Beach!

Date: February 17 & 18, 2012
Hours: Friday 12 noon to 10:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 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 Pier Park. There'll be pirates, parades and lots of Mardi Gras beads and colorful costumes, along with entertainment and food vendors. Spend the day Saturday. The Parade starts at 2:00 p.m. and fireworks on the beach at 8:00 p.m. followed by live music.

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Pensacola Mardi Gras

Date: February 17 & 18, 2012
Hours: Friday 8:00 p.m., Saturday 2:00 p.m.
Where: Parades begin at Spring & Garden Streets, Pensacola
Cost: Free
More Information: Visit Pensacola Mardi Gras

One of the country's original Mardi Gras celebration sites, Pensacola hosts several parades over this weekend. The Krewe of Lafitte Mardi Gras Parade is 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.


The 9th Annual African-American History Festival

Date: February 17-19, 2012
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Where: Franklin Square on 6th Street, Apalachicola
Cost: Free
More Information: Call 850-653-7515 or visit Hillside Coalition Of Laborers for Apalachicola

The 9th Annual African American History Festival, sponsored by the Hillside Coalition Of Laborers for Apalachicola, Inc, celebrates African American history, art, and culture and features a parade, exhibits, music, entertainment, food and inspiration.

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14th Annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off

Date: February 18, 2012
Hours: 10:00 a.m. until gumbo is gone
Where: Sunset Park, Mexico Beach
Cost: $1 per taste
More Information: Call the Mexico Beach Community Development Center at 850-648-8196 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 makes the best gumbo.

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23rd Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival

Date: February 18, 2012
Hours: 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin
Cost: $15 in advance, $25 at the door
More Information: Call 850-267-8110 or visit Sandestin Gumbo Festival

Live Cajun 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. Vote for your favorites in the People's Choice Awards.


Southeast Regional Pig Fest BBQ Cook-off, Music and Arts Festival

Date: February 18 & 19, 2012
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Where: North Florida Fairgrounds, Tallahassee
Cost: Adults $6, Children (ages 6 to 12) $3, Children 5 and under free
More Information: Call 850-222-2043 or visit Capital Area Community Action Agency

BBQ Competition, Arts and Crafts Fair, Music Festival, it's all here at the Southeast Regional Pig Fest. Saturday features BBQ and foot-stomping music. The Florida BBQ Association sanctioned competition offers $8,000 in cash prizes to BBQ Cookoff winners who are then qualified to enter the Jack Daniel World Championship in Lynchburg, Kentucky. Both Days feature an Arts and Crafts marketplace, kids’ zone, great food, and vendors that include Arts and Crafts, country market and food concessions.

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Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Street Party

Date: February 21, 2012
Hours: 7:00 p.m. to midnight
Where: Downtown Pensacola
Cost: Free
More Information: Visit Pensacola Mardi Gras

Have the last "hurrah" before Lent in downtown Pensacola. Palafox and Government Streets will host the biggest Mardi Gras Street Party this side of Bourbon Street. South Palafox to Government and from Government to Tarragona will be closed off for the night's festivities!

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