Experience the Lobster Fest in Panama City Beach, FL

When you think lobster, you might think of dining on lobster tail at your favorite beachside restaurant, but if you LOVE lobster, you’ll love Lobster Fest in Panama City Beach, FL.

This is one of many truly unique things to do in Panama City Beach. The Lobster Festival & Tournament is seven days of fun, with live music, a sand-sculpting contest, and a diver competition. This is a great event for the whole family! Find a Panama City Beach condo rental that is large enough for the whole family!

If you’re in the area in October, don’t miss one of the most exciting Panama City Beach events on the calendar! Once you’ve secured one of many one-bedroom condos in Panama City Beach and start to set up your itinerary for your stay, be sure to jot down the dates for Lobster Fest and make plans to spend one of your days at the Southeast’s largest multi-day lobster festival.

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Schooners Lobster Festival & Tournament

Hosted by Schooners Last Local Beach Club, the Lobster Festival & Tournament is an annual event that runs seven days during the third week of October. You’ll join thousands of people who come from all over to enter raffles, make sand sculptures and even hold lobsters!

During the week, you’ll of course have the opportunity to try many lobster dishes served by Schooners, from soups and dips to burgers and enchiladas—ALL containing this tasty meat.

As the event is held right on the beach, be sure to bring chairs, towels, and umbrellas as well as sunglasses, sunscreen, and hats. Live music is played, both out on the beach as well as nightly inside Schooners.

And smile for the cameras, as the Lobster Fest is an event covered by local news and there’s a lot of opportunities to get your lobster-loving smiles on film as you join in on the daily fun. Be sure to get a picture alongside the costumed lobster who will be roaming around the Fest each day. After taking your fill of lobster for the day, head out to the best ice cream shops in Panama City Beach!

Sand Sculpting Contest

On the last weekend of the Lobster Fest event, you have the chance to enter into the famous Sand Sculpting Contest. This is more than making sandcastles with kids’ plastic buckets! 

The Sand Sculpting Contest has competition in areas of Advanced Sandcastle & Sand Sculpting as well as Youth and Adult/Family categories. It’s great fun to create your own sculpture or simply watch as the beach is transformed into an art gallery in the sand!

Once professionals complete their 3-day work of art in the sand, competitions begin on the Saturday of the Lobster Fest week. Be sure to register that morning if you intend to participate, and bring your sand sculpting “A” game if you intend to come away with the top prize. Does your dog like to explore the sand as well? Don’t forget to bring them along! With our pet-friendly condos in Panama City Beach, they can tag along!


Schooners is located at 121 Gulf Drive in Panama City Beach and are known for their casual beach food and of course, its proximity to and subsequent spectacular views of the beach.

You can get to Schooners and the Lobster Fest by taking US Hwy 231 to US Hwy 98 West; after crossing the Hathaway Bridge, turn left on Thomas Drive, left on Huff Street, and right on Gulf Drive, where you’ll find Schooners on the left.

Plan Your Stay

Lobster fest is a wonderful time here in Panama City Beach. Pick your Panama City Beach condo rental, and plan your escape!

Traveling from the west, take US Hwy 98 to where Hwy 98 and Alt 98 join. Then, turn left onto Alt US Hwy 98 East (also called Front Beach Road). Make a right on Thomas Drive and after four miles, turn right on Irwin Street. Once you make a left in Gulf Drive, your next stop is Schooners on the right.

Book Your Panama City Beach Condo

As you can see by the above directions, Schooners is not far from Thomas Drive, and the good news is that there are several Panama City Beach condos on Thomas Drive so you can easily find accommodations. There are one- and three-bedroom condos in Panama City Beach from Pelican Walk Rentals that you’ll simply love, from their private balconies and ocean views to full kitchens and heated pools. Other amenities you’ll enjoy include outdoor grills, washer & dryer, patio, hot tub, tennis courts, king- and queen-size beds, and private beach access.

And not only will you be within blocks of the Lobster Fest, but you’ll also be within a two-mile radius of shopping, a golf course, beach rental shops, fishing charters, arcades, and plenty of other Panama City Beach things to do.

Reasonable rates, utmost convenience, and the best in comfort make Pelican Walk THE place to call home sweet vacation home!


Pelican Walk Rentals
6905 Thomas Drive
Panama City Beach, FL 32408
(850) 234-8090