WHY IT RATES: Panama City Beach’s upcoming season will include country music, pirates, lobster and Bloody Mary festivals. – Mackenzie Cullen, Editorial Associate
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Panama City Beach known for its 360 annual days of sunshine, 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches and brilliant emerald green waters, will be home to an exciting variety of family-friendly festivals and events. or every type of traveler this fall.
Whether an athlete, biker, country music fan, lobster lover, pirate seeker or Bloody Mary aficionado, locals and visitors alike will have something to look forward to this season in Panama City Beach.
This Labor Day, visitors can say goodbye to summer with country music’s biggest stars during the destination’s seventh annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, and in October, kids can grab a sword and look for buried treasure during the Pirates of the High Seas Fest. The Real.FUN.Beach will also be a foodie’s dream destination this fall, with events like Oktoberfest, Lobster Fest and even a Bloody Mary & Music Festival.
“We are proud to offer such unique and diverse events throughout the fall and look forward to welcoming both new and returning guests for our annual favorites,” says Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO Dan Rowe. “Our events like Pirates of the High Seas Fest and Beach Home for the Holidays bring visitors to our beaches year after year to make incredible memories that will last a lifetime.”
Below is an overview of 2019 fall events being held in Panama City Beach:
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam: August 30-September 1, 2019
Panama City Beach’s seventh annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is back this Labor Day weekend, bigger and better than ever with headliners including Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, and Kid Rock. Festivalgoers will enjoy listening to the very best of today’s country music on one of the world’s most beautiful sugar-white sand beaches. As the sun begins to set, patrons can ride free shuttles to the headline stage at Frank Brown Park. For more information, click here.
Panama City Beach Oktoberfest: October 4-6, 2019
Locals and visitors alike will raise a glass and don their lederhosen for this annual celebration of German heritage. Authentic German beer and brats are the star of the show, while this year’s festivities will feature stein hosting competitions, live music and plenty of activities for the kids. For more information, click here.
Pirates of the High Seas Fest: October 11-13, 2019
Columbus Day weekend will bring a treasure trove of fun-filled adventures to Panama City Beach with the Pirates of the High Seas Fest. Taking place throughout the Grand Lagoon and in Pier Park, the festival includes an ensemble of parades and sword-swinging showdowns, a pirate invasion, a Treasure Drop and fireworks display. For more information, click here.
Schooners Lobster Festival & Tournament: October 14-20, 2019
This week-long celebration welcomes lobster lovers from near and far for the biggest lobster tournament and festival in the area. Attendees can expect live music, contests and lots of delicious Florida Lobster. Held at Schooners Last Local Beach Club, this event is a must for foodies of all ages. For more information, click here.
Bloody Mary & Music Festival: October 19, 2019
This year’s fourth annual Bloody Mary & Music Festival will feature 20 local businesses competing in a friendly but fierce competition to determine who makes the best Bloody Mary in Panama City 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, click here.
Thunder Beach Autumn Motorcycle Rally: October 24-27, 2019
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, click here.
IRONMAN Florida: November 2, 2019
What began as a challenge between groups of Navy SEALS has become one of the most recognized endurance events in the world. IRONMAN is a statement of excellence, passion and commitment that is a true test of mental and physical toughness. The Florida edition of the challenge serves as one of the most popular races on the circuit. Panama City Beach has proven to have the best combination of perfect temperatures and beautiful scenery for this competition. For more information, click here.
Emerald Coast Cruzin’ Car Show: November 6-9, 2019
The bi-annual car show at Aaron Bessant Park is perfect for families and features thousands of hot rods and classic cars. Events include a swap meet, parade, cruiz-ins, block party, car auction, giveaways, live music from country music legends and more. For more information, click here.
Beach Home for the Holidays: November 29-30, 2019
After enjoying plenty of Thanksgiving turkey, locals and visitors alike can wave goodbye to fall and usher in the most wonderful time of the year in Panama City Beach. A great holiday tradition for the entire family, guests can kick off the Christmas season with free holiday concerts at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, seasonal-themed events like campfires and s’mores, meet-and-greet with Santa, a Christmas tree-lighting celebration and more. For more information, click here.
Panama City Beach Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K: December 7, 2019
Hosted by the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce, guests can run through paradise and alongside award-winning beaches in the annual Marathon, Half- Marathon and 5K. The 26.2-mile race attracts thousands of residents and visitors to the destination year after year. For more information, click here.
For more information on Panama City Beach, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.
SOURCE: Panama City Beach press release.