Fall at the beach is a magical time. The intense heat and busy summer season vanish and make way for relaxing strolls on the sand or bike rides along the coastal highway. The earth’s tilt allows sunsets to fall just right over the Gulf and cast dazzling hues of orange, pink, and purple across the sky. If you’re staying in one of our many affordable vacation rental homes, motels, inns, or campgrounds, the best views are just steps away.
Fun Fall Events for Everyone
Our locals cherish the fall months and hope you will too. Stop by to visit shops full of personality and fun finds—Frost Pottery Garden and Gift Shop, the Grove, About Beach, the Shell Shack, and many others—where you can browse while chatting with friendly local owners and operators who might just give you the inside scoop on the best spots to plant your beach chair or reel in the “big one” on a day of fishing. Seasoned charter captains at the Mexico Beach Marina are here to help with deep-sea expeditions, dolphin tours, sightseeing, and fishing licenses.
Scallop Season: June 27–September 24
Scallop Season for 2015 is open now and closes Thursday, September 24. Scallop season only lasts a few months, but during that time St. Joseph Bay draws visitors from all over seeking to fill their buckets with the succulent morsels. Catching them is easy and fun for the whole family! Create an unforgettable outing harvesting your feast for the night, and then enjoy your catch while watching a famous Mexico Beach sunset.
Learn more about scalloping here.
License-Free Days: September 5 & November 28
MBARA Kingfish Tournament: August 29
The Unforgettable Coast is known for having some of the best sportfishing in the world. Our warm Gulf waters are home to a variety of fish species: mackerel, grouper, kingfish, and many more. Charter a trip out into the Gulf or test your skills from the pier! License-free saltwater fishing days will take place September 5 and November 28 this season. For all your other fishing or licensing needs, visit the Mexico Beach Marina.
And, for competitive anglers, August 29 is the date of our biggest fishing event, the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association Kingfish Tournament. Join us in the chase for the “king” with competitions and cash prizes in both the Recreational and the Professional/Masters divisions.
Learn more or sign up at MBARA.org.
19th Annual Florida Scallop and Music Festival: October 2–3
This year’s event, held October 2–3 along beautiful St. Joseph Bay in Port St. Joe, Florida, will feature art and craft vendors, educational exhibits, a popular kids’ zone, and many great food vendors serving scallops and more. The entire family will enjoy a great time in beautiful George Core Park, home of the new Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Award-winning country music singer and songwriter Phil Vassar, known for “Just Another Day in Paradise” and many other favorites, will be headlining the event.
Learn more at ScallopFestFL.org.
Music & Festivals
Craving the sounds of a steel drum band or a country music twang? With weekly sunset concerts, music festivals, and more, Mexico Beach loves sharing the sounds of its local musicians just as much as sharing the sound of waves against the sand.
Music in the Park: Thursdays in September
Each September, Mexico Beach invites guests to Music in the Park, a free small concert series held in Sunset Park every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. The concerts feature some of our favorite local and regional performers. Bring the whole family along with your lawn chairs, coolers, and blankets for relaxing, fun evenings and great music—not to mention incredible sunsets!
Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival: October 15–18
One of our favorite local events, the Seventh Annual Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival, will take place October 15–18, 2015, at nearly a dozen local venues. Come enjoy free performances by talented musicians and songwriters direct from the streets of Nashville. Festival performances will consist of over 30 musicians who collectively have written hundreds of hit songs for performers such as Faith Hill, George Strait, Jason Aldean, and Garth Brooks. Many new faces will appear at this year’s event along with Blast on the Bay veterans returning for another great weekend of music and storytelling. This festival continues to deliver on the promise of an incredible time for anyone who appreciates great music!
Learn more at BlastontheBay.com.
Beach Blast Triathlon
Triathlon and Duathlon: September 12
For all you athletes, bring your family and friends to Mexico Beach for the USA Triathlon–sanctioned Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon. Taking place twice each year with a scenic course running along the beach, coastal highway, and trails from Port St. Joe to Mexico Beach and back, the Beach Blast is a great chance to compete on a relatively flat course—go for a new PR! The 2015 fall Beach Blast will be held September 12 with a celebration to follow.
Learn more or sign up at BeachBlastTriathlon.com.