Every year in September, Schooners, The Last Local Beach Club, hosts the largest week long Lobster Festival & Tournament in Florida. This year the 27th Annual Lobster Festival will be held September 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18th.
Schooners Lobster Festival and Tournament has always been a local favorite, but now as the festival continues to grow in popularity, visitors from all over the South East come to enjoy the festivities and take advantage of Panama City’s beautiful beaches and delicious seafood.
Divers from all over the country will compete in a variety of lobster categories including Spiny Lobster, Big 6 and Shovelnose, with an opportunity to win cash and prizes totaling over $10,000. Weigh-ins will be from 3-6pm on Saturday and Noon-3pm on Sunday.
Lobster specials will run in the restaurant all week long in addition to a lobster feast served right on the beach Saturday and Sunday. Lobster ravioli, lobster creole, lobster chowder, grilled lobster tail, fried lobster cakes and many more delicious variations of lobster will be featured on the specially created menus.
The festivities will kick off on Monday and continue until Sunday night with live entertainment on the Schooners Main Stage and on the Schooners Beach Stage, complete with a dance floor right in the sand.
On the beach there will be a giant Lobster Festival sand sculpture – one of the biggest in the Southeast as well as a sand sculpting competition on Saturday for enthusiastic amateurs competing for cash and prizes.
Live entertainment starts Monday night and continues throughout the week. There will be nightly chance drawings Thursday through Saturday at 10pm and a Grand Prize Drawing on Sunday at 8pm. Proceeds from the drawings will benefit two local youth oriented charities; Florida Aquatic & Marine Institute (FAMI) and the Toys for Kids Foundation.
Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Saturday and Sunday feast tickets are $30 per person, per day.