Visit Panama City Beach Shines at SUNsational Awards

Destination Recognized for Pirates of the High Seas Festival, UNwineD and Seabreeze Jazz Festival


PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., September 7, 2021 – Visit Panama City Beach’s Pirates of the High Seas Virtual Fest won six esteemed SUNsational Awards during the Florida Festival & Events Association’s (FFEA) 27th annual convention and trade show from August 24-26, 2021. These awards recognize innovation, individuality and creative collaboration among its members.


Visit Panama City Beach is proud to be the recipient of four first place awards for The Pirates of the High Seas Virtual Fest in the Photo, Virtual Contest, Virtual Event and Radio/Ad/PSA categories, in addition to second place in the Facebook category and third place in the At Home Event/Activity category. Visit Panama Beach also received first place for UNwineD Festival in the T-Shirt category and Seabreeze Jazz Festival took home 13 awards across multiple categories.


“Given the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am extremely proud of this program and the other marketing initiatives that turned our beloved Pirates of the High Seas Fest into such a successful virtual event,” said Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO, Dan Rowe. “This achievement is a testament to the cutting-edge work that our team executes every day, and we are thrilled to showcase that even through a computer screen, people can still enjoy our Real. Fun. Beach.”


The Pirates of the High Seas Festival, hosted annually on Columbus Day weekend, celebrates the legacy of the pirates who once roamed the Gulf of Mexico and pillaged the Emerald Coast through interactive experiences, contests and storytelling. Last year’s event was comprised of a virtual scavenger hunt, social media costume contest, online magic show, a live-stream pirate battle and the chance to win a free vacation to the Real. Fun. Beach. This year, Pirates of the High Seas Fest will return from October 4-10, 2021, both in-person and online with the promise of new activities and fun for all.


The SUNsational Awards are awarded each year by the Florida Festivals & Events Association, a not-for-profit association dedicated to promoting thousands of events across the state of Florida through education, networking and praiseworthy standards.