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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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 – Heat & The Zydeco Gents

September 13th – Baby Gray

September 20th – Bo Spring Band

September 27th – Frances Mooney & Fontanna Sunsets

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The Joe Center for the Arts presents Community Photography Show

September 7, 2018 to October 4, 2018

The Joe Center for the Arts presents Community Photography Show September 7th thru October 4th.  Opening reception will be held September 7, 2018 from 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. EST.  For more information and exhibit dates/times, please click here.

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October Music In The Park

October 4 - 25, 2018

Come out and enjoy music all month long! Every Thursday night a new band will be headlining this free, public event. This extension of the September Music in the Park is being hosted by the Special Events for Mexico Beach. With a great lineup we are sure you’ll love spending a long weekend at the beach. All shows will be at Parker Park, on Highway 98, and each one starts at 5:00pm and ends at 7:00pm.

October Lineup:

Charlie & Dana Black- Oct. 4th

Whip-O-Will Still- Oct. 11th

Flabbergasted- Oct. 18th

Baby Gray- Oct. 25th

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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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CCA Forgotten Coast 2nd Annual Banquet

October 11, 2018

The Coastal Conservation Organization (CCA) Forgotten Coast 2nd Annual Banquet and Auction will be held October 11, 2018 at the Centennial Building in Port St. Joe from 6pm-10pm.  Tickets are $75/person, $140/couple, and tables of 10 start at $700. All tickets include an open bar, catered dinner and CCA membership. Corporate tables include all previously mentioned, plus table gifts, program ad space, priority seating and dining, and a framed piece of art.  There will be auctions and raffles for art, tackle, jewelry, local and exotic trips, and more!  Questions?  Contact Amanda Krpan at  For more information on the CCA, click here.

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Mexico Beach Farmers’ & Craft Market

October 13 and October 14, 2018

The Mexico Beach Farmers’ & Craft Market will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 13th and October 14th, at Parker Park on Hwy 98 in Mexico Beach.  The market will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CDT.  Spend the morning browsing the booths with a variety of produce, crafts, photography, jewelry and much more. Interested vendors please contact John Gramlick at (850) 625-1307  for complete rules, requirements and an application form.  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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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 for artists wishing to showcase their artwork can be found here.

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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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