The Best Ways to Experience Panama City Beach

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Everyone knows there’s nothing quite like springtime in Florida: warm, sunny days and cool, breezy nights. But there’s something special about springtime in Panama City Beach in particular. Here, simplicity and relaxation meet amazing entertainment—springtime means feeling the sand between your toes and the salty air on your skin while you dance, dine, and discover at one of the city’s many festivals.

Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show

Coming to Panama City Beach for the first time this spring, the Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show will feature a wide range of boats on display from all major manufacturers. From March 3-5, boating enthusiasts will get a taste of what’s new and what’s next in the recreational maritime world. The show will also feature accessories to help you get the most out of Gulf Coast living—everything from paddleboards and kayaks, to active wear and beach cruiser bicycles.

Emerald Coast Cruzin’

Attend Emerald Coast Cruizin in Panama City Beach
Emerald Coast Cruizin’

Take a trip through time with the whole family at Emerald Coast Cruzin’. From March 8-11, guests will be able to check out thousands of classic cars, trucks, and hot rods at Aaron Bessant Park. There will also be cash prizes for the best beach cruiser, Chevy, or GMC truck.

If you’re looking to start your auto collection or add to it, there will be a classic car auction at the event. Guests can also register their vehicles to be put on display. Live music will keep the festival rolling, so mark your calendars for this blast from the past!


Wine, stein, and dine your way through Aaron Bessant Park this spring. UNWineD is partnering with Garden & Gun magazine to bring guests the opportunity to enjoy libations and live music while raising money for a good cause. Portions of the proceeds will go toward the Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida and the Panama City Beach Chamber Education, which provides students with scholarships to attend college.

Guests will mingle with winemakers and sample selections of wine and craft beer, as well as trying out specialty drinks created by local and visiting mixologists as they vie for bragging rights in a friendly competition.

Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Enjoy amazing live music at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach
Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Jazz lovers from around the world never miss out on the Seabreeze Jazz Festival. This event is expected to again sell out in the festival’s 19th year. The Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards recently nominated the festival as “Best Jazz Festival”—which comes as no surprise with the line-up of amazing jazz legends.

Tickets are on sale now for the festival, which will be held April 19-23 at Aaron Bessant Park—just steps away from the Gulf’s sugar sands. Your festival ticket and wallet will be conveniently wrapped into one wristband which will function both as your access to the festival and as your cash, making your transactions quicker and more secure. Before you go to the festival, you will be able to load Jazz Bucks onto your wristband … and then you’re ready to groove!

Pepsi SpringJam

Hear great live bands at the Spring Jam Pepsi in Panama City Beach
Pepsi SpringJam

Enjoy two full days of live country and pop music as the Pepsi SpringJam returns in 2017, bringing guests from around the world. With the inaugural year bringing great acts like Rascal Flatts and Old Dominion, it’s easy to see why crowds have flocked to this festival. This year’s star-studded lineup includes Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker.

The second annual Pepsi SpringJam will take place April 28-29 at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater. Tickets start at $20. Want to make sure you get the up-close-and-personal experience? The VIP ticket option guarantees all the benefits of general admission tickets as well as access to the area directly in front of the main stage and an exclusive entry line to the festival.

Schooners’ Cajun Fest

Experience Cajun music, food, and fun on the sandy beach at Schooners during the 11th annual Cajun Festival, held April 28-30. With treats like duck gumbo and bananas foster bread pudding on hand, you’ll definitely need to leave the skinny jeans at home.

Sun-up or sun-down, Schooners’ Cajun Fest will add a little spice to your life and a little soul to your step.

Jeepin’ Beach Jam

Attend the family-friendly Jeep Beach Jam in Panama City Beach
Jeepin’ Beach Jam

Come join thousands of other Jeep enthusiasts for a five-day, family-friendly event. The second annual Jeepin’ Beach Jam will take place at Aaron Bessant Park & Amphitheater, where the Official Vendor Village will be located. The Vendor Village will host industry-leading Jeep-related companies as they showcase new merchandise.

Young attendees visiting with their parents will have their very own space to play and explore at the Official Jeep Kids’ Zone. Here, they’ll play with remote-controlled Jeeps, bounce on giant inflatables, and even drive two-seat electric Jeeps through safe obstacle courses.

Want to test your Jeep’s skills? The festival will have an Official Low Level Playground with obstacles and climbing. There will also be an excursion for extreme Jeeps.

Guests will be able to wind down at night with a drive-in movie or a bonfire with live music. The last day of the event will feature the Official Jeep Tribute Parade celebrating Jeep’s 76th birthday.

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Written by Maria Knight