Calendar of Events
Foley Historic Downtown Walking Tours
Foley Welcome Center
104 N. McKenzie St., Foley, AL 36535
Ever wonder about the history of the Hotel Magnolia or the Foley trains? Now is your chance to discover more about these and other local landmarks. As part of the city of Foley’s Centennial celebration, walking tours featuring historic points of interest in downtown Foley will begin at 10 a.m. each Saturday in April at the Foley Welcome Center.The Welcome Center is located on the northeast corner of Ala. Highway 59 (McKenzie Street), and U.S. 98 (Laurel Avenue). The walking tours last approximately one hour. No reservations are required. For more information, visit our website or call the city of Foley at 251-943-1300.
City of Fairhope Walking Tours
20 N Section St, Fairhope, AL
Walking tours every Saturday in April the City of Fairhope will host free guided tours in the downtown area for visitors and the local community every Saturday in April. Tours will be given by Fairhope Museum of History Director, Donnie Barrett.The April 18 tour will depart from the Fairhope Welcome Center on Section St. at 10 a.m. the final tour on Saturday, April 25 meets at 10 a.m. at the oak Street gate to the Colony Cemetery, where Barrett will give an overview of the town’s history with visits to the graves of many of Fairhope’s founders.The tour on April 18 is a tour of Section Street; a block north and south of Fairhope Pharmacy.All are welcome and the tours are free of charge. For more info, call 251-929-1471.
66th Annual Blessing of the Fleet in Bayou La Batre
St. Margaret’s Catholic Church
13790 South Wintzell Avenue
Bayou La Batre, AL 36509
13790 South Wintzell Ave., Bayou La Batre, AL
Contact: 251 824-2415
Food, Music, Entertainment and more!Blessing of the FeetThis 4-mile run and 1-mile fun run will kick-off the festival on Saturday morning.11am – 2pm Gumbo Cook-OffALL DAYChildren’s ActivitiesArts & CraftsBayou Boat ToursWorking Waterfront ExhibitSundayMUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT10:00am 11:00am Mass at St. Margaret’s Church11:00am 2:00pm TBA2:00pm — Land Parade3:00pm — Boat Parade / Blessing of the Fleetimmediately following the land parade ALL DAYChildren’s ActivitiesArts & CraftsBayou Boat ToursWorking Waterfront ExhibitSt. Margaret’s Catholic ChurchAll events are held on the Church Grounds13790 South Wintzell AvenueBayou La Batre, AL 36509Fleet Blessing on Facebook
Pirates Cove Wood Boat Festival
6600 Hwy 95, Elberta, AL 36530
More than 30 wood boats ranging from a Mayan dugout canoe to a 72 foot Mobile Bay Schooner are entered in the competition.Proceeds from the food and beverages sold at the event benefit the Josephine Volunteer Fire Dept. and The Lillian Optimist Club. The menu includes Chet’s Famous Fried Mullet plates (on Saturday) and Elberta’s famous sausage sandwiches.Activities include some of the South’s most popular bands, a nautical fair, local artists, boat builders, marine sales and music all weekend. Children’s activities include Pirate Pete’s Island, a treasure hunt, children’s boat building, games, and swimming.
Peddle to the Treasure For a Cure
4099 Orange Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Bicycle Scavenger Hunt Saturday, May 2, 9 am – 12 noonRide begins @ Orange Beach City Hall 4099 Orange Beach Blvd. (Hwy. 161)8 – 9 am – Check-In/Late Registration 9 am – Ride Begins 12 noon – Hamburger/Hot Dog Lunch & Awards!Registration Fee Includes – Event t-shirt, lunch after ride, Goody Bag (Early registration encouraged to assure correct t-shirt sizes) $15.00 – Individual $35.00 – Team/Family (2-3 members)Monies raised benefit American Cancer Society. Individuals & teams will be given a list of sites/things along the trail to be photographed or collected. Points will be assigned for each photo/item. Each participantmust furnish their own means of collecting photos.Bike must appear in each photo. The individual or team that captures the most ’treasures’ will be declared the winner. This is not a race but rather an opportunity to have fun while raising money for a good cause!For full details contact – Team Captain – Jeanne Fitzgibbons 251-981-1524 – Cell 251-747-1344 email@example.comCostumes are always fun! Decorate yourself & your bike and maybe you’ll win a prize!Make check payable to – American Cancer Society Mail registration form & check to – City of Orange Beach – Relay for Life Team PO Box 458, Orange Beach, AL 36561Family Friendly Ride on Back Country Trails Hosted by City of Orange Beach – Friends & Family Relay Team
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.
The Hangout Music Festival 2015
Gulf Shores Public Beach
101 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
2015 HeadlinersFoo Fighters, Sam Smith, Zac Brown Band and BeckView 2015 lineupNever satisfied with the status quo, event founder and Hangout owner Shaul Zislin has added a sixth stage, a newly redesigned Alabama Gulf Seafood Outdoor Courtyard and a fashion village of pop up boutiques where fans can shop for dresses, bathing suits, sunglasses and the like. Even romance gets a boost, as the fest has added a beach-side wedding chapel.
General Admission Tickets: $2493-day admission, 6 stages, 70+ bands.The general admission ticket price includes access to more shaded areas under palm trees, the Sky Bar tower with its 360-degree festival views, a plethora of amusement rides and games, free refill water stations and a variety of dining options.
VIP Tickets: $1099Free drinks, swimming pools and complimentary snacks.VIP ticket-holders receive easy access to the festival through special entrances, prime viewing areas, swimming pools with views of the main stage; a shaded VIP Grove with complimentary beverages and air-conditioned restrooms.
Super VIP Tickets: $1599Watch main stage acts from the comfort of a hot tub. Yes, that’s right. Hot tubs.The Super VIP upgrade includes 24/7 concierge and golf-cart chauffeur services, access to a private, air-conditioned dining room and lounge, and exclusive meals prepared by renowned chefs. VIP tickets are available for $1099 and the limited number of Super VIP tickets are $1599. Fans can choose from a wide variety of options at the website. Fans will also be able to book all-inclusive travel packages and reserve shuttle passes.Shuttle Pass InformationView Ticket Information
Bottle Creek Indian Mound Boat Tour
30841 Five Rivers Blvd , Spanish Fort, AL 36527
Bottle Creek Indian Mound Boat TourJourney into the middle of no-where, then trek through the swamp and backwards in time to the Mississippian Tribes of the 13th Century. This is Chitzen Itza before the tourists, and every bit as powerful. But there’s no guide ropes, no food kiosks, and the interpretive tour is really that! These American Pyramids were built by hand, one basket full of mud and oyster shells at a time – now that’s due at least a minute of quiet awe. Our guides provides the interpretive side, you provide the awe.The Native American tribes of what is now the Midwestern, Eastern, and Southeastern United States, flourished in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta approximately 800 years ago. These tribes were part of a Mississippian mound-building culture. Once we reach Bottle Creek deep in Mobile-Tensaw Delta of Alabama, learn about their sports, housing, food and culture.Accessible only by boat, this is a 3.5 – 4 hour interpretive tour that involves a comfortable boat ride and a reasonable hike through the Delta, culminating in climbing the highest hand-built Mound at 45 feet (when the rest of the delta varies by only 3 feet). During this tour, your guides will introduce you to both the fauna and flora of the middle Delta’s cypress swamps as well as a walk back in time, to a day in the life of the Native Americans who left this amazing legacy.
151th of the Battle of Mobile Bay
51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
The Thunder on The Bay: 151th of the Battle of Mobile Bay is scheduled for May 22 – 24, 2015.The well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Now a fascinating historic site, the Fort stands at the eastern tip of Dauphin Island where it commands panoramic views of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Fort Gaines was recently designated as one of the most endangered historic sites in America. The event “Thunder on The Bay” highlights Fort Gaines integral role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Come and experience a living history day for the whole family. Federal and Confederate soldiers exchange artillery fire and infantry sharpshooting during the commemoration of the 151th Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay.Come and surround yourself with history as we depict the attack by the Union Navy upon the fort as they attempt to steam past the fort and into the bay. Be witnesses to the opening of the siege guns upon the fort. Union artillery and infantry will seal the fate of the Confederate garrison by occupying the siege lines as they commence the bombardment of Fort Gaines.
Peace at Bellingrath V2.5
Date: May 23, 2015Bellingrath will host the 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run presented by The Man About Town to benefit a local charity. Immediately following the race there will be light refreshments for all participants and the Gardens will open for visitors to tour.
2nd Annual Gulf State Park Beach Luau
22250 East Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Put on your grass skirts and join us at Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion for an authentic Beach Luau on Saturday May 23rd, 2015.It’s that time again! Back by popular demand is the 2nd Annual Gulf State Park Beach Luau! Put on your grass skirts and join us at Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion for an authentic Beach Luau.Enjoy performances by the Aloha Islanders, including live hula and fire knife dancers from Hawaiian Entertainment. During the show you will enjoy our traditional Luau buffet that is sure to take your dining experience to the tastes of The Islands!Two ticket options are available:(1) VIP includes early admission for a meet and greet with the performers at 5:30pm, VIP seating, unlimited access to the Island inspired buffet, open bar, and a fresh Hawaiian lei direct from Hawaii!(2) Performance Seating includes 1 food ticket to the Island inspired buffet, 2 drink tickets (good for 1 alcoholic beverage or 2 non-alcoholic drinks), a souvenir lei, and 6:00pm admission.*Note: All seating will be designated according to an 8 person table and is assigned based upon date of purchase unless otherwise noted by the buyer.
Fort Morgan’s Memorial Day Tribute
51 State Highway 180 West, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Historical interpreters, dressed in period uniforms of the United States Army from different eras of the fort’s occupation, will conduct special guided tours of the fortification throughout the day. Also, artillery, small arms, and other demonstrations will show the complexities that have faced the military garrisons at Fort Morgan.
C Spire Concert Series presents: Dave Matthews Band
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561
June 2, 2015
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. The quintessential jam band of the past two decades, the Dave Matthews Band, revolutionized mainstream music with a unique, laid-back style. Tickets for the show will go on sale via Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. on Feb. 13.
Tuesday Evening Civil War Twilight Tours at Fort Morgan
110 State Highway 180 West, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Vignettes of Fort Morgan’s Civil War history are brought to life every summer during this hour long tour. Historical interpreters portraying the lives of members of the garrison tell of the events transpiring in the final months of Confederate occupation of the fort. Visitors will hear the growing concern as the Federal Navy strengthens it’s fleet in the Gulf of Mexico as it prepares to attack Mobile Bay in August, as well as the events surrounding the destruction of the blockade runner Ivanhoe. Every tour concludes with the firing of one of the fort’s artillery pieces with time for visitors to explore the fort in the twilight hours.
Summertime Wonderful Wednesday’s
Dates: Wednesdays from June 3 – July 29, 2015Who knew Wednesday could be so wonderful? Every Wednesday, enjoy a special program about Bellingrath Gardens and Home, gardening, local history and nature. Topics include summer gardening, horticultural production techniques and the collections in the Bellingrath Museum Home.
C Spire Concert Series presents: Steve Miller Band with special guest .38 Special
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Steve Miller Band is coming to The Amphitheater at The Wharf on Saturday, June 6th with special guest .38 Special as part of the 2015 C Spire Concert Series! Tickets go on sale now online at Ticketmaster.com, The Wharf Box Office or charge by phone 800-745-3000.ALL DATES, ACTS & TICKET PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. A SERVICE CHARGE IS ADDED TO EACH TICKET.
C Spire Concert Series presents: The Outsiders World Tour Eric Church
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Friday, June 12th at 8:00 p.m.GENERAL ADMISSION – $73.75 RESERVED SEATS – $73.75 – $63.75 – $43.75 **PLUS APPLICABLE FEES & SERVICE CHARGES**Tickets on sale Friday, March 6th at 10:00 a.m.Online at Ticketmaster.com, The Wharf Box Office or charge by phone 800-745-3000.ALL DATES, ACTS & TICKET PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. A SERVICE CHARGE IS ADDED TO EACH TICKET.
Fort Morgan’s Salute to American Independence
Inside the Fort
110 Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Historical interpreters, dressed in period uniforms of the United States Army from different eras of the fort’s occupation, will conduct special guided tours of the fortification throughout the day. Also, artillery, small arms, and other demonstration will show the complexities that have faced the military garrisons at Fort Morgan.
Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay and Siege of Fort Morgan
110 Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay and Siege of Fort MorganThis 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 thatAugust 1Event Hours: 9am-3pm.Grounds Hours: 8am-5pm.Museum and Museum Store Hours:8am-4pm.
The Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Mims
60075 Hwy 59, Tensaw, AL 36579
The annual commemoration and living history weekend is held the last weekend in August.from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PMThis 202nd event will be a historic and educational family experience. August 29-30, 2015Located in North Baldwin County, 12 miles north of Stockton on Hwy. 59 then west 3 miles on Co. Rd. 80The weekend includes Living History, Displays & Crafts of early 1800’s including covered wagons, arrowheads, wool spinning, blacksmithing, quilting, period music, basketry, pottery, watercolors, skinning, flint-napping, Creek Indian games & cultural presentation, period weapons & clothing. Speakers Forum • Historical plants & Fort Mims History Daily Re-enactments on site: Burnt Corn 11a • Fort Mims 2:00 pm‘Old Time’ Church Service 10a Sunday; ConcessionsVisit our website and ‘like’ us on facebook!Sponsored by ~Fort Mims Restoration Assn. 251-533-9024FMInfo – NBChamber 251-937-5665An event that CHANGED AMERICAN HISTORY – AUGUST T 30, 1813Artifacts will be on display
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