10 things to do in Bay County: From a Scottish Fest to a Beach Bash with Cooper Alan

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Your guide to the top 10 things to do, places to go for entertainment events, concerts, festivals, and activities in Bay County.

FRIDAY, March 4

Start your weekend off with a cold drink and some live music by Pat & Jess

Jessie James and Patrick Thorne to perform live a Little Village & Finns  March 4.
Jessie James and Patrick Thorne to perform live a Little Village & Finns March 4.

6-9 p.m., March 4, at Little Village & Finns, 2808 W. 12th St., St. Andrews. The show is free and family and pet friendly. Grab a drink from the bar, shop at the boutique or feast on some tacos from FINNS Island Style Grub. For more information, call 850-215-8780.

Talent on display! See the best of Bay's elementary students art exhibit

Harry Hammond
Harry Hammond

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 4, at the Panama City Center for the Art, 19 E. Fourth Street, Panama City. The annual exhibit will include the best art projects chosen by the art teachers of Bay County Schools. Featured in the café gallery will be local art teacher pieces by Dana McBee, Harry Hammond, and Siham Yassine, displayed alongside their students. The elementary art will also be on display March 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Center for the Arts is free to the public. For additional information, call 850-640-3670.

Take your kids for a night out at Little Mustard Seed

The Little Mustard Seed to host Kids Night Out on March 4.
The Little Mustard Seed to host Kids Night Out on March 4.

6-8 p.m., March 4, at the Little Mustard Seed, 437 Harrison Ave, Panama City. Kids Night Out is a fun experience in downtown Panama City for children ages 5-12. The fun will include pizza, games, a craft project, and ice cream snack. Drop your child off at 5:45 p.m. and enjoy time to yourself downtown. Cost is $25 per child. Text Rebecca at 850-496-0034 to register. For additional information, call 850-818-0691.

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SATURDAY, March 5

Get into the games at the Panama City Beach Scottish Festival & Highland Games

The Panama City Scottish Festival and Highland Games returns to Frank Brown Park on March 5.
The Panama City Scottish Festival and Highland Games returns to Frank Brown Park on March 5.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 5, at Frank Brown Park, 16200 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach. This 29th annual day-long festival will include Celtic & traditional music, pipes & drums, Scottish & Irish Dancers, Scottish Comedians, traditional foods, tea room, Ceilidh, Scottish athletic competitions, children’s activities and Scottish and Irish food and drink. Feel free to bring your hats, sunglasses and folding chairs. Tickets range from $25 Adult general admission, $10 child (6-14) to $50 for a family of four. Premium Scotch whisky tasting $35, drink add-on packages available. Children ages 5 and under are free. For additional information visit: www.pcbeachscotfestival.com.

Find a perfect gift at the Spring Fling Arts and Craft Show and Sale

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 5, at Frank Brown Park Recreation Center, 16200 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach. This annual arts and craft show sponsored by the Women’s Civic Club of Panama City Beach will include unique vendors selling jewelry, glass, woodworking, original art, soap, décor items, local honey, and more. A café will be open during show hours. Admission is $1; proceeds support local charities and service organizations. Free Parking. For additional information, visit: www.wccpcb.org.

Dress to impress at the 20th Annual Covenant Care Masquerade Black & White Gala

Covenant Care Masquerade Black & White Gala
6-10 p.m. March 5 at the Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort
Covenant Care Masquerade Black & White Gala 6-10 p.m. March 5 at the Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort

6-10 p.m. March 5 at the Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort, 4114 Jan Cooley Drive, Panama City Beach. The Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort will host the 20th annual Covenant Care Masquerade Black & White Gala. The black and white themed party will include live entertainment from One Nation Party, a seated dinner, and live and silent auctions. The Masquerade Gala is the signature fundraiser for Covenant Care in Bay and Gulf counties and helps to support Covenant Care Foundation programs including My Wish, bereavement and children’s support services, and charity care for patients and families. Tickets are $75 for general admission and $100 for VIP. Tickets can be purchased at: www.covenantcare.org. For additional information, call Christie Saffold at 850-208-7122.

Tour local history at Camp Helen

Remains of the old fishing pier at Camp Helen are still standing and serve as a reminder of the rich history of the park.
Remains of the old fishing pier at Camp Helen are still standing and serve as a reminder of the rich history of the park.

10-11 a.m., March 5, at Camp Helen State Park, 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway

Panama City Beach. Meander through history and time with a park ranger on a history tour of Camp Helen State Park. The park's historic district is recognized on the National Historic Register, and the property is sited along the bluffs of Lake Powell, which was inhabited for thousands of years by indigenous populations. Rangers will touch upon the Hicks family whom initially developed the property, as well as Avondale Textile Mills, which ran a summer vacation destination for their employees and families for 40 years. Please wear appropriate clothing for walking, and bring along water, bug repellent and other necessary items. Meet at the visitor center to begin tour. History tour is free with paid park entry of $4 per vehicle.

WEDNESDAY, March 9

Start Spring Break with a live performance by Cooper Alan at the Beach Bash Music Fest

Cooper Alan to perform live March 9, at Harpoon Harry's.
Cooper Alan to perform live March 9, at Harpoon Harry's.

12-5 p.m., March 9, at Harpoon Harry's Beachfront Restaurant, 12627 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach. Tik Tok Music sensation, Cooper Alan will perform live. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com. For additional information call 850-234-6060.

THURSDAY, March 10

Cruz-in to the PCB Emerald Coast Cruzin’ Car Show

Emerald Coast Cruizin' returns to Aaron Bessant Park at Pier Park in Panama City Beach for the spring show March 10-12.
Emerald Coast Cruizin' returns to Aaron Bessant Park at Pier Park in Panama City Beach for the spring show March 10-12.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10-12, at Aaron Bessant Park, 16200 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach. This bi-annual three day car show will feature thousands of hot rods and classic cars. Events include a swap meet, parade, cruiz-ins, a block party and live entertainment daily. To see a full line-up of events and entertainment visit: www.emeraldcoastcruizin.com. For additional information, call 662-587-9572.

Relax to the sound of Dionzia Santiago & Lowell Hopper at the annual Friends of the Library Celebration

Dionzia Santiago and Lowell Hopper to perform live March 10, at the Friends of Bay County Library Friends Annual Membership Celebration  at the Bay County Library.
Dionzia Santiago and Lowell Hopper to perform live March 10, at the Friends of Bay County Library Friends Annual Membership Celebration at the Bay County Library.

6 p.m. March 10, at the Bay County Public Library, 898 West 11th Street, Panama City. The Friends of the Bay County Public Library Annual Membership Celebrations will include a short meeting followed by a live performance by talented local musicians, Dionzia Santiago and Lowell Hopper. Santiago has a powerful, earthy voice that bridges the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll. Hopper is a guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer, known mostly for his soulful, funky, and bluesy guitar style. This family-friendly concert is free and open to the public. Anyone who joins or renewed their Friends membership before March 10, will be automatically entered into a random drawing for a gift certificate to Ferrucci Ristorante or Los Antojitos. To join the Friends of the Bay County Public Library visit: www. baycountylibraryfriends.org. For additional information, call 850-522-2100.

This article originally appeared on The News Herald: Bay County Florida's top 10 things to do this week: live music, games