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September Events

September 1, 2015 – September 30, 2015

September Events

As the season transitions from summer to fall, Panama City Beach offers a plethora of special events for the destination and the month of September. Labor Day weekend begins that transition with the 3rd annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam September 4th-6th at the festival site of Frank Brown Park. The event features a schedule, second to none, of top performing country music acts. The gates are open 2:00pm and performances end by 12:00 midnight. Performing on Friday September 4th will be Preston Summerville (2:30pm), Nick Sturms (3:20pm), Darryl Worley (4:20pm), Ronnie Milsap (5:30pm), Sam Hunt (6:45pm), Hunter Hayes (8:15pm), and headliner Lady Antebellum (10:15pm). Saturday September 5th will feature Them Dirty Roses (2:30pm), The Swon Brothers (3:20pm), Kristian Bush (4:20pm), Kellie Pickler (5:30pm), Scotty McCreery (6:45pm), Dwight Yoakam (8:15pm) and headliner Miranda Lambert (10:15pm). Sunday September 6th concludes the event with performances by Pepsi Southern Original Contest winner (2:30pm), Jack Ingram (3:20pm), Kirstie Lovelady (4:20pm), Tyler Farr (5:30pm), Gary Allan (6:45pm), Martina McBride (8:15pm) and headliner Keith Urban (10:15pm). Experience why this festival has been named one of the top country music festivals in the United States. www.gulfcoastjam.com
Other special events in September include the Panama Jack Outdoor Bike & Boat Show at the Harley-Davidson of Panama City Beach location September 4th-6th. Sunday September 6th will feature the Natalie Reynolds Band performing on the Greens at Carillon Beach. The performance will conclude the summer long Groovin’ on the Green series at Carillon Beach. Showtime is 7:00pm and free to the public. The FUN continues with the 29th annual Lobster Fest at Schooner’s Beach Club September 14th-20th that will feature entertainment, professional beach sand sculptures and contest-16th annual, food specials, and lobster tournament. This event is the biggest 7-day lobster festival in Florida. It is a HUGE event that draws thousands of divers and lobster fans from all over the Southeast. www.schooners.com
September 25th-26th at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheatre will feature the 2nd annual Chasin’ the Sun Music Festival. Friday September 25th features the Industry & Chamber Appreciation “Beach Party” (open to public) with performances by the Landsharks (Jimmy Buffet and Beach Boys Tribute Band) and The Tams members of the Beach Music Hall of Fame, Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Atlanta Music Hall of Fame and previous winner of Beach Band of the Decade. Who can forget hits such as “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy” and “What kind of Fool”? Headlining the beach party will be Pablo Cruise. Hit makers of the 70’s & 80’s with songs such as “Love Will Find a Way”, “Whatcha Gonna Do”, “A Place in the Sun”, “I Go to Rio”, and “Don’t Want to Live Without it”. Be sure, if you are a member of the Chamber, to check out the special ticket deal for members. Saturday night September 26th will be headlined by Country Music Legend Alan Jackson featuring his 25th Anniversary “Keepin’ it Country” tour. Opening for Alan will be Maddie & Tae who currently have a single “Fly” charging up the charts and Chris Stapleton. Chris is known for writing hit songs for the likes of Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Darius Rucker and also Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer”. www.visitpanamacitybeach.com

After a successful summer of youth sports events, sports events return in September with the WSL (World Sports League) North American Championships September 10th-13th and September 17th-20th at Frank Brown Park and surrounding parks. Over the two weekends, close to 300 or more teams will participate with 85% of the teams being from outside of Florida. The WSL championships are the largest sports events for the destination in the month of September. www.playwsl.com The weekend of September 25th-27th will feature the Emerald Coast Golf Tour at the Holiday Golf Club, the Zombie Run September 26th at H. G. Harders Complex and the ISA Native American Championships at Frank Brown Park. The sport of indoor volleyball for Gulf Coast State College starts their season off with their Gulf Coast Tournament presented by Visit Panama City Beach featuring six collegiate teams. The team also has home games September 16th against Pensacola State and September 18th against Dalton State at Billy Harrison Fieldhouse on the campus of Gulf Coast State College. September 19th, Gulf Coast State College will be hosting their 1st Annual GCSC Athletic golf tournament at Holiday Golf Club. www.gcathletics.com
September 11th-12th will be the annual 9/11 Stairclimb at Laketown Wharf to honor the fallen from the attacks of September 11, 2001. www.pcbstairclimb.com/#! September 12th-19th the Wounded Warrior Beach Retreat takes place with several outstanding events scheduled to take place for this group of heroes. www.warriorsbeachretreat.org Please support both of these worthy causes.
September 12th, the Audubon Bird Walk takes place at the Conservation Park and on September 19th at the Russell-Fields Pier, the International Coastal Clean-up Day will take place. This is an International Cleanup Day recognized internationally on this date. Frank Brown Park will be the site for the Cole Brothers Circus of Stars September 24th-26th. www.panamacitybeachparksandrecreation.com

Start: September 1, 2015 8:00 am
End: September 30, 2015 5:00 pm

August 1, 2015 – August 31, 2015

August Events

The summer concert series at the Groovin’ on the Green at Carillon Beach and Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater are winding down with performances at Carillon Beach by Tony Vegas August 5th, Cabo Rock August 12th, Legacy August 19th, Emerald Gold August 26th and Rowdies September 1st. Concerts are on Monday’s at 7:00pm and are free to the public. Final performances at Aaron Bessant Park include Jarekus Singleton on August 6th and Rotterdam November August 13th. Concerts are held on Thursday night’s at 7:00pm and are free to the public.

These summer concert series lead into the late summer/fall events that include:
September 4th-6th, the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam featuring some of the top country acts in country music today. This event, in just 3 short years, has become one of the top recognized country festivals in America. Performing Friday night September 4th will be Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Ronnie Milsaps, Darryl Worley, Nick Sturms and Preston Summerville. Saturday September 5th will feature Miranda Lambert, Dwight Yoakam, Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Kristian Bush, The Swon Brothers, and Them Dirty Roses. Closing out the festival on Sunday September 6th will be Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Gary Allan, Tyler Farr, Kirstie Lovelady, Jack Ingram and the Pepsi Southern Original Winner. Tickets and information available at www.gulfcoastjam.com

September 14th-19th, Schooners Beach Club hosts the 26th annual Lobster Festival & Tournament. The event is the biggest 7-day lobster festival in Florida. Music, food, good times and the 16th annual Sand Sculpting Contest take place during the event.
September 25th-26th, features the Chasin’ the Sun Music Festival featuring country legend Alan Jackson on Saturday night September 26th. Get your tickets now at www.visitpanamacitybeach.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=175720 Joining Alan Jackson will be singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton and Maddie & Tae. Friday night September 25th will be the “Beach Party” and the Industry plus Chamber Appreciation night. Contact your Chamber for more information on the Friday night appreciation details. If there any industry that would like to take advantage of this opportunity to show your appreciation to your employee’s hard work, contact us at 850-233-5070 for the special deals available. Music will be performed by the Landsharks playing their Jimmy Buffett and Beach Boy’s tribute songs, the world famous Tams and 70’s legendary band Pablo Cruise. For more information go to www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/chasinthesun

We also hear there are Pirate’s forming forces for the Annual Pirates of the High Seas Festival over Columbus Day weekend. Be on the lookout!
Be on the lookout for more late summer/fall events information coming soon. A new event for 2015 will be the Beach Home for the Holiday’s November 27th-28th featuring the Christmas music on national recording artist John Berry on Friday night the 27th followed by the lighting of the 100’ Christmas tree at Pier Park. Saturday evening will feature the Panama City POPS Orchestra performing their Christmas show followed by fireworks from Aaron Bessant Amphitheater. All free to the public.

Start: August 1, 2015 8:00 am
End: August 31, 2015 5:00 pm

July 3, 2015

July Events


Panama City Beach will be lit up with celebrations for the 4th of July. Celebrations actually begin Friday July 3 with the “Freedom Rocks” (9:00pm) celebration at Grand Lagoon with fun, music and fireworks.  Boardwalk Beach Resort offers a fireworks celebration on the 3rd with their “Light up the Gulf” event (8:00pm).  July 4th will offer the “Star Spangled Spectacular” featuring the Panama City POPS Orchestra performing at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheatre at 7:30pm.  The performance will be followed up with the gulf’s most spectacular fireworks display from the City and County Pier at 9:00pm.  There will also be a 5K “Firecracker Run” the morning of the 4th at Gayle’s Trails.

Pier Park Beach Clean Up-July 5th

On Sunday July 5th from 9:00am-11:00am, Pier Park will be hosting its first ever volunteer Beach Clean Up.  They invite everyone to join them that morning down on the beach next to the City pier.  They will have a tent set up and will be giving out gloves and garbage bags as well as other tools to help in picking up litter.


Grand Slam Sports Baseball completed its World Series of Baseball Session 2 on June 28th with a record 150 teams participating.  Session 3 began June 29th with another 100 teams participating.  During the timeframe of June 22nd -July 25th over 800 youth baseball/fastpitch teams will have participated in World Series events in Panama City Beach and surrounding parks.  Over 90%+ of these teams are from outside of Florida.  The USFA girl’s fastpitch World Series begins their 3-week stretch of tournaments July 6th with USA Olympic champion Jennie Finch addressing the teams at the Opening Ceremonies on July 5th.  Over 200 teams will be competing during the first week.

The Rising Stars basketball event takes place July 9th -12th at Gulf Coast State College.  Several collegiate basketball coaches attend the showcase looking for that next star for their program. www.cometsget.net   Lacrosse returns to Frank Brown Park with the LAX at the Beach tournament July 24th-26th. www.fastbreaktournaments.com/tournaments/panama-city-beach-blast/

5K Summer Runs

The “Cool Summer 5K Series” returns in 2015.  Runs take place every Wednesday morning at the St. Andrews State Park beginning at 7:30am.  www.roadraceconsultants.com

Summer Concert Series

The Panama City Beach Summer Concert Series continues into July with performances by Casey Jamerson (country rock) July 2nd, Bonerama (brass funk) July 9th, Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots (blues) July 16th, Loud Planet (classic rock) July 23rd, and The Springs (country) July 30th.  These concerts are held on Thursday night from 7:00pm-9:00pm and are free to the public.  Groovin’ on the Green Monday night concert series at Carillon Beach features Sonic Boom (Saturday July 4th), Jones & Company July 6th, In Tune July 13th, The Mighty Hurricanes July 20th and Reasonable Doubt July 27th.  The concerts are from 7:00pm-9:00pm and are free to the public.


Tickets are on sale for the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam September 4th-6th at Frank Brown Park. Friday September 4th will feature Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Ronnie Milsap, Darryl Worley, Nick Sturms and Preston Summerville.  Saturday September 5th, Miranda Lambert, Dwight Yoakam, Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Kristian Bush, The Swon Brothers and Them Dirty Roses take the stage.  Sunday September 6th, Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Gary Allan, Tyler Farr, Kirstie Lovelady, Jack Ingram and the Pepsi Southern Original contest winner conclude the event. www.gulfcoastjam.com

Tickets are also on sale for the Chasin’ the Sun Music Festival at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater September 25th, 26th.  Friday night the 25th the “Beach Party” featuring Pablo Cruise, The Tams and The Landsharks kickoff the festival followed by Saturday September the 26th the “Keepin’ it Country” 25th Anniversary performance by Alan Jackson with opening acts, Maddie & Tae and Chris Stapleton.  www.visitpanamacitybeach.com

The fall season line-up, soon to be announced, features some exciting events including the inaugural “Beach Home for the Holiday’s” in November.

Start: July 3, 2015 8:00 am
End: July 3, 2015 5:00 pm

June 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015

June Events

June 6        – Gulf Coast State College will feature the “Top 100″ showcase for baseball.
June 6        – USAV Junior “Gulf Coast Region Tour”
June 6-7    – Grand Slam Baseball “Panhandle Southeastern Championships”
June 12-14 – Grand Slam Baseball’s “Battle at the Beach” takes place at Frank Brown Park.
June 13-14  – On the festival grounds at Frank Brown Park, Minor League Paintball returns for its 2nd consecutive year.
June 13-14   – At Oakland Terrace Park, the longest running adult softball tournament in the southeast the “Southeastern” will take place.
June 16-21  – Welcomes the beginning of the Grand Slam Baseball’s 4 sessions of their “World Series of Baseball” at Frank Brown Park.
June 20-21  – At the City Pier, will feature the “Panama Jack Beach Volleyball Slam” with the adults competing on Saturday and youth on Sunday.
June 20-21, – At Oakland Terrace Park, the women’s “Southeastern” adult softball tournament competes.
June 22-28  – Grand Slam’s “World Series of Baseball” session 2 competes at Frank Brown Park.
June 27-28  – At Rutherford High School, the “Panama Basketball Showdown” hits the court.
June 29-July 5  – Grand Slam’s “World Series of Baseball” session 3 invades Frank Brown Park.


Amy Grant will be at the Marina Civic Center June 5.  “Groovin’ on the Greens” concert series continues June 1 with Latitude 29, June 8 Ebb Tyed, June 15 Legacy, June 22 Civilized Natives and June 29 the Jeff Carter Group.  This is a free concert series every Monday night in June at Carillon Beach.  Shows start at 7pm. www.carillon-beach.com The City of Panama City Beach Summer Concert Series at Aaron Bessant Park begins Thursday June 11 with Natalie Reynolds (classic rock) performing.  June 18 will feature Big Daddy Love (Appalachian Rock) followed by Hor!zen (reggae/rock) June 25.  These are free concerts every Thursday night with show time at 7pm. www.panamacitybeachparksandrecreation.com

Start: June 1, 2015 8:00 am
End: June 30, 2015 5:00 pm

May 1, 2015 – May 31, 2015

May Events

Special Events:
April 29-May 3, Thunder Beach Spring Rally @ various locations.
May 16, Pier Park Taste of the Beach @ Pier Park.
Sports Events:
May 1-3, YBOA Gulf Coast Beach Fest @ Gulf Coast State College.
May 7-10, Panama City Beach Music (Band) Festival @ Arnold High School.
May 8-9, 33rd Annual Gulf Coast Triathlon @ Edgewater Beach Resort.
May 8-10, Super Cup of Watercross
May 8-10, Panama City Shootout @ Rutherford High School.
May 9, EVP Beach Volleyball Open
May 9-10, Travel Ball USA @ Frank Brown Park.
May 16-17, NPC Riptide Bodybuilding Classic
May 16-17, ASA Fastpitch Classic @ Frank Brown Park.
May 23-24, EVP Southeastern Beach Volleyball Championship @ City Pier.
May 23-24, Travel Ball USA @ H. G. Harders Complex.
May 23-25, Grand Slam Memorial Day Classic @ Frank Brown Park.
May 23-25, YBOA Battle at the Beach @ Arnold High School.
May 30-31, USFA Fastpitch in Paradise @ Frank Brown Park.
May 30-31, Coast Surf N Swim @ Frank Brown Park Aquatic Center.

Music is in the Air
The spring/summer concert series artist’s schedules are beginning to be released. The Groovin’ on the Green at Carillon Beach starts their calendar off with The Rowdies performing from 7pm-9pm on May 24th. You can find their full schedule at www.carillon-beach.com/about/calendar. Performing in May at Willy’s Live will feature Natalie Reynolds (1st, 7th, 10th & 14th)), Confederate Smoke (8th & 9th), Josh Buckley (15th & 16th), Wes Loper (17th & 21st), Jim Dawg Parks Band (22nd & 23rd), Carolina Reign (24th & 28th) and Eric Welford (29th & 30th). Panama City Beach welcomes a new music venue in The Barn located adjacent to Wicked Wheel. Performing at The Barn in May will be Jeff Carter (3rd), Confederate Smoke (10th), Josh Buckley (17th), Jim Dawg Parks Band (24th) and Eric Welford (31st). For more information on Willy’s Live or The Barn visit www.pwillys.com
The Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam has announced their line-up for Labor Day Weekend. The following acts will be performing at Frank Brown Park September 4th-6th; Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes, Dwight Yoakam, Martina McBride, Sam Hunt, Scotty McCreery, Gary Allan, Ronnie Milsap, Kellie Pickler, Tyler Farr, Darryl Worley, Kristian Bush, Kirstie Lovelady, Nick Storms, The Swon Brothers, Jack Ingram, Preston Summerville, Them Dirty Roses and the winner of the Pepsi Southern Original contest. www.gulfcoastjam.com
Tickets are also on sale for the 2015 Chasin’ the Sun Music Festival featuring Alan Jackson celebrating his 25th Anniversary Tour. The line-up for Friday night September 25th (Beach Night) include The Landsharks, The TAMS and Pablo Cruise. Performing with Alan Jackson on Saturday night September 26th will include Chris Stapleton and a soon to be announced act.

Start: May 1, 2015 8:00 am
End: May 31, 2015 5:00 pm

April 6, 2015 – April 30, 2015

April Events


The month of April showers the destination with an abundant of activities taking place throughout the month.  Fourteen (14) events of competition include basketball, aquatics, watersports, cycling, golf, cheerleading, band, baseball and softball.  Sixteen (16) community events take place that include 5K runs, collegiate baseball and fastpitch softball conference games, Miracle Field games, a Glow Run, Fishing Rodeo, Easter Egg hunt and Beach Clean-up.

The highlight of the month will be the eight (8) special events taking place.  The annual events such as Warrior Beach Retreat, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Cajun Seafood Festival, Panama City Parrot Head Club Rendezvous, and the Thunder Beach Spring Rally will continue to bring an influx of visitation from all over the United States.  The Gulf Coast Salute Air Show at Tyndall AFB returns and should draw a huge crowd, as well as, the 2nd year of the Beer Festival at Fishale Taphouse & Grille.  The week long Plein Air Painting Festival enters the special events line-up for April this year and shows the diversity of events that take place.

Special Events:

April 11-17, Plein Air Painting Festival @ Palms Conference Center & Camp Helen.
April 11-12, Gulf Coast Salute Air Show @ Tyndall AFB.
April 16-19, 10th Annual Trip Around the Sun Rendezvous @ Barefoot Beach Club.
April 18, 2nd Annual Beer Festival @ Fishale Taphouse & Grille.
April 22-26, Seabreeze Jazz Festival @ Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater.
April 24-26, Cajun Seafood Festival @ Schooner’s Beach Club.
April 29-May 2, Thunder Beach Spring Rally @ various locations.

Sports Events:

April 4, High School All-Star Basketball Classic @ Billy Harrison Fieldhouse.
April 4-5. Big Shots Basketball @ Arnold High School.
April 11, PCST Swim-A-Thon @ Frank Brown Park Aquatic Center.
April 11-12, SRS Southeast Regional Cycling @ Downtown Panama City.
April 11-12, USFA “Seven at the Beach” @ Frank Brown Park.
April 11-12, Mr. Surf’s Skim Jam @ Sharky’s Beach Club.
April 18, FCA Golf Classic “The Road to TPC Sawgrass” @ Holiday Golf Club.
April 18-19, 19th Annual Tour de Ranch Gran Fondo Cycling @
April 18-19, Grand Slam “Fun in the Sun” @ Frank Brown Park.
April 23-26, Panama City Beach Band Music Festival @ Arnold High School.
April 24-26, Sherman Invitational Golf Tournament @ Panama Country Club.
April 25-26, USSSA Military NIT @ Frank Brown Park.
April 25-26, PCST “Nike Paradise Long Course Meet” @ Frank Brown Park Aquatic Center.

Community Events:

April 1, Spring Break 5K @ Frank Brown Park.
April 4, *Easter Egg Hunt @ Frank Brown Park (10:00am).
April 8, Spring Break 5K @ Frank Brown Park.
April 18, Glow Run @ Frank Brown Park.  www.active.com
April 18, *Earth Day Beach Clean-up @ Russell-Fields City Pier.
April 25, *Fishing Rodeo @ Frank Brown Park.

Start: April 6, 2015 8:00 am
End: April 30, 2015 5:00 pm

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
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