Inaugural Events 2016


Scottish Festival & Highland Games – Panama City Beach – March 5.  The family friendly event celebrates Scotch-Irish culture, raises funds for charity, and showcases traditional Celtic games and food. The event will be held at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater. 

Inaugural Spring JamPanama City Beach – April 7-9.  Including headliners Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett and Chris Young, among more than 15 performing acts. The event will be held at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, steps from the beach and adjacent to Pier Park in Panama City Beach.

Inaugural Jeep Beach Jam – Aaron Bessant Park – May 11-15. Just steps from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, thousands of Jeep owners and enthusiasts will gather for 5 days of family-friendly fun, sun, music and Jeeps. 

Inaugural Nashville Songwriters Tour – Panama City Beach – April 9 and May 20. Audiences at this free event will get to meet and listen to Nashville songwriters as they perform a 2 hour show on the beachside deck of the Boardwalk Beach Resort Condominium.

Battle at the Beach Police Rodeo – August 4-6.

Sand & Sass Ladies Rally – Panama City Beach – August 18-20.


Sandtastic WeekendsLake Buena Vista – For the first time, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort will host Sandtastic Weekends on August 26-28 and September 2-4. Open to both resort guests and the public, the event will feature activities for all ages, with the highlight being 100 tons of intricately sculpted sand art designed by award-winning world-class sculptors from Team Sandtastic and constructed right on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s private beach.

First Annual ShrimpFest FestivalIndian River County – February 2016. ShrimpFest will feature Fresh from Florida succulent shrimp grown locally by Florida Organic Aquaculture,LLC at their sustainable, land-based farm in Fellsmere. Select restaurants throughout Indian River County will each prepare a mouth-watering recipe, and festival attendees can enjoy full meals or sample each dish to vote for their favorite!

Inaugural Stella Artois Florida Cheese Festival – DeLand – April 16. Cheese lovers, rejoice! A new can’t-miss event is coming soon to Florida. The city of DeLand will host the inaugural Stella Artois Florida Cheese Festival, Saturday, April 16. This first-time festival will include over 35 varieties of cheese for fromage lovers to savor and sample.

Non-Stop JetBlue Flight from New York City (JFK) to Daytona Beach (DAB) – January 2016.

Orlando Pride – Orlando – 2016. Orlando City Soccer Club and National Women’s Soccer League announced an exciting addition to Orlando’s sports teams: a women’s soccer team called the Orlando Pride. In 2016, the Orlando Pride will play at the Orlando Citrus Bowl, but will transition to the new stadium when it’s completed next year.


Florida Panther Festival – Naples Zoo – November 5. In November, the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens will present the Florida Panther Festival with special presentations, children’s activities and a panther-themed hike.