Top Panama City Beach Events for 2013


Panama City Beach continues to grow as a year-round destination, hosting events throughout the year that appeal to visitors of all ages. On land, sand and sea, the fun never stops in Panama City Beach.

Still to come this year:

Star Spangled Spectacular at Pier Park, July 4, 2013
Panama City Beach celebrates Fourth of July in style at Pier Park. Families can enjoy a day filled with live entertainment, children’s activities, tasty food and drinks, as well as a breathtaking fireworks display at 9:00 p.m.

Lobster Festival and Tournament, September 19-22, 2013
Schooners will host the 24th Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament, known as “The Largest Lobster Festival in Florida.” The Lobster Tournament divers will compete in a variety of categories including Spiny lobster, Shovelnose lobster and Big 6. Weigh-ins begin on Saturday and end Sunday, when the grand prizes will be awarded and spectators can take part in a Lobster Feast. The popular Sand Sculpting Contest takes place on the beach behind Schooners and is now in its 15th year.

Gulf Coast Jam, September 26-28, 2013
A three-day celebration of sun, fun and country music! The first artists to join the concert lineup include 2013 Academy of Country Music Award nominees Toby Keith, Brantley Gilbert and the Eli Young Band. Also appearing will be leading country artists Trace Adkins, Kip Moore, The Charlie Daniels Band, Pepsi’s X Factor Winner Tate Stevens, Darryl Worley, and Blackberry Smoke. Festival-goers will watch their favorite performers as they stand on the white “sugar sand” beach and dip their toes in the water. As the sun begins to set, patrons will ride free shuttles to the headline stage at Frank Brown Park.

Pier Fishing Challenge, October 2013

To showcase the area’s world-class fishing, Panama City Beach is luring anglers with weekend-long fishing tournaments this fall. Running throughout the month of October, the City Pier vs. County Pier Challenge guarantees a prize purse totaling $7,500. Extending more than 1,500 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, the M.B. Miller Pier (County Pier) and the Russell-Fields Pier (City Pier) are two of the longest on the Gulf Coast and are prized as prime fishing spots for anglers of all ages. All visitors have the opportunity to cast a line for a local catch, with rod rentals and tackle available on site.

World Paddle for the Planet, October 10 – 13
A 4-day eco-festival and 24 hour paddle for the planet on Lake Powell, a coastal dune lake in beautiful Panama City Beach. Funds raised go to  The mission of this event is to educate and send a positive message of change to the world. The festival includes a summit of Paddlers and Planet Changers, and will include a documentary film screening, an Eco-Educational Day with “The Shark Whisperer,” Sara Brenes, a music festival, and a 24-hour paddle!

Pirates of the High Seas Festival, October 11-12, 2013
Columbus Day weekend will bring a wave of fun-filled adventures to Panama City Beach with the Pirates of the High Seas Fest. Pirates invade the beach near Pier Park, with the festival spilling inland to include an parades and sword-swinging showdowns, culminating with a dueling fireworks display to reenact The Battle of the Seven Seas.

PCB Seafood & Music Festival, October 17 – 20
The 2013 Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival will celebrate seafood, fishing, culinary arts, music, entertainment, arts and culture in Panama City Beach. Musical entertainment includes Better Than Ezra, Collective Soul, Loverboy, Foreigner, and more.  In addition to great music, you can expect a whole lot of fresh, local, and delicious seafood!

Ironman Florida, November 2, 2013
What began as a challenge between groups of Navy Seals has become one of the most recognized endurance events in the world. The Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, with the Florida edition of the challenge serving as one of the most popular races on the circuit.

Emerald Coast Cruizin’, November 7 – 9
The South's Best Blast from the Past family fun event. Thousands of classic cars, hot rods, custom cars and trucks make their way to beautiful Panama City Beach. This year's event will be held at Aaron Bessant Park next to Pier Park.  Join the sea of chrome, hot colors, and the deep rumble of power as they make their way to the Emerald Coast.  This year there will be over 125 top name  automotive vendors on hand, as well as a huge swap meet and car corral. There’s also a ladies section with great crafts, jewelry, and so much more.

Free entry to Florida State Parks, November 11
Be sure to visit Camp Helen and St. Andrews State Parks to take advantage of free admission! Camp Helen is bordered on three sides by water; the gulf to the south and Lake Powell to the north and east. Lake Powell is the largest of the unique coastal dune lakes in Florida. Six eco-communities await your exploration and discovery as well a wealth of local and Florida history! St. Andrews State Park is well known for its sugar white sands and emerald green waters. This former military reservation has over one-and-a-half miles of beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and Grand Lagoon.

Panama City Beach’s Biggest Loser Half Marathon/5K RunWalk, December 30, 2013
The REAL.FUN.BEACH has partnered with Dan and Jackie Evans, season five contestants on NBC’s hit show “The Biggest Loser,” to offer the RunWalk as a non-intimidating, health-focused event for all participants. Taking place on December 30, participants will walk, jog and run the course with the stunning emerald green waters and sugar-white sands of the Gulf of Mexico serving as a backdrop.

Sixth Annual Beach Ball Drop
On December 31, the countdown celebration will begin seconds before midnight, where an 800-pound glowing beach ball will descend, lighting up at the stroke of midnight to signify the New Year. A multi-generational portion of the event is held earlier in the evening with fireworks and a family beach ball drop consisting of 10,000 inflatable beach balls dropped from the sky.

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