Laketown Wharf is the place to be for candy, games, prizes and even a scavenger hunt on Halloween. All ghosts and goblins are invited to come dressed in their costumes to participate in the fun from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Laketown Wharf’s Boardwalk.
Laketown Wharf is home to the 2013 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb Fundraiser, which has become a favorite annual event in Panama City Beach. Panama City Beach Fire Rescue is hosting the event in memory of firefighters and first responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The public is invited to attend this event on Saturday, September 7. The climb consists of 110 flights of stairs (22 story building: 3 times up and 2 times down or you can climb up all 5 times) to duplicate the 110 stories of the World Trade Center Towers that the Emergency Responders had to climb that day. The climb begins at 8 a.m. and there will be a lunch/reception awards ceremony immediately following.
We’re offering a special for those who would like to participate in the climb and stay at Laketown Wharf! You can stay in one of our beautiful condos with rates starting at $79 a night.
Bridging the gulf between rock ‘n roll and classical music, the Panama City POPS Orchestra performs Windborne’s Music of The Eagles at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in beautiful Panama City Beach, Fla. on Saturday, September 14, 2013. The concert will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.
The performance is a perfect chance for concert-goers to experience their favorite Eagles’ songs backed by a full orchestra at Panama City Beach’s spectacular Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater.
Comprised of 65 musicians, The Panama City POPS Orchestra is well known for its dynamic performances of classical and current music. Backing rock musicians performing the music of the Eagles, the orchestra will be led by guest conductor Brent Havens and feature vocalists including Panama City Beach local Terry Brock (also a former vocalist for the rock band Kansas), Glenn Delaune (38 Special, Foghat, Kansas) and John Hines (The Hines Brother’s Band).
Locals and visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy an unforgettable evening of music under the stars. Chairs will be available for rent if you prefer. Coolers are not permitted, food and drink vendors will be on site.
Upgrade your experience at the V.I.P. tent! V.I.P. tickets include food and 2 premium beer or wine beverages. Tickets can be purchased on an individual basis or by tables. For more information, click here.
It was no secret to us that Panama City is one of the best beaches in the world! Now everyone else is aware now that Panama City Beach has been listed as on of the top beaches in the country. Valerie Garman with The News Herald wrote about the great honor:
By Valerie Garman / The News Herald
Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 17:46 PM.
PANAMA CITY BEACH — Bay County’s 27 miles of beaches are among the best in the world, according to a top beaches list released by CNN.
Panama City Beach landed at number 51 in the countdown of the top 100 beaches in the world, coming in as the highest ranked beach in the continental U.S. and the only beach in Florida to make the list.
“It just reinforces the position that Panama City Beach is truly a world-class beach destination,” said Dan Rowe, director of the Bay County Tourist Development Council. “Our beaches stack up with any beach on the planet, and it’s not just us saying that.”
Published on the CNN website last month, the list highlighted Panama City Beach’s blinding white sand, emerald waters, and the “retro charm” of places like Goofy Golf, a miniature golf institution on the beach since 1959.
CNN staff also highlighted the destination’s notoriety as spring break capital of the world, and pegged it as a place for “hard-core people watching” and “maybe a drink or two.”
Rowe said part of Panama City Beach’s successes as a tourist destination come from its broad appeal.
“We appeal to a wide variety of audiences,” Rowe said. “Everyone who comes here comes because it’s a real beach and they’re coming to have a lot of fun.”
The destination has also made an appearance on several other top lists from various travel media outlets.
In the last year, PCB has earned a spot on Yahoo Travel’s Top 10 Affordable Escapes for Winter, USA Today’s list of 20 Amazing American Beaches, Reader’s Digest’s Top 10 Places in the World to Swim and travel website 10 Best’s list of 10 Best U.S. Beaches.
Rowe said earning a spot on these lists gives the area more exposure and helps increase visitation.
“Through time, we have been consistently ranked as one of the best beaches anywhere,” he said. “It reintroduces us to people across the country. We want that consist message to get out there and encourage people who have never been here to come.”
Rowe said the TDC will also continue to tell the destination’s story through an aggressive marketing campaign.
“Our brand is ‘Real. Fun. Beach’, and we combine that whole package together,” Rowe said. “This is not prefabricated, it’s not homogenized. This is just a great beach town that is a lot of fun.”
Sterling Resorts’ Laketown Wharf property has been honored with TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence. This esteemed award recognizes hospitality superiority and is bestowed to TripAdvisor establishments that consistently receive outstanding customer reviews.
“We owe this award to our amazing staff,” notes General Manager, Gene Murphy. “I’m incredibly proud of the unified effort by all to serve our guests at the highest level – I believe it’s what sets us apart. It’s amazing to be recognized for our hard work and commitment.”
To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four out of five or higher as reviewed by TripAdvisor travelers within the previous 12 months. Among the more than 2.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions listed on the website, only 10 percent receive this elite distinction.
Managed by Sterling Resorts, the landmark Laketown Wharf is located in the heart of Panama City Beach just steps from the sand. Laketown’s spacious, one- to three-bedroom units are chock-full of amenities and feature full kitchens, flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, washer/dryer and private balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Five sprawling resort pools and a children’s aquatic playground make a splash with families. Other onsite amenities include the state-of-the-art fitness center and 52,000-square-foot boardwalk surrounding an immense freshwater lake with theatrical fountain displays nightly. For reservations please visit www.LaketownWharf.com or call 855-238-6946.
If you don’t have a vacation planned for July 4th, we’ve got the perfect one ready for you! We have great summer rates, our beautiful condominiums and the beach and pool to cool off in. On top of all that, there are several great Fourth of July events in Panama City Beach to make 2013 your most memorable summer yet.
On July 4th, Pier Park is hosting the Star Spangled Spectacular, the biggest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast. There will be a veteran’s celebration, live music from the POPS Orchestra and a spectacular fireworks display. The event is family friendly, free and open to the public.
Downtown Panama City is also hosting a July 4th celebration with live music, vendors, food and fireworks. This event takes place in historic downtown along the marina.
New this year, Pirates Cove Marina is hosting a July 4th Fireworks Sail. You can experience the local fireworks show from a Caribbean Catamaran cruising along the coast.
To plan your summer vacation with Laketown Wharf call us at 866-695-8734! We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns.
On Friday May 24, 2013 Hess Entertainment is proud to welcome the legendary ZZ TOP to Panama City Beach! Performing live in the brand new outdoor amphitheater at Aaron Bessant Park, “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” brings over 40 years of rock and roll to the Beach!
With Special Guests The Ben Miller Band and The Kevin Jacobs Band!
Tickets are on sale now: www.hessentertainment.net
Enjoy country music this fall with the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam! If you’ve never visited Panama City Beach in the fall, now is your chance to experience it. The mild weather makes for pleasant beach days and comfortable nights. From September 26-28, the days will be full of great country music from over 40 artists. Headliners include Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Brantley Gilbert, Charlie Daniels Band and more!
A full lineup of award-winning artists are ready to hit the stage at the Gulf Coast’s annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival. Aaron Bessant Park sets the stage for a jazzy, all-star weekend, which is expected to draw music lovers near and far.
Named “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine and recently nominated as “Best Jazz Festival” at the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, The Seabreeze Jazz Festival combines the top national smooth jazz artists with a full weekend of fun, sun, great beaches, and good times– all on the west end of Panama City Beach. The event now attracts over 20,000 fans from the USA, Canada, and Europe for what many call “The Ultimate Weekend” in one non-stop performance-packed weekend of music.
Lineup and Schedule:
Wednesday April 17th
Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise aboard The Lady Anderson
Treasure Island Marina, Panama City Beach, FL
Hosted by Brian Culbertson 7pm-10pm
(Boat boards at 6:30pm, sails at 7pm)
Thursday April 18th
2:00pm Free concert at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, band TBD
– Gates open at 4pm — Show at 5pm
5:00pm Steve Oliver
7:00pm Margo Rey
8:30pm Boney James
Friday April 19th — Gates open at 4pm — Show at 5pm
5:00pm Ken Ford
7:00pm Tim Bowman
8:30pm Fourplay (Bob James, Harvey Mason, Nathan East, and Chuck Loeb) with special guest Lalah Hathaway
Smooth Jazz After Party Jam — 10:30pm at Reggae J’s at Pier Park (buffet at 10:30pm/Show at 11pm)
featuring Motown Jazz Jam — Hosted by Brian Culbertson
(Presented by Smooth Lounge.com)
Motor City’s top smooth jazz artists and session players create the ultimate jazz jam show.
Saturday April 20th — Gates open at 10am — Show at 11am
11:00am Brian Lanair — (Seabreeze Rising Star)
12:30pm DW3 — (Los Angeles based smooth jazz group)
2:00pm Peter White and Euge Groove
4:00pm Peet Project (Hugarian based jazz and funk – 1st USA show)
(Seabreeze Hidden Gem)
6:00pm Brian Culbertson
8:00pm BwB (Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, and Rick Braun)
After Party — 10:30pm at Reggae J’s at Pier Park
(buffet at 10:30pm/Show at 11pm)
featuring Brian Culbertson and special guests
(Presented by Smooth Jazz.com)
Sunday April 21st — Gates open at 10am — Show at 11am
11:00am Roman Street
12:00pm The Southern Gentlemen featuring Joey Sommerville,
Michael Ward, and Eric Essix
2:00pm Yancyy (Seabreeze Rising Star)
4:00pm Average White Band
6:00pm Jazz In Pink featuring Pamela Williams, Athea Rene, Karen Briggs, Gail Jhonson, Maria Antionette, and others
8:00pm Tower of Power