PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., September 23, 2019 – This Columbus Day weekend, Panama City Beach invites kids of all ages to find their sea legs and join in the celebrations of the 2019 Pirates of the High Seas Fest. From Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13, this year’s annual festival will bring swashbuckling adventures to the destination, including a pirate invasion and battle, a magic show, storytelling, live music, fireworks and more. Kids won’t want to miss Friday night’s Treasure Drop that includes over 8,000 gold and jewel colored beach balls dropped from nets stretched over the street of Pier Park.

            “Panama City Beach’s Pirates of the High Seas Fest is one of our most fun and unique fall events, and Columbus Day weekend is the perfect time for a beach getaway,” shares Dan Rowe, president and CEO of Visit Panama City Beach. “With an action-packed schedule full of free, unforgettable pirate-themed events for the entire family, Pirates Fest is a yearly favorite for locals and visitors alike.”

 Celebrating the legacy of the pirates who used to roam the Gulf of Mexico and pillage the Emerald Coast, this one-of-a-kind festival tells the tale of Dominique Youx and his krewe of loyal buccaneers through staged pirate battles and storytelling. Attendees will learn of the old legend that claims these mighty men fought to defend Panama City Beach from invaders who wanted to steal the destination’s jewels in the early 1800s.

Please see the complete list of events at and be careful not to walk the plank this holiday weekend.

Exact times are subject to change. Attendance is free for all the events mentioned above. For more information about Pirate’s Fest, visit

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