Blue Angels Pensacola Beach Air Show 2021: What you need to know

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PENSACOLA — They're back.

After taking a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19 concerns, the Blue Angels will return for one of the team's most beloved shows at Pensacola Beach. 

The team, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary season, will show off its new F/A-18 Super Hornets and Fat Albert model. 

Your guide: Pensacola Beach Blue Angels Air Show 2021

Blue Angels' full 2021 practice schedule is out. Here's what to know, how to watch

Here's everything fans need to know to make the most of Blue Angels week:

Blue Angels Pensacola Beach Air Show schedule 


At 2 p.m. the Blue Angels will hold a full practice show over Pensacola Beach.


Friday is the Pensacola Beach Air Show dress rehearsal, with the aerobatic acts beginning just after 11 a.m. and the Blue Angels overhead at 2 p.m.


Saturday marks the official Pensacola Beach Air Show, and follows Friday’s exact dress rehearsal schedule.

Parking? Plan ahead to avoid traffic

It can be difficult to find parking anywhere on the beach after early morning. The parking lot at Casino Beach has about 1,000 spaces. In previous years, the Casino Beach lot has filled before 7 a.m. both Friday and Saturday. Additional public parking is available at Park East and at Park West. 

If you’re parking along other roads, be warned not to park in the sand. Every year, cars get stuck in the sand and have to be towed out, officials said.

Public transit tips

The Santa Rosa Island Authority plans to ease traffic congestion by increasing free public transportation hours along the island on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the SRIA’s three, free open-air trolleys will begin transporting people at 7 a.m. and will run their regular routes until midnight.

Starting Saturday at 6 a.m., the SRIA will have 10 buses in addition to the three open-air trolleys running along the island, and will extend their service area to Park East, located a mile east of Portofino Resort.

Buses and trolleys will service Park East to Park West to transport people to Casino Beach throughout the day Saturday. Additional bus service to Park East ends at 6 p.m. Saturday and the three open-air trolleys will resume normal operations again until midnight.

Passengers who wish to get back to their vehicles as soon as the air show ends need to be on the first fleet of buses leaving Casino Beach post show, or should expect to wait as long as 90 minutes for the trolleys or buses to return due to gridlocked traffic immediately following the air show. Face masks will be required to ride on all public transportation.

Additionally, Pensacola Bay Cruises will offer a special schedule Saturday which includes hourly routes between downtown and Pensacola Beach starting at 8 a.m., with the last return time of 8:30 p.m. both days.

The price is $13 each way, with children 2 and under riding for free. Return routes from Pensacola Beach to downtown begin at 3:30 p.m.

What can't I bring?

  • Drones are prohibited at the beach show. All unmanned aircraft or drones will be banned at the beach through Saturday. Kites will not be allowed during the air show.
  • Glass containers.
  • Pets will not be allowed on the beach (except dogs in the two designated dog parks during regular operating hours).

What should I bring?

  • Rainy weather gear.
  • Lawn chairs, blankets. 
  • Cellphones and tablets in a Ziploc bag.
  • Cameras and camcorders.
  • A cooler with lots and lots of water. Beer is only going to dehydrate you, and it's a long day. Don't forget the snacks. There will be thousands of people on the beach, do you really want to walk to the nearest beach bar?
  • Beach wagons. 
  • Beach umbrellas.
  • Beach hats. Keep them on; you'll look spectacular.
  • Sunscreen, and reapply often
  • Shoes. This time of the year the sand and pavement can be too hot for bare feet.