A Zoobilee Time of Year

Looking for inexpensive family fun this weekend? Celebrating Zoobilee 2011, Zoo World admission will only be $1.00 on September 24th and 25th.  Zoobilee is to show appreciation for the community for their continued support, and to serve as a fundraiser for the care of the animals at Zoo World.  Gates will be open at 9:30am, last admittance at 4:30pm, and the Zoo will close at 5:00pm.  There is $3.00 parking at Zoo World, but if you park at Wal-Mart there is free parking and a shuttle.

In addition to enjoying the animals at Zoo World there will be:

  • Pony Rides
  • Picture with a real bull
  • Feed the petting zoo
  • Dunk booth
  • Bungee race
  • Drawings
  • Half price animal photos
  • Snack Bar

Zoo World has been operating in Panama City Beach for nineteen years.  Bring your family out to Zoo World this weekend for family friendly fun at an affordable price!

 

Concert Preview- Country Fest

Country music artists Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean will be coming to Panama City Beach’s Frank Brown Park across from Pier Park this coming weekend.  Miranda Lambert was first introduced to the public through Nashville Star, while Jason Aldean was introduced through his self-titled album.  These concerts are a part of “The Fun Never Sets Fall Concert Series on Panama City Beach” concert series.

Friday night

Friday night’s line up will include Justin Moore and The Randy Rogers Band opening up for Miranda Lambert.  The gates will open at 6:30 pm (or earlier, crossing fingers) and the show is set to begin at 7:30.  They are actually erecting the stage, lighting and sound right now.

Friday night schedule

  • 7:30 PM The Randy Rogers Band
  • 8:10 PM Justin Moore
  • 9:15 PM Miranda Lambert

The Randy Rogers Band is known for:

  • “Tonight’s Not the Night”
  • “Kiss Me in the Dark”
  • “Too Late for Goodbye”
  • “Steal You Away.”
  • Visit the Randy Rogers Band’s website.

Justin Moore is best known for:

  • “Back that thing up”
  • “Backwoods”
  • “Redneck Side”
  • “Small Town USA.”
  • Visit Justin Moore’s website.

Some of Miranda Lambert’s best known songs are:

  • “Kerosene”
  • “The House that Built Me”
  • “White Liar”
  • “Dead Flowers”
  • “Only Prettier”
  • Visit Miranda Lambert’s website.

In addition to these, Lambert has had many more hits and popular songs.

Saturday night

Gates will open at 6:30PM, for The Dirt Drifter’s, Corey Smith, and headline Jason Aldean, with the concert scheduled to start at 7:25pm.

Saturday night schedule :

7:25PM The Dirt Drifters

8:00PM Corey Smith

9:15PM Jason Aldean

Corey Smith is best known for:

  • “If I Could Do it Again”
  • “Twenty-One”
  • “Maybe Next Year”
  • Visit Corey Smith’s website.

The Dirt Drifter’s are known for:

  • “Something Better”
  • “Always a Reason”
  • Visit The Dirt Drifter’s website.

A Few of Jason Aldean’s Singles are:

  • “She’s Country”
  • “Big Green Tractor”
  • “My Kinda Party”
  • “Dirt Road Anthem”
  • “Hicktown”
  • Visit Jason Aldean’s website.

If you’re a fan of music, especially country music, there is no doubt that you’ll enjoy the Country Music Fest this weekend.  If you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, visit Ticketmaster or book with local lodging partners!  See you out there!  And don’t forget your lawn chair or blanket!

 

2 PCB Events Make Top 100 in 2012

In the American Bus Association’s 2012 Top 100 Events in North America publication, Panama City Beach’s New Year’s Beach Ball Drop and the Seabreeze Jazz Festival made the Top 100 in the best events in North America (Canada included).  The Beach Ball Drop was actually #2 in East Coast Events!

New Year’s Beach Ball Drop

The first Beach Ball Drop was New Year’s Eve 2008, the same year Pier Park opened.  Before the Beach Ball Drop, there was no singular organized New Year’s event in Panama City Beach.  Since 2008, it’s been a wild success and will continue to be a valued tradition to area tourism-based businesses.  This event brings people from all over the southeast, tourism business all over the beach.

Here are some of the past articles covering this event.

Pier Park Beach Ball Drop Video – 2008

Enormous Turnout for New Year’s Eve at Pier Park – 2009

Pier Park New Year’s Eve Bash a Success [PICS] – 2010

Seabreeze Jazz Festival

2009 marked the first year the Seabreeze Jazz Festival was held in Panama City Beach.  Outgrowing its previous home, Aaron Bessant park was the perfect size and location for this all-weekend event.  Bringing in top Jazz stars like Nick Colionne, George Benson, Eric Darius and tons of others, this event has been known as the premiere jazz event in the Southeast year over year.

For 2011, the attendance numbers were 25% up over 2010 with Aaron Bessant Park being filled to capacity.

Here are some of the past articles covering this event.

Seabreeze Jazz Festival A Swinging Success – 2009

Seabreeze Jazz Festival: Changing PCB’s Image? – 2010

Seabreeze Jazz Festival [PICS] – 2011

Why these events are so successful

If you’ve been to either one of these events, you know first hand how great they are. Before Pier Park, New Year celebrations for many locals was spent banging pots and pans alone at the stroke of midnight.  People from all over the southeast had no where to go.  Now, with Pier Park, and the New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop, people from all around have a large venue, free entertainment, and amazing weather to ring in the new year.  What’s great is that local officials and organizers have given people an excuse to make a small vacation out of this event, boosting bed tax dollars.

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival is a high-class, well organized event that brings the best talent in the Jazz community together in one weekend. It’s reason for success is obvious.  They combine wonderful entertainment with great beach, spring weather and an amazing, centrally located venue next to Pier Park.  This event has grown every year, and promises to be better in 2012 than ever before with the hopeful addition of the new amphitheater.

About the American Bus Association and their Top 100 publication

Each spring the ABA organizes a committee of members consisting of motorcoach and tour operators to assemble a top list of events, festivals, celebrations, fairs and commemorative events.  They pick from hundreds to narrow it down to the top 100 events in North America for the following year.

Each year there is a Number One Event in the United States and a Number One Event in Canada.

Other geographically based categories include:

  • The East
    • Southeast
    • Mid-Atlantic
    • East Central
    • New England
  • Central
    • Great Lakes
    • The South
    • The Heartland
  • The West
    • The Rockies
    • Southwest
    • The West
  • Canada

To access the Top 100 Events in North America online, visit their website, Buses.org.

What are your thoughts on these events?  Have you attended them? Will you come to the New Year’s event in December?   Will you be coming to the Jazz Fest?

It’s a Country Music, Fishing, and Philanthropy Filled Weekend

This weekend Panama City Beach has a full line up and many options if you are looking for something to do.  Country music, fishing contests, eating for a cause, and rubber ducks are headlining in this weekend’s events.

Country Music Fest

Friday and Saturday September 23rd and 24th

Country music artists Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean will be coming to Panama City Beach’s Frank Brown Park in Pier Park this weekend.  Miranda Lambert was first introduced to the public through Nashville Star, while Jason Aldean was introduced through his self-titled album.  Tickets are available through lodging partners as well as Ticketmaster.

Gates will open at 6:30pm on Friday night for Justin Moore, The Randy Rogers Band, and Miranda Lambert.  Saturday gates will open earlier for Corey Smith, The Dirt Drifter’s, and Jason Aldean.

If you’re a fan of music, especially country music, there is no doubt that you’ll enjoy the Country Music Fest this weekend.  If you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, visit Ticketmaster or book with local lodging partners!  See you out there!

Panama City Beach Sportfish Classic

Friday and Saturday September 23rd and 24th

Overnight fishing for Swordfish will begin on Friday, before anglers compete on Saturday for Blue Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Dolphin.  Weigh-ins will be on Saturday for both events and spectators are welcome to attend!  The festival opens at 5pm on Saturday at the Lighthouse Marina and Boatyard Restaurant, with live music from 5pm-7pm, weigh-ins will be from 7pm-10pm, and the awards will be given out at 10:30pm or as soon as possible after the last fish is weighed in.

There will be a total of $100,000 given away in prizes this weekend, including $40,000 for the largest Blue Marlin catch.  Fishing will begin at 2pm on Friday after the kick-off lunch and captains meeting.  The event will be family friendly and a good time for everyone who wants to see some truly big fish!

Compassionate Chef’s For Kids benefitting Children’s Home Society of Florida

Saturday September 24th

From 6pm-9pm this Saturday at the Holley Academic Center on the Panama City campus of Florida State University, the Children’s Home Society of Florida will be hosting the Compassionate Chefs for Kids.  This is a “Cullinary Extravaganza” event, which will include food from twenty local chefs, live auction, silent auctions, as well as live entertainment.  For general admission the event is $35, while for VIP admission is $75.  VIP events will begin at 5pm.

This is the 8th Annual culinary fundraiser, which is the signature fundraiser for the organization.  The theme will be “Dine, Dance, Donate” this year.  Some of the live entertainment will include Fred Astaire Dancers, Mark Harris, Mojo Rising, child performances, and more.  The profits will go to the Children’s Home Society of Florida which serves abused children, adoptions, serves a local group home, and works with the Early Step’s program for mentally delayed children.

Beach Care Services Annual Duck Race and Cocktail Party

Tuesday September 27th

From 5:30pm to 8:00pm, poolside at the North Tower of the Grand Panama Beach Resort the Beach Care Services will be holding their annual duck race.  This isn’t your typicall duck race though!  This involves adults on the back of giant rubber duckies in a pool, raising money to provide emergency financial assistance to the residents of Panama City Beach.  The goal is to aid in the payment of household bills in order to prevent families becoming homeless.  Last year this event raised almost $13,000 and they have high hopes to meet or exceed this amount this year.

The event will include food and drinks, cash prizes, and live entertainment from the Kevin Jacobs Band.  Duck Race entries are $10 per person or five duck entries for $45.  Little rubber ducks are also available for those who cannot physically attend the event.  First prize is $500; second prize is $250, and third prize being $100.

 

PCB International Real Estate Summit Discount Ends Tuesday

We recently reported on the International Real Estate Summit that’s coming to Panama City Beach.  The event is pacing to be a huge success with speakers and guests coming from over 16 countries.

Advanced registration for this event ends tomorrow.

Normally the registration price for this event is $325, but advanced registrants can save with a ticket price of $275.  If you’re familiar with conferences and events like this, you know this is a cheap date to brush shoulders with industry leaders and people of international influence.

Vision

From the website

“The vision of the “World Summit” is not to recreate your typical atmosphere of the International Real Estate trade shows, but to promote true unity and collaboration in and around the globe to create business.  The message will be clear, that there is a new and better way of doing business on a global scale.  You will be taught international business strategies by industry specialists that are working smarter and are proven leaders in their respected countries around the world.”

Date of the event and schedule

The event is from October 20 – 22, 2011 and will be held at the Boardwalk Beach Resort’s Conference facilities.

Pre-registration is on the afternoon of the 19th with the summit beginning at 9 am the following morning. Sessions will go through 5 pm.

For a full list of the schedule, visit their website.

Speakers

The International Real Estate World Summit is drawing speakers from Germany, Canada, Dubai, England, Asia, and of course, the USA.

Some of the topics that will be presented on are:

  • International Real Estate Trends
  • Mexico, the Growing Retirement Market
  • Immigration-Based Investment
  • How to Breakthrough with the Asia Investors
  • Marketing to Canada

For more information on the summit, visit their website.

Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert in Concert This Weekend [SCHEDULE]

The country music festival everyone’s been talking about begins this Friday, September 23.  Featuring artists Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert, this event is expected to draw a large crowd to Frank Brown Park.  Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert are two of country’s biggest up and coming stars right now.

About the event

The event begins Friday September 23 and will end on Saturday September 24.  Gates will open at 6:30 pm on both days with the show to start at 7:30 pm.  The Panama City Beach Country Music Festival will be at Frank Brown Park.

Friday Night

Main Act: Miranda Lambert

Opening Acts: Justin Moore & Randy Rogers Band

Saturday Night

Main Act: Jason Aldean

Opening Acts: Corey Smith & The Dirt Drifters

How to get tickets

The interesting thing about this festival and the Christian Music Festival we had a few weeks back is that they were devised to bring people to the beach.  The tickets for both festivals were originally only made available through lodging partners – that is condos, hotels and resorts.  In order to get a ticket, you had to book a place with one of the lodging partners.

All in all (and we’ll have a report on it in the coming weeks), it seems to have worked pretty well.  Many properties and resorts are reporting a heavily occupied weekend.

While the tickets are now available at Ticketmaster, many lodging partners are offering free tickets to their guests as an incentive to stay with them.

What are your thoughts on this festival?  Will you be going?

Weekend Events – Lobster Fest, Arts Fest, Coastal Cleanup and More!

This week we have some really fun things to get you out of the house.  From the 26th Annual International Coastal Cleanup to Schooners Lobster Fest, there are plenty of fun things to do.  The weather is supposed to be fantastic, clear and not too hot.

26th Annual International Coastal Cleanup

Saturday September 17th

Each year tons of trash ends up in the oceans and beaches of Florida.  While workers and volunteers try to keep the beaches clean waste still makes it into the sand and waters of the Gulf Coast.  Sadly, until people stop littering this problem is here to stay.  However, volunteers can help do something to alleviate this problem! On September 17th at 9:00am you can join The Friends of St. Andrews State Park, Panama City Dive Club, and other volunteers to clean up St. Andrews State Park and Shell Island, just meet at Russell Fields Pier and identify yourself as a Coastal Cleanup volunteer.  The beach clean up is in association with the annual International Coastal Cleanup from the Ocean Conservancy.  Don’t forget to bring work up gloves! Water, trash bags, and log sheets will be provided.  If you have your own pickup stick- that would be extremely helpful and save your back some pain the next day!  Volunteers will receive T-shirts (while supplies last) and have a free shuttle to Shell Island for picking up there.

Schooners Lobster Fest

Thursday September 15 – 18

Each year, Lobster Fest brings divers out in droves to bring in the biggest lobster.  There’s a huge beach-front party at Schooners in celebration of these spiny legged critters that’s accompanied by food, drink, music and fun activities for the kids.

We’ve published more about this event here.

First Annual Panama City Beach Festival of the Arts

Saturday and Sunday September 17th-18th

Fine art, performances, culinary delights, and handmade crafts- two days full of them!  The festival will be held at the Palms Conference Center, from 10am-6pm on Saturday at 10am-5pm on Sunday.  Admission will only be $2 per person each day.

We published more information about this here.

Yappy Hour at Salty Sue’s

Thursday September 22nd

Bring $5.00 and your dog, and come to Salty Sue’s for outdoor dog-friendly dining on the outside patio at Salty Sues.  There is a fenced in play area, door prizes, and a raffle.  While your eating dinner, there is also a specialty menu that is dog friendly.   Not only can you eat dinner with friends and your pets, this is an opportunity to meet other dog owners in the area!