Calendar of Events
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.
30th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade
LuLu’s to Cobalt
The 30th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 12th at 5:30 p.m. beginning 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.
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.
Mystical Order of Mirams Parade
Begins at Wintzell’s and ends at Hwy 161, Orange Beach
24131 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561
Watch and enjoy as revelers throw sweets, trinkets, beads and toys.
Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade
Begins at Wintzell’s and ends at Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach
24281 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
See the Mystics of Pleasure after the Orange Beach Parade!!! Watch and enjoy as revellers throw sweets, trinkets, beads and toys.
Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade
Begins at Hwy 59 at Clubhouse Drive and ends at Main Beach Gulf Shores.
Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Laissez les bons temp roulet! (Let the good times roll!) You and your family will enjoy watching marching bands, listening to music in the air and catching free toys, doubloons and beads. You can feel the excitement in the air!
Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade
Begins at Wintzell’s and ends at Hwy 161, Orange Beach
24131 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561
Laissez les bons temp roulet! (Let the good times roll!) Parade will end at Hwy. 161. Get ready to shout, “Hey, Mister! Throw me a Moon Pie!” Future Mardi Gras Day Dates:March 4, 2014 and February 17, 2015.
24th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show
4830 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561
The Orange Beach Sports Association (OBSA) is pleased to announce the
24th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival is set for February 27, 2016,
10:00 am – 4:00 pm. This festival is the Association’s major fundraiser
to support sports-related activities in our community, specifically
youth baseball, softball and T-Ball. Proceeds are used to purchase
uniforms, equipment, insurance, and pay for expenses of officials and
sponsor clinics. The Festival is a full day of
delicious food, 40+ arts and crafts vendors and music for the whole
family. This is an alcohol-free event. The festival includes a silent
auction, car show featuring antique, classic and hot rod vehicles, a
Kids Zone with climbing wall, inflatables and games and also a
children’s performance pavilion.
42nd Annual Festival of Art
26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Contact: 251-981-ARTS (2787)
Festival of Art celebrates an extraordinary amount of arts and artists from visual arts and fine arts and crafts to glass artists, potters, painters, sculptors, watercolorists, textile artists and wood artists. The event will also hold a kid’s art alley, a culinary arts court featuring local fare and a music and songwriter’s stage.Public parking is located at The Wharf in Orange Beach and shuttles will be provided for $2.00 each way. No public parking will be available on site. Bike Village-bicycle parking at the festival! For a complete schedule visit our website.
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.
23rd Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show
Saturday, April 2, 2016See hundreds of classic and vintage automobiles from the Model T to the Firebird displayed on Bellingrath’s Great Lawn. Sponsored by the Mobile Bay Mustang Club.A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mobile Bay Area Food Bank.
Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party
The Interstate Mullet Toss is always held the last FULL weekend in April. The Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party is legendary. What started as just a reason to party has become one of the biggest beach parties on the coast. Those who participate in the Mullet Toss will throw a dead mullet over the state line of Florida and Alabama to see who gets the farthest. Not to mention a great excuse to throw a weekend long party, with lots of fun activities, great music and food!Each year, with your help, we raise and contribute over $20,000 to local charities, especially youth organizations.Begins Friday: Noon, Saturday & Sunday: 10amCelebrity Tossers at High Noon Friday, Saturday & Sunday
The Hangout Music Festival 2016
Gulf Shores Public Beach
101 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
An annual three-day music festival held at the public beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. The event features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music.
5th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor 2016
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 5th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor, sponsored by Riviera Utilities is set to take place Saturday, October 1 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 13th 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!
45th Annual National Shrimp Festival
Savor fresh from the gulf seafood at the 45th 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.
New activities this year include: “Outdoor World” and “Shrimp
Festival Idol”. Outdoor World will feature fishing, boating, hunting and
other outdoor vendors and activities. Shrimp Festival Idol will be an
“American Idol” type competition where high school singers from seven
local schools will compete in elimination rounds to find out who will
become Shrimp Festival Idol. 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.
Bellingrath’s Annual Magic Christmas in Lights
Dates: November 25 – December 31 (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!