Events & Festivals

Battle for Florida brought back to life in Bagdad

Battle for Florida brought back to life in Bagdad

In the late years of the American Revolution, the British military had their hands full with an all-out war against the colonists. Along the Gulf Coast, Spain saw an opportunity. Louisiana’s Spanish governor of the time, Bernardo De Galvez, gathered together his forces to take advantage of the fighting between Britain and the American revolutionaries. […]

Happy Navarrdi Gras!

Happy Navarrdi Gras!

Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade 2020 winners Overall winner: Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Commercial Division 1. Springhill Suites 2. Navarre Properties 3. Windjammers on the Pier Community Groups 1. Navarre Chamber 2. Krewe of Misfits 3. Vinyl Me Crazy Walking Division 1. A Time to Dance Golf Cart Division 1. #29 Kim Ream […]

Wine and Dine for Dravet coming to Juana’s

Wine and Dine for Dravet coming to Juana’s

Folks will be wining and dining in support of the Dravet Syndrome Foundation on the beach Feb. 28 during the annual Wine & Dine for Dravet in Honor of Charlotte organized and hosted by Cheryl Chant and Ken Rudzki, Charlotte’s grandparents. It will be held at Juana’s Club Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill in Navarre. Read […]

Wood firing truly one of a kind

Wood firing truly one of a kind

Even with 47 years of experience under her belt, pottery artist Maria Spies said she still is never sure what is going to come out of the kiln after firing. She and an army of her fellow artists and interested buyers hand unloaded hundreds of works of art from the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk’s groundhog […]

Let’s have a ball

Let’s have a ball

Krewe of Jesters Mardi Gras court King, Doc Chappell; Queen, Jennifer Morgan; Queen of Hearts, Michelle Whikehart; Lester the Jester, Yolie Donley. Not pictured is the 2020 Grand Marshall, Tracey Bragg. Want to go? What: Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade Who: Hosted by Navarre Krewe of Jesters Where: Along Gulf Blvd on Navarre Beach When: […]

Mardi Gras season is here

Mardi Gras season is here

As the saying goes, “laissez les bons temps rouler!” Or for those that don’t speak Cajun French, let the good times roll! It’s Mardi Gras season, and the Navarre Krewe of Jesters are in full swing preparing for this year’s festivities including the Mardi Gras Ball at the Navarre Conference Center Feb. 8 and the […]

Pink Pirates roar into 2020

Pink Pirates roar into 2020

The 1920s were back in style at the Days Inn Conference Center as the Pink Pirates of Navarre rang in 2020 with their New Year’s Gala. The event was more than just a party. It was a massive fundraiser for a nonprofit focused on supporting women fighting breast cancer. Read the full article in the […]

Out with the old, in with the zoo

Out with the old, in with the zoo

‘Tis the season for a new holiday tradition at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. Starting this year, Gulf Breeze Zoo has a new Christmas event for families and friends of all ages called Christmas ZOObilee. This Christmas extravaganza started Dec. 14 and 15 and continues Dec. 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In […]

Navarre holiday tradition celebrates 25th anniversary

Navarre holiday tradition celebrates 25th anniversary

This year marked the 25th annual Christmas in the Park for the Navarre community. Every year, the people of Navarre rally together to put on an extravaganza for the Christmas season. Local businesses and organizations come alongside the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to throw a full day of Christmas cheer. Read the full […]

Holiday events in and around Navarre

Holiday events in and around Navarre

It’s that time of year once again. The coming weeks will see Navarre light up with holiday cheer and festivities the whole family can enjoy while creating holiday memories to last a lifetime. From our Navarre Press family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Dec. 5 Tree Lighting & Trees for Troops Join NAS […]

Event offers “New Leash on Love” for homeless pets

Event offers “New Leash on Love” for homeless pets

Local animal rescues are teaming up to offer family’s a chance to come out and meet their new furry family member Nov. 16 at A New Leash on Love at Bagdad Mill Site Park. The fall adoption event extravaganza is hosted by Santa Rosa County animal rescue group A HOPE, in partnership with 400 Paws, […]

Halloween gets wild at Boo at the Zoo

Halloween gets wild at Boo at the Zoo

Children of all ages had a wild Halloween this month at the annual Boo at the Zoo celebration at Gulf Breeze Zoo. A variety of vendors set up booths along a trick or treat trail through the Zoo’s many animal exhibits each weekend in October.   Read the full article in the Oct. 31 issue […]

Retail survey: Halloween spending lags in 2019

Retail survey: Halloween spending lags in 2019

Halloween festivities may be able to cause consumers to jump with fright, but the spooky holiday has failed to elicit as much reaction in the retail sector this year. Spending on costumes, candy and creepy décor have largely remained flat for 2019, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual spending survey. Read the full article […]

Spooky science takes over Navarre Beach

Spooky science takes over Navarre Beach

Ghosts and ghouls were waiting in the beach wake Saturday during Science Spooktacular, an annual marine-inspired Halloween celebration at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. The station’s dual enrollment students led visitors in a variety of experiments and activities with a creepy theme including creating oozing pumpkins, piloting underwater remotely operated vehicles, exploring touch tanks, pressure […]

Fireman’s Challenge pushes the limit for Pink Pirates

Fireman’s Challenge pushes the limit for Pink Pirates

Local men and women took on the physical tests for being a firefighter Sunday on the beach as part of the annual Navarre Beach Fireman’s Challenge. The challenge is an annual fundraiser to support the Pink Pirates of Navarre, an organization dedicated to the local fight against breast cancer. Sign ups for the contest set […]

Beaches to Woodlands fun this week

Beaches to Woodlands fun this week

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze  Through Nov. 3, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday 2055 Homer Holland Rd. Milton www.HollandFarmsOnline.com Sonshine Family Farms Corn Mazes and Mini Golf Through Nov. 3, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 6270 Oglesby Rd. in Milton […]

Pink Pirates 5K

Pink Pirates 5K

The Pink Pirates Save A Rack 5K event took place last Saturday on Navarre Beach.   Walkers Overall female- Judee Studer, 59, 39:04 Overall male- Joseph Hill, 57, 38:23 Runners Female runners age 1-20 First- Brianna Sanchez, 20, 26:57 Second- Morgan Hill, 16, 27:38 Third- Paige Nutting, 11, 28:39 Male runners age 1-20 First- Roman Sanchez, 16, 23:09 Second- […]

Peanut Festival celebrates 30 years

Peanut Festival celebrates 30 years

In a celebration of agriculture and community, hundreds of people gather each October at Gabbert Farm in the town of Jay for the annual Peanut Festival. Oct. 5-6 was the 30th rendition of the event. Peanuts are a significant part of Santa Rosa County culture, especially in the rural town of Jay. Agriculture, largely based in the […]

2019 Taste of Gulf Breeze results

2019 Taste of Gulf Breeze results

Local businesses showed of their culinary prowess in competition Oct. 4 during the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce’s 30th Annual Taste of Gulf Breeze.   Restaurant Division: Best Appetizer: Dickey’s BBQ Pit Best Beverage: 200 S. Palafox Best Dessert: Broussard’s Bayou Grill   Specialty Division: Best Appetizer: The Arbors of Gulf Breeze Best Beverage: […]

Nearly 300 participate in Run for Reef races

Nearly 300 participate in Run for Reef races

A long line of runners and walkers barreled down Gulf Boulevard Saturday during the Run for the Reef 5K and 10K races. Overcast skies and a slight breeze took the edge off a warm morning for a race. Two of the four first-place honors went to out-of-towners. Specifically, 13-year-old Zoe Garcia took the women’s 5K overall award back […]

Caring and Sharing 2019 Chili Cook-off

Caring and Sharing 2019 Chili Cook-off

Caring and Sharing Chili Cook-off Awards 2019   Salsa: First place, Buckle and Croi (Khree); Second place, Kelly’s Demented Fermented; Third place, Ray Yantch Bean There Farted That: First place, Tracey; Second place, Calhoun Cookers; Third place, Aaron Willis Carnivore Amore: First place, Team Chi Leigh; Second place, Johnny; Third place, The Wanna Beans Double […]

Beer, beach meet at Juana’s Oktoberfest

Beer, beach meet at Juana’s Oktoberfest

Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill was packed Saturday as folks took a break from fishing to sample the brew during Oktoberfest. While the brews were pouring, anglers were also weighing in their catch for the Navarre Beach Fishing Rodeo.           A variety of regional breweries offered samples of their drinks at […]

Take a Kid Fishing inspires young anglers

Take a Kid Fishing inspires young anglers

Children had an opportunity to learn about fishing with free rods and reels on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier Saturday morning as part of the 10th annual Take a Kid Fishing event.   Jojo Steward, 6, catches her first fish ever. “It felt squishy,” she said. “It was fun to reel it in, but it […]

Ye Olde serves up Oktoberfest

Ye Olde serves up Oktoberfest

Navarre’s first craft brewery served up beer, pretzels and bratwurst Saturday at the annual Oktoberfest celebration. Ye Olde Brothers held the event on their lawn.   Ryann Fleck invited her friend Brandi Elsinghorst from Niceville to take part if the Bavarian-themed fun.             Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge raffled off opportunities […]

31 events on tap for Beaches to Woodlands 2019

31 events on tap for Beaches to Woodlands 2019

The first official day of autumn has passed, meaning Beaches to Woodlands has returned in Santa Rosa County. This is the 16th year for the event, and County Tourist Information Specialist Nicole Dees said the festival is back strong as ever with a diverse sampling of fun options from across the county.   Read the […]

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2019 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2019 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation welcomes returning headline sponsor Okaloosa Gas District to the 2019 fishing rodeo slated for Oct. 5-6 on Navarre Beach. Organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, the event is entering its seventh year and is one stop on what will be the 16th annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour. […]

Good Time Regatta

Good Time Regatta

Juana Good Time Regatta 2019 Trophy Winners Cruisers: 1st           Steve and Conner Rudzki and Crew “Cat’s Away” Gemini 105MC 2nd          Ken Schneider and Crew “Missing Oar” Gemini 3200 3rd           Gary and Derek Nelms “Piano Tuna” Gemini 3200 Hobie 16: 1st           Mark Bachman and Mike Pederson 2nd          Mark Caraher – Single Handed 3rd           Jane and Jerome […]

Wing Off raises $25,000 for special needs families

Wing Off raises $25,000 for special needs families

Attendance doubled to more than 1,000 patrons Saturday for Navarre’s second annual Wing Off, Starfish Project’s annual competitive chicken wing fest in Navarre Park. The Wing Off is the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser for the year to support families of children with special needs.   Read the full article in the Aug. 29 issue of Navarre […]

Second annual Wing Off coming to Navarre Park

Second annual Wing Off coming to Navarre Park

The Starfish Project of Navarre has tasked the public with an important decision. Saturday. The nonprofit organization will be calling on foodies of all ages to vote to determine which is the best chicken wing in Navarre as part of the second annual Wing Off in Navarre Park.   Read the full article in the […]

Movies by the Dunes coming spring 2020

Movies by the Dunes coming spring 2020

Movies by the Dunes is coming to Navarre Beach next year. The Tourist Development Council (TDC) supported a grant of nearly $5,000 Aug. 1 for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to host the event.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

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