July 9 –13 Bay Point Invitational Billfish Tournament – Get those rods and reels ready for the Gulf’s premiere invitational tournament. In 2001, Conrad Hawkins, aboard the Lucky 2, set a new Florida record with a 1,046 pound Blue Marlin in this tournament. Who knows what contestants will reel in this year.
Location: Bay Point Marina, Panama City Beach, Fla.
Info: 850.233.1633 or www.baypointbillfish.com

August 20 – 24 Grand Lagoon National Saltwater Fishing Tournament – Poised to become one of the nation’s largest, most inclusive sport-fishing tournaments, the Grand Lagoon National boasts six competitive divisions at four marinas for a $1 million purse. More than 400 boats and 2,000 anglers from across the country are expected.
Location: The Grand Lagoon, Panama City Beach, Fla.
Info: 850.522.0955 or www.grandlagoonnational.com

September 23 – 28 Thunder Beach Fall Motorcycle Rally – Bikes galore! Thunder Beach draws tens of thousands of bikers and their families from across the country. A weekend of motorcycle fun with concerts, custom bike show, bike parade and Poker Run.
Location: Panama City Beach, Fla.
Info: 850.249.7627 or www.thunderbeachproductions.com

October 3 – 5 Super Boat Florida/National Championship – It’s adrenaline on emerald-green seas with the culmination of the Super Boat Grand Prix national series. With boat parades, awards, parties and more, it’s an action-packed weekend for the entire family.
Location: Frank Brown Park
16200 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, Fla.
Info: 305.296.6166 or www.superboat.com

October 8-11  Indian Summer Seafood Festival – One of the Southeast’s largest festivals, showcasing the region’s bounty of arts, crafts and tasty local cuisine. Highlights include nationally renowned musicians performing on two stages during three days.
Location: Frank Brown Park
16200 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, Fla

October 24 – 26 Southeastern Blues & BBQ Festival – It’s a finger lickin’ good time as barbeque teams from across the country compete to qualify for the World Championship Barbeque Contest in Memphis, Tenn. Enjoy blues music, children's activities, carnival rides and more.
Location: Carl Gray Park
Panama City, Fla.
Info: 850.784.9542 or www.emeraldcoastevents.org

November 1 Ironman Florida Triathlon – Qualifying event for Ironman World Championship.
Location: Boardwalk Beach Resort, 9450 S. Thomas Dr
Panama City Beach, Fla.
Info: 850.234.3484 or www.ironmanflorida.com

November 3 – 8 Emerald Coast Cruizin’ Event – Calling all car and hot rod enthusiasts: This classic car and hot rod show has a vendor marketplace, swap meet, music and prizes.
Location: Frank Brown Park, 16200 Panama City Beach Parkway Panama City Beach, Fla.
Info: 888.299.7892 or www.emeraldcoastcruizin.com

November 6 – 9 Holly Fair – Unwrap plenty of holiday cheer at this unique shopping and entertainment extravaganza. Unique merchandise from around the country, with live entertainment featuring the sights and sounds of local choirs, ensembles, dance groups and bands.
Location: Boardwalk Beach Resort
9450 S. Thomas Dr
Panama City Beach, Fla.
Info: 850.785.7870 or www.jslpanamacity.org

December 13 22nd Annual Boat Parade of Lights – St. Andrews Bay sets the stage for a magical celebration at sea as boats of all shapes and sizes dress up in grand style for this festival of twinkling lights.
Location: St. Andrews Marina
Panama City, Fla.
Info: 850.872.7208 or www.historicstandrews.com

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Hot Happennings in Panama City Beach 2008