Farmers & Craft Market

2nd & 4th Saturday

Come spend the morning at the Mexico Beach Farmers & Craft Market. The market will take place every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at Parker Park, located at 2500 Highway 98, in beautiful Mexico Beach. Vendors will include produce, fresh jellies, one of-a-kind crafts and much more. Enjoy the day shopping from booth to booth while supporting local vendors.  Each market there is sure to be new vendors, so be sure to come every time. Market hours will be 8am until 12pm.

If you’d like to be a vendor sign up now! Click here for more information and an official vendor application. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Please review all regulations. This market is put on by the Special Events for Mexico Beach, INC. All proceeds will go towards the July 4th Best Blast on the Beach Firework Show. All times listed in Central Time.

Questions, contact Sarah Gramlick by email here.


Mexico Beach Mobile Library

February 16th

Come check out a book, or two, or three from the Mobile Library! The Mobile Library will be setup at Sunset Park from 12:30pm till 2:00pm and is open to the public. The Mobile Library will be stocked with books for all ages (print and audiobooks) and DVD movies.  Library patrons will be able to register for a library card, and borrow and return items. So, if you don’t have a library card, don’t let that stop you.  Patrons who place requests for items at other libraries can pick up those items from the Mobile Library, so patrons are not limited to the titles on the vehicle. With a nice selection of books, there will be something for everyone to read. Reading is a wonderful activity you can enjoy while at the beach, so be sure to stop and enjoy the benefits of bringing the library to you.

For more information about the Mobile Library, click here.

For Sunset Park directions, click here.


Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off

February 18th

With the new year, comes the return of a crowd favorite. On Saturday, February 18, 2023, the 23rd Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off will take place and is sure to bring all the fun, flavor and spices. There will be a variety of types of Gumbos and Brunswick stews to taste. This will be one hot, and yummy, competition you won’t want to miss. The Cook-Off will take place at Parker Park, located at 2500 Highway 98 in beautiful Mexico Beach. Gumbo eating will start at 10am and run until it’s all gone. Tickets for gumbo enjoyment will be sold once the gates open. You can enjoy sampling one, two, or as many as you’d like of some great gumbos and stews. Cash will be accepted at the beverage, food and t-shirt tents. Tickets are required to sample, and enjoy the gumbos and stews.

This event is free to enter and the only costs is for food and beverages. 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 goes toward the Special Events for Mexico Beach’s Best Blast on the Beach July 4th firework show.

Wanna try your hand at the covenant Gumbo King prize? Get ready to dust off that family gumbo or Brunswick stew recipe for your chance to win a cash prize. Your 5gl.+ pot of gumbo or stew of is your entry requirement. For an entry form, click here.


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Mexico Beach Mobile Library

March 16th

Come check out a book, or two, or three from the Mobile Library! The Mobile Library will be setup at Sunset Park from 12:30pm till 2:00pm and is open to the public. The Mobile Library will be stocked with books for all ages (print and audiobooks) and DVD movies.  Library patrons will be able to register for a library card, and borrow and return items. So, if you don’t have a library card, don’t let that stop you.  Patrons who place requests for items at other libraries can pick up those items from the Mobile Library, so patrons are not limited to the titles on the vehicle. With a nice selection of books, there will be something for everyone to read. Reading is a wonderful activity you can enjoy while at the beach, so be sure to stop and enjoy the benefits of bringing the library to you.

For more information about the Mobile Library, click here.

For Sunset Park directions, click here.


Forgotten Coast en Plein Air

March 17th - 26th

Now in its 18th year, the Forgotten Coast is excited to welcome internationally acclaimed artists here to capture the natural beauty, character and local culture through the Plein air tradition.  The Annual Plein Air Paint-Out all along Florida’s Forgotten Coast will kick-off in March.  Nationally acclaimed artists will gather along the region 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.

 


Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Quickdraw

March 18th

Come watch artists paint! The 2023 Quickdraw will be held in Mexico Beach this year, featuring a wide range of exceptional subject matter sure to challenge and delight all artists. Exact location will be announced soon, so please check back. This painting event is open to any artist over the age of 14 who wishes to participate and has their own supplies and easels. All completed work will be displayed for judging and sales. The reception will be held following the event in the afternoon for those artworks selected for display at The Joe, 201 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe, from 4-6pm. Everyone is welcome!

Those who wish to learn more or register, click here.


Plein Air Mexico Beach Demo & Reception

March 20th

Monday, March 20th, is Mexico Beach Plein Air Day! Join artists Olena Babek, Greg Barnes, Brienne Brown and Morgan Samuel Price as they capture the scenes of our beautiful area. They will be painting around the Welcome Center, located at 102 Canal Parkway, in Mexico Beach. Then stick around for the Artist Reception.

Olena Babek will be the featured artist at the Mexico Beach Reception, which will be held at the Welcome Center. Come welcome Olena and the other artists to our beautiful destination. They will have their work of Mexico Beach scenes on display and will be happy to answer any questions and give painting tips. Artist demonstrations will take place between 1pm to 3pm CT with the artist reception following, starting at 3pm till 5pm CT.

For more information on this event, as well as all of the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Great American Paint-out event, click here.  This event is free and open to the public.

 


Annual Photography Contest

April 1st - July 31st

Get ready to print those pictures and try your hand at our annual photography contest. The Mexico Beach 23rd Annual Photography Contest will open for submission on April 1st and go 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 pages 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.

Official entry form with contest details, please click here.

 


An Unforgettable Wedding Vow Renewal

April 22nd

Join us on the beach at Sunset Park on Saturday, April 22nd 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. Following the ceremony there will be a cupcake and champagne reception. This lovely ceremony event is open for all to attend and experience the event of the year!

To registration for this event please click here.

Time of ceremony will be sent to all registered couples prior to the event with additional information. Ceremony will take place in the afternoon. Should you have any questions please contact us via Email or call (850) 648-8196.


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Best Blast on the Beach

July 4th

Come celebrate the 4th of July in Mexico Beach with our Best Blast on the Beach. A fun-filled day with events for the entire family. Start the day off by participating in our annual Sandy Shoes 5K Fun Run. Then enjoy the down time till our Best Blast on the Beach Firework Show. We are sure everyone will be amazed by our grand fireworks display. This show can be seen throughout the entire city and it will be one show you will not want to miss. Launching at 8:30pm our Best Blast on the Beach firework show will be a must see for you and the entire family. For those who will be enjoying the show on the beach, please be mindful of our “Leave No Trace” ordinance that states all personal belonging must be taken off the beach when you leave for the day. We appreciate everyone doing their part in keep our sandy shores pristine and enjoyable.

Sandy Shoes Race information coming soon. Please check back.


MBARA Kingfish Tournament

July 29th

It’s time for great tournament! The Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association is proud to announce the date for the 27th Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament. On Saturday, July 29th, anglers will hit the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico in search of the prize kingfish. This year’s Captain’s Party and Weigh-In will take place at the Mexico Beach Boat Ramp. This charitable fundraiser assists in the development and deployment of artificial reefs into the Gulf of Mexico. All proceeds will be used to create more wonderful marine habitats and improve the fishery for everyone to enjoy. Standby and watch for many exciting new changes coming for the tournament. Make plans to enter today!

For official tournament registration and rules, click here.


Bay Scallop Season

August 16th - September 24th

Ready to explore for scallops? The 2023 season opens August 16 and ends September 24 for scalloping in St. Joseph Bay. This season opening is from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County through the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. The daily limit per person: 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat. The daily limit per vessel: Maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or 1/2 gallon bay scallop meat (1/2 gallon= 4 pints). Recreational harvesters need a Florida saltwater fishing license to harvest bay scallops unless they are either exempt from needing a license or have a no-cost shoreline fishing license and are wading from shore to collect scallops (i.e. feet do not leave bottom to swim, snorkel, or SCUBA and harvesters do not use a vessel to reach or return from the harvest location). To learn more about these requirements and updates from FWC please, click here. 


Christmas Tree Lighting

December 3rd

It’s Christmas time here at the beach! Mexico Beach will be turned into a magical holiday paradise with the help from some dedicated elves. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 3rd at 6:00pm at Parker Park.

The festivities will begin with a warm holiday welcome, music performances and the arrival of the golf cart parade. Then the our wonderful elves will introduce this year’s tree lighters, who will light our tree.  After the lighting of the tree, the wait will be on for that special someone to make his grand appearance, Santa!

The Mexico Beach Fire Department will once again be collecting new unwrapped toys that they will disburse around the community to those in need.  Those who would like to donate, please bring an unwrapped gift to the ceremony. We hope you and your family will join us as we bring the warmth and sprit of the season to Mexico Beach.

If you and your creative elves would like to participate in the golf cart parade, please check back for details and form. Parade entry is free!