Calendar of Events

What’s happening on the byway? Get the latest information here. From music festivals to regattas to street fairs, you won’t miss a thing.

Dive Against Debris-Cancelled

10/21/201710/21/2017
20800 East Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, 36542

Cancelled. The uncertainty of the Pier’s reopening, continuing rough surf, and the unknown type and amount of debris under the Pier, the City of Gulf Shores has made the difficult decision to cancel Operation Dive Against Debris.

 

 

The Fishing and Education Pier at Gulf State Park will be closed to fishing from 7a.m.-noon while scuba divers remove marine debris from below. Garbage weigh-in afterward. Come visit the beach and learn why debris is dangerous to the health of the Gulf, join a community art project and watch the divers from above. Share the Beach, Marine Resources, Waste Management, City of Orange Beach, and others will have displays.

Known Deaths and Burials at Mobile Point

10/21/201710/21/2017
110 State Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Reservation only guided tour of by a historical interpreter of the known deaths and burials at Mobile Point from 1813-1910.

Arm Band for this event must be pre-purchased. Bring your own flashlights. Limited to 100 people, first come first serve. Museum and gift shop are closed for this event.

To pre-purchase tickets for October event call 251-540-7127 with credit card or mail check to 110 Hwy. 180 Gulf Shores, AL 36542.

Tri the Gulf

10/21/201710/21/2017
100 Orleans Dr, , Dauphin Island, AL

Brought to you by the Mobile Bar Foundation, Tri the Gulf is a sprint triathlon on Dauphin Island taking place October 21. The triathlon will consist of a 600 yard Gulf swim, 16.7-mile island and bridge bike, and 3.25-mile island run mostly off road on a well-kept golf course. Tri the Gulf guarantees the first 500 participants registered great swag, official race t-shirt, and finish line goodies.

Lodging will be available on the Island. A secured discount rate is also available at the Holiday Inn Express in Tillman’s Corner Interstate 10, about 30 minutes from the Island. Safety is the primary concern for 2017, followed by a fun race and after-event party!

The triathlon will be held at Isle Dauphine Golf Club located at 100 Orleans Dr, Dauphin Island.

Boo at Bellingrath

10/28/201710/28/2017
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL 36582

Dress up your little ghosts and goblins for Boo at Bellingrath, a day of Halloween fun at Bellingrath Gardens, on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Gardens will be filled with Halloween-themed inflatables to guide visitors along the pathways to the Great Lawn. Local businesses and organizations will set up numerous treat stations to hand out candy and trinkets to trick-or-treaters. The Stereo Dogs band will provide musical entertainment on Live Oak Plaza. Dr. Gee will be on hand with his magic balloons and magic shows, and our friends from the Mobile Public Library will have Spooky Storytime in the Gazebo Garden. Guests are also invited to enjoy culinary delights from local food trucks!

Although the official hours for Boo at Bellingrath are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., it’s OK to come early or to stay late! The Gardens will be open during the regular hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $13 for adults and $7.50 for ages 5-12. There is no charge for Bellingrath members and children 4 and younger.

Tickets to Boo at Bellingrath are limited and must be purchased in advance. For details or to order tickets, visit our website, www.bellingrath.org, or call 251-459-8864

The Original German Sausage Festival

10/28/201710/28/2017
13052 Main St., Elberta, AL 36530

The Elberta Sausage Festival makes its semiannual return to that South Baldwin hamlet. Held in Elberta Town Park, just north of the town’s only stop light on Hwy. 98, the event attracts up to 20,000 revelers, according to organizers. A 40-year tradition, the festival is a major regional event that attracts a cross section of the community in what has become a reunion type atmosphere. It is also the main revenue source for the area’s volunteer fire department.

Festival fans can enjoy Elberta's famous German sausage and sauerkraut, plus continuous entertainment
for adults and children, and 250 arts & crafts booths. There will also be carnival rides and a full scale Midway. Of course, there will also be a Bier Garten featuring a large selection of imported and domestic beers.

Other scrumptious foods will include German style filled cabbage, potato salad, goulash, red beans and rice, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn, peanuts and homemade baked goods.
The Bellview Stumpfiddle Band will perform with the North End Stompers and other cloggers. There will also be polka, country and German music.

Spearheaded by Elberta's Volunteer Fire Department since 1978, festival proceeds are used for improving not only the fire department, but the town as well. Additionally, local non-profits benefit from the festival through proceeds from their booth sales and parking lot fees. The festival is held twice a year - on the last Saturday of March and the last Saturday of October. Although it has been tweaked a bit over the years, the original secret recipe for Elberta's famous sausage is credited to Alfred Stucki, who managed Elberta's Locker Plant from 1953 until his death in 1973. About 7,000 pounds of German Sausage are consumed at each fest.

34th Annual Renaissance Festival Gatalop 34

10/28/201710/28/2017
51 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL 36528

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.

Gulf Seafood Gala

10/28/201710/28/2017
102 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL 36528

Please join us for the inaugural Gulf Seafood Gala™, a celebration of Alabama Gulf seafood and the rich heritage and culture that surrounds it. You'll enjoy tastings of delectable Gulf seafood prepared and presented by local and regional chefs. Coastal heritage and cultural demonstrations such as cast net making, oyster tonging, oyster shucking, shrimp trawl making, gumbo making and other traditions will also be presented. Local oyster farmers and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will demonstrate the art of growing some of the best oysters in the world. Live musical entertainment and adult beverages will round out a wonderful evening on Dauphin Island!
Proceeds will benefit Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization dedicated to showcasing and educating the public about the rich heritage and culture of Dauphin Island and South Mobile County, AL, and improving the quality of life through the arts.

The Blueberry Sessions Fall Concert Series presents Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer

11/02/201711/02/2017
12562 Mary Ann Beech Rd. , Fairhope, AL

We are excited to announce our first ever fall concert series, The Blueberry Sessions. Teaming up with Hix Snedeker Companies and Skate Mountain Records, we will host the intimate three-part concert series featuring live musical performances from world-class Southern singers and songwriters set in the idyllic surroundings of our organic Fairhope farm.

Featured headliners include:
•    Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer — Thursday, November 2 (Tickets $30)
•    Griffin House — Thursday, December 7 (Tickets $20)

These events will also include opening acts by up-and-coming artists newly signed by Skate Mountain Records.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the concerts beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online, at The Fairhope Store and Dr. Music Records, both located in downtown Fairhope. A limited number of season passes to all three events are also available for $70 and include early entry for priority seating.

Music has a special heritage in Alabama from small town stages to the iconic recording studios of Muscle Shoals. If you love music and the stories behind the songs this is an event not to be missed!

About the artist: Sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer, now with 24 albums a Grammy, Oscar, and many other kinds of awards and nominations between them, share that kind of transcendent musical bond. It’s as deep, haunting, knowing, and beautiful as the Alabama woods they once called home. Both sang as soon as they could form words, but music is the only language they have ever needed to communicate with and understand each other.


Alabama Pecan Festival

11/03/201711/05/2017
5055 Carol Plantation Rd., Mobile, AL

Did someone say pecans? That’s right, we did!  Spend your first full weekend of November at the annual Alabama Pecan Festival at the Tillman’s Corner Community Center.  This family-oriented festival features carnival atmosphere complete with rides, food, face painting, arts and craft, and jewelry.  Did we mention this festival is free!  That’s not all, however, sights and sounds will include a classic country and western show, a Sunday gospel show with topnotch entertainers and more!  Bring the whole family, there will be something for everyone.  Admission and parking are free.  Open Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. We hope to see you there!

Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

11/04/201711/30/2017
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

Mum’s the word at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in November, when it’s time for the 54th Annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums, the nation’s largest outdoor display of the signature blooms of the season.

The Gardens and Home are festooned with hundreds of colorful, four-foot-long cascades of chrysanthemums on bridges and balconies, as well as the traditional displays of mums in baskets and containers. Guests will also see columns of mums and bedded plants along the Great Lawn’s dramatic border in the rich fall colors of red, yellow, bronze, lavender and white. To plan your visit, check the Mum Watch page on bellingrath.org, which will be updated daily, beginning on Nov. 1.

Bellingrath’s Horticulture Staff works nearly year-round on the cascading mums, which are meticulously cultivated in greenhouses from January through late spring. The cascades are created when three plants are potted into five-gallon containers and then placed onto growing racks during the summer months. The mums are sheared every few weeks throughout the growing season in order to create fuller plants.
For details on the Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums display, visit www.bellingrath.org.

Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums at Bellingrath

11/04/201711/30/2017
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

Mum’s the word at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in November, when it’s time for the 54th Annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums, the nation’s largest outdoor display of the signature blooms of the season.

The Gardens and Home are festooned with hundreds of colorful, four-foot-long cascades of chrysanthemums on bridges and balconies, as well as the traditional displays of mums in baskets and containers. Guests will also see columns of mums and bedded plants along the Great Lawn’s dramatic border in the rich fall colors of red, yellow, bronze, lavender and white. To plan your visit, check the Mum Watch page on bellingrath.org, which will be updated daily beginning on Nov. 1, 2017.

Bellingrath’s Horticulture Staff works nearly year-round on the cascading mums, which are meticulously cultivated in greenhouses from January through late spring. The cascades are created when three plants are potted into five-gallon containers and then placed onto growing racks during the summer months. The mums are sheared every few weeks throughout the growing season in order to create fuller plants.

For details on the Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums display, visit www.bellingrath.org.

Dolphins at Sunset Kayak Tour

11/06/201712/29/2017

Watch for and learn about Gulf Shores’ Bottlenose Dolphins in their natural environment from the intimate, unobtrusive, and non-threatening vantage point of a kayak. The entire three-hours of this paddle excursion are spent exploring optimal Bottlenose Dolphin habitat.  

Like all wild animals these dolphins can be elusive, but there is nothing like the thrill of seeing these magnificent creatures up close when they choose to show off. Either way, you will come away with an appreciation, understanding, and new found knowledge of dolphins as you learn about their life history, ecology, feeding behaviors, and communal nature.  Numerous bird species and natural beauty are also to be found all while enjoying one of the prettiest classrooms on earth, kayaking among the beautiful sights and sounds of our local waterways. 

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation presents Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon

11/07/201711/07/2017
64 S. Water Street, Mobile, 36602

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation will host the Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 pm at the Renaissance Riverview Hotel in Mobile, Alabama. This luncheon will feature award-winning Scientist Dr. Carl Safina as the keynote speaker. Awards will be presented to an individual and a business or organization which has made outstanding contributions to marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region.

5th Annual Fairhope Film Festival

11/09/201711/12/2017
122 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope , AL 36532

The focus of the Fairhope Film Festival is on national and international film festival competition finalists of the past year: the “best of the best” in cinema arts. Notable foreign and feature films, documentaries and shorts—many that never made it to the big box theaters or were only there briefly–will be selected for appreciative audiences. Although the festival will pull out all the stops, Southern-style, to host opening and closing events and parties, the emphasis will be on the art of filmmaking and the experience of seeing exceptional films. Directors, actors and screenwriters will participate in the screenings both in person and via live electronic transmission.

2017 World Food Championships

11/10/201711/12/2017
4830 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

The World Food Championships is the largest competition in food sport, where champions of previous events convene for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of $300,000. The World Food Championships platform ranges from live-event integration and activations to a robust multimedia platform that serves culinary stars, home cooks, brands and destinations. In four short years, WFC has awarded more than one million in prizes and money, spawned a TV series, garnered more than five billion media impressions and launched numerous professional careers for successful contestants.

Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

11/24/201712/31/2017
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

It’s one of the nation’s best holiday light shows, and it’s right here in South Alabama! Bellingrath Gardens and Home presents the 21st season of Magic Christmas in Lights in 2016. The dazzling nighttime display features more than 1,100 set pieces, three million lights and 15 scenes, set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre Garden estate.

Opening Night is Friday, Nov. 25. The show will continue nightly from 5 - 9 p.m. through New Years Eve.

Magic Christmas in Lights has become a must-see tradition for visitors from the Gulf Coast region and beyond. Attendance has nearly doubled since 2000, rising from 35,309 that year to 67,736 in 2015. Families enjoy strolling the grounds together, taking holiday photos, drinking cocoa on Live Oak Plaza and visiting Santa Claus in the Magnolia Café.

Many of our guests do not realize that Magic Christmas in Lights is a made-in-Alabama attraction. Each year, the set pieces for the holiday lights are designed and handmade on site by members of Bellingrath’s staff. Two of our employees work full-time all year on the light display.

In 2014, Magic Christmas in Lights was ranked sixth in USA Today’s list of “10 Best Public Light Displays in America,” which was compiled with readers’ online votes. Click here for the link: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-lights-display/

Magic Christmas in Lights also includes nightly choral performances on the South Terrace of the Bellingrath Home, which will be open for tours and decorated in full holiday finery. (The Gardens will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Days.)

The Gift Shop will be fully stocked for the season, and guests may also have their photos taken with Santa Claus in the Magnolia Café each night through Dec. 23. The Magnolia Café will also have extended hours, 4 - 8 p.m., during the season; menus are posted on the website, www.bellingrath.org. The Magic Christmas in Lights Party Tent is available to rent for holiday parties.

Military Mondays are back! Active duty military and their immediate relatives will receive a 15 percent discount off regular Gardens admission on each Monday of the Magic Christmas in Lights season.

For details about Magic Christmas in Lights, or to order tickets, visit our website, www.bellingrath.org.

Magic Christmas in Lights

11/24/201712/31/2017
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

It’s one of the nation’s best holiday light shows, and it’s right here in south Alabama! Bellingrath Gardens and Home presents the 22nd season of Magic Christmas in Lights in 2016. The dazzling nighttime display features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes, set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. Opening Night is Friday, Nov. 24. The show will continue nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31, 2017.

Magic Christmas in Lights has become a must-see tradition for visitors from the Gulf Coast region and beyond. Attendance has nearly doubled since 2000, rising from 35,309 that year to 70,000 in 2016. Families enjoy strolling the grounds together, taking holiday photos, drinking cocoa on Live Oak Plaza and visiting Santa Claus in the Magnolia Café.

Many of our guests do not realize that Magic Christmas in Lights is a made-in-Alabama attraction. Each year, the set pieces for the holiday lights are designed and handmade on site by members of Bellingrath’s staff. Four of our employees work full-time all year on the light display.

In 2014, Magic Christmas in Lights was ranked sixth in USA Today’s list of “10 Best Public Light Displays in America,” which was compiled with readers’ online votes. Click here for the link: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-lights-display/

Magic Christmas in Lights also includes nightly choral performances on the South Terrace of the Bellingrath Home, which will be open for tours and decorated in full holiday finery. The Gift Shop will be fully stocked for the season, and guests may also have their photos taken with Santa Claus in the Magnolia Café each night through Dec. 23. The Magnolia Café will also have extended hours, 4 to 8 p.m., during the season; menus are posted on the website, www.bellingrath.org. (The Gardens will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Days.)

Military Mondays are back! Members of the military and their immediate relatives will receive a 15 percent discount off regular Gardens admission on each Monday of the Magic Christmas in Lights season. The 2017 dates are Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, 11 and 18.

For details about Magic Christmas in Lights, or to order tickets, visit our website, www.bellingrath.org.

Lighted Christmas Parade and Beach Celebration

12/01/201712/01/2017
348 W 19th Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Gulf Shores will kick off its holiday festivities on Friday, December 1 with the Lighted Christmas Parade. The evening parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature festive lighted floats as well as appearances from holiday characters and marching bands. Large crowds of spectators looking to bask in the holiday spirit are anticipated along Highway 59 as parade entries make their way from the Gulf Place Public Beach to Sims Park.

The magical atmosphere from the parade will roll continuously into the night as a celebration in Sims Park will kick off immediately following the parade. Families can enjoy pictures with Santa, holiday treats, crafts and a snowball drop. It will be a man-made blizzard as 4,000 ping pong balls will be dropped from above. Winning snowballs will have a number that correlates with a prize supplied by our generous sponsors.

Living History Crew Weekend Drills

12/02/201712/03/2017
2703 Battleship Pkwy., Mobile, AL 36602

The USS Alabama Living History Crew brings WWII history to life. This crew, dressed in uniform, will create a memorable weekend for all guests. Activities featured include call to battle stations and weapon demonstrations. Most anticipated is the Yak Attack, with vintage airplanes to decend on the ship while the crew defends the Alabama by firing restored WWII 20 and 40 mm guns!

Fort Morgan Gift Shop Holiday Open House

12/03/201712/03/2017
110 State Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Visitors of the site on this day will get to enjoy a Holiday Open House at the gift shop. Refreshments will be served outside of the museum from 2 - 4 p.m.  Special gifts and holiday decorations will be available for purchase in the gift shop. Soldiers dressed in period uniforms will be stationed inside the fort casemates.

The Blueberry Sessions Fall Concert Series presents Griffin House

12/07/201712/07/2017
12562 Mary Ann Beech Rd. , Fairhope, AL

We are excited to announce our first ever fall concert series, The Blueberry Sessions. Teaming up with Hix Snedeker Companies and Skate Mountain Records, we will host the intimate three-part concert series featuring live musical performances from world-class Southern singers and songwriters set in the idyllic surroundings of our organic Fairhope farm.

These events will also include opening acts by up-and-coming artists newly signed by Skate Mountain Records.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the concerts beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online, at The Fairhope Store and Dr. Music Records, both located in downtown Fairhope. A limited number of season passes to all three events are also available for $70 and include early entry for priority seating.

Music has a special heritage in Alabama from small town stages to the iconic recording studios of Muscle Shoals. If you love music and the stories behind the songs this is an event not to be missed!

About the artist: With Griffin House’s upcoming album, So On and So Forth, it is clear the artist digs deep and offers up his narrative after much reflection. House is now a young family man and artist who is choosing sobriety and celebrating the path to his success, through songs which share his perspective on how people remember the past with rose-colored glasses, how we grow up and realize what we deeply need, and how we must find happiness in ourselves in the present.


32nd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

12/09/201712/09/2017

The 32nd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will begin at LuLu's Homeport Marina. The parade will travel east down the Intracoastal Waterway Canal, past The Wharf (public viewing area), around Bear Point, along the south end of Ono Island, west to Perdido Pass, north into Terry Cove Harbor, south to bridge, and end at Cobalt Restaurant in Orange Beach.

Civil War Tour Series

01/02/201801/30/2018
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Every Tuesday in January at 2 p.m. a historian will guide visitors on a hour long tour of the Fort. Each week the historian will speak on a different topic.

  • Week 1 "Fort Bowyer",
  • Week 2 "Early Civil War",
  • Week 3 " Battle of Mobile Bay",
  • Week 4 "Siege of Fort Morgan",
  • Week 5 "All Eras of the Forts History".  

Civil War Tour Series

02/06/201802/27/2018
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Every Tuesday during February at 2 p.m. a historian will guide visitors on a hour long tour of the Fort. Each week the historian will speak on a different topic.

  • Week 1 "Fort Bowyer",
  • Week 2 "Early Civil War",
  • Week 3 " Battle of Mobile Bay",
  • Week 4 "Siege of Fort Morgan",
  • Week 5 "All Eras of the Forts History".  

Mystical Order of Mirams Parade

02/09/201802/09/2018
24131 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you.

The Mystical Order of Mirams is a women's organization based in Orange Beach with members from all over Baldwin County, as well as Mobile, Birmingham, and even Atlanta.

Started in 2006, the founding members of the Mirams, according to the group's web site, "wanted to start a women's krewe that would be able to parade and ball in a HUGE style."

The group puts on the only family friendly, women's nighttime parade on Pleasure Island.

"We love our community," the Mirams' web site says, "and strive to give back as much as possible. With every event we host, we give generous donations to a charity that we choose. We love to keep our donations local when we can."

Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade

02/10/201802/10/2018
24281 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you.

According to the written history of the Mystics of Pleasure, "while overlooking the Marina on Cotton Bayou and watching the sun set on a glorious April evening, a group of men planned what was to become ... Pleasure Island's very first nighttime Mardi Gras parading society."
By Carnival of 2001, the Mystics of Pleasure held its first ball and Mardi Gras parade in Orange Beach. Unlike parading groups to the west, marshals with the Mystics of Pleasure ride Harley-Davidsons, not horses.
The group also sponsors the Thunder Run boating event every year.

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade

02/13/201802/13/2018
Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you.

The City of Gulf Shores is excited to continue its expanded role as lead organizers for the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade. This history of the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade dates back to 1978 when a group of locals decided Gulf Shores needed a parade. Those locals formed the Pleasure Island Players and thus Mardi Gras began in Gulf Shores. A year later the Mystic Order of Shiners joined the Pleasure Island Players to become what is now the oldest parading order in Baldwin County.

Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade

02/13/201802/13/2018
24131 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you.

The Orange Beach Parade started way back when as a loose confederation of groups, large and small, that wanted to parade by the beach.

About 10 years ago, the city of Orange Beach stepped in and took over the planning of the parade. It's still open to participation by just about anybody, even groups from outside of Orange Beach.

The Mystical Maids of Miram and the Mystics of Pleasure contribute to the parade, but so do groups from Foley to Perdido Key. Even groups that parade in Gulf Shores earlier in the day move up the road to be in the Orange Beach procession.

Typically, these days, there's about 55 units in the Fat Tuesday afternoon parade, and about 30,000 people gather along the two-mile stretch of Perdido Beach Boulevard to stand in the rain of throws.

44th Annual Festival of Art

03/10/201803/11/2018
26389 Canal Rd., Orange Beach, AL 36561

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you.

Festival of Art celebrates an extraordinary amount of arts and artists from visual arts and fine arts and crafts to glass artists, potters, painters, sculptors, watercolorists, textile artists and wood artists. The event will also hold a kid's art alley, a culinary arts court featuring local fare and a music and songwriter's stage. Public parking is located at The Wharf in Orange Beach and shuttles will be provided for $2 each way. No public parking will be available on site. Bike Village will provide bicycle parking at the festival! For more information visit our website.

The 66th Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival

03/16/201803/18/2018
Fairhope, AL

The 66th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival is scheduled for March 16-18. Festival hours are Friday - Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is free to the public.

More than 230 exhibitors from all over the country will bring their best works. This prestigious juried show showcases artists from across the country including many from the Southeast. Enjoy live entertainment and delicious cuisine from the food court throughout this great three-day event. An Eastern Shore staple for more than 60 years, there’s something for everyone at the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival on the streets of beautiful downtown Fairhope.

BBQ & Blues Cook-off 2018

03/17/201803/17/2018
125 E. Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 36535

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you.

Welcome spring with the annual BBQ & Blues Cook-Off, held the third Saturday in March in downtown Foley's Heritage Park. In addition to great food, enjoy live blues music, arts and crafts, and children's activities. Mostly, enjoy the delicious, finger-licking, grilled concoctions from competing BBQ teams!

Do you think you have what it takes to be a BBQ grill master? Then grab some friends and start a team. Teams are comprised of companies and individuals competing for bragging rights in multiple categories from Best "Q", Best Sauce, or Anything "Butt".

The BBQ & Blues Cook-Off is a gated and ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased by going online or at the gate the day of the event. Boston Butts can be purchased for pick-up on site for $30. Butts are provided by LA BBQ.



Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

03/24/201803/24/2018
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you.

Hop on down to Bellingrath Gardens for our annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Hundreds of colorful eggs will be scattered across the Great Lawn for children to collect in three separate hunts for different age groups. The day of Easter fun will include prizes, candy, activities and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Reservations are required for the fourth annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the Magnolia Cafe. Call to  register.

The Original German Sausage Festival

03/31/201803/31/2018
13052 Main St., Elberta, AL 36530

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you.

The Elberta Sausage Festival makes its semiannual return to that South Baldwin hamlet. Held in Elberta Town Park, just north of the town’s only stop light on Hwy. 98, the event attracts up to 20,000 revelers, according to organizers. A 40-year tradition, the festival is a major regional event that attracts a cross section of the community in what has become a reunion type atmosphere. It is also the main revenue source for the area’s volunteer fire department.

Festival fans can enjoy Elberta's famous German sausage and sauerkraut, plus continuous entertainment
for adults and children, and 250 arts & crafts booths. There will also be carnival rides and a full-scale Midway. Of course, there will also be a Bier Garten featuring a large selection of imported and domestic beers.

Other scrumptious foods will include German-style filled cabbage, potato salad, goulash, red beans and rice, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn, peanuts and homemade baked goods.
The Bellview Stumpfiddle Band will perform with the North End Stompers and other cloggers. There will also be polka, country and German music.

Spearheaded by Elberta's Volunteer Fire Department since 1978, festival proceeds are used for improving not only the fire department, but the town as well. Additionally, local non-profits benefit from the festival through proceeds from their booth sales and parking lot fees. The festival is held twice a year - on the last Saturday of March and the last Saturday of October. Although it has been tweaked a bit over the years, the original secret recipe for Elberta's famous sausage is credited to Alfred Stucki, who managed Elberta's Locker Plant from 1953 until his death in 1973. About 7,000 pounds of German Sausage are consumed at each fest.

Easter Sunrise Service at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

04/01/201804/01/2018
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you.

Guests are invited to a special sunrise service on Live Oak Plaza at Bellingrath Gardens and Home on Easter Sunday. The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is open to everyone in the community. There is no charge for admission. A limited number of chairs will be set up and guests are also encouraged to bring their own chairs. A continental breakfast will be available to purchase in the Magnolia Cafe after the service. In the event of inclement weather, the Sunrise Service will be moved indoors to the Magnolia Cafe.

25th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show

04/07/201804/07/2018
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you.

The Mobile Bay Mustang Club's 24th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show will be held April 7 at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Guests will stroll among hundreds of vintage and classic cars on the Great Lawn. Snacks and lunch will be available for purchase on site.

Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project

04/17/201804/17/2018
110 State Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Birmingham Audubon in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Mississippi State University, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, the Alabama Historical Commission, and Mobile Bay Audubon Society is excited to announce our new Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project, scheduled for April 17 - 21 at Baldwin County’s historic Fort Morgan.

Reviving the popular public bird banding events originally championed by the late Bob Sargent and his wife, Martha, this project provides a scientifically invaluable look at spring migrants traveling through the Coastal Alabama section of the Mississippi Flyway, one of the four major routes North American birds travel on their way to and from their summer breeding grounds. Throughout the week, the public will enjoy unparalleled access both to researchers and to the birds, with opportunities to discuss the science behind the surveys and the important conservation work happening on the Gulf Coast. They’ll also get up-close-and-personal looks at some amazing migratory birds!

Remember to bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, and perhaps an outdoor chair; restrooms and concessions are available next to the ferry, and all ages are welcome to attend. Please note that while the Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project is free, there is an admission fee to enter the park. For up-to-date pricing, visit this website.

Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project

04/18/201804/18/2018
110 State Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Birmingham Audubon in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Mississippi State University, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, the Alabama Historical Commission, and Mobile Bay Audubon Society is excited to announce our new Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project, scheduled for April 17 - 21 at Baldwin County’s historic Fort Morgan.

Reviving the popular public bird banding events originally championed by the late Bob Sargent and his wife, Martha, this project provides a scientifically invaluable look at spring migrants traveling through the Coastal Alabama section of the Mississippi Flyway, one of the four major routes North American birds travel on their way to and from their summer breeding grounds. Throughout the week, the public will enjoy unparalleled access both to researchers and to the birds, with opportunities to discuss the science behind the surveys and the important conservation work happening on the Gulf Coast. They’ll also get up-close-and-personal looks at some amazing migratory birds!

Remember to bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, and perhaps an outdoor chair; restrooms and concessions are available next to the ferry, and all ages are welcome to attend. Please note that while the Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project is free, there is an admission fee to enter the park. For up-to-date pricing, visit this website.

Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project

04/19/201804/19/2018
110 State Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Birmingham Audubon in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Mississippi State University, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, the Alabama Historical Commission, and Mobile Bay Audubon Society is excited to announce our new Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project, scheduled for April 17 - 21 at Baldwin County’s historic Fort Morgan.

Reviving the popular public bird banding events originally championed by the late Bob Sargent and his wife, Martha, this project provides a scientifically invaluable look at spring migrants traveling through the Coastal Alabama section of the Mississippi Flyway, one of the four major routes North American birds travel on their way to and from their summer breeding grounds. Throughout the week, the public will enjoy unparalleled access both to researchers and to the birds, with opportunities to discuss the science behind the surveys and the important conservation work happening on the Gulf Coast. They’ll also get up-close-and-personal looks at some amazing migratory birds!

Remember to bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, and perhaps an outdoor chair; restrooms and concessions are available next to the ferry, and all ages are welcome to attend. Please note that while the Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project is free, there is an admission fee to enter the park. For up-to-date pricing, visit this website.

Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project

04/20/201804/20/2018
110 State Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Birmingham Audubon in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Mississippi State University, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, the Alabama Historical Commission, and Mobile Bay Audubon Society is excited to announce our new Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project, scheduled for April 17 - 21 at Baldwin County’s historic Fort Morgan.

Reviving the popular public bird banding events originally championed by the late Bob Sargent and his wife, Martha, this project provides a scientifically invaluable look at spring migrants traveling through the Coastal Alabama section of the Mississippi Flyway, one of the four major routes North American birds travel on their way to and from their summer breeding grounds. Throughout the week, the public will enjoy unparalleled access both to researchers and to the birds, with opportunities to discuss the science behind the surveys and the important conservation work happening on the Gulf Coast. They’ll also get up-close-and-personal looks at some amazing migratory birds!

Remember to bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, and perhaps an outdoor chair; restrooms and concessions are available next to the ferry, and all ages are welcome to attend. Please note that while the Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project is free, there is an admission fee to enter the park. For up-to-date pricing, visit this website.

Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project

04/21/201804/21/2018
110 State Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Birmingham Audubon in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Mississippi State University, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, the Alabama Historical Commission, and Mobile Bay Audubon Society is excited to announce our new Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project, scheduled for April 17 - 21 at Baldwin County’s historic Fort Morgan.

Reviving the popular public bird banding events originally championed by the late Bob Sargent and his wife, Martha, this project provides a scientifically invaluable look at spring migrants traveling through the Coastal Alabama section of the Mississippi Flyway, one of the four major routes North American birds travel on their way to and from their summer breeding grounds. Throughout the week, the public will enjoy unparalleled access both to researchers and to the birds, with opportunities to discuss the science behind the surveys and the important conservation work happening on the Gulf Coast. They’ll also get up-close-and-personal looks at some amazing migratory birds!

Remember to bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, and perhaps an outdoor chair; restrooms and concessions are available next to the ferry, and all ages are welcome to attend. Please note that while the Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project is free, there is an admission fee to enter the park. For up-to-date pricing, visit this website.

Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

04/27/201804/27/2018
17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you.

The Interstate Mullet Toss is always held the last full weekend in April. The Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party is legendary. What started as just a reason to party has become one of the biggest beach parties on the coast. Those who participate in the Mullet Toss will throw a dead mullet over the state line of Florida and Alabama to see who gets the farthest. Not to mention it's a great excuse to throw a weekend long party, with lots of fun activities, great music and food! Each year, with your help, we raise and contribute over $20,000 to local charities, especially youth organizations. The event begins Friday at noon, and Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Celebrity tossers are at high noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Parking is $10 per car and lots will be manned by local charities and youth sport groups. Shuttles at $5 per head will be running non-stop starting 7a.m. on F. - Sun. Pick up spots are the Publix parking lot in Orange Beach and the Winn-Dixie lot in Perdido Key.

Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

04/28/201804/28/2018
17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you.

The Interstate Mullet Toss is always held the last full weekend in April. The Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party is legendary. What started as just a reason to party has become one of the biggest beach parties on the coast. Those who participate in the Mullet Toss will throw a dead mullet over the state line of Florida and Alabama to see who gets the farthest. Not to mention it's a great excuse to throw a weekend long party, with lots of fun activities, great music and food! Each year, with your help, we raise and contribute over $20,000 to local charities, especially youth organizations. The event begins Friday at noon, and Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Celebrity tossers are at high noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Parking is $10 per car and lots will be manned by local charities and youth sport groups. Shuttles at $5 per head will be running non-stop starting 7a.m. on F. - Sun. Pick up spots are the Publix parking lot in Orange Beach and the Winn-Dixie lot in Perdido Key.

Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

04/29/201804/29/2018
17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you.

The Interstate Mullet Toss is always held the last full weekend in April. The Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party is legendary. What started as just a reason to party has become one of the biggest beach parties on the coast. Those who participate in the Mullet Toss will throw a dead mullet over the state line of Florida and Alabama to see who gets the farthest. Not to mention it's a great excuse to throw a weekend long party, with lots of fun activities, great music and food! Each year, with your help, we raise and contribute over $20,000 to local charities, especially youth organizations. The event begins Friday at noon, and Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Celebrity tossers are at high noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Parking is $10 per car and lots will be manned by local charities and youth sport groups. Shuttles at $5 per head will be running non-stop starting 7a.m. on F. - Sun. Pick up spots are the Publix parking lot in Orange Beach and the Winn-Dixie lot in Perdido Key.

The Hangout Music Festival 2018

05/18/201805/20/2018
101 E Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you.

An annual three-day music festival held at the public beaches of Gulf Shores, the event features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music.

This years line-up features: Mumford and Sons, Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, Weezer, DJ Snake, MGMT, Sigur Rós, Marshmello, Dillon Francis, Band of Horses, The Head and the Heart, Tory Lanez, A$AP Ferg, Young the Giant, Franz Ferdinand, Charli XCX, Lukas Graham, Mac De Marco, Local Natives, Rüfüs Du Sol, Lil Yachty, Warpaint, Cash Cash, The Strumbellas, Louis the Child, NGHTMRE, Snakehips, Shaggy, Gryffin, Matoma, Cheat Codes, Kungs, Magic!, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Mutemath, Bishop Briggs, Bob Moses, Lany, PVRIS, Lewis Del Mar, Arizona, Russ, Joseph, The Hunna, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Nora En Pure, Shaun Frank, LP, Towkio, Barns Courtney, Coin, Frances, The Suffers, 888, Kapslap, Cobi, Le Youth, Pardison Fontaine, Tkay Maidza, Foreign Air, Bassh, Mondo Cozmo, and White Reaper

Memorial Day Tribute 2018

05/26/201805/26/2018
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Uniformed interpreters will bring the fort to life through demonstration of period drills on the fort's parade ground as well as artillery demonstration at the water battery. Special talks given by the site historians will provide insight into the events that transpired as well as introduce topics little written about in books.  Explore the military history of Mobile Point from the War of 1812, Civil War, WWI, and WWII. Living history staff will remember those who gave their lives in serve at Fort Morgan.

Tuesday Evening Civil War Tour

06/05/201807/31/2018
51 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, 36542

Historians and site staff, dressed in period uniform, will provide historical insights on various periods of Fort Morgan's History and the life of people who worked and served here. Laundresses will tell the story of the role for women. Soldiers will give details on the hardships for daily life here. Historians will tell personal stories passed down in historical documents. Artillery and small firearm demonstrations will be given to show how much work is involved in firing on the opposing sides men.

Salute To American Independence

06/30/201806/30/2018
110 Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

The living history staff celebrate America's Independence through firing artillery, weapons demonstrations, and special tours. Historians and site staff, dressed in period uniform, will provide historical insights on various periods of Fort Morgan's History and the life of people who worked and served here. Laundresses will tell the story of the role for women. Soldiers will give details on the hardships for daily life here.  Historians will tell personal stories passed down in historical documents. Artillery and small firearm demonstrations will be given to show how much work is involved in firing on the opposing sides men.