If you own Panama City Beach real estate, or are vacationing there to wind up the summer on Labor Day Weekend, there will be plenty to do to celebrate the holiday.
Hands down the biggest event going on is the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Sept. 2-4, 2016, at Frank Brown Park. The country music festival featuring national acts: Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, The Band Perry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Granger Smith, Sara Evans, Tyler Farr, A Thousand Horses, Charles Esten, Neal McCoy, Mark Chestnut, Colt Ford, Darryl Worley, Dylan Scott, Craig Campbell, Kristie Lovelady, Galfriday Band, Chris Cavanaugh, and Them Dirty Roses. Tickets are for the whole event; no single days are sold.
Another cool event taking place Sept. 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. is Friday Fest. This is the biggest street festival in Bay County. It features more than 200 show cars, about 50 vendors, and live music performances. The fun is spread along four blocks of Harrison Avenue in downtown Panama City. The eateries and stores there stay open late, giving you a chance to eat and shop while you have fun. Some 10,000 people usually turn out for Friday Fest over in downtown Carillon Beach, there’s a free concert called Groovin’ on the Green. The band Raised on the Radio will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. They will sing current hits from artists such as Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Cee Low Green, Gavin Degraw, My Chemical Romance, and One Republic, and perform classic selections from artists such as Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac, Hall and Oates, Kool and the Gang, and Tears for Fears. Concessions will be sold at the event.
If organized events aren’t your style, you can still head outdoors to enjoy the local beaches and parks for one last summer hurrah. St. Andrews State Park is a perfect place to take your family for a day trip or a weekend of camping. There is more than a mile and a half of beaches on the Grand Lagoon and the Gulf of Mexico. There is plenty of opportunity for fishing and bird watching. And you can enjoy the water by splashing around, paddle boarding, or kayaking. The shaded picnic area is a perfect spot for meals. And the campground is friendly to tents and RVs. Snacks, souvenirs, and fishing supplies are all for sale.