Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival Brings Fun for Everyone Oct 17-18

September 28, 2014 by SoWal Staff

With some of the biggest names in country and rock music and the area’s best seafood restaurants bringing so much to the table already, it’s no doubt that the 2014 Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival will be a blast for all ages. The fun doesn’t end there; the festival also includes a whole lineup of waterfront and fishing activities at Capt. Anderson’s Marina, kids’ activities, a 5K run and more!
“We are excited about this year’s lineup of activities,” said Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, Lance Allison. “Awareness of our local fishing heritage and businesses such as Capt. Anderson’s, as well as waterfront fishing opportunities for locals and visitors are key components to the PCB Seafood and Music Festival. This year’s event is going to be great for kids and adults, as there will be educational opportunities, kids’ fishing, and a free fishing tournament. There is something for everyone to enjoy!”
The main event takes place October 17 and 18, 2014, with classic favorites Blues Traveler, Foghat and the Outlaws on Friday evening and headliner The Band Perry on Saturday night. Other performances include the Dylan Altman Blues Band, Heritage, Little Honey, the Andy Velo Band, the Dave Pahanish Band, the Adam Craig Band and Josh Thompson. General admission, VIP and preferred seating tickets are on sale now.  

Friday, Oct. 17
4:00 p.m. | Festival Opens
4:30 p.m. | Dylan Altman Blues Band
6:00 p.m. | Foghat
7:45 p.m. | The Outlaws
9:30 p.m. | Blues Traveler
11:00 p.m.| Festival Closes
Saturday, Oct. 18
8:30 a.m. | 5K Run
12:00 p.m. | Festival Opens
2:00 p.m. | Heritage
3:15 p.m. | Little Honey
4:30 p.m. | Andy Velo
5:45 p.m. | Dave Pahanish Band
7:00 p.m. | Adam Craig Band
8:00 p.m. | Josh Thompson
9:30 p.m. | The Band Perry
11:00 p.m.| Festival Closes

The Seafood and Music Festival has once again teamed up with local fishing experts at Capt. Anderson’s Marina to bring a host of exciting free waterfront activities for all ages the weekend before the festival. The following will take place October 10 and 11:
PCB Seafood & Music Festival Waterfront Activities Schedule
Friday, Oct. 10
1pm-5pm | Kids Fishing Clinic & Dockside Fishing Experience - FREE
Several stations are set up to teach all aspects of fishing, from knot tying to baiting hooks, and learning about keeping the waterways and ecosystem clean.  Then there are 10 additional stations along the dock under the Grand Lagoon bridge where the kids actually go fishing! All gear, bait and instruction provided for 15 minute intervals. 
Bay County Fishing Heritage Exhibition - FREE
You won’t want to miss any of the fun and adventure found throughout the waterfront tent area including “Old Salts” Storytelling, Gill net/Seine net demonstration, Diving History, Rod Tying demonstration, Historical Pictures w/Educational displays, Patronis Elementary School “Fish Art” exhibition, Capt. Anderson’s “PC Marina to PCB Grand Lagoon” History
KIDS Waterfront Activities - FREE
Crab races, Fighting Chair Pull, Face Painting, Shell Painting, Fish Prints, Treasure Hunt, and more!
Waterfront Market & Anderson’s Seafood Market
Crafts & Activities for all ages, Fresh Seafood & Accompaniments available for purchase to eat there or take home!
Saturday, Oct. 11
12am-6pm | Grand Lagoon Fishing Classic - FREE
A true Rod & Reel fishing tournament for all. No entry fee!  Fishing can be done by boat, land, pier or jetty.  Anglers weigh up to three fish and the top ten combined weights take the winning spots.  Weigh-in from Noon – 6pm. Prizes will be awarded on Saturday, Oct 18, at the PCB Seafood & Music Festival at Aaron Bessant Park.  
12pm–6pm | Bay County Fishing Heritage Exhibition - FREE
Historical Pictures w/Educational displays, Patronis Elementary School “Fish Art” exhibition, Capt. Anderson’s “PC Marina to PCB Grand Lagoon” History.Bay County Fishing Heritage exhibition
“One thing that’s new this year is that our tournament is called the Grand Lagoon Fishing Classic,” said Michelle Gerth, associate manager at Capt. Anderson’s Marina. “A lot of fish species had their seasons cut short this fall. Since we have a lack of ‘big’ fish to shoot for, there are a dozen listed fish species available during that time that anglers can weigh in—up to three fish each for a combined weight. The winners will get tickets to the seafood festival the next weekend.”
October is the perfect time of year for a 5K, with cool breezes and beautiful weather along the coast. The Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival 5K weaves through Pier Park outdoor shopping center with the Start/Finish at Aaron Bessant Park. The race begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, and all ages are welcome! Run or walk the course and later indulge in fresh Florida seafood and live music.
Strollers are welcome, but please leave pets at home. All participants will receive a finisher’s medal and T-shirt. Awards will go to Overall Male/Female; first, second and third places; Overall Male/Female Masters; and first place in each age group ranging from 14 and under to 65-plus in five-year increments. Register now for $30 at Race-day registration and package pickup will be available beginning at 6:30 a.m.
For the schedule of events, more information and the most up-to-date news about the Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival, visit, like Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival on Facebook, or follow @seafoodfestpcb on Twitter.
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