A Time to Remember

By Lucia Ceydeli

A time to Remember!? Twelve months, 365 (or 366) days, and 52 weeks in a year is a long time. However, where has the time gone? Well, I guess that all depends on who you ask, right? It seems as we get older, time flies; but when we are young time moves slow. For me, this is so true.  I recall as a young child Christmases felt forever to come; the night before Christmas felt like an eternity.

However, now as an adult, I can vividly recall putting up and taking down the tree from the year before and the year before that. But whether the year is moving along fine, too fast, or too slow a lot can happen within a year. We live in a Time-Life! As the year is coming to a close, one can look back months, days, hours, and down to the minute and reflect on what happened in the year, and set goals for the New Year.

If you plan to visit or revisit the Beautiful Beaches of Northwest Florida and Panama City Beach, check out the below events and activities you can do along the Most Beautiful Beaches. The events listed below are “usually” (pre COVID-19), a yearly occurrence during that month. One can reflect or experience all or one of the great events or activities planned throughout the year. It’s a Shore Thing; it will be a time to remember or a golden opportunity to put these events or activities on your Bucket or Wish list.  So, mark your calendars and schedule a trip to Northwest Florida and Panama City Beach beaches. Please visit the event’s website for up-to-date information. You can find most of the event information listed below can be found on the following website: visitpanamacitybeach.com. Safe travels and enjoy your time as you make new memories visiting the most beautiful beaches in the world.


Pier Park Beach Ball Drop

Pier Park Beach Ball Drop

Ring in the New Year with your family or your closest friends at the Pier Park Beach Ball Drop in Panama City beach, Fl. It’s a great event for all ages. Enjoy live music and fireworks as beach balls are dropped into the crowd.

The 2021 Pier Park Ball Drop has been cancelled, but the  fireworks show on the beach is still on. Nevertheless, this is one of the many great events to keep on your Bucket list or Wish list for the coming year(s).

30A Songwriters Festival

The 30A Songwriters Festival is an annual fundraiser event put on by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. Musicians come from all over and perform at outdoor venues or inside cafes along beautiful 30A. It’s a great event for all. Don’t forget to bring chairs or a blanket for the outdoor events. https://30asongwritersfestival.com

Tickets Required


Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras parade

Another great event held at Pier Park is the Mardi Gras parade. The event takes place the weekend before Fat Tuesday. Great event for all ages. Enjoy: the parade & floats, catch some beads, live music and much more.

30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach

The 30A Wine Festival is an event held in the month of February that benefits the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. A great 5-day event that showcases the best food, wine and distillers. Along with tasting the best culinary foods, experience the most beautiful town in the state of Florida; Alys Beach. Cobblestone street and an amazing community located along the most pristine beaches in the world. https://www.30awinefestival.com

Tickets Required

March- Spring Break

It’s Spring Break and the beaches of Northwest Florida and Panama City Beach are the hottest spring break vacation destination to take that much needed break. College students come from all over to relax and have some fun in the sun. In the past few years, the rules have changed during the month of March. No alcohol is permitted on the gorgeous white sandy beaches. Visit the city of Panama City Beaches website for any updates or changes.

April- Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Enjoy the sounds of Smooth Jazz! A popular event that occurs in the month of April. Top Jazz performers perform at Aaron Bessant Park through the day and into the night. Dance, or sit back and enjoy the smooth sounds of JAZZ.

Tickets Required

May- Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally

Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is a 5-day rally that is held 2 times a year in Panama City Beach. The first Rally is held in the Spring starting at the end of April or the beginning of May. The Fall rally is held in October. Bikers from all over come to Panama City Beach to ride and enjoy live events held at many venues along Panama City Beach, Florida. 

June- Summer Concerts Series in the Park

Let the Summer Vacation begin and what way to celebrate with family and friends by enjoying a night out listening to music on the lawn of Aaron Bessant Park.  The Summer Concert Series is held every Thursday starting in the month of June and goes into the month of August. It’s a Free concert where you can bring your own food, coolers, chairs, and blankets. Let Shore Thing Beach Rental Supplies and Services help you Gear up, Relax and Smile. Rent chairs, coolers, and blankets from Shore Thing to make your night at the concert as comfortable as possible. https://www.shorethingbeachsupplies.com/product-category/rent/beach-items/

July- Fireworks at the Beach

Fireworks at the Beach

Happy Birthday America!!! There are many places you can go along the beaches of Northwest Florida and Panama City Beach on the 4th of July to watch the Fireworks. Watch the Fireworks from the M.B. County Pier, Pier Park, or Rosemary Beach. A Star Spangle Spectacular event for all!!!

August- Back to School Savings

It’s back to school time and that means tax break time in Florida. The state of FL schedules a Tax -Free Weekend in the month of August. The state sales tax will be waived on select items. If you’re here on vacation take advantage of the tax -free break.

September- Gulf Coast Pepsi Jam

Gulf Coast Pepsi Jam

The Gulf Coast Pepsi Jam is usually held in the month of September. The 2020 event was rescheduled and will be held in March, 2021. It’s a great event where the Top Country Music Stars put on live concerts on the Emerald Coast. A fun, entertaining event you surely do not want to miss. The 2021 Jam lineup include: Lynrd Skynyrd, Brad Paisley, and Luke Bryan.

Tickets Required

October- Pirates of the High Seas Festival

Ahoy mates; the pirates have landed in Pier Park, Panama City Beach. The Pirates of the High Seas Festival occurs during Columbus weekend. Experience a great adventure for all ages and celebrate and be entertained by Pirates.

November- Iron Man

On your mark get set, GO! The Iron Man held in Panama City Beach, FL is an annual event held in the month of November.  Triathletes come from all over to compete: bike, swim, and run along the most beautiful beach in the world.

December- Christmas Parade

Optimist Club Christmas Parade

It’s Christmas time and at Pier Park the Optimist Club holds a wonderful Christmas Parade. See floats, pep clubs, local high school marching bands perform, fire trucks, and automobiles pass through Pier Park spreading the Christmas Spirit. It’s a wonderful event to experience and get you in the holiday spirit.

There you have it, a list of great events and activities at the beautiful Beaches of Northwest Florida and Panama City Beach. Put all or one of these events on your Bucket List or your Christmas Wish List!