Special Events: Two great events highlight September the inaugural Chasin’ the Sun Music Festival and the Schooner’s Lobster Festival & Tournament.
September 12th-14th the inaugural Chasin’ the Sun Music Festival will take place at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater. If you like the laid back beach lifestyle, this event is for you. Considered the Godfather of Trop Rock, Jimmy Buffet, members of his Coral Reefer Band will be part of the all-star line-up for the event. The members include lead guitarist Peter Mayer on Friday night, back-up singer Nadira Shakoor on Saturday afternoon and headlining the show on Sunday will be Mac McAnally. Mac has written #1 songs for artist such as Kenny Chesney. Headlining the show on Saturday night will be the Jan & Dean Beach Party featuring original Beach Boy’s members Al Jardine and David Marks hosted by Dean Torrence. Before the Beach Boy’s was Jan & Dean and together that set the standard for beach music. All your favorites surely will be played. Trop-Rock award winning groups such as the Conch Republic Band, Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef, Jim Morris & the Big Bamboo Band, the Boat Drunks and one of the favorite Jimmy Buffet tribute bands the Carribean Chillers will also be playing. Nine great beach groups over three days. The guest MC’s are JD Spradlin and Steve Huntington of Radio Margaritaville. The event is kid friendly with a Parakeet Zone just for kids included. There will also be Saturday beach parties from 10:00am-2:00pm at Margaritaville, Sharky’s Beach Club, Runaway Island and Paradise Adventures. Tickets available at www.visitpanamacitybeach.com
September 18th-21st Schooner’s will host the 25th annual Lobster Festival & Tournament. This will be the biggest 4-day lobster festival in Florida. There will also be a sand sculpting contest. Don’t miss this 4-day event of fun, music, and food. www.schooners.com