Pier Park Events

There’s always something exciting happening at Pier Park. From special promotions at your favorite stores to entertaining seasonal events, Pier Park has fun for the whole family all year long.

Mardi Gras parade

Mardi Gras & Music Festival - January 29-30, 2021

Turn up for Mardi Gras with this festival at Pier Park the weekend before Fat Tuesday. Voted one of the top destinations to celebrate this much-loved holiday, the Panama City Beach Mardi Gras and Music Festival is a family friendly event, so both kids and adults can join in the revelry. Enjoy live music, the Festival Village, Kids’ Fun Zone, Kids’ Parade, a 5K run, costume contests and fireworks! Don’t miss out on the main event of the festival-- the Krewe of Dominque Youx Mardi Gras at the Beach Main Parade right on Pier Park Drive on Saturday afternoon!

Fireworks Show

Star Spangled Spectacular - Independence Day in Pier Park July 4

Want the perfect vantage point to see the aerial fireworks display launched from the M.B. Miller County Pier during the Star Spangled Spectacular? Pro tip: make your reservations in advance to dine at one of the many Pier Park restaurants to enjoy food, drinks, and the pyrotechnics celebrating the 4th of July!

Pirate Fest Treasure

Pirates of the High Seas Fest - October 5-11

With fall comes one of the most popular of events at Pier Park--Pirates of the High Seas Fest during Columbus Day weekend. This year, Panama City Beach 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. 

Optimist Club Christmas Parade

Optimist Club Christmas Parade

Every year, the Panama City Beach Optimist Club holds a Christmas Parade with dozens of entrants. This nighttime parade includes marching bands, floats decked out with Christmas lights and decor, fire trucks and sweet custom automobiles! Don’t worry about candy flying through the darkness to the spectator lined roads around Pier Park--all candy is handed out by parade walkers. Get into the holiday spirit with this special event for the whole community of residents and visitors alike.

New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop Panama City Beach Florida

New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop

The holiday season may be coming to a close, but there’s still time for one last bash. Come to Pier Park for the Annual New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop. Celebrate New Year’s Eve by the beach as we commemorate this exciting tradition. Admission is FREE to this thrilling event and you can enjoy live music, a breathtaking fireworks display and 10,000 beach balls dropped into the crowd on Pier Park Drive. Bring the family and your closest friends to ring in the New Year at Pier Park!

No matter what time of year, Pier Park has an event that everyone can enjoy. Good times are always included. Just grab your friends and family, and be ready to have some serious fun!