Mexico Beach 16th Annual Photography ContestApril 1, 2016 to July 30, 2016
The Mexico Beach 16th Annual Photography Contest starts April 1st until July 30th. We welcome all photographs taken in Mexico Beach past or present. All photographs will be submitted for judging after July 30th 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.
Mexico Beach Offshore ClassicJuly 29, 2016 to July 30, 2016
The 12th Annual Mexico Beach Offshore Classic is set for July 29-30! This two-day tournament has over $9,200 in cash prizes that will be given out. 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 28th at 5:30pm at the El Governor Motel. Fishing starts bright and early on Friday, July 29th, and Saturday, July 30th. 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.
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.
20th Annual MBARA Kingfish TournamentAugust 27, 2016, 5:00am to 5:00pm
Come participate or cheer on the participants at the 20th 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 26th, 5pm-9pm CT, at Beacon Hill Park. Fishing in the tournament is Saturday, August 27th, 5am-5pm CT and the weigh-in from 1pm-5pm CT at the Mexico Beach Marina.
Prizes for the recreational division: King Mackerel: 1st: $3,000 2nd: $2,000 3rd: $1,000
Wahoo: 1st: $1,000
Spanish: 1st: $500
Prize for Professional/Masters Division: King Mackerel: 50% of the Masters Professional Division entry fees up to a maximum of $3,000 for the heaviest King Mackerel
Registration is $175 per boat with as many people on your boat as you would like.
To preregister click here or at the Mexico Beach Marina, Bluewater Out Riggers or Half Hitch Tackle
For more information, please 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.
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.
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.