Mexico Beach Music in the Park

September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Mexico Beach Music in the Park is gearing up for 2017!  Every Thursday during the month of September you and the family are invited to unwind, relax and enjoy great music and beautiful sunsets at Parker Park, just along Hwy 98.  Be sure to grab a chair, a blanket, a cooler and whatever else you might need to setup your spot on the grass.  Come have a good time listening to talented musicians from all over our region play some of their very own hits and crowd favorites.   The concerts are put on by the Mexico Beach Community Development Council and are free to the public.  All concert times begin at 5pm and run until 7pm CT.  Below is this year’s lineup so make plans to visit Mexico Beach.

September 7th- Baby Gray

September 14th- Flabbergasted

September 21st- Heat & the Zydeco Gents

September 28th- The Currys

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Bay Scallop Season

September 23, 2017 to October 8, 2017

The bay scallop season will open to harvest September 23rd.  The 2017 season was postponed earlier this year due to a naturally occurring algae bloom (Pseudo-nitzschia) in St. Joseph Bay that affects shellfish. Recent samples have indicated that the scallops in St. Joseph Bay are safe for human consumption and meet FDA requirements for opening harvest in the bay. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will continue testing of the bay.

The 2017 season will be open for 16 days, with the last day of harvest being Oct. 8 and closing Oct. 9. This season opening includes all state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County through the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. All other regulations apply, including a daily bag limit of 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person, with a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or 1/2 gallon bay scallop meat per vessel.

The scallop population is also still recovering from a 2015 red tide.  Restoration efforts are underway in the southeast area of the bay south of Black’s Island. Swimming, boating, fishing or scalloping in the restoration area marked with FWC buoys is prohibited.

Updates and more information on scalloping areas can be found at


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September 26, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

It’s Paint~Wine~Party time with Art by Jen!  Come join the fun at the Driftwood Inn on Tuesday, September 26th, at 4pm CT.  We’ll be painting Under the Sea on canvas.  No painting experience required, all supplies are included and take your masterpiece home the same day.  Bring your own wine or drink.  Limited space so sign up now!  Cost is $35 per person.  Pay online at or stop by the Driftwood Inn to sign up.  For more information, call Shawna at 850-227-4295 or Jen at 850-381-1411.

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Florida Scallop & Music Festival

October 6, 2017 to October 7, 2017

Make plans for the 21st Annual Florida Scallop & Music Festival to be held Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th, 2017 on the shores of St. Joseph Bay in historic Port St. Joe, Florida.  In addition to top notch entertainment, this year’s event will include a 5k race, Scallop Cook-Off, educational exhibits, the popular Kids Zone, and more than 50 great vendors featuring food, art & crafts, and more!  The event will take place at George Core Park on beautiful St. Joseph Bay, near the Cape San Blas Lighthouse in downtown Port St. Joe.

General admission to the festival is $5.00 on Friday and Saturday up until 5:00 pm ET.  Admission is complimentary for ages 6 years and younger, and active duty military personnel with a valid I.D.  Parking is free.

Vendor space and volunteer opportunists are still available.  For more information, please click here.

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18th Annual Mexico Beach Art & Wine Festival

October 14, 2017, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The 18th Annual Art & Wine Festival will take place on October 14 on the grounds of the Driftwood Inn in Mexico Beach. Doors will open at 2pm with entrance fee only $20, per person, includes a commemorative wine glass and a glass of wine. Light hors d’oeuvres will be available during the festival while spectators enjoy live music, mingling with artists and perusing through their work. Make sure to take part in the bidding of one of a kind pieces in both the silent and live auctions. This annual event is hosted by the Special Events for Mexico Beach.  All proceeds will go towards the July 4th firework show.


Artists wishing to showcase their work, click here for a complete application form.  Space is limited so don’t delay.  Deadline for applications is September 22, 2017.

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St. Joseph Bay Preserves Fall Bay Day Celebration

October 14, 2017, 8:00am to 2:00pm EST

Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves presents Fall Bay Day on Saturday, October 14th. Take a guided tram tour through the Buffer Preserve to learn about life along the bay.  Nature talks/displays and birding trips are just some of the educational and fun activities.  Join the fun with live music along with a low country shrimp boil (donation requested) from 11am-2pm .  For more information, click here.

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Mexico Beach Farmers’ & Craft Market

October 14, 2017

Spend the day going from booth to booth at the Mexico Beach Farmers’ & Craft Market.  The market will take place at Parker Park in beautiful Mexico Beach located on Hwy 98 and will be open to the public from 9:00am to 1:00pm CT. There will be plenty of produce, crafts, photography, jewelry and much more. For those interested in reserving a space, please click here.  For vendor rules and requirements, please click here.  We hope you and your family will come spend the morning browsing and shopping. This event is being put on by the Special Events for Mexico Beach as a fundraiser for the July 4th firework show.

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Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival 2017

October 19, 2017 to October 22, 2017

Florida’s Gulf Coast ~ Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe and Indian Pass ~ will play host to a group of talented musicians and songwriters direct from the streets of Nashville.  Many songwriters from past events will be returning for another great weekend of music and storytelling, in addition, guests can count on several new faces at this years “Blast.”

All of the artists really enjoy playing at the nearly dozen venues over the long weekend, from the VIP sponsor/artist welcome reception on the beach Thursday night to the grand finale on Sunday afternoon at the world Famous Indian Pass Raw Bar. It is a weekend not to be missed. This annual event continues to deliver on the promise of an incredible time for anyone who appreciates great music. If you spend one weekend a year in the area, make it October 19-22, 2017 at the 9th annual Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival.  Please click here for more information or email

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License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day

November 25, 2017

Grab your poles on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 25th,  and enjoy this license-free saltwater fishing day.  This is an excellent opportunity for parents who don’t have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license.  On this day, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents).

For more information, click here.

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Mexico Beach Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 3, 2017, 6:00pm

It’s Christmastime at the Beach!  The Mexico Beach Community Development Council and the City of Mexico Beach invite you to participate in the lighting of the Christmas Tree at Sunset Park on Sunday, December 3rd, starting at 6:00pm CT.  Come ring in the holiday season with caroling, lighting of the Christmas tree and the arrival of Santa on the Mexico Beach Fire Truck.  Enjoy complimentary refreshments while your child visits with Santa.

Don’t forget to bring your camera so you can take your child’s picture with Santa!

Please bring an unwrapped toy that will be given to children in need in our area.


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New Year’s Eve Celebrate Twice

December 31, 2017 to January 01, 2018

Celebrate the New Year twice in one night! Mexico Beach welcomes patrons to stay at the beach this New Year’s Eve and ring in 2018 twice.  Complimentary shuttles will transport New Year’s Eve patrons to area hot spots from Mexico Beach to Port St. Joe and places in between so you can enjoy being at the beach and celebrate the New Year.  Start in Port St. Joe, Eastern Time, to begin the celebrating then hop on a shuttle and come back to Mexico Beach, Central Time, where you can do it all over again. Fireworks will be shot off twice as well.  Port St. Joe will have a firework show at 10pm ET and Mexico Beach will have a firework show at Midnight CT.  Make plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve…TWICE at the beach!

For accommodations check out our great lodging partners and their specials. For information on how to ride and shuttle stops click here!

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