Pensacola’s Foo Foo Festival cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic will have impacts far into 2020 as one of Pensacola’s iconic festivals has been cancelled for November.

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

The Foo Foo Festival celebrates art, music, dance, theater, cuisine and more with programming from grant recipients, throughout the city of Pensacola for nearly two weeks, encouraging cultural tourism. In 2019, the festival gave a total of $400,000 in grant funding to artists according to a press release.

In Thursday’s release, the ACE board cited budget concerns for the event as the reason for cancelling at this time.

“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.”

The Foo Foo Festival is set to return to Pensacola November 4-15, 2021 according to the release.

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