PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., September 9, 2019 – Panama City Beach is pleased to announce that it will be virtually hosting its annual Pirates of the High Seas Fest on October 5-11, 2020. The destination invites kids of all ages to find their sea legs and join one of the most popular celebrations of the year from the safety and comfort of their own homes. From a virtual scavenger hunt, social media costume contest, magic show, a pirate battle streamed live online and the chance to win a free vacation to the Real. Fun. Beach., this year’s virtual event will bring swashbuckling adventures with just the click of a button.

“While we are not hosting our traditional Pirates of the High Seas Fest due to COVID-19, we are thrilled to offer a virtual adaption so that kids everywhere can join in on the fun,” says Dan Rowe, president and CEO of Visit Panama City Beach. “With a variety of pirate-themed contests and prizes, we look forward to a truly unforgettable experience.”

Panama City Beach’s Pirates of the High Seas Fest celebrates the legacy of the pirates who once roamed the Gulf of Mexico and pillaged the Emerald Coast, telling the tale of Dominique Youx and his krewe of loyal buccaneers through staged pirate battles and storytelling. Kids will learn the old legend of how these mighty men fought to defend Panama City Beach from invaders that wanted to steal the destination’s jewels in the early 1800s.

Please see below for the complete list of virtual offerings that will be made available on Panama City Beach’s website and Facebook page, and be careful not to walk the plank.


Monday, October 5:

  • 8 a.m.: Virtual Scavenger Hunt begins on Visit Panama City Beach Facebook page and website,   
  • 8 a.m.: Digital Costume Contest begins on Visit Panama City Beach Facebook page and website,  
  • 11 a.m.: Learn How to Virtual Pirates of the High Seas Fest on Visit Panama City Beach Facebook page and website,
  • 2 p.m.: “The Legend of Dominique Youx”
  • Downloadable Pirate Crafts made available at


Friday, October 9 - Tune in Live on Facebook:

  • 10 a.m.: “Mayors Proclamation”
  • 12 p.m.: “Magic with Mayhem”


Saturday, October 10 – Tune in Live on Facebook:

  • 2 p.m.: “The Invasion and the Battle for Panama City Beach”
  • 2 p.m.: “The Defeat of the Pirates” a pirate Invasion and the Legend of Dominique Youx, with a pirate concert from Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers


Additional details will be announced closer to the event. For more information, follow Visit Panama City Beach on Facebook or visit


For images of previous Pirates of the High Seas Fests, visit