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Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip: Chillin’ in the Gulf on New Year’s Day

Dec 4 19
by S. Lynne
polar bear dip sign

Continuing what has become a New Year’s tradition on the coast, the Flora-Bama Lounge invites everyone to take a quick dip in the Gulf of Mexico on January 1, 2020. Scores of partiers, some in costume and others wearing nothing but their swimsuits, will gather on the beach outside the iconic roadhouse at high noon for […]

Parasailing in Destin – Gravity-Defying Thrills and Bird’s-Eye Views

Dec 1 19
by Chris Chatelain
parasailers with multi-colored canopy

While Destin, Florida might be well known for the spectacular Gulf views from its sugar-white beaches, there’s another vantage point that provides even better views – and way more thrills as well. That’s the one from above via parasailing. A Unique Perspective Seeing this popular beach destination from 400 feet in the air provides the […]

Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights Dazzles Guests

Nov 18 19
by S. Lynne
bellingrath magic christmas poinsettias

More than three million lights will illuminate the skies over Bellingrath Gardens and Home as the Theodore, Alabama, estate celebrates its 24th annual Magic Christmas in Lights. The show, which starts November 29 and runs through December 31, includes more than 1,100 set pieces and 15 scenes located throughout the 65-acre property. Indeed, so dazzling […]

Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show: Exciting 2019 Season Closes in Style

Oct 17 19
by S. Lynne
The Blue Angels flying in the Diamond 360 formation

On November 8 and 9, Naval Air Station Pensacola will welcome the Blue Angels back to the base for their homecoming air shows. The Friday and Saturday shows will mark the Angels’ 73rd anniversary. Since 1946, they have been traveling the country, wowing audiences with their precision flight formations (sometimes bringing them as close to each […]

Thunder Beach Bikers’ Rally Rolls into PCB Every Spring and Fall

Oct 10 19
by S. Lynne
Thunder Beach motorcycle rally biker with his dog riding behind at The Chateau in Panama City Beach

Twice a year, thousands of bikers wheel into Panama City Beach, Florida, for the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally. Held in spring (late April or early May) and fall (mid-October), the five-day event is huge, regularly featuring more than 200 vendors and exhibitors. With no gate fees, no admission charges, and no charge for parking, Thunder […]

Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival Spotlights Composers

Oct 4 19
by S. Lynne
FB Songwriters Festival bars of music on white paper

The Gulf of Mexico and its white-sand beaches are the backdrop every fall for the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival. Rated one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, the Frank Brown festival showcases the talents of songwriters from around the world. This year, the festival opens November 7, […]

These Dog-Friendly Beaches Welcome Your Furry Friends

Sep 17 19
by S. Lynne
Dog in sunglasses sitting on a beach chair at a dog-friendly beach

He or she may be your family’s best friend, but when it comes to including Fido or Fifi on your next jaunt to the beach, knowing where your pooch will be welcome takes a little extra planning. While it’s true that many Florida and Alabama beaches don’t allow dogs, there are still plenty of dog-friendly […]

Destin Fishing Rodeo Celebrates Seafood Every October

Sep 17 19
by S. Lynne
Children and Miss Destin standing on the dock with a giant tuna at the Destin Fishing Rodeo

Described as “the ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages,” the Destin Fishing Rodeo takes place every day during the month of October, features more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, and attracts some 30,000 fishermen annually. Just about every kind of game fish is recognized with awards during the rodeo, so no […]

National Shrimp Festival Brings Fall Fun to Gulf Shores

Sep 16 19
by S. Lynne
Grilled shrimp and vegetable kabobs at the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores

One of the most popular events on the Alabama coast returns to Gulf Shores this fall. Scheduled for October 10-13, the 48th annual National Shrimp Festival is expected to attract more than 250,000 visitors to the city. Founded in 1971 to lure tourists to Alabama beaches during the off-season, the Gulf Shores event has since […]

Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest: A Great Excuse for a Fall Vacation!

Jul 15 19
by S. Lynne
Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest glass of beer on the beach with the Gulf in the background

It’s not too early to start thinking about raising a glass or two at the Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest. Held every fall at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin’s popular shopping and entertainment venue, the festival has earned a reputation as the “Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast.” Scheduled this year for October 11 […]

Emerald Coast Poker Run: Playing Cards for a Cause

Jun 27 19
by S. Lynne
emerald coast poker run power boats

You don’t have to own a boat to find plenty of fun during the Emerald Coast Poker Run. This is the 27th anniversary of the annual boating event, presented by the Emerald Coast Foundation as part of Boat Week, August 7-10. And it’s the largest summer poker run in the U.S., annually earning around $150,000 […]

Country Music Stars To Shine at Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2019

Apr 30 19
by S. Lynne
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam lighted stage and audience

Some of country music’s brightest stars will have an opportunity to shine at the upcoming Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam. First held in 2013, the festival has quickly become a Panama City Beach tradition. Past events have featured such familiar names as Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, and Florida Georgia Line. Headliners for this year’s […]

Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Paint-Out Returns to Cape San Blas, Florida

Apr 12 19
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Example of En Plein Air painting for Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Paint-Out

Internationally acclaimed artists will flock to Cape San Blas for 10 days, beginning May 3, for the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America’s Great Paint-Out. Hailed as being among the most prestigious events of its kind, the paint-out features professional artists capturing scenes from Florida’s Forgotten Coast on canvas. Celebrating the Recovering Environment This year’s […]

Billy Bowlegs Festival Pirates Invade Fort Walton Beach

Apr 4 19
by S. Lynne
Billy Bowlegs Festival Pirate handing out beads to the crowd

Visitors and residents alike, beware! Fort Walton Beach is bracing for trouble when that infamous pirate, Captain Billy Bowlegs, and his band of merry men stage their annual invasion at the Billy Bowlegs Festival. But the resulting skirmishes should be fun, not mayhem, when Billy and his Krewe come ashore at Fort Walton Beach Landing […]

2019 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin – Fish, Fun, Prizes!

Mar 20 19
by Celeste Bracewell
Night view of fishing boats under way during the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin

The excitement is building already for the 2019 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin. One of the top big-game fishing tournaments in the world, this year’s competition is scheduled for June 19-23 in Destin, Florida. The fabulous Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the host facility for this five-day sporting event with a $2 million-plus […]

Fishing is King in Destin!

Mar 4 19
by Charlie Peay
Destin fishing boat going out through the East Pass to the Gulf of Mexico

Destin is not known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” for nothing! The fishing action in Destin can be hot and heavy inshore, offshore, and from beach piers and jetties. All of you do-it-yourselfers will be happy to know that you don’t need a boat to enjoy an excellent day of fishing in Destin. Many […]

Hangout Music Fest 2019 Brings Star-Studded Lineup to Gulf Shores

Feb 22 19
by S. Lynne
Hangout Festival Gulf Shores ALstage and crowd

Some of the hottest new artists on today’s music scene will head the lineup at Hangout Music Fest 2019 in Gulf Shores. Taking the stage during the three-day event, which opens May 17 for its 10th year, are rapper Travis Scott, folk rock band The Lumineers, singer/songwriter Khalid, rock band Vampire Weekend, rapper/singer/songwriter Cardi B, […]

Flora-Bama Mullet Toss: Fishy Fun on Florida’s Perdido Key

Feb 13 19
by S. Lynne
Flora-Bama Mullet Toss worker talking mullet out of a blue bucket

If you think a mullet is just a bad haircut, you probably haven’t heard about the Flora-Bama Lounge’s Annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party. Centerpiece of this tongue-in-cheek Perdido Key event is a strange but satisfying three-day competition. It involves tossing a mullet  – a small fish that’s found in abundance in […]

Sandestin Wine Festival Promises Food, Wine, and Fun in the Sun

Feb 4 19
by S. Lynne
Sandestin Wine Festival sample bottles grouped on table

It’s almost time again to “Uncork Some Fun in the Sun” at the Sandestin Wine Festival, which celebrates its 33rd anniversary in 2019. Named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin magazine, the popular festival offers wine lovers the opportunity to sample hundreds of wines from around the world. Guests also have opportunities to interact with […]

Seabreeze Jazz Festival: Sea Breezes and Smooth Jazz in PCB

Jan 10 19
by S. Lynne
Saxophonist and violinist on stage at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach

The white sands and emerald waters of  Panama City Beach are the backdrop for the 21st annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival. The five-day festival, scheduled for April 24–28, 2019, at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, has been named one of the Top 10 Jazz Festivals in the United States by JazzIZ Magazine and one of the Top […]