Calendar of Events
2015 Dauphin Island Free Family Movies
West End Beach
3000 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Every Thursday and Friday weather permitting. All movies begin at dark and patrons are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and bug spray. No pets, glass or grills.
NASA Lands at the Exploreum Day
65 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36633
The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center will host NASA Lands at the Exploreum Day on Saturday, August 8, 2015. Theday will feature a number of exhibits and educational activities on space exploration by education staff and executives from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. Among the NASA executives attending is Jody A. Singer, program manager for the Flight Programs and Partnerships Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center. She is primarily responsible for managing the implementation of the center’s work portfolio in the areas of human exploration transportation and development projects; planetary science and technology programs; and the International Space Station (ISS) life control systems and payload integration and operations. Singer’s office also serves as the front door for partnership opportunities (Space Act Agreements (SAA)) with other government agencies, international, academia, industrial, and commercial partners. Hands-on activities at NASA Lands at the Exploreum Day will afford kids of all ages to see what it takes for NASA to make the journey to Mars. Visitors will experience different hands-on stations that includelearning about space walks, building and launching a simple SLS rocket, designing a space suit, testing a parachute design, discovering which area would be best landing surface for the next Mars rover and testing space knowledge in our trivia game. All activities are designed for elementary-aged children and parents.
C Spire Concert Series presents: Alabama Shakes and very special guests Drive-By Truckers
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Saturday, August 22nd at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.General Admission: $54.00 RESERVED SEATS – $43.50 – $33.50 **PLUS APPLICABLE FEES & SERVICE CHARGES**Tickets on sale Friday, May 22nd 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.
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
Running for St. Jude 5K
Date: September 5, 2015Bellingrath Gardens and Home will host the 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run presented by St. Jude on the Bay to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. All proceeds help support children receiving treatment. Gardens will be open for visitors.
C Spire Concert Series presents: Alabama
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Sunday, Sept. 6The 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 & Friends,” an album featuring Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and other contemporary country hit-makers.Ticket prices range from $25 to $73.50 plus fees; advance tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 19, and will be available at The Wharf’s box office and via Ticketmaster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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