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Local Pulse’s Weekend Top 10

The Weekend Top 10 is a list of the area's top events chosen by Lifestyle Editor Dana Hof. This list is for the weekend of Thursday, January 18 - Sunday, January 21, 2024.

The Japan-America Society of NWFL ushers in "Year of the Dragon" Saturday. Details below.

I know it’s cold outside, but the quickest way to warm up is by getting a yummy bowl of chicken and dumplings from The Dog House, then heading over to The Handlebar for some Eric Lindell! TONIGHT!


ERIC LINDELL LIVE AT THE HANDLEBAR Thursday, January 18 at 7 p.m. with w/ Alice Drinks the Kool Aid & Letrainiump With his raspy, soulful voice, and instantly memorable original songs, roots-rocking multi-instrumentalist Eric Lindell is a true one-of-a-kind talent. Mixing West Coast rock and swampy Gulf Coast R&B with honky tonk country and Memphis soul, Lindell creates American roots music that is both surprisingly fresh and sweetly familiar. Tickets and show information: https://thehandlebar850.com/

BOARD GAMES AND BREWS Friday, January 19, from 11 a.m. until 11:55 p.m. (ALL DAY) at Sir Richard’s Public House. Join them ALL DAY for deals on bottled beers & buckets while enjoying some new board games at Sir Richard’s! They will have some of your favorites and some of the classics available for you to play. Don’t miss out!

GALLERY NIGHT LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION On Friday, January 19th, from 5 – 9 pm, Gallery Night Pensacola’s theme is “Lunar New Year!” Join us and share in the festivities by celebrating the ‘Year of the Dragon!’ Gallery Night is an all-ages, community, arts, and cultural event on the third Friday of each month from 5 – 9 pm. Our unique monthly themes set the tone for each event’s art, performers, musical performance stages, and activities that are sure to please. https://www.facebook.com/gallerynightpensacola

HEATHER MCMAHAN: THE COMEBACK TOUR Friday, January 19 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, January 20 at The Saenger Theatre. She is an actress and writer, known for Love Hard (2021), Good Grief, and I Can’t Right Now. She is also a comedian who has her own Netflix special, “Son I Never Had.” She only has a handful of shows in the States before departing for Australia. Tickets are available here: Heather McMahan Tickets

BATMAN NIGHT WITH THE ICE FLYERS Friday, January 19 at 7 p.m. Help the Ice Flyers defend Gotham against the Huntsville Havoc with a night featuring Batman-themed experiences, games, and specialty jerseys celebrating the iconic superhero. Please visit iceflyers.com/tickets/single-game-tickets/ for additional information about how you can purchase tickets, accessible seating options, and discounted ticket offers.

JAPANESE “YEAR OF THE DRAGON” NEW YEAR CELEBRATION Saturday, January 20 from 12 noon – 4 p.m. at the First Methodist Church Wright Place in downtown Pensacola. Festivities will take place from 12 noon until 4 p.m. and will include performances by the popular Matsuriza taiko drummers, Japanese dancing and children’s performances, martial arts and sumo demonstrations, music, food vendors, and other cultural displays, plus a silent auction.

JAS members and children under age 3 enjoy free admission, and non-member tickets are $10 each. Guests can skip the ticket line by becoming a member in advance at jasnwfl.org/join. More information here: JAPANESE NEW YEAR

MARDI GRAS MALL BALL Saturday, January 20 at 8 p.m. The 28th Annual Cordova Mall Ball presented by Sandy Sansing Dealerships where over 2,000 friends and neighbors throughout the region come together to have a ball at the mall. Dance the night away to live entertainment with three bands and parade through the mall with a second-line band and aerial performers who light up the event with stunning LED optics and fire-flaming performances. Graze along the halls for tastes of Mardi Gras with food samplings from over 20 area restaurants, enjoy a specialty cocktail from one of the signature bars, escape to the French Market for fortune telling and fun, visit the Silent Auction with trips, art, jewelry and more, and last but not least, visit the Photo Booth to capture the fun! Tickets available here: https://cordovamallballtickets.eventbrite.com

GROWN-UP BOOK FAIR AT ODD COLONY Sunday, January 21 from 12 noon – 4 p.m. Re-live those childhood days of the glorious BOOK FAIR, but make it grown-up with a beverage in hand. Enjoy sifting through stacks of books from our local bookstores and indulging in nostalgic, handmade treats. Book fair info here.

THIRD ANNUAL PUPS, PINTS, AND PAJAMAS Sunday, January 21 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Perfect Plain Brewery. Join us on Sunday, January 21st for our third annual puppy pajama contest and adoption event for Escambia County Animal Shelter! Hosted by Perfect Plain and our pals at WolfGang, we’ll be pajama partying with our four-legged best friends from 1-3 PM, with happy hour for our paw-rents and a chance to sign up for Pawdi Gras! Event Timeline:
1 PM: Pajama Contest Signup; 2 PM: Pajama Contest 1-3 PM: Meet the team from Wolfgang and check out the adoptable pets at the Escambia County Animal Shelter! This event is free and open to the public. More info coming soon; stay tuned! Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places! Event info!

1980S MURDER MYSTERY DINNER at Seville Quarter. Sunday, January 21. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the Show is at 7 p.m. Get ready for a blast from the past as you join us for our brand-new 1980s-themed mystery, Murder To The Max! As attendees of the 1988 Arthur Adams High School Homecoming Dance, you must help Detective Gunn interrogate our outrageous suspects, analyze evidence, and look for clues to bring the killer to justice! So grab your hairspray, gas up the DeLorean, and crank up the volume on your boombox for Murder To The Max! 80s dress is encouraged!! Buy tickets here: 80s Murder Mystery Dinner

The Dog House is warming up your weekend with a few specials you won’t want to miss!

Try a steaming bowl of Chicken & Dumplings, Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup, or a Roast Beef & Gravy Po’ Boy. If your mouth isn’t watering yet, wait till you come in and try it for yourself.

Find us Thursday – Saturday, 8 AM – 9 PM. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
30 S Palafox Street, Downtown Pensacola



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Dana is an Arkansas native and a seasonal resident of the Gulf Coast since childhood. She was a Pensacola resident for 13 years, before moving to Gulf Breeze. Dana attributes her Mayberry-esque childhood in Warren, Arkansas, as enormously influential in honing her definitely Southern style of storytelling. She earned a degree in Journalism, Advertising/Public Relations from the University of Arkansas (Woo Pig Sooie!). In addition to writing, she loves photography, art, adventures in the great outdoors, and spending time with her three children.