Santa Rosa County Tourism Office Announces Fun-filled April Events

Posted on March 20, 2021 by Staff reports

The Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office has announced April events in Santa Rosa County, including the following:

Bands on the Blackwater Spring Series – 5158 Willing St., Milton. Bands on the Blackwater is a free outdoor spring and fall concert series held Friday nights in downtown Milton. Pull up your boat or bring a lawn chair and relax while listening to great live music! For more information, visit or call 850-983-5400.
            Apr. 2, 7 – 9 p.m., NU-BLU
            Apr. 9, 7 – 9 p.m., 12Eleven
            Apr. 16, 7 – 9 p.m., Bay Bridge Band
            Apr. 23, 7 – 9 p.m., Pearl Clarkin
            Apr. 30, 7 – 9 p.m., Boukou Groove
Highway 87 Outdoor Market at Pik-itz (April 3 and 17) – 1922 Hwy. 87, Navarre. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This bi-weekly outdoor market takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. Farm-to-table vendors are available along with arts and crafts, and shopping inside Pik-Itz! Art & Antiques. For more information, visit or call 850-710-7128.
Santa Rosa County Fair (April 1, 2, 3 & April 8, 9, 10) – 8604 Bobby Brown Rd., Milton. Enjoy rides, demonstrations, live music, food vendors and more at the Santa Rosa County Fair and Livestock Show. For more information, visit or call 850-623-1115.
Easter at the Gulf Breeze Zoo (April 4) – 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., Gulf Breeze. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Easter egg hunts, face painting, bounce house, Easter bunny photo opportunities and a fun day of the zoo. For more information, visit or call 850-932-2229.

Spring Festival of Flowers (April 9, 10, 11) – 5988 Hwy. 90, Milton. Hours: April 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; April 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; April 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The University of Florida, IFAS and the Pensacola State College Milton Campus hosts one of the largest festivals of the season, featuring plant nurseries, UF student club plant sale, arts and crafts, food, and educational opportunities. For more information, visit
Seas the Day (April 10)  8740 Gulf Blvd. Navarre. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A free event for the month of the military child; children on the spectrum and child abuse awareness at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. Enjoy marine biology exhibits and sensory arts and crafts. For more information, visit or call 850-684-3347.

Navarre Beach Vintage Festival (April 17) – 8640 Blue Heron Ct., Navarre Beach. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Navarre Beach Vintage Festival is a benefit fundraiser for the Navarre Beach lifeguards and junior lifeguards with classic cars, motorcycles, and surfboards on display along with live music and food vendors. Free admission at the Navarre Beach Fire Rescue-Lifeguard Headquarters in the Navarre Beach Marine Park. For more information, visit
Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Earth Day Celebration (April 17) – 3051 Cloptons Cir., Navarre. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day at the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge. Learn about the refuge, meet animal ambassadors, and participate in activities for all ages that celebrate Earth Day, conservation and wildlife protection. Food trucks will be on site. Admission fee is required. For more information, visit or call 850-684-1485.
Shark School at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (April 17 and 24) – 8740 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Explore local gulf coast sharks, shark biology, and shark conservation. Shark school participates receive: introduction class to sharks of the Gulf of Mexico, shark arts and crafts, shark tooth treasure hunt, a certificate of completion, and early entrance to the NBSTCC. Each program accommodates up to 10 “enrolled students” and a guest/parent or guardian. For more information and to register, visit  or call 850-684-3347.
87 Art Fest (April 24) – 1922 Hwy. 87, Navarre. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Celebrate the second anniversary of Pik-itz new location on Hwy 87. Art festival includes local art, live music featuring Blue Lew and food trucks. For more information, visit  or call 850-710-7128.
Second Annual Norm Crowder Memorial Kids’ Fest (April 24) – 8649 Gulf Blvd., Navarre. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Broussard’s Bayou Grill. Food, live music, and games for all ages benefitting the Santa Rosa Kids’ House to help raise awareness of and stop child abuse. For more information, visit or call 850-396-6099.
Trash Bash with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (April 24) – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Help protect sea turtles and other imperiled species through a citizen science program that allows volunteers to take an active role in the war against marine debris. Volunteers collect trash from different areas along the 4.5 miles of Navarre Beach and record data that is forwarded to state and federal agencies. Meet in the main Navarre Beach Parking Lot near the Sand Crab Pavilion. Limited supplies of gloves, buckets and pickers are provided, or bring your own. For more information, visit  or call 850-684-3347.