Mexico Beach Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run

November 23, 2017

Join in the fun on Thanksgiving morning for the annual Mexico Beach Turkey Trot!  Be ready to walk or run off your Thanksgiving feast beforehand. This morning 5k fun run is a great way to get the entire family ready for the day of feasting and fellowship. The race will be a non-official race with a race timing clock that will allow each runner to capture their race time. This is not a chipped timing event.

Entry Fee is $25.00 per person and each participant is guaranteed to receive a long sleeve t-shirt if registered before November 20th.  Click here to register.  

The race will start at Under the Palms Park, located on the corner of 7th Street and Maryland at 8:00 a.m. CST.  Race packet pick-up will be the day before the race, November 22nd, from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center and on Race day, November 23rd, from 6:45 a.m. till  7:45 a.m at the park.  For more information contact the Mexico Beach Welcome Center at (850) 648-8196.

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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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8th Annual Junior Service League Chili Cook-Off

December 2, 2017

Get your taste buds ready for the 8th Annual Chili Cook-off and Family Bazaar!  There will be plenty of chili to eat along with artists and craft vendors.  Enjoy a live band while you do your last minute holiday shopping.  Covered tables and chairs will be available but please feel free to bring a lawn chair or a blanket and stay all day!  Interested in having a team or being a vendor?  Please email jslpsj@gmail.com.  Event Location:  117 Sailors Cove Dr., Port St. Joe

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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 a festive golf cart parade leading Santa’s arrival 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.  If you are interested in signing up for the golf cart parade, please click here.

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Mexico Beach Farmers’ & Craft Market

December 9, 2017

The Mexico Beach Farmers’ & Craft Market will take place at Parker Park on Hwy 98 in Mexico Beach.  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.  The market is a great place to pick up some unique Christmas presents!  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.

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The Nutcracker presented by the Junior Service League

December 10, 2017

The Junior Service League of Port St. Joe presents ‘The Nutcracker’, a free, live performance for area families to enjoy this holiday season. Bring your chairs and blankets to George Core Park in Port St. Joe and enjoy the show with the Emerald Academy Dancers and FeFe Gant’s dance troupe.  The show starts at 4:00pm EST and will last approximately 1 hour. All ages welcome!

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Snowbird WindCreek Casino Day Trip

December 12, 2017

Come “play” with us for the day!  Tuesday, December 12th, join us on a day trip to WindCreek Casino in Atmore, AL.  Cost is only $25 per person which includes roundtrip bus transportation, $10 Freeplay and a $15 meal credit.  We will depart the El Governor Motel at 6am CT and return to Mexico Beach at approximately 7:30pm CT.  To reserve your seat or for more information, please visit the Mexico Beach Welcome Center or call 850-648-8196.  Deadline to sign up is December 1st.

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Snowbird December Biloxi Trip

December 18, 2017 to December 19, 2017

We’re heading to Biloxi and you bet our bus trips are fun!  This overnight trip departs the El Governor parking lot at 6:00am CT on December 18th. We will arrive at the IP Casino and receive $15 in free play.   After that, it’s over to the Scarlett Pearl to check into your room and receive $30 free play and a $15 meal credit. The next day, December 19th, we depart the Scarlett Pearl and head over to the Beau Rivage where you will receive $15 free play. The bus will head home around 3:30pm CT. Cost for this trip is $100 per person (double occupancy), $130 per person (single occupancy). Trip includes bus, room, $60 free play and $15 meal credit. Deadline to sign up is December 1st.  Space is limited-only 1 bus is going!!

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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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Butts on the Bay Cook-Off

January 6, 2018

The First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe’s Men’s Group are excited to announce their Second Annual Butts on the Bay BBQ Rib Cooking Contest.  This year’s contest will be full of fierce competition and for those who enjoy viewing, rather than competing, there’s BBQ dinners available to purchase and enjoy the day.  With live music, children’s activities, bake sale and much more, come out to enjoy the day all while supporting local charities.  The competition will take place on Saturday, January 6, 2018, from noon-5pm ET in Sailor’s Cove, across from the Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe with activities throughout the day including:

  • Live music by the Bo Spring Band
  • BBQ plates (Pulled Pork, Cole Slaw, Beans and Bread)
  • Whole Boston Butts pre-sold for pick up day of event- $35 each
  • Homemade Baked Goods for sale by the United Methodist Women
  • Children and Family activities

Cooking teams wishing to compete in the BBQ Rib Cooking Contest can view rules and official entry form here A $50 entry fee is required and all proceeds benefit local charities.

For those that would rather have someone else do the cooking you can purchase whole Boston Butts for $35 to be picked up the day of the event.  Pulled Pork Plates with all the fixin’s will be available as well.  Eat in or “carry out” is available.  Advanced tickets are available by calling the church at 850-227-1724, or just stop in to the event.

All proceeds support local community missions including Forgotten Coast Wounded Warriors, Boy Scouts of America, Christian Community Development Fund, Gulf County Domestic Violence Fund, Gulf Coast Hope Center, Oak Grove Community Wide Dinners, PSJ High School Athletics, and more.

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A Journey Through Time Day Tour

January 10, 2018

Join us on the bus for a trip through time in Tallahassee.  We will be visiting the Tallahassee Automobile & Collectibles Museum where you can view treasures of eras past such as the oldest known existing American automobile,  a very eclectic collection of dolls, the finest private collection of Steinway pianos in the world, Abraham Lincoln’s hearse carriage and much more memorabilia.  Afterward we will enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet lunch at Kacey’s Home Cooking.  Then it’s on to a guided tour of the historic Knott House built in 1843.  We finalize our day at the Museum of Florida History which presents Florida history from the prehistoric era to the mid-20th century.

Cost is $45 per person which includes transportation, all entrance fees and lunch.  Sign up at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center or call 850-648-8196 for more information.  Limited seating so sign up today!

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Thursdays at the Theatre presents Tony Partington and the Recollections

January 18, 2018

The Port Theatre Art & Culture Center presents Tony Partington and the Recollections performing at the Port Theatre on Thursday, January 18th! The Recollections are a group of veteran musicians who collectively represent well over a century of experience in professional music.  Their repertoire is vast, including Jazz Standards, Broadway Musicals, Oldies, Classic Rock, Blues, Gospel, Folk and Italian Love Songs.  VIP reception is 6:00pm – 7:00pm with the performance starting at 7:00pm ET.  Tickets will be on sale at the Gulf Chamber of Commerce and online.  To purchase tickets online please click here.

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Snowbird January Biloxi Trip

January 29, 2018 to January 30, 2018

We’re heading to Biloxi on January 29th & 30th to try and win big!! We will depart the El Governor Motel parking lot Monday morning at 6:00am CT and return Tuesday night.  Cost per trip is $100 per person (Double Occupancy) and $130 per person (Single Occupancy) which includes: Bus, Room, $60 Free Play & $15 meal credit voucher.  Monday morning we arrive at the IP Casino and receive $15 free play. After that, it’s over to the Scarlett Pearl where you will receive your room accommodations, a $15 meal credit voucher and $30 free play. The next morning we leave the Scarlett Pearl around 10am and head over to the Beau Rivage where you will receive $15 free play. We will head home around 3:30pm CT.  Deadline to sign up is January 5th.

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National Naval Aviation Museum Tour

February 8, 2018

Join us on a bus trip to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola!  We will depart from the El Governor Motel parking lot at 5:30am CST for a fun and informative road trip.  After visiting the aviation museum, we will enjoy lunch and then head over to the Pensacola State College Planetarium for a solar system show, From Earth to Universe.  Afterward, we’ll see a live narrated night sky presentation.  Expected arrival time back in Mexico Beach is 5:30pm CST.   Cost is only $55 per person which includes bus transportation, entry into the National Naval Aviation Museum, lunch and entrance fee to the Pensacola State College Planetarium.  To sign up, please visit the Mexico Beach Welcome Center or call 888-723-2546 for more information.

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Winter Bay Day

February 10, 2018, 8am to 4pm ET

The 2018 Winter Bay and Buffer Preserve Celebration presented by the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves is scheduled for Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 8am – 4pm ET at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve.  Enjoy live music, take a free tour of the preserve, dine on a local Shrimp Boil and learn more about the Buffer Preserve.  A trip through the backwoods trails of the Buffer Preserve allows visitors to view rare and endangered plants, prescribed burn sites and various native plants.  A low country boil will be offered from 11am-2pm ET for a $10 donation. For more information please click here.

 

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Thursdays at the Theatre presents Sinatra’s “A Night at the Sands”

February 15, 2018

The Port Theatre Art & Culture Center presents Sinatra’s “A Night at the Sands” by New York singer Jesse Posa and band at the Port Theatre on Thursday, February 15th!  Jesse Posa is one of the leading Frank Sinatra impersonators in the country and has performed on stage at Radio City Music Hall and in Off-Broadway productions among other venues.  VIP reception is 6:00pm – 7:00pm with the performance starting at 7:00pm ET.  Tickets will be on sale at the Gulf Chamber of Commerce and online.  To purchase tickets online please click here.

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Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off

February 17, 2018, 10:00 am

On Saturday, February 17th, in Mexico Beach the 20th Annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off will take place.  With a variety of types of gumbo and Brunswick stew to taste, this will be one hot competition.  Are you ready to cook the rice, peel the shrimp, stew the veggies and bask in the aroma of roux? If so, then tie on that apron and enter to be one of the chefs competing for the title of Gumbo King.  For those looking to compete, we’ll be posting an application soon!

Don’t worry, if you are more of a taster than a chef, you will have plenty to choose from! The event begins at 10am CT and there will be tons of great gumbo and Brunswick stew for the eating. This event is free to enter. Tickets will be available for purchase to sample one, two or as many as you like gumbos or stews. There will be beverages available as well as hot dogs and sausage dogs. With live music and free beads, this is one cook-off that will get you in the Mardi Gras mood! All proceeds raised will go toward the Special Events for Mexico Beach’s Best Blast on the Beach July 4th firework show.

 

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Mexico Beach Snowbird Appreciation Luncheon

March 01, 2018, 11:30am

We invite all our Snowbirds to attend the annual Mexico Beach Snowbird Appreciation Luncheon to be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018, 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!

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Snowbird WindCreek Casino Day Trip

March 12, 2018

Join our casino bus and “play” with us for the day!  Monday, March 12th, join us on a day trip to WindCreek Casino in Atmore, AL.  Cost is only $25 per person which includes roundtrip bus transportation, $10 Freeplay and a $15 meal credit.  We will depart the El Governor Motel at 6am CT and return to Mexico Beach at approximately 7:30pm CT.  To reserve your seat or for more information, please visit the Mexico Beach Welcome Center or call 850-648-8196.  Deadline to sign up is February 23rd.

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Thursdays at the Theatre presents Go Big or Go Home

March 15, 2018

The Port Theatre Art & Culture Center presents “Go Big or Go Home” with Full Band at the Port Theatre on Thursday, March 15th!  VIP reception is 6:00pm – 7:00pm with the performance starting at 7:00pm ET.  Tickets will be on sale at the Gulf Chamber of Commerce and online.  To purchase tickets online please click here.

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Mexico Beach 18th Annual Photography Contest

April 1, 2018 to July 31, 2018

The Mexico Beach 18th 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.

We will be posting an entry form soon!

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2017 Mexico Beach Vow Renewal, Sunset Park, Florida

An Unforgettable Wedding Vow Renewal

April 14, 2018, 4:00pm

Join us at the Sunset Park beaches on Saturday, April 14, 2018, 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!  To register for this free event, click here.

Open for all to attend and experience the event of the year!

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Thursdays at the Theatre presents Anna Wilson and Monty Powell

April 26, 2018

The Port Theatre Art & Culture Center presents Anna Wilson, jazz singer, and her husband Nashville Songwriter Monty Powell performing at the Port Theatre on Thursday, April 26th!  Anna Wilson is a singer/songwriter of genres of jazz and country.  She and her husband, Monty Powell, have worked as songwriters.  She has had cuts on albums by Billy Ray Cyrus, Lee Ann Womack and Reba McEntire and performed jazzy duets with the likes of Connie Smith, Keith Urban and Kenny Rogers.  VIP reception is 6:00pm – 7:00pm with the performance starting at 7:00pm ET.  Tickets will be on sale at the Gulf Chamber of Commerce and online.  To purchase tickets online please click here.

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Spring Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon

April 28, 2018

The Spring Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon is set for Saturday, April 28, 2018.  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.  Packet pick-up will be located under the tiki hut at the El Governor Motel on Hwy 98 in Mexico Beach.  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 in Mexico Beach and the bike and run venture through both Mexico Beach and St. Joe Beach.  If you would like to volunteer at this event, please call the Mexico Beach Welcome Center at 850-648-8196.  Come join this athletic event and spend the weekend in Mexico Beach.  For race information please click here.

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Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational – America’s Paint-Out

May 4, 2018 to May 13, 2018

May 4th-13th marks the 13th 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.

 

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Mexico Beach SUP Classic

May 19, 2018

Enjoy paddle boarding?  Want to have fun and meet great people?  We have an open water event for you!  Saturday, May 19th, 2018, is the Mexico Beach SUP Classic held at the El Governor Motel on Hwy 98 in Mexico Beach.

 If you decide to spend the night Friday, May 18, 2018, before the race at El Governor Motel,  some fun events are scheduled:  Paddle boarding group lesson for first-timers; SUP for Kids – the pros from Bare Foot Kayaking will have a demo clinic for kids to try paddle boarding; Sunset SUP Yoga – join us or just enjoy from the beach. All levels welcome.  Pre-race packet pick up and pre-race dinner by the pool sponsored by El Governor Motel.  Socialize and relax so can bring your A game Saturday morning.

Saturday, May 19th, check-in and packet pick-up starts at 6:30 am. Please check in at least 30 min prior the start of your category.

All safety precautions will be taken and safety rules enforced.  Water safety personnel will be available to all participants.

Please be sure you are physically fit and able to complete the desired distance.

Bring family and friends, invite everyone you know and join us for the world record attempt after the race!  To register, please click here.

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22nd Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament

August 24, 2018 to August 25, 2018

Come participate or cheer on the participants at the 22nd 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 24th.  Fishing in the tournament is Saturday, August 25th.

For more information, please click here.

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Fall Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon

September 8, 2018

The Fall Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon is set for Saturday, September 8th, 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 El Governor Motel on Hwy 98.  All 4 races start from the same spot on the beach in Mexico 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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Mexico Beach SUP Classic

September 22, 2018

​Love to Paddle Board?  The Mexico Beach SUP Classic is the place to paddle!  On Saturday, September 22, 2018, paddle boarders will gather to participate in this open water event.  Check-in/ packet pick up/ body marking – starts at 6:30 am. Please check in at least 30 min prior the start of your category.

The night before the race, September 21st, at El Governor Motel there will be some fun events:  Paddle boarding group lesson for first-timers;  SUP for Kids – the pros from Bare Foot Kayaking will have a demo clinic for kids to try paddle boarding and Sunset SUP Yoga – join us or just enjoy from the beach. All levels welcome. Pre-race packet pick up and pre-race dinner by the pool sponsored by El Governor Motel. Enjoy good food while you socialize and relax so can bring your a game Saturday morning.

All safety precautions will be taken and safety rules enforced.  Water safety personnel will be available to all participants.

Please be sure you are physically fit and able to complete the desired distance.

Bring family and friends, invite everyone you know and join us for the world record attempt after the race!  To register for this event, please click here.

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