September 5, 2014

If you thought our charming little fishing town nestled on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida was fun in summer, just wait until you see what we have planned for September!

Music in the Park

Back by popular demand, Mexico Beach presents September Music in the Park each Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. CDT at Sunset Park. Everyone is invited, so bring your beach blankets, chairs and coolers and we’ll furnish the free live music and laid-back atmosphere.

“We are very excited about this year’s lineup, and all of the bands are real crowd-pleasers,” said Kimberly Shoaf, president of the Mexico Beach Community Development Council. “Each Thursday, a different band performs and they’ll be playing just about every type of popular music, from Cajun and blues to pop and rock.”

Music in the Park kicked off with a great performance by Heat & the Zydeco Gents on September 4. Below is the weekly entertainment schedule for the rest of the month:

▪          Sept. 11 – The Boyer Band: Old school rock and roll from the 1970s

▪          Sept. 18 – Bo Spring Band: Local songwriter featuring acoustic rock and folk

▪          Sept. 25 – Konkrete Soul: Groove to the trio’s soulful rhythm and blues.

Free event parking is available across the street from the El Governor Motel on the north side of Highway 98 in the heart of Mexico Beach. Plan to arrive early to claim your spot for a memorable evening under the stars.

Port St. Joe Scallop and Music Festival

All you scallop lovers, get ready for the 18th Annual Florida Scallop and Music Festival held on September 12 and 13, 2014, along beautiful St. Joseph Bay in downtown Port St. Joe. Festival activities and booths include arts and crafts vendors, educational exhibits, a kids zone and all sorts of food vendors, including mouth-watering bay scallops, as well as an exciting lineup of talented bands.

“George Core Park is such a scenic setting for this popular event and offers plenty of shady spots around the pond with cool bay breezes,” Shoaf said. “I can’t wait for this year’s festival headliners.”

During Friday night’s Battle of the Bands regional competition, Dread Clampitt is the featured act, playing a combo of bluegrass, jazz, rock and Cajun funk. Then country-rock band Tobacco Rd gets the party started on Saturday night, followed by country music sensation Joe Diffie, who has had over 20 Top 10 singles, including hits like, “Pickup Man,” “Third Rock From the Sun,” and “John Deere Green.” “This will be one show you don’t want to miss!” Shoaf exclaimed.

The festival gates open at 5:00 p.m. CDT on Friday and 11:00 a.m. CDT on Saturday. Parking and admission for children six and under, as well as military personnel with a proper ID, are free. General admission tickets are $5.00 per person for each day. For $50 per person you can enjoy VIP perks for Saturday night’s concerts, including a catered seafood buffet, full bar and select seating—but hurry, VIP tickets are limited.

Beach Blast Fall Triathlon and Duathlon

Before the scallop festival gears up in downtown Port St. Joe on September 13, athletes from around the world will be competing in the biannual Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon fall race. They will be running, biking and swimming in this USA Triathlon-sanctioned event, which follows a well-marked scenic course along the beautiful white-sand beaches and pine forests of the Gulf Coast. Following the race, athletes and their friends and family are invited to celebrate the accomplishments of the day with great food at Veteran’s Memorial Park in downtown Port St. Joe.

For more information or questions any of these exciting September events, visit Mexicobeach.com/Calendar-of-Events, call (888) 723-2546 or e-mail info@mexicobeach.com.