Bay County Chamber of Commerce

Bay County Chamber of Commerce

235 West 5th Street

Panama City, FL 32401


Phone: 850.785.5206

Fax: 850.763.6229






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Community calendar postings limited to Bay County Chamber of Commerce business and non-profit members and fliers may be posted with the listing. Future member non-profits are limited to postings only, no flier.


Local Farmers Markets
03/18/2016 to 12/31/2016

Bay County Farmers Market - Central Panhandle/Bay County Fairgrounds

2230 East 15th Street, Panama City   (850-769-2645)


St. Andrews Waterfront Farmers Market

1201 Beck Avenue, Panama City   (850-872-7208)


Grand Lagoon Waterfront Farmers Market

5551 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach


Lynn Haven Farmers Market at Sharon Sheffield Park

901 Ohio Avenue (Hwy 77), Lynn Haven  (850-265-2121)


Location: See above

Contact Number: See above


Summer Aquatics Program at GCSC
04/27/2016 to 08/01/2016

Gulf Coast State College will be holding several aquatics programs throughout the summer at the GCSC pool beginning May 11.  Courses available include:

Fitness Swim (lap swimming)

Open Water SCUBA

Advanced SCUBA

Rescue Diver

Red Cross Swimming Lessons

Warm Water Exercise


Dates and times of each course vary; schedules can be viewed by CLICKING HERE to go to website.  For more information please call Carl Kleinschmidt.


Location: GCSC Aquatics Center, West Hwy 98, Panama City

Contact Number: 850-872-3832


Goodwill Industries Week - Open House/Job Fair
05/01/2016 to 05/07/2016


The Goodwill Career Campus Open Houses in your area will be held:

Panama City, Florida

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

10:00am – 12:00pm

Springfield Career Training Center

3207 E. 4th Street

Panama City, FL 32401

(850) 522-3900


Employers and Social Service Providers are invited to attend an Open House at our Career Campus Lab to learn about the 900 live classes and e-courses available to students seeking career training. Current fields of study include Lodging Guest Service, Housekeeping, Restaurant Guest Service, CPR/1st Aid, Certified Nursing Assistant, Microsoft Software, Adobe Software, Web Design, Programming, QuickBooks, Office Admin, Entrepreneurship, and GED Prep.



The 2016 Annual Career Fairs in your area will be held:


Panama City, Florida

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

10:00am – 1:00pm

Goodwill Career Training Center

2520 West 23rd Street

Panama City, FL

(850) 785-5083


These events are absolutely FREE. Be ready to network with local employers and agencies and apply and interview for jobs!

Be prepared, as many employers will be hiring and interviewing on the spot. Bring your resume, photo ID, and Social Security Card or Birth Certificate, and be ready to complete job applications. Dress for success!



Location: See above

Contact Number: See above



Columbus Ships visit Panama City
05/04/2016 to 05/11/2016


On Wednesday, May 4th at 10:00 a.m., the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will arrive in Panama City. The ships will be docked at the Panama City Municipal Marina, 1 Harrison Avenue, until their departure early Wednesday morning May 11th.  


The media are invited to a private viewing of the ships after docking on Wednesday, May 4th. The ships open to the general public Friday, May 6th. The Nina was built by hand and without the use of power tools and is considered to be the most historically correct Columbus Replica ever built. The ‘Pinta’ was recently built in Brazil and is a larger version of the archetypal caravel.   Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.



While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and $6.00 for students 5 – 16.    Children 4 and under are Free. The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.    No reservations necessary.



Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call  787 672 2152 or visit our website, click on ‘Take a Tour’ and fill out online form.   Minimum of 15. $5.00 per person. No Maximum. Email


Location: Panama City Marina, south end Harrison Avenue

Contact Number: See above



So You Think You Know Bay County's R.E. Market?

02:30 pm - 04:00 pm


Have some fun testing your knowledge against your peers. Bring your internet enabled device to join in and submit your answers during the live game. Think of a silly nickname to represent you on the leaderboard. The faster you answer, the more points you get. There will be plenty of sweets to get everyone buzzing. Highest points and best nickname take the prizes.   CLICK HERE to read blog on real estate study.




Details:  Christina Durta,, 850-340-0581 by 4/24/16




Location: Bay County Chamber Boardroom, 235 West 5th St., Panama City

Contact Number: 850-340-0581



FRIDAY FEST in downtown Panama City
05/06/2016 to 11/04/2016

“Friday Fest” is held the first Friday of each month from March through November ...


and offers unique retail booths, great food, extended store hours, classic car displays, children’s activities, and best of all, family-friendly live bands that will have the entire family grooving to the beat on the street.


The hub of activity takes place in the 200, 300, 400 and 500 blocks of Harrison Avenue. All areas will be closed to vehicular traffic.  FOUR stages will be set up, one at the intersection of Harrison and 6th Street, Harrison and 5th Street, Harrison and 4th, and in front of Trigo.



For more information please contact John Carbullido or go to


Location: 200-600 blocks of Harrison Avenue, Panama City

Contact Number: 850-785-2554


FREE Skin Cancer Screening

01:00 am - 01:00 am


Dermatology Specialists of Florida  - Jon Ward, MD, Board-Certified Dermatologist  and  Michael Stickler, MD, Board-Certified Dermatologist


2505 Harrison Ave., Panama City, FL 32405  and    12907 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL 32407


Friday, May 6th - By Appointment - Call to schedule your appointment 850-233-3376 (for any adult who has not had their skin screened in the past 12 months)


Dermatology Specialists of Florida has joined the fight against skin cancer by offering free and potentially life-saving skin cancer screenings at eight of its Florida locations between Monday, May 2nd and Friday, May 6th for any adult who has not had their skin screened in the past 12 months. To find the nearest participating location and schedule a screening, please call 877-231-3376(DERM).



Location: See above for locations

Contact Number: By Appointment - call 850-233-3376


NW FL Sea Perch Competition (Robotics)

10:00 am - 04:00 pm


Gulf Coast State College is hosting the inaugural Northwest Florida Sea Perch Competition at the main campus pool. The Sea Perch program is an innovative robotics program where students work together to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) called a Sea Perch.



The competition will consist of nearly 90 teams from Escambia to Bay counties where students will race their Sea Perches against each other through a number of underwater obstacles. The Sea Perch kits were provided to area schools by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach as a way to actively engage students by infusing the technology into schools within the region. ERAU is partnering with Gulf Coast with a 2+2 Unmanned Vehicle System (UVS) degree program which begins this August.



Sea Perch competition details

  • Date: Friday, May 6

  • Time: 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

  • Location: GCSC Pool, Panama City Campus


    For more information, please contact Al McCambry at (850) 769-1551 ext. 3814 or He will also be the media point of contact during the event.


Location: GCSC Main Campus Pool

Contact Number: 850-169-1551 ext. 3814


Mommy & Me Cupcake Decorating Class

01:00 pm - 03:00 pm

We are very excited to host our first ever Mommy & Me Cupcake Decorating Class in honor of Mother’s Day.


Come spend quality time with your little (or not so little!) one, and decorate some cupcakes! At the end of the 2 hour event, you get to bring home delicious, decorated cupcakes, and the kit you used to decorate them!


Every child must have an adult with them during the entire event to help assist. The cost is $36.87, which includes all supplies, cupcakes, and a fun experience. Each “Mommy & Me Pair” will receive 6 cupcakes to decorate.


Please register and pay ...  CLICK HERE TO GO REGISTER. The event will be held in center court. We look forward to seeing you here! *MUST PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE!!


Location: Panama City Mall

Contact Number: 8507693659



Parade Of Homes
05/08/2016 to 05/15/2016

12:00 pm - 06:00 pm

2016 Parade of Homes in Bay County is May 8-15.


For more information CLICK HERE to go to website for Bay Building Industries Association.


Location: See above

Contact Number: See above



Realtor Luncheon

11:00 am - 01:00 pm

Save the date!


Visit D.R. Horton's new Express Homes community in Panama City for our agent Open House featuring the Cali model. Lunch is on us! 


RSVP to Stephanie Roorda, community sales representative, at 850-640-4349. RSVP's are appreciated but not required. 


Address: 7166 Riverbrooke St, Panama City, FL 32404 Facebook invitation link:


Location: Barrett's Park at Olde Towne Village

Contact Number: 484-538-3541



April 2016 Hogs & Grogs Downtown

The 2nd Thursday of every month from 6-9pm (April-September) join your motorcycle friends and come downtown for some ice cold 'grog' and hanging out with other bike enthusiasts during the Hogs & Grogs event.   


Details:  Call Panama City Downtown Improvement Board.


Location: Downtown on Harrison Ave, Panama City

Contact Number: 850-785-2554


GCSC 2016 Summer Theatre
05/12/2016 to 06/28/2016


Gulf Coast State College’s Division of Visual & Performing Arts is excited to announce the GCSC 2016 Summer Theatre Project: New Student Orientation.


During this six-week course students will create original material to be presented as part of this summer’s on-campus new student orientation. The course will be taught by Jason Hedden, Chair of Visual & Performing Arts.


Current, dual enrolled and future students with an interest in acting, improv, music, entrepreneurship, digital media, technical theatre, creative writing, storytelling, dance, gymnastics, extreme sports, puppetry, engineering, photography, videography, choreography, radio, design, costuming, sound recording, visual art, marketing or any other creative technology-based field are encouraged to apply. Financial assistance is available to eligible individuals.


Classes will be held May 12 – June 28 and will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., with three additional meetings on July 12, 26 and 28.


If you would like to participate in the class or have questions regarding the project, please contact Jason Hedden at or 872-3887.


Location: GCSC, West Hwy 98, Panama City

Contact Number: 850-872-3887 Jason Hedden


5th Annual Lion Tamer Dive Tournament
05/14/2016 to 05/15/2016

05:00 am - 04:00 pm

Dive Tournament to promote awareness of lion fish affects on the environment. Prizes for largest, smallest, and most lion fish caught.


Applications available at Diver's Den and at Safety meeting May 13 at 6pm at Diver's Den 3120 Thomas Drive


Location: Captain Anderson's Marina

Contact Number: 850-234-8717



Under the Sea Day - A Military Appreciation Event

10:00 am - 03:00 pm

Booz Allen Hamilton presents Under the Sea Day - a Military Appreciation Event.


Free for military families- $5 per person all others.


Join us for crafts, experiments, prizes and snacks. Activities will include the NOAA touch tank and a treasure hunt. Dress as a pirate or mermaid to add to the fun!


CLICK on ATTACHMENT for more information or CLICK HERE to go to WEBSITE.


Location: Science and Discovery Center of NW FL

Contact Number: 8507696128



3 on 3 Outdoor Basketball Tournament

04:30 pm - 08:30 pm

Panhandle Athletics is hosting a 3 on 3 hoop action and 3 point contest.


Single player and team registration signups are online CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or in the food court April 16th and 23rd. Ages 10-17 and adults 18+ are welcome to sign up.


For more info, call (850) 381-5205


Location: Panama City Mall

Contact Number: (850) 769-3659 ext. 227



5th Annual Lion Tamer Family Fun Day

01:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Family Fun Day in conjunction with the Lion Tamer Dive Tournament. SEE ATTACHMENT for details.


Vendors, fun & games, arts & crafts for the kids, exhibits, lion fish cook-off with 3 local chefs, cooking and handling lion fish demonstrations.


Dive tournament weigh-in at 4p


Location: Captain Anderson's Marina

Contact Number: 850- 234-8717



EMPLOYERS - TownHall Meeting @ GC CareerSource
05/16/2016 to 05/17/2016


DEO (Dept. of Economic Opportunity) will be at the CareerSource Gulf Coast on May 16 and 17 at 9am for a Town Hall Meeting.  This meeting is for employers and will discuss topics related to unemployment compensation including the CONNECT system and short term compensation.


A DEO representative will be discussing change in requirements and showing employers how to use the CONNECT system.


For complete details, please CLICK ON ATTACHMENT. 


If interested in attending, please RSVP by email.  (The meeting is the same both days so you can just pick one date… .It will last about 2 hours)




Location: 625 Hwy 231 (@ Wilson), Panama City

Contact Number: 850-872-4340 ext. 160 or



BIKE NIGHT 3rd Thursday @ Harley-Davidson

06:00 pm - 09:00 pm


Don't miss our BIKE NIGHT on Thursday, May 19th from 6-9PM. BIKE SHOW with “custom made” trophies from actual motorcycle parts! (Categories include: Best Harley, Best Trike, Best Chopper, Best Antique/Classic, and Best Metric.)W


e will also have the BIKER GAMES including the "Weenie Bite Contest" along with other games which were a blast last time; with Harley-Davidson prizes for the winners! 


Live music by 1984 A Tribute to Van Halen, food by Sandbar, beer, and many charities and local businesses to check out in our Vendor Village. The Harley Girls will be shooting free t-shirts out of the t-shirt gun to our guests!


Come and join us for this AWESOME event!!!    SEE ATTACHMENT FOR DETAILS


Location: 14700 PCB Parkway, Panama City Beach

Contact Number: 888-328-0976



Annual Spring Classic Golf Tournament

Bay County Chamber of Commerce's annual Spring Classic Golf Tournament at Bay Point Golf Resort on Panama City Beach.  


Registration and Lunch at 12:00 NOON with Shotgun start at 1:00pm.  


Sponsorship opportunities still available - contact Elizabeth Smith for information.   Current sponsors include:


COMCAST Business

TECO Peoples Gas

Destination Panama City


Bill Cramer Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC

Panama City Beach Convention/Visitors Bureau 


CLICK ON ATTACHMENT for details and registration.


For more information call Elizabeth Smith.       


Location: Bay Point Golf Resort, Jan Cooley Dr, Panama City Beach

Contact Number: 850-215-3761 or



Women's Work-Life Symposium

07:30 am - 03:30 pm

Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce and Emerald Coast Hospice invite you to the 7th Annual Women's Work-Life Symposium at FSU PC Hollely Academic Center on Friday, May 20th, from 7:30am to 3:30pm with cocktails to follow. 


CLICK HERE to register or get more information.


Location: FSU PC Holley Academic Ctr, Collegiate Dr, Panama City

Contact Number: 850-235-1159


Hurricane Preparedness Day

10:00 am - 02:00 pm

Join us to learn more about how you and your community can prepare for a hurricane!


There will be demonstrations, interactive activities and giveaways! Presented by the Northwest Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross, Bay County Emergency Management, Panama City Mall, and Bay County Medical Reserve Corps.


For more information, please call the Red Cross at (850) 763-6587.


Location: Panama City Mall

Contact Number: (850) 763-6587



1st Annual Blindfolded Regatta



Panama City Lions Club will be holding is first annual Blindfolded Regatta at the  Panama City Marina (southern end of Harrison Avenue in downtown Panama City) Memorial Day weekend on May 28.  Teams will compete with one blindfolded person rowing a 'dingy' (kayak) in the water while another person riding along directs the way.  


Entries are only $25 and you can create your own 'dingy' or use one provided by the Panama City Marina.  Local media, banks, attorneys and even charities will be competing as we challenge our fellow civic organizations to ratce the Lions Club team.  Public officials are encouraged to attend.


Contact Al Sauline, President of Panama City Lions Club, or Captain Stan Jones, Panama City Marine Director, for more information.


Location: Panama City Marina, south end Harrison Avenue, downtown

Contact Number: 850-215-0628 (Al) or 850-872-7272 (Capt. Stan)


Memorial Day - Chamber/Schools/Government Closed

Bay County Government offices, District Schools and Bay County Chamber of Commerce closed in observance of Memorial Day. 


Location: Bay County

Contact Number: See above


Memorial Day Ceremony @ Kent-Forest Lawn Cemetery


At 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30 the Bay County Veterans Council and the Bay County Board of County Commissioners will host the annual Memorial Day observance at Kent Forest Lawn Cemetery, located at 2403 Harrison Ave., Panama City.  

The ceremony is a tribute to the men and women who have served our great nation and have given their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy.


Bill Gobat, Lt. Col., USMC (Ret.) will serve as the Master of Ceremonies and the guest speaker will be Bay County Commission Chairman Mike Nelson.  


For more information call Bay County Information Officer (850) 248-8170 or email at


Location: 2403 Harrison Ave. (just north of 23rd St) Panama City

Contact Number: 850-248-8170


Golf Tournament Benefitting St. Andrew Bay Center

Lynn Haven Rotary presents 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Panama Country Club in Lynn Haven with proceeds benefitting St. Andrew Bay Center.  Four man scramble format with 7:30am registration and 8:00AM shotgun start.   CLICK ON ATTACHMENT for details or call for more information.


Location: Panama Country Club in Lynn Haven

Contact Number: 850-814-6946



4th Annual Gopher Race



Panama City Lions Club presents annual Gopher (Tortoise, or 'turtle') races.  


Call for more information.


Location: TBA

Contact Number: 850-215-0628


2016 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam
09/02/2016 to 09/04/2016


A Country Music Festival in Panama City Beach, Florida – September 2-4, 2016 – three days and three nights of sensational Country on the Coast.


Brett Eldredge will open up for Brad Paisley on Friday, September 2. The Band Perry is scheduled to open up for Jake Owen on Saturday night. The festival closes with Lynyrd Skynyrd opening for Eric Church as the grand finale on Sunday night!


Also in the amazing lineup for year four of this festival is: Granger Smith ft. Earl Dibbles Jr. , Sara Evans, Tyler Farr, A Thousand Horses, Charles Esten of the ABC TV show Nashville, Neal McCoy, Mark Chesnutt, Darryl Worley, Colt Ford, Dylan Scott, Craig Campbell, Kirstie Lovelady, GalFriday Band, Chris Cavanaugh, and the Pepsi Southern Original Winner. 


Gates to the festival open at 2pm and artists begin playing at 2:30!   CLICK HERE to go to website for more details and tickets/packages.


You can shuttle over to Frank Brown Park from many of our Preferred Lodging Partner properties and JAM out to the star studded headline stage late into the night. Then you can enjoy the late night venues the beach has to offer or catch some shut-eye in your beachfront condo or hotel! Wake up to the sound of waves crashing on the beach and do it all over again…and then again.


Location: Panama City Beach

Contact Number: 415-581-3236



IAC Skeet Tournament

01:00 am - 01:00 am



During the month of September, the Bay County Chamber of Commerce will have a skeet tournament as one of many events of Industry Appreciation Celebration activities.  


For more information call Elizabeth Smith.


Location: TBA

Contact Number: 850-215-3761 or


Industry Appreciation Celebration Awards



For the month of September, the Bay County Chamber of Commerce will have an awards ceremony of Industry Appreciation Celebration recipients.  



For more information call Elizabeth Smith.


Location: TBA

Contact Number: 850-215-3761 or


Thunderbeach Fall Rally 2016
10/19/2016 to 10/23/2016




Location: Panama City Beach

Contact Number: 850-233-5070 or 1-800-722-3224


First Responder Appreciation Event



The Bay County Chamber of Commerce will hold a First Responder Appreciation event on this date.  Details forthcoming.  


For more information call Elizabeth Smith.


Location: TBA

Contact Number: 850-215-3761 or


Career Connections



The Bay County Chamber of Commerce will hold its Career Connections event.   Details will follow.  


For more information call Elizabeth Smith.


Location: TBA

Contact Number: 850-215-3761 or







Location: to be announced

Contact Number: 850-215-3761


Career Connections @ GCSC



Career Connections sponsored by Bay County Chamber of Commerce.  More details forthcoming.


Location: Gulf Coast State College (more to follow)

Contact Number: 850-215-3761 or


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

02:00 pm - 04:00 pm

The biggest Christmas experience of the year, direct from Russia, is a Panama City tradition… the original Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! “Knock Out!” Raves the New York Times.


Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. A must-see event, witness the world’s best dancers on stage at the Marina Civic Center!


Get your tickets before they sell out at Groups of 10 or more get the best seats at the best prices by calling 1-800-320-1733 or emailing .


Location: Marina Civic Center

Contact Number: 800-320-1733





The mission of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce is to create superior value for all chamber members large and small, cultivate economic and personal development, promote and protect a competitive system of business, be a community leader while embracing Bay County’s opportunities and challenges.


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