Don't miss

Panama City Beach offers full calendar of events

Crowds gather at Pier Park for the Pirates of the High Seas Fest parade in Panama City Beach.

With more fun and family-friendly events planned for 2017 than ever before, Panama City Beach lives up to its reputation as a Real. Fun. Beach. year-round.

Known for world-class beaches and Southern hospitality, in 2017 Panama City Beach is adding to its events lineup, which features plenty of concerts, festivals and Florida sunshine. 

“Our community takes great pride in helping families make unforgettable memories at the beach,” shares President and CEO of Visit Panama City Beach Dan Rowe. “From music festivals to national athletic competitions, there’s something for every visitor coming to Panama City Beach, whether it’s in winter, spring, summer or fall.” 

Below is an overview of 17 events being held in Panama City Beach in 2017:

Winter Resident Events: Homecoming Social, Jan. 17; Senior Prom, Feb. 7; Grand Finale, Feb. 20, 2017: A series of occasions catered to Winter Residents and sometimes known as High School 2.0, this is a time for fun and socializing for those trading the cold of their home states (or countries) for the sunny Panama City Beach winter. Events include food, fun and dancing. For more information, go to http://www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/events/winter-residents/.

Panama City Beach Mardi Gras & Music Festival, Feb. 24-25, 2017: This two-day festival and parade takes place in and around Pier Park and is one of the most family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations in the Southeast. The fun includes a Mardi Gras Kidz Zone, float tours, Fat Tuesday Street Fair and live music, including headlining performances by Victor Wainright and the WildRoots, and Sammy Kershaw. For more information, go to http://www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/mardigras/.

Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show, March 3-5, 2017: This land-based show will feature boat displays from all major manufacturers and top dealers representing the latest in boats, high-tech engines, electronics and marine accessories as well as everything for the active, outdoor and beach lifestyle. “Locals Day” is Friday, March 3 from 10am-6pm while “Ladies Day” takes place Saturday, March 4 from 10am-6pm. The final day of the event is Sunday from 10am-5pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and admission is free for children 12 and under. Two-day passes are $15. For more information, visit http://www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/event/emerald-coast-boat-%26-lifestyle-show/21131/.

UNwineD, March 24-25, 2017: The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce’s “UNwineD: Vines to Steins” celebrates wine, craft beer, gourmet coastal fare and live music. Visit www.unwinedpcb.com for the 2017 lineup when it becomes available.

Seabreeze Jazz Festival, April 19-23, 2017: Named “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine and recently nominated as “Best Jazz Festival” at the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival combines the top national smooth jazz artists with a full weekend of fun, sun, great beaches and good times – all on the west end of Panama City Beach. The event attracts fans from across the USA, Canada and Europe for the ultimate performance-packed weekend of jazz. For more information, visit www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.

SpringJam Music Festival April 28-29, 2017: This two-day country and pop music festival kicks off the spring season with major headlining acts including Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker. Tickets and lodging packages for the festival are on sale now and may be purchased at www.springjampcb.com. 

Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast, May 13, 2017: With 27 miles of white sand beach, Panama City Beach proves to be a great destination for athletes and families alike, with multiple state and beachfront city parks, nearly 100 public beach access points and an untouched seven-mile long barrier island. The ultimate test of endurance known as Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast begins with a 1.2-mile open water swim along the white sand shores in the Gulf of Mexico, followed by a 56-mile bike ride through the rural areas of Bay County and Panama City Beach. The final leg of the race consists of a 13.1-mile run across some of the most picturesque beach -front areas of the destination. For more information, visit http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/gulf-coast.aspx#/axzz4TOYT9CiJ.

There’s Music in the Air in Panama City Beach, Summer 2017: Throughout the summer, visitors and locals alike gather for the free summer concert series at Aaron Bessant Park amphitheater, where live performances in the open-air amphitheater set the tone for summer.  The PCB Summer Concert Series takes place every Thursday night, and Groovin’ on the Green offers a scaled down version of the open-air concert series on Monday nights at the Carillon Beach neighborhood.

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, Sept. 1-3, 2017: This Labor Day weekend, the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam will bring the best of today’s country music to the beach. Festival-goers will get a chance to see many of the biggest names in country music as they take to the stage on the beach. Then, as the sun begins to set, patrons can ride free shuttles to the headline stage at Frank Brown Park. For more information, visit www.gulfcoastjam.com.

Lobster Festival and Tournament, Sept. 2017 (dates TBD): Schooners once again hosts the largest lobster festival in Florida as the 27th Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament gives divers a chance to compete and attendees the opportunity to enjoy dozens of amazing lobster dishes. Tournament participants compete in a variety of categories including Spiny lobster, Shovelnose lobster and Big 6. Weigh-ins begin on Saturday and end Sunday with grand prizes and a Lobster Feast. The popular Sand Sculpting Contest is now in its 19th year, and takes place on the beach behind Schooners. For more information, visit www.schooners.com.

Chasin’ the Sun Music Festival, Sept. 2017 (dates TBD): Stretch your summer by chasin’ the sun to a laid-back beach concert. Back for its fourth year, big-name acts return to play the soundtrack of warm, breezy nights for a weekend of concerts held just steps from the beach at the beautiful Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.

Pirates of the High Seas Festival, Oct. 6-8, 2017: Columbus Day weekend will bring a treasure trove of fun-filled adventures to Panama City Beach with the Pirates of the High Seas Fest. Taking place throughout the coastal community, the festival will include an ensemble of parades and sword-swinging showdowns, culminating with a dueling fireworks display reenacting The Battle of the Seven Seas. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.

Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally, May 3-7, Oct. 19-23, 2017: Known as “The Most Biker Friendly FREE Rally in the United States,” the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is held twice yearly in Panama City Beach. Bikers from around the country can enjoy scenic rides along the Emerald Coast, live entertainment and local cuisine. For more information, visit www.thunderbeachproductions.com.

Ironman Florida, Nov. 4, 2017: What began as a challenge between groups of Navy Seals has become one of the most recognized endurance events in the world. The Ironman consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run, with the Florida edition of the challenge serving as one of the most popular races on the circuit. For more information, visit www.ironmanflorida.com.

Emerald Coast Cruizin’, March 8-11 / Nov. 8-11, 2017: The bi-annual car show at Aaron Bessant Park is perfect for families and attracts thousands of classic cars, hot rods, custom cars and trucks. Live music will also be provided during the event. For more information, visit www.emeraldcoastcruizin.com.

Beach Home for the Holidays, Thanksgiving Weekend: A great new holiday tradition for the family, kick off the most wonderful time of the year with free holiday concerts at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, free seasonal-themed events like campfires and s’mores, meeting with Santa, a Christmas tree-lighting and more.

Tenth Annual Beach Ball Drop, Dec. 31, 2017: Celebrate New Year’s on the beach! A kid-friendly countdown at 8 p.m. culminates with fireworks and 10,000 beach balls released over the crowd. As the seconds tick down to midnight, thousands of revelers watch as an 800-pound glowing beach ball descends from the sky signifying the start of a New Year and igniting a second round of fireworks. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.