Set Your Plans: Panama City Beach Calendar of Events

If you been trying to figure out the perfect day to come down to Panama City Beach for your next vacation, here is a list of the upcoming events that could be the catalyst for a great getaway for you and your family.

Wine Over Water, March 12-14

This three day wine and culinary event offers a wine pairing dinner incorporating local cuisine, a chef cook-off, live entertainment and wine tastings. Ticket prices range from $25 – $100 per person with a portion of this year’s proceeds benefiting the Humane Society of Gulf County. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Seabreeze Jazz Festival, April 15-18

Panama City Beach’s Pier Park hosts award-winning artists for the annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival, offering three days of continuous jazz, a dinner cruise and much more. The 2010 lineup consists of performances by Tower of Power, The Sax Pack and Marc Antione, among others. Tickets prices vary. For more information, visit

12th Annual Thunder Beach Spring Rally, April 29-May 2 / September 30-October 3

Known as “The Most Biker Friendly FREE Rally in the United States,” the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is held twice yearly in Panama City Beach during the first weekend in May and the last weekend in September. Bikers from around the country enjoy scenic rides along the Emerald Coast, live entertainment and local cuisine. For more information, visit

Leukemia Cup Regatta, May 20-22

Created to raise money to fight leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, the Leukemia Cup Regatta at Bay Point will feature three days of sailing, food, live music, dock walks, golf tournaments, tennis tournaments, silent auctions, art shows and wine tastings. For more information visit,

27th Annual Bay Point Invitational Billfish Tournament and 40/40 Shootout , July 14-18

The Gulf Coast’s premier Billfish tournament is known for big fish, big crowds and big parties. The weekend includes the 40/40 Shootout, which features a field of up to 40 boats, all of which are 40 feet or less in length, fishing for tuna, wahoo and dolphin. For more information on the tournament and shootout, call (850) 233-1633 or visit

Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine and Music Festival, October 8-10

This three-day celebration offers live entertainment, local seafood and wine tastings. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit

Emerald Coast Cruizin, November 8-13

Known as the South’s best “Blast from the Past” family fun event, Emerald Coast Cruizin will be held at Frank Brown Park and features thousands of classic cars and hot rods, over 125+ top automotive vendors, jewelry and crafts, adventure rides and games for kids as well as live entertainment. For more information, call (662) 587-9572 or visit

Panama City Beach’s Third Annual Beach Ball Drop, December 31

The 3rd Annual Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park will feature a countdown celebration geared towards families where an 800-pound glowing beach ball descends at the stroke of midnight to signify the New Year. The family portion of the event is held earlier in the evening with fireworks and a family ball drop, consisting of 7,000 inflatable beach balls. For more information, visit

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14 thoughts on “Set Your Plans: Panama City Beach Calendar of Events

  1. Panama City Beach’s Third Annual Beach Ball Drop, December 31, Last year was terrible, need to figure out the drop of 1000’s of beach balls, I saw children crying because they didn’t get one, while I saw grown ups with 3 and 4 in their arms. I won’t be back.


  2. On another note, planning to attend the jazz festival, thunder beach, the seafood/music festival and the regatta. Im already cheering up a little bit and can see the light at the end of the hellhole *i mean spring break* when I think about all of these!



  3. The 2nd annual beach ball drop at Pier Park (2009) was a huge success, both in attendance and enjoyment from the crowd. It was truly unfortunate that so many adults crowded the streets to grab their copy of “free” beach balls – a situation that was neither expected, nor planned for. There was just no way of knowing exactly how many people would be there.

    I for one did not expect to see such a turn out, I merely expected a few thousand people, if even. The streets were literally packed from building to building from Hofbrau to Five Guys. If there is a beach ball drop like that for 2010, it will certainly be carried out differently.

    As far as the Jazz Festival goes, this thing was crazy awesome last year. I, personally, didn’t expect the huge crowd turnout and had a blast attending. I fully expect this year to be just as awesome.


  4. Do you have a website where you post summer events at pier park? I heard there were concerts and movies last summer.


    1. Pier Park hosts free concerts every Thursday during the summer. It’s awesome, and we attend each one! Great entertainment, and very family friendly.


  5. Jason, not to worry. No matter how many or how few turn out for the beach ball drop, there will always be adults who act like pigs. They show up at baseball games and will knock a kid unconscious to get a foul ball. Perhaps an additional area can be set aside, just for small children, to ensure that they get a ball. Otherwise, you will just have to appeal to the grownups to be mindful of the little ones, but don’t let the actions of a few ruin it for the rest of the folks. By all means, continue with the drop.


  6. I hate kids and think maureens suggestion of a kids only area is GREAT!

    I hate children, becuase I am the type of adult who would feel bad and relinquish my beach ball (that I probably had to throw a few elbows to get) to a crying child that I don’t even know becuase i feel bad when children are upset. So, whenever kids are around, I have to always take a step back and let them do their thing and feel left out as other adults could care less about kids being around. I’d rather not have to worry about it. Time for the kids to step back and let the adults do their thing!


  7. you forgot to mention: the shoot out, the get beat up, and the get robbed. Oh, and the great traffic jam, the cursing, the spit and vomit on front beach road,


    1. RobN- So you see nothing wrong with the things captgeobob references? Turn your head and continue to allow such activities to get worse and attract more of the same?…that’sthe problem with PCB! As far as your suggestion to leave the area, I plan on it as soon as property values start to go up again, if they ever do with as long as there are residents who share your outlook on what is acceptable in this town.


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