Friday Fest in Panama City Beach

Friday Fest in Panama City Beach

Friday Fest

Since 2004, Panama City Beach holds Friday Fest the first Friday of every month from February to November. If you’re familiar with this tradition of over a decade old, you may be thinking, “it just ended last month”! However, we’re thinking more along the lines of “it’s about to start up again in just over a month!”Friday Fest in Panama City Beach

Friday Fest is presented by the Downtown Improvement Board. At Friday Fest, Panama City comes alive with music, food and fun from 6pm to 10 pm on the first Friday of every month.

You can expect to see things such as over 200 car shows, over 50 vendors, and live bands that cover six blocks of Harrison Avenue. Local shops and restaurants stay open late…until the festivities die down at 10pm.

This is Bay County’s largest street festival. Whether you’re a regular, or you have never been to this fabulous festival, grab a friend and shop, eat and make merry at Friday Fest! There’s no excuse for not having a good time on Friday night when it’s Friday Fest night!

If you’d like to be a vendor at Friday Fest, the deadline for applications is the Friday BEFORE each festival and payment is required with it to hold your space. It is recommended that you get your applications in early to avoid space filling up and being turned away.

If you have a band you’d like to have play at Friday Fest, you should call 850-785-2554.

For more details and information on Friday Fest contact Panama City Downtown Improvement Board at 850-785-2554 or 
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Panama City Friday Fest

Panama City Friday Fest

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New Year’s Eve in Panama City Beach – Beach Ball Drop

New Year's Eve in Panama City Beach - Beach Ball Drop


Join us on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Pier Park starting at 5:30 p.m. and ring in the new year with Panama City Beach and a beach ball drop!New Year's Eve in Panama City Beach - Beach Ball Drop

To start the festivities off at 5:30, there will be a family celebration all along the boardwalk on Pier Park Drive. Bring your family and enjoy face painting, costumed characters, live entertainment and exclusive getaways.

Then, local dignitaries will release 10,000 inflated beach balls along the beach front boardwalk beginnig at 8:00 p.m. This will be fun and a moment of awe for everyone. It has been heralded as the nation’s only family beach ball drop and will be followed by a spectacular display of fireworks.

The official countdown to the new year begins at 8:30p.m. with live musical performances that last throughout the evening. As midnight approaches, attendees will countdown to 2015 while an 800 pound LED lighted beach ball makes its descent of nearly 100 feet. Again, this stunning and main event beach ball drop will be followed by dazzling fireworks. That’s right! TWO fireworks shows in one fabulous night at the beach!

This beach ball drop at Pier Park is their 7th annual New Year’s Eve tradition. It is free and open to the public.

Following is the entertainment schedule for the night:


5:45 – Barry Fish Band (main stage)

7:30 – Alex Angelo (second stage)

8:00 – Kids’ Beach Ball Drop & Rooftop Fireworks

8:15 – Loud Planet (main stage)

9:45 – Tim Gagnon (main stage)

10:00 – Celebrity All-Starts (main stage)

12:00 – Beach Ball Drop and Fireworks from the Pier


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Best Place for Spring Break in Florida

Spring Break in Panama City Beach

Best Place for Spring Break in Florida

Panama City Beach, Florida has been voted by college students as the NUMBER ONE place for Spring Break!

Collegiate Marketing Group, conducted a study by polling 5,000 students asking where they plan to go for Spring Break of 2015. The students were asked to compare six popular hot spots that include: Daytona Beach, South Padre Island, Myrtle Beach, South Beach Miami, Cancun (the only non U.S. destination) and Panama City Beach.Spring Break in Panama City Beach

The students overwhelmingly voted Panama City Beach as the number one destination by 87%!

Why Panama City Beach?

Rated number one beach in the 1995 survey of the world’s beaches, and the number four beach in America by The Travel Channel in 2000, Panama City Beach is truly the mainland paradise.

Panama City Beach is a fan favorite because it’s one of America’s hottest travel spots with more than six million visitors every year. Spring Break takes Panama City Beach to a whole new level, however. They say Panama City Beach is as well known as it is BECAUSE of Spring Break.

Panama City Beach sits along the Northwest Florida panhandle and is easily accessible by driving or flying. People come here for the amazing beaches, sparkling blue waters and sub-tropical weather. They keep coming back due to the affordable hotel rates and fabulous dining experiences.

For students looking to break free from the mundane of the school year, look no further than Panama City Beach’s elite night life which includes phenomenal clubs that host some of the most talked about events each year!

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Grand Lagoon Waterfront Market

Grand Lagoon Waterfront Market

The Grand Lagoon Waterfront Farmers Market is held every Saturday and Sunday at 5551 N. Lagoon Dr. in Panama City Beach, FL.

Waterfront Farmer’s Markets are all the craze and the Grand Lagoon is not one to pass up. Held every Saturday and Sunday, this is been hailed by the New York Times is one of the top 10 things to do at Panama City Beach. The market is open year round on Saturday and Sunday for locals and visitors alike.

If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade cheese and dairy products, artisan breads and bakery items plus hundreds of handmade crafts and ornaments, this is the place to be every Saturday and Sunday. Do your weekly shopping or if you’re staying in one of the vacation rentals and offers a kitchen or kitchenette, this is a perfect place to purchase a local ingredients, fish, vegetables, dairy and grains all to complete a perfect meal in your Panama City Beach condo.

The market meets outside of Captain Anderson’s Restaurant and there are marked parking lots to accommodate market goers. Visitors can stroll along the historical docs at the Marina, grab a bite to eat, but the fishing trip and of course, relish in all the amazing booths and exhibits at the farmers market. If you are in town on a Saturday or Sunday you cannot miss the Grand Lagoon Waterfront Farmers Market in Panama City Beach Florida.

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Panama City Beach Activities for Seniors

Panama City Beach Activities for Seniors

There are tons of senior friendly activities and events in Panama City Beach, Florida. It would take all day to list them all, so here’s four good ones to start with:

Noah Wells Presents MAXIMUM MAGIC at Tropical Gardens Theater

Located at Gulf World Marine Park is Maximum Magic with illusionist, Noah Wells. This is a great show with mind blowing illusions, hysterical comedy, special effects and more perfect for the whole family! It is a fast paced, two hour show with participation from the audience of all ages.

Seating is first come first serve, so you should show up early. Doors open 30 minutes early. This show normally runs from May through Labor Day weekend, but two shows are offered on December 27 and December 29 for the holidays.

Dolphin Sight Seeing Cruise Aboard the Sea Screamer

These two hour day time or sunset cruises are beautiful journeys past Shell Island and the State Park jetties, as well as beautiful beaches and resorts. You will see dolphins in their natural habitat as well as other marine life.

Cruises depart daily during the spring and summer and on select days during the fall and winter.

Murder Mystery River Boat Dinner Cruise

This is a very popular two hour narrated cruise and if you like to play Clue, you’re guaranteed to love it! There is a different theme each week and you never know just who might show up to die! Dinner is always a delicious choice between southern fried chicken or bbq and all the fixins.

Dinner and Dancing Cruise on the Betsy Ann Riverboat

This two hour dinner and dancing cruise takes place on the only river boat in Panama City Beach! Dinner is your choice between southern fried chicken or bbq and all the fixins. This is a two hour narrated cruise with popular dance music. Thank you to Jay Lieberman for his post this week for us. Visit Jay’s site for information on real estate in his area:

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Jae’s Pastries and Cakes Coming to Panama City Beach

Jae's Pastries and Cakes Coming to Panama City Beach

Delicious Food and Cakes Coming to Panama City Beach

Jae’s Sinful Delights is soon coming to Panama City Beach on April 30. This delicious bakery and cake shop will celebrate its official grand opening on April 30 at the shops at Edgewater located at 539 Richard Jackson Blvd. in Panama City Beach. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:00 PM.Jae's Pastries and Cakes Coming to Panama City Beach

Jae’s Sinful Delights offers numerous roles, cupcakes, pies, cookies and truffles and everything will be prepared from scratch and handcrafted on-site. We even have a show kitchen so the customers can see exactly how things are made. They use fresh, high quality organic and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. They also have a large selection of gluten-free baked goods and something for everyone including those with dietary restrictions.

This new venture is the creation of food enthusiast and pastry chef Jae Camino. He has been baking ever since he was a toddler in his mother’s kitchen and running a successful catering business in New York City. Today, Jae is incorporating his innovative concepts with classic dessert and creating unique flavor combinations and products for the people and visitors of Panama City Beach Florida.

Some of the unique confections that Jae will be offering includes a red beet velvet cake made with roasted beets, although he don’t cupcake with alignment frosting, Brazilian coconut truffles, gluten-free chocolate cakes and sweet corn coconut pudding as well as fair trade coffee, espresso and gourmet organic teas. Jae’s Sinful Delights will also offer private parties, cake and cupcake decorating classes and customize cakes for parties, weddings and events. Make sure you visit or visit their mobile app and be sure to join us on April 30 for this extremely sweet and selectable grand opening.

Where to Stay for Spring Break at Panama City Beach

Where to Stay for Spring Break at Panama City Beach

Where to Stay for Spring Break at Panama City Beach Florida

So, you’ve decided to spend spring break at Panama City Beach but where will you stay? Check out these six fabulous options!


Six great places to stay during Spring Break at Panama City Beach:Where to Stay for Spring Break at Panama City Beach

Regency Towers offers rooms with private balconies, fully equipped kitchens, cable tv, shared pool, ping pong table, and more. This is a no pet property with a minimum age requirement.


Treasure Island Condominiums  is a great option as everything you need for your vacation is onsite! Here you can enjoy a large, heated pool, dune walkover, fitness room, game room, Owner’s lounge with Billiard room, covered parking garage, four high speed elevators, gazebo, stainless steel gas grills, and all units are gulf front!


Summit Beach Resort offers direct views of the gulf and beach, activities and amenities for all age groups including kiddie pools and hot tubs, fitness center and sauna, and wireless internet. This resort is also within walking distance of all the fun on Miracle Strip.

Spring Break at Panama City Beach


Majestic Beach Tower is the place to enjoy a large outdoor pool, indoor heated pool, wading pool with waterfall, kiddie pool, pool side snack bar, two hot tubs, fitness center with sauna, movie theater, ground floor market with movie rental, game room, and three boardwalks to the beach. Additionally, each room is equipped with a kitchen, washer and dryer. This place will truly meet each and every need and want you may possibly have!


Grand Panama Beach Resort is a great idea if you’re into private beach front balconies, outdoor hot tubs, barbecue grills, tiki bar, two kiddie pools, game room, fully stocked snack bar, 24 hour property security and more! However, one fun amenity that sets this resort apart from the rest is their large gulf front swimming pool at Tower 1 and large roof top swimming pool atop the parking deck of Tower 2. The units also have kitchens and some units are pet friendly.


Tidewater Resort offers guests lagoon style swimming and spa pools, heated indoor pool, fitness center with health bar, pool side tiki bars, movie media center, seven elevators and onsite dining options.



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