Blast on the Bay

Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival 2016

October 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.


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Farmers' Market

Mexico Beach Farmers’ & Craft Market

November 12, 2016

Special Events for Mexico Beach is hosting an opportunity for vendors to setup and sell their fresh produce and crafts. The Mexico Beach Farmers’ & Craft Market will take place at Sunset Park next to the El Governor Motel 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 a vendor application, click here.   We hope you and your family will come spend the morning in Mexico Beach and enjoy 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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Mexico Beach Turkey Trot

November 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. at Under the Palms Park on 7th Street.  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.

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License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day

November 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.

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Mexico Beach Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 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.


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Snowbird December Biloxi Trip

December 6, 2016 to December 7, 2016

We’re heading to Biloxi to win some money…or at least try! This overnight trip departs the El Governor parking lot at 6:00am CT on December 6th. We will arrive at the Beau Rivage 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 7th, we depart the Scarlett Pearl and head over to the IP where you will receive $15 free play. The bus will head home around 3:30pm CT. Cost for this trip is $70 per person (double occupancy), $100 per person (single occupancy). Trip includes bus, room, $60 free play and $15 meal credit. Deadline to sign up is November 7th.  Space is limited-only 1 bus is going!!

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Mexico Beach Farmers’ & Craft Market

December 10, 2016

The Farmer’s & Craft Market will take place at Sunset Park in Mexico Beach, beside the El Governor Motel.   Market hours are 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.  Spend the morning 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.

This market is a great opportunity for vendors to setup and sell their fresh produce and crafts.  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.

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New Year’s Eve Celebrate Twice

December 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!

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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Snowbird January Biloxi Trip

January 17, 2017 to January 18, 2017

We’re heading to Biloxi on January 17th & 18th to try and win big!! We will depart the El Governor Motel parking lot Tuesday morning at 6:00am CT and return Wednesday night.  Cost per trip is $80 per person (Double Occupancy) and $110 per person (Single Occupancy) which includes: Bus, Room, $60 Free Play & $15 meal credit voucher.  Tuesday morning we arrive at the Golden Nugget 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 December 16th.

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FL Capitol

Day Trip to the Florida Historic Capitol Museum and Governor’s Mansion

January 25, 2017

Enjoy a guided tour of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum with political artifacts and interactive exhibits in a historical building.  After lunch, visit the Governor’s Mansion to view the state rooms and outdoor Manatee Sculpture Courtyard.  Trip cost:  $36.  Price includes bus transportation, FL Historic Capitol Museum Tour, lunch and the Governor’s Mansion Tour.

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Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off

February 18, 2016, 10:00 am

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.

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 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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Snowbird Casino Day Trip

February 22, 2017

Winner, winner!!  We’re hoping to hear that when we visit WindCreek Casino at Atmore, AL on February 22nd.  Come join this fun day trip for only $25 per person which includes your bus, $10 in free play and a $15 meal credit.  This casino also has a movie theater and bowling alley for your entertainment.  Deadline to sign up is February 8th.  Don’t delay – only one bus is going so seating is limited!!

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Snowbird Luncheon 2016

Mexico Beach Snowbird Appreciation Luncheon

March 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!

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An Unforgettable Wedding Vow Renewal

April 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!

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Gulf Coast Salute Air Show

Gulf Coast Salute Air Show

April 22, 2017 to April 23, 2017

Tyndall Air Force Base will be opening their gates to the public to host the Gulf Coast Salute Air Show on April 22nd-23rd.  The F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team and the Air Force Thunderbirds will be featured shows at this FREE event.  For more information, click here.

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Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon

April 29, 2017

The Spring Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon is set for Saturday, April 29, 2017, 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.

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

May 4, 2017 to May 15, 2017

May 4-15, 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.


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