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.

Guided Pier Walk

03/28/201703/28/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Meet at the Gulf State Park Fishing Pier concession stand for a free guided tour along the pier. Our Naturalist will talk about some amazing facts about the pier as well as point out various wild life in the water and around the pier.

Alligator Adventures

03/28/201703/28/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Come to the Education Building and see a slide show and learn some interesting facts about this pre-historic creature that can be found in Gulf State Park! We will have a baby alligator on display and you will have an opportunity to touch and/or have your picture taken with the alligator.

Prescribed Burns

03/29/201703/29/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

One tool that foresters use to maintain healthy habitats is controlled burning of overgrown areas. As one of the most important natural agents of change, fire plays a vital role in maintaining certain ecosystems. Prescribed fire reintroduces the beneficial effects of fire into an ecosystem, producing the kinds of vegetation and landscapes we want, and reducing the hazard of catastrophic wildfire caused by excessive fuel buildup. Meet our Naturalist in the Education Building to learn the details of why and how prescribed burning is utilized in Gulf State Park.

Guided Nature Walk

03/29/201703/29/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Meet our park guide at the entrance in the parking lot of Gulf Oak Ridge and explore one of the trails in Gulf State Park. Bring binoculars if you have them. We will have some to share. 

Carnivorous Plants of Gulf State Park

03/30/201703/30/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Come to the Education Building to learn about unique plants that have adapted to their environment by eating insects. Our Park Guide will show you examples of these plants and explain how they survive in the poor soils found in bogs and marshes.

Wildflowers of Gulf State Park

03/30/201703/30/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Gulf State Park is home to a large number of wildflowers. Come view this slide program that highlights those flowers that are present during each season. Come to the Education Building to learn about the wildflowers of Gulf State Park.

Snake Encounters

03/31/201703/31/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Visit the Nature Center to learn all about our native snakes. You will learn how to identify the local venomous species and why these creatures are an important part of our environment. Bring a camera and get your picture touching a beautiful snake.

Guided Bird Walk

03/31/201703/31/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Meet our park guide at the Nature Center to take a bird walk around the area. Bring binoculars if you have them. We will have a few to share.

Kid Cam Camp Open House

04/01/201704/01/2017
22118 Campground Rd, Gulf Shores, 36542

Come to the Open House at the Gulf State Park Activities Building and learn about our Summer Day Camp program.

For campers ages entering Kindergarten-13, Kidcam summer camp location thrives in the heart of Alabama’s Gulf State Park. Located in the city of Gulf Shores, white sun-kissed beaches, a surging surf, seagulls and seashells greet you at Gulf State Park. Consisting of 6,150 acres, this ideal summer daycamp location is perfect for both locals looking for a full-time summer camp option for their children, as well as vacationers hoping their children can experience what the Gulf State Park has to offer.

For vacationers visiting the area, children can attend on a daily basis for $35 a day and includes a shirt. Please call 504-274-1404 to coordinate this.

24th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show

04/01/201704/01/2017
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

The Mobile Bay Mustang Club's 24th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show will be held April 1 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.

Kids of the Wilderness Campout

04/01/201704/01/2017
21101 State Highway 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Join us at Lake Shelby for a campout! We will be teaching survival skills such as camping 101, fire-building and fishing 101. Outdoor and wildlife safety activities will end at 6 p.m. but participants have the option to stay overnight and must provide their own camping equipment. Participate in our Camping 101 class to receive a card to use our Gulf State Park equipment for free of charge at a future date. 

Video: First Flight ? A Mother Hummingbird?s Story

04/01/201704/01/2017
22120 Campground Rd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

View stunning close-up photography as a mother Black-chinned Hummingbird builds her nest and raises her babies.  Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home Celebrates 85th Anniversary of Opening to the Public

04/07/201704/07/2017
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is celebrating a major milestone on Friday, April 7, the 85th anniversary of the date that the Gardens officially opened to the public.

Walter Bellingrath placed an ad in the Mobile Register on April 6, 1932, inviting the public to tour the Gardens the next day. He and his wife, Bessie, were stunned by the response. Nearly 4,700 visitors arrived, causing a huge traffic jam.

The Bellingraths decided to keep the gardens open to the public and to charge a small admission fee. Life at their idyllic Fowl River retreat would never be the same.

To celebrate this milestone, we invite our guests to enjoy the gardens at a special admission rate. Other surprises will be in store so join us on this special day in the history of Bellingrath Gardens and Home.

Beethoven's 9th Symphony

04/08/201704/08/2017
6 South Joachim St., Mobile, AL 36602

Soar with the biggest, most triumphant Beethoven of them all -Symphony No. 9, Ode to Joy! Revel in Handel's grand Coronation Anthems!

Scott Speck, conductor

University of South Alabama Concert Choir

Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

04/08/201704/08/2017
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

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.

Spring Garrison Living History Day 2017

04/08/201704/08/2017
110 Hwy. 180 W., 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.

Discovery Day at The Estuarium at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab

04/08/201704/08/2017
101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, 36528

Make plans with your family to join us at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab for Discovery Day on April 8, 2017. The fun starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m.

Discovery Day takes advantage of all the resources on the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's campus, from The Estuarium to our Research Facilities. Visitors will also have a chance to tour our research vessel Alabama Discovery.

Touch tanks, arts and crafts, and interactive exhibits create an amazing learning experience for all ages. Our marine scientists and graduate students will be on hand to answer your questions and share their ongoing research projects.

"Discovery Day is a great opportunity for the public to see the mission of the Sea Lab, which is to increase ocean literacy through research and education," Executive Director John Valentine said.

Planning to join the DISL team for Discovery Day is Smoky the Bear, the Azalea Trail Maids, Alabama Power with their Electric Car, Weeks Bay National Estuarine, Share the Beach, and more.

The day is free, except for a reduced adult admission to the Estuarium. For more information call the Dauphin Island Sea Lab at 251-861-2141 or visit www.disl.org.

Beethoven's 9th Symphony

04/09/201704/09/2017
6 South Joachim St., Mobile, AL 36602

Soar with the biggest, most triumphant Beethoven of them all -Symphony No. 9, Ode to Joy! Revel in Handel's grand Coronation Anthems!

Scott Speck, conductor 

University of South Alabama Concert Choir

Easter Sunrise Service at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

04/16/201704/16/2017
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

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.

Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project

04/18/201704/18/2017
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 18 - 22 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!

For the first day the station is open to the public on April 18, we'll open it to the public at 2 p.m. and close the nets sometime between 3 – 4 p.m. 

The banding station will open for the public on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 18 at 2 p.m. and stay open until Saturday morning, April 22 at 11 a.m. All ages are welcome to attend! The fort is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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.

Participating researchers include Eric Soehren, a graduate of?Jacksonville?State?University with both undergraduate and master’s degrees in Biology, Eric has been a zoologist with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s State Lands Division since 1997. He currently manages the Wehle Land Conservation Center (WLCC), where he administers the Avian Conservation Center, which works to develop and coordinate bird research and monitoring programs. Eric is actively involved with several conservation organizations including the Alabama Ornithological Society, Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, and the Inland Bird Banding Association.

Dr. Scott Rush, an assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture at Mississippi State, Scott received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2009. While his graduate research focused on properties of northern Gulf tidal-marsh ecosystems, he and his graduate students currently work on developing novel approaches to understand landscape/trophic ecologies and wildlife populations.


8th annual Crawfish in the Courtyard Mudbugs, Music & More

04/18/201704/18/2017
65 Government St., Mobile, AL 36633

Heralding the official opening of crawfish season on the Gulf Coast, the Exploreum's Junior Advisory Board is hosting its 8th annual Crawfish in the Courtyard. The signature Cajun-themed fundraising soiree will be held at the science center Tuesday, April 18 at 6 p.m.

All event proceeds will benefit Discover Science, the Exploreum's program with the Mobile Housing Board to provide underserved children engaging educational science experiences including IMAX films, lab demonstrations and science camps. More than 300 guests attended the previous crawfish event and raised $15,000 for the program.

Event hosts are the Exploreum's Junior Advisory Board, a volunteer organization of leaders from the young professional community dedicated to raise awareness and support for the Exploreum Science Center.

Admission includes:

* All you can eat crawfish

* Adult beverages provided by Gulf Distributing Company

* Live music by Ryan Balthrop

* Silent Auction

* Free parking options include the lot across from Fort Conde on Royal Street, Water Street lot by Cooper Riverside Park, and very limited parking around Mardi Gras Park.

*This is a 21years old and up only event

Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project

04/19/201704/19/2017
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 18 - 22 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!

The usual opening times for the public to view the station will be 8 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.  The closing time is dependent upon weather and the activity at the station. If bird activity is pretty low, the team may close the nets earlier than 3, but it won't be drastically earlier. 

All ages are welcome to attend! The fort is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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.

Participating researchers include Eric Soehren, a graduate of?Jacksonville?State?University with both undergraduate and master’s degrees in Biology, Eric has been a zoologist with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s State Lands Division since 1997. He currently manages the Wehle Land Conservation Center (WLCC), where he administers the Avian Conservation Center, which works to develop and coordinate bird research and monitoring programs. Eric is actively involved with several conservation organizations including the Alabama Ornithological Society, Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, and the Inland Bird Banding Association.

Dr. Scott Rush, an assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture at Mississippi State, Scott received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2009. While his graduate research focused on properties of northern Gulf tidal-marsh ecosystems, he and his graduate students currently work on developing novel approaches to understand landscape/trophic ecologies and wildlife populations.


Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project

04/20/201704/20/2017
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 18 - 22 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!

The banding station will open for the public until Saturday morning, April 22 at 11 a.m. All ages are welcome to attend!

The usual opening times for the public to view the station will be 8 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.  The closing time is dependent upon weather and the activity at the station. If bird activity is pretty low, the team may close the nets earlier than 3, but it won't be drastically earlier. 

The fort is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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.

Participating researchers include Eric Soehren, a graduate of?Jacksonville?State?University with both undergraduate and master’s degrees in Biology, Eric has been a zoologist with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s State Lands Division since 1997. He currently manages the Wehle Land Conservation Center (WLCC), where he administers the Avian Conservation Center, which works to develop and coordinate bird research and monitoring programs. Eric is actively involved with several conservation organizations including the Alabama Ornithological Society, Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, and the Inland Bird Banding Association.

Dr. Scott Rush, an assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture at Mississippi State, Scott received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2009. While his graduate research focused on properties of northern Gulf tidal-marsh ecosystems, he and his graduate students currently work on developing novel approaches to understand landscape/trophic ecologies and wildlife populations.


Awakened Life Yoga Fest at Gulf State Park

04/21/201704/21/2017

Find yourself deeply immersed and inspired by empowering presenters in two beautiful natural settings by the Gulf of Mexico and on the campground of Lake Shelby. Awakened Life Festival is a unique and special gathering unlike any other.  This three-day event features over 50 offerings including yoga, meditation, music, drum circles, SUP yoga, social gatherings, movie on the beach, jewelry making and more.

Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project

04/21/201704/21/2017
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 18 - 22 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!

The banding station will open for the public until Saturday morning, April 22 at 11 a.m. All ages are welcome to attend!

The usual opening times for the public to view the station will be 8 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.  The closing time is dependent upon weather and the activity at the station. If bird activity is pretty low, the team may close the nets earlier than 3, but it won't be drastically earlier. 

The fort is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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.

Participating researchers include Eric Soehren, a graduate of?Jacksonville?State?University with both undergraduate and master’s degrees in Biology, Eric has been a zoologist with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s State Lands Division since 1997. He currently manages the Wehle Land Conservation Center (WLCC), where he administers the Avian Conservation Center, which works to develop and coordinate bird research and monitoring programs. Eric is actively involved with several conservation organizations including the Alabama Ornithological Society, Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, and the Inland Bird Banding Association.

Dr. Scott Rush, an assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture at Mississippi State, Scott received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2009. While his graduate research focused on properties of northern Gulf tidal-marsh ecosystems, he and his graduate students currently work on developing novel approaches to understand landscape/trophic ecologies and wildlife populations.


Living History Crew Weekend Drills

04/22/201704/22/2017
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!

Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project

04/22/201704/22/2017
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 18 - 22 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!

The banding station will open for the public until Saturday morning, April 22 at 11 a.m. All ages are welcome to attend! The fort is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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.

Participating researchers include Eric Soehren, a graduate of?Jacksonville?State?University with both undergraduate and master’s degrees in Biology, Eric has been a zoologist with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s State Lands Division since 1997. He currently manages the Wehle Land Conservation Center (WLCC), where he administers the Avian Conservation Center, which works to develop and coordinate bird research and monitoring programs. Eric is actively involved with several conservation organizations including the Alabama Ornithological Society, Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, and the Inland Bird Banding Association.

Dr. Scott Rush, an assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture at Mississippi State, Scott received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2009. While his graduate research focused on properties of northern Gulf tidal-marsh ecosystems, he and his graduate students currently work on developing novel approaches to understand landscape/trophic ecologies and wildlife populations.


Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

04/28/201704/28/2017
17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507

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.

Delta Woods and Waters Expo 2017

04/29/201704/29/2017
30841 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort, AL 36527

The Delta Woods and Waters Expo, an annual event sponsored by the City of Spanish Fort and held at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, celebrates the beauty of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Featuring a variety of informative presentations, exhibitions and interactive displays by experienced outdoorsmen, professionals, educators and enthusiasts, the Delta Woods & Waters Expo includes fun and exciting 30 minute boat tours and various hands-on demonstrations which allow attendees to learn and practice new skills with one-on-one instruction.

The mission of the Delta Woods & Waters Expo is to promote responsible and enjoyable outdoor recreational experiences through a fun and educational event.

For more information on Delta Woods & Waters Expo, visit the Delta Woods & Waters Expo’s Official Website.

To purchase boat tour tickets in advance, visit http://wildnativetours.com/coastal-alabama-special-events/

Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

04/29/201704/29/2017
17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507

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

04/30/201704/30/2017
17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507

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.

13th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

05/05/201705/06/2017
18507 U.S. 98, Foley, AL 36535

The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, presented by Tanger Outlets, welcomes more than 30 hot air balloonists from across the country. Enjoy the floating works of art as they grace the skies of South Baldwin County on Friday and Saturday morning. Get up close and personal as the hot air balloons and their pilots light up the evening skies at the nightly balloon glows, held Friday and Saturday night.

Guests enjoy free, fun entertainment featuring something for every member of your family. Spread out your blanket, grab an ice cold drink and enjoy a variety of live music daily, from country to rock and roll. Be sure to catch one of the many shows by the Disc Connected K-9 World Famous Frisbee Dog Show. Toss after toss you will be amazed as man’s best friend defies gravity catching their prized flying saucers. And don't forget about the Carnival!

Grab a cone of homemade ice cream or delicious BBQ plate as you shop through an eclectic array of local crafters, artisans, and retailers. Many crafters provide onsite demonstrations. Find a one of kind piece of art, or grab a souvenir to commemorate your visit.

Balloon Festival merchandise and weekend parking passes are now live on our website.

C Spire Concert Series presents Sturgill Simpson

05/06/201705/06/2017
23325 Amphitheater Dr., Orange Beach, AL 36561

Red Mountain Entertainment is pleased to announce Sturgill Simpson coming to The Wharf Amphitheater on Saturday, May 6. Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 16 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster or at The Wharf Box Office. Sturgill Simpson is nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Country Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

The performance will feature material from throughout Simpson’s catalog and is his way of thanking fans, both old and new, for a series of unprecedented years.

National Public Gardens Day

05/12/201705/12/2017
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

National Public Gardens Day is celebrated nationwide to promote public gardens’ important role in leading environmental stewardship and awareness. Join the festivities and get to know the Gardens with a special behind-the-scenes tour of our Production Greenhouses conducted by Bellingrath’s Horticultural Management Team. Find out how we grow our signature displays that provide beauty to more than 110,000 visitors every year.

The one hour long tour starts at 10:30 a.m. and is included in your regular Gardens admission. Garden admission is free for members, $13 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 5-12. Registration is requested as space is limited.

Pictures at an Exhibition

05/13/201705/13/2017
6 South Joachim St., Mobile, AL 36602

A truly glorious ending to our season: Mussorgsky's dazzling Pictures at an Exhibition and Dvorak's beloved Cello Concerto.
Scott Speck, conductor
Inbal Segev, cello
Bates: Mothership
Dvorak: Cello Concerto
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel)

 

Pictures at an Exhibition

05/14/201705/14/2017
6 South Joachim St., Mobile, AL 36602

A truly glorious ending to our season: Mussorgsky's dazzling Pictures at an Exhibition and Dvorak's beloved Cello Concerto.

Scott Speck, conductor

Inbal Segev, cello

 

Bates: Mothership

Dvorak: Cello Concerto

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel)

Mother?s Day Garden Concert

05/14/201705/14/2017
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra and Bellingrath Gardens and Home will present their Annual Mother’s Day Garden Concert. Enjoy music set amidst the splendor of the Gardens.

Please note that this is a daytime event. Limited seating will be provided, but visitors are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs or a blanket. We ask guests to bring their own picnic lunch. Beverages and snacks will be available to purchase.

You may reserve a table for four at $22 or six at $27, which includes a table, chairs and a table covering. Make your reservations early as tables are limited.

The Hangout Music Festival 2017

05/19/201705/21/2017
101 E Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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

C Spire Concert Series presents Alabama Southern Drawl Tour with special guest The Charlie Daniels Band

05/27/201705/27/2017
23325 Amphitheater Dr., Orange Beach, AL 36561

ALABAMA is the band that changed everything. They brought country music to the mainstream and from side stage to the main Stage. ALABAMA introduced rock style guitars, lights, pyrotechnics and sounds to the country audience.
"We were renegades in sneakers and t-shirts," says Teddy. "We had long hair and played loud and some of the country folks resisted us for a while. But then of course they did accept us and after that, our success made it lots easier for other bands to try it in country music," concluded Gentry. Bands benefitting from that breakthrough include Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line and Eli Young Band.
They have also inspired many of today’s brightest country stars including Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan as well as pop and rock stars from Ed Sheeran to Jon Bon Jovi.


Memorial Day Tribute 2017

05/27/201705/27/2017
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL

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. 

C Spire Concert Series presents: Brantley Gilbert with special guests Tyler Farr & Luke Combs

06/03/201706/03/2017
4550 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

Although it's tempting to call Brantley Gilbert a country artist -- he certainly embraces the outlaw country side of things. Gilbert was born in the small town of Jefferson, Georgia, just outside of Athens. He grew up hearing country music, but he also listened to a lot of Athens rock bands like R.E.M. and the B-52's, plus the swaggering Southern rock of bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd; at his best, Gilbert blends all of these various strains together in his music.

 

Tuesday Evening Civil War Tours

06/06/201706/27/2017
110 Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Watch Fort Morgan's Civil War history come to life every summer during the evening tours. Historical interpreters, portraying members of the garrison, tell about the lives of the soldiers during the fort's most turbulent years. Demonstrations of Civil War small arms drill will occur throughout the evening as well as the firing of one of the fort's artillery pieces at the conclusion of the tour.

 


 

Ocean Camp Summer Camps

06/06/201707/28/2017
PO Box 6166, Gulf Shores, AL 36547

Summer camps for ocean lovers and future scientists will take place in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.  Each week is a topic related to marine animals or ocean exploration. Half days allow an educational fun memory as well as plenty of free time for those who are visiting or are better with half days. Full days include a morning program from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and afternoon from 1 - 4 p.m. plus lunchtime with ocean movies and games from noon - 1 p.m.

This is one of the few speciality camps in the area so don't miss it! 

 

 

 

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band "I DON?T KNOW TOUR 2017"

06/06/201706/06/2017
4550 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

The wait is over. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will return to The Wharf Amphitheater for one night only as part of Jimmy Buffett’s “I Don't Know'” Tour 2017.
Local Parrotheads won't want to miss their chance to soak in the full Margaritaville experience.

"We are thrilled to welcome Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band back to The Wharf Amphitheater,”
said Art Favre, Owner of The Wharf. "This concert is always one of the highlights of the season and one of
the biggest parties of the summer. We look forward to welcoming Parrotheads from all over the Gulf Coast
back to Orange Beach!”

Turning Margaritaville into a musical has been an idea for quite a while but now it's gearing up to make its debut. "Escape to Margaritaville" will have its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, in La Jolla, California, in May 2017. After that, the musical will make a pre-Broadway stop in New Orleans, Houston and Chicago. The play will feature the music and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, from an original story, and includes both new songs and the most-loved Buffett classics. Speaking of Buffett classics, the most famous of them all, "Margaritaville" has been inducted into the 2016 Grammy Hall of Fame for its cultural and historic significance. Another milestone this year is the 40th anniversary of the 1977 album Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes, which featured the debut of “Margaritaville.” Other iconic songs from that record are regularly performed on tour as requested by the fans, such as the title track, “Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes,” “Lovely Cruise,” and “Banana Republics.”

Tickets go on sale next Friday, March 17 at 10 a.m. though Ticketmaster or at The Wharf box office.

Zoo Camp at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

06/19/201706/23/2017
1204 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Zoo Camp is offered to all elementary school age children, ages 5 to 11, in a full day session from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. conducted by licensed teachers and trained volunteers. Campers will explore animal life here at the zoo, partake in animal enrichment activities, meet our zoo keepers, and even greet some of our animal residents personally. They will also participate in age-specific games, arts and crafts projects and special zoo-related events. There will be plenty of hands-on educational and fun activities carried out in a safe and educational environment.

Zoo Camp is a collaborative effort within our community to create a rewarding, educational, and fun experience for everyone. We do hope you can be a part of this year's session!

Living History Crew Weekend Drills

06/24/201706/24/2017
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!

Salute To American Independence

07/01/201707/01/2017
110 Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

The living history staff celebrate America's Independence through firing artillery, weapons demonstrations, and special tours.

C Spire Concert Series presents Journey with special guests Asia

07/06/201707/06/2017
23325 Amphitheater Dr., Orange Beach, AL 36561

Journey has set a concert in Orange Beach at the The Wharf Amphitheater on July 6, performing all their classic hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Faithfully,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Separate Ways,” and more. Tickets are on sale to the general public.  
Journey VIP Packages will be available, including premium seats, exclusive merchandise and more. For more information, visit www.journeymusic.com.
Journey is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music. Since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco, Journey has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, earning 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, and has headlined multiple sold-out stadium tours. The Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times-Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified award holders.  Journey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.’ The band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.
 Neal Schon, founding member and lead guitarist, Ross Valory, original member and bassist, and longtime members Jonathan Cain, keyboardist and Arnel Pineda, lead singer, welcomed virtuoso drummer Steve Smith back into Journey for their “San Francisco Fest 2016” tour, marking the first time he performed with the band since 1998.  Schon’s musical career began at the age of 15, when he debuted with Santana as a guitar prodigy on the number one album, Santana III.  Valory has been a grounding force in Journey since the band’s formation other than a brief hiatus in the late 80’s and early 90’s and Cain was brought on board in 1980, rounding out the songwriting genius behind the defining album, Escape. Since Arnel Pineda joined Journey as its new lead singer in 2007, the band has released two albums and embarked on seven major tours, performing on four continents for more than five million fans, which earned the group Billboard’s prestigious "Legend of Live Award."

Tuesday Evening Civil War Tours

07/11/201707/25/2017
110 Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Watch Fort Morgan's Civil War history come to life every summer during the evening tours. Historical interpreters, portraying members of the garrison, tell about the lives of the soldiers during the fort's most turbulent years. Demonstrations of Civil War small arms drill will occur throughout the evening as well as the firing of one of the fort's artillery pieces at the conclusion of the tour.

 


 

Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay and Siege of Fort Morgan

08/05/201708/05/2017
110 Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

This one day living history event will remember the sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces and Confederate States Armed Forces during this pivotal naval battle and siege.

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.

Living History Crew Weekend Drills

08/19/201708/19/2017
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!

C Spire Concert Series presents Green Day: Revolution Radio Tour with special guest Catfish and Bottlemen

09/06/201709/06/2017
23325 Amphitheater Dr., Orange Beach, AL 36561

Green Day is an American punk rock band composed of vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tré Cool. Formed in 1986, Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY 924 Gilman Street Club in Berkeley, California. The band's early releases were with the independent record label Lookout! Records. In 1994, its major label debut Dookie released through Reprise Records became a breakout success and eventually sold over 10 million copies in the United States. Green Day was widely credited with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States.  Green Day's follow up albums Insomniac in 1995 and Nimrod in 1997 each sold over two million albums and were certified Double Platinum, and Warning in 2000 was certified Platinum. 

2004 brought the band's rock opera American Idiot which reignited the band's popularity with a younger generation and sold over six million copies in the United States.  Green Day is one of the world's best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. The group has won five Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, Record of the Year for Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Best Rock Album for the second time for 21st Century Breakdown and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording. In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway.  

On April 18, 2015, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class in what was their first year of eligibility for induction. On October 16, 2015, Green Day released the documentary Heart Like A Hand Grenade, an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the writing and recording of their legendary album American Idiot. The band’s latest album Revolution Radio was release on October 7, 2016 and debuted at No. 1 around the world.

The 14th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest

10/04/201710/07/2017
450 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532

Birders know the Alabama Gulf Coast is a prime spot to see birds during the fall migration, and since 2004, BirdFest has attracted visitors from more than 27 states and Canada—many returning multiple times. For both experienced birders and those new to birding, BirdFest offers more than 30 expertly guided tours, evening dinner events, workshops, and the free, family friendly Bird & Conservation Expo. Now a “birding and nature festival,” BirdFest features trips that highlight local and migrating birds, wildflowers, alligators, dolphins, and other creatures that share our world.

Living History Crew Weekend Drills

10/07/201710/07/2017
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!

6th Annual Festival of Flavor 2017

10/07/201710/07/2017
112 East Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 36535

The 6th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor, sponsored by Riviera Utilities is set to take place Saturday, October 1 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.

46th Annual National Shrimp Festival

10/12/201710/15/2017
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 46th 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, Zatarain'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 in 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.

Activities this year include Outdoor World and Singing for Scholarships. Outdoor World will feature fishing, boating, hunting and other outdoor vendors and activities. Singing for Scholarships will be a competition where high school singers from seven local schools will compete in elimination rounds to find out who will receive scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded to the top three contestants.

Families can enter the Annual Sand Sculpture Contest on Saturday. Kids can take part in a myriad of activities in the newly relocated Children's Activity Village, including face-painting, karaoke and much more.

Runners and walkers can enter the 10K and 5K races to help work off some of the great food at the festival. All net proceeds of the Run will be donated to Coastal Baldwin Education Enrichment, benefiting the local Gulf Shores and 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 Chevrolet models that will be on display.

Known Deaths and Burials at Mobile Point

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

This is a new guided tour by a historical interpreter of the known deaths and burials at Mobile Point from 1813-1910. Bring your own flashlight.

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.

2017 World Food Championships

11/05/201711/16/2017
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.

Living History Crew Weekend Drills

12/02/201712/02/2017
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!

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.