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The Flora-Bama Shootout, 1th Annual Thunder On The Gulf and the Inaugural ThunderRun Superboat Grand Prix

08/22/2014
26650 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Email: info@thunderonthegulf.com
Website: www.thunderonthegulf.com
Contact: 251-980-7223

Details

 THE COUNTDOWN IS ON!!!!!
Can you hear those engines roaring in the distance?  The Flora-Bama Shootout, which will include
the 11th Annual Thunder on the Gulf Powerboat Race and the Inaugural ThunderRun
Superboat Grand Prix kicks off Friday with a Golf Tournament benefitting Mary’s
Shelter and will conclude with an Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening at Seville
Quarter!  And there will be lots of
excitement for the complete Race Week! Check it out:

THUNDER ON THE GREENS Golf Tournament with Mary’s
Shelter, Friday, August 15th at Craft Farms in Gulf Shores.  Shot Gun Start at 10am. $125 per Player.  $500 per Team.

TEXAS HOLD’EM POKER TOURNAMENT at Pensacola Greyhound
Park and Poker Room Monday, August 18th, 6pm – ‘til… $60 Buy In!

Welcome Party at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club from 4-6pm  AND THEN

The MARSHALL TUCKER BAND and WHYTE CAPS take the stage at
the Orange Beach Event Center Thursday, August 21st.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  General Admission is $20, Premier Seating is
$45

THUNDER ON THE GULF rocks Orange Beach on Friday,  August 22th. 
VIP Viewing Areas will open at 11am, Races begin at 1pm and 3pm

Race Village Opens in Downtown Pensacola adjacent to
Plaza de Luna and the Port of Pensacola on
Saturday, August 23th.  Don’t miss
STRICKLY ISBELL, WRIGHT SIDE OF WRONG, the “MISS FLORA-BAMA SHOOTOUT BIKINI
CONTEST, and a THUNDER MOTORCYCLE RUN

There will also be a fantastic Boat Parade where the
boats will parade and then park on Palafox Street, followed by a street party
with WHYTE CAPS performing on the city stage and a dramatic FIREWORKS DISPLAY
compliments of the Blue Wahoos!

THUNDERRUN SUPER
BOAT GRAND PRIX blasts across  Pensacola
Bay Aug 24th!  VIP Viewing at Plaza de Luna will open at 11am, Races begin at 1pm and
3pm The Awards Presentation will begin at 5:30pm at Apple
Annie’s at Seville Quarter

Make sure you check out our Schedule of Events for all
the details at: http://www.thunderonthegulf.com/event-schedule.html

27th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup

09/20/2014
Website: www.alabamacoastalcleanup.com
Contact: 251-621-1216

Details

Show your support and concern for Alabama’s waterways by participating in the 27th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup. You or your organization can make a difference by volunteering to clean up our cherished coastal area. On the day of the event, come prepared with sunscreen, a hat, gloves, shoes and lots of water. It gets HOT! If you, or your organization, is interested in participating please check online for locations and listed Zone Captain.
Our visitors love Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and all that makes Alabama’s Gulf Coast such a special place. Many decide to become a part of the community while they are here. If you, your family or your group have some time and want support one of our community organizations we’d love to have you with us, working side by side to build an even better community. The following organizations would welcome your participation.
The Alabama Coastal Cleanup engages citizens to remove trash and debris from the gulf coast beaches and waterways, to identify the sources of debris, and to, ultimately, change the behaviors that cause pollution. This event is held on the third Saturday in September at various locations throughout Baldwin and Mobile Counties.
Type of projects: Debris pick-up and organizational assistance needs vary by zone.
Group size: Group size varies according to the Cleanup Zone.
 

The 11th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest

10/02/2014
450 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532
Website: www.alabamacoastalbirdfest.com/

Details

We offer expertly guided trips by foot and on boat to prime birding locations on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail. Our location on the northern Gulf Coast makes this area a major stopover for migratory birds from all over North America—and so fall is a great time to add all sorts of species to your life list.The free Bird and Conservation Expo October 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of Faulkner State College in Fairhope, offers hands-on fun and activities for kids of all ages with live raptors and snakes and displays and exhibits from conservation organizations, vendors, artists, and divisions of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Come see us in October! Learn more about birding, add to your life list, and meet other birders as we welcome the fall migration!

Fall Bird Banding Session 2014

10/04/2014 – 10/11/2014
51 State Highway 180 West, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Website: www.hummingbirdsplus.org
Contact: 205-681-2888

Details

The Alabama Gulf Coast is a critical stopover point as migratory birds fly to Central and South America. The bird banding station opens before dawn each day and;operations usually cease between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., depending on the flow of birds. Bring a lawn chair, binoculars and inquisitive mind but leave the pets at home. Fall Banding Session at Ft Morgan. Banding is free and open to the public. There is a fee to enter the Fort Property. Contact Bob or Martha Sargent at 205-681-2888 or rubythroat@aol.com.

43rd Annual National Shrimp Festival

10/09/2014
Main Public Beach, Gulf Shores
101 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Website: www.myshrimpfestival.com
Contact: 251-968-7511

Details

Savor fresh from the gulf seafood at the 43rd Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event that attracts over 300,000 people. This year the festival will play host to more than 80 hours of musical entertainment featuring a lineup of national, regional and local acts. There will be musical acts to please all palates, including Blues, Motown, Southern Rock, Jazz, Zydeco and Country. The music begins at 10 a.m. each day and runs through 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Food is another highlight of the festival with 50 local and regional vendors lining the boardwalk at the public beach with mouth watering delights. Due to the generous sponsors, Zatarains’s, Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission and Wind Creek Casino, 200 pounds of shrimp per day will be prepared by some of the area’s best chefs of their award-winning recipes and given away for people to sample at different tasting times that will be posted on the outside of the sponsor tent.
New activities this year include: “Outdoor World” and “Shrimp Festival Idol”. Outdoor World will feature fishing, boating, hunting and other outdoor vendors and activities. Shrimp Festival Idol wil be an “American Idol” type competition where high school singers from seven local schools will compete in elimination rounds to find out who will become Shrimp Festival Idol. Scholarships will be awarded to the tiop three contestants.
Families can enter the annual sand sculpture contest on Saturday, Oct. 11th.  Kids can take part in a myriad of activities in the newly relocated Children’s Activity Village, including face-painting, karaoke and much more.
Runner and walkers can enter the 10K and 5K races to help work off some o fthe great food at the festival. All net proceeds of the Run will be donated to Coastal Baldwin Education Enrichment, benefiting the local Gulf Shores & Orange Beach public schools.
Art lovers will have almost 200 booths of fine art and arts and crafts vendors from which to choose. Car lovers will have a chance to preview many of the new 2015 Chevrolet models that will be on display.

21st Annual “Colonial Isle Dauphin”

10/11/2014
51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Website: www.dauphinisland.org
Contact: 251-861-6992

Details

Surround yourself with history at Fort Gaines! Completed in 1861, visitors delight at this site of The Battle of Mobile Bay. Explore the grounds while hearing stories of days gone by, watch live reenactments and see a blacksmith demonstrate his craft. Appreciate today a place where simpler times and historic culture has been preserved.

Chicago Street Supper Club

10/16/2014
Coastal Alabama Farmer’s Market CR 20, Foley next to Wolf Bay Lodge
Website: http://www.southbaldwinchamber.com/major-events/alabama-festival-of-flavor-overview/Chicago_Street_Supper_Club

Details

Chicago Street Supper Club – Thursday, October 16, 2014The Chicago Street Supper Club is a multi-course, farm-to-table dinner with beer and wine parings.  Each unique dish uses fresh Gulf seafood or Alabama produce prepared by Executive Chef Ron Stone of Wolf Bay Lodge with the help of students from the Gulf Coast Culinary Institute at Faulkner State.  This exclusive event is held at the Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermen Market in Foley and cocktail attire is suggested.  

3rd Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor 2014

10/18/2014
Historic Downtown Foley (Orange Avenue from Hwy. 59 to Alston Street, Alston Street between Orange Avenue and Jessamine Street.)
112 East Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 36535
Website: www.alabamafestivalofflavor.com
Contact: 877-461-3712

Details

The 3rd Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor, sponsored by Riviera Utilities is set to take place Saturday October 18 in the streets of Historic Downtown Foley. Presented by the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, The Alabama Festival of Flavor showcases the many flavors of local and regional foods, wine and craft beer. This food, wine and craft beer event is focused on locally grown and produced products.  Local Chefs will be preparing unique dishes and brewers from around the state will be on hand to discuss their uniquely crafted beers.Festival guests can stroll the streets of Historic Downtown Foley while sipping and savoring the unique specialty wines, craft beer and delectable cuisine. Catch your favorite team on the big screen in the Game Day tent, sample menu favorites from local restaurants in the Foodie Fix area, learn about wine pairings or home brewing in the Edutainment Tent or visit the Tastings Area for savory tapas paired with wine. New to the festival this year is the addition of antique dealers among the arts and crafts vendors. The festival has also added a Corn Toss Tournament to the activities. So grab a snack while watching the Corn Toss Tournament and listening to the live entertainment. The event offers something for everyone in the family.

31st Annual Renaissance Festival “Gatalop 31″

10/24/2014

51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Website: www.dauphinisland.org
Contact: 251-861-6992

Details

Hosted by the Society of Creative Anachronism, the Barony of Osprey will present Life in the Middle Ages. You will see Knight in Armor as they storm the castle, view melee’s and sieges. Visit with Lords, Ladies, Artist and Medieval Merchants. Watch our resident Blacksmith demonstrate his craft in the Fort’s original Blacksmith Shop.

Balloon Glow in the Gardens

10/25/2014
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 36582
Website: www.bellingrath.org/
Contact: 251-973-2217

Details

Hot Air Balloons will be glowing on the Great Lawn during the evening for kids to enjoy while they are trick-or-treating throughout the gardens. Special admission rates begin at 5:00 PM.

The Original German Sausage Festival

10/25/2014
Elberta Town Park
Main Street, Elberta, AL 36530
Email: seth@elbertafire.com
Website: http://sausagefest.elbertafire.com

Details

Held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The best German Sausage you have ever tasted! Made from a secret recipe developed by the founding fathers of Elberta, AL. This is the only place you can get the real thing! Arts and crafts, live music, carnival rides, baked goods and more. Don’t forget to visit the Bier Garten for a large selection of imported beers.

Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums

11/01/2014 – 11/26/2014
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 36582
Website: www.bellingrath.org
Contact: 251-973-2217

Details

Dates:  November 1 – November 26, 2014 (Closed Thanksgiving Day)See America’s largest outdoor display of chrysanthemums.  Garden mums are featured in the floral borders, containers and terraces of the Gardens.  See fantastic cascade mums on bridges, balconies and in baskets in the fall colors of red, yellow, bronze, orange and white throughout the Gardens.
 

Bellingrath’s Magic Christmas in Lights

11/28/2014 – 12/31/2014


12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 36582
Website: www.bellingrath.org
Contact: 251 973-2217

Details

Dates:  November 29 – December 31, 2013 (Closed December 25th)Enjoy one of the most popular holiday events in the Southeast.  Stroll through the gardens with more than three million twinkling lights in over 835 custom designed set pieces in 12 scenes. Tour the Bellingrath Home decorated in its holiday finery.  Extended hours to 9:00 PM.  Photos with Santa on weekends and the week of Christmas.  Light show and home tours nightly through December 23.  Complete your holiday shopping in the beautiful Bellingrath Gift Shop!

30th Annual “Christmas through the Ages”

12/06/2014
Fort Gaines Historic Site
51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Website: www.dauphinisland.org
Contact: 251-861-6992

Details

Christmas through the Ages, a living history day for the whole family, is scheduled at Fort Gaines on December 6. Come and experience a Christmas of Day’s gone by at Fort Gaines Historic Site, located on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island. Join the Soldiers from the past and their families as they celebrate a non-commercial Christmas. Visiting children will have the chance to make a seashell ornament. The event will take place from 9 a.m. – til 5 p.m. Admission for those 13 and over is $6. Children 5-12 will be admitted for $4, and children 4 and under are admitted free.

Winter Camellia and Cold Hardy Annual Displays

01/01/2015 – 02/28/2015
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL 36582
Email: bellingrath@bellingrath.org
Website: www.bellingrath.org
Contact: 251-973-2217

Details

Dates: January 1 – February 28, 2015See Bellingrath’s famed Camellias and an interesting winter garden filled with the blooms of ornamental kale, mustard and cabbages, pansies and violas, primrose, cyclamen, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.

Winter Wednesdays

01/07/2015
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL 36582
Website: www.bellingrath.org
Contact: 251-973-2217

Details

Dates: January 7 – February 25, 2015Join us on Wednesdays in January and February for special programs. Topics include gardening, history and the collections in the beautiful Bellingrath Museum Home.

Spring Azaleas

03/06/2015 – 03/31/2015
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL 36582
Email: bellingrath@bellingrath.org
Website: www.bellingrath.org
Contact: 251-973-2217

Details

Dates: March 6 – March 31, 2015 (dates may vary depending on the severity of the winter)*For precise times of the azalea blooms, please check Azalea Watch at www.bellingrath.orgEnjoy blooms of more than 25,000 vibrant azaleas in an explosion of color throughout the 65 acres of Bellingrath Gardens.Hydrangeas, Easter Lilies, fuchsia, geraniums, wave petunias, cape daisies, delphinium and more will be featured throughout the Gardens.

Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

03/28/2015
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL 36582
Email: bellingrath@bellingrath.org
Website: www.bellingrath.org
Contact: 251-973-2217

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Date: March 28, 2015Grab the kids and come for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. There will be special hunts for toddlers and older kids as well as prizes, candy, activities and pictures with the Easter Bunny.Join us for the 2nd Annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the Magnolia Café.

Discovery Day at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab

04/11/2015
101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Email: rdixon@disl.org
Website: www.sealabestuarium.org
Contact: 251-861-2141

Details

Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 10:00am to 2:00pmThe Dauphin Island Sea Lab101 Bienville, Boulevard, Dauphin Island Activities include Free Children’s Admission to the Estuarium and 15% Discount in Gift Shop, Open House and Interactive Exhibits at the Research Laboratories, Free Kids’ Activities, Ocean Games and Fun Crafts, Much, much more!  This fun-filled family event includes a huge variety of environmentally-themed children’s activities; Open House at the Research Facilities of the DISL where the public can interact with marine scientists and graduate students to explore their ongoing research projects; and free children’s admission to the Estuarium, the aquarium at the Sea Lab. Bring your cameras for photo ops with the Azalea Trail Maids! Admission to all activities is free (except for reduced adult Estuarium admission). Learn about our marine world, boating safety, hurricane preparedness, alternative energy, and much more at this fantastic family event! Dr. John Valentine, Executive Director, DISL, said, “Discovery Day is the perfect opportunity for the public to come and enjoy a fun family event that is not only a great time, but also a great chance to learn about what we do down at the Sea Lab.  Many folks have had the opportunity to visit our public aquarium, but this is the only time of the year that our research labs are open.  You can meet our scientists and graduate students, and find out about the vital work they are doing in our rivers, bays and Gulf.” For more info: Call 251/861-2141 or visit www.disl.org

22nd Annual Camellia Classic Car Show

04/11/2015
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL 36582
Email: bellingrath@bellingrath.org
Website: www.bellingrath.org
Contact: 251-973-2217

Details

Date: April 11, 2015See hundreds of classic and vintage automobiles from the Model T to the Firebird displayed on Bellingrath’s Great Lawn. Sponsored by the Mobile Bay Mustang Club, enjoy live entertainment throughout the day.A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mobile Bay Area Food Bank.

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