PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., September XX, 2018 – Fall in Panama City Beach brings with it great beach weather, comfortable temperatures and an exciting array of concerts and special events for all ages. Known for its 27 miles of white sand beaches and brilliant turquoise water, this Northwest Florida destination stays active throughout the season with a full calendar of events for locals and visitors alike. Kicking off with the largest lobster festival in Florida and continuing through the holiday season with Beach Home for the Holidays, fall truly offers something for everyone, with music festivals, culinary events and motorcycle rallies taking place nearly every single weekend of the season.
“Our destination is buzzing during the fall season with a diverse lineup of great events for every kind of visitor,” says Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO Dan Rowe. “With returning favorites like Pirates of the High Seas Fest, as well as new events like Bluegrass at the Beach, there are so many opportunities to make memories in Panama City Beach with your friends and loved ones.”
Below is an overview of the 2018 fall events occurring in Panama City Beach:
Lobster Festival and Tournament, Sep. 17-23, 2018
Schooners sets the stage for the largest lobster festival in Florida as the 29th Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament gives divers a chance to compete and attendees a chance to enjoy dozens of amazing 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/events/lobsterfestival.htm.
Bluegrass at the Beach, Sep. 28-29, 2018
This annual festival, in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Bay County, will take part at Aaron Bessant Park in Pier Park for the first time. Featured acts will include folk and bluegrass bands from all over the southeast and as far away as Canada. Food and craft vendors will also be on site, along with a large playground to keep the kids entertained. For more information, visit www.bluegrassatthebeach.org.
Pirates of the High Seas Festival, Oct. 5-7, 2018
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, this free festival will feature live music, pirate parades, pirate costumes, an 8,000-foot beach ball drop from the sky, fireworks and more! For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/piratesofthehighseas.
Panama City Beach Oktoberfest, Oct. 12-14 2018
Taking place at Aaron Bessant Park in Pier Park, Panama City Beach’s Oktoberfest will feature two days of German and locally brewed beer, food, music and activities for kids and families. Not-to-be-missed will be a massive 150'x50' tent decorated like the authentic Oktoberfest tent in Munich, Germany, two outdoor beer gardens and a VIP section under the tent. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/events/panama-city-beach-oktoberfest.
Bloody Mary & Music Festival, Oct. 20, 2018
For the 3rd Annual Bloody Mary & Music Festival, 20 local businesses will compete in this friendly but fierce competition to determine who makes the best Bloody Mary on the beach. The winner will be crowned the “Big Tomato” and will be awarded the four-foot, tomato-topped trophy to keep until next year’s event. For more information, visit www.grandlagoon.com/events/bloody-mary-music-festival.
Thunder Beach Autumn Motorcycle Rally, Oct. 24-28, 2018
Known as "The Most Biker Friendly Free Rally in the United States," Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is held twice yearly in Panama City Beach 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.
Three Sisters Native American Festival and Pow Wow, Nov. 2 – 4
Celebrate Native American History Month with a powwow featuring competition dancing, demonstrations, native arts, and craft vendors and food. This will be the first-ever powwow held in Panama City Beach and will offer fun for the whole family.
Ironman Florida, Nov. 3, 2018
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’, Nov. 7-10, 2018
During this twice-yearly event, Aaron Bessant Park becomes a giant outdoor showroom for thousands of hot rods, classic cars, and speedsters. This three-day event is perfect for families and activities include cruise-ins, concerts, parties, vendors, food, parades and celebrity appearances. For more information, visit www.emeraldcoastcruizin.com.
Shrimp, Crab and Oyster Festival, Nov. 10, 2018
Guests can sample a variety of shrimp, crab and oyster dishes from Pier Park restaurants while enjoying live music on Pier Park Drive. Once inside the event area, guests can visit the various restaurant tents and sample "small plates" from Pier Park restaurants.
Beach Home for the Holidays, Thanksgiving Weekend
Panama City Beach is giving visitors an opportunity to establish a fun family tradition over Thanksgiving for its fourth annual Beach Home for the Holidays. From a traditional dinner and shopping activities to free concerts and holiday displays, families can gather for a relaxing and activity-filled vacation at the beach. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/holidays