Downtown Has a Vibrant Art Scene

Check out Panama City Center for the Arts

Did you know there is a vibrant art scene in Downtown Panama City? The Panama City Center for the Arts, located at 19 E. Fourth St., is off Harrison Avenue across from the Martin Theatre. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and Friday from 10am to 7pm; closed on Sunday and Monday.
The Center for the Arts is currently run by Bay Arts Alliance under a contract with the City of Panama City. Bay Arts Alliance is the local arts agency for Bay County; they are venue managers, arts programmers, and arts advocators. The Alliance goal is to make Bay County a premier art destination. Visit for more info.
Whether you're interested in art classes, book talks, concerts, walking tours, or art exhibitions featuring the work of local artists, there is something for everyone. Two annual competitions are hosted, one for fine art and one for photography, as well as several open-call exhibitions each year, and opportunities for local artists to submit their art for a solo show. Exhibitions and openings are always free. Check frequently for event updates.

Bay County's favorite open-mic night for writers takes place from 6pm-7:30pm on the second Thursday of every other month. Doors open at 5:30pm. Share your work or listen to the creative writers of Bay County share theirs. Everyone is welcome to speak or listen! Every night has a one-word writing prompt that is open to interpretation. Entry is $5 unless you wear an outfit that matches the theme.
For more info, visit or call (850) 640-3670.