This Weekend in PCB – Thunder Beach, Oktoberfest, and Murder Mystery

This coming fall weekend promises to be another full one in Panama City Beach.  The Autumn Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is coming to the beaches from Wednesday till Sunday, Downtown Panama City is celebrating Oktoberfest Friday and Saturday, and there will be a Murder Mystery Cruise.

Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally

September 27th – October 2nd

Wednesday will start the Annual Thunder Beach Autumn Motorcycle Rally, with Kick-off parties at The Sandpiper Beacon Resort, The Shores of Panama, and Pineapple Willies.  (Officially, the rally doesn’t begin till the 28th.)  This year’s event will include Miss Thunder Beach and Mrs. Thunder Beach pageants, poker runs, memorial parades, and a custom bike show.  Please see Thunder Beach website for a detailed listing of this weeks festivities.

Oktoberfest

September 30th-October 1st

Friday and Saturday in the Downtown area of Panama City, the Annual Oktoberfest will transform the area into a quaint village in Germany.  Visitors to the event should expect to see carnival rides, accordions, sausage eating contests,  and more.  As one would expect, there will be plenty of musical stylings, including polka music.  Keeping children busy with rides, clowns, and face-painting the festival will also be occupying adults with a wide selection of beers.  There will be Omm-Pah-Pah concerts and ceremonial keg tapping!

Murder Mystery Cruise

September 30th

This coming Friday evening The Betsy Ann Riverboat Cruise will be hosting a Murder Mystery Cruise.  Taking off at 6:30pm from the Sun Harbor Marina at the base of the Hathway Bridge, The Betsy Ann Riverboat will return at 8:30pm.  The price is $38.95 per person and $26.95 for children 5-12 years old.  The cruise promises to send you back in time to learn the history of steam paddle wheel boats and when the original Hathaway Bridge was built.

Have fun this weekend exploring Panama City Beach and please “look twice- save a life” of a motorcyclist!

 

5 Reasons to be Excited About the Fall Season

Along with many beach residents, I have spent the whole of summer’s slow decline anxiously anticipating the Fall Season. I love the cool weather, the colors and the ripples of pumpkin spice in the air. In my opinion, fall is Panama City Beach’s very best season, transforming our town from a hot, tourist-filled circus to a quiet and festive jewel of home for anyone who lives in this great city. There are a number of reasons to be excited about the season from something as simple as less traffic in the streets to traditions as beloved as Halloween and Thanksgiving. But, in Panama City Beach there are even more reasons to get excited about the season to come; here are 5 of them

Fall Art Show September 18 – 20 – Pier Park

If you like art and enjoy seeing totally unique creations, the Fall Art Show will be an exciting place for you this fall. Throughout Pier Park you’ll see artwork on display and being created various artists. While you’re there enjoy Pier Park’s great restaurants and shopping.

Thunder Beach Fall Rally – September 24 – 27

Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is held twice yearly on Panama City Beach and the fall event may very well be the best of its kind during the season. Bikers, vendors and exhibitors from around the country descend on Panama City Beach, Florida for Panama City Beach Bike Week and locals get to ride into all the fun. They share stories, see great bands and live entertainment, find the hottest custom motorcycles and motorcycle accessories available, and to experience a scenic ride on The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches!

Taste of the Beach – November 6 – Pier Park

Wine enthusiasts and aficionados, gourmets and gourmands, philanthropists and successful friends will combine talents and passions to create an unparalleled 4 day gala at the “Taste of THE Beach-Wine.Dine.Donate”. This 4-day extravaganza will be held in the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast, also referred to as THE Beach

This fabulous venue will hit Panama City Beach with an international wine tasting experience with over 300 wines to taste and food samplings from various Pier Park restaurants.

Oktoberfest – October 2 – 4 – Downtown Panama City

The Annual Oktoberfest transforms quaint downtown Panama City into a bustling German-style village. From accordion players to carnival rides and sausage eating contests, this Uber-Strassen-Fest has it all. Large food tents are concentrated near the bandstand.

Food enthusiasts will be serenaded by local musicians of a variety of styles, so practice your polka. Oktoberfest offers plenty to keep the little ones busy, while the adults savor a huge selection of beer. Carnival rides, face-painting, clowns and other family activities are part of the fun. More than 25,000 people are expected to attend the event, from the ceremonial tapping of the kegs to the Oom-Pah-Pah band concerts.

Seafood Wine and Music Festival – October 9 -11 – Frank Brown Park

If this event doesn’t get you excited about the season, nothing will. Panama City Beach’s signature Festival will be held during Columbus Day weekend and could be the most fun you will have all year.

Enjoy fantastic entertainment including performances by country singer and Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne Hough, the legendary Styx, plus John Anderson and Grand Funk Railroad. Sample delicious culinary treats and fine wines from around the world, and take part in fun activities for the whole family.

Honorable Mentions: EVP Pro Tour Labor Day Festival – September 5 – 6, Jazz by the Bay – October 16 -17, Holly Fair – November 12 – 15, Iron Man Triathlon – November 7, Emerald Coast Cruzin Car Show – November 9 – 14

Oktoberfest at Hofbrau Beer Garden

Kicking off Bike Week and celebrating the fall season, Oktoberfest has come to Panama City Beach at Pier Park’s Hofbrau Beer Garden.

The first Oktoberfest was held in Munich, Germany in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese.  The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th.  This was the first time that the public was ever invited to celebrate a royal wedding.

The people of Bavaria had such a good time that the King repeated the festival annually and extended the length of the festival.  Today Munich Oktoberfest stretches from the last two weeks of September through the first weekend of October and draws 6.5 million visitors.

Specials include:

Spanferkel (Pig Roast) – with Sauerkraut, Potato Salad & Rye Bread – $10.95

Grill Hendl (Roast) Chicken – with Sauerkraut, Potato Salad & Rye Bread – $9.95

Sauerbraten – Spatzle, Red Cabbage & Rye Bread – $8.95

Brat Platter – A pile of Bavarian Dongs, Red Cabbage & Rye Bread – $8.95

All specials served all day, every day September 19th through October 19th.

Join Hofbrau Garden in Pier Park for Oktoberfest this year.  See below for a full schedule of events.

Friday, September 19th

6pm Oktoberfest Opening Keg Tapping – Join us as we tap the wooden keg in the Beer Garden.  Celebrate the start of Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
6pm til 12am Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Saturday, September 20th

2pm Oktoberfest Keg Tapping – Join us as we tap the wooden keg.  Celebrate Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
7pm til 1am Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Sunday, September 21st

10am til 3pm Sunday Brunch Specials – Join us in the beer hall for our delicious Sunday brunch specials
2pm Oktoberfest Keg Tapping -Join us as we tap the wooden keg.  Celebrate Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
2:30pm til 8:30pm Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Thursday September 25th

3pm til 6pm Beatrice and Derrol – Straight from Bavaria.  Enjoy traditional German music and singing.
6pm Oktoberfest Opening Keg Tapping – Join us as we tap the wooden keg in the Beer Garden.  Celebrate the start of Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
6pm til 12am Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Friday September 26th

3pm til 7pm Beatrice and Derrol – Straight from Bavaria.  Enjoy traditional German music and singing.
6pm Oktoberfest Opening Keg Tapping – Join us as we tap the wooden keg in the Beer Garden.  Celebrate the start of Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
7pm til 12am Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Saturday September 27th

2pm Oktoberfest Keg Tapping -Join us as we tap the wooden keg.  Celebrate Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
3pm til 7pm Beatrice and Derrol – Straight from Bavaria.  Enjoy traditional German music and singing.
7pm til 1am Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Sunday September 28th

10am til 3pm Sunday Brunch Specials – Join us in the beer hall for our delicious Sunday brunch specials
12pm til 2:30pm Beatrice and Derrol – Straight from Bavaria.  Enjoy traditional German music and singing.
2pm Oktoberfest Keg Tapping -Join us as we tap the wooden keg.  Celebrate Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
2:30pm til 8:30pm Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Thursday October 2nd

3pm til 6pm Beatrice and Derrol – Straight from Bavaria.  Enjoy traditional German music and singing.
6pm Oktoberfest Opening Keg Tapping – Join us as we tap the wooden keg in the Beer Garden.  Celebrate the start of Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
6pm til 12am Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Friday October 3rd

3pm til 7pm Beatrice and Derrol – Straight from Bavaria.  Enjoy traditional German music and singing.
6pm Oktoberfest Opening Keg Tapping – Join us as we tap the wooden keg in the Beer Garden.  Celebrate the start of Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
7pm til 12am Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Saturday October 4th

2pm Oktoberfest Keg Tapping -Join us as we tap the wooden keg.  Celebrate Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
3pm til 7pm Beatrice and Derrol – Straight from Bavaria.  Enjoy traditional German music and singing.
7pm til 1am Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Sunday October 5th

10am til 3pm Sunday Brunch Specials – Join us in the beer hall for our delicious Sunday brunch specials
12pm til 2:30pm Beatrice and Derrol – Straight from Bavaria.  Enjoy traditional German music and singing.
2pm Oktoberfest Keg Tapping -Join us as we tap the wooden keg.  Celebrate Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
2:30pm til 8:30pm Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Thursday October 9th

3pm til 6pm Beatrice and Derrol – Straight from Bavaria.  Enjoy traditional German music and singing.
6pm Oktoberfest Opening Keg Tapping – Join us as we tap the wooden keg in the Beer Garden.  Celebrate the start of Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
6pm til 12am Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Friday October 10th

3pm til 7pm Beatrice and Derrol – Straight from Bavaria.  Enjoy traditional German music and singing.
6pm Oktoberfest Opening Keg Tapping – Join us as we tap the wooden keg in the Beer Garden.  Celebrate the start of Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
7pm til 12am Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Saturday October 11th

2pm Oktoberfest Keg Tapping -Join us as we tap the wooden keg.  Celebrate Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
3pm til 7pm Beatrice and Derrol – Straight from Bavaria.  Enjoy traditional German music and singing.
7pm til 1am Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Sunday October 12th

10am til 3pm Sunday Brunch Specials – Join us in the beer hall for our delicious Sunday brunch specials
12pm til 2:30pm Beatrice and Derrol – Straight from Bavaria.  Enjoy traditional German music and singing.
2pm Oktoberfest Keg Tapping -Join us as we tap the wooden keg.  Celebrate Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
2:30pm til 8:30pm Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Thursday October 16th

3pm til 6pm Beatrice and Derrol – Straight from Bavaria.  Enjoy traditional German music and singing.
6pm Oktoberfest Opening Keg Tapping – Join us as we tap the wooden keg in the Beer Garden.  Celebrate the start of Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
6pm til 12am Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Friday October 17th

3pm til 7pm Beatrice and Derrol – Straight from Bavaria.  Enjoy traditional German music and singing.
6pm Oktoberfest Opening Keg Tapping – Join us as we tap the wooden keg in the Beer Garden.  Celebrate the start of Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
7pm til 12am Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Saturday October 18th

2pm Oktoberfest Keg Tapping -Join us as we tap the wooden keg.  Celebrate Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
3pm til 7pm Beatrice and Derrol – Straight from Bavaria.  Enjoy traditional German music and singing.
7pm til 1am Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.

Sunday October 19th

10am til 3pm Sunday Brunch Specials – Join us in the beer hall for our delicious Sunday brunch specials
12pm til 2:30pm Beatrice and Derrol – Straight from Bavaria.  Enjoy traditional German music and singing.
2pm Oktoberfest Keg Tapping -Join us as we tap the wooden keg.  Celebrate Oktoberfest with FREE BEER while it lasts.
2:30pm til 8:30pm Hochsteirer – Direct from Europe.  experience this traditional musical and culture show.