The Social Portal: Things to do in November

Looking for something to do? Here are some ideas!

For the first time in Pensacola, PenArts presents AMERICAN MARIACHI, November 3-6, at the Gordon Community Art Center. Set in the 1970s, it’s the story of a young woman who wants to play mariachi music for her mother, who is slipping into early dementia. It is the music that “brings back its mother”. Defying what is considered a male art form, she creates an all-female band. It’s a story of humor, music, tradition, love and family. For more information: (850) 857-8961

If you love animals and want to support an organization whose mission is to improve their lives, consider playing a game of Bingo with Animal Allies Florida here in Pensacola is hosting bingo games at two locations this month: November 15 and 29 downtown at 5 Barrel and November 1 and 22 at the Scenic Hills Country Club. Have fun, eat, drink and make new friends.

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Inspired by Andy Warhol’s infamous factory parties, the Pensacola Museum of Art takes over Vinyl Music Hall for a one-night event that fuses music, video projections, live art performances by House Pencil Green and interactive artistic creation for PMA Art Factory. Dance to music by DJ DocRoc and try your hand at engraving with custom creations by Poppy Garcia. This event celebrates PMA’s latest exhibition, Vandals to Vanguards.

Come dressed in your best 70s or 80s outfit, money and sparks are encouraged!

Linking to Warhol’s well-known soup cans, the PMA will also be collecting canned food donations to benefit Manna Food Pantries at the event.

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A Wine tour takes place on Thursday, November 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Destin. Winemakers from exclusive vineyards, tasting stations, live music, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction. Chef Ruston Johnson has created a special menu featuring several culinary stations with a selection of fine wines. Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation is hosting this event and proceeds from this event will fund MKAF’s outreach mission.

Dedicated movie buffs will want to check out the Fairhope Film Festival. Everything starts November 10 for four days in six theaters in one of the most picturesque hamlets in the south. Thousands of moviegoers will see over twenty short and forty world-class feature films. There will be international and national feature films as well as documentaries. For more film and ticket information, visit

Take a walk on the wild side. Celebrate it wildlife sanctuary of the 40 in Northwest Floridae Birthday, SaturdayNovember 12, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 105 North S Street, Pensacola. Free admission with live music, food and special guests. Visit their Facebook page for their critter wishlist items that help them help wildlife.

It’s the season here to enjoy the fall weather and holiday shopping. YES ! YES ! On Sunday, November 13Wild Lemon & Blue House Curio will present their Small French autumn market at 3000 N. 12th Ave. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This indoor/outdoor market will have French vibes, local vendors and free champagne.

Foodies will want to know the Taste of Fairhope Food Tour which happens nearly every Friday and Saturday in November from 2-5 p.m. Sample all the signature dishes, from donuts and bisque to turnip fries and Fairhope Float. Find out why Fairhope is voted one of the “Best Small Towns in the South” by Southern Living. You’ll hear stories about the founding of Fairhope, the culinary scene, and a phenomenon that only happens in two places in the world and takes place here. More details on

Get in the holiday spirit Gulf Coast Friends host a Holiday Craft Sale at First Baptist Church, Gulf Breeze, SaturdayNovember 19. Proceeds benefit Gulf Coast Friends Charities, so it’s buying for a cause while finding gifts for loved ones. Browsing starts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for holiday items, wreaths, jewelry, wood carvings, a “twice loved” table with vintage like-new items, and more. Free entry and convenient parking.

Find more events on the WUWF Calendar.