Bay Scallop SeasonAugust 22, 2016 to September 5, 2016
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. UPDATE on regulations for 2016! The 2016 Scallop Season for St. Joseph Bay will be delayed and shortened to open August 22nd through September 5th. Please note that scallop season for areas outside of Gulf County/St. Joseph Bay will be open from June 25th till September 24th.
Recreational scalloping will allow 40 scallops per person and 200 total per vessel.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission continues to explore additional measures to collecting and capturing supplementary scallops in cages prior to August 22 to better ensure a successful restoration.
For additional details from FWC on regulations and license requirements, click here.
Music in the ParkSeptember 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2016, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Every Thursday during the month of September visitors and residents are invited to bring a chair, blanket and a cooler and enjoy listening to talented musicians play while the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico. These FREE concerts are provided by the Mexico Beach Community Development Council and are held at Sunset Park. Shows begin at 6pm and run until 8pm CT.
September 1 – Crossroads
September 8 – Baby Gray
September 15 – The Krickets
September 22 – Heat & the Zydeco Gents
September 29 – Koncrete Soul
License-Free Saltwater Fishing DaySeptember 3, 2016
Grab your poles on Saturday, September 3rd, 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.
Beach Blast Triathlon and DuathlonSeptember 10, 2016
The Fall Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon is set for Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Beacon Hill Park (between Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe on Hwy 98). Sprint or Olympic distance and Triathlon or Duathlon — pick your race and distance! All races start from the same spot on the beautiful local beach. Olympic races start 7:00 am CT and sprint distance races start at 7:30 am CT. Come join this unique event and a great destination for a weekend on the beach! For more information please click here.
Mexico Beach Farmer’s & Craft MarketSeptember 10, 2016
Special Events for Mexico Beach is excited to bring back the Farmer’s & Craft Market this September. The market will take place at Sunset Park in Mexico Beach, beside the El Governor Motel. This market is a great opportunity for vendors to setup and sell their fresh produce and crafts. Market hours will be open to the public from 9:00am to 1:00pm CT.
There will be a wide variety of produce, crafts, photography, jewelry and much more for you to peruse through. The day can be spent going from booth to booth and purchasing locally produced goods and produce. Bring the family and make a day of it in beautiful Mexico Beach.
For those interested in reserving a space, click here to download the vendor form. This event is being put on by the Special Events for Mexico Beach as a fundraiser for the July 4th firework show.
20th Annual Florida Scallop & Music FestivalSeptember 30, 2016 to October 1, 2016
This year’s festival features top notch entertainment, art & craft vendors, educational exhibits, a kids zone and, or course, great food! General admission to the festival is $5 on Friday and Saturday up until 5pm ET. Admission is free for ages 6 years and younger and active duty military personnel with a valid I.D. Parking is free. For more information, please click here.
17th Annual Mexico Beach Art & Wine FestivalOctober 15, 2016, 2:00pm to 9:00pm
The 17th Annual Art & Wine Festival will be held on October 15, 2016 at the Driftwood Inn with the doors opening at 2pm. Entrance fee is $20 and includes the commemorative wine glass and one complimentary beverage. 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. Enjoy complimentary hor d’ourves during the festival along with a cash bar.
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 can be found by clicking here. Space is limited to only thirty artists, so don’t hesitate to complete the application.
Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival 2016October 20, 2016 to October 23, 2016
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. Festival performances will consist of 30+ musicians who collectively have written hundreds of hit songs from Faith Hill and George Strait to Jason Aldean and Garth Brooks. 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 20-23rd, 2016 at the 8th annual Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival. Please click here for more information.
Mexico Beach Turkey TrotNovember 24, 2016
Join in the fun on Thanksgiving morning for the annual Mexico Beach Turkey Trot! Walk or run off your Thanksgiving feast beforehand!!
Entry Fee: $25 thru November 1st * $30 after November 1st. Active duty personnel run for FREE! Participants are guaranteed to receive a long sleeve t-shirt if registered before November 1st. Please click here to register. Proceeds benefit Breastfeed Bay.
Race day registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Race begins at 8:30 a.m. CST. Packet pick-up times: November 23rd from 5pm-8pm and November 24th from 7am-8am. For more information, please contact April Wisdom, Race Director, at [email protected] or 850-227-8920.
License-Free Saltwater Fishing DayNovember 26, 2016
Grab your poles on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 26th, 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 4, 2016, 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 4th, starting at 6:00pm CT. Come ring in the holiday season with caroling, a festive golf cart parade 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.
New Year’s Eve Celebrate TwiceDecember 31, 2016 to January 01, 2017
Come celebrate the New Year, twice in one night! Mexico Beach wants to welcome patrons to stay at the beach this New Year Eve and ring it in 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!
Mexico Beach Snowbird Appreciation LuncheonMarch 02, 2017, 11:30am
We invite all our Snowbirds to attend the annual Mexico Beach Snowbird Appreciation Luncheon to be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 11:30am CT at the El Governor Motel poolside. Come celebrate your winter trip to Mexico Beach and have a chance to say “see you next year” to your old and new friends made while visiting us. Enjoy live music, fantastic door prizes, great food and desserts. And it’s all FREE!! This event is sponsored by the Mexico Beach Community Development Center and Mexico Beach rental companies. Thank you for making Mexico Beach your winter vacation destination!
An Unforgettable Wedding Vow RenewalApril 08, 2017, 4:00pm
Join us at the Sunset Park beaches on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 4:00pm CT as we celebrate generations of love with a special shared vow renewal ceremony. We cordially invite all married couples to be part of this special complimentary vow renewal and reception! Registration for this event will be posted here soon.
Open for all to attend and experience the event of the year!