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.

Honey Bees and Pollination

06/26/201706/26/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Meet at the Nature Center to learn about honey bees and why they are so important to the environment.

Roses for the Gulf Coast at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

06/28/201706/28/2017
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

Meet Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home, at Mobile’s Magnolia Cemetery for a very special walking tour. The largest and one of the most prominent monuments in the cemetery marks the graves of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath. Learn about the cemetery’s beautiful funereal art and about some of its most famous and infamous permanent residents. Comfortable shoes are suggested for this one-hour tour. Registration is required; call 251.459.8864 to register. The event is part of the 2017 Wonderful Wednesdays series at Bellingrath in June and July. Visit bellingrath.org for the full schedule.

Alligator Adventure

06/28/201706/28/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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

Talk About Turtles!

06/28/201706/28/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Come to the Nature Center to meet some of our resident turtles including box turtles and sliders. Learn some of the interesting things about the turtles that you can find around Gulf State Park including the endangered Gopher Tortoise.

Wildflowers of Gulf State Park

06/30/201706/30/2017
20115 State Hwy 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Visit our Education Building and learn about the wildflowers of Gulf State Park.

Wildflowers of Gulf State Park

06/30/201706/30/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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

Salute To American Independence

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

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

Video: The Civilian Conservation Corps

07/01/201707/01/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

This video interweaves rich archival imagery with the personal accounts of CCC veterans to tell the story of one of the boldest and most popular New Deal Experiments. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: Invasion of the Giant Python

07/02/201707/02/2017
22120 Campground Rd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Florida’s Everglades National Park is one of the last great wildlife refuges in the U.S. But the park has become a dumping ground for tens of thousands of Burmese pythons. Pythons have moved into their new home with a vengeance, thriving in the protected wilderness and disrupting its delicate ecosystem. Follow scientists and snake hunters as they study the problem and try to find solutions to the growing crisis. Meet at the Nature Center for this program.
 

 

Discovering Sea Turtles

07/03/201707/03/2017
22120 Campground Rd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Meet at the Nature Center to find out about the amazing Sea Turtles found in the Gulf of Mexico and nest on the beaches in Alabama. Learn about the exciting work done by the volunteers of “Share the Beach” as they search for nests along the Alabama Gulf coast and monitor the hatching of sea turtle nests.   

Independence Day Celebration at The Wharf

07/03/201707/03/2017
23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561

The Wharf will be in full-freedom mode celebrating America’s independence with flair on Monday, July 3rd!  Main Street will be home to loads of children’s activities and serve as the prime vantage spot to watch the fireworks display.  The palm trees will radiate red, white and blue for the occasion and Spectra the Sound and Light Spectacular shows will resume directly after the fireworks. Throw on your finest patriotic gear, amp up the spirit and come join the party.  Kids activities will be from 5 – 9 p.m. with fireworks at 8:45 p.m. and the Spectra Show will start immediately following the fireworks.

Admission is free with some kids activities ranging from $5 - $10 for the animals, trampoline jumper, bouncy house, surf simulator, rock wall, games and prizes, hula hoop artist and face painting.

       

Independence Day Fireworks Cruise

07/03/201707/03/2017
200 East 25th St, Suite A, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

We will cruise down the Intracoastal Waterway, anchor the boat and get ready for the best seats in town as we experience the fireworks up close in their full splendor. Then we will return to Homeport Marina at LuLu's following the trip. This trip will include light hors d' oeuvres and drinks. Call now for reservations!

 

Campground Dog Show

07/04/201707/04/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Campers of all ages will enjoy the menagerie at the Nature Center Amphitheater. Bring your dogs or just come to watch and support your favorite canine. It is a free-for-all that is fun-for-all, so don’t miss it! Please make sure that your dog is on a leash and will get along with the other contestants.

4th of July Fireworks Cruise

07/04/201707/04/2017
30841 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort, AL 36527

Cruise through the lower delta and out into Mobile Bay then get ready for the best seats in town. We will anchor close to the USS ALABAMA Battleship and experience the fireworks up close in their full splendor. Returns to the BLUEGILL following the trip. 

Complimentary Hors D' Oeuvres & Drinks available onboard.

This is a specialty tour offered by Delta Safaris and space is limited.

Departs from the BLUEGILL Restaurant. 7 p.m. departure.

4th of July Celebration at the USS ALABAMA

07/04/201707/04/2017
2703 Battleship Pkwy., Mobile, AL 36602

Enjoy a evening of patriotic music, picnicking and fireworks at Battleship Memorial Park on the Mobile Causeway. Gates will open for on-field parking at 5 p.m.

The Mobile Symphonic Pops Band will present a traditional patriotic concert on the field stage beginning at 7 p.m. Musical selections will include liberty Fanfare, a narrative piece entitled A Nation’s Strength, military marches, and Stars and Stripes Forever. The concert will end at 9 p.m. with the magnificent 1812 overture, complete with cannon fire followed by fireworks.

This year’s show will include 14 minutes of breathtaking fireworks shot from a barge stationed near the USS Alabama in Mobile Bay. Expect to see beautiful red, white and blue explosions as Alabama celebrates the Fourth of July.

The USS Alabama, for over half a century, has served as a representation of South Alabama’s unbroken patriotism and stands as a symbol of commitment to honor and freedom. Pack your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets. No grills, alcoholic beverages and personal fireworks are allowed inside. Concessions will be available.

The Park’s American flag display, Flags of Glory, will line the entrance to the Park again this year, complements of the South Alabama Veterans Council. Life South Community Blood Services will be holding their July 4th Blood Drive beginning at 10 a.m., and the park will be open for tours from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. with last ticket sold at 5 p.m. Admission is free for children up to 5 years of age, $6 for children 6 to 11, and $15 for children 12 years of age to adults. For more information contact the City of Mobile office of Special events.

Beach Creature Feature

07/05/201707/05/2017
22120 Campground Rd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Meet at the Nature Center to learn about some of the diverse local sea life found in the Gulf of Mexico.  If you have something you have collected along the beach shore, bring it along and we will help you to identify it.

Ducks of Alabama

07/05/201707/05/2017
22120 Campground Rd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Learn some interesting facts about the ducks that spend time in Alabama. This presentation by the park naturalist will include details about duck habitat and behavior as well as the identifying plumage of Alabama’s ducks.  Meet at the Education Building for this program.

C Spire Concert Series presents Journey with special guests Asia

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

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

Hurricane Ivan Slide Show

07/07/201707/07/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Come to the GSP Education Building to relive the destruction of Gulf State Park on September 16, 2004. Program begins at 2 p.m.

Video: American Eagle

07/08/201707/08/2017
22120 Campground Rd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Unique to North America, the bald eagle is the continent's most recognizable aerial predator. In the 1960s, this symbol of the United States became an emblem of environmental degradation as the pesticide DDT and other human pressures brought it to the brink of extinction. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program. 

Video: An Original Duckumentary

07/08/201707/08/2017
22120 Campground Rd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Ducks are true originals. They waddle, glide, dive, and dabble. Their feathers shimmer with dazzling hues. In this nature video, you will learn about some of the most spectacular species of ducks. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Full Moon Paddle

07/09/201707/09/2017
26267 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561

The City of Orange Beach - Relay for Life Team is gearing up for another fun summer of fund-raising events with their popular Full Moon Paddles. Two summers ago the team decided that hosting monthly paddles would be a fun way to raise money. That first summer proved so successful that it has now become a staple for the team. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m., and the paddles in the moonlight are from 7-8:30 p.m. Dates and sponsoring restaurants for 2017 are Sunday, July 9, Southern Grind Coffee House; and Sunday, August 6, Cobalt Restaurant. The events are held at the Wind & Water Learning Center, located at 26267 Canal Road, behind the Orange Beach Public Library.  Prior to participants leaving to experience the night time paddle, area restaurants caterer food for everyone to enjoy and area musicians donate their time to entertain.  
After enjoying the food, entertainment and meeting new friends everyone dons their headlights and PFD’s and take to their kayaks or canoes to paddle in the moonlight. Registration fee is $20 per person. Everyone must be pre-registered. Online registration will be available here. Printed registration forms are available at the Parks and Rec website and at all recreation facilities in Orange Beach. All monies raised benefit the American Cancer Society – Relay for Life.  Participants must bring their own kayak or canoe, PFD and white light, headlamps work best. For more information on how you can take part contact Relay Team Captain Jeanne Fitzgibbons at 251-981-1524 or jfitz@cityoforangebeach.com.

Video: Birds of the Gods

07/09/201707/09/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

The island of New Guinea in the South Pacific is home to the “Birds of Paradise”. The indigenous people revered them as sacred ancestors and powerful spirits. Follow a young team of scientists as the find and film these breath taking birds. Come to the GSP Education Building to view this video.

Frogs and Toads

07/10/201707/10/2017
22120 Campground Rd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Do you know the difference between frogs and toads? Is it really easy to be green? Hop on over to the Nature Center to learn some interesting things about the native frogs and toads in Gulf State Park.

Guided Pier Walk

07/10/201709/04/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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

Summer Session 4

07/11/201707/14/2017
4776 Main Street L210, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Lego Campers will  critically and creatively while challenging themselves building shark models.

Shark Explorers will immerse in the world of sharks with hands-on activities, multi-media presentations and games to become an expert on this most respected predator in our ocean.  A field day adventure will take place during one of our camp days.  Group photo and journal will be a take-home for a fantastic summer memory! 

 

 

Tuesday Evening Civil War

07/11/201707/25/2017
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.  There will be weapons demonstration during event and artillery firing will conclude the event.

Bugs and Insects

07/12/201707/12/2017
22120 Campground Rd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Learn new and exciting facts about some of the creepy crawlies that live in Gulf State  Park. This 1 hour program is suited for people of all ages and allows you to to get close and personal with some of the unique insects. Meet at the Education Building. There is a $2 charge per vehicle to enter the campground. Free to all guest staying in the park.

Carnival Season & Mardi Gras in Mobile at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

07/12/201707/12/2017
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

Local architect and Mardi Gras historian L. Craig Roberts has updated his wonderful book about Mardi Gras. Learn more about the history of Carnival in Mobile and how it started Mardi Gras celebrations in the Western Hemisphere. He will discuss the impact of Mardi Gras on Mobile’s commerce and culture today. The event is part of the 2017 Wonderful Wednesdays series at Bellingrath in June and July. Visit bellingrath.org for the full schedule.

Prescribed Burns

07/12/201707/12/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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

Snake Encounters

07/14/201709/01/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Visit the Education Building to learn all about the native snakes of Gulf State Park. Bring a camera and get your picture touching a beautiful snake. It is also feeding time and you can observe the feeding behavior of these amazing animals.

Owl Encounter

07/14/201707/14/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Visit the Education Building to learn all about some amazing facts about owls. We will have our resident owls out for pictures! There is a $2 charge per vehicle to enter the campground. Free to all guest staying in the park.

Snake Encounters

07/14/201709/01/2017
AL

Visit the Education Building to learn all about the native snakes of Gulf State Park. Bring a camera and get your picture touching a beautiful snake. It is also feeding time and you can observe the feeding behavior of these amazing animals.

Video: Animal Homes- Location, Location, Location

07/15/201707/15/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Finding a good base of operation is critical for successfully raising a family in the wild. Follow beavers, tortoises, and wood rats as they plan and locate their homes. Part 1 of a 3 part series. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: Animal Homes- Animal Cities

07/15/201707/15/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Animals congregate in huge colonies partly out of necessity and partly out of the security that numbers provide. Explore why Icelandic Puffins, Ecuadorian Social Spiders, and Leaf Cutter Ants form colonies. Part 2 of a 3 part series. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: Animal Homes- Nests

07/16/201707/16/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Bird nest come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from an inexhaustible diversity of materials and each one is a remarkable work of art. Part 3 of a 3 part series. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Wildflowers of Gulf State Park

07/17/201707/17/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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

Summer Session 5 - Legos/Ocean Explorers

07/18/201707/21/2017
4776 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Lego Campers will use critical thinking and problem solving to build ocean exploring technologies.  

Ocean Explorers will investigate methods of inspecting the ocean such as SCUBA, ROV's, critter cams and sonar mapping. 

Field studies on the beach will take the place of one camp day.  Group photo and journal will be a great memory for take-home! 

 

 

Carnivores Plants of Gulf State Park

07/19/201707/19/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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

English Silver in the Bellingrath Collection at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

07/19/201707/19/2017
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

Mrs. Bellingrath’s collection of silver is extensive and includes many fine pieces made by American artists, but the oldest items are English. Join Museum Home Director Tom McGehee to explore Mrs. Bellingrath’s most prized pieces of English silver and learn about the makers, their marks and the history of these impressive objects.The event is part of the 2017 Wonderful Wednesdays series at Bellingrath in June and July. Visit bellingrath.org for the full schedule.

Talk About Turtles

07/19/201707/19/2017
22120 Campground Road, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Come to the Nature Center to meet some of our resident turtles and learn some interesting things about the turtles that you can find around Gulf State Park.

Honey Bees and Pollination

07/21/201707/21/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

 Meet at the Nature Center to learn about Honey Bees and why they are so important to the environment.

Video: Is That Skunk?

07/22/201707/22/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

We find them in the evening digging through our garbage, hiding under our houses, or walking through our yards, streets, and parks. Skunks seem perfectly adapted to life around us. But we are less comfortable around them, for fear of their potent spray. But what do we really know about these infamous black and white creatures? Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: Leave it to Beavers

07/22/201707/22/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Discover the fascination story of the beavers of North America. Learn about their history, near extinction, and current comeback, as well as how scientists are recruiting these natural builders to revitalize many aquatic ecosystems. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: The Beauty of Ugly

07/23/201707/23/2017

In the animal world, as in our own, looks aren’t everything. In fact, some of the most aesthetically challenged creatures from warthogs and proboscis monkeys to bull elephant seals are also the most fascinating. A stunning variety of these ghastly yet glorious forms are explored in NATURE’s The Beauty of Ugly.  Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Beach Creature Feature

07/24/201707/24/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Meet at the Education Building to learn about some of the local sea life found in the Gulf of Mexico. If you have something you have collected along the beach shore, bring it along and we will help you to identify it. 

Gulf State Park Shark Week 2017

07/24/201707/28/2017
Gulf Shores, 36542

One week celebrating Sharks July 24-28. Come to the pier to enjoy researchers, programs, tanks, games, quizzes, movies, prizes, and so much more! Learn all you can about these wonderful creatures and why we need them.

Summer Session 6 - Gulf Rescue

07/25/201707/28/2017
4776 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Gulf Rescue will explore the guidelines for recognizing injured sick animals and how to help.  More importantly, we will examine how to prevent harm to ocean animals from marine debris and toxins.  One day of camp will include a field study at the beach to practice animal rescues.

A group photo and journal will make a great take-home memory!   

Discovering Sea Turtles

07/26/201707/26/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Meet at the Nature Center to find out about the amazing Sea Turtles found in the Gulf of Mexico and nest on the beaches in Alabama. Learn about the exciting work done by the volunteers of “Share the Beach” as they search for nests along the Alabama Gulf coast and monitor the hatching of sea turtle nests.   

New, Better, Yours: Plant the Newest, Best Plants at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

07/26/201707/26/2017
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

In recent years, new plant varieties and brands have filled your local garden centers, but how do you distinguish the best from the rest? Which are proven to be improved introductions that solve real landscape challenges? Plant expert Kip McConnell, Director of Plant Development Services Inc., will discuss the newest introductions, including new releases from the Southern Living Plant Collection and Encore Azalea. Kip will discuss proper placement, planting and care tips for each new plant release to solve your landscape challenges. The event is part of the 2017 Wonderful Wednesdays series at Bellingrath in June and July. Visit bellingrath.org for the full schedule.

Alligator Adventures

07/26/201707/26/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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

Hurricane Ivan Slide Show

07/28/201707/28/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Come to the GSP Education Building to relive the destruction of Gulf State Park on Sept.16, 2004.

Video: Cuttlefish- King of Camouflage

07/29/201707/29/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

When it comes to camouflage the cuttlefish is the real master of disguise. With stunning under water footage, NOVA gets up close and personnel with this astonishing, brainy invertebrate. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: Natural Diversity

07/29/201707/29/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

This discovering Alabama video shows that although the state’s coastal area is relatively small in size, it is diverse in natural qualities: rivers, bays, swamps, marshes, and beaches, as well as resident plant and animal species. Dr. Phillips is joined by local naturalists and wildlife officials in a tour of the region. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: The Loneliest Animals

07/30/201707/30/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

This amazing video follows the plight of some incredible, charismatic creatures and the struggles of the dedicated conservationists who fight for them. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Ducks of Alabama

07/31/201707/31/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Learn some interesting facts about the ducks that spend time in Alabama. This presentation by the park naturalist will include details about duck habitat and behavior as well as the identifying plumage of Alabama’s ducks. Meet at the Education Building for this program.

Dolphins at Sunset Kayak Tour

08/01/201708/31/2017

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

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

Frogs and Toads

08/02/201708/02/2017
22120 Campground Rd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Do you know the difference between frogs and toads? Is it really easy to be green? Hop on over to the Nature Center to learn some interesting things about the native frogs and toads in Gulf State Park.

Bugs & Insects

08/02/201708/02/2017
22050 Campground Rd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Learn new and exciting facts about some of the creepy crawlies that live in Gulf State Park. This one-hour program is suited for people of all ages and allows you to get up close and personal with some of the unique insects. Meet at the Nature Center Education Building. There is a $2 charge per vehicle to enter the campground. Free to all guest staying in the park.

The Coastal Eco-Tour

08/02/201708/30/2017

Escape the crowded tourist areas and experience the more secluded waterways of Gulf Shores, Alabama on this unique "backstage" tour. We’ll take you down the waterways less traveled on our cozy 22-passenger pontoon with a captain and guide who will treat you like family, not a number on a huge tour boat. Explore the Bon Secour River, Bon Secour Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway watching for and learning about a variety of wildlife including dolphins, bald eagles, osprey, herons, and pelicans. We’ll cruise past commercial fisheries and teach you about modern day fishing methods as the fishermen unload their catch. You’ll discover the highs and lows of the fisheries and learn about the history, ecology, and characters of Coastal Alabama.  

Offered as both a sunset and daytime tour, we will introduce you to the Gulf Shores you have never known but will want to learn more about. If you do nothing else this vacation, take this trip!

This is the "must do" tour for all avid lovers of nature and history when visiting Gulf Shores.  All tour commentary is provided by experienced nature guides. Perfect for children of all ages. We know kids and welcome yours aboard.

Owl Encounters

08/04/201708/04/2017
22120 Campground Rd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Meet at the Nature Center to learn some interesting facts about owls and find out what makes owls so special. Learn about the species of owls found in the area. Our resident Eastern Screech Owl and Great Horned Owl will be on hand to greet you.

Video: Animal Homes- Location, Location, Location

08/05/201708/05/2017

Finding a good base of operation is critical for successfully raising a family in the wild. Follow beavers, tortoises, and wood rats as they plan and locate their homes. Part 1 of a 3 part series.  Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: Animal Homes- Animal Cities

08/05/201708/05/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Animals congregate in huge colonies partly out of necessity and partly out of the security that numbers provide. Explore why Icelandic Puffins, Ecuadorian Social Spiders, and Leaf Cutter Ants form colonies. Part 2 of a 3 part series. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

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

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

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

Uniformed interpreters will bring the fort to life through demonstration of period drills on the fort's parade ground as well as artillery demonstration at the water battery. Special talks given by the site historians will provide insight into the events that transpired as well as introduce topics little written about in books.

Kenny Chesney with Special Guests: Midland

08/05/201708/05/2017
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Tickets on sale Friday, April 14 at 10 a.m. Purchase them online at ticketmaster.com, the wharf box office or charge by phone 800-745-3000. All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change. A service charge is added to each ticket.

Weeks Bay Foundation 5th Annual Pelican Paddle Canoe and Kayak Race 2017

08/05/201708/05/2017
11300 Hwy. 98, Fairhope, AL 36532

The Weeks Bay Foundation's 5th Annual Pelican Paddle Canoe and Kayak Race is a 3.5-mile fun, family-oriented race for all ages and skill levels. Plus, there’s a 7-mile pro option for the serious paddlers, and a non-competitive, guided Eco-Tour of Weeks Bay.
1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be awarded in the following divisions: Men’s Kayak, Women’s Kayak, Junior Kayak, Pro Kayak, Tandem Craft, Non-Traditional (single canoes, pedal kayaks, etc.), and Stand Up Paddle Board.
The Race begins at 9 a.m. The Eco-Tour begins after the racers take off. Entry includes hot dog lunch, water and soft drinks, a Pelican Paddle t-shirt, and a chance to win a kayak and other prizes! Food from local food trucks will be available for purchase. A limited number of loaner boats available, but must be reserved in advance.
Registration is required. To pre-register, visit www.weeksbay.org, or call 251-990-5004.
Day of race registration is from 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Video: Animal Homes- Nests

08/06/201708/06/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Bird nest come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from an inexhaustible diversity of materials and each one is a remarkable work of art. Part 3 of a 3 part series. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Full Moon Paddle

08/06/201708/06/2017
26267 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561

The City of Orange Beach - Relay for Life Team is gearing up for another fun summer of fund-raising events with their popular Full Moon Paddles. Two summers ago the team decided that hosting monthly paddles would be a fun way to raise money. That first summer proved so successful that it has now become a staple for the team. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m., and the paddles in the moonlight are from 7-8:30 p.m. Dates and sponsoring restaurants for 2017 is Sunday, August 6, Cobalt Restaurant. The events are held at the Wind & Water Learning Center, located at 26267 Canal Road, behind the Orange Beach Public Library.  Prior to participants leaving to experience the night time paddle, area restaurants caterer food for everyone to enjoy and area musicians donate their time to entertain.  
After enjoying the food, entertainment and meeting new friends everyone dons their headlights and PFD’s and take to their kayaks or canoes to paddle in the moonlight. Registration fee is $20 per person. Everyone must be pre-registered. Online registration will be available here. Printed registration forms are available at the Parks and Rec website and at all recreation facilities in Orange Beach. All monies raised benefit the American Cancer Society – Relay for Life.  Participants must bring their own kayak or canoe, PFD and white light, headlamps work best. For more information on how you can take part contact Relay Team Captain Jeanne Fitzgibbons at 251-981-1524 or jfitz@cityoforangebeach.com.

Honey Bees and Pollination

08/07/201708/07/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Meet at the Nature Center to learn about Honey Bees and why they are so important to the environment.

Prescribed Burns

08/09/201708/09/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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

Carnivorous Plants of Gulf State Park

08/09/201708/09/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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

Talk About Turtles

08/11/201708/11/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Come to the Nature Center to meet some of our resident turtles including box turtles and sliders. Learn some of the interesting things about the turtles that you can find around Gulf State Park including the endangered Gopher Tortoise.

Video: A Walk in the Woods

08/12/201708/12/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

This discovering Alabama video shows Dr. Phillips taking us on a walk in the woods to encounter nature on a fundamental level. Throughout the program, quotations from famous Native Americans remind us that our natural environment is the basis of life. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: Alabama Allure

08/12/201708/12/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Come see this special edition of Discovering Alabama and experience the unique allure of Alabama. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

USS ALABAMA 75th Anniversary Commemoration

08/12/201708/12/2017
2703 Battleship Pkwy., Mobile, AL 36602

Come help us celebrate the 75th anniversary of the USS ALABAMA. Events will be planned throughout the day. More details to come. Free admission to the park all day.

Video: Alabama Forests

08/13/201708/13/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

This discovering Alabama video shows Alabama as one of the most forested regions in the world. The forest is a setting in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, soil, water, wildlife, plants and trees. These all work together to form a self-perpetuating natural community, or ecosystem. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Discovering Sea Turtles

08/14/201708/14/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Meet at the Nature Center to find out about the amazing Sea Turtles found in the Gulf of Mexico and nest on the beaches in Alabama. Learn about the exciting work done by the volunteers of “Share the Beach” as they search for nests along the Alabama Gulf coast and monitor the hatching of sea turtle nests.

Alligator Adventures

08/16/201708/16/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Come to the Education Building  and see a slide show and learn all about our amazing Alligators. We will have a baby alligator on display and you will have an opportunity to touch and/or have your picture taken with the alligator. There is a $2 charge per vehicle to enter the campground. Free to all guest staying in the park.

Hurricane Ivan Slide Show

08/16/201708/16/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Come to the GSP Education Building to relive the destruction of Gulf State Park on Sept.16, 2004.

Wildflowers of Gulf State Park

08/18/201708/18/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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

C Spire Concert Series presents: Matchbox Twenty with Special Guest Matt Nathanson

08/18/201708/18/2017
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Matchbox Twenty has sold over 30 million records worldwide, and earned countless accolades, including five GRAMMY® nominations, four American Music Award nods, and the 2004 People’s Choice Award for favorite musical group.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of their diamond-certified debut album “Yourself or Someone Like
You” which included Top 40 singles “Push”, “3AM” and more. Furthermore, Rob Thomas has proven one of the most highly decorated artists of recent years, receiving three GRAMMY® Awards, 11 BMI Awards, the first ever Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award, and two Billboard Songwriter of the Year honors for both his chart-topping solo work as well as collaborations with such legends as Santana, Mick Jagger, and Willie Nelson.
Thomas collaboration with Carlos Santana on “Smooth” was also named the #2 most popular song ever on Billboard’s list of the 100 most popular songs behind “The Twist”.
He was also named to Billboard’s Top 20 List of hot 100 songwriters 2000-2011 at #5, and was the top ranking artist and songwriter on the list.

Tickets on sale Friday, June 9 at 10 a.m. online at ticketmaster.com, the wharf box office or charge by phone 800-745-3000. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change. A service charge is added to each ticket.

Living History Crew Weekend Drills

08/19/201708/19/2017
2703 Battleship Pkwy., Mobile, AL 36602

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

Video: Is That Skunk?

08/19/201708/19/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

We find them in the evening digging through our garbage, hiding under our houses, or walking through our yards, streets, and parks. Skunks seem perfectly adapted to life around us. But we are less comfortable around them, for fear of their potent spray. But what do we really know about these infamous black and white creatures?  Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: Leave it to Beavers

08/19/201708/19/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Discover the fascination story of the beavers of North America. Learn about their history, near extinction, and current comeback, as well as how scientists are recruiting these natural builders to revitalize many aquatic ecosystems. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: The Beauty of Ugly

08/20/201708/20/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

In the animal world, as in our own, looks aren’t everything. In fact, some of the most aesthetically challenged creatures from warthogs and proboscis monkeys to bull elephant seals are also the most fascinating. A stunning variety of these ghastly yet glorious forms are explored in NATURE’s The Beauty of Ugly.  Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Bugs and Insects

08/21/201708/21/2017
22120 Campground Rd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Learn new and exciting facts about some of the creepy crawlies that live in Gulf State Park and then participate in the great hunt for insects living in the camp ground. This program is suited for people of all ages and allows you to get up close and personal with some unique insects. Meet at the GSP Education Building.

Beach Creature Feature

08/23/201708/23/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Meet at the Education Building to learn about some of the local sea life found in the Gulf of Mexico. If you have something you have collected along the beach shore, bring it along and we will help you to identify it. 

Ducks of Alabama

08/23/201708/23/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Learn some interesting facts about the ducks that spend time in Alabama. This presentation by the park naturalist will include details about duck habitat and behavior as well as the identifying plumage of Alabama’s ducks. Meet at the Education Building for this program.

Owl Encounters

08/25/201708/25/2017
22120 Campground Rd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Meet at the Nature Center to learn some interesting facts about owls and find out what makes owls so special. Learn about the species of owls found in the area. Our resident Eastern Screech Owl and Great Horned Owl will be on hand to greet you.

Video: Cuttlefish- Kings of Camouflage

08/26/201708/26/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

When it comes to camouflage the cuttlefish is the real master of disguise. With stunning under water footage, NOVA gets up close and personnel with this astonishing, brainy invertebrate. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: Natural Diversity

08/26/201708/26/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

This discovering Alabama video shows that although the state’s coastal area is relatively small in size, it is diverse in natural qualities: rivers, bays, swamps, marshes, and beaches, as well as resident plant and animal species. Dr. Phillips is joined by local naturalists and wildlife officials in a tour of the region. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Doggie Paddle

08/26/201708/26/2017

This annual event hosted by WildNative Tours is designed to raise money for animal shelters across the Gulf Coast by bringing together kayaking enthusiasts both human and canine alike for a fun paddle on their local waterways.

Registrants can choose the participating shelter they want to benefit when they sign up and will then be notified of their paddle route. All human participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Kayaks, canoes, and stand-up-paddleboards are welcome.

The 204th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Mims

08/26/201708/27/2017
60075 Hwy 59, Tensaw, AL 36579

The annual commemoration and living history weekend will be held August 26-27 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. located in North Baldwin County, 12 miles north of Stockton on Hwy. 59 then west 3 miles on County Rd. 80. The weekend includes living history, displays and crafts of early 1800’s, Creek Indian games and cultural presentation, period weapons and clothing. Visit our website and ‘like’ us on facebook!

Video: The Loneliest Animals

08/27/201708/27/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

This amazing video follows the plight of some incredible, charismatic creatures and the struggles of the dedicated conservationists who fight for them. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Frogs & Toads

08/28/201708/28/2017
22120 Campground Rd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Hop on over to the Nature Center to learn some interesting things about the native frogs and toads in Gulf State Park. 

Carnivores Plants of Gulf State Park

08/30/201708/30/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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

Prescribed Burn Presentation

08/30/201708/30/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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

Talk About Turtles!

09/01/201709/01/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Come to the Nature Center to meet some of our resident turtles including box turtles and sliders. Learn some of the interesting things about the turtles that you can find around Gulf State Park including the endangered Gopher Tortoise.

Dolphins at Sunset Kayak Tour

09/01/201709/29/2017

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

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

The Coastal Eco-Tour

09/01/201709/29/2017

Escape the crowded tourist areas and experience the more secluded waterways of Gulf Shores, Alabama on this unique "backstage" tour. We’ll take you down the waterways less traveled on our cozy 22-passenger pontoon with a captain and guide who will treat you like family, not a number on a huge tour boat. Explore the Bon Secour River, Bon Secour Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway watching for and learning about a variety of wildlife including dolphins, bald eagles, osprey, herons, and pelicans. We’ll cruise past commercial fisheries and teach you about modern day fishing methods as the fishermen unload their catch. You’ll discover the highs and lows of the fisheries and learn about the history, ecology, and characters of Coastal Alabama.  

Offered as both a sunset and daytime tour, we will introduce you to the Gulf Shores you have never known but will want to learn more about. If you do nothing else this vacation, take this trip!

This is the "must do" tour for all avid lovers of nature and history when visiting Gulf Shores.  All tour commentary is provided by experienced nature guides. Perfect for children of all ages. We know kids and welcome yours aboard.

Video: Animal Homes- Location, Location, Location

09/02/201709/02/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Finding a good base of operation is critical for successfully raising a family in the wild. Follow beavers, tortoises, and wood rats as they plan and locate their homes. Part 1 of a 3 part series. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: Animal Homes- Animal Cities

09/02/201709/02/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Animals congregate in huge colonies partly out of necessity and partly out of the security that numbers provide. Explore why Icelandic Puffins, Ecuadorian Social Spiders, and Leaf Cutter Ants form colonies. Part 2 of a 3 part series. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: Animal Homes- Nests

09/03/201709/03/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Bird nest come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from an inexhaustible diversity of materials and each one is a remarkable work of art. Part 3 of a 3 part series. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Hurricane Ivan Slide Show

09/04/201709/04/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Come to the GSP Education Building to relive the destruction of Gulf State Park on Sept.16, 2004.

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

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

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

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

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

C Spire Concert Series presents: Eric Church Holdin' My Own Tour with Brothers Osborne & Ashley Mcbryde

09/16/201709/16/2017
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Singer Eric Church was born on May 3, 1977, in Granite Falls, North Carolina, and he took up the guitar at 13 and began writing songs. A natural-born performer, Church had a regular gig at a bar as a high school student and received an offer for a record deal as a teen, but he turned it down. After high school, he attended Appalachian State University as part of a deal he had made with his father. Church earned a degree in marketing in exchange for financial support for a year in Nashville. While still a student, he managed to find time for his music and performed in a group called the Mountain Boys.

After graduation, Church went to Nashville to pursue a career in country music, starting out as a songwriter before landing a record deal in 2006. His first album, Sinners Like Me, came out that same year, and, drawing inspiration from earlier country outlaws like Waylon Jennings, Church showcased his country rock sound on such tracks as "Guys Like Me."

Church also earned a reputation for being a rebel around this time as well, after being fired as the opening act for Rascal Flatts. According to Rolling Stone, Church got axed for playing too long. "We've never been a good opening act," he explained. But Church's loss became Taylor Swift's gain. She replaced him on the tour, which gave her career a huge boost.

Church's career really began to soar with 2009's Carolina. The song "Love Your Love the Most" became his first substantial showing on the charts followed by "Hell on the Heart" and "Smoke a Little Smoke." Church also developed a following with his impressive live shows. As he told Rolling Stone, "When we go out there, I want to be the act that, no matter who's in that crowd, they've never seen a better act than me. I'm gonna empty the tank." Church picked up his first major award the following year when he was named the best new solo vocalist by the Academy of Country Music in 2010.

With 2011's Chief, Church had an even greater success. The album's title comes from his nickname, one that first belonged to his maternal grandfather. Debuting at the top of the country charts, the recording had two No. 1 hits: the good-time anthem "Drink in My Hand" and the nostalgic "Springsteen." Not only had a smash with country fans, Chief won Church numerous accolades, such as album of the year honors at the Country Music Association Awards in 2012.

In 2014, Church released The Outsiders, on which he continued to fuse country and rock to make his own distinctive sound. The record featured the hit "Give Me Back My Hometown," a song that won over both fans and critics alike. It has since been nominated for two CMA awards, including song of the year.
To learn more about this artist click here.

Tickets on sale Friday, May 12 at noon online at ticketmaster.com, the wharf box office or charge by phone 800.745.3000. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change. A service charge is added to each ticket.

Dolphins at Sunset Kayak Tour

10/02/201711/03/2017

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

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

The Coastal Eco-Tour

10/03/201711/03/2017

Escape the crowded tourist areas and experience the more secluded waterways of Gulf Shores, Alabama on this unique "backstage" tour. We’ll take you down the waterways less traveled on our cozy 22-passenger pontoon with a captain and guide who will treat you like family, not a number on a huge tour boat. Explore the Bon Secour River, Bon Secour Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway watching for and learning about a variety of wildlife including dolphins, bald eagles, osprey, herons, and pelicans. We’ll cruise past commercial fisheries and teach you about modern day fishing methods as the fishermen unload their catch. You’ll discover the highs and lows of the fisheries and learn about the history, ecology, and characters of Coastal Alabama.  

Offered as both a sunset and daytime tour, we will introduce you to the Gulf Shores you have never known but will want to learn more about. If you do nothing else this vacation, take this trip!

This is the "must do" tour for all avid lovers of nature and history when visiting Gulf Shores.  All tour commentary is provided by experienced nature guides. Perfect for children of all ages. We know kids and welcome yours aboard.

The 14th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest

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

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

Living History Crew Weekend Drills

10/07/201710/07/2017
2703 Battleship Pkwy., Mobile, AL 36602

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

6th Annual Festival of Flavor 2017

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

The 6th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor, sponsored by Riviera Utilities is set to take place Saturday, October 7 in the streets of Historic Downtown Foley. Presented by the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, The Alabama Festival of Flavor showcases the many flavors of local and regional foods, wine and craft beer. This food, wine and craft beer event is focused on locally grown and produced products.

Local chefs will be preparing unique dishes and brewers from around the state will be on hand to discuss their uniquely crafted beers. Festival guests can stroll the streets of Historic Downtown Foley while sipping and savoring the unique specialty wines, craft beer and delectable cuisine.

Catch your favorite team on the big screen in the Game Day Tent, sample menu favorites from local restaurants in the Foodie Fix area, learn about wine pairings or home brewing in the Edutainment Tent or visit the Tastings Area for savory tapas paired with wine.

46th Annual National Shrimp Festival

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

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event 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 begins at 10 a.m. each day and runs through 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Food is another highlight of the festival with 50 local and regional vendors lining the boardwalk at the public beach with mouth-watering delights. Due to the generous sponsors, Zatarain's, Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission and Wind Creek Casino, 200 pounds of shrimp per day will be prepared by some of the area's best chefs in their award-winning recipes and given away for people to sample at different tasting times that will be posted on the outside of the sponsor tent.

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

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

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

Art lovers will have almost 200 booths of fine art and arts and crafts vendors from which to choose. Car lovers will have a chance to preview many of the new Chevrolet models that will be on display.

46th Annual National Shrimp Festival

10/13/201710/13/2017
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event 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 begins at 10 a.m. each day and runs through 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Food is another highlight of the festival with 50 local and regional vendors lining the boardwalk at the public beach with mouth-watering delights. Due to the generous sponsors, Zatarain's, Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission and Wind Creek Casino, 200 pounds of shrimp per day will be prepared by some of the area's best chefs in their award-winning recipes and given away for people to sample at different tasting times that will be posted on the outside of the sponsor tent.

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

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

Runners and walkers can enter the 10K and 5K races to help work off some of the great food at the festival. All net proceeds of the run will be donated to Coastal Baldwin Education Enrichment, benefiting the local Gulf Shores and Orange Beach public schools.

Art lovers will have almost 200 booths of fine art and arts and crafts vendors from which to choose. Car lovers will have a chance to preview many of the new Chevrolet models that will be on display.

46th Annual National Shrimp Festival

10/14/201710/14/2017
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event 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 begins at 10 a.m. each day and runs through 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Food is another highlight of the festival with 50 local and regional vendors lining the boardwalk at the public beach with mouth-watering delights. Due to the generous sponsors, Zatarain's, Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission and Wind Creek Casino, 200 pounds of shrimp per day will be prepared by some of the area's best chefs in their award-winning recipes and given away for people to sample at different tasting times that will be posted on the outside of the sponsor tent.

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

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

Runners and walkers can enter the 10K and 5K races to help work off some of the great food at the festival. All net proceeds of the run will be donated to Coastal Baldwin Education Enrichment, benefiting the local Gulf Shores and Orange Beach public schools.

Art lovers will have almost 200 booths of fine art and arts and crafts vendors from which to choose. Car lovers will have a chance to preview many of the new Chevrolet models that will be on display.

46th Annual National Shrimp Festival

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

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event 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 begins at 10 a.m. each day and runs through 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Food is another highlight of the festival with 50 local and regional vendors lining the boardwalk at the public beach with mouth-watering delights. Due to the generous sponsors, Zatarain's, Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission and Wind Creek Casino, 200 pounds of shrimp per day will be prepared by some of the area's best chefs in their award-winning recipes and given away for people to sample at different tasting times that will be posted on the outside of the sponsor tent.

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

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

Runners and walkers can enter the 10K and 5K races to help work off some of the great food at the festival. All net proceeds of the run will be donated to Coastal Baldwin Education Enrichment, benefiting the local Gulf Shores and Orange Beach public schools.

Art lovers will have almost 200 booths of fine art and arts and crafts vendors from which to choose. Car lovers will have a chance to preview many of the new Chevrolet models that will be on display.

Known Deaths and Burials at Mobile Point

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

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

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

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

The Original German Sausage Festival

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

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

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

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

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

2017 World Food Championships

11/05/201711/16/2017
4830 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

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

Dolphins at Sunset Kayak Tour

11/06/201712/29/2017

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

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

Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Living History Crew Weekend Drills

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

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

32nd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

12/09/201712/09/2017

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

Civil War Tour Series

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

Tuesdays in January 2018, at 2 p.m., a historian will guide visitors on a hour long tour of the Fort. Each week the historian will speak on a different topic. Week 1 "Fort Bowyer", Week 2 "Early Civil War", Week 3 " Battle of Mobile Bay", Week 4 "Siege of Fort Morgan", Week 5 "All Eras of the Forts History".  

Civil War Tour Series

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

Tuesdays during February 2018, 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".  

Memorial Day Tribute 2018

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

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

Tuesday Evening Civil War Tour

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

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

Salute To American Independence

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

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