Luke's Last Spring Break?
Luke Bryan will return for his seventh - and reportedly his last - free Spring Break concert dates this year. The all-ages shows will be March 11 and 12 at Spinnaker Beach Club, and will coincide with the release of Bryan's last Spring Break album, "Checkin' Out."
2015 Seabreeze lineup
The Seabreeze Jazz Festival returns to Panama City Beach on April 22-26 with live performances at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in Pier Park. Award-winning Canadian guitarist Rob Tardik was just added. Artists to appear also include Brian Culbertson, George Benson, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau, Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Down To The Bone, Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers, Acoustic Alchemy, Euge Groove, The Sax Pack 10th Anniversary feat with Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Kim Waters, The Rippingtons feat with Russ Freeman, Chuck Loeb, Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Ken Ford, Eric Darius, Four 80 East, Althea Rene, Josh Vietti, Matt Marshak, Chris Standring, Marcus Anderson, Urban Jazz Coalition, Ryan Montano and more to come! Get tickets!
More to celebrate
Jae's Sinful Delights Bakery and Cake Shop's grand opening is April 30 at the Shoppes at Edgewater, 539 Richard Jackson Blvd, in Panama City Beach. Chef Owner Jae Camino's signature menu includes Red Beet Velvet Cupcakes, Mojito Cupcakes, Brazilian Coconut Truffles and Gluten-free German Chocolate Cake.
Gulf Coast Salute Returns
After a three-year break, Tyndall Air Force Base will once again host the Gulf Coast Salute 2015 Air Show and Open House, April 11 and 12, 2015. The event will be highlighted by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds' graceful and jaw-dropping aerial maneuvers, joined by the U.S. Army Golden Knights. Numerous other ground displays and aerial attractions, food, games and more will be on-site. Details will follow as the Air Force releases information.
Heart tickets go on sale
The Wilson sisters and their band, better known as Heart, will perform live at the Marina Civic Center in Panama City Feb. 27, 2015. Advance tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 19, through promoter Hess Entertainment.
Free Community Day
Northstar Church is partnering with Miracle Strip Amusement Park
for free Community Day from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 20. Admission and rides at Miracle Strip will be free to the public, and everyone is welcome.
Seabreeze Winery Closing
After more than a decade of crafting muscadine wine, SeaBreeze Winery has corked its last bottle. Owner Lynn Webb announced plans to retire and close the county's only winery on Dec. 31. SeaBreeze opened in Panama City Beach in July 2003.
Tony Bennett Tickets
Tony Bennett, the 17-time Grammy Award-winning crooner, will appear at the Marina Civic Center in February. Tickets start at $50 and premium sales ($100-$130) are under way through the promoter, Hess Entertainment.
Mia, a 9-year-old Bottlenose Dolphin, gave birth to a baby at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Gulf World Marine Park. This baby is Gulf World's first attempt at artificial insemination.
The eighth annual Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach - the world's first projection art festival on Scenic Highway 30A - will take place over three summer evenings beginning Thursday, June 4, through Saturday, June 6. Tickets for Digital Graffiti, named one of the must-not miss "52 Amazing Weekends" by Florida Travel and Life magazine, will go on sale in March at DigitalGraffiti.com.
Award of Excellence
Fish Out of Water, a Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award winning-restaurant at WaterColor Inn and Resort, has received the 2014 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. On Aug. 19 in celebration of receiving the award, Fish Out of Water is offering a complimentary glass of select wine with each entree purchased when guests mention the award.
Certified for Good Works
Amavida Coffee & Tea has been recognized as a "B Corporation," for its high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Fewer than 1,000 companies in 32 countries have achieved the ranking. Specializing in organic and fair trade coffee, the company has an import and roasting operation in Panama City Beach and cafes in Panama City, Rosemary Beach and Seaside.
USA TODAY lists Panama City Beach as one of the best places to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico.
Best Beach on Earth?
The readers of Travel+Leisure magazine voted Seaside one of the best beaches on the planet, ranking the original "new urbanist" community on Scenic 30A as No. 1 for families.