October Events in Panama City Beach

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October is a busy busy month for us here at the beach. The weather is fantastic and we have some awesome events coming up, so be sure to check them out! Click the name of any event to visit MyResortCollection.com (Or download the mobile MyResort app for free on your iPhone or Android!) for information on locations, directions, times, and admission prices! Also check out the events calendar for activities not listed here!


  • October 5-6: Pirates of the High Seas Festival – Visit the festival’s Facebook page for more information on Scavenger Hunts, events and activities, and entertainment!


2012 Pirates of the High Seas Festival in Panama City Beach

  • October 5–November 4:  Fall Fishing Challenge – $7,500 Total Prize Purse for City Pier vs. County Pier Challenges
  • October 6: Girls Inc. Half Marathon at Pier Park – This wonderful race will take you along the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico and through quaint Florida neighborhoods. Click here for information.
  • October 7: Disney Live! at Marina Civic Center – Prepare to laugh, sing, and dream! Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck for an amazing fantasy adventure that brings the enchanted stories and music of Disney.

Thunder Beach Autumn Motorcycle Rally 2012 Panama City Beach

  • October 10-14: Thunder Beach Autumn Motorcycle Rally  – Bikers, vendors and exhibitors from around the country descend on Panama City Beach, Florida for Bike Week, to 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! (Don’t forget about The Resort Collection’s October Special, perfect for finding last-minute accommodations for the rally at 20% off!)
  • October 12-14: Fall into Edgewater Gymnastics Meet – Visit the Edgewater Classic website for more information.
  • October 12: Bruce Bruce Comedy Tour – Bruce Bruce is a name synonymous with keeping audiences rolling with laughter thanks to his captivating improv skills. Buy tickets at the Marina Civic Center.
  • October 13: Barkin’ on the Bay – Join dog lovers at Bay Point Marina for the 8th annual Barkin’ on the Bay, a day full of fun activities, contests and more for your family and furry friends!
  • October 13: Oktoberfest in Downtown Panama City – Oktoberfest transforms quaint downtown Panama City into a bustling German-style village.
  • October 13: Ghost Walk and History Tour – Ghosts, spooks, pirates and witches will be hanging out at Camp Helen State Park, and everyone is invited to join them for an adventuresome evening of continuous storytelling and historic re-enactment from 5:00–8:30 p.m.
  • October 18: Freestyle Fest at Marina Civic Center – Artists Lisa Lisa, Tiffany, and Rockwell perform. Buy tickets here.
  • October 19-21: Howl-O-Ween at Seacrest Wolf Preserve – Get up close and personal with nature, enjoy hayrides, family activities, camping, and more!
  • October 19-20: Haunted Trail and Pumpkin Patch – The Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida will educate and inspire children and adults through hands-on, interactive exhibits and programs that promote discovery of science, technology, and history.
  • October 19-20: Jazz by the Bay Festival – The 12th Annual Jazz-By-the-Bay Festival will come to historic St. Andrews, Panama City, featuring six jazz bands playing music covering Dixieland, Latin and mainstream styles.
  • October 19, 20, 26 & 27: The Pier Park Maze of Terror! – Emerald Coast Mirror Maze brings the third annual Maze of Terror. It’s an experience sure to terrify you. If you include every room, then it’s over 6,000 square feet of heart stopping horror!
  • October 20: White Sand Triathlon & After Party – This USAT sanctioned sprint triathlon is a 600 m Gulf of Mexico Swim, 16 mile gulf coast bike ride, and 5k run. The course includes parts of two major triathlon events, Gulf Coast Triathlon and Florida Ironman. Stay for the after party at Spinnaker Beach Club!
  • October 20: Panama City POPS Orchestra – Tchaikovsky to Trans Siberian at the Marina Civic Center. Tickets on sale.

PCB Seafood Music Fest Poster 2012

  • October 24-28: Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival – Coastal Cuisine. Music. Fishing. Boating. Family activities. Car, Boat & RV show. Beach Party.
  • October 25-28: Cole Brothers Circus – Come see the stars! Fun under the big top as performers and clowns like show you a great time! Tickets on sale now.
  • October 26-27: Haunted Hay Ride – Bay County will host a Haunted Hay Ride at H.G. Harder’s Park. The terrifying trek will begin at the wooden bridge at the front of the park, traveling along the park’s walking trail and into the woods, with some 20 scary sites stationed along the path.
  • October 26: Schooners’ Halloween Bash! – Where else but Schooners when it comes to dressing up and acting a fool? There’s even a costume contest with cash prizes for doing so! Come on you ghouls, get to Schooners on Halloween night and share a killer, diller, chiller, thriller of a party!
  • October 27: St. Andrews Scarecrow Festival – Get into the Halloween spirit! Participate in the Panhandle’s only scarecrow contest and trick-or-treat trail. Merchants raise their burgundy umbrellas to invite families into their shops for special Halloween treats. Scarecrows are displayed throughout the historic village.

  • October 27: Pier Park’s “Boo at the Beach” – Bring the kids out to the promo/green grass area to enjoy a day filled with Halloween fun!
    Activities for the children include pumpkin carving, face painting, spooky stories and a kid’s costume contest!
  • October 27: ZooBoo! – Dress your kids up in their spookiest costume and head over to ZooWorld for some fun entertainment! ZooBoo is offering trick-or-treating and costume contests from 5:00-8:00 PM.
  • October 27: Toys for Kids Halloween Bash – Spinnaker Beach Club will host the annual Toys for Kids Foundation Halloween Bash. This annual event benefits the Toys for Kids Foundation’s goal of helping children in Bay County have a pleasant holiday season.
  • October 31: Halloween Carnival – Come out to Sheffield Park and join the fun from 5:30-8:30 PM!
  • October 31: Malloween Trick-or-Treat at Pier Park –  Bring the kids in costume and enjoy trick-or-treating throughout Pier Park from 6:00-7:00 PM!