Year: 2020

Holiday Happenings in Panama City

It’s that time of year to celebrate friends and family, experiencing the magic of the holiday season together! There is plenty to do in Panama City to ring in the holidays as 2020 comes to a close.

Looking for something for your little elves?

The joy and wonder of the holidays is captured in events for children and the child-at-heart with games, storytelling, and exploring in Historic Downtown Panama City and Historic St. Andrews.

Santa will make an appearance at The Little Mustard Seed from 6pm – 8pm on Friday, December 18th. Enjoy shopping, treats at the ice cream counter, and a visit with the jolliest guy around at 

this popular historic downtown destination.

On Saturday, December 19th start your day with the Christmas Market Downtown from 8am to 1pm and finish your Christmas shopping while the kids complete a Candy Land Game throughout the market. Be sure to stroll over to the Panama City Center for the Arts and explore their Winter Winter Wonderland Immersive Art Experience (open now – December 24th & January 1st – 9th).

Mrs. Claus will make her way to our historic districts on Saturday, December 19th and Sunday, December 20th. On Saturday, little ones can bring their letters to Santa, listen to Mrs. Claus’s stories, and even have a chance to receive a gift from her at 10am at Oaks By the Bay Park in Historic St. Andrews. On Sunday, the storytelling continues downtown at History Class’s North Pole Corner from 2pm -3pm. Settle in with a hot cup of cocoa while Mrs. Claus reads her favorite Christmas stories.

Homemade for the holidays

Christmas creativity is at your fingertips with several opportunities to put a personal touch on homemade decorations and gifts at the Panama City Center for the Arts.

Join a Stained Glass Angel Class on Thursday, December 17th at 4pm, or sign up for a Kids Reindeer Painting Class or Stained Glass Christmas Bell Class on Saturday, December 19th at 10am (fees required, space is limited).

Need some extra last-minute shopping time without your little ones around? Send your kiddos to the Kids Christmas Art Day Camp on December 23rd from 10am-1pm. Ages 5 & up will enjoy creating multiple art projects and Christmas ornaments.

Bring a little sparkle to your holidays

Christmas cheer is in the air at Historic St. Andrews! Illuminated with light and color from the Oaks by the Bay Christmas Lights Display, this exhibit can be seen daily from dusk until dawn.

 

 

Take an afternoon or evening stroll along Harrison Avenue to see the uniquely decorated Christmas Trees provided by the twenty-one Downtown Panama City business participating in the launch of the Downtown Tour of Trees.

Merry Melodies

The sounds of the holiday can be heard throughout our historic districts with caroling and concert events.

Join Floriopolis for an evening of merry making and joyful noises with Christmas Caroling in St. Andrews on Friday, December 18th from 6pm – 8pm at 1131 Beck Avenue.

Historic Downtown Panama City will be host to the City Hall Holiday Concert on Monday, December 21 from 9am – 10am in the City Hall rotunda on the main floor. The line-up of amazing local talent includes NuGulf Coast Youth Choir (led by Michael and Mechelle Grady), The Panama Symphony Orchestra (led by composer David Ott) and country singer Will Thompson.

Countdown to new beginnings

Historic Downtown Panama City will close its streets for the New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown on December 31st from 5pm-1am to kick 2020 to the curb and ring in the New Year! Featuring five amazing bands from all over the Southeast, a midnight countdown in front of the Martin Theatre’s new marquee, and digital projections on surrounding buildings, this is a party you won’t want to miss!

FUN is the Name of the Gang!

Do you remember that feeling of riding your bike with your friends and heading to the convenience store for candy and soda? It was that perfect balance of freedom, camaraderie and fun. A brand new experience called YourBikerGang.com brings that feeling back no matter the age with the FUNNEST adventure in Panama City!

FUN for everyone

What began with a couple of pedal-assist e-bikes to get around the city of Austin, Texas with friends, became an open road experience that brought big smiles to the faces of those who saw them. YourBikerGang.com took that and made it into the best way to see their city and now Panama City!

YourBikerGang.com in Panama City is located at a popular gathering and adventure spot, Papa Joe’s Bayside, and has an experience for just about everyone! Adults and children can enjoy riding together, businesses can book a large party for staff team-building, and those celebrating special occasions can book a tour as a party. The possibilities are endless, but one thing for certain is that everyone will have FUN with plenty of stops along the way to capture those memories!

Twice As Nice

YourBikerGang.com keeps your adventures exciting and unique which means no two rides are the same! Upon arrival, the witty and friendly Road Captains, who are your guides, initiate you into the gang and make sure you get to see some of the best points of interest in Panama City in two planned adventures.

Savor the local cuisine of Panama City and take in a little of the culture and history with the Panama City E-Bike Adventure. Ride your e-bikes to see the sights, murals, and historic spots in the St. Andrews area of Panama City as well as stopping to get a quick bite to eat and stretch your legs. It’s the FUNNEST lunch adventure you’ll ever have!

Are sunsets your thing? Take the Panama City Sunset E-Bike Adventure ride with the gang out to historic St. Andrews as the sun sets to experience this one-of-a-kind adventure. Relish in the incredible views of St. Andrews Bay, once known as a safe-haven for pirates, where dolphins and manatees are commonly spotted swimming! This is an experience you’ll be telling all your friends about!

Talk of the Town

Personal recommendation and shared experiences are what builds confidence in businesses and services, and YourBikerGang.com has a solid history of five star ratings. See what other riders are saying on TripAdvisor about their recent adventures with YourBikerGang.com in Panama City:

“Beautiful scenery! Lots and lots of fun! The bikes were the coolest thing ever. Tour guides were friendly. Great photo ops along the route. It’s definitely worth the ride.”

“The Sunset Tour was amazing!! Highly recommend taking a Your Biker Gang Sunset Tour! Not only will you learn a lot, but you will catch a beautiful sunset at the end!!”

”I loved every minute of it. Our guides John and Cope were engaging and fun! Our favorite part was beeping our horns through the streets and seeing everyone smiling at us. We also liked the history lessons. Can’t wait to do this again.”

Form Your Gang and Book Your Tour!

Book Here: https://www.yourbikergang.com/panama-city-beach-tour-company/adventures
Located at: Papa Joe’s Bayside
Duration: 2 hrs

Ages: 16+ years can ride solo & children under 16 years and at least 48” tall can ride with an adult. More info here.
Choose from: Panama City E-Bike Adventure or Panama City Sunset E-Bike Adventure
FAQ: https://www.yourbikergang.com/faq

Halloween Happenings in Panama City

According to History.com, Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2020 will occur on Saturday, October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.

Looking for something for your little goblins?

Get a few scares while showing you care at Grease Pro’s ongoing Tunnel of Terror fundraiser events! Partial proceeds from the $15 per car admission benefit the Anchorage Children’s Home and you go home with a clean car!

On Saturday, October 24th pick out pumpkins at the First Annual Pumpkin Patch at The Market at St. Andrews sponsored by The Market at St. Andrews. Your $10 donation for each pumpkin helps support our local Bay County Council On Aging’s Meals-On-Wheels program. After a morning in the pumpkin patch head on over to downtown Panama City where Tutu Pink Boutique is ready to pamper your princesses from 11am-1pm with a sugar scrub and nail painting at their Free Mini Mani event.

Can’t wait until Halloween to celebrate? Visit Panama City Center for the Arts’ Family Night on Friday, October 30th from 5pm-8pm. Bring your kiddos to explore the Haunted Forest under the cover of darkness, paint a pumpkin or jack-o-lantern ornament while sipping on Halloween-themed drinks, and enjoy free candy for showing up in costume.

Frightful fun for the whole family!

Kick off your Halloween festivities with a trip to the Panama City Farmers Market’s Día de los Muertos themed market from 8am-1pm. Arts, crafts, live music, prizes are just some of the fun you’ll find in the heart of downtown Gateway Park.

Downtown Panama City is closing down the streets for Halloween on Harrison from 4pm-6pm to make way for a massive classic car Trunk or Treat. Candy will also be up for grabs at these downtown businesses: Sage Downtown PC, Millies, Gulf Coast Aquarium, The Place Downtown, Accents Home Decor & Gifts, LGBTQ Center of Bay County. This event is not just about sweets, though! Explore an obstacle course at First Presbyterian Church of Panama City, enter to win cool prizes at Ocean Oriental Market and a skateboard with Cove Church in Gateway Park, decorate pumpkins at Board & Brush and Funky Mermaid Lounge and Oyster Bar, play games at The Little Mustard Seed and Bundle of Hope, enjoy live music with Anthony Peebles Music and take spooky photos at Panama City Center for the Arts, explore the haunted house at Escape Manor, and say hello to the stilt walker and get a cool balloon at History Class Brewing Company!

Looking for a relaxed Halloween experience without sacrificing the fun? The HALLOWEEN Costume Contest & 4th Street Band at Little Village and Finns from 6pm-9pm has everything you, your family, and even your pets need for a chill and festive celebration! Live music, shopping, food, drinks, and a costume contest make for one enchanted family evening!

Quench your thirst for thrills…

History Class Brewing Company is pouring their favorite local brews during four days of themed costume fun for their Halloweek Costume Party. Choose one night or more to try out your costumes before the big day!

Your Halloween night-life will come alive with trick-or-treating and tunes at the Halloween Party with DJ Decades from 7pm-10pm at House of Bourbon whiskey bar and a costume contest, drink specials, face painting and live music at Los AntojitosHALLOWEEN BASH at Los Antojitos from 5pm-9pm in Historic St. Andrews. Dress to kill for your late-night Hallow’s Eve escapades at No Name’s Halloween Deck Party, featuring a DJ, signature drink specials and cash prizes for costume contests from 9pm-2am!

Play Music on the Porch Day

“What if for one day everything stopped…and we all just listened to the music?” Brian Mallman, founder of Play Music on the Porch Day.

This is a real event and it grows every single year. On the last Saturday in August, hundreds of cities around the world will be filled with the sounds of music.  Panama City is proud to be a part of the world community of music.

The streets of Historic St. Andrews and Downtown Panama City are coming alive this Saturday, August 29th! Play Music on the Porch Day is an international movement that occurs on the last Saturday in August annually, and our two historic districts are pleased to be participating for the second year in a row. With over 50 locations partaking, you can enjoy a variety of music from our talented local musicians. 

Downtown Panama City will have live music from 11 am-2 pm, and St. Andrews will have live music from 3-6 pm, so there is plenty of time for you to experience both neighborhoods! Remember to tip the talent and support our bayside community. 

We ask that attendees follow the CDC Recommended Social Distancing Guidelines, with face coverings and a 6ft distance from performers. 

For more local information and schedules check out our events page; for more information on the worldwide event look here.

 

10 Things to do in St. Andrews

(in no particular order because we just thought they were all at the top of the list)

 

  1. Take a historic journey into the printed past of Panama City at the Panama City Publishing Museum. Make your own creations on a working, vintage printing press at the original home of Panama City’s first newspapers.

 

  1. Take a stroll through Oaks by the Bay Park. Admire the intricate details of a towering Chad Gainey chainsaw sculpture and relax with a picnic near the calming cool waters of the St Andrews Bay just down the boardwalk.

 

  1. Turn happy hour into happy hours! Spend an afternoon at Little Village and Finn’s at Little Village dining, drinking, and relaxing in a lake-side palapa, and perusing quaint huts and a large indoor shopping area filled with boutique fashion and local jewelry creations.

 

  1. Explore your artsy side at Floriopolis. Paint, craft, and form your own creations at Art on the Spot and Art in Action classes, and take advantage of art, music, and storytelling events for all ages. Become a part of the St Andrews landscape and take a selfie in front of Floriopolis outdoor public art display made by local artists and volunteers.

 

 

  1. Saturdays are sweeter at The Market at St. Andrews. Homegrown fare and creative wares line the boardwalk near St. Andrews Marina on Saturday mornings, offering a family-friendly, pet-friendly experience for all ages. Shopping, eating, and hands-on activities make for a great start to the weekend!

 

  1. Take in the sounds and flavors of St. Andrews nightlife. Live music greets your ears, exceptional dining curbs your late-night cravings, and local brews treat your palette at indoor and outdoor favorites Tap Room, Salty Oak, Los Antojitos, and Salty Hobo.

 

  1. #KeepStAndrewsSalty with trademark artisan shopping. Beck Avenue is lined with shops and boutiques that showcase the creativity and quirkiness small business owners have poured into their passions. Find kayaks and outdoors staples at Sunjammers, the latest fashion at The Trendy Side and Adonia, and gifts and souvenirs at Native Spirit Museum and Gallery.

 

  1. Enjoy a unique family friendly experience at Papa Joe’s Bayside. Spend a day on the water with convenient on-site pontoon rentals and deep sea charter excursions. At the end of the day savor the sunset with outdoor live music, lawn seating, and tasty food trucks.

 

  1. Catch a signature St. Andrews sunset. Sunsets are what Panama City is made of and St. Andrews Marina paints a perfect picture of relaxation with a sprinkling of sailboats extending across a gorgeous setting sun.

 

  1. Spread your spiritual wings at Capstone House. Dedicated to healing and spiritual exploration through intuitive and psychic readings, reiki, massage, crystals and art, this unique experience also offers crafts, jewelry, and other items from local vendors.

Cinco de Mayo on Taco Tuesday

It can be difficult to find ways to celebrate during this time, but how often does Taco Tuesday and Cinco de Mayo land on the same day? To enjoy the holiday, we have put together a list of local favorites to help out!

La Michoacana
4003 W 18th Street E, Panama City FL 32401
850-763-2545
Regular Taco Special: 3 Tacos for $7.50

El Jalisco
766 W 23rd Street, Panama City, FL 32405
850-481-0909
Holiday Special: Taco Tray for 4 with Margaritas for $60

Los Antojitos
850- 784-663
1236 Beck Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401

Maddie’s La Casita
561 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401
850-784-6817
Holiday Special: $4 Margarita

Pepper’s Mexican Cantina
2061 N Cove Boulevard, Panama City, FL 32405
850-785-2227
Holiday Special: $49.99 Gallon with a Pepper’s Hat

Finns at Little Village
2808 W 12th Street, Panama City, FL
850-215-8780
Holiday Special: Half Price Tacos

The Place Downtown
429 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401
850-818-0590
Holiday Special: Taco Pizza $11.50 and $6 Margarita

The Funky Mermaid
448 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401
850-215-0947
Holiday Special: 2 for $5 Tacos, $5 Margaritas

Love Really is a Four Legged Word in Panama City, Florida

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About the Jazz

The culture of a city is often defined by the sounds of the community.
In Panama City, Florida the Gulf Jazz Society is committed to supporting the vitality and charm of the city by bringing nationally acclaimed jazz musicians to perform throughout the year. Held at Oaks by the Bay Park in the heart of one of the city’s most popular historic districts, the annual Jazz By the Bay Festival welcomes thousands to a family-friendly, free weekend of jazz. Jennifer Vigil, of Destination Panama City says, “A large part of the energy and enthusiasm of this community can be attributed to the accomplishments of the Gulf Jazz Society. They have single handedly infused the community with an appreciation for jazz and people from around the country come here just to experience it for a weekend.” In addition Continue reading “About the Jazz”