Guide to Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach

For over 20 years, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach has hosted top talent and drawn jazz lovers from all over. Held annually each spring, the festival features nearly 40 jazz artists, providing five days of entertainment for visitors. It’s also rated as one of the top jazz festivals in the U.S. and attracts some 20,000 people a year. Read the guide to the Seabreeze Jazz Festival and plan your trip.

Seabreeze Jazz Festival Welcomes Music Lovers to Panama City Beach

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Tickets to Seabreeze Jazz Festival

From single days to full VIP access, there are several tickets options. Single general admission tickets cost an average of $100 each, and guests can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets, or rent them at the festival. Three- and four-day passes offer a better deal at an average of $200-250 each.

To gain early entrance and reserved seating, special VIP packages are also available. The four-day gold reserved also offers premium seats, four free drinks per day – including water, beer and wine – and a parking pass. Pick the best ticket package.

The Artists

The festival’s diverse artists are what make this event such a hit. From local to nationally known, Seabreeze has stages packed full of performers and also hosts special dinner cruises. Headliners have included Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Boney James, Kim Scott and more.

Those looking for a late-night option should get tickets to an after party. The parties begin at 10:30 p.m., at Pompano Joe’s and end at midnight. Saturday brings an all-star after party featuring four jazz stars. Learn more about after parties.

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Pier Park and Nearby Attractions

Pier Park houses dozens of restaurants as well as big-box stores and boutiques. The park also features family-friendly attractions and things to do. Measuring nearly 1 million square feet, Pier Park is a top attraction in Panama City Beach.

Located next to Pier Park, only blocks from the main beach, find more things to do. Try one of the top Panama City Beach restaurants for a break from festival food. Or take the family to Gulf Marine World or Coconut Creek Family Fun Park. Another great activity is Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, which is a great place to explore the unusual.

Amenities and Accommodations

Seabreeze Jazz Festival also offers a cashless option, using high-tech wristbands by Intellitix. These wristbands serve as a ticket and provide secure access to funds. Instead of carrying cash, simply swipe the wristband to purchase food and merchandise at the festival.

Now that you’re ready for a weekend of jazz and vendors, browse dozens of vacation rentals in Panama City Beach. Many rentals offer beachfront views, access to popular area attractions, including Pier Park, and other amenities.