Panama City Beach offers real fun and beautiful beaches, and they have plenty of exciting events to add even more fun to your trip. There are over 27 miles of award-winning beaches to enjoy, along with water sports and recreation, plus there's all the delcious menu options available at local restaurants. And, to help you plan ahead, here are some upcoming events to enjoy on your trip.
Get ready to celebrate in Panama City Beach at the New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop, which features a countdown, fireworks, and 10,000 inflatable beach balls being released from nets stretched over the streets of Pier Park. The best part for families is children can join the 8 p.m. Beach Ball Drop that gives young revelers the chance to experience the fun before they head to bed and let their parents continue the celebration. More entertainment and live music will follow during the build up to midnight, when a dazzling fireworks display will accompany the lowering of a giant LED-lit beach ball to signify the beginning of the new year.
Rockin At PCB Mardi Gras and Music Festival
The excitement of the authentic Mardi Gras celebration is combined with the spectacular views of Panama City Beach’s emerald green water and sugar white sand for the destination’s Mardi Gras and Music Festival. In conjunction with the Krewe of Domonique Youx’s great Mardi Gras at the Beach Parade, the annual festival takes place the weekend before Fat Tuesday and features entertainment for the entire family.
Emerald Coast Boat and Lifestyle Show
If you love boats, then this event features is the place to find boat displays from all major manufacturers and top dealers representing the latest in boats, high tech engines, electronics and marine accessories. Showcasing more than just boats, the Emerald Coast Boat and Lifestyle Show also features everything for the kind of active, outdoor beach living that is so popular along the Emerald Coast, from stand up paddleboards and fishing kayaks to outdoor kitchens, diving, active wear and beach cruising bicycles.
Panama City Beach Scottish Festival
A favorite evvent for many is the annual Panama City Beach Scottish Festival that takes place at Frank Brown Park and will feature Scottish athletic competitions, Scottish & Irish musical performances. Included in the performances will be bagpipe bands and Irish step dancers, plus a British car club show, children’s activities and Scottish and Irish food and drink. The family-friendly event kicks off with a welcoming ceremony and parade of Tartans.
This award-winning event takes place at Aaron Bessant Park and features craft beer, spirits and wine from around the world, culinary creations by the region’s leading chefs and a Southern garden party presented by Southern Living. Guests can raise a glass at the Friday Night Kickoff Party, a time to mix and mingle with some of the South’s most elite chefs, mixologists and tastemakers. The celebration continues on Saturday with the Grand Afternoon Tasting & Cocktail Competition followed by a live concert and picnic in the park.
While visiting Panama City Beach be sure to stop along the Coastal Design Emporium Trail. Panama City Beach's newly launched Coastal Design Emporium Trail that offers a unique selection of stores and shops that specializing in coastal-themed antiques, furniture, gifts and accessories. With an ever-growing list of locations in Panama City Beach offering one-of-a-kind coastal décor.
Plan Your Trip To Panama City Beach
To explore accommodations, upcoming schedules of events, activities, and plan your trip visit the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau website.
By Melody Schubert