Calendar of Events
C Spire Concert Series presents: Alabama
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Sunday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. The group has a long list of ’80s and ’90s
country hits to its credit, including “Tennessee River,” “My Home’s in
Alabama,” “The Closer You Get” and “Close Enough to Perfect.” Its recent
releases include “Alabama and Friends,” an album featuring Toby
Keith, Kenny Chesney and other contemporary country hit-makers.Ticket
prices range from $25 to $73.50 plus fees; and will be available at The
Wharf’s box office and via Ticketmaster.
The 28th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup
The 28th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup will also be held on on Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon. The event gives Baldwin residents the opportunity to give back to the environment and their surrounding communities by cleaning up along the coast and waterways and within their cities. Volunteers—involved citizens, community organizations, businesses, individuals, school groups and families—are needed to help with the Coastal Cleanup. Participants can find a cleanup zone near them on our website. All supplies are provided, and volunteers who come out early will receive a free t-shirt. The Alabama Coastal Cleanup is part of an international effort led by the Ocean Conservancy to remove debris from coastal waters. This litter is not only an eyesore but can pose a real threat to both marine wildlife and humans. Participation provides a unique opportunity to be a part of the solution. Alabama joined this effort in 1987, and since then over 77,000 volunteers have removed more than 1.5 million pounds of trash from Alabama’s valued coastline and waterways.
27th Annual Jubilee Festival
Olde Towne Daphne
Main Street Scenic 98, Fairhope, AL 36526
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Featuring 130 fine arts & Crafts vendors. Live, local entertainment. Classic festival food. Awards presented to artists and craftsmen in each category. A large screen TV will be set up in the City Council Chambers for football fans to watch their favorite teams play.
Chocolate! The Exhibition
09/26/2015 – 01/17/2016
65 Government St., Mobile, AL 36633
Beginning Saturday, September 26, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center will bring to Mobile and the Gulf Coast region a unique and educational exhibition that is sure to be a sweet treat for young and old alike. Chocolate! The Exhibition explores the rich natural and cultural history of one of the world’s favorite treats. Tracing chocolate from its origin in the rainforest to its status as a global economic commodity,visitors will discover chocolate’s impact on human cultures and tropical ecosystems through scenic elements, original video, interactive displays, rich imagery and graphics, and approximately 150 objects. Chocolate! The Exhibition runs through January 17, 2016.
The 12th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest
450 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532
We offer expertly guided trips by foot and on boat to prime birding locations on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail. Our location on the northern Gulf Coast makes this area a major stopover for migratory birds from all over North America—and so fall is a great time to add all sorts of species to your life list.The free Bird and Conservation Expo on the grounds of Faulkner State College in Fairhope, offers hands-on fun and activities for kids of all ages with live raptors and snakes and displays and exhibits from conservation organizations, vendors, artists, and divisions of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Come see us in October! Learn more about birding, add to your life list, and meet other birders as we welcome the fall migration!
4th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor 2015
Historic Downtown Foley (Orange Avenue from Hwy. 59 to Alston Street, Alston Street between Orange Avenue and Jessamine Street.)
112 East Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 36535
The 4th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor, sponsored by Riviera Utilities is set to take place Saturday, October 3 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. The Alabama Festival of Flavor, sponsored by Riviera Utilities, is back and this time…bigger and better! The festival, recognized by Only in Alabama for one of the 14 Alabama Festivals on the “Absolute Must-Do” list, is predicted to have the best turn out on record. On Saturday, October 3rd, the festival will line streets of historic downtown Foley with food trucks, Alabama brews, Alabama wines, SEC football, and local restaurant tastings. A fun time is guaranteed! Beer tastings will take place from Noon – 4pm. Enjoy unlimited tastings from local breweries including: Cahaba Brewing Company, Blue Pants Brewery, The Brew Stooges, Back Forty Beer Company, Yellowhammer Brewing Company, Good People Brewing Company, Black Warrior Brewing Company, Old Black Bear Brewing Company and Fairhope Brewing Company. Check out our new website and purchase your beer tastings now to guarantee a spot and a glass souvenir tasting mug.
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.
44th Annual National Shrimp Festival
Savor fresh from the gulf seafood at the 44th Annual National Shrimp
Festival during this four-day event 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 of 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 an
“American Idol” type competition where high school singers from seven
local schools will compete in elimination rounds. Scholarships will be awarded to the top
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.
Runner and walkers can enter the 10K and 5K races to help work off
some o fthe great food at the festival. All net proceeds of the Run will
be donated to Coastal Baldwin Education Enrichment, benefiting the
local Gulf Shores & 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.
Colonial Isle Dauphine
51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Surround yourself with history at Fort Gaines! Completed in 1861, visitors delight at this site of The Battle of Mobile Bay. Explore the grounds while hearing stories of days gone by, watch live reenactments and see a blacksmith demonstrate his craft. Appreciate today a place where simpler times and historic culture has been preserved.
Paddle Bayou La Batre 2015
Starting Point: State Docks of Shell Belt Road, Bayou La Batre
14750 State Docks Rd., Bayou La Batre, AL 36509
Paddlers will have an up-close-and-personal experience of being on a true working bayou, lined with shipyards, shrimpboats, oyster skiffs, and scenic natural vistas. Paddle under the vertical lift bridge, one of Bayou La Batre’s landmarks. Enjoy Bayou cuisine afterwards. The trip is approximately 6 miles with an option to take out at 2.5 miles. Tickets are $25 with canoe/kayak rentals available.
Fall Garrison Living History Day
51 Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Fall Garrison Living History DayLiving historians and re-enactors gather at Fort Morgan for the continuation of the site’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil WarThis year, troops will portray garrison life during the spring of 1865 when the Union captors used it as a base of operations for the Mobile Campaign. Artillery and infantry demonstrations will occur throughout the day.October 17Event Hours: 9am-3pm.Grounds Hours: 8am-5pm.Museum and Museum Store Hours:8am-4pm.
Peddle to the Treasure For a Cure
4099 Orange Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Bicycle Scavenger Hunt will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ride begins at Orange Beach City Hall 4099 Orange Beach Blvd. (Hwy. 161) Check-in/late registration is from 8 – 9 a.m. with the ride beginning at 9 a.m. Join us for a hamburger and hot dog lunch at the awards ceremony after the ride! Registration fee includes event t-shirt, lunch after ride, goody bag (early registration encouraged to assure correct t-shirt sizes). Registration for individuals is $15. Team/family (2-3 members) registration is $35.All proceeds benefit American Cancer Society. Individuals and 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 participant must 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 at 251-981-1524 or on her cell at 251-747-1344 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Costumes are always fun! Decorate yourself and your bike and maybe you’ll win a prize! Make check payable to American Cancer Society Mail. Mail registration form and check to City of Orange Beach Relay for Life Team: PO Box 458, Orange Beach, AL 36561.
Balloon Glow in the Gardens
Date: October 24, 2015Dress up your little goblins and come to enjoy beautiful hot air balloons glowing on the Great Lawn. Multiple hot air balloons are scheduled to “glow” for us this year…weather permitting. The Balloon Glow includes a selection of scary and fun inflatables glowing throughout the Gardens. There will be plenty of treats and trinkets from area organizations and businesses for our trick-or-treaters to enjoy. Discount admission begins at 4:30 PM.
32nd Annual Renaissance Festival “Gatalop 32″
51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Hosted by the Society of Creative Anachronism, the Barony of Osprey will present Life in the Middle Ages. You will see Knight in Armor as they storm the castle, view melee’s and sieges. Visit with Lords, Ladies, Artist and Medieval Merchants. Watch our resident Blacksmith demonstrate his craft in the Fort’s original Blacksmith Shop.
The Original German Sausage Festival
Held from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The best German Sausage you have ever tasted! Made from a secret recipe developed by the founding fathers of Elberta, AL. This is the only place you can get the real thing! Arts and crafts, live music, carnival rides, baked goods and more. Don’t forget to visit the Bier Garten for a large selection of imported beers.
52nd Annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums
Dates: November 7 – November 20, 2015*For precise times of the blooms, please check Mum Watch at www.bellingrath.orgSee America;s largest outdoor display of chrysanthemums. Garden mums are featured in the floral borders, containers and terraces of the gardens. See fantastic cascade mums on bridges, balconies and in baskets in the fall colors of red, yellow, bronze, orange and white throughout the Gardens.
The Fairhope Film Festival 2015
Various Locations in Fairhope including: Faulkner State College: Centennial Hall, Fairhope Public Library: Giddens Center, University of South Alabama Baldwin County Performance Center, and Lyon’s Share Gallery
10 N. Section St. Ste. 108, Fairhope , AL 36532
Mark your calendars for November 12-15 with 40+ films and 25 short films during the four days of brilliant, entertaining and award-winning films screened throughout our beautiful little town on the Bay. Our selection committee has been hard at work throughout this past year, attending some of the world’s best film festivals and reviewing hours of innovative and creative films as part of our mission to deliver the best of the best in filmmaking. For more information visit our website.
Bellingrath’s 20th Annual Magic Christmas in Lights
Dates: November 27 – December 31, 2015 (Closed December 25th)Enjoy one of the most popular holiday events in the Southeast. Stroll through the gardens with more than three million twinkling lights in over 1,000 custom designed set pieces in 14 scenes. Tour the Bellingrath Home decorated in its holiday finery. Extended hours to 9:00 PM. Photos with Santa on weekends and the week of Christmas. Complete your holiday shopping in the beautiful Bellingrath Gift Shop!
Coastal Christmas 2015
11/28/2015 – 01/01/2016
Celebrate the season with music, a lighted boat parade, holiday shopping and more all over the island!
32st Annual “Christmas through the Ages”
Fort Gaines Historic Site
51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Christmas through the Ages, a living history day for the whole family, is scheduled at Fort Gaines on December 6. Come and experience a Christmas of Day’s gone by at Fort Gaines Historic Site, located on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island. Join the Soldiers from the past and their families as they celebrate a non-commercial Christmas. Visiting children will have the chance to make a seashell ornament. The event will take place from 9 a.m. – til 5 p.m. Admission for those 13 and over is $6. Children 5-12 will be admitted for $4, and children 4 and under are admitted free.
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