Springtime in Panama City Beach offers not only perfect beach weather and plentiful sunshine, but also an exciting calendar of events. Kicking off the season with our award-winning UNwineD craft beer and wine culinary festival, the season ushers in an action-packed lineup of festivals and events for visitors to get out and explore the destination beyond its 27 miles of sugar white sand beaches and turquoise waters.
“Spring remains a beloved time of year for our locals and visitors in Panama City Beach,” says Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO Dan Rowe. “From beginning the season with new culinary talent at UNwineD to hosting an award-winning lineup of alternative rock musicians at SandJam, we look forward to welcoming everyone from foodies to music lovers to car enthusiasts to Panama City Beach this season.”
Below is an overview of the 2019 spring events to be held in Panama City Beach:
PCB Mardi Gras and Music Festival: March 1-2, 2019
The excitement of the authentic Mardi Gras celebration is combined with the spectacular views of Panama City Beach’s emerald green water and sugar white sand for the destination’s Mardi Gras and Music Festival. In conjunction with the Krewe of Domonique Youx’s great Mardi Gras at the Beach Parade, the annual festival takes place the weekend before Fat Tuesday and features entertainment for the entire family. Headlining musical acts on Saturday include country co-headliners Chicks with Hits featuring Terri Clark, Pam Tillis & Suzy Bogguss and Lonestar. more information, please click here.
Emerald Coast Boat and Lifestyle Show: March 15- 17, 2019
This land-based event features boat displays from all major manufacturers and top dealers representing the latest in boats, high tech engines, electronics and marine accessories. Showcasing more than just boats, the Emerald Coast Boat and Lifestyle Show also features everything for the kind of active, outdoor beach living that is so popular along the Emerald Coast, from standup paddleboards and fishing kayaks to outdoor kitchens, diving, active wear and beach cruising bicycles. For more information, please click here.
UNwineD: March 22-23, 2019
This award-winning event returns to Aaron Bessant Park for the third year and features craft beer, spirits and wine from around the world, culinary creations by the region’s leading chefs and a Southern garden party presented by Southern Living. Guests can raise a glass at the Friday Night Kickoff Party, a time to mix and mingle with some of the South’s most elite chefs, mixologists and tastemakers. This year’s chef and mixologist are Kevin Gillespie and Mercedes O’Brien of Atlanta, Georgia. The celebration continues on Saturday with the Grand Afternoon Tasting & Cocktail Competition followed by a live concert and picnic in the park featuring three-time Grammy winner Brandi Carlile with opening entertainment by JOHNNYSWIM. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit United Way of Northwest Florida and World Central Kitchen. For more information, please click here.
PCB Beer Festival at Fishale Taphouse & Grill: April 13, 2019
Bay County’s longest running Craft Beer festival is back and better than ever. The sixth annual PCB Beer Festival presented by Avian LLC and hosted at Fishale Taphouse will feature over 200 craft beers and ciders, along with food trucks and the Newby\’s Bourbon corner. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to All Things Panama City Beach Outreach, a local organization formed after Hurricane Michael to help those in need. For more information, click here.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival: April 24-28, 2019
Named a “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine and recently nominated as “Best Jazz Festival” at the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival combines top national smooth jazz artists for a full weekend of fun, sun, great beaches and good times. The 21st annual event is held in the Pier Park Amphitheater, featuring international known acts as well as local performers. 2019 headliners include Jeffery Osborne, Brian Culbertson, and the Jacksons. For more information, click here.
SandJam Music Festival: April 26-28, 2019
Panama City Beach’s second annual alternative rock music festival will set their stages on the beautiful sugar white sand beaches of Panama City Beach, providing the most beautiful backdrop for this spring’s biggest festivals. Music lovers of all ages are invited to make long lasting memories at SandJam presented by Pepsi. 2019 headliners include Kings of Leon, Third Eye Blind and Young The Giant. For more information, please click here.
Schooner’s Cajun Festival: April 26-28, 2019
Celebrating its 13th anniversary, this family friendly annual Cajun Beach Party will return bigger, spicier and better than ever. Event highlights will include daytime bands on Saturday and Sunday, a Crawfish Eating Contest, whole roasted gators, fun events for kids and more. For more information, click here.
Thunder Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally: May 1-5, 2019
The most biker-friendly rally in the country, the free four-day Thunder Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally will feature 200 vendors and exhibitors, a bike parade, beauty pageants, poker runs, live music, motorcycle stunt shows, tattoo contests, bike shows with category judging and much more. Event happenings will take place at multiple venues throughout the Panama City Beach area. For more information, click here.
National Tourism Day: May 7, 2019
This Real. Fun. evening is all about those who love Panama City Beach. With record tourism numbers in recent years, the 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches will host a celebration of All-American beach fun, complete with live entertainment, cuisine from local food trucks, refreshments and fireworks for locals and visitors alike. Celebration will take place on at the M.B. Miller County Pier, including food, music and fireworks for all.
IRONMAN GULF COAST 70.3: May 11, 2019
A magnet for both first-timers and seasoned triathletes gearing up for the year ahead, IRONMAN 70.3 is one of the most storied races in North America. With a course that is known to be flat and fast, athletes have come to Panama City Beach’s IRONMAN 70.3 for the last 30 years to beat their personal record. From swimming in the warm Gulf of Mexico to running on the white sand beaches and biking the picturesque course, the event is as much a destination vacation as it is a race. For more information, click here.
Jeep Beach Jam: May 14-19, 2019
Thousands of jeep owners and enthusiasts will gather in Panama City Beach for the fourth annual Jeep Beach Jam. This five-day family event, organized by the JBJ Productions, Inc. team, will be filled with many fun-in-the-sun activities including concerts, scavenger hunts, off-road excursions, bonfires and more. Events will take place at many locations throughout the beach. For more information, click here.