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What’s Happening in East Hill?

A right turn off the new 3-mile bridge, through Pensacola’s infamous graffiti bridge and you have stumbled upon some of Pensacola’s oldest neighborhoods — East Hill, Old East Hill and East Pensacola Heights.

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As a resident of East Hill the last five years, I have grown to love and appreciate all things East Hill. The massive, picturesque live oak trees offering shade to my dogs and I with their large canopies. A little free library system popping on every corner with the top reads from your neighbors. Houses of all shapes, sizes and styles with intriguing tales of their past.

Parks, eats and arts all within a walk or short bike ride, and this month a string of events that are free and open to the public. Want to check out some of the awesome things East Hill has to offer? Start with hitting up these neighborhood get togethers starting tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 9

East Hill Makers Market – Spring Fling Celebration!

Cordova Square Park, 1101 N. 12th Ave. (East Hill)

3-6 p.m.

Enjoy a Spring afternoon of shopping, fresh flower and bouquet bars, music, photo booth, food trucks, refreshments, and kids activities at Cordova Square Park, located at the corner of North 12th Avenue and East Gonzalez Street in East Hill. Browse locally grown and crafted baked goods, produce, jewelry, refreshments, unique gifts, and more from nearly 50 local Makers! Sip, shop and mingle with your neighbors from 3-6 p.m.

Thursday, May 25

Business Networking Event

Aqua Decor & Design, 1320 N. 9th Ave. (East Hill)

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Local businesses are invited to join East Hill Neighborhood Association and other local business owners for an evening of networking and refreshments. Meet and mingle with other local business owners and residents, and learn more about how to grow your business while supporting our community through partnership opportunities with East Hill Neighborhood Association!

Friday, May 26

Rain Make Up Performance for Bands on the Bayou Featuring John Hart & The Prince Brothers

Bayview Park, 2001 E. Lloyd St.

4:30-8:30 p.m. Food Truck Alley and Vendors Open

6:30-8:30 p.m. Concert 

Join Bands on the Bayou Series Sponsors Seville Power Equipment and East Hill Automotive Center for a free outdoor concert at Bayview Park, which features the guitar-driven, lo-fi jazz and R&B sounds of Pensacola’s own John Hart & The Prince Brothers. The Association’s two selected community non-profit beneficiaries for this event are The Bream Fishermen Association and Chain Reaction. These two local organizations, chosen from among close to 60 applicants, will receive a portion of Bands on the Bayou proceeds to support their programs! Bring your picnic baskets, coolers, chairs, and blankets, or anchor up in Bayou Texar! Food Truck Alley and other vendors will open at 4:30 p.m. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m., but get there early to reserve your spot and enjoy some cotton candy by Whim, locally-made gelato from Lamonte Gelato, glitter face painting from TaDa Disco Armour, and more before the concert!

The East Hill Neighborhood Association serves to showcase local businesses, bring family-friendly fun to the East Hill Neighborhood, and build community. In addition to spearheading the East Hill Maker’s Market, Bands on the Bayou, and Big Screen on the Bayou, the East Hill Neighborhood Association also recently hosted its first ever Spring Into Wellness event at Bayview Park, which aims to showcase City parks and recreational opportunities while promoting local health and wellness businesses and organizations. 

Funds raised at these and other events—through sponsorships, vendor fees, and donations—are used to support East Hill park and neighborhood improvement projects and other community non-profit organizations.

For more information on how to become a vendor, sponsor, or volunteer for any Association special event, please contact Association Events Committee Chair Jeni Passeretti at jenniferpasseretti@gmail.com. For more information on East Hill Neighborhood Association or how to get involved in other Association events and community-focused initiatives, such as the newly formed Business Engagement Committee, visit myeasthill.org.