De Luna Fest 2010 Still Happening Despite Gulf Oil Spill
In the wake of BayFest is a lesser-known festival in Pensacola from Oct 15-17 called De Luna Fest 2010. De Luna Fest is a three-day festival on Pensacola Beach commemorating Tristán de Luna y Arellano’s landing in Pensacola Bay in 1559; this year marks the 50 year countdown to the 500th anniversary of the founding of Pensacola.
Facing the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, Pensacola’s tourism industry – and thus economy – has suffered.
De Luna Fest 2010 is a way to bring attention back to the area and show the nation that the Gulf of Mexico (and the community around it) has enormous resilience.
With bands like Daughtry, Stone Temple Pilots, 311, and 30 Seconds to Mars, there is sure to be a huge turnout. Willie Nelson has also recently been announced as a headliner – so there is sure to be something for everyone!
Weekend passes are $90 in advance or $99 at the festival. Tickets for individual days are $47.50 online and $55 at the gate.
Fifty percent of the ticket sales are going to ecological endeavors, such as Emerald Coast Keeper, which works to preserve our beaches, and the Gulf Coast Energy Network, which is searching for ways to improve home and workplace energy efficiency.
Those attending only pay for Friday and Saturday – Sunday is a day of free music for ticketholders. You can pick up your tickets at the gate or at www.delunafest.com.
Those looking for volunteer opportunities can find them at De Luna Fest along with great music – work three 5-hour shifts before, during, or after the festival, and get in for free! Work is scheduled so participants can work with their friends and see the acts that they want to see. Interested? Visit http://www.workexchange.com!