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.

Inaugural Arts Afire Fall Festival

10/18/201810/18/2018
26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561

The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach located at 26389 Canal Rd., will host its inaugural Arts
Afire Fall Festival on Oct. 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Festivities include hot piano music in the gallery by Steve Wilkerson, fiery hot glass demos in The Hot Shop, Clay Studio pottery raku firings and lots of kids fall games and crafts in the courtyard. For more information, call 251-981-ARTS (2787) or visit CoastalArtsCenter.com

ArtSeaLab Festival

10/26/201810/28/2018
101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL 36528

The ArtSeaLab Festival is a collaboration between Art Does It (ADI), a nonprofit arts organization, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL). ArtSeaLab’s mission is to enhance the public's understanding of the ecological challenges facing the northern Gulf of Mexico and its coastline through the dialogs of art, science, and folk life.

The weekend kicks off with the Forks and Corks Gala on Friday, October 26 from 6 - 9 p.m. Ticket cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple. Eight student teams from the Mobile County Public School's Culinary Arts and Hospitality programs will take part in a seafood challenge that evening.

On October 27 - 28 the Dauphin Island Sea Lab campus will host a two-day indoor and juried outdoor arts festival with works related to the marine and estuarine life of coastal Alabama. There will be live music, hands-on art and science learning experiences, a 3D marine debris competition, community booths, and more. Hours for this event are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday

The Original German Sausage Festival

10/27/201810/27/2018
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.

5th Annual Speckled Trout Tournament Weigh-In Party and Fish Fry

10/27/201810/27/2018
14755 Oak St, Magnolia Springs, AL

The 5th Annual Speckled Trout Tournament is set for Saturday, October 27 and is hosted by St. Paul's Episcopal Chapel of Magnolia Springs, Alabama. Fish for fun and prizes while doing good for our community. Anglers should gather your teams and register your boats to compete for $1500 in prize money! Adult and youth categories include prizes for speckled, slot redfish and white trout.

• The tournament starts at 6:30 a.m. at Bemis Bay.
• Entries get weighed-in from 2 - 3:30 p.m.
• Everyone is invited to the Weigh-In Party from 2 - 5 p.m.

There will be live music by Mitch Johnson, fish fry, children’s activities and crowning of the trout tournament queen.
Proceeds from the event support Baldwin County’s Ecumenical Ministries’ for food pantries, emergency assistance and services to those experiencing bouts of financial hardship.
Register in advance and get more information at this website or call 251-965-7452.

St. Paul's Episcopal Chapel is located at 14755 Oak Street, across from Jesse’s Restaurant in Magnolia Springs, Alabama.

Boo at Bellingrath

10/27/201810/27/2018
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

Dress up your little goblins and enjoy a day full of Halloween fun at Bellingrath! The gardens will be decorated with spooky and fun inflatables. There will be plenty of treats and trinkets from area organizations and businesses for trick-or-treaters to enjoy. The day will include musical entertainment on Live Oak Plaza. Guests are invited to enjoy culinary delights from local food trucks.
Please be aware that tickets for this event are limited. Admission includes entrance into Bellingrath Gardens for the day and is $13 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 5-12 and free for children ages 4 and under. Home tour tickets are available at additional charges.

Alabama Pecan Festival

11/02/201811/04/2018
5055 Carol Plantation Rd., Mobile, AL

Did someone say pecans? That’s right, we did!  Spend your first full weekend of November at the annual Alabama Pecan Festival at the Tillman’s Corner Community Center. 

This family-oriented festival features carnival atmosphere complete with rides, food, face painting, arts and craft, and jewelry. Featuring a full-sized midway (charge), antique car and tractor show and Azelea City Quilters Guild.

Bring the whole family, there will be something for everyone. Admission and parking are free. Open Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. We hope to see you there!

75th Anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa and Makin Island

11/02/201811/03/2018
110 Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Fort Morgan will be hosting a living history event November 2-3 for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa and Makin Island. The event will include WWII weapons demonstrations and living history programs sponsored by the Sgt. Foster L. Harrington Detachment #1449 of the Marine Corps League.

6th Annual Fairhope Film Festival

11/08/201811/11/2018
20 N. Section St., Fairhope , AL 36532

The Fairhope Film Festival is a film lover’s film festival held each year on the second weekend in November, offering participants the opportunity to see world-class award winning films in a unique, picturesque location over a four-day period. The focus is on national and international film festival competition finalists of the past year: the “best of the best” in cinema arts. Notable foreign and feature films, documentaries and shorts—many that never made it to the big box theaters or were only there briefly–will be selected for appreciative audiences. Although the festival will pull out all the stops, Southern-style, to host opening and closing events and parties, the emphasis will be on the art of filmmaking and the experience of seeing exceptional films. Directors, actors and screenwriters will participate in the screenings both in person and via live electronic transmission.

2018 World Food Championships

11/09/201811/11/2018
4830 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

Want to take a bite out of the World Food Championships?! Trying to figure out what Food Sport really is? Join us for the biggest event in the industry as we surround the MAIN EVENT with countless fun foodie activities! While more than 1500 chefs and home cooks battle it out for Food Fame & Fortune, you can join in on the action by attending one of our spirited cocktail gatherings or competing in our family focused, foodie-driven World Food Games!

Walmart's VIP Lounge Weekend Pass
Located in the heart of the action, WFC's VIP Lounge is THE ultimate foodie experience! VIP ticket holders will enjoy celebrity chef demos, complimentary refreshments and a birds-eye-view of the turn-in action, all while getting a taste of the actual turn-in samples for the 2018 championship! So, if you want the hottest seat in town, secure one of the limited VIP Lounge passes asap!
Tickets: Early Bird $50 per day or $150 for weekend pass (ends Sept. 1)
General pricing: $75 per day or $225 for weekend pass
Thursday, Nov. 8 - Sunday, Nov. 11
Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Yacht Club Dinner Party
Back by popular demand, our progressive dinner on million-dollar yachts will satisfy the most demanding taste buds! This culinary voyage includes award-winning recipes and samples from five of WFC’s past champions. Their combined winnings? More than $100,000! But YOU can taste all five dishes at a fraction of the cost! So jump aboard! Tickets are extremely limited but worth every penny! Saturday, Nov. 10  Hours: 4-6 p.m.
Tickets: Early bird $95 (ends Sept.1)
General pricing: $125                                      

This year’s special Food Sport challenge will feature five champion teen cooks in a “Teen Green” challenge like no other! Their task? To create a healthy dish that is low in sodium and less than 500 calories - in 30 minutes or less!!! Our pantry of goodies will give them plenty of options to choose from, and our celebrity judges will help determine the winner. But YOU get to watch and learn what makes a heart-healthy dish for free, and cheer on your favorite future celebrity chef in the process!

What’s better than sand between your toes and BBQ between your teeth?! Nothing! That’s why WFC is creating a new experience with some of the hottest smokers and ceramic grills on the market….at BBQ Beach! Once you’ve entered the WFC arena, just stroll over to the BBQ competition zone and pull up a beach chair! We’ll have Pitmasters and Celebrity Chefs sharing BBQ tips and serving up tasty samples all weekend long!
Tickets: Included with gate admission. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

How do you get the perfect grill marks on a steak? What’s the secret to perfect searing? Find out at WFC’s newest addition, The Steak Out, where grilling professionals will be vying for the World Steak Championship, but also teaching grillmasters some backyard secrets on how to create incredible, juicy, tender steaks every time!
Tickets: Included with gate admission. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Got a Foodie Family? Then we have the perfect place for you, the 2nd Annual World Food Games! Yes, it's actually a series of games where we will be exploiting the eating etiquette: because at WFC, you CAN play with your food! Some of the highlights include Speed Cup Stacking, Team Egg Tossing, Marshmallow Challenge, Orange Relay Races, a Corn Shucking Contest, and much more! Bring the entire family because The World Food Games has something for all ages!
Tickets: Included with gate admission. Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Tasting Pavilion – one of WFC's most popular attractions – is returning bigger and better than ever! Our showcase of savory samples from local, regional and national food brands is a tempting tour for any palate! Our entire Tasting Village is designed to introduce you to fantastic flavors, tasty morsels, and culinary culture at a price you can easily swallow - FREE when you show the Walmart app on your phone. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Each year the WFC features an entertaining and informative Showcase of demonstrations by leading Food Champs from around the world! These award-winning foodies are full of ideas and tips on how to spice up your cooking at home. So don't miss out on these FREE demos as we aim to provide more Kitchen IQ, more fun, and more food sampling for YOU than ever!

55th Annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums

11/10/201811/21/2018
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

Hundreds of colorful, four-foot-long cascades of chrysanthemums are displayed on bridges and balconies and in baskets and containers throughout the gardens. Guests may view thousands of mums in the flower beds in the fall colors of yellow, red, bronze, lavender and white.
Bellingrath’s Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemum display is the nation’s largest outdoor chrysanthemum show. All of the cascades are grown at Bellingrath. The show takes more than nine months to create and is a true labor of love by Bellingrath’s expert horticultural staff.
Exact bloom times may vary depending on weather conditions. For peak bloom times, visit Mum Watch on our website in early November.

Lecture About WWI and Fort Morgan's Military Role

11/12/201811/12/2018
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

A lecture given by Dylan Tucker  in the fort focusing on Fort Morgan’s involvement in WWI, specifically training of the Coast Artillery, Trench Mortar Battalion, Gas Corps and field artillery.  A photo gallery will also be displayed.

Holidays at the Fort Tour and Gift Shop Open House

11/18/201811/18/2018
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

A "Holidays at the Fort" tour will be given at 1 p.m., with a small arms demonstration. Special holiday decorations and gifts will be on sale at the gift shop. Refreshments will be served in the gift shop from 2-4 p.m.

Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

11/23/201812/31/2018
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is celebrating the 23rd year of Magic Christmas in Lights in 2018. In this Gulf Coast holiday tradition, guests stroll through a dazzling light display that features more than 1,100 set pieces, three million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre garden estate. In addition, the Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias.

Magic Christmas in Lights begins on November 23 and runs through December 31 and closed Christmas day. Magic Christmas in Lights is open daily from 5 - 9 p.m. Tours of the Bellingrath Home are every hour and half hour until 8:30 p.m.

Magic Christmas in Lights includes nightly choral performances on the south terrace of the home on Sundays through Thursdays. In addition, guests may purchase hot chocolate on Live Oak Plaza to warm the heart and soul.

Military Mondays are back! Each Monday of Magic Christmas in Lights, military personnel and their immediate families are eligible for a 15% admissions discount on gardens-only tickets. The dates are Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

Magic Christmas in Lights, which made USA Today’s 2014 list of “10 Best Public Light Displays in America,” and American Bus Association’s “Top 100 Events of 2016,”  is a family-friendly event for all ages to get everyone into the holiday spirit. After touring the lights, guests will want to have photos taken with Santa and find that perfect holiday present in the popular Bellingrath gift shop.

Lighted Christmas Parade and Beach Celebration

12/07/201812/07/2018
348 W 19th Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Gulf Shores will kick off its holiday festivities on Friday, December 7 with the Lighted Christmas Parade. The evening parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature festive lighted floats as well as appearances from holiday characters and marching bands. Large crowds of spectators looking to bask in the holiday spirit are anticipated along Highway 59 as parade entries make their way from the Gulf Place Public Beach to Sims Park.

The magical atmosphere from the parade will roll continuously into the night as a celebration in Sims Park will kick off immediately following the parade. Families can enjoy pictures with Santa, holiday treats, crafts and a snowball drop. It will be a man-made blizzard as 4,000 ping pong balls will be dropped from above. Winning snowballs will have a number that correlates with a prize supplied by our generous sponsors.

34th Annual Christmas Through the Ages

12/08/201812/08/2018
51 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL 36528

Christmas through the Ages, a living history day for the whole family, is scheduled at Fort Gaines. Come and experience a Christmas of days gone by. 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 and other decorations.

33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

12/08/201812/08/2018

The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber's 33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, December 8.

The Coastal Alabama Chamber of Commerce lighted boat parade takes off at about 5 p.m. from LuLu’s at Homeport Marina and finishes at Flora-Bama. More than 45 decorated vessels, including sailboats, charters and even a kayak or two, make this boat parade one of the largest in the Southeast. There are great viewing sites all along the Intracoastal Waterway, but for groups the best spot is The Wharf at Orange Beach, adjacent to the convention center.

To sign up to participate call the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber at 251-968-6091. Additional information on the parade route, viewing stations and registration is at http://www.mygulfcoastchamber.com.

Genghis Khan: The Great Civilizer

01/26/201901/26/2019
65 Government St., Mobile, AL 36633

In the tradition of years past, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is proud to announce a return to major blockbuster exhibitions in the Spring of 2019. On the scale of its China and Pompeii exhibits, the Exploreum invites visitors to take a journey back in time with one of history’s most prolific and controversial figures – Genghis Khan.

Through artifacts, performers, artwork, and other historically significant items, discover the eye-opening story of the world’s most well-known conqueror, civilizer and innovator in the exhibition Genghis Khan: The Great Civilizer opening at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Curated and developed by dinosaur expert Don Lessem, the exhibition features more than 300 spectacular objects on display, including rare and sophisticated weapons, costumes, jewels, ornaments, instruments and numerous other fascinating relics and elaborate artifacts from 13th-century Mongolia. “I went to Mongolia to look for fossils and discovered the truth about Genghis Khan, a civilizing genius,” said Lessem. “It’s a great story best told in a major exhibition.”

Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia, entering the tents, battlegrounds and marketplaces of a vanished world that was once the largest land empire in history. Explore Genghis Khan’s life and those of his sons and grandsons during the formation, peak and decline of the Mongol Empire.

As the exhibit strikingly portrays, Genghis’s reputation as the greatest conqueror is well-deserved – he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than either Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, a conquest attested to by the formidable array of swords, bows, arrows, saddles and armor included on display in Genghis Khan. In fact, the historic exhibition showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghis’s 13th century Empire, the largest such collection ever to tour.
 
However, this special exhibition presents a more complete image of the legendary leader whom Time Magazine and CNN named “The Man of the Millennium.” As visitors discover, Genghis not only created the nation of Mongolia and its written language, but his lineage established the modern borders of nations from India to Iran, Korea to China and opened the trade routes that united East and West, forever after.

27th Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

02/23/201902/23/2019
4830 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

The 26th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival features a full day of seafood, kids activities, live entertainment, a car show and more. This event is the primary fundraiser for the Orange Beach Sports Association, which supports youth sports in Orange Beach. 

Two stages featuring blues, classical guitar, brass instruments and local performers. There will be 95 arts and crafts vendors, six seafood booths and six specialty food booths!

Also included will be a kid’s zone with entertainment and activities, a large open car show featuring vintage, hot rod, classic cars with awards to the top 10 cars, 50/50 split the pot and table top swap meet.

Mystical Order of Mirams Parade

03/01/201903/01/2019
24131 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561

The Mystical Order of Mirams is a women's organization based in Orange Beach with members from all over Baldwin County, as well as Mobile, Birmingham, and even Atlanta.
Started in 2006, the founding members of the Mirams, according to the group's web site, "wanted to start a women's krewe that would be able to parade and ball in a HUGE style."

The group puts on the only family friendly, women's nighttime parade on Pleasure Island.
"We love our community," the Mirams' web site says, "and strive to give back as much as possible. With every event we host, we give generous donations to a charity that we choose. We love to keep our donations local when we can."

Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade

03/02/201903/02/2019
24281 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561

According to the written history of the Mystics of Pleasure, "while overlooking the Marina on Cotton Bayou and watching the sun set on a glorious April evening, a group of men planned what was to become ... Pleasure Island's very first nighttime Mardi Gras parading society."
By Carnival of 2001, the Mystics of Pleasure held its first ball and Mardi Gras parade in Orange Beach. Unlike parading groups to the west, marshals with the Mystics of Pleasure ride Harley-Davidsons, not horses.
The group also sponsored the Thunder Run boating event every year.

Ballyhoo A Celebration of Art and Culture

03/02/201903/02/2019
225 E. 24th Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Kick off festival season with Ballyhoo! This exciting festival event is unique in its focus on fine art, combined with cultural charm, and the fun-loving spirit of residents of Coastal Alabama! Enjoy fine art from all across the southeast, local seafood and live music!

Ballyhoo is an event of the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, whose mission is the development and promotion of the arts on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Join us Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Waterway Village located at 225 East 24th Ave., Gulf Shores.

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade

03/05/201903/05/2019
East Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

The City of Gulf Shores is excited to continue its expanded role as lead organizers for the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade. This history of the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade dates back to 1978 when a group of locals decided Gulf Shores needed a parade. Those locals formed the Pleasure Island Players and thus Mardi Gras began in Gulf Shores. A year later the Mystic Order of Shiners joined the Pleasure Island Players to become what is now the oldest parading order in Baldwin County.


Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade

03/05/201903/05/2019
24131 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2019 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you.

The Orange Beach Parade started way back when as a loose confederation of groups, large and small, that wanted to parade by the beach.

About 10 years ago, the city of Orange Beach stepped in and took over the planning of the parade. It's still open to participation by just about anybody, even groups from outside of Orange Beach.

The Mystical Maids of Miram and the Mystics of Pleasure contribute to the parade, but so do groups from Foley to Perdido Key. Even groups that parade in Gulf Shores earlier in the day move up the road to be in the Orange Beach procession.

Typically, these days, there's about 55 units in the Fat Tuesday afternoon parade, and about 30,000 people gather along the two-mile stretch of Perdido Beach Boulevard to stand in the rain of throws.

C Spire Concert Series presents: Luke Combs-Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour with Special Guests: Lanco and Jameson Rodgers

03/09/201903/09/2019
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Multi-platinum singer and songwriter Luke Combs stormed onto the country music landscape as one of the format’s burliest and brightest stars with three consecutive number 1 hit radio singles - “Hurricane," “When It Rains It Pours” and “One Number Away” from his GOLD-certified debut album, This One’s for You.

The iHeart Radio Awards “Best New Country Artist” released This One’s for You Too, a 17-track expanded collection of his critically acclaimed debut album, on June 1 - with five brand new tracks that landed at number 1 on Billboard Country Albums Chart, number 4 on Billboard 200 Chart and immediately charted in the Top 10 on iTunes All-Genre Songs Chart.

Named Billboard’s Top 100 Artist and Top New Country Artist of 2017, Combs made country radio history as the first new solo male artist to achieve a multi-week number 1 since 2001. The CMA, CMT, ACM and Billboard Music Awards nominated road warrior recently wrapped his 55-city sold-out first headlining Don’t Tempt Me with a Good Time Tour, performed on all-star lineups for CMA Music Fest, Stagecoach and Austin City Limits and joins Jason Aldean on his summer 2018 nationwide High Noon Neon Tour.

45th Annual Festival of Art

03/09/201903/10/2019
26389 Canal Rd., Orange Beach, AL 36561

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below.

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.

Satellite public parking is available with shuttle will be provided by BRATS for a $5 daily rate. No public parking will be available on site. Parking this year is at the Orange Beach Sportsplex off Canal Road, 2 miles west of the festival grounds. Bike Village will provide bicycle parking at the festival!

For more information visit our website.

The 2018 Music Stage will feature:

SATURDAY
10:15 a.m.    Lisa Zanghi                                                         
11:45 a.m.    Roman Street                                                   
1:30 p.m.      Three Bean Soup                                                            
3:15 p.m.      Strictly Isbell     

SUNDAY
10:45 a.m.    Island Youth Band                                                           
12:15 p.m.    Poarch Ninjas                                                   
2 p.m.           All Star Band

The 2018 Performing Arts Stage will feature:

SATURDAY
10 a.m.          Gulf Coast Jujutsu
10:50 a.m.     Star Wars Characters
11 a.m.          Coastal Ballet
11:30 a.m.     Tai Chi
12 p.m.          Sassy Seniors
1 p.m.            The Bitter End Band
2 p.m.            Dolphin Sound
3 p.m.            Snook Youth Club

SUNDAY
12 p.m.          Wheeles Karate
1 p.m.            David Jones
2 p.m.            Ben Reece / Lauren Bradford
2:30 p.m.       Four A Change

The 67th Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival

03/15/201903/17/2019
Fairhope, AL

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below.

The 66th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival is scheduled for March 16-18. Festival hours are Friday - Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is free to the public.

More than 230 exhibitors from all over the country will bring their best works. This prestigious juried show showcases artists from across the country including many from the Southeast. Enjoy live entertainment and delicious cuisine from the food court throughout this great three-day event. An Eastern Shore staple for more than 60 years, there’s something for everyone at the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival on the streets of beautiful downtown Fairhope.

2019 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

03/28/201903/31/2019
4550 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show will offer the largest in-water display of any boat show along the upper Gulf Coast. It will showcase the latest offerings from boat manufacturers and dealers throughout the Southeast.

In-water displays will allow prospective buyers to test drive the boat of their dreams before taking advantage of on the spot financing. Last year there were over $90 million in boats and marine products for display, including more than 135 in-water vessels and an additional 450-plus boats displayed on land.

This year, show organizers report a sell-out crowd of exhibitors, promising even more variety. Virtually every type of vessel will be shown, ranging from luxury yachts and sport fisherman, to center consoles, cruisers, pontoons and runabouts.

But it doesn't stop there. Visitors can get their hands on the hottest marine electronics, fishing tackle, marine engines, and outdoor equipment as numerous exhibitors showcase the cutting edge in marine gear and personal watercraft.

The Original German Sausage Festival

03/30/201903/30/2019
13052 Main St., Elberta, AL 36530

The Elberta Sausage Festival makes its semi-annual 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.

Discovery Day at The Estuarium at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab

04/06/201904/06/2019
101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL 36528

Make plans with your family to join us at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab for Discovery Day.

Discovery Day takes advantage of all the resources on the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's campus, from The Estuarium to our Research Facilities. Visitors will also have a chance to tour our research vessel Alabama Discovery.

Touch tanks, arts and crafts, and interactive exhibits create an amazing learning experience for all ages. Our marine scientists and graduate students will be on hand to answer your questions and share their ongoing research projects.

"Discovery Day is a great opportunity for the public to see the mission of the Sea Lab, which is to increase ocean literacy through research and education," Executive Director John Valentine said.

The day is free, except for a reduced adult admission to the Estuarium, DISL's public aquarium. For more information call the Dauphin Island Sea Lab at 251-861-2141 or visit www.disl.org.

26th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show

04/06/201904/06/2019
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

Stroll among hundreds of classic and vintage automobiles displayed on the Great Lawn at the Mobile Bay Mustang Club’s 26th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show. Snacks and lunch will be available to purchase on the Great Lawn and in our Magnolia Café. Judging begins at 11 a.m. and awards will be announced at 2:30 p.m.

2019 Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run

04/20/201904/20/2019
225 E. 24th Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

The annual Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival boils up a beaucoup (French for a lot) of fun! Sink your teeth into hot, juicy, lip-smacking crawfish throughout the day while dancing to the infectious rhythms of some of the best Zydeco bands from around the South. There will be arts and crafts vendors as well as children's activities offering nonstop fun for all ages.
If that's not enough, work up an appetite with the 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Run and Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll) all day long.   

*We are working hard to plan this event and are excited to release the music lineup for 2019! Stay tuned!

10th Annual Bama Coast Cruisin'

04/25/201904/27/2019
4830 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

The 10th Annual Bama Coast Cruisin' will be held at the Wharf Resort and Marina in Orange Beach. Come and see the beautiful cars on display at The Wharf, enjoy a day of shopping and dine at one of The Wharf's several delicious restaurants.
Bama Coast Cruisin' is an absolutely stunning show set against the backdrop of the Inter-Coastal Waterway and the Canal Bridge. It's a laid back, family-friendly weekend full of amazing cars, fun events, entertainment and Southern hospitality.

Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

04/26/201904/28/2019
17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2019 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you.

Interstate Mullet Toss is always held the last full weekend in April. The Interstate Mullet Toss and 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 it's 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. The event begins Friday at noon, and Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Celebrity tossers are at high noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, April 26
1 p.m.: Music Kicks Off
6 p.m.: Mr. Mullet Hot Body Contest | Tent Stage

Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28
9 a.m.: Gates Open
10 a.m.: Oyster Bar Opens & Beach Concessions Open
10 a.m.: Children's Toss (16 & Under)
1 p.m.: Mr. Mullet Hot Body Contest | Tent Stage
2 p.m.: Children's Toss Finals (16 & Under)
Noon: Miss Flora-Bama Bikini Contest Registration Opens | Tent
3 p.m.: Miss Flora-Bama Bikini Contest
4 p.m.: Celebrity Toss
4:30 p.m.: Mullet Toss Finals Begin

Sunday, April 29
9 a.m.: Gates Open
10 a.m.: Oyster Bar Opens & Beach Concessions Open
10 a.m.: Children's Toss (16 & Under)
2 p.m.: Children's Toss Finals (16 & Under)
4 p.m.: Celebrity Toss
4:30 p.m.: Mullet Toss Finals Begin

 

Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

05/03/201905/04/2019
998 W. Section St., Foley, AL 36535

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below.

 The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, presented by Tanger Outlets, welcomes more than 30 hot air balloonists from across the country. Enjoy the floating works of art as they grace the skies of South Baldwin County on Friday and Saturday morning. Get up close and personal as the hot air balloons and their pilots light up the evening skies at the nightly balloon glows, held Friday and Saturday night.

Guests enjoy free, fun entertainment featuring something for every member of your family. Spread out your blanket, grab an ice cold drink and enjoy a variety of live music daily, from country to rock and roll. Be sure to catch one of the many shows by the Disc Connected K-9 World Famous Frisbee Dog Show. Toss after toss you will be amazed as man’s best friend defies gravity catching their prized flying saucers. And don't forget about the Carnival!

Grab a cone of homemade ice cream or delicious BBQ plate as you shop through an eclectic array of local crafters, artisans, and retailers. Many crafters provide onsite demonstrations. Find a one of kind piece of art, or grab a souvenir to commemorate your visit.

Balloon Festival merchandise and weekend parking passes are now live on our website.

The Hangout Music Festival 2019

05/17/201905/19/2019
101 E Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

The Hangout Music Fest is known for sugar white beaches, starry nights and red hot music. The award-winning festival takes place in Gulf Shores, Alabama just a short drive from the Pensacola, FL and Mobile, AL airports. Hangout is as much a vacation as it is a concert event. Offering more than just music, fans can take advantage of festival amenities including beach volleyball, carnival rides, Gulf-front hammocks, delicious seafood and more. It was awarded as Pollstar’s “Music Festival of the Year” in 2011 and is continuously recognized as one of the best festivals in the US. The festival infuses over $40 million into the local economy each year.

Hangout Fest’s Thursday Kick-Off Party, a separately ticketed event, will be announced later along with full lineup details and ticket information.

WWI Photo Gallery Living History Event

07/02/201907/02/2019
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Photo galleries to include domestic life, recreation, military training, medical and cavalry at Fort Morgan during WWI will be stationed inside the fort.  There will be living history participants, dressed in period clothing, stationed throughout to answer questions and provide additional information.

The Original German Sausage Festival

10/26/201910/26/2019
13052 Main St., Elberta, AL 36530

The Elberta Sausage Festival makes its semi-annual 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 and 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.