Mexico Beach Photography Contest 2019, Beaches Second Place

Mexico Beach Annual Photography Contest

April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020

The Mexico Beach 20th 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 official entry form.


Bay Scallop Season

August 16, 2020 to September 24,2020

Ready to explore and hunt for scallops? The 2020 season opens August 16 and ends September 24, 2020 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. A daily bag limit consists of 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person; maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or 1/2 gallon bay scallop meat per vessel. 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, click here. 

Updates and more information on scalloping areas can be found at


MBARA Kingfish Tournament

August 28-29, 2020

The Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Associate is excited to announce the date of their 24th Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament on August 28th & 29th. This tournament serves as a charitable event to build artificial reefs that are placed out in the Gulf of Mexico.  Festivities will kick off with the Captain’s Party on Friday, August 28th and the Fishing Tournament on Saturday, August 29th. The tournament is one the entire family can enjoy, watch the fish being brought in and weighed, all while supporting a worthwhile cause to build marine habitat in the Gulf of Mexico. For registration and event details please click here.

Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival

October 15, 2020 to October 18, 2020

Celebrating our 11th anniversary in 2020, Florida’s Gulf Coast will play host to a group of talented musicians and songwriters direct from the streets of Nashville. Festival performances will consist of 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.” 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 15-18 for the 11th annual Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival.  Please click here for more information on songwriter lineups, venue locations, and details.


Mexico Beach Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 6, 2020

It’s Christmas time here at the beach!  You and your family are invited to participate in our annual lighting of the Christmas Tree on Sunday, December 6th, starting at 6:00pm. This year’s event is tentatively taking place on the Mexico Beach Shopping Center lawn, however this could change so please check back. Come ring in the holiday season with caroling, golf cart parade, lighting of the Christmas tree and a special visit from Santa himself! 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!