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Mardi Gras Festival

January 27, 2015 – February 15, 2015

Mardi Gras Festival

Mardi Gras and Music Festival

Combine the excitement of authentic Mardi Gras celebration with the spectacular views of our emerald green water and sugar white sand, and you’re in for a real treat at the Panama City Beach Mardi Gras and Music Festival. In conjunction with the Krewe of Dominique Youx’s great Mardi Gras at the Beach parade, the festival is always held the weekend before Fat Tuesday and features entertainment for the whole family.

2015 Schedule of Events


  • 4:00p -6:30pm       Float Tours (LC Hilton West)
  • 4:00p -8:00pm       Kids Fun Zone (near Grand Theater)
  • 4:00p -10:00pm     Festival Village (Pier Park)
  • 5:00pm                     Opening Remarks (Circle Stage)
  • 5:15pm                      Live Entertainment: TONY VEGAS (Circle Stage)
  • 6:30pm                     Second Ling Parade (Pier Park Drive)
  • 7:30pm                     Live Entertainment: VICTOR WAINRIGHT & WILDROOTS (Circle Stage)
  • 9:00pm                     Fireworks (City Pier)


  • 8:00am                     Mardi Gras 5k (Frank Brown Park)
  • 10:00a -10:00p       Festival Village (Pier Park)
  • 10:00a -5:00p         Kids Fun Zone (near Grand Theater)
  • 11:00am                    Kids Costume Contest (Circle Stage)
  • 12:00pm                   Kids Parade (Town Center)
  • 1:30pm                     ***Headline Entertainment: AARON NEVILLE*** (Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater)
  • 3:00pm                     Live Entertainment: HEAT & ZYDECO GENTS (Circle Stage)
  • 3:30pm                     Adult Costume Contest (Circle Stage)
  • 4:00pm                     Live Entertainment: HEAT & ZYDECO GENTS (Circle Stage)
  • 5:00pm                     ***Mardi Gras Parade***
  • 7:00pm                     Live Entertainment: ZYDECO ZOO (Circle Stage)
  • 8:30pm                     Fireworks (City Pier)
Start: January 27, 2015 8:00 am
End: February 15, 2015 5:00 pm
Venue: Pier Park
Phone: 850-233-6590
700 Pier Park Dr. , Panama City Beach , FL, 32413, United States

September 30, 2014 – October 31, 2014

October Event List

The month of October offers a full schedule of sports and special events.  Those events include:

  • October 3rd-26th  the annual Pier-to-Pier Fishing Challenge.  This is a friendly competition between the Russell-Fields City Pier and the M. B. Miller County Pier.  Over $5,000 in prizes will be awarded.  Each weekend beginning at 5am Friday morning through Sunday at 5pm anglers can compete in the challenge which includes 4 species: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder and Pompano.  There are prizes for kids and adults.
  • October 1st-5th the 14th Annual Autumn Thunder Beach Rally, also known as “The Most Biker Friendly FREE Rally in the U.S.”, rolls into Panama City Beach.  Thousands of motorcycles and motorcycle enthusiast will visit several venues throughout the beach with each offering riders a different environment with unique amenities. www.thunderbeachproductions.com
  • October 10th-12th Pirates attempt to invade the City with the “Pirates of the High Seas Fest”.  Excitement from east-to-west will provide plenty of excitement for the family.  The Grand Lagoon joins forces in the event with entertainment, cannons and fireworks on the water of the Grand Lagoon on Friday the 10th  as they prepare to invade the City on the 11th.  Fearing no enemy, the City will be partying Friday on the west end, as usual, at Pier Park with entertainment, Captain Davey’s Magical Pirate Show featuring Angelica the Mermaid kid’s zones, and second line parade.  Saturday the 11th, the Run for the Treasure 5K, 10K and fun run benefitting Girls Inc will take place at St. Andrews State Park (to enter: www.goracego.com) and the rest of the day tells a whole different story as the annual invasion of the City takes place.  The Krewe of Dominique Youx battles the Pirates in an attempt to save the Mayor and the City.  Festivities include Pirate Dance Show, Noah Wells Illusionist of the Year Show, music entertainment, Captain Davey’s Magical Pirate Show, the main event Parade and fireworks.  Sunday the 12th is all about the family with entertainment of teen favorite’s Alex Angelo, Megan & Liz, Cassio Monroe followed by the beach ball drop, all at Pier Park.  There will also be a scavenger hunt leading up to the event.
  • October 11th the Grand Lagoon will be hosting a fishing tournament in conjunction with Captain Anderson’s Marina and Half Hitch Tackle.  No entry fee!  www.halfhitch.com
  • October 11th-12th close to 100 youth soccer teams will compete in the Bay United Soccer “Endless Summer Classic” at Frank Brown Park and Aaron Bessant Park. www.bayunitedsoccer.org
  • October 17th-18th The Band Perry, Foghat, Outlaws, Blues Traveler and others perform at the annual Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater.  www.pcbeach.org
  • October 18th the 9th Annual Buddy Walk-ACTON Up With Downs will be held at Frank Brown Park.  www.actonupwithdowns.org
  • October 22nd-26th the Frank Brown Park Aquatic Center will play host to the USA Masters Synchronized Swimming Nationals.  Close to 300 synchronize swimmers from as far as Japan and Canada will compete.  www.usasynchro.org
  • October 25th welcomes the “Making Strides for Breast Cancer” 5K at Pier Park www.active.com and the “Tricker or Trek 5K at the Conservation Park www.panhandlerunners.com
  • October 26th-29th Hombre Golf Club will play host to the NCCAA-National Christian College Athletic Association’s Men & Women Golf National Championships. www.nccaa.org

October 29th-November 2nd Panama City Beach welcomes the 16th consecutive year of Ironman Florida.  Athletes from over 40 states and 40 countries will compete to become an “Ironman” with qualifications for the finals in Hawaii.  www.ironman.com

Start: September 30, 2014 8:00 am
End: October 31, 2014 5:00 pm

August 29, 2014 – September 30, 2014

September Event List

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


Start: August 29, 2014 8:00 am
End: September 30, 2014 5:00 pm

August 1, 2014 – August 31, 2014

August Event List

The 5K Cool Summer Race Series continues into August with runs on August 6 and August 13.  These runs take place at Aaron Bessant Park/Pier Park on Wednesday mornings with a start time of 8:00am.  As these races have progressed over the summer, the number of participants has increased each week.  Saturday August 16, as a kick-off to the Great American Blues & BBQ Festival, the Run & Squeal 5K will take place at Aaron Bessant Park/Pier Park at 8:00am.  www.roadraceconsultants.com

Music continues to fill the air during the summer with the continuation of the Panama City Beach Summer Concert Series on Thursday night’s at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater.  The final two shows for the summer season will be August 7 with the band Loud Planet playing music of the 80’s rock and August 14 with T-Bird and the Breaks performing modern soul and R&B to close out the series.  Show time is 7:00pm.  At Carillon Beach, the Groovin’ on the Green series continues through August.  Show dates are Monday’s with a 7:00pm start.  Performing August 4 will be the band Legacy with Jones & Company taking the stage on August 11.  August 18 will feature Ebb Tyed, Kelly and the Healers on August 25 and a special Sunday show on August 31 by local favorite Todd Sparks & the Shrimpboat Cowboys.

August will highlight two music festivals for Panama City Beach.  August 16-17 Bud Light presents the Great American Blues Festival & BBQ Challenge at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater.  In its inaugural year, the festival will feature top blue’s entertainers Biscuit Miller, Selwyn Birchwood, T. C. Carr, Big Llou’s Bluesville Review, The Betty Fox Band and Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers on Saturday August 16.  Sunday August 17 will include Biscuit Miller, Canned Heat, Honey Island Swamp Band, Joe Louis Walker, Homemade Jamz Band and the Royal Southern Brotherhood.  The festival is open 11:00am-7:30pm on both days.  The Great American BBQ Challenge will take place during the festival with a cook off between some of the greatest names in BBQ.  Twenty teams will compete for the $10,000 prize.  The challenge is sanctioned by the Florida Barbecue Association.  The entire festival event is a not for profit, charity benefit festival.  www.americanbluesfest.com  Get ready, it’s time for some Blues, Beer and Barbecue!


Labor Day Weekend, August 29-31, Panama City Beach will play host to one of the best country music festivals-the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam at Frank Brown Park.  Friday August 29 will feature a line-up of Andrew Salgado, Love and Theft, Jon Pardi, Randy Houser and headliner multi music award winner Carrie Underwood.  Saturday August 30 includes Casey James, Laura Bell Bundy, Lonestar, Big & Rich and headliner Dierks Bentley.  On Sunday August 31 one of the top country music artist, at this time, Blake Shelton will headline the line-up of Kirstie Lovelady, Cassadee Pope and Neil McCoy.  As part of the festival, the Pepsi Southern Original will take place at the M. B. Miller County Pier on the Daytime Beach Stage.  Headliners will be John Michael Montgomery on August 29, Trick Pony on August 30 and Blackjack Billy on August 31.  Ten Pepsi Southern Original contestants will also perform during the weekend on the Daytime Beach Stage with the Grand Prize winner securing the final spot on the Headline Stage on Sunday August 31.  www.gulfcoastjam.com

September and October will feature four outstanding music and/or festival/special events with the inaugural Chasin’ the Sun Music Festival at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater September 12-14, the Thunder Beach Autumn Rally October 1-5, Pirates of the High Seas Festival October 10-12 and the Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival October 17-18 at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater.  More information on these events to follow

Start: August 1, 2014 8:00 am
End: August 31, 2014 5:00 pm

July 1, 2014 – July 31, 2014

July Event List

The weekly summer concert series continues at Carillon Beach and the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater.  Each Monday evening at Carillon Beach the “Groovin’ on the Beach” takes place.  Performers for July include Rowdies (7th), Jeff Carter Group (14th), Latitude 29 (21st) and Mighty Hurricanes (28th).  Carillon Beach will have Sonic Boom performing on Friday July 4th.  Concerts begin at 7:00pm.  On Thursday nights at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, the “Panama City Beach Summer Concert Series” will host The Air National Guard 572nd Band of the South jazz ensemble (3rd), Junior Marvin (10th), Heat and the Zydeco Gents (17th), Boukon Groove (24th) and Heritage (31st).

The July 4th “Star Spangled Spectacular” will feature The Color Run at 8:00am from Aaron Bessant Park/Pier Park, the salute to our veterans at the Veteran’s Memorial Park at Aaron Bessant park at 9:00am, a neighborhood style block party in Pier Park from 11:00am-5:00pm, and a patriotic music concert by the Air National Guard 572nd Band of the South at Aaron Bessant Park from 7:00pm through the fireworks display beginning at 9:00pm from the City and County Piers.  Saturday July 5th at the Grand Lagoon there will be a synchronized fireworks display at 9:00pm.

July 18-19 the Bay Point “Boating & Outdoor Expo” benefitting the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center will take place at the Bay Point Marina. Activities, food and vendors will be on-site.  Music performers include Daryle Singletary (18th), Steve Warner (18th), Ashton Shepherd (19th) and Sara Evans (19th).

As we roll through the summer months several quality events will take place before the summer season concludes.  Tickets are currently on sale for the Great American Blues and BBQ Festival (blues) August 16-17, the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam (country) August 29-31 and the Chasin’ the Sun Music Festival (trop-rock) September 12-14.  All three events are featuring some of the best known national talents in their music genre

Start: July 1, 2014 8:00 am
End: July 31, 2014 5:00 pm

June 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014

June Event List


Sports continue to roll in high gear leading into June.  Five events concluded the month of May  on June 1.  Those events featured the sports of cheerleading, bodybuilding, girl’s fastpitch softball, paintball, aquatics, and junior beach volleyball.

Running enthusiasts will want to check out the new Panama City Beach 5K Cool Summer Series runs every Wednesday from June 11th through August 13th.  Start time is 8am at Aaron Bessant Park. www.raceconsultants.com June 28th will feature the Anchors Away 6K at the Conservation Park.  Saturday morning July 4th at Aaron Bessant Park and Pier Park the Color Run will take place.  Of all color runs that exist, the Color Run is considered the leader.

Soccer fans:  The season has begun for our Panama City Beach Pirates PDL soccer team.  Last year the team made the playoffs and this year looks to be another year of soccer fun.  Home games are played at Gavlak Stadium on the campus of Arnold High School.  Home games this month include June 7th against SW Florida Adrenaline, June 13 against Ocala Stampede, June 21st against IMG Academy Bradenton, June 27th against Floridians F.C. and June 29th against Ocala Stampede.  Game time is 7:15pm.  The UK Soccer Classic takes place at Frank Brown Park June 23-27.

Adult and juniors volleyball hits the beach with the USAV Jr. Beach Volleyball tournament at the City Pier June 7th followed by the Panama City Beach Volleyball “Panama Jack Slam” June 21st.

Other scheduled events for Frank Brown Park in June will be the USSSA adult softball “Softball on the Beach” June 7-8, the Grand Slam Sports baseball “Battle at the Beach” June 12-15, the Grand Slam “World Series of Baseball-Session I” June 17-21, the Grand Slam “World Series of Baseball-Session II” June 23-29 and the Grand Slam “World Series of Baseball-Session III” June 30-July 5.

A reminder that on June 7th & 8th those two days will be license free saltwater fishing days.


Special Events-

“Music is the universal language of mankind”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  As we head into the summer months, and beyond, there will be plenty of music and entertainment to experience in Panama City Beach.

Starting off the summer music season is the ever popular Groovin’ on the Green at Carillon Beach.  The concerts are held on Monday’s from June 2nd  through August 25th with special shows on Friday July 4th and Sunday August 31st.  The concerts are sponsored by The Carillon Beach Institute and showtime is 7pm-9pm.  www.carillon-beach.com

The City of Panama City Beach’s Summer Concert Series at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater begins Thursday June 12th and runs every Thursday night through August 14th.  These are free events with showtime at 7pm-9pm.  Every year this series has grown in attendance often times reaching 4,000-5,000 in attendance.  www.panamacitybeachparksandrecreation.com

The weekend of June 7th will feature the inaugural “Panama City Beach Beer Festival” at Fishale Taphouse & Grill.  The festival will feature over 150 craft beers from around the country and world.  All proceeds benefit Toys for Kids.  www.pcbbeerfestival.com

Look forward to more exciting events coming up in the near future including the Star Spangled Spectacular July 3-5, The Great American Blues Festival & BBQ Challenge August 16-17, the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam August 29-31, the Chasin’ the Sun Music Festival (Trop-rock) September 12-14, Pirates of the High Seas Festival, October 10-12, and many more.

Start: June 1, 2014 8:00 am
End: June 30, 2014 5:00 pm

August 29, 2013

Pier Park Summer Concert Series

Start: August 29, 2013 7:00 pm
End: August 29, 2013 9:00 pm
Venue: Pier Park
Phone: 850-233-6590
700 Pier Park Dr. , Panama City Beach , FL, 32413, United States
Cost: FREE

August 29, 2013 – November 21, 2013

Pier Park Summer Concert Series

Start: August 29, 2013 7:00 pm
End: November 21, 2013 9:00 pm
Venue: Pier Park
Phone: 850-233-6590
700 Pier Park Dr. , Panama City Beach , FL, 32413, United States
Cost: FREE

August 22, 2013 – November 14, 2013

Pier Park Summer Concert Series

Start: August 22, 2013 7:00 pm
End: November 14, 2013 9:00 pm
Venue: Pier Park
Phone: 850-233-6590
700 Pier Park Dr. , Panama City Beach , FL, 32413, United States
Cost: FREE

August 22, 2013 – November 14, 2013

Pier Park Summer Concert Series

Start: August 22, 2013 7:00 pm
End: November 14, 2013 9:00 pm
Venue: Pier Park
Phone: 850-233-6590
700 Pier Park Dr. , Panama City Beach , FL, 32413, United States
Cost: FREE
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