Pirates of the High Seas Fest

Columbus Day weekend will bring a wave of mischief and fun-filled adventures to Panama City Beach with The Fun Never Sets Pirates of the High Seas Fest. Taking place September 30 – October 7 throughout PCB, the festival will include an ensemble of parades, sword-swinging showdowns and dueling fireworks display.

Below is a basic outline of events. More details TBA.

Sunday, September 30-October 5

Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, October 4

7:00 p.m. Pirate Libation Party

Friday, October 5

6:00 p.m. Pirate and Wench (Adults) Costume Contest, Stage in Pier Park

6:20 p.m. Pet Costume Contest, Stage in Pier Park

7:00 p.m. Second Line Parade, Starts at Back Porch

8:00 p.m. Beach Ball Drop, Pier Park Drive

8:05 p.m. Live Music, Stage in Pier Park

Saturday, October 6

8:00 a.m. 5K, Half Marathon, Fun Run (Girl’s Inc.), Aaron Bessant Park

12:00 p.m. Children’s Costume Contest, Stage in Pier Park

12:00 p.m. Children’s Activities, BOOKIT.com Beach – Treasure Hunt, Balloons, Caricatures, Magic, Face painting, and Crafts

4:00 p.m. Sea Battle, Beach at City Pier (E to W)

4:30 p.m. Pirate Invasion, Beach at City Pier

4:30 p.m.Children’s Parade Embarkation, City Pier to Ride Floats (Children must be dressed as a pirate or wench and accompanied by an adult)

4:45 p.m. Children’s Parade, Pier Park Drive

6:30 p.m. Pirates of the High Seas Main Parade, Pier Park Drive

10:00 p.m. Dueling Fireworks, M.B. Miller & Russell-Fields Pier

Sunday, October 7

10:00 a.m. Pirate Brunch, Ocean’s Restaurant

Fall Fishing Challenge

Free Weekend Fishing Tournament

$7,500 Total Prize Purse for City Pier vs. County Pier Challenges, Oct 5, 2012 – November 4, 2012

The M.B. Miller Pier (County Pier) and the Russell Fields Pier (City Pier) are twin piers, both of which are prized as prime fishing spots for anglers of all ages. Extending more than 1,500 feet into the calm waters, the piers are two of the longest on the Gulf Coast. Rod rentals and tackle available on site.


Each weekend beginning at midnight Friday morning through Sunday at 5 p.m. anglers can compete in the challenge which includes 4 species: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder & Pompano.** A winner at each pier will be awarded in each fish category every weekend. A total of $1,200 in prizes will be awarded each weekend. A $250 prize will be awarded to the overall winner who catches the heaviest fish between the two piers in each of the four categories during the 2012 Fishing Challenge. Winners of the Children’s Division who catch the largest fish each weekend will receive a $50 gift card. Children’s Division is open to kids 12 years of age and under. Children must hook the fish and actively participate in reeling in the fish.  Children’s winner will be the heaviest overall fish between all categories.


Weigh-ins will take place at each pier with the weekend winners announced on Sunday at 5 p.m. No tournament entry fee; however, contestants must pay the standard pier fishing fee or have an annual pass in their name.


** Fish caught must meet the FWC limits to be weighed.  Upon weigh-in the fish tails will be cut.

M.B. County Pier 850-236-3035
12213 Front Beach Rd.
Russel Fields City Pier 850-233-5080
16101 Front Beach Rd.

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