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.

The 85th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

07/20/201807/22/2018
531 Lemoyne Dr., Dauphin Island, AL

The 85th annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo will be held July 20-22 and is a three day Captain's Choice tournament and a Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) sanctioned event. The total awards package is valued up to one million dollars in cash and prizes and anchored by a boat, motor, and trailer packages.

This event features 30 categories with prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all categories. One master angler is also awarded along with cash prizes for King Mackerel, Speckled Trout and Big Game Jackpots.

The ADSFR has donated over $200,000 to the University of South Alabama Department of Marine Sciences and annually funds academic scholarships.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday July 19
6 p.m. – Captains and Cash Prize Meeting for King and Big Game Jackpot
6 p.m. – Mossey Oak Liar’s Contest
7:30 p.m. – Rollin’ in the Hay

Friday July 20
4 p.m. – Blues N Trouble
7:30 p.m.– The Molly Ringwalds

Saturday July 21
3:30 p.m.–  Prime Country
5 p.m. – The Red Clay Strays

Sunday July 22
12 p.m. – Hunter Landry
3 p.m. – Keith the Mailman Burns & the Back Pew Riders
6 p.m. – Contender

Mobile Mystery Dinners presents Murder on the Battleship, The Last Show of the USO

07/20/201807/20/2018
64 S. Water St., Mobile, AL

Join us Friday, July 20 at The Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in the Grand Bay Room for Mobile Mystery Dinners presents Murder on the Battleship, The Last Show of the USO. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

It was a real shock for everyone involved to say the least to see who shows up for this last extravaganza show of the USO!  Never-the-less, anytime you get so many famous celebrities together and only one judge, some Hollywood skeletons may just jump out of the closet, so watch out!
You won't want to miss this Californiacation gone wild! It's not too surprising that someone ends up dead! This show is to die for!

Admission includes:

  • Three hours of a hilarious performance and musical entertainment by the MMD Players
  • A fabulous buffet prepared by the hotel chef
  • An unlimited red and white domestic wine bar from 6:30 p.m. until the end of the performance
  • Free self parking

There is a full cash bar available if you prefer something other than wine, but this is not included in your admission.

Please make your reservations early by contacting Lisa Russell at  Lisa.Russell@RenaissanceMobile.com.

The Playhouse-in-the-Park presents Cinderella - The Musical

07/20/201808/12/2018
4851 Museum Dr., Mobile, AL

This summer, The Playhouse-in-the-Park presents our original musical Cinderella - The Musical.  Enchanting special effects bring this beloved fairy tale to life in a colorful, rags-to-riches romp perfect for the whole family!

Cinderella - The Musical will run from July 20 through August 12 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for children, students and seniors. Reservations are recommended; please call for details.

The Playhouse-in-the-Park has trained young people in theatre arts since 1961!
For further information on upcoming performances as well as acting, music, and dance classes, visit our website.

Gulf State Park Shark Week

07/23/201807/27/2018
20800 E. Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Gulf State Park Shark Week will be held on July 23-27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Gulf State Park Pier. Shark educational displays and experiences, crafts, games, activities, pier sightseeing and scavenger hunts. Admission is $3 daily fee wristbands will include activities, games and sightseeing.

C Spire Concert Series presents: Jason Aldean with Luke Combs & Lauren Alaina

07/26/201807/26/2018
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Jason Aldean and special guests Luke Combs & Lauren Alaina have been announced at The Amphitheater at The Wharf on Thursday, July 26!

Country superstar Jason Aldean has announced a major 34-date trek across North America taking place in 2018. Joining the tour in support will be special guests Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina.

Luke Combs released his debut studio album 'This One's for You' on June 2nd, 2017 via Columbia Nashville. The album topped Billboard's Country chart and includes the single 'Hurricane' which was nominated for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2017 CMT Music Awards. Back in February 2014, the country singer released his debut EP 'The Way She Rides' followed by 'Can I Get an Outlaw' a few months later.

Georgia native Lauren Alaina captured America’s hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of American Idol. Lauren followed up her No. 1 debuting first album, Wildflower, with the release of the eagerly-awaited Road Less Traveled. Selected as one of Rolling Stone’s Top 40 Country and Americana Albums of 2017 and praised as “full of life lessons and uplift” (PEOPLE), the collection of 12 songs all written by the young star includes Lauren’s first No. 1 hit, title track “Road Less Traveled” and her current single, “Doin’ Fine.”

Tickets and information are available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone 800-745-3000 or at The Wharf Box Office.

Mobile Mystery Dinners presents Murder on the Battleship, The Last Show of the USO

07/28/201807/28/2018
1260 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL

Join us Saturday, July 28 at Central Presbyterian Church for Mobile Mystery Dinners presents Murder on the Battleship, The Last Show of the USO. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

It was a real shock for everyone involved to say the least to see who shows up for this last extravaganza show of the USO!  Never-the-less, anytime you get so many famous celebrities together and only one judge, some Hollywood skeletons may just jump out of the closet, so watch out!
You won't want to miss this Californiacation gone wild! It's not too surprising that someone ends up dead! This show is to die for!

Admission includes:

  • Three hours of a hilarious performance and musical entertainment by the MMD Players
  • A fabulous buffet catered by Naman’s Catering
  • An unlimited red and white domestic wine bar from 6:30 p.m. until the end of the performance
  • Free self parking

There is a full cash bar available if you prefer something other than wine, but this is not included in your admission.

Please make your reservations early by contacting Lisa Russell at  Lisa.Russell@RenaissanceMobile.com.

C Spire Concert Series presents: Dave Matthews Band

07/29/201807/29/2018
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

The Dave Matthews Band concert at The Wharf Amphitheater has been rescheduled for July 29. All tickets for the originally scheduled May 27 concert will be honored on this new date. Tickets for the July 29 concert go on sale tomorrow, May 30 at 10 a.m. CST through Ticketmaster or at The Wharf Box Office. For more information, please visit - https://bit.ly/2xolQap

Matthews is certainly no stranger to performing in the state of Alabama, including the beach area, having performed at the Hangout Fest in 2012 and the Wharf in 2013 and 2015. The quintessential jam band of the past two decades, the Dave Matthews Band, revolutionized mainstream music with a unique, laid-back style. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show are on sale via Ticketmaster, by phone or at the box office.

 

Alabama Coastal Bird Stewardship Program

07/31/201807/31/2018
101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL 36528

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, in partnership with Birmingham Audubon, has established the Alabama Coastal Bird Stewardship Program (ALCBSP). This program provides critical protection and monitoring of Alabama's sensitive beach nesting birds in Mobile and Baldwin counties. ALCBSP is implemented by science staff based from the Birmingham Audubon Coastal Programs Office in downtown Mobile and additionally supported by Mobile Bay Audubon Society and other volunteers.

The program focuses on the Audubon Coastal Bird Survey and continued breeding and overwintering success of the following 11 focal species of concern: Wilson’s plover, snowy plover, piping plover, American oystercatcher, red knot, sanderling, short-billed dowitcher, least tern, black skimmer, reddish egret and brown pelican.

ALCBSP compliments the work of similar National Audubon Society initiatives in the Gulf of Mexico including Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. 

The ALCBSP will help the declining populations of shorebirds and water birds by training volunteers to steward and monitor these targeted species and their habitats at key nesting sites along the coast. During the nesting season, volunteers are also needed to maintain the health and safety of nesting colonies through public outreach and the installation of symbolic fencing at colony locations. Educating beachgoers through print materials and scope-based viewing opportunities is critical to helping the public become more aware of wildlife and habitats in coastal Alabama. 

Volunteers are needed! The next trainings are upcoming on Dauphin Island Tuesday, July 31, Dauphin Island Sea Lab (101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island)- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Please fill out the form, if you're interested in being a volunteer with this program. If you have any questions, please contact Alabama Coastal Foundation Outreach Coordinator Valerie Longa (vlonga@joinACF.org) or Birmingham Audubon Coastal Programs Coordinator Nicole Love at (nicolelove@birminghamaudubon.org).

C Spire Concert Series presents: The Bandwagon Tour with Miranda Lambert And Little Big Town

08/02/201808/02/2018
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town, two of country music’s biggest acts, are joining forces for a co-headlining tour this summer.

Both critically acclaimed artists together have a combined 36 ACM Award wins, 21 CMAs, and four GRAMMYs and are sure to put on a fantastic show. Little Big Town's most recent album, the Grammy-nominated The Breaker, was released in February 2017, and Lambert's latest effort, the double album The Weight of These Wings, was released in November 2016.

Tickets for this C Spire Concert Series show go on sale Friday, February 16 at 10 a.m. Tickets and information are available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone 800-745-3000 or at The Wharf Box Office.

Fifth Annual Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic

08/04/201808/04/2018
14772 State Docks Rd., Bayou La Batre, AL 36509

Fish along the coastline of Bayou La Batre and the Gulf of Mexico at the largest kayak fishing tournament in Alabama. Compete for $10,000 in cash and prizes plus more than 33 different awards including Master and Junior Angler divisional titles!

On August 4, the Bayou La Batre Area Chamber of Commerce will proudly present the Fifth Annual Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic. A full day of festivities including live music, fresh food, cold spirits and tons of fun will be in store for you at tournament headquarters at the Bayou La Batre City Docks.

Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay Living History Event

08/04/201808/04/2018
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Living history interpreters will portray the life of soldiers at Fort Morgan during the Battle of Mobile Bay.  Learn all about the Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War. 

08:30 AM - Raising of Historic Flags (front of Museum)

09:00 AM - Presentation of Arms and Inspection (inside the Fort)

10:00 AM - Cannon Firing (beside Museum)

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM - Presentation on Battle of Mobile Bay (inside Fort)

11:00 AM - Small Arms Demonstration (in Fort)

12:00 PM - Cannon firing (beside Museum)

01:00 PM - Small arms demonstration (in Fort)

02:00 PM- Cannon firing (beside Museum)

02:15-3:00 PM - Presentation on Battle of Mobile Bay (inside Fort)

03:00 PM - Small Arms demonstration (in Fort)

04:00 PM - Cannon firing (beside Museum)

04:30 PM - Event Ends

 

 

Alabama Coastal Bird Stewardship Program

08/06/201808/18/2018
214255 State Park Road 2, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, in partnership with Birmingham Audubon, has established the Alabama Coastal Bird Stewardship Program (ALCBSP). This Program provides critical protection and monitoring of Alabama's sensitive beach nesting birds in Mobile and Baldwin counties. ALCBSP is implemented by science staff based from the Birmingham Audubon Coastal Programs Office in downtown Mobile and additionally supported by Mobile Bay Audubon Society and other volunteers.

The Program focuses on the Audubon Coastal Bird Survey and continued breeding and overwintering success of the following 11 focal species of concern: Wilson’s Plover, Snowy Plover, Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, Red Knot, Sanderling, Short-billed Dowitcher, Least Tern, Black Skimmer, Reddish Egret and Brown Pelican. ALCBSP compliments the work of similar National Audubon Society initiatives in the Gulf of Mexico including Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. 

The ALCBSP will help the declining populations of shorebirds and water birds by training volunteers to steward and monitor these targeted species and their habitats at key nesting sites along the coast. During the nesting season, volunteers are also needed to maintain the health and safety of nesting colonies through public outreach and the installation of symbolic fencing at colony locations. Educating beachgoers through print materials and scope-based viewing opportunities is critical to helping the public become more aware of wildlife and habitats in coastal Alabama. 

Volunteers are needed! The next trainings are upcoming in Gulf Shores on Monday, August 6 and Saturday, August 18, Gulf State Park Nature Center (214255 State Park Road 2) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Please fill out the form, if you're interested in being a volunteer with this program. If you have any questions, please contact Alabama Coastal Foundation Outreach Coordinator Valerie Longa (vlonga@joinACF.org) or Birmingham Audubon Coastal Programs Coordinator Nicole Love at (nicolelove@birminghamaudubon.org). 

Founder's Day: Mr. Bellingrath's Birthday Celebration

08/06/201808/06/2018
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 6, 1869, Walter D. Bellingrath was Mobile’s first Coca-Cola bottler and the founder of Bellingrath Gardens and Home.
In honor of Mr. Bellingrath’s birthday, admission to the gardens is free to all Mobile and Baldwin County residents! Please be prepared to show your ID to prove place of residence.
Guests are invited to tour the gardens and the beautiful Bellingrath museum home. There is an additional charge of $9 to tour the home.

C Spire Concert Series presents: Evolve Tour Imagine Dragons with Special Guest Grace Vanderwaal

08/07/201808/07/2018
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Today multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Award-winning band IMAGINE DRAGONS release a brand new single entitled “Next To Me” via KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records, and also reveal summer dates for their Evolve Tour.   

“Next To Me,” produced by Alex Da Kid, was today’s World Record with Zane Lowe on Beats 1. “Next To Me” is the first new music released from Imagine Dragons since Evolve, the band’s 2017 platinum- selling third album. Evolve, the biggest rock album of 2017, has sold over 1.3 million albums in the US and over 4 billion streams globally.  

Produced by Live Nation, Imagine Dragons’ Evolve Tour will feature special guest Grace VanderWaal throughout the North American leg. The 14-year-old singer/songwriter rose to fame on “America’s Got Talent” with her signature ukulele sound and released her first full length album Just the Beginning in late 2017.

Tickets for this C Spire Conert Series show go on sale Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. Tickets and information are available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone 800-745-3000 or at The Wharf Box Office.

A Night with the Red Planet

08/07/201808/07/2018
221 W. 19th Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Join us for an informative talk and inspirational evening of star gazing. View Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mars Opposition through a 10-inch telescope. Presented by David Kriegler, former physics and astronomy instructor Nebraska University of Omaha.

C Spire Concert Series presents: Keith Urban Graffiti U World Tour 2018 with Kelsea Ballerini

08/25/201808/25/2018
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

The Wharf Amphitheatre will be rocking with a concert by Keith Urban.

Tickets and information are available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone 800-745-3000 or at The Wharf Box Office.

Shrimp Festival Golf Tournament for Education

09/07/201809/07/2018
815 Plantation Rd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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.

The 25th Annual National Shrimp Festival Golf Tournament at Kiva Dunes Golf and Beach Resort. All net proceeds benefit education in Coastal Alabama. Entry fee includes: golf, cart, lunch, range balls, (2) mulligans per person, vendor activities, and beverages on the course.

$500 per team of 4
$125 per individual
Entry deadline is August 24, register online.

The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event 2018

09/13/201809/15/2018
4830 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561

We’re excited to announce that early bird tickets are now on sale for our 5th annual The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival September 13-15! Help us raise funds for a good cause and enjoy great local food and 100+ wine labels while you’re at it.
•    Sample 100+ wine labels from all over the world, enjoy regional craft beer selections, or sip on something stronger like infused vodka and single-malt whiskey
•    Some of the Gulf Coast’s finest chefs will be cooking up a storm, including cooking demos, food tastings, culinary competitions, and cookbook signings
•    Other activities include a VIP Kickoff Party, live and silent auctions, luxury yacht walks, and the Grand Tasting on Saturday
•    Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish® Alabama, an organization devoted to granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions
•    Early bird ticket pricing is currently available until July 5th.

Wharf Uncorked - Combo Ticket (Sep 13 and 15)
Early Bird Pricing Ticket
$70 each plus Fees

Wharf Uncorked - Kickoff Party & Chef Showdown
Early Bird Pricing Ticket
$35 each plus Fees

Wharf Uncorked - Saturday Grand Tasting
Early Bird Prcing
$50 each plus Fees

 


 

The 31st Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup

09/15/201809/15/2018

Always the 3rd Saturday of September, Alabama Coastal Cleanup, the state's largest one-day volunteer event, returns for its 31st year on Saturday, September 15.

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. Alabama Coastal Cleanup provides a t-shirt and clean up supplies to participants who collect trash.
For more information, go to our website or call.

30th Annual Jubilee Festival or Arts

09/29/201809/30/2018
1700 Main St., Daphne, AL 36526

The 30th Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts in Daphne Alabama is set to attract thousands to the oak-lined Main Street on September 29 and 30. Art, music and seafood meet southern charm at this annual festival set along the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce hosts this family-friendly festival each year in coordination with the City of Daphne.

Visit more than 100 arts and crafts vendors showcasing the very best in jewelry, paintings, pottery, sculpture, wood, mixed media, functional and decorative items. It's not too early to start thinking about Christmas presents you won't find anywhere else.

All Kids Art Park activities are free thanks to our generous sponsors. The fun hands-on art projects are available throughout Centennial Park. Don't forget to leave your handprint on the park fence!

Chefs will face off in two World Food Championships Qualifiers in the Sandwich Category and Preferred Chef. Winners will take home a golden ticket to participate in the World Food Championships at the Wharf in November. Food competitions will start at 2 p.m. each afternoon in front of Daphne City Hall.

High School students will compete and exhibit their work in various mediums. You can find the exhibit in the Jubilee Courtyard between the Pigeon Hole and Main Street Cigar Lounge. This is a great way to showcase new and upcoming talent. Festival judges will judge the high school submissions along with the professional artists participating in the Jubilee Festival of Arts. Winners will be awarded money to support their school's art program.

The Entertainment Stage is located in front of City Hall. It features musicians, dance groups and a surprise guest this year for the 30th Anniversary.

We will showcase our local southern makers on the Entertainment Stage in front of city hall. Craftsmen will walk you through their craft and answer questions during their demonstrations.
Not only can you visit our eclectic food court offering festival favorites, but Olde Towne Daphne is teeming with many delicious restaurants ready to service festival guests.

C Spire Concert Series presents: NEEDTOBREATHE Forever On Your Side Tour with Special Guest Johnny Swim & the Rocket Boys

09/30/201809/30/2018
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

NEEDTOBREATHE is a Grammy-nominated rock band hailing from South Carolina, comprised of brothers Bear Rinehart vocals, guitar and Bo Rinehart guitar, vocals, Seth Bolt bass, vocals, and Josh Lovelace keys, vocals. Their most recent album H A R D L O V E released in 2016 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Albums, Top Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts and #2 on the Billboard 200, their greatest debut as a band. H A R D L O V E is the follow-up to 2014’s Rivers In the Wasteland, which debuted at #3 overall on the Billboard 200 and spawned the RIAA-certified Gold single “Brother featuring Gavin DeGraw.” The hit earned the group their first Grammy nomination as well as a pair of Billboard Music Award nominations. NEEDTOBREATHE, well known for the aggressive touring schedule and impressive live show, have spent the last three years crisscrossing the country on “TOUR DE COMPADRES” and “ALL THE FEELS TOUR.” NEEDTOBREATHE will release new music and tour in 2018. For more information, visit needtobreathe.com.

Tickets and information are available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone 800-745-3000 or at The Wharf Box Office.

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

10/11/201810/14/2018
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 47th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event from October 11 - 14 that attracts over 300,000 people. This year the festival will play host to more than 100 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.

Deaths and Burials At Mobile Point Tour

10/20/201810/20/2018
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Enjoy a lantern lit tour of Fort Morgan. Listen to the historians tell of the deaths and burials at Mobile Point.  The tour will take you off the beaten path to the dark tunnels, so bring your own flashlight. 

Reservations will be required in advance and the suggested audience should be over 15 years of age.  Please take caution on this tour because of steep steps and uneven surfaces. Fort Morgan is a wildlife refuge, please respect the wildlife and their habitat.

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.

Boo at Bellingrath

10/27/201810/27/2018
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

Dress up your little goblins and enjoy a day full of Halloween fun at Bellingrath! The gardens will be decorated with spooky and fun inflatables. There will be plenty of treats and trinkets from area organizations and businesses for trick-or-treaters to enjoy. The day will include musical entertainment on Live Oak Plaza. Guests are invited to enjoy culinary delights from local food trucks.
Please be aware that tickets for this event are limited. Admission includes entrance into Bellingrath Gardens for the day and is $13 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 5-12 and free for children ages 4 and under. Home tour tickets are available at additional charges.

75th Anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa and Makin Island

11/02/201811/03/2018
110 Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Fort Morgan will be hosting a living history event November 2-4 for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa and Makin Island. The event will include WWII weapons demonstrations and living history programs sponsored by the Sgt. Foster L. Harrington Detachment #1449 of the Marine Corps League.

2018 World Food Championships

11/07/201811/11/2018
4830 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

Want to take a bite out of the World Food Championships?! Trying to figure out what Food Sport really is? Join us for the biggest event in the industry as we surround the MAIN EVENT with countless fun foodie activities! While more than 1500 chefs and home cooks battle it out for Food Fame & Fortune, you can join in on the action by attending one of our spirited cocktail gatherings or competing in our family focused, foodie-driven World Food Games!

VIP Lounge Weekend Pass
Located in the heart of the action, WFC's VIP Lounge is THE ultimate foodie experience! VIP ticket holders will enjoy celebrity chef demos, complimentary refreshments and a birds-eye-view of the turn-in action, all while getting a taste of the actual turn-in samples for the 2018 championship! So, if you want the hottest seat in town, secure one of the limited VIP Lounge passes asap!
Tickets: Early Bird $50 per day or $150 for weekend pass (ends Sept. 1)
General pricing: $75 per day or $225 for weekend pass
Thursday, Nov. 8 - Sunday, Nov. 11
Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Yacht Club Dinner Party
Back by popular demand, our progressive dinner on million-dollar yachts will satisfy the most demanding taste buds! This culinary voyage includes award-winning recipes and samples from five of WFC’s past champions. Their combined winnings? More than $100,000! But YOU can taste all five dishes at a fraction of the cost! So jump aboard! Tickets are extremely limited but worth every penny! Saturday, Nov. 10  Hours: 4-6 p.m.
Tickets: Early bird $95 (ends Sept.1)
General pricing: $125                                      

This year’s special Food Sport challenge will feature five champion teen cooks in a “Teen Green” challenge like no other! Their task? To create a healthy dish that is low in sodium and less than 500 calories - in 30 minutes or less!!! Our pantry of goodies will give them plenty of options to choose from, and our celebrity judges will help determine the winner. But YOU get to watch and learn what makes a heart-healthy dish for free, and cheer on your favorite future celebrity chef in the process!

What’s better than sand between your toes and BBQ between your teeth?! Nothing! That’s why WFC is creating a new experience with some of the hottest smokers and ceramic grills on the market….at BBQ Beach! Once you’ve entered the WFC arena, just stroll over to the BBQ competition zone and pull up a beach chair! We’ll have Pitmasters and Celebrity Chefs sharing BBQ tips and serving up tasty samples all weekend long!
Tickets: Included with gate admission. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

How do you get the perfect grill marks on a steak? What’s the secret to perfect searing? Find out at WFC’s newest addition, The Steak Out, where grilling professionals will be vying for the World Steak Championship, but also teaching grillmasters some backyard secrets on how to create incredible, juicy, tender steaks every time!
Tickets: Included with gate admission. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Got a Foodie Family? Then we have the perfect place for you, the 2nd Annual World Food Games! Yes, it's actually a series of games where we will be exploiting the eating etiquette: because at WFC, you CAN play with your food! Some of the highlights include Speed Cup Stacking, Team Egg Tossing, Marshmallow Challenge, Orange Relay Races, a Corn Shucking Contest, and much more! Bring the entire family because The World Food Games has something for all ages!
Tickets: Included with gate admission. Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Tasting Pavilion – one of WFC's most popular attractions – is returning bigger and better than ever! Our showcase of savory samples from local, regional and national food brands is a tempting tour for any palate! Our entire Tasting Village is designed to introduce you to fantastic flavors, tasty morsels, and culinary culture at a price you can easily swallow - FREE when you show the Walmart app on your phone. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Each year the WFC features an entertaining and informative Showcase of demonstrations by leading Food Champs from around the world! These award-winning foodies are full of ideas and tips on how to spice up your cooking at home. So don't miss out on these FREE demos as we aim to provide more Kitchen IQ, more fun, and more food sampling for YOU than ever!

6th Annual Fairhope Film Festival

11/08/201811/11/2018
20 N. Section St., Fairhope , AL 36532

The Fairhope Film Festival is a film lover’s film festival held each year on the second weekend in November, offering participants the opportunity to see world-class award winning films in a unique, picturesque location over a four-day period. The focus is on national and international film festival competition finalists of the past year: the “best of the best” in cinema arts. Notable foreign and feature films, documentaries and shorts—many that never made it to the big box theaters or were only there briefly–will be selected for appreciative audiences. Although the festival will pull out all the stops, Southern-style, to host opening and closing events and parties, the emphasis will be on the art of filmmaking and the experience of seeing exceptional films. Directors, actors and screenwriters will participate in the screenings both in person and via live electronic transmission.

55th Annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums

11/10/201811/21/2018
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

Hundreds of colorful, four-foot-long cascades of chrysanthemums are displayed on bridges and balconies and in baskets and containers throughout the gardens. Guests may view thousands of mums in the flower beds in the fall colors of yellow, red, bronze, lavender and white.
Bellingrath’s Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemum display is the nation’s largest outdoor chrysanthemum show. All of the cascades are grown at Bellingrath. The show takes more than nine months to create and is a true labor of love by Bellingrath’s expert horticultural staff.
Exact bloom times may vary depending on weather conditions. For peak bloom times, visit Mum Watch on our website in early November.

Lecture About WWI and Fort Morgan's Military Role

11/12/201811/12/2018
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

A lecture given by Dylan Tucker  in the fort focusing on Fort Morgan’s involvement in WWI, specifically training of the Coast Artillery, Trench Mortar Battalion, Gas Corps and field artillery.  A photo gallery will also be displayed.

Holidays at the Fort Tour and Gift Shop Open House

11/18/201811/18/2018
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

A "Holidays at the Fort" tour will be given at 1 p.m., with a small arms demonstration. Special holiday decorations and gifts will be on sale at the gift shop. Refreshments will be served in the gift shop from 2-4 p.m.

Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

11/23/201812/31/2018
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is celebrating the 23rd year of Magic Christmas in Lights in 2018. In this Gulf Coast holiday tradition, guests stroll through a dazzling light display that features more than 1,100 set pieces, three million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre garden estate. In addition, the Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias.

Magic Christmas in Lights begins on November 23 and runs through December 31 and closed Christmas day. Magic Christmas in Lights is open daily from 5 - 9 p.m. Tours of the Bellingrath Home are every hour and half hour until 8:30 p.m.

Magic Christmas in Lights includes nightly choral performances on the south terrace of the home on Sundays through Thursdays. In addition, guests may purchase hot chocolate on Live Oak Plaza to warm the heart and soul.

Military Mondays are back! Each Monday of Magic Christmas in Lights, military personnel and their immediate families are eligible for a 15% admissions discount on gardens-only tickets. The dates are Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

Magic Christmas in Lights, which made USA Today’s 2014 list of “10 Best Public Light Displays in America,” and American Bus Association’s “Top 100 Events of 2016,”  is a family-friendly event for all ages to get everyone into the holiday spirit. After touring the lights, guests will want to have photos taken with Santa and find that perfect holiday present in the popular Bellingrath gift shop.

33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

12/08/201812/08/2018

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 blow for you.

The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber's 33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, December 8.

The flotilla will take off from LuLu’s at Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores at around 5 p.m. and finish at Cobalt Restaurant in Orange Beach. There are great viewing areas along Canal Road, at The Wharf and at Cobalt Restaurant, which will host a special flotilla party with live music. The parade will travel east down the Intracoastal Canal, passing The Wharf, rounding Bear Point and heading south toward Ono Island where it will make a westward turn heading toward Perdido Pass. The Parade will then head up Ole River to the Flora-Bama Ole River Bar & Grill for the after party at approximately 8:30 p.m.

To sign up to participate call the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber at 251-968-6091. Additional information on the parade route, viewing stations and registration is at http://www.mygulfcoastchamber.com.

Genghis Khan: The Great Civilizer

01/26/201901/26/2019
65 Government St., Mobile, AL 36633

In the tradition of years past, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is proud to announce a return to major blockbuster exhibitions in the Spring of 2019. On the scale of its China and Pompeii exhibits, the Exploreum invites visitors to take a journey back in time with one of history’s most prolific and controversial figures – Genghis Khan.

Through artifacts, performers, artwork, and other historically significant items, discover the eye-opening story of the world’s most well-known conqueror, civilizer and innovator in the exhibition Genghis Khan: The Great Civilizer opening at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Curated and developed by dinosaur expert Don Lessem, the exhibition features more than 300 spectacular objects on display, including rare and sophisticated weapons, costumes, jewels, ornaments, instruments and numerous other fascinating relics and elaborate artifacts from 13th-century Mongolia. “I went to Mongolia to look for fossils and discovered the truth about Genghis Khan, a civilizing genius,” said Lessem. “It’s a great story best told in a major exhibition.”

Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia, entering the tents, battlegrounds and marketplaces of a vanished world that was once the largest land empire in history. Explore Genghis Khan’s life and those of his sons and grandsons during the formation, peak and decline of the Mongol Empire.

As the exhibit strikingly portrays, Genghis’s reputation as the greatest conqueror is well-deserved – he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than either Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, a conquest attested to by the formidable array of swords, bows, arrows, saddles and armor included on display in Genghis Khan. In fact, the historic exhibition showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghis’s 13th century Empire, the largest such collection ever to tour.
 
However, this special exhibition presents a more complete image of the legendary leader whom Time Magazine and CNN named “The Man of the Millennium.” As visitors discover, Genghis not only created the nation of Mongolia and its written language, but his lineage established the modern borders of nations from India to Iran, Korea to China and opened the trade routes that united East and West, forever after.

27th Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

02/23/201902/23/2019
4830 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2019 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 26th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival features a full day of seafood, kids activities, live entertainment, a car show and more. This event is the primary fundraiser for the Orange Beach Sports Association, which supports youth sports in Orange Beach. 

Two stages featuring blues, classical guitar, brass instruments and local performers. There will be 95 arts and crafts vendors, six seafood booths and six specialty food booths!

Also included will be a kid’s zone with entertainment and activities, a large open car show featuring vintage, hot rod, classic cars with awards to the top 10 cars, 50/50 split the pot and table top swap meet.

Mystical Order of Mirams Parade

03/01/201903/01/2019
24131 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561

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

03/02/201903/02/2019
24281 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561

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 sponsored the Thunder Run boating event every year.

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade

03/05/201903/05/2019
East Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2019 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.

The parade will start at the intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 182 and roll east along Highway 182 (East Beach Blvd.) to Highway 135 at the Gulf State Park Pier.

Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade

03/05/201903/05/2019
24131 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2019 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.

45th Annual Festival of Art

03/09/201903/10/2019
26389 Canal Rd., Orange Beach, AL 36561

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below.

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.

Satellite public parking is available with shuttle will be provided by BRATS for a $5 daily rate. No public parking will be available on site. Parking this year is at the Orange Beach Sportsplex off Canal Road, 2 miles west of the festival grounds. Bike Village will provide bicycle parking at the festival!

For more information visit our website.

The 2018 Music Stage will feature:

SATURDAY
10:15 a.m.    Lisa Zanghi                                                         
11:45 a.m.    Roman Street                                                   
1:30 p.m.      Three Bean Soup                                                            
3:15 p.m.      Strictly Isbell     

SUNDAY
10:45 a.m.    Island Youth Band                                                           
12:15 p.m.    Poarch Ninjas                                                   
2 p.m.           All Star Band

The 2018 Performing Arts Stage will feature:

SATURDAY
10 a.m.          Gulf Coast Jujutsu
10:50 a.m.     Star Wars Characters
11 a.m.          Coastal Ballet
11:30 a.m.     Tai Chi
12 p.m.          Sassy Seniors
1 p.m.            The Bitter End Band
2 p.m.            Dolphin Sound
3 p.m.            Snook Youth Club

SUNDAY
12 p.m.          Wheeles Karate
1 p.m.            David Jones
2 p.m.            Ben Reece / Lauren Bradford
2:30 p.m.       Four A Change

The 67th Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival

03/15/201903/17/2019
Fairhope, AL

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below.

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.

2019 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

03/28/201903/31/2019
4550 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2019 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 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show will offer the largest in-water display of any boat show along the upper Gulf Coast. It will showcase the latest offerings from boat manufacturers and dealers throughout the Southeast.

In-water displays will allow prospective buyers to test drive the boat of their dreams before taking advantage of on the spot financing. Last year there were over $90 million in boats and marine products for display, including more than 135 in-water vessels and an additional 450-plus boats displayed on land.

This year, show organizers report a sell-out crowd of exhibitors, promising even more variety. Virtually every type of vessel will be shown, ranging from luxury yachts and sport fisherman, to center consoles, cruisers, pontoons and runabouts.

But it doesn't stop there. Visitors can get their hands on the hottest marine electronics, fishing tackle, marine engines, and outdoor equipment as numerous exhibitors showcase the cutting edge in marine gear and personal watercraft.

The Original German Sausage Festival

03/30/201903/30/2019
13052 Main St., Elberta, AL 36530

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2019 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 semi-annual 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.

2019 Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run

04/13/201904/13/2019
225 E. 24th Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below.

The Waterway Village Zydeco and Crawfish Festival boils up a beaucoup of fun on Saturday, April 14 in Gulf Shores. Locals and visitors are invited to sink their teeth into hot, juicy crawfish throughout the day while dancing to the infectious rhythms of some of the best Zydeco bands from around the South.  There will be arts and crafts vendors and children's activities.
This fourth annual event is a result of a unique collaboration between the City of Gulf Shores, the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism and Waterway Village merchants, including Acme Oyster House, Tacky Jacks, Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, The Diner and Wheeles Karate Academy.
The festivities will kick off at 8 a.m. with the Zydeco and Crawfish Festival 5K benefitting Furrever Homes. The good times will roll all day long as the crawfish pots begin boiling at 10 a.m. and the Zydeco sounds will be grooving until 6 p.m.

Music Lineup

10 a.m.:       Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys
11:30 a.m.:   Chubby Carrier
1:15 p.m.:     Rosie Ledet
2: 45 p.m.:    Corey Ledet
4:30 p.m.:     Sean Ardoin N-Zydekool

The Waterway Village Zydeco and Crawfish Festival will be located along East 24 Ave. in Gulf Shores.  Admission is free to the public. Parking for the festival will be available at the Waterway Village public parking lot and free shuttles will be running from the Erie Meyer Civic Center and Meyer Park. East 24 Ave. will be closed to all traffic from the W.C. Holmes Bridge to Acme Oyster House during the 5K and 1 mile Fun Run.
For more information, call 251-968-1174 or visit www.gulfshoresal.gov/crawfishfest.

 



Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

04/26/201904/28/2019
17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2019 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.

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.

Thursday, April 26
1 p.m.: Music Kicks Off
6 p.m.: Mr. Mullet Hot Body Contest | Tent Stage

Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28
9 a.m.: Gates Open
10 a.m.: Oyster Bar Opens & Beach Concessions Open
10 a.m.: Children's Toss (16 & Under)
1 p.m.: Mr. Mullet Hot Body Contest | Tent Stage
2 p.m.: Children's Toss Finals (16 & Under)
Noon: Miss Flora-Bama Bikini Contest Registration Opens | Tent
3 p.m.: Miss Flora-Bama Bikini Contest
4 p.m.: Celebrity Toss
4:30 p.m.: Mullet Toss Finals Begin

Sunday, April 29
9 a.m.: Gates Open
10 a.m.: Oyster Bar Opens & Beach Concessions Open
10 a.m.: Children's Toss (16 & Under)
2 p.m.: Children's Toss Finals (16 & Under)
4 p.m.: Celebrity Toss
4:30 p.m.: Mullet Toss Finals Begin

 

Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

05/03/201905/04/2019
998 W. Section St., Foley, AL 36535

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below.

 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 2019

05/17/201905/19/2019
101 E Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below.

The Hangout Music Fest is known for sugar white beaches, starry nights and red hot music. The award-winning festival takes place in Gulf Shores, Alabama just a short drive from the Pensacola, FL and Mobile, AL airports. Hangout is as much a vacation as it is a concert event. Offering more than just music, fans can take advantage of festival amenities including beach volleyball, carnival rides, Gulf-front hammocks, delicious seafood and more. It was awarded as Pollstar’s “Music Festival of the Year” in 2011 and is continuously recognized as one of the best festivals in the US. The festival infuses over $40 million into the local economy each year.

You’ve been to a lot of music festivals, but you’ve never been to a music festival like Hangout. The festival is as much a laidback vacation as it is a world-renowned music event. Happening Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20, the 2018 edition of the festival will feature headliners Kendrick Lamar, The Killers and The Chainsmokers set to perform against Gulf Shores’ iconic oceanfront.

The three-day event will also feature performances by ODESZA, Halsey, Logic, Zedd, Portugal. The Man, St. Vincent, SZA, Foster the People, and more.

Hangout Fest’s Thursday Kick-Off Party, a separately ticketed event, will be announced later along with full lineup details and ticket information.