Category: Activities

Fun February Events in PCB and Beyond!

After last month’s record low temperatures, February is really heating up—and with more than just the weather! No matter which direction you drive—Mexico Beach, Apalachicola, Seaside, Destin, Niceville, and of course right here in Panama City Beach, something fun is happening right around the bend. Check out the exploding calendar of local events, and whether your gobbling up gumbo at a festival, strolling through a street fair, watching a live performance, or catching Mardi Gras beads, as our Cajun friends say, “Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler”… Let the Good Times Roll!

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Seaside Farmer’s Market

Saturdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22; 9am-1pm, Seaside

Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings during our Market on Saturday mornings. Find local specialties that will help sustain our growers! Enjoy special cooking demos and activities sure to liven up your morning! Held beside Raw & Juicy Cafe and Organic Juice Bar. Visit

Pensacola Ice Flyers Day at the Gulfarium

February 02; 12:30- 2:00 pm, Gulfarium in Fort. Walton Beach

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park will host several players from the Pensacola Ice Flyers minor league hockey team for a special meet and greet with park visitors. Guests can mingle with the players, take photos, and even get autographs from their favorite Ice Flyers team members!  All day, park visitors will enjoy FREE french fries with the purchase of a sandwich at Gulfarium’s onsite concessions, the Dive-In Eatery.

30A Farmers Market

Sundays, February 2, 9, 16, 23; 9am-1pm
 Rosemary Beach

This community event on Barrett Square features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese, preserves, sauces, bread, sweets, prepared foods to go, and much more! Visit for more info.

Knock’em Dead Play

February 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22; 7:30pm, Kaleidoscope Theater in Panama City (Lynn Haven)

This unique comedy/murder mystery has six different endings with the audience determining the final outcome. Directed by Barry Hertzog, the production runs three weekends. Friday and Saturday night performances start at 7:30pm, with Sunday matinees beginning at 2pm. Adults: $16; Sen/Mil: $15; Students: $8 when pre-reserved. For additional information, go to or call (850) 265-3226

Bob Milne Ragtime Piano

February 7 & 8; Fri. 8 pm, Sat. 3 & 8pm at the Dixie Theatre, Apalachicola

The top ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist of today returns for his 15th year at the Dixie and no one does it better! In the Library of Congress as a National Treasure, Bob Milne has followers from all over the country, so get your tickets early. Visit for more info.

Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler

February 9; 6:00–8:00pm (EST), 
4th Street and Avenue D in Apalachicola

Chefs from all over the Forgotten Coast will prepare their most creative dishes at the historic Coombs Armory located on 4th Street and Avenue D in Apalachicola. Sample an array from area restaurants. Talented shopkeepers and local designers give the event an extraordinary touch and add creative flair by decorating each table individually. The tables range from elegant to artistic and funky. Join us for our 18th year. Tickets are $60. For more information, call Apalachicola Bay Chamber at (850) 653-9419.

Glenn Miller Orchestra

February 12; 7:30pm, 
Northwest Florida State College, Niceville

The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra performs with an 18-member ensemble. Many original Miller big band arrangements & more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound. Concert benefits Niceville High School Band. Tickets are $20. Buy at (850) 729-6000 or

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16th Annual Gumbo Cook-Off & Art Walk

February 15, 2014, 10am-noon, Art Walk immediately following Gumbo Cook-off 
at Sunset Park, Mexico Beach (Art Walk booths are along Hwy 98 at several locations)

Beginning at 10am, the competitors will be serving up delicious gumbos and Brunswick stews, plus music and free Mardi Gras beads! Tickets are available for sampling as many gumbos and stews as you like. Other food & drinks available, too. Art Walk immediately following by the S.E.A (Society of Expressive Artists). Juried art booths along Highway 98. For more information visit or call toll free at (888) 723-2546.

The 25th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival

February 15; 12–4pm, The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Miramar Beach

This winter festival favorite is back for its 25th year! Gulf Coast restaurants will be featuring their top-secret recipes! Spend the day sampling a variety of gumbo—Dark or light roux? Chicken & sausage or seafood? Vote for your favorite for the “People’s Choice Award.” Enjoy live music and family entertainment. Visit for details and ticket information.

David Seering and Friends entertain the Emerald Coast for Children in Crisis

February 15; 7:00pm, 
Village Baptist Church, Destin

Accomplished and brilliant musician David Seering will perform his annual concert to benefit local charity Children in Crisis (CIC). Enjoy an evening of variety entertainment featuring a tribute to Liberace and a very special commemorative performance to honor David’s father. Joining him are the Van Deusen Trio and special guest artist Amanda Holmes. All proceeds benefit the foster children of NW Florida. Tickets are $25. For more details call (850) 864-4242 or visit

President’s Weekend Outdoor Concert

February 15; 5:00 pm, Seaside

Join us on Lyceum Lawn as we celebrate President’s Weekend with an outdoor concert. Visit for more info.


February 15 & 16: 7:30pm, 
Rosemary Beach

Lauded for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times. The Amernet String Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University, is one of the most acclaimed ensembles of its generation and has been praised for its intelligence, ravishing sound, and commitment since its inception. Located in South Barrett Square Presented by the Merchants of Rosemary Beach and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Tickets are $35, available at

Valentine to 30A

Saturday, February 15: 7:30 pm Seaside Repertory Theatre, Seaside

Celebrate the season of romance with the second annual Valentine to 30A.  Actors of The Rep bring heart and soul to the most loveable lines written for stage.  Enjoy the sultry vocals and smart, sexy lyrics of awarded singer-songwriter Lisa McCormick. Tickets are available at The Rep and Amavida Coffee for $25. For more information visit

MEMPHIS: Broadway Musical

February 22; 7:30 PM 
Northwest Florida State College, Niceville

The national tour of the Broadway hit “Memphis” appears at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Winner of 4 Tony Awards ®! Don’t miss one of Broadway’s newest and hottest national touring shows. What happens when a 1950′s Memphis DJ with white listeners decides to play African-American music? Is Memphis ready for it? Is America? Inspired by the story of the legendary DJ Dewey Phillips and the music that became known as “rock ‘n’ roll”. Tickets are $45. For more info, call (850) 729-6000 or visit

Krewe of St. Andrews Mardi Gras Parade

February 22; 2pm, 
Downtown St. Andrews, Panama City

For more parade information and other events, please visit

Symphony of Taste Food & Wine Fest

February 23; 1:00- 4:00 pm Northwest Florida State College, Niceville

Food samples by area restaurants accompanied by over 50 different wines from around the world, micro-brew beers, as well as non-alcoholic beverages and a silent auction and music. Tickets for sale at Chan’s Wine World locations in Grand Boulevard and Destin. The cost is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Advance tickets may also be purchased online or by phone through the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office at (850) 729-6000 or

Mardi Gras at the Beach

February 28–March 1, Pier Park & Aaron Bessant Park, Panama City Beach

Friday night: Fat Tuesday Street Fair & Kids Zone open at 4 pm. There will also be a Second Line Parade that will start on the Boardwalk at the Back Porch and work its way to Aaron Bessant Park for a FREE Dr. John concert. Saturday, the Fat Tuesday Street Fair and Kids Zone opens at 10 am. Kids Costume Contest at noon and an Adult Costume Contest at 12:30 pm. There will be two parades. The event is free and open to the public. For details: visit or

January Jams with Concerts, Shows & Fun Festivals

Have all the fun and excitement of the holidays left you dreading the January blues?

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You’re in luck! The Gulf Coast’s January calendar is so jammed-packed with fantastic live concerts, musicals and festivals, you’ll be whistling Dixie. So forget about couching it, get ready to get out and have fun!

Fri. 1/3 – 7:30pm, Marina Civic Center, Panama City:

Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White

Scotch-swigging, cigar smoking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” sensation performs his new stand-up show, “A Little Unprofessional.”   Adult, off-color humor for mature audiences only.   For ticket information, visit or call 877.528.0367.

Sat. 1/4 – *8-10pm (EST), Dixie Theatre, Apalachicola:

Tallahassee Swing Band

Relive the best of the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s with these big band classics and have a swingin’ grand time.  For tickets & info, contact or call 850.653.3200.

Mon. 1/13 – 7:30pm, Marina Civic Center, Panama City:

American Storyteller, Garrison Keillor

Spend a delightful evening with this modern-day Mark Twain, renowned for his performances on the popular radio program, “A Prairie Home Companion.”  For tickets information, visit or call 877.528.0367.

Wed. 1/15 – 7pm, Marina Civic Center, Panama City:

Englebert Humperdinck Live in Concert

This British pop singer/ composer continues to enthrall his audiences the world-over with his timeless repertoire, including, “Release Me,”  “The Last Waltz” and “After the Lovin.”  For ticket information, visit or call 877.528.0367.

Fri-Sun, 1/17-19 – Venues along Scenic Hwy 30-A, South Walton County:

5th Annual 30-A Songwriter Festival

More than 25 venues throughout the northwest resort neighborhoods from Rosemary Beach to Grayton Beach, featuring 150 songwriters & more than 200 performances, including: Kristian Bush (Sugarland) and Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League).  In addition to countless unforgettable soulful performances with powerful vocals and compelling lyrics, a VIP dinner & wine tasting have been added to the schedule. For more information, visit

Fri, 1/17 – *8-10pm (EST), Dixie Theatre, Apalachicola:

Gretchen Peters Live in Concert

This Grammy nominated Nashville singer/songwriter’s warm-honey voice and refined lyrics have gained her recognition as one of best  Alternative Roots Top Female Vocalists. For tickets & info, contact or call 850.653.3200.

Sat. 1/18 – *2-5pm, (EST), Volunteer Fire Dept., Apalachicola:

4th Annual Oyster Cook-Off

Live bands, dancing performances and of course, plenty of tasty oysters to sample: raw, steamed and fried.   Other refreshments will also be available for purchase.  Proceeds benefit Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Dept.   For more information, visit                         

 Sat. 1/18 – *3-5 pm (EST), Dixie Theatre, Apalachicola:

The Old Folkie

Ken Sizemore returns to charm with his witty, original tunes as well as classic favorites from the 50’s-70’s. Audience requests and sing-alongs are encouraged.  For tickets & more info, contact or call 850.653.3200.

Sat. 1/18 – *8-10 pm (EST), Dixie Theatre, Apalachicola:

It Was a Very Good Year(Frank Sinatra Tribute)

Tony Sands travels down  a musical memory lane paying homage to old blue eyes, including stunning video, graphics and his one-of-a-kind uncanny portrayal. For tickets & more info, contact  or call 850.653.3200.

Sat. 1/19 – 4:00 pm, Marina Civic Center, Panama City:


Sensational 1940s musical revue featuring the IN THE MOOD singers and dancers accompanied by the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra’s intimate, romantic ballads and big band swing. For ticket information, visit or call 877.528.0637.

Sat. 1/25 – 7:30 pm, Marina Civic Center, Panama City:

Battle of the Batons”

Step out for a sophisticated night on the town with the Panama City Pops’ orchestra. For ticket information, visit or call 877.528.0367.

Fri. 1/31 – *5-10 pm (EST), Apalachicola:

Mardi Gras Parade & Riverfront Festival

The festivities kick-off on Fri. at 5 pm with a parade from Bowery Ave & E. Commerce St. down to the Riverfront Park, where the party continues with live music, dancing & Cajun food.  For more information & tickets, call 850.670.5064.

* Please note: Apalachicola is on Eastern Standard Time.

5th Annual Run for the Redfish This Weekend!

The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the 5th Annual Run for the Redfish this Saturday, December 7, 2013. Runner’s from across the country will participate in this combined half-marathon, 5K and kid’s fun run to start/finish at Pier Park. There are already more runners than in the past four years signed up to run the course along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and through Pier Park!

Tomorrow is the last day for registration, and runners are highly encouraged to get their registration forms in to the Beach Chamber, or through, to secure their spot to participate in this continuously growing event. The cost for the half-marathon is $45; for the 5K it is $30. All runners of the half marathon and 5K will receive the traditional Run for the Redfish long-sleeved T-shirt. Chip timing is provided for participants of the half-marathon and 5k races. An after party at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville inside Pier Park will also be held in their honor as part of their participation.

We hope to have support from the media and community by coming out to Pier Park to cheer on all participants. The half-marathon race begins at 8:00 am and the 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. Look forward to seeing you there rain or shine!

Panama City Beach Presents Twelve Days of Christmas Cheer this December

The holly jolly days are upon us, and Panama City Beach has decked its halls AND beaches! Embrace this magical season and create lifetime memories with your family and friends. These festive December events are certain to capture your holiday spirit!

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1) Mon. 12/2; 6:30pm, Frank Brown Park, PCB : Annual City of PCB Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrate the magic of Christmas at PCB’s official tree lighting ceremony with musical performances by local schools, churches and civic groups, photos with Santa and all sorts of yummy treats.

2) Thurs. 12/5; 10am-9pm, 1st Baptist Church Family Life Center, Panama City: 10th Annual Festival of Trees Decorated trees for auction, holiday music free kids’ events, bakery goods and value-oriented gifts for sale. Proceeds benefit PC Rescue Mission. Admission: $5 adults, $3 kids or $15 family. For more info., visit or call 850.481.1093.

3) Thurs. 12/5, 7:30pm, Marina Civic Center, PC: Bonnie Raitt Live in Concert Grammy award-winner singer, songwriter & guitarist gives her audiences “Something to Talk About” with her unique blend of blues, R& B, rock & pop. For more info., visit

4) Fri. 12/6; 5-8pm, Downtown PC: “A Dickens of a Christmas” Festive family-fun in the heart of PC with horse-drawn carriage rides, free ice skating, carolers, concerts, extended shopping hours, kids events, train rides, a bounce house & more surprises. For more info., visit

5) Sat. 12/7; Start/Finish Pier Park, PCB: 5th Annual Run for the Redfish Great family event for all levels of runners, includes a ½ Marathon, 5K & Kids fun run along scenic Front Beach Rd & after-party at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. All runners for the 5K and certified half marathon professionally- timed course receive long sleeve t-shirt & swag bag. A portion of proceeds benefit Ocean Conservancy. Visit for race start times, registration & more info.

6) Wed. 12/11; 7pm, Marina Civic Center, PC: Goo Goo Dolls Live in Concert A rockin’ holiday treat for alternate rock music lovers the world over. For tickets or more info, visit

7) Fri. 12/13; 5-8pm, Downtown PC: “A Dickens of a Christmas” (see details above 12/6)

8 ) Sat. 12/14; 4pm, Front Beach & Pier Park, PCB: Annual PCB Optimist Christmas Parade Everyone loves a parade! Floats, marching bands & Santa will delight all ages as this festive procession flows down Powell Adams to Front Beach Rd & northwest through Pier Park, then ends at Wal-Mart.

9) Fri. 12/20; 5-8pm, Downtown PC: “A Dickens of a Christmas (see details above 12/6)

10) Fri. 12/20; 3pm & 6pm, Marina Civic Center, PC: Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales. All-new musical with 25 Disney characters that bring to life the stories of “Snow White,” “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast.” For tickets or more info, visit

11) Sun. 12/29; 8am, Frank Brown Park, PCB: “The Biggest Loser Run/Walk” Half Marathon, 5K & Kids Fun Run Perfect chance for all levels of runners and walkers to celebrate their 2013 healthy lifestyle milestones! Each participant receives an inaugural finisher’s medal & t-shirt. Post-party with celebrity appearances. or for more info.

12) Tues. 12/31; Pier Park, PCB: Two New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Celebrations From 5:30-8pm, it’s a family-style Family Ball Drop event with face painting, stilt walker, live music, prize giveaways & dazzling fireworks following the 8pm countdown when 10,000 beach balls will be dropped! Then from 8:45pm-1am, it’s time for grown-ups to countdown to 2014 with a New Year’s Eve inaugural street festival featuring live music, food booths & endless fun, promising to become PCB’s best annual NYE bash! Midnight countdown has an 800-lb glowing Beach Ball Drop followed by dazzling fireworks.

Admission is free for both events. Visit for more info.