PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (PR) -- Springtime offers great beach weather, plentiful sunshine and an exciting calendar of events in Panama City Beach. Kicking off the season with the award-winning UNwineD festival, spring offers an action-packed lineup of festivals and events for visitors to get out and explore the destination beyond its sugar white sand beaches. One the most highly-anticipated events of the year, the inaugural SandJam Music Fest will welcome guests for an all-star lineup of alternative-rock bands.
“Spring is always a favorite time of year for our locals and visitors in Panama City Beach,” says Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO Dan Rowe. “With a first-class alternative rock music festival like SandJam joining our event roster this year, we’re excited to bring new travelers to our destination, as well as welcome back returning visitors to some of our popular annual favorites like UNwineD.”
Emerald Coast Cruizin’, March. 7-10, 2018
The annual event at Aaron Bessant Park is perfect for families and attracts thousands of classic cars, hot rods, custom cars and trucks. Live music will also be provided during the event.
Warrior Dash: March 10, 2018
Warrior Dash is a 5k obstacle race that anyone can conquer. Whether you’re an elite athlete or just beginning the challenge, you’ll take down 12 world-class obstacles, leap over fire, and venture through mud-caked backroads. You’ll be rewarded with a finisher medal, a sweet t-shirt, fuzzy Warrior helmet, and ice-cold beer. Head to the post-race party to relive the course with friends, nosh on some grub, dance to music, interact with games from our sponsors, and celebrate your decision to leave your normal weekend in the mud.
UNwineD: March 23-24, 2018
This award-winning event takes place at Aaron Bessant Park and features craft beer, spirits and wine from around the world, culinary creations from the region’s leading chefs and a Southern garden party presented by Southern Living. Guests can raise a glass at the Friday night Biscuits & Jam, a time to mix and mingle with some of the South’s most elite chefs, mixologists and tastemakers. The celebration continues Saturday with the Grand Afternoon Tasting & Cocktail Competition followed by a live concert with headliner St. Paul & the Broken Bones and opener Los Colognes.
Tacos & Tequila Festival: April 7, 2018
Fish tacos and margaritas are serious business in a beach town. The Grand Lagoon Tacos & Tequila Fest is a ‘friendly’ competition between local restaurants and bars vying for bragging rights and giant trophies that winners keep for the year and then return to defend at the next year’s event. All competitors start with the same fresh from the gulf fish and top shelf tequila, from there they go loco with original garnishes and secret ingredients. Winners are decided by attendees who cast their votes for the best fish taco and the best margarita.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival: April 18-22, 2018
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 welcomes top national smooth jazz artists for a full weekend of fun, sun, great beaches and good times. The 20th annual event is held in the Pier Park Amphitheater, featuring both international known acts and local performers such as Brian Culbertson, Boney James, Kool and the Gang and more.
SandJam Fest presented by Pepsi: April 26-28, 2018
From the same producers of Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam and SpringJam comes Panama City Beach’s inaugural SandJam Fest presented by Pepsi, taking place on the sand by the M.B. Miller County Pier. Music lovers will enjoy live performances from some of America’s best alternative-rock bands. This year’s performers include Incubus, Sublime with Rome, St. Lucia, Kaleo, Capital Cities and Fitz & The Tantrums.
Cajun Festival at Schooners: April 27-29, 2018
Cajun music, Cajun food & Cajun fun! The annual Cajun Festival at Schooners promises fun for the entire family. Join us for a Cajun Beach Party Saturday and Sunday with daytime bands on the beach.
Parrot Head Rendezvous 2018 – License to Chill: April 26-29, 2018
The Panama City Parrot Head Club hosts Parrot Heads from all over the country each year during the last week of April. Trop Rock music starts at 6 pm Thursday evening, and continues daily until Sunday afternoon at 5. If you are a current member of a Parrot Head Club, the cost is $80 for a 4 day pass. The general public can purchase day passes for $20.
Thunder Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally: May 2-6, 2018
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, 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.
Watercross Super Cup: May 5-6, 2018
The Pro Watercross Tour is the featured national circuit for personal watercraft racing. The tour brings together the best professional and amateur athletes in the sport on the most beautiful beaches and venues in the U.S.A., and offers the most challenging and technical race courses in the world. Pro Watercross creates the biggest, best watercross racing show in the world.
IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast: May 12, 2018
Panama City Beach offers a beautiful seashore and perfect temperatures, making this race the perfect location for triathletes and their families. Consisting of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-milebike ride, and a 13.1-mile run, the 70.3 IRONMAN is the perfect opportunity for first-time triathletes and seasoned triathletes to get a head start on the upcoming season.
Jeep Beach Jam: May 15-20, 2018
Thousands of Jeep owners and enthusiasts will gather in Panama City Beach for the third 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.