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!
PEPSI GULF COAST JAM
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