Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off

February 22, 2020, 10:00 am

Gumbo Is Back!! With the new year, comes the return of a crowd favorite.

On Saturday, February 22, in Mexico Beach the 21st Annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off will take place.  With a variety of types of gumbo and Brunswick stew to taste, this will be one hot competition. This year, the event will take place at the Boat Ramp Park. A new, larger, venue that is centrally located just off Highway 98, with plenty of parking and enjoyment along the canal waterway. For those interested in putting their secret family recipe to the test, please click here for a complete entry form.

Don’t worry, if you are more of a taster than a chef, you will have plenty to choose from! The event begins at 10am CT and there will be tons of great gumbo and Brunswick stew for the eating. This event is free to enter and the only costs is for food and beverages. Tickets will be available for purchase to sample one, two or as many as you like gumbos or stews. 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 will go toward the Special Events for Mexico Beach’s Best Blast on the Beach July 4th firework show.


Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational – America’s Paint-Out

March 20, 2020 to March 29, 2020

The 15th Annual America’s Great Plein Air Paint-Out all along Florida’s Forgotten Coast will kick-off in March this year!  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.


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.


2017 Mexico Beach Vow Renewal, Sunset Park, Florida

An Unforgettable Wedding Vow Renewal

April 18, 2020, 3:00pm

Join us on the beach at Canal Park (end of Canal Parkway) on Saturday, April 18th at 3:00pm CT 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 reception at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center.   Register for this free event by clicking here.

Open for all to attend and experience the event of the year!

fireworks on the beach in Mexico Beach, Florida

July 4th Best Blast on the Beach

July 4, 2020

Come celebrate the 4th of July in Mexico Beach with our Best Blast on the Beach. 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. Make your plans now to come enjoy the show. If you’re looking for a place to stay, be sure to check out our lodging partners, by clicking here.

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 take off the beach when you leave for the day. We appreciate everyone doing their part in keep our sandy shores pristine and enjoyable.

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