Gloria Sanchez

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.  Please click here for an entry form.


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Mexico Beach Offshore Classic

July 27, 2018 to July 28, 2018

The 14th Annual Mexico Beach Offshore Classic is set for July 27th-28th!  This two-day pelagic fishing tournament will give out cash prizes.  Three fishing categories give anglers the best opportunity to catch the big one in Kingfish, Dolphin and Wahoo.  Captain’s party will kickoff this event on Thursday, July 26th, at the El Governor Motel.  Fishing starts bright and early on Friday, July 27th, and Saturday, July 28th.  Weigh-in for both days will take place at the Mexico Beach Marina.  The last day will also include awards ceremony.  Come participate or watch the weigh-in at this exciting fishing weekend event in Mexico Beach.

For more information, or rules, click here.

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Bay Scallop Season

August 17, 2018 to September 30, 2018

The 2018 season will be open August 17 to September 30, 2018. This season opening includes all state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County through the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. All other regulations apply, including a daily bag limit of 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person, with a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or 1/2 gallon bay scallop meat per vessel.


Updates and more information on scalloping areas can be found at


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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, from 5-9pm CST held at Beacon Hill Park.  Fishing in the tournament is Saturday, August 25th, from 5:00am to 5:00pm CST and fish will be weighed at the Mexico Beach Marina from 1-5pm CST.  The tournament is a family event and gives family and friends a chance to come and have fellowship with one another while at the same time supporting a worthwhile cause to build marine habitat in the Gulf of Mexico.  For more tournament information and rules, click here.

Preregistration is open now, to preregister please click here.  You may also register at the Captains’ Party.

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License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day

September 1, 2018

Grab your poles on Saturday, September 1st,  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 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2018 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Mexico Beach is gearing up for some toe-tapping, hand clapping fun with Music in the Park!  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 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 CT.  Below is this year’s lineup so make plans to visit Mexico Beach.

September 6th – TBD

September 13th – TBD

September 20th – TBD

September 27th – TBD

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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.  Categories:  Just for Fun 2K (1.2 miles), Weekend Warrior 5k (3.1 miles), and Elite 10K (6.2 miles). Check-in/ packet pick up/ body marking – starts at 6:30 am. Please check in at least 30 minutes 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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Florida Scallop & Music Festival

October 5, 2018 to October 6, 2018

Make plans for the 2018 Florida Scallop & Music Festival to be held Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th, 2018 on the shores of St. Joseph Bay in historic Port St. Joe, Florida.  Enjoy top notch entertainment along with 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 $10.00 on Friday (5pm – 10pm) and $10 on Saturday (10am – 5pm).  Admission is complimentary for ages 9 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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19th Annual Mexico Beach Art & Wine Festival

October 13, 2018

The 19th Annual Art & Wine Festival will take place on October 13th starting at 2pm on the grounds of the Driftwood Inn in Mexico Beach.  Enjoy live music, beer and wine, live and silent auctions while mingling with artists and perusing through their original creations.  Admission is $20 at the door, which includes a commemorative wine glass, a complimentary glass of wine and light Hors d’oeuvres.  Purchase advance tickets for $15 at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center or The Driftwood Inn.  This annual event is hosted by the Special Events for Mexico Beach.  All proceeds will go towards the July 4th firework show.

A complete application form will be available soon for artists wishing to showcase their artwork.

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Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival 2018

October 18, 2018 to October 21, 2018

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 18-21, 2018 at the 10th annual Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival.  Please click here for more information or email

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Forgotten Music Festival

November 2, 2018 to November 3, 2018

The 1st annual Forgotten Music Festival in beautiful Mexico Beach, Florida is a 2 day music event on the tip of the Forgotten Coast and will be held at the El Governor Motel, on the beachfront.  From the pristine beaches to the distinguished musicians, this will be an experience not to be forgotten.  For more information and musical lineup, please click here.

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Mexico Beach Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run

November 22, 2018

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.

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 21st, from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center and on Race day, November 22nd, from 7:15 a.m. till  7:45 a.m at the park.  For more information contact the Mexico Beach Welcome Center at (850) 648-8196.

Registration now open! Click Here.

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License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day

November 24, 2018

Grab your poles on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 24th,  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 2, 2018, 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 2nd, 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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