‘Bigger and better than ever’: Visit PCB releases Panama City Beach event line-up for 2022

Nathan Cobb

The News Herald
December 15, 2021

PANAMA CITY BEACH — A “jam-packed calendar of award-winning events” is around the corner for Panama City Beach. 

With the New Year less than a month away, Visit Panama City Beach has released its event line-up for 2022 that boasts more than 20 attractions for residents and tourists to enjoy.

“We’re thrilled with the event line-up for 2022,” Lacee Rudd, spokesperson for Visit PCB, wrote in an email. “Our events make Panama City Beach a year-round destination and we look forward to welcoming locals and visitors back to the destination.

“Due to COVID-19, many partners had to make the tough decision to postpone or cancel (over the past two years),” Rudd added. “Looking forward to 2022, many of those events are returning bigger and better than ever.”

According to information provided by the group, events slated for next year in Panama City Beach include:

1. Food Trucks of America Food Truck Festival from Feb. 5-6.

Food Trucks of America will host its 4th annual Panama City Beach Food Truck Festival at Aaron Bessant Park. A total of 30 food trucks will be serving everything from barbeque and pizza to prime rib, Korean food and mac and cheese.. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/events/food-drink-festivals/food-truck-craft-beer-festival/.

2. PCB Mardi Gras and Music Festival from Feb. 11-12.

Held at Aaron Bessant Park in conjunction with the Krewe of Domonique Youx’s great Mardi Gras at the Beach Parade, this annual festival features entertainment for the whole family. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/mardi-gras/.

3. Panama City Beach Scottish Festival on March 5.

The 29th annual Panama City Beach Scottish Festival will be held at Frank Brown Park. It will feature Scottish athletic competitions, Scottish & Irish musical performances, a British car club show, children’s activities and Scottish and Irish food and drink. For more information, visit www.pcbeachscotfestival.com.

4. Emerald Coast Cruzin’ from March 9-12 and Nov. 9-12.

The bi-annual car show is held at Aaron Bessant Park and features thousands of hot rods and classic cars. Events include a swap meet, parade, cruiz-ins and a block party. For more information, visit www.emeraldcoastcruizin.com.

5. UNwineD from March 18-19.

This event will return to Aaron Bessant Park for the sixth year and feature 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. The event begins with the  Friday Night Kickoff Party and continues into Saturday with the Grand Afternoon Tasting and a live concert and picnic in the park. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/unwined.

6. Cajun Festival from April 18-24.

This Cajun beach party features daytime bands, Cajun music and Cajun food. For more information, visit Schooners.com.

7. ParrotHead Rendesvous: 2022 Stories We Could Tell – Take Two from April 21-24.

At this event, guests can bring their own cooler, rent a tent site and listen to Trop Rock music. There will be performances from single musicians and duos throughout that day, along with nighttime jam sessions on both Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PHRendezvous.

8. Seabreeze Jazz Festival from April 20-24.

The 23rd annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival will be held in Aaron Bessant Park and feature internationally known acts, as well as local performers. For more information, visit www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.

9. Thunder Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally, April 27-May 1 from Oct. 19-23.

The free four-day Thunder Beach Spring and Fall Motorcycle rallies will feature 200 vendors and exhibitors, a bike parade, beauty pageants, poker runs, live music, motorcycle stunt shows, tattoo contests and bike shows. The event will be held at multiple venues throughout the Panama City Beach area. For more information, visit www.thunderbeachproductions.com.

10. Visit Panama City Beach 70.3 Gulf Coast on May 7 and Visit Panama City Beach IRONMAN Florida on Nov. 5.

IRONMAN is a statement of excellence, passion and commitment that is a true test of mental and physical toughness. Panama City Beach has proven to have among the best combinations of for this competition. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

11. Grand Lagoon Taco’s & Tequila Fest on May 7.

Enjoy creative tacos and tequila cocktails made by local bars and restaurants all competing for the Best Taco and/or The Best Tequila Cocktail at Hammerhead Fred’s. For more information, visit grandlagoon.com.

12. Florida Jeep Jam from May 12-15.

Thousands of Jeep owners and enthusiasts will gather in Panama City Beach for the 7th annual Jeep Beach Jam at Frank Brown Park. This four-day event will include concerts, scavenger hunts, off-road excursions and bonfires. For more information, visit www.floridajeepjam.com.

13. Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam from June 3-5.

Held at Frank Brown Park, Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam will bring the best of today’s country music to the beach. Previous artists include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock and Eric Church. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/events.

14. Summer Concert Series on every Tuesday from June to August.

Enjoy a free concert every Tuesday at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater. For more information, visit visitPanamaCityBeach.com.

15. Real.Fun.Fourth from July 2-4.

This all-American weekend allows friends and family put on their red, white and blue gear and gather on the sand to enjoy an electrifying firework show. Events held at various locations around the city. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/events.

16. PCB Fishing Rodeo from Sept. 23 to Oct. 9.

Hosted by Capt. Anderson’s Marina, the event features competitions in categories such as charter boats, recreational boats, kayaks and paddleboards. Prizes are awarded by species ranging from king mackerel to red grouper, amberjack and many more. For more information, visit pcbeachfishingrodeo.com.

17. SandJam Music Festival from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

Music lovers of all ages are invited to make long lasting memories at SandJam Music Festival, presented by Pepsi. For more information and this year’s full lineup, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/events.

18. Pirates of the High Seas Fest from Oct. 3-9.

Taking place throughout the Grand Lagoon and Pier Park, the festival includes parades, a pirate invasion, a treasure hunt and more. There also will be several online activities, including a virtual scavenger hunt, downloadable themed crafts and a digital pirate costume contest. For more information, visit  www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/piratesofthehighseas/.

19. Schooners Lobster Festival & Tournament from Oct. 10-14.

At this week-long celebration held at Schooners Last Local Beach Club, attendees can expect live music, contests and lobster. For more information, visit www.schooners.com/events/lobsterfestival.htm.

20. Panama City Beach Oktoberfest from Oct. 14-16.

Authentic German beer and brats are the star of the show, while this year’s festivities will feature stein hosting competitions, live music and plenty of activities for the kids. For more information, visit www.pcboktoberfest.com.

21. Grand Lagoon Bloody Mary & Music Festival from Nov. 4-5.

The 6th annual Grand Lagoon Bloody Mary & Music Festival will be held at the Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf and Spa Resort. Several bars and restaurants will compete for the title of “Best Bloody Mary in the Grand Lagoon.” For more information, visit https://grandlagoon.com/events/bloody-mary-music-festival/.

22. Beach Home for the Holidays from Nov. 25-26.

Family, locals and visitors can spend Thanksgiving weekend with free holiday concerts at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, free seasonal-themed events, meeting with Santa and a Christmas tree-lighting. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/event.

23. Panama City Beach Marathon and 5K on Dec. 4

Hosted by the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce, the 5k and 26.2-mile race bring many visitors to the destination year after year. For more information, visit www.halfmarathons.net.

24. New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop on Dev. 31.

The 15th annual New Year’s Eve celebration will include live music, entertainment, two beach ball drops, fireworks and 10,000 inflatable beach balls raining down from the sky over the streets of Pier Park. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/events.

“I’m really excited to see all of these events,” said PCB Councilman Geoff McConnell. “We seem to have most of our weekends booked up through our major season, so we look forward to having a lot of visitors come here and help bring in some revenue.”

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