A Thunder Beach Alternative

May 1 – Downtown Festival Of the Arts & Friday Fest

If you want to avoid the Thunder on Panama City Beach, but still want to get out over the weekend and have a good time, head to downtown Panama City and enjoy the Downtown Festival of the Arts. This historic arts event, hosted by the Visual Arts Center and the Panama City Downtown Improvement Board, gathers artists from all over the southeast for a fine arts juried exhibition and sale.

Supporting artists and arts education, for 40 years this event has been hosts to artists the first weekend of May. Proceeds from this event will help support the various education programs the Visual Arts Center offers to the region.

The first Spring Festival of the Arts was held on March 29, 1968 at McKenzie Park for one day only and raised $450. The original focus of the festival was to introduce art to the children in our community. It has now grown into a 3-day event and raised over $23,000 in the year 2006.

Spring Festival is held the first weekend of May each year. An early shopping opportunity is held Friday night and includes a silent auction. Then Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm there is shopping, entertainment, and free art activities for children. P.C. Juniors host more than 100 artists as well as numerous food vendors. P.C. Juniors will also host the Children’s Art Experience with FREE art projects for children to make, enjoy and take home. The Children’s Art Market, full of art donated by the artists, will have items priced at $5 or less and P.C. Juniors donates all proceeds from the Festival of the Arts to local charities and community projects.

The event will be held starting May 1st through May 3rd at McKenzie Park on Harrison Avenue. For more information on the event please call (850) 769-4451.


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