Little Black Dresses, Tigers, Clowns, and Jazz Music- Oh My!

Three events take the stage this weekend in Panama City Beach; the Little Black Dress party at The Boatyard, the Cole Brothers Circus, and the 11th Annual Jazz by the Bay Festival.  No matter your interests one of these three events are sure to keep you entertained!

Little Black Dress

October 20th, The Boatyard

It’s the third Thursday of the month which means live entertainment, gift bags, appetizers, and for the ladies- free champagne!  Chef Konrad will also be creating a new dinner special for the event.  There will be live entertainment from 7pm till 10pm when DJ Vladi and DJ Beachhouse takeover till the party ends.  Go to The Boatyard and have fun! Remember all profits go to the American Cancer Society and the fight against breast cancer!

Cole Brothers Circus

October 20th-23rd, Frank Brown Park

Coming to Panama City Beach and Frank Brown Park is the Cole Brothers Circus, known as “The World’s Largest Circus Under the Big Top.” This circus strives to provide family-friendly entertainment to their visitors in a clean, courteous, and safe environment.  Shows are at 7:30pm on Thursday and Friday, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm on Saturday, and on Sunday at 1:30pm and 4:30pm.  You can buy tickets at the Cole Brothers Circus website.  General admission tickets are $14, with reserved tickets priced at $17 and VIP tickets being $20.  You can also learn about the different acts and circus stars at the website.  Enjoy the motorcycle stunts, tigers, clowns, aeriel ballerinas, and more!

11th Annual Jazz by the Bay Festival

October 21st-22nd, Oaks by the Bay Park

Bringing attention to jazz music, the Gulf Jazz Society is hosting the 11th Annual Jazz by the Bay Festival.  In Historic St. Andrews, the two-day jazz music appreciation festival will be held by the water.  Six bands are scheduled to play, including the all-star Dixieland and famous Bud Leeds Classic Jazz Band.  You can read more about these bands here. The festival is free and open to the public, so bring a date or your family and listen to several different styles of jazz music.


Whether you want to meet new people and raise money for the American Cancer Society, take your friends or children to the circus, or relax and listen to some amazing Jazz music- be safe and have a great weekend!

7th Annual Barkin’ In the Park- This Weekend

October 15, from 11:30am till 5pm, go out to the Bay Point Marina for the 7th Annual Barkin’ in the Park from The Humane Society of Bay County!  Kids get in for free, and adults are asked for a donation of $5-10 dollars for admission.

Raising money for The Humane Society, this event will involve:
  • The Famous Dock-Diving Competition
  • Frisbee Competition
  • Meet the Breeds
  • Dog Demos (in Agility, Flyball, Obedience, and Rally Obedience)
  • Dog Contests (Look-a-like, Best Trick, Halloween Costume Contest, Largest Dog, Smallest Dog, and Simon Sez Obedience)
  • Adopt-a-thon involving multiple area missions and rescues
  • Pet Microchipping, Grooming, and Nail Clipping

There will also be plenty of food and drinks and a live band for entertainment!

Here are some pictures from last years event.  It’s expected to be even bigger than last year!


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!


Zoobilee at Zoo World

The drop in humidity and the diminished crowds make early Fall one of the best times of the year to experience the Emerald Coast‘s festivals and other special events. A perennial favorite of children and adults alike, Zoo World’s Zoobilee 2008 is coming up on September 27 and 28. Zoo World has staged the event for over a decade, with last year’s attendance counts coming in at over 8,000 visitors for the weekend. With admission for the event set a mere one dollar per visitor once again, Zoobilee promises to be a hit this year as well.

As in years past, a visit to Zoobilee promises to be a day of fun for the whole family. Visitors will find numerous special attractions, including a dunking booth, and prize giveaways throughout the day. Visitors may also purchase raffle tickets in drawings for various valuable prizes donated by local businesses. Although its famous animal shows will not take place during Zoobilee, the park has promised that many of the animals will be available throughout the event for posing with visitors for photographs.

Now in its sixteenth year of operation, Zoo World is a zoological and botanical conservatory housing over 200 exotic and, in many cases, endangered animals on over seven acres of lush vegetation. ZooWorld is an active member of the (UZA) United Zoological Association, and is also an active participant in the (SSP) species survival plan program. It is perhaps best known for its big cats and delightful shows featuring talented exotic birds. However, Zoo World is also home to a large variety of animals, including primates, giraffes, reptiles, and amphibians. Those visitors in search of a closer encounter can enjoy a petting zoo as well.

Zoo World is open year round and is always in need of both donations and volunteers. Interested parties who choose to donate their time can work as either Animal Keeper Volunteers or Gardener Volunteers, but in either case must be at least eighteen years old and in good physical condition. In order to participate, volunteers need to contact the park at least twenty-four hours in advance in order to be matched up for training with the correct Zoo World professionals.

One of the best things about a visit to Zoo World is that it offers parents a unique opportunity to help their children make connections between what they see on their favorite television shows like Nickelodeon’s “Go, Diego Go!” and their own lives. Over twenty million viewers a month tune in to watch Diego and his sister, Alicia, rescue various exotic animals, many of which can be found at our own Zoo World. The Spectacled Bear, Kinkajou, and Scarlet Macaw are just a few. Furthermore, an interest in exotic animals and their environments can have ramifications far beyond childhood.

In July 2008 Science Daily published an articled discussing a scientific study of children’s perceptions of tropical rain forest environments. “Turner and colleagues found that children’s awareness of rainforest biodiversity is highly developed, with the majority of the children depicting a rainforest with a diverse animal fauna, even though most have presumably never visited a rainforest. This knowledge of the natural world is crucial for inspiring and recruiting the next generation of naturalists and conservationists.” Children seem to have a natural affinity for animals and parks like Zoo World allow them to connect to nature by being in the presence of animals normally only seen in the wild.

As captivating as photographs and videotaped encounters can be, they cannot compare to the experience of being in close proximity to such fascinating creatures. It is often difficult in today’s high tech world for parents and caregivers to compete with television and videogames for their children’s attention, but special events like Zoobilee can at least help to level the playing field by providing a vibrant and memorable experience to treasure for years to come.

Zoo World is located at 9008 Front Beach Road. The gates open at 9:00 AM with the last admission at 4:30 PM. The park will close at 5:00. Free parking is available at the Super Walmart parking lot and free shuttle service will be provided from nine until five. Zoo World will provide free parking for handicapped drivers, all other drivers must pay a three dollar charge.

More can be learned about Zoo World at