Mexico Beach 17th Annual Photography ContestApril 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.
Paint~Wine~Party!April 28, 2017
The Left Bank Art Gallery inside the Graba Java Café on 30th Street is having a paint party by Art with Jen! Come join the fun on Friday, April 28th. We’ll be painting The Pelican. No painting experience required, all supplies are included and take your masterpiece home the same day. Limited Space so sign up now! Cost is $35 per person. Pay online at fb.me/wineandart or stop by the café/gallery to sign up. For more information, call Shawna at 850-227-4295 or Jen at 850-381-1411.
Spring Beach Blast Triathlon and DuathlonApril 29, 2017
The Spring Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon is set for Saturday, April 29, 2017. The race offers both a Sprint and Olympic distance run in either a Triathlon or Duathlon style race. Athletes can pick the best race and distance that meets their needs. Olympic distance races start 7:00 am and sprint distance races start at 7:30 am. All races start from the same spot on the beautiful beaches and the bike and run venture through both Mexico Beach and St. Joe Beach. Volunteers are welcomed, just call the Mexico Beach Welcome Center at 850-648-8196. Beach Blast is sanctioned by USA Triathlon, if you are not a member you will be required to purchase a one-day license. Come join this athletic event and spend the weekend in Mexico Beach. For race information please click here.
Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational – America’s Paint-OutMay 5, 2017 to May 14, 2017
May 5-14, 2017 marks the 12th Annual America’s Great Plein Air Paint-Out all along Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Nationally known artists gather to capture what some believe to be the last vestige of authentic “Old Florida.” From the western end of Mexico Beach to the east side of Alligator Point, artists can be seen painting alongside the roads overlooking the Gulf, as well as in out-of-the-way settings. Artists from across the States, as well as international locations, capture images of nature, flora and fauna, and local color in the Plein Air tradition.
This event is comprised of daily artist demonstrations, workshops, and sales of locally created art. For more information on exhibits, receptions and a complete schedule of events, please click here.
May Farmers’ & Craft MarketMay 13, 2017
The May Mexico Beach Farmers’ & Craft Market will take place at Parker Park in Mexico Beach! Parker Park is located on Highway 98, just down from the Driftwood Inn. The market will be open to the public from 9:00am to 1:00pm CT. With plenty of produce, crafts, photography, jewelry and much more, the day can be spent going from booth to booth. For interested vendors, please click here for complete rules and requirements. For those interested in reserving a space, please click here. We hope you and your family will come spend the morning shopping 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.
Gulf County & Mexico Beach Domestic Violence Task Force BenefitMay 19, 2017, 5pm-9pm
The Gulf County & Mexico Beach Domestic Violence Task Force is hosting a fundraiser benefit at the El Governor Motel on Monday, May 19th, from 5pm-9pm CST. There will be a silent auction from 5pm-8pm, food, raffles and a thrift store fashion show with emcee Neysa Wilkins. Oldies But Goodies music will be performed by Jerry Arhelger and Rockin’ Randall. $10.00 donation tickets may be purchased at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center or the El Governor Motel. Raffle ticket winners do not have to be present to win. Fundraiser money will stay in Gulf County and Mexico Beach for local victims and their children. For more information, please call Pam at 850-229-2901 or Carol at 850-227-6831.
GollyWhopper ClassicJune 2, 2017 to June 3, 2017
The 6th Annual GollyWhopper Classic will be held on June 3rd, 2017. The Captain’s Party will take place on June 2nd at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center. Weigh-in will be held at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center on June 3rd. Come enjoy this fun event whether participating or watching the weigh-in. There will be live music for both Captain’s Party and Weigh-In. For registration information, click here.
License-Free Saltwater Fishing DaysJune 3 and 4, 2017
Grab your poles June 3rd and June 4th and enjoy these two license-free saltwater fishing days. 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 these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents).
For more information, please click here.
June Farmers’ & Craft MarketJune 10, 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.
Best Blast on the BeachJuly 4, 2017
Come enjoy Mexico Beach’s Annual Best Blast on the Beach Fourth of July celebration! Kick off July 4th with the Sandy Shoes 5K! This annual event will take place at Under the Palms Park on 7th Street in Mexico Beach at 7:00am CT. This very easy course will allow any stage of runner to enjoy. Please check back at a later date for registration information.
Afterward, bring your beach toys, cooler, towels and sunscreen and have a blast playing on the beach. Then sit back at dark, relax and enjoy the fireworks shot off the Mexico Beach City Pier at 8:30pm CT.
Book your accommodations early! Click here for places to stay in Mexico Beach.
Bay Scallop SeasonJuly 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 Gulf County’s St. Joseph Bay and those west of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County through the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay Canal.. For additional details from FWC on regulations and license requirements, click here.
Mexico Beach Offshore ClassicJuly 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. 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. The last day will also include awards ceremony. With plenty at stake and optional jackpots it will be a fishing weekend in Mexico Beach.
For more information, or rules, click here.
21st Annual MBARA Kingfish TournamentAugust 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. Fishing in the tournament is Saturday, August 26th.
For more information, please click here.
License-Free Saltwater Fishing DaySeptember 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.
Mexico Beach Music in the ParkSeptember 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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 Sunset Park. 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. Concerts are put on by the Mexico Beach Community Development Council and are free to the public. All concert dates begin at 6pm and run until 8pm CT. Please check back as bands are being finalized.
Fall Beach Blast Triathlon and DuathlonSeptember 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 Beacon Hill Park – 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.
18th Annual Mexico Beach Art & Wine FestivalOctober 14, 2017, 2:00 pm to 4:00 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.
Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival 2017October 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 email@example.com.
License-Free Saltwater Fishing DayNovember 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.
Mexico Beach Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyDecember 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.