Panama City Beach, FL., Dec. 10, 2014 - Long known for its emerald-green waters and sugar white sand, Panama City Beach continues to thrive as a REAL.FUN.BEACH and has become the ultimate coastal playground for its array of year-round events and Southern hospitality. There are more fun-filled events for all ages in 2015 than ever before as the destination will host an exciting lineup of concerts, festivals and plenty of Florida sunshine.
"In Panama City Beach, we pride ourselves in having fun," shares Dan Rowe, president and CEO of Visit Panama City Beach. "2014 was a record-breaking year for visitation, and with more events lined up in 2015 as well as new direct flights scheduled for Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport this spring, we invite everyone to join us at our Real.Fun.Beach."
Below is an overview of 15 events being held in Panama City Beach in 2015:
Winter Resident Senior Prom, Feb. 10, 2015
Now in its fourth installation, the Senior Prom is a fun tradition for winter residents to get out their dancing shoes. Held at Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort, the 2015 theme is "Under the Starry Skies." For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.
Panama City Beach Mardi Gras & Music Festival, Feb. 13-14, 2015
The two-day festival and parade takes place in and around Pier Park and is one of the most fun Mardi Gras events anywhere. The event is perfect for the whole family and includes a Mardi Gras Kidz Zone, float tours, Fat Tuesday Street Fair and live music, including a headlining performance by Aaron Neville of the Neville Brothers. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival, April 22-26, 2015
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 now attracts over 20,000 fans from the USA, Canada, and Europe for the ultimate performance-packed weekend of jazz. For more information, visit www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.
Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally, April 29-May 3 / Oct. 21-25, 2015
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 during the first weekend in May and mid-October. Bikers from around the country enjoy scenic rides along the Emerald Coast, live entertainment and local cuisine. For more information, visit www.thunderbeachproductions.com.
There's Music in the Air in Panama City Beach (Summer 2015)
Throughout the summer, visitors and locals 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.
4th of July Spectacular, July 4, 2015
Panama City Beach celebrates 4th of the July with the largest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast at Pier Park. Families can enjoy a day filled with live entertainment, children's activities, tasty food and drinks, as well as breathtaking fireworks displays at multiple locations.
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, Sept. 4-6, 2015
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 14-20
Schooners sets the stage for the largest lobster festival in Florida, as the 26th Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament, gives divers a chance to compete and attendees a chance to eat 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 18th year, and takes place on the beach behind Schooners. For more information, visit www.schooners.com.
Alan Jackson Joins 2nd Annual Chasin' the Sun Music Festival, Sept. 25-26
Grammy award winning singer and songwriter Alan Jackson will perform front and center at the 2015 Chasin' the Sun Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26. The area's newest concert tradition celebrates tropical rock and classic beach tunes for the perfect vacation soundtrack. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.
Fall Fishing Challenge, Oct. 2015
To showcase the world-class fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach is luring avid anglers with weekend-long pier fishing tournaments this fall. Through the month of October, the City Pier vs. County Pier Challenge guarantees a fun and prizes for participants. Extending more than 1,500 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, the M.B. Miller Pier (County Pier) and the Russell-Fields Pier (City Pier) are two of the longest on the Gulf Coast and are prime fishing spots for anglers of all ages. There is no fee to enter the contest - anyone fishing from the pier is automatically entered into the tournament.
Pirates of the High Seas Fest, Oct. 8-10, 2015
Columbus Day weekend will bring a wave 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.
Seafood and Music Festival, Oct. 16-17, 2015
The Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival celebrates seafood, fishing, culinary arts, music, entertainment, arts and culture.
Ironman Florida, Nov. 7, 2015
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 http://ironmanflorida.com.
Emerald Coast Cruizin', Nov. 9-14, 2015
The annual event 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.
Eighth Annual Beach Ball Drop, Dec. 31, 2015
Celebrate New Year's on the beach! A family-friendly countdown at 8 p.m. culminates with fireworks and 10,000 beach balls being dropped over the crowd. As the seconds tick down to midnight, thousands of revelers watch an 800-pound glowing beach ball descend to signify the start of a New Year with a second round of fireworks. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.