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.

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".  

Mobile Mystery Dinners presents Murder at the Mardi Gras Ball

01/12/201801/12/2018
751 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL

The motley crew from Murder at Mardi Gras and Who Killed the Boss at the Christmas Party have come again to try to celebrate Mardi Gras without some type of mayhem going on, but, needless to say, when this group gets together, anything can happen and usually does!
You would think that the Civic Center should be large enough to give them enough space so everyone could spread out and have a good time but no such luck.
This time, they are attending the 100th anniversary of their Mardi Gras organization, The Krewe de Mydal, and the theme of the ball is Gypsies, Carnivals and Magicians.  
     
The parade was over and everyone was ready for the exciting tableau. The word was out that the jester was to come out in a 16' champagne glass filled with champagne, tied up like Houdini. The plan was for him to break his restraints in the Champagne then jump out and open the festivities for the evening.
However, when the curtain opened, the Jester was laying over the glass dead; killed by the king's scepter which was found on the floor under the Champagne glass. Leave it to this group to totally disrupt this evening's activities for everyone!
Before long, the ball has been closed down, and the place is swarming with police and blue lights!
Come on down and help us solve the mystery of who killed the poor jester at Murder at the Mardi Gras Ball!!
 
Masks and costumes are encouraged, though optional, but rest assured that everyone will certainly have something to hide!
"Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!!"
(Let the Good Times Roll)

Advanced reservations are required. Doors open at 5 p.m. Price includes:

* A delicious, hot buffet-style meal
*An unlimited wine bar starting at 6:30 p.m. through the end of the show
* 2.5 Hours of hilarity by the MMD Players
* Free parking


2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach Productions presents Moscow Meets Manhattan Dueling Pianos Plus

01/29/201801/29/2018
1930 W. 2nd ST, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

On January 29 join Brian Gurl and Katherine Alexandra for Moscow Meets Manhattan Dueling Pianos Plus, a unique pairing of Russian Phenom and American Piano Man. This act has been wowing audiences nationwide for over three years! This class act is rich with brilliant artistry, humor and energy. This dynamic duo will thrill you with a repertoire from Rachmaninoff to Ragtime, Billy Joel to Broadway and Gypsy Folk Songs. Each of these shows begins at 7 p.m. at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center and tickets are $35.

Individual show tickets go on sale Monday, November 13 at 10 a.m. Fans may purchase tickets in the following ways: Online or in person at the City Store located at 1821 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, on Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information about the 2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach™ Productions or assistance regarding ticket purchasing, contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1171 or visit www.gulfshoresal.gov.

2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach Productions presents Moscow Meets Manhattan Dueling Pianos Plus

01/30/201801/30/2018
1930 W. 2nd ST, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

On January 30 join Brian Gurl and Katherine Alexandra for Moscow Meets Manhattan Dueling Pianos Plus, a unique pairing of Russian Phenom and American Piano Man. This act has been wowing audiences nationwide for over three years! This class act is rich with brilliant artistry, humor and energy. This dynamic duo will thrill you with a repertoire from Rachmaninoff to Ragtime, Billy Joel to Broadway and Gypsy Folk Songs. Each of these shows begins at 7 p.m. at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center and tickets are $35.

Individual show tickets go on sale Monday, November 13 at 10 a.m. Fans may purchase tickets in the following ways: Online or in person at the City Store located at 1821 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, on Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information about the 2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach™ Productions or assistance regarding ticket purchasing, contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1171 or visit www.gulfshoresal.gov.

2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach Productions presents Jukebox Broadway

02/05/201802/05/2018
1930 W. 2nd ST, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

On February 5, Small Town, Big Beach™ Productions presents “Jukebox Broadway” starring the Diamonds. This multimedia production includes costume changes, special lighting effects and video footage. The show will feature songs from 15 Broadway "Jukebox Musicals" including: Jersey Boys, Buddy, Grease, All Shook Up, Come Fly With Me, After Midnight and Mama Mia to name a few. The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center and tickets are $35.

Individual show tickets go on sale Monday, November 13 at 10 a.m. Fans may purchase tickets in the following ways: Online or in person at the City Store located at 1821 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, on Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information about the 2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach™ Productions or assistance regarding ticket purchasing, contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1171 or visit www.gulfshoresal.gov.

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".  

2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach Productions presents Jukebox Broadway

02/06/201802/06/2018
1930 W. 2nd ST, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

On February 6, Small Town, Big Beach™ Productions presents “Jukebox Broadway” starring the Diamonds. This multimedia production includes costume changes, special lighting effects and video footage. The show will feature songs from 15 Broadway "Jukebox Musicals" including: Jersey Boys, Buddy, Grease, All Shook Up, Come Fly With Me, After Midnight and Mama Mia to name a few. The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center and tickets are $35.

Individual show tickets go on sale Monday, November 13 at 10 a.m. Fans may purchase tickets in the following ways: Online or in person at the City Store located at 1821 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, on Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information about the 2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach™ Productions or assistance regarding ticket purchasing, contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1171 or visit www.gulfshoresal.gov.

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.

2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach Productions presents 62nd Addition of It's Magic!

02/19/201802/19/2018
1930 W. 2nd ST, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

On February 19 be prepared to be wowed with the 62nd Addition of It’s Magic! It’s Magic! has been delighting magic enthusiasts for more than five decades. This live stage show is unique in that it features many of the top professional magicians worldwide, with each act carefully selected to represent the variety of the art of magic. Each of these shows begins at 7 p.m. at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center and tickets are $35.

Individual show tickets go on sale Monday, November 13 at 10 a.m. Fans may purchase tickets in the following ways: Online or in person at the City Store located at 1821 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, on Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information about the 2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach™ Productions or assistance regarding ticket purchasing, contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1171 or visit www.gulfshoresal.gov.

2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach Productions presents 62nd Addition of It?s Magic!

02/20/201802/20/2018
1930 W. 2nd ST, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

On February 20 be prepared to be wowed with the 62nd Addition of It’s Magic! It’s Magic! has been delighting magic enthusiasts for more than five decades. This live stage show is unique in that it features many of the top professional magicians worldwide, with each act carefully selected to represent the variety of the art of magic. Each of these shows begins at 7 p.m. at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center and tickets are $35.

Individual show tickets go on sale Monday, November 13 at 10 a.m. Fans may purchase tickets in the following ways: Online or in person at the City Store located at 1821 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, on Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information about the 2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach™ Productions or assistance regarding ticket purchasing, contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1171 or visit www.gulfshoresal.gov.

2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach Productions presents The 3 Redneck Tenors

02/26/201802/26/2018
1930 W. 2nd ST, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

February 26 welcomes The 3 Redneck Tenors. The 3 Redneck Tenors are a new breed in the “tenor genre” – their musical comedy featuring classically trained veteran artists is like Duck Dynasty goes to Carnegie Hall - down home laughs with big city music! The 3 Redneck Tenors were top finalists on "America's Got Talent" and have been thrilling audiences since 2006. Each of the shows begins at 7 p.m. at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center and tickets are $35.

Individual show tickets go on sale Monday, November 13 at 10 a.m. Fans may purchase tickets in the following ways: Online or in person at the City Store located at 1821 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, on Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information about the 2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach™ Productions or assistance regarding ticket purchasing, contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1171 or visit www.gulfshoresal.gov.

2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach Productions presents The 3 Redneck Tenors

02/27/201802/27/2018
1930 W. 2nd ST, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

February 27 welcomes The 3 Redneck Tenors. The 3 Redneck Tenors are a new breed in the “tenor genre” – their musical comedy featuring classically trained veteran artists is like Duck Dynasty goes to Carnegie Hall - down home laughs with big city music! The 3 Redneck Tenors were top finalists on "America's Got Talent" and have been thrilling audiences since 2006. Each of the shows begins at 7 p.m. at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center and tickets are $35.

Individual show tickets go on sale Monday, November 13 at 10 a.m. Fans may purchase tickets in the following ways: Online or in person at the City Store located at 1821 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, on Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information about the 2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach™ Productions or assistance regarding ticket purchasing, contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1171 or visit www.gulfshoresal.gov.

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.

Discovery Day at The Estuarium at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab

04/07/201804/07/2018
101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, 36528

Make plans with your family to join us at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab for Discovery Day.

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.

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.

C Spire Concert Series presents: Styx & Reo Speedwagon with special guest Don Felder

04/14/201804/14/2018
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Announcing the Styx and REO Speedwagon tour with special guest Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles. Midwest rock heroes REO Speedwagon and Styx have a rich touring and recording history together. In 2000, the bands recorded a live album and DVD called Arch Allies: Live at Riverport at Riverport Amphitheatre in Missouri. In 2009, the bands embarked on the “Can’t Stop Rockin’” Tour and marked the occasion with a single, “Can’t Stop Rockin’,” co-written by Styx’s Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin. 2012 and 2013, REO Speedwagon and Styx hit the road together with the wildly successful “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” tour.
Most recently, in January, Styx and Don Felder shared the Las Vegas stage for an unforgettable five-night limited engagement, “Styx & Don Felder: Renegades In The Fast Lane,” at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas. And, on the Rock Legends Cruise in February, Don Felder invited REO Speedwagon’s Dave Amato up for an amazing performance of “Hotel California.”


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.

C Spire Concert Series presents: Chris Young Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour with special guests Kane Brown, Morgan Evans & Dee Jay Silver

04/20/201804/20/2018
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Following his induction into the Grand Ole Opry and the release of his acclaimed seventh album, Losing Sleep, 2017 has undoubtedly been a career-defining year for Chris Young. 2018 is teeing up to be another banner year for the 32-year old neo-traditionalist with the “Chris Young Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour.” After a tremendous response to the initial winter run, the tour has been extended with another 12 dates added in April and May with special guests Kane Brown, Morgan Evans and Dee Jay Silver. The tour will visit Orange Beach, AL on Friday, April 20 at The Wharf.

Tickets and VIP packages for the “Chris Young Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour,” promoted by AEG Presents and Concerts West, go on sale beginning Friday, December 8 at 10 a.m. local time. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, December 6 at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, December 7 at 10 p.m. local time. A limited number of exclusive VIP packages will also be available for sale starting December 5. These exclusive offers can include premium tickets, access to a pre-show VIP Hang includes an exclusive performance and special Q&A session, limited-edition lithographs, autographed memorabilia and much more. Ticket buyers will have the opportunity to redeem a CD or digital copy of Chris’s new album, Losing Sleep, with every order. Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased at ChrisYoungCountry.com.

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.

14th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

05/04/201805/04/2018
18507 U.S. 98, 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.

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.

14th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

05/05/201805/05/2018
18507 U.S. 98, 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.

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.

The Hangout Music Festival 2018

05/18/201805/18/2018
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

The Hangout Music Festival 2018

05/19/201805/19/2018
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

The Hangout Music Festival 2018

05/20/201805/20/2018
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.

C Spire Concert Series presents: Alan Jackson?s Honky Tonk Highway Tour

06/23/201806/23/2018
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

With a year of sold-out shows and packed houses in the rearview mirror, newly-minted Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour adds more miles and rolls into 2018 with a stop at The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach on Saturday, June 23! Tickets go on sale Friday, November 17 at 10 a.m.(CT).
Tickets and information are available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone 800.745.3000 or at The Wharf Box Office and by visiting alanjackson.com/tour, where you can find information about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more.

Jackson is again teaming up with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Experiences at many of
his 2018 shows; fans can choose from four experiences with a variety of perks including a backstage tour, the opportunity to watch the show from a custom barstool by the soundboard, access to a pre-show party, a signed poster, and more!

Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour will find the country icon performing hits that have gained him legions of longtime fans, songs that continue to draw new crowds as a younger generation discovers his music. Jackson’s repertoire stands the test of time; it has impacted a field of artists who cite Jackson as an influence. It’s these same songs many written by Alan that earned him his newfound place alongside country music’s greatest names and cemented his place in its history with membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous, including his debut hit “Here in The Real World” signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country” party anthems “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere”, “Good Time” and many, many more.

Jackson’s concert announcement comes on the heels of his show-ending CMA Awards performance celebrating his 2017 induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Alan and his band, The Strayhorns, reminded fans what they’ll enjoy on the Honky Tonk Highway Tour in 2018 as he closed out “Country Music’s Biggest Night” with back-to-back performances of “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” and “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” bringing the star-filled audience to its feet as the likes of Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Eric Church and others were seen singing along to Alan’s memories of “livin’ that honky tonk dream.”

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.

Shrimp Festival Golf Tournament for Education

09/14/201809/14/2018
815 Plantation Rd., 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 Shrimp Festival Golf Tournament for Education is an annual tradition and a project of the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber. Net proceeds from the tournament benefit programs that enhance and enrich the education of students in Coastal Alabama's elementary, middle, and high schools.

In an effort to make play more fun, the Shrimp Festival Golf Tournament for Education will have three different tee boxes for the players; Regular 59 and under, Seniors 60 and over, and Ladies. The tourney will be held at Kiva Dunes Golf and Beach Resort on Friday, September 8, with registration at 10:30 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at noon. Call for more details.

The 31st Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup

09/15/201809/15/2018

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.

Always the 3rd Saturday of September, Alabama Coastal Cleanup, the state's largest one-day volunteer event, returns for its 30th year on Saturday, September 16. Residents, visitors, individuals and organizations are invited to “get the trash out of the splash” by picking up trash littering Alabama coasts and waterways from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are needed on foot and on water.

An exciting addition to this year’s 30th annual cleanup will be an effort to incorporate enhanced recycling opportunities for trash collected during the cleanup event. Alabama Coastal Cleanup, with support from Weeks Bay Foundation, Thompson Engineering, and Alabama Coastal Foundation, will partner with the TerraCycle Company to provide plastics recycling at cleanup zones. TerraCycle offers free recycling programs funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help collect and recycle hard-to-recycle waste, such as washed-up trash found along beaches and shorelines.
Given the recent recognition of the harmful effects of marine debris in the environment, it is important to remove and recycle plastics from waterways.

In 2016, over 4,200 volunteers collected close to 36,700 pounds of trash from cleanup sites located from Gulf Shores to Dauphin Island. Since trash totals were collected at the first Alabama Coastal Cleanup in 1987, more than 1.6 million pounds of trash have been collected and disposed of properly. Volunteers are needed at 30 different cleanup sites in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Alabama Coastal Cleanup provides a t-shirt and clean up supplies to participants who collect trash.
For more info, go to www.AlabamaCoastal-Cleanup.com or call (251) 928-9792 or go to Facebook.

The 15th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest

10/03/201810/06/2018
450 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532

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.

Always the first full weekend of October, 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.

47th Annual National Shrimp Festival

10/11/201810/11/2018
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy., 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.

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event from October 12-15 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 plays daily Thursday through 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 Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission and Wind Creek Casino, 10,000 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.

47th Annual National Shrimp Festival

10/12/201810/12/2018
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy., 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.

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event from October 12-15 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 plays daily Thursday through 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 Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission and Wind Creek Casino, 10,000 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.

47th Annual National Shrimp Festival

10/13/201810/13/2018
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy., 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.

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event from October 12-15 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 plays daily Thursday through 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 Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission and Wind Creek Casino, 10,000 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.

47th Annual National Shrimp Festival

10/14/201810/14/2018
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy., 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.

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event from October 12-15 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 plays daily Thursday through 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, Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission and Wind Creek Casino, approximately 10,000 pounds of shrimp 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.

The Original German Sausage Festival

10/27/201810/27/2018
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.

2018 World Food Championships

11/07/201811/11/2018
4830 Main St., 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 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.