Calendar of Events
Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums
11/01/2014 – 11/26/2014
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 36582
Dates: November 1 – November 26, 2014 (Closed Thanksgiving Day)See America’s largest outdoor display of chrysanthemums. Garden mums are featured in the floral borders, containers and terraces of the Gardens. See fantastic cascade mums on bridges, balconies and in baskets in the fall colors of red, yellow, bronze, orange and white throughout the Gardens.
Seafood, Science & Celebrity 2014
Contact: 251-861-TRIP (8747)
Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Join us this fall in celebrating the fourth annual Seafood, Science & Celebrity 2014 as the Gulf Coast tradition returns to Dauphin Island, Alabama, for a weekend’s worth of culinary heritage. Presented by South Mobile County Tourism Authority, the weekend will kick off Friday, Oct. 31, with the invitation-only sustainability symposium for chefs, researchers, and food industry and government managers co-hosted by NOAA’s Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium & VisitSOMO. Saturday morning will offer a variety of activities to choose from, including private tours of the Bayou la Batre fishing village and boat building sites, and a trip to sea on the 65-foot Sea Lab research boat. The celebration of Gulf Coast heritage continues through Saturday evening with the traditionally sold-out annual V.I.P. Gala at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium, and on Sunday with the Sustaining Heritage Event and the inaugural Sunday Supper Gulf Coast, a Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner featuring a collection of the South’s most interesting culinary icons. Listen to live music from the decks overlooking Mobile Bay, and embark on an exploration through Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Estuarium. Gala guests can make a stop in each region to sample a variety of Gulf Coast seafood dishes and Southern drinks from creative guest chefs and local specialty vendors. From local breweries to Mobile Bay oysters shucked on-site, the Gala sets the tone for a laid back Southern weekend.
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Rally
12295 State Hwy.180 W, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Discover YOUR National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Activities for all ages, archery, sea turtle activities, build a bird house, hike a trail, learn about wildlife and more!
Veteran’s Day Program WWI-WWII Baldwin County Memories
25521 Highway 98, Elberta, AL 36530
Baldwin County Heritage Museum invites all Veterans and public to attend “WWI-WWII Baldwin County Memories” on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. for a Veterans Day Program. Presentation of Colors at 2:00 p.m. and an Introduction of attending Veterans. Light refreshments will be served. Call for more information.
Bellingrath’s Magic Christmas in Lights
11/28/2014 – 12/31/2014
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 36582
Contact: 251 973-2217
Dates: November 29 – December 31, 2013 (Closed December 25th)Enjoy one of the most popular holiday events in the Southeast. Stroll through the gardens with more than three million twinkling lights in over 835 custom designed set pieces in 12 scenes. Tour the Bellingrath Home decorated in its holiday finery. Extended hours to 9:00 PM. Photos with Santa on weekends and the week of Christmas. Light show and home tours nightly through December 23. Complete your holiday shopping in the beautiful Bellingrath Gift Shop!
5th Annual City of Gulf Shores Christmas Parade
Follows from Clubhouse Drive to the Gulf Shores Public Beach.
1905 West 1st Street, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
December 5 at 6:30 pm – 9:00 pmThe 5th Annual City of Gulf Shores Christmas Parade will start at Club House Dr. on Hwy. 59, head south, and end at the Gulf Shore Public Beach. Be sure to check out all Coastal Christmas events at www.alabamacoastalchristmas.com
30th Annual “Christmas through the Ages”
Fort Gaines Historic Site
51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Christmas through the Ages, a living history day for the whole family, is scheduled at Fort Gaines on December 6. Come and experience a Christmas of Day’s gone by at Fort Gaines Historic Site, located on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island. Join the Soldiers from the past and their families as they celebrate a non-commercial Christmas. Visiting children will have the chance to make a seashell ornament. The event will take place from 9 a.m. – til 5 p.m. Admission for those 13 and over is $6. Children 5-12 will be admitted for $4, and children 4 and under are admitted free.
Dauphin Island Christmas Parade
Starts at Cadillac Square, Dauphin Island, AL
Come out and enjoy a day of fun at the Dauphin Island Christmas Parade
29h Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade
The 29th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 13th at 5:30 pm beginning at LuLu’s at Homeport Marina. The parade will travel east down the Intracoastal Waterway Canal, pass The Wharf (public viewing area), around Bear Point, along the south end of Ono Island, west to Perdido Pass, north into Terry Cove Harbor, south to bridge, and end in Orange Beach.The estimated time of completion is 8:00 p.m.
Winter Camellia and Cold Hardy Annual Displays
Dates: January 1 – February 28, 2015See Bellingrath’s famed Camellias and an interesting winter garden filled with the blooms of ornamental kale, mustard and cabbages, pansies and violas, primrose, cyclamen, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL 36582
Dates: January 7 – February 25, 2015Join us on Wednesdays in January and February for special programs. Topics include gardening, history and the collections in the beautiful Bellingrath Museum Home.
23rd Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show
4830 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561
The Orange Beach Sports Association (OBSA) is pleased to announce the
23rd Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival is set for February 28, 2015,
10:00 am – 4:00 pm. This festival is the Association’s major fundraiser
to support sports-related activities in our community, specifically
youth baseball, softball and T-Ball. Proceeds are used to purchase
uniforms, equipment, insurance, and pay for expenses of officials and
sponsor clinics. The Festival is a full day of
delicious food, 40+ arts & crafts vendors and music for the whole
family. This is an alcohol-free event. The festival includes a silent
auction, car show featuring antique, classic & hot rod vehicles, a
Kids Zone with climbing wall, inflatables & games and also a
children’s performance pavilion.
Dates: March 6 – March 31, 2015 (dates may vary depending on the severity of the winter)*For precise times of the azalea blooms, please check Azalea Watch at www.bellingrath.orgEnjoy blooms of more than 25,000 vibrant azaleas in an explosion of color throughout the 65 acres of Bellingrath Gardens.Hydrangeas, Easter Lilies, fuchsia, geraniums, wave petunias, cape daisies, delphinium and more will be featured throughout the Gardens.
41st Annual Festival of Art
26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Contact: 251-981-ARTS (2787)
The Orange Beach Festival of Art is held each year on the second week-end of March. Come and See Visual Arts, Fine Art and Crafts, Glass Artists, Potters, Painters, Sculptors, Watercolorist, Textile Artists, and Wood Artists. There will also be 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 $2.00 each way. No public parking will be available on site. For a complete schedule visit our website.
Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Date: March 28, 2015Grab the kids and come for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. There will be special hunts for toddlers and older kids as well as prizes, candy, activities and pictures with the Easter Bunny.Join us for the 2nd Annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the Magnolia Café.
The Original German Sausage Festival
Held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The best German Sausage you have ever tasted! Made from a secret recipe developed by the founding fathers of Elberta, AL. This is the only place you can get the real thing! Arts and crafts, live music, carnival rides, baked goods and more. Don’t forget to visit the Bier Garten for a large selection of imported beers.
Discovery Day at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 10:00am to 2:00pmThe Dauphin Island Sea Lab101 Bienville, Boulevard, Dauphin Island Activities include Free Children’s Admission to the Estuarium and 15% Discount in Gift Shop, Open House and Interactive Exhibits at the Research Laboratories, Free Kids’ Activities, Ocean Games and Fun Crafts, Much, much more! This fun-filled family event includes a huge variety of environmentally-themed children’s activities; Open House at the Research Facilities of the DISL where the public can interact with marine scientists and graduate students to explore their ongoing research projects; and free children’s admission to the Estuarium, the aquarium at the Sea Lab. Bring your cameras for photo ops with the Azalea Trail Maids! Admission to all activities is free (except for reduced adult Estuarium admission). Learn about our marine world, boating safety, hurricane preparedness, alternative energy, and much more at this fantastic family event! Dr. John Valentine, Executive Director, DISL, said, “Discovery Day is the perfect opportunity for the public to come and enjoy a fun family event that is not only a great time, but also a great chance to learn about what we do down at the Sea Lab. Many folks have had the opportunity to visit our public aquarium, but this is the only time of the year that our research labs are open. You can meet our scientists and graduate students, and find out about the vital work they are doing in our rivers, bays and Gulf.” For more info: Call 251/861-2141 or visit www.disl.org
22nd Annual Camellia Classic Car Show
Date: April 11, 2015See hundreds of classic and vintage automobiles from the Model T to the Firebird displayed on Bellingrath’s Great Lawn. Sponsored by the Mobile Bay Mustang Club, enjoy live entertainment throughout the day.A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mobile Bay Area Food Bank.
Roses at Bellingrath
Dates: April 18 – April 25, 2015* For precise times of the blooms, please check Rose Watch at www.bellingrath.orgTour the Bellingrath Rose Garden during its first bloom, which features more than 75 varieties of All-American Rose Selections and more than 2,000 roses.
Mother’s Day Evening Garden Concert
Date: May 10, 2015The Mobile Youth Symphony Orchestra and Bellingrath Gardens and Home present their annual Mother’s Day Evening Garden Concert. Enjoy a late afternoon of music set amidst the splendor of the Gardens. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and a picnic supper.
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