Destination Panama City is pleased to announce “Downtown After Dark,” an outdoor, family-friendly event featuring popular soul-rock musician JJ Grey and his band, Mofro, at 5:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, October 16 at the Destination Panama City Visitor’s Center on the #LovePC lawn. Local favorite Tyler James Arnold and The Voodoo Jelly will be the opening act. VIP tickets are available beginning today. Free General Admission tickets will also be available to the public on the same ticket portal. Tickets are limited and required for entry; so be sure to get them as soon as possible. For link to tickets, visit the Downtown After Dark for more info.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Grey delivers his “swamp rock” music with compassion and a relentless honesty. Drawing on such diverse musical influences as Jerry Reed, Otis Redding and Run-D.M.C., Grey merges different genres while keeping true to his North Florida roots.
“We are thrilled to finally welcome JJ Grey & Mofro to beautiful Panama City,” said Jennifer Vigil, president and CEO of Destination Panama City. “Our vibrant Historic Downtown neighborhood is the perfect setting for the concert – and we encourage concertgoers to walk around and check out public artwork along the area’s new Panama City Mural Trail, enjoy a meal at one of our many independent restaurants, or support our local retailers.”
Proceeds from concert ticket sales will benefit a current ecological project that will bring either a deployment of artificial snorkeling reefs or a living shoreline installation, which will be located in St. Andrew Bay just off the shoreline behind the new Destination Panama City welcome center. The reefs will be accessible for locals and visitors alike to enjoy – no special equipment required. The project is expected to be completed by July 2022.
Gather your green and join over thirty Panama City merchants for a week-long celebration of St. Patrick’s Day festivities in the heart of Historic Downtown and Historic St. Andrews. With a little something for all of the Irish at heart, March 13th through March 20th in Panama City promises a whole week of fun, deals, food, entertainment, pub crawls, and prizes that are as good as gold!
Whether the pot of gold at the end of your rainbow is shopping the deals, savoring authentic Irish fare like green beer and corned beef and cabbage, or taking in the melodious sounds of live local musicians, your passport to all that Panama City’s St. Patrick’s Day has to offer can be found in a convenient and easy to use Digital St. Patrick’s Day Pass! Download your FREE pass to your mobile device HERE to redeem discounts and check-in all week long (March 13-20) at these legendary locations…
Accents Home Decor and Gifts
Alice’s on Bayview
Bay County Historical Society Museum
Board & Brush
GypsyBeach Treasured Kreations
History Class Brewing Company
House of Henry
Hunt’s Oyster House
Little Mustard Seed
Main Street Antiques
Native Spirit Museum & Gallery
No Name Lounge
Papa Joe’s Bayside
Pit Stop BBQ
The Bagel Maker
The Funky Mermaid Lounge
The L.H. Bead Gallery
The Place Downtown
The Salty Hobo
Check-in to 20 or more locations to try your luck at a chance to win the *grand prize. (*Grand prize includes 3 day/2 night stay at LaQuinta, a gift card to a local restaurant, and a custom swag bag from Destination Panama City.)
It’s no blarney that Panama City has some of the best local live music you will find anywhere! Throw back a cup o’ cheer and dance a jig to the sounds of a Panama City St. Patrick’s Day.
On Saturday, March 13th immerse yourself in Irish culture at House of Henry with a bagpipe performance at 12:30pm and Drunker Shade of Green from 3:00-7:00pm. Then groove on over to the fresh funky sounds of The Shakedown at Taproom from 6:00-10:00pm. Uncle Ernie’s has your waterfront entertainment covered with Dominique Hutchison and Ryan Alexander from 12:00-4:00pm and Chase Smith from 7:00-10:00pm on the upper deck.
Collette and Scott are a traveling twosome and 2019 Visit California Travel Writing Eureka! Award Winners dedicated to experiencing luxurious and adventurous travel destinations. In 2015, they decided to quit their jobs as corporate desk jockeys and redefine the American Dream. Since then, they have been traveling the world full-time, exploring off the beaten path locations and inspiring others through their active vagabond lifestyle. Throwing caution to the wind with an end goal of viewing the world and all its wonders, this dynamic duo, also know as Roamaroo, made the Panama City area a must-do on their impressive travel list!
Watch and take note as Collette and Scott uncover the hidden and not-so-hidden treasures waiting for you in Panama City!
It’s impossible to pinpoint the number one best brunch restaurant in Panama City, Florida. With so many tasty local restaurants, you could easily spend all day brunch-hopping from St. Andrews to Downtown Harrison!
Where should you start? Here are four top spots where you can find the best brunch in Panama City, Florida.
Alice’s on Bayview
Located at 1000 Bayview Avenue with a stunning view of St. Andrews Marina, Alice’s on Bayviewhas quickly become a local brunch favorite! The word on the bay is that Alice’s has the best French Toast hands-down in town. Start off with mouthwatering She-Crab soup or a refreshing Watermelon Beet Salad. Then choose from popular entrée options ranging from a Southern Breakfast to a Beef Tenderloin Benedict. Don’t forget to make a selection from the Beer & Wine menu. If you like brunch with a view, Alice’s is the place for you!
Nestled right on the main stretch of 1125 Beck Avenue, Burgunbarrelis steps away from Oaks by the Bay. Since it’s a wine bar, it’s not hard to guess why the mimosas stand out here. Choose from grapefruit or orange juice mimosas and enjoy your drink out on the patio before diving into their food options. Burgunbarrel’s popular Crab Benedict will make your mouth water, and the praised local favorite brunch-menu option is the Truffled Steak & Egg Benedict. Of course, the Cajun Shrimp & Smoked Gouda Grits is nothing to ignore. Be sure to bring enough friends to enjoy all these delectable bunch options on the menu! There’s plenty to go around.
The Funky Mermaid
Take a quick cruise down Beach Drive and get funky! Located at 448 Harrison Ave, The Funky Mermaidis known for its live entertainment and fun atmosphere. Plus, the brunch menu will definitely make you do a happy dance! Come to brunch at The Funky hungry! Expect large portions of anything you order on the brunch menu. But the real treasure here are the bottomless mimosas for less than $15. At The Funky Mermaid, your bartenders always take care of you and treats you like family. Pop in on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11am—and get funky!
Need a pick-me-up after those bottomless mimosas? Cross the street to 310 Harrison Ave and let The Pressserve you up the best coffee downtown! Be sure to try out any of the premium coffee specials, the monthly flavor coffee blend or choose from a wide selection of teas. Top yourself off with Strawberries and Cream or the crowd favorite Riding with the King crepe, then grab a fresh pastry for the road. The Press is the place locals come to relax or even catch up on emails. As soon as you step through the doors and smell the coffee, it feels like home! You definitely don’t want to skip out on this favorite local brunch spot.
While you can’t go wrong with any Panama City restaurant, these top brunch spots will leave you feeling the magic of our favorite city. Be sure to pick one to visit this weekend—and bring a friend or five!
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.
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.
The sounds of the holiday can be heard throughout our historic districts with caroling and concert events.
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!
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:
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.
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’sDía 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.
(in no particular order because we just thought they were all at the top of the list)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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
During this holiday season members of our community came together for healing and camaraderie. The spirit of the season was alive and well in Panama City and could be seen in full display at the numerous events that happened despite Hurricane Michael trying to be the Grinch who steals our cheer. Continue reading “…And a Hopeful New Year”
If you’ve ever wondered what life at sea would be like, you can get a little taste for yourself in Panama City, Florida! Rent your home away from home, right on the water, with the abundance of Airbnb boat rentals offered at the St. Andrews Marina. From small sailboats to 56-foot motor yachts, there isn’t a better water view around. A one-of-a-kind experience made for the adventurous at heart, you won’t be disappointed with your home away from home. Some even feature an excursion with one of their captains.
When you want to venture onto land, there’s plenty to do within a short walking distance. Take some time to explore the historic St. Andrews neighborhood, with a variety of local shops, art galleries, museums and charming restaurants serving up fresh local seafood.
There’s even a few stops on the Panama City Oyster Trail located right in St. Andrews that you won’t want to miss!
Is summer actually summer if it isn’t filled with scoops of ice cream, Pina Coladas and desserts made with seasonal fruit? If you ask us, we’re pretty sure it should be a new requirement when you’re on vacation to cave in to your sweet tooth. We know when you’re traveling, it can be difficult to find all the best places to stop, but don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with this list of some the best places to find those tasty summer treats in Panama City, Florida.
Cool Down with Frozen Treats
If you’re sporting your tank top and flip flops this summer and finding you’re still a little hot, take some time to cool down with these frozen treats. We won’t judge if you decide to make it a bucket list and try them all!
Nothing screams summer quite like coconuts and pineapples. The panoramic view of St. Andrews Bay doesn’t hurt either. Grab a seat on the back deck overlooking the crystal blue waters of the bay, and enjoy a delicious Piña Colada Smoothie. And if you want a more traditional Piña Colada (you know, the kind with a little more punch), they’ve got that too! We’ve also got to mention that they’re a stop on the Panama City Oyster Trail, serving up some pretty delicious oysters on the half shell.
If hearing the words “icing shot” makes you drool a little, then you need to run to Sugar Boogers! The name of their business might be even sweeter than their specialty cakes – it was inspired by a nickname that the owner’s grandpa called her Oma. Sugar Boogers is the place to stop if you’re looking for cookies, ice cream or gourmet cupcakes, and they’ve also got you covered on custom cakes and designs if you have a special event while you’re in town.
You can’t visit Panama City, Florida without stopping in Vinny & Bay’s and ordering a Loony Shake. A totally over the top shake, Loony Shakes are rimmed with anything from chocolate malt balls to sprinkles and Lucky Charms! And it doesn’t stop there. Depending on what you order, they’re garnished with a variety of toppings ranging from Hershey’s bars, Reese’s, Kit Kats, dripping syrups and whipped cream to full size donuts from local Dan-D-Donuts! The creations are endless!
A staple on almost every dessert menu, Key lime pie is a pretty big deal in Florida. While we love tradition, we also love a good twist on things. Dipped in chocolate and on a popsicle stick, this is a perfect and easy cold treat to eat while fishing on Panama City Marina.
Delicious Summer Deserts
We know you’re working up your appetite after long days in the sun exploring Panama City. From deep water fishing, paddle boarding, jet skiing, shopping and all of the other exciting activities you’re doing, you might need something a little more filling to pair with your ice cream. Cake, pies and all sugary sweet baked desserts are obviously the answer!
There are a dozen ways to enjoy this season’s star fruit. Sweet and savory, they make for some pretty tasty culinary treats. Sweet Magnolia’s Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake just happens to be so delicious, it was featured on USA Today’s 100+ Way to Savor Strawberries.
We mentioned before that we love a good Key lime pie, but Bayou Joe’s Sunshine Pie is a must try! It’s like a Key lime pie, except made with oranges. If that doesn’t sound like your kind of treat, you can order a traditional Key lime pie instead. Aside from the delicious desserts, Bayou Joe’s is a must stop place in Panama City, located in a bright pink building with 270+ degree view of the water. And if you’ve spent all day on the boat working up your appetite, you can just pull up and hop on through the window – we all do it!
Offering casual elegance with an eclectic menu of locally sourced fare, g. Foley’s doesn’t ever disappoint. Order a Cream Brulee topped with seasonal fresh berries and whipped cream, and sit outside to enjoy the summer air on the beautiful courtyard shaded by oak trees.
You could say that eating funnel cakes during summer is kind of a rite of passage. Every child (and adult) should be able to claim that they devoured an entire funnel cake completely by themselves at least once in their lives. The hot, fried, doughnut-like dough smothered in powdered sugar is a quintessential food of fairs, theme park and carnivals. But in Panama City, you can order a fun twist on the delicious dessert at The Place Downtown. Funnel Cake Fries may or may not be just as messy, but they certainly are just as delicious!
Refreshing Drinks with a View
Summer vacation means it’s totally acceptable to kick back and relax with a drink in your hand in the middle of the afternoon. We don’t think there’s any better way to get your dose of vitamin D than sitting on a deck overlooking the water drinking a punny named cocktail. It gets even better – all of these locations also offer live entertainment! Just make sure you check their current schedules before heading out.
With names like Brazilian Kiss, The Sassy Senorita and Dapper Dan, you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. If you’re looking for the perfect summer drink, we recommend trying the Starburst Martini or the Sunset Martini, made with strawberry Vodka, freshly muddled oranges mixed with pineapple juice, a drop of grenadine and champagne float. You can sit on the outdoor two-level deck for amazing views of the bay and even take a stroll on the boardwalk extending from the restaurant.
For some of the best margaritas in town, Los Antojitos is the place to go! They pair perfectly with the famous Superduperbaked Burrito, weighing in at 5 pounds! The outdoor deck overlooks Lake Ware and is the perfect way to spend a laid-back afternoon.
Nestled within the Sun Harbor Marina, the Shipyard Grill is a perfect ‘dock and dine’ restaurant. Located on the site of a WWII Shipyard, the restaurant has some pretty cool history behind it, and you’ll find an assortment of memorabilia and artifacts throughout. You can enjoy water views from every single table, whether you choose to sit inside or outside. As if this place wasn’t already awesome enough, it also boasts an outdoor Tiki Bar. The Pineapple Upside Down Martini is full of grilled pineapple deliciousness, but we also love the aptly named drinks like the Shipyard Sipper and Blue Marlin.
A staple seafood restaurant in Panama City since the 1950’s, The Shrimp Boat started out as a 50-seat diner and has grown to a 500-seat restaurant. Perfect for waterfront dining, the restaurant sits along the Smith Yacht Basin in St. Andrews Bay. They open for dinner at 4 PM, the perfect timing for a late afternoon drink after an eventful day in Panama City!