2017-11-01 / Features

Foo Foo Fun is focus of festival

A Touch of Europe: the Umbrella Sky Festival is Coming to Pensacola Hundreds of colorful umbrellas will float high above historic IntendenciaA Touch of Europe: the Umbrella Sky Festival is Coming to Pensacola Hundreds of colorful umbrellas will float high above historic IntendenciaIt’s 12 days of music, theater, cuisine and arts throughout Pensacola.

It’s Foo Foo Festival, and there is something for everyone.

The Umbrella Sky Project will accent the atmosphere above Pensacola streets with brightly colored ’brellas in a kaleidoscope sky, while artists create on cubed canvas in vivid colors at ground level.

An interactive science walk downtown and fresh flower installations focused on historic areas will be an ongoing backdrop for a variety of experiences and performances throughout the festival. Beginning Nov. 3, one of the best regarded and most popular arts festivals in the country will host more than 200 painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other creative people on downtown streets for three days.

The Busker Festival, featuring entertaining street performers focusing on musical, unusual art and comedic acts, will also be open to showcase talent.

Local and regional jazz artists will be on hand at bars and restaurants and in hotel lobbies Nov. 3, as will the Choral Society of Pensacola, presenting musical performances with a Spanish theme.

Interested in clean energy and its future? Plan to visit the kid-friendly focus that includes Tesla and a Tiny House among its intriguing exhibits Nov. 3-4. Twenty top students from Ballet Pensacola will be in the spotlight those same days for “Monster Mash,” a Children’s Series Production.

The Indian Dance Show on Nov. 4 will feature a traditional “Pow Wow” with music, intricate dance, eye-popping costumes, a two-hour culinary experience and Brass Band and Second Line.

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra’s concerts on Nov. 4-5 will celebrate the vibrant culture, rich historic roots, beautiful beaches and thriving downtown area with stunning imagery and moving music.

Then it’s time for a Scotch tasting, live music, chefs’ demos, cigar garden, designer pearls and fabulous oysters, courtesy of James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst of The Couple’s Kitchen on Nov. 5-6.

The Storyteller’s Circle will focus on “The Color of Courage,” and the tales of African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War will take center stage with drama, song, poetry and multimedia elements Nov. 5.

The Long Hollow Park Fountain Dedication on Nov. 6 will offer visitors glass-blowing demonstrations, ceramic raku firings, artists drawing en plein air, yoga, fire dancing and aerial skills for Art-a- Thon, that same day.

For those fascinated by writing or reading the printed word, it’s “Writing on the Sunny Side of Florida on Nov. 9. There will be workshops and readings of humorous prose by iconic Florida journalists and novelists.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Homecoming air show at NAS Pensacola will highlight the Veterans Day weekend Nov. 10-11. Those dates also mark the 71st anniversary of the premier flight team and the air show will be followed by the largest fireworks display in the area.

Pensacola’s EggFest is set for Nov. 10 and 12, with a VIP exclusive cookout style dinner at Blue Wahoos’ Stadium.

Don Schlitz’ tribute to Larry Butler is planned for Nov. 10 and guitarist Gene Bertoncini, “the Segovia of Jazz,” will be featured the same night.

Maria de Buenos Aires, a surreal genre-bending tango opera, will be a prime attraction both Nov. 10 and 12.

A Salute to Veterans will feature a musical collection of patriotic songs honoring service and military units, courtesy of the Pensacola Civic Band on Nov. 11.

The Pensacola Marathon on Nov. 12 will wind through historic neighborhoods and will serve as a Boston qualifier.

The Williams Trifecta on Nov. 13 will highlight three famous but unrelated composers with the same last name, while Hal Smith’s On the Levee Band will pay tribute to Edward “Kid” Ory, one of the finest New Orleans band leaders, on Nov. 13.

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