Mexico Beach 17th Annual Photography Contest

April 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017

The Mexico Beach 17th Annual Photography Contest starts April 1st until July 31st.  We welcome all photographs taken in Mexico Beach past or present.  All photographs will be submitted for judging after July 31st and the winners will be contacted and announced on the Mexico Beach website, social media and in the e-newsletter.  Winning photographs will be displayed in the Mexico Beach Welcome Center after judging.

Categories are Around Mexico Beach, Sunrises & Sunsets, The Beach, Fishing & Boating, People and Flora & Animal Life.  We hope you will capture Mexico Beach through your “eyes” and enter our photography contest.

For more contest details and an entry form, please click here.

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Bay Scallop Season

July 25, 2017 to September 10, 2017

Grab your snorkel, mask, fins and a mesh bag and go scalloping!  Take the family and have fun snorkeling around and looking for the blue “eyes”  around the outer edge of the scallop’s shell.  When you spot one, it’s really exciting!  Just reach down and scoop it up.  You can scallop for fun and return your catch to repopulate the area or keep your catch for a delicious dinner.  The recreational bay scallop season includes all waters in St. Joseph Bay and those west of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. For additional information and full details from FWC on regulations and license requirements, click here.

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

The Driftwood Inn is having a paint party by Art with Jen!  Come join the fun on Wednesday, July 26th, at 4pm CT.  We’ll be painting Peddling Tulips 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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Mexico Beach Offshore Classic

July 28, 2017 to July 29, 2017

The 13th Annual Mexico Beach Offshore Classic is set for July 28th-29th!  This two-day tournament will give out cash prizes.  Three fishing categories give anglers the best opportunity to catch the big one in King Mackerel, Dolphin and Wahoo.  Captain’s party will kickoff this event on Thursday, July 27th, at the El Governor Motel from 5:30pm-8:00pm CST.  Fishing starts bright and early on Friday, July 28th, and Saturday, July 29th.  Weigh-in for both days will take place at the Mexico Beach Marina between 4:00pm and 5:30pm CST.  The last day will also include awards ceremony.  With plenty at stake and optional jackpots, including NEW Kingfish target weight, it will be an exciting fishing weekend in Mexico Beach.

For more information, or rules, click here.

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August Farmer’s & Craft Market

August 12, 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 shopping for local produce, crafts and much more. 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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21st Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament

August 25, 2017 to August 26, 2017

Come participate or cheer on the participants at the 21st Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament which is a charitable event to build artificial reefs.  Kicking off the event is the Captain’s Party on Friday, August 25th, from 5pm-9pm CST at Veterans Memorial Park in St. Joe Beach.  Fishing in the tournament is Saturday, August 26th, with weigh-in from 1pm-5pm CST at the Mexico Beach Marina.

For more information, please click here.

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License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day

September 2, 2017

Grab your poles on Saturday, September 2nd,  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 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 Mexico Beach Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a cookout in conjunction with the concert each week and will offer hot dogs, burgers, drinks and more as a fundraiser.   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.  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 Band

September 28th- The Currys

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Fall Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon

September 9, 2017

The Fall Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon is set for Saturday, September 9th, offering choices of Sprint or Olympic distance and Triathlon or Duathlon.  Pick your race and distance!  The races take place on the beautiful Gulf Coast and its magical beaches.  Location of the packet pick-up and race is Veterans Memorial Park in St. Joe Beach – between Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe on Hwy 98.  All 4 races start from the same spot on the beautiful local beach.  Olympic races start at 7:00 am and sprint distance races start at 7:30 am.  All races run on Central Time!  For more information or to register, please click here.

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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 be held on October 14, 2017 at the Driftwood Inn in Mexico Beach.  The doors open at 2pm and the event ends at 7pm.  Entrance fee – TBD.  Come enjoy live music while perusing artists displays.  Stick around for a chance to get one of a kind pieces of artwork from both the silent and live auction.

This event is put on by the Special Events for Mexico Beach.  All proceeds will go towards the July 4th firework show and events.

For artists wishing to showcase their work, a complete application form will be available soon.  Space is limited to only thirty artists.

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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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