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.

Video: The Beauty of Ugly

08/20/201708/20/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

In the animal world, as in our own, looks aren’t everything. In fact, some of the most aesthetically challenged creatures from warthogs and proboscis monkeys to bull elephant seals are also the most fascinating. A stunning variety of these ghastly yet glorious forms are explored in NATURE’s The Beauty of Ugly.  Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Bugs and Insects

08/21/201708/21/2017
22120 Campground Rd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Learn new and exciting facts about some of the creepy crawlies that live in Gulf State Park and then participate in the great hunt for insects living in the camp ground. This program is suited for people of all ages and allows you to get up close and personal with some unique insects. Meet at the GSP Education Building.

Beach Creature Feature

08/23/201708/23/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Meet at the Education Building to learn about some of the local sea life found in the Gulf of Mexico. If you have something you have collected along the beach shore, bring it along and we will help you to identify it. 

Ducks of Alabama

08/23/201708/23/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Learn some interesting facts about the ducks that spend time in Alabama. This presentation by the park naturalist will include details about duck habitat and behavior as well as the identifying plumage of Alabama’s ducks. Meet at the Education Building for this program.

Owl Encounters

08/25/201708/25/2017
22120 Campground Rd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Meet at the Nature Center to learn some interesting facts about owls and find out what makes owls so special. Learn about the species of owls found in the area. Our resident Eastern Screech Owl and Great Horned Owl will be on hand to greet you.

Video: Cuttlefish- Kings of Camouflage

08/26/201708/26/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

When it comes to camouflage the cuttlefish is the real master of disguise. With stunning under water footage, NOVA gets up close and personnel with this astonishing, brainy invertebrate. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: Natural Diversity

08/26/201708/26/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

This discovering Alabama video shows that although the state’s coastal area is relatively small in size, it is diverse in natural qualities: rivers, bays, swamps, marshes, and beaches, as well as resident plant and animal species. Dr. Phillips is joined by local naturalists and wildlife officials in a tour of the region. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Doggie Paddle

08/26/201708/26/2017

This annual event hosted by WildNative Tours is designed to raise money for animal shelters across the Gulf Coast by bringing together kayaking enthusiasts both human and canine alike for a fun paddle on their local waterways.

Registrants can choose the participating shelter they want to benefit when they sign up and will then be notified of their paddle route. All human participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Kayaks, canoes, and stand-up-paddleboards are welcome.

The 204th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Mims

08/26/201708/27/2017
60075 Hwy 59, Tensaw, AL 36579

The annual commemoration and living history weekend will be held August 26-27 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in North Baldwin County, 12 miles north of Stockton on Hwy. 59 then west three miles on County Rd. 80. The weekend includes living history, displays and crafts of early 1800’s, Creek Indian games and cultural presentation, period weapons and clothing. Visit our website and ‘like’ us on facebook!

Video: The Loneliest Animals

08/27/201708/27/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

This amazing video follows the plight of some incredible, charismatic creatures and the struggles of the dedicated conservationists who fight for them. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Frogs & Toads

08/28/201708/28/2017
22120 Campground Rd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Hop on over to the Nature Center to learn some interesting things about the native frogs and toads in Gulf State Park. 

Carnivores Plants of Gulf State Park

08/30/201708/30/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Come to the Education Building to learn about unique plants that have adapted to their environment by eating insects. Our park guide will show you examples of these plants and explain how they survive in the poor soils found in bogs and marshes.

Prescribed Burn Presentation

08/30/201708/30/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

One tool that foresters use to maintain healthy habitats is controlled burning of overgrown areas. As one of the most important natural agents of change, fire plays a vital role in maintaining certain ecosystems. Prescribed fire reintroduces the beneficial effects of fire into an ecosystem, producing the kinds of vegetation and landscapes we want, and reducing the hazard of catastrophic wildfire caused by excessive fuel buildup. Meet our naturalist in the Education Building to learn the details of why and how prescribed burning is utilized in Gulf State Park.

Talk About Turtles!

09/01/201709/01/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Come to the Nature Center to meet some of our resident turtles including box turtles and sliders. Learn some of the interesting things about the turtles that you can find around Gulf State Park including the endangered Gopher Tortoise.

Dolphins at Sunset Kayak Tour

09/01/201709/29/2017

Watch for and learn about Gulf Shores’ Bottlenose Dolphins in their natural environment from the intimate, unobtrusive, and non-threatening vantage point of a kayak. The entire three-hours of this paddle excursion are spent exploring optimal Bottlenose Dolphin habitat.  

Like all wild animals these dolphins can be elusive, but there is nothing like the thrill of seeing these magnificent creatures up close when they choose to show off. Either way, you will come away with an appreciation, understanding, and new found knowledge of dolphins as you learn about their life history, ecology, feeding behaviors, and communal nature.  Numerous bird species and natural beauty are also to be found all while enjoying one of the prettiest classrooms on earth, kayaking among the beautiful sights and sounds of our local waterways. 

The Coastal Eco-Tour

09/01/201709/29/2017

Escape the crowded tourist areas and experience the more secluded waterways of Gulf Shores, Alabama on this unique "backstage" tour. We’ll take you down the waterways less traveled on our cozy 22-passenger pontoon with a captain and guide who will treat you like family, not a number on a huge tour boat. Explore the Bon Secour River, Bon Secour Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway watching for and learning about a variety of wildlife including dolphins, bald eagles, osprey, herons, and pelicans. We’ll cruise past commercial fisheries and teach you about modern day fishing methods as the fishermen unload their catch. You’ll discover the highs and lows of the fisheries and learn about the history, ecology, and characters of Coastal Alabama.  

Offered as both a sunset and daytime tour, we will introduce you to the Gulf Shores you have never known but will want to learn more about. If you do nothing else this vacation, take this trip!

This is the "must do" tour for all avid lovers of nature and history when visiting Gulf Shores.  All tour commentary is provided by experienced nature guides. Perfect for children of all ages. We know kids and welcome yours aboard.

Video: Animal Homes- Location, Location, Location

09/02/201709/02/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Finding a good base of operation is critical for successfully raising a family in the wild. Follow beavers, tortoises, and wood rats as they plan and locate their homes. Part 1 of a 3 part series. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: Animal Homes- Animal Cities

09/02/201709/02/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Animals congregate in huge colonies partly out of necessity and partly out of the security that numbers provide. Explore why Icelandic Puffins, Ecuadorian Social Spiders, and Leaf Cutter Ants form colonies. Part 2 of a 3 part series. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Video: Animal Homes- Nests

09/03/201709/03/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Bird nest come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from an inexhaustible diversity of materials and each one is a remarkable work of art. Part 3 of a 3 part series. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

Hurricane Ivan Slide Show

09/04/201709/04/2017
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Come to the GSP Education Building to relive the destruction of Gulf State Park on Sept.16, 2004.

C Spire Concert Series presents Green Day: Revolution Radio Tour with special guest Catfish and Bottlemen

09/06/201709/06/2017
23325 Amphitheater Dr., Orange Beach, AL 36561

Green Day is an American punk rock band composed of vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tré Cool. Formed in 1986, Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY 924 Gilman Street Club in Berkeley, California. The band's early releases were with the independent record label Lookout! Records. In 1994, its major label debut Dookie released through Reprise Records became a breakout success and eventually sold over 10 million copies in the United States. Green Day was widely credited with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States.  Green Day's follow up albums Insomniac in 1995 and Nimrod in 1997 each sold over two million albums and were certified Double Platinum, and Warning in 2000 was certified Platinum. 

2004 brought the band's rock opera American Idiot which reignited the band's popularity with a younger generation and sold over six million copies in the United States.  Green Day is one of the world's best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. The group has won five Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, Record of the Year for Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Best Rock Album for the second time for 21st Century Breakdown and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording. In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway.  

On April 18, 2015, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class in what was their first year of eligibility for induction. On October 16, 2015, Green Day released the documentary Heart Like A Hand Grenade, an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the writing and recording of their legendary album American Idiot. The band’s latest album Revolution Radio was release on October 7, 2016 and debuted at No. 1 around the world.

Mobile Mystery Dinners presents Insanity of Murder

09/10/201709/10/2017
751 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL

Dr. Schmuck had previously scheduled one last group therapy session of his patients before he was to give up his practice and join the staff at Happy Valley Sanitarium. As you know, he never showed up that night and was subsequently found dead of phosphate asphyxiation in the super washer at the Suds "N" Studs Laundromat. It is suspected that one of his patients threw Dr. Schmuck into the washer at Suds "N" Studs, so we will go on as planned with the meeting and we will remain there until someone confesses!

However, Dr. Schmuck would want you to be comfortable, so do not hesitate to bring any of your usual love objects which you need to keep you calm, such as your blankies, stuffed toys, baby dolls, pacifiers and other things which I watch you drag in Dr. Schmuck's office week after week for your appointments.

Since everyone, yes you, is on a pass from Happy Valley Sanitarium, you may wear your PJs, housecoat and fuzzy slippers or whatever you find yourself in at the moment while at the Sanitarium, when you come to this meeting. If you insist on bringing your meds as you always do, we will have a warden, err, doctor present to try to keep you from sharing them with everyone at the meeting as we try to solve the murder of the one and only, our beloved Dr. Schmuck!
Yours most truly,
Miss Greta Stern
Executive Secretary
 
Among those Patients in attendance:

Ivanna Steele - Kleptomania (watch your valuables)
Gertrude (Goody) Gudenhot - Nymphomania (watch your man!)
Willie Getbetta - Peter Pan Syndrome (harmless?)
Tim-Kim TuInMe - Split personality (half male, hale female)
Sam Anilla - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder specified to germs (since she lost her pet pig)
Iman DeNile (Sewer Man!!)- Delusions of Grandeur (always on the look-out for the next greatest toilet)
Shirley Imnotwell - A Very Sly Hypochondriac
Guido - Ivanna's "cousin?" A very suspicious character!
Army Man - Dr. Schmuck was treating him for Post-Traumatic Stress -although he has never left the State of Alabama or served in the Army or had any stress!
Betty Didditt - One of Dr. Schmuck's many patients who had a major crush on him. She is very jealous of Goody. She will do anything to take the attention from Goody.
Miss Greta Stern - Dr. Schmuck's overbearing and bossy secretary. She is in charge of keeping everyone, yes, you too, under control and watching that the patients do not share their "meds." She had a "very close" relationship with Dr. Schmuck.
Miss Wright - Dr. Schmuck's high-handed and nosy assistant. She thinks she knows everything!

Admission includes:

  • 2.5 hours of a hilarious performance by the MMD Players
  • A fabulous buffet prepared by Naman's Catering
  • An unlimited red and white domestic wine bar from 6:30 p.m. until the end of the performance
  • Free parking

There is a full bar available if you prefer something other than wine, but this is not included in your admission.

Please make your reservations here. Your online payment confirms your attendance at the play.

C Spire Concert Series presents: Eric Church Holdin' My Own Tour with Brothers Osborne & Ashley Mcbryde

09/16/201709/16/2017
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Singer Eric Church was born on May 3, 1977, in Granite Falls, North Carolina, and he took up the guitar at 13 and began writing songs. A natural-born performer, Church had a regular gig at a bar as a high school student and received an offer for a record deal as a teen, but he turned it down. After high school, he attended Appalachian State University as part of a deal he had made with his father. Church earned a degree in marketing in exchange for financial support for a year in Nashville. While still a student, he managed to find time for his music and performed in a group called the Mountain Boys.

After graduation, Church went to Nashville to pursue a career in country music, starting out as a songwriter before landing a record deal in 2006. His first album, Sinners Like Me, came out that same year, and, drawing inspiration from earlier country outlaws like Waylon Jennings, Church showcased his country rock sound on such tracks as "Guys Like Me."

Church also earned a reputation for being a rebel around this time as well, after being fired as the opening act for Rascal Flatts. According to Rolling Stone, Church got axed for playing too long. "We've never been a good opening act," he explained. But Church's loss became Taylor Swift's gain. She replaced him on the tour, which gave her career a huge boost.

Church's career really began to soar with 2009's Carolina. The song "Love Your Love the Most" became his first substantial showing on the charts followed by "Hell on the Heart" and "Smoke a Little Smoke." Church also developed a following with his impressive live shows. As he told Rolling Stone, "When we go out there, I want to be the act that, no matter who's in that crowd, they've never seen a better act than me. I'm gonna empty the tank." Church picked up his first major award the following year when he was named the best new solo vocalist by the Academy of Country Music in 2010.

With 2011's Chief, Church had an even greater success. The album's title comes from his nickname, one that first belonged to his maternal grandfather. Debuting at the top of the country charts, the recording had two No. 1 hits: the good-time anthem "Drink in My Hand" and the nostalgic "Springsteen." Not only had a smash with country fans, Chief won Church numerous accolades, such as album of the year honors at the Country Music Association Awards in 2012.

In 2014, Church released The Outsiders, on which he continued to fuse country and rock to make his own distinctive sound. The record featured the hit "Give Me Back My Hometown," a song that won over both fans and critics alike. It has since been nominated for two CMA awards, including song of the year.
To learn more about this artist click here.

Tickets on sale Friday, May 12 at noon online at ticketmaster.com, the wharf box office or charge by phone 800.745.3000. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change. A service charge is added to each ticket.

The 30th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup

09/16/201709/16/2017

Alabama Coastal Cleanup, the state's largest one-day volunteer event, returns for its 30th year on Saturday, September 16. Residents, visitors, individuals and organizations are invited to “get the trash out of the splash” by picking up trash littering Alabama coasts and waterways from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are needed on foot and on water.

An exciting addition to this year’s 30th annual cleanup will be an effort to incorporate enhanced recycling opportunities for trash collected during the cleanup event. Alabama Coastal Cleanup, with support from Weeks Bay Foundation, Thompson Engineering, and Alabama Coastal Foundation, will partner with the TerraCycle Company to provide plastics recycling at cleanup zones. TerraCycle offers free recycling programs funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help collect and recycle hard-to-recycle waste, such as washed-up trash found along beaches and shorelines.
Given the recent recognition of the harmful effects of marine debris in the environment, it is important to remove and recycle plastics from waterways.

In 2016, over 4,200 volunteers collected close to 36,700 pounds of trash from cleanup sites located from Gulf Shores to Dauphin Island. Since trash totals were collected at the first Alabama Coastal Cleanup in 1987, more than 1.6 million pounds of trash have been collected and disposed of properly. Volunteers are needed at 30 different cleanup sites in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Alabama Coastal Cleanup provides a t-shirt and clean up supplies to participants who collect trash.
For more info, go to www.AlabamaCoastal-Cleanup.com or call (251) 928-9792 or go to Facebook.

Dolphins at Sunset Kayak Tour

10/02/201711/03/2017

Watch for and learn about Gulf Shores’ Bottlenose Dolphins in their natural environment from the intimate, unobtrusive, and non-threatening vantage point of a kayak. The entire three-hours of this paddle excursion are spent exploring optimal Bottlenose Dolphin habitat.  

Like all wild animals these dolphins can be elusive, but there is nothing like the thrill of seeing these magnificent creatures up close when they choose to show off. Either way, you will come away with an appreciation, understanding, and new found knowledge of dolphins as you learn about their life history, ecology, feeding behaviors, and communal nature.  Numerous bird species and natural beauty are also to be found all while enjoying one of the prettiest classrooms on earth, kayaking among the beautiful sights and sounds of our local waterways. 

The Coastal Eco-Tour

10/03/201711/03/2017

Escape the crowded tourist areas and experience the more secluded waterways of Gulf Shores, Alabama on this unique "backstage" tour. We’ll take you down the waterways less traveled on our cozy 22-passenger pontoon with a captain and guide who will treat you like family, not a number on a huge tour boat. Explore the Bon Secour River, Bon Secour Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway watching for and learning about a variety of wildlife including dolphins, bald eagles, osprey, herons, and pelicans. We’ll cruise past commercial fisheries and teach you about modern day fishing methods as the fishermen unload their catch. You’ll discover the highs and lows of the fisheries and learn about the history, ecology, and characters of Coastal Alabama.  

Offered as both a sunset and daytime tour, we will introduce you to the Gulf Shores you have never known but will want to learn more about. If you do nothing else this vacation, take this trip!

This is the "must do" tour for all avid lovers of nature and history when visiting Gulf Shores.  All tour commentary is provided by experienced nature guides. Perfect for children of all ages. We know kids and welcome yours aboard.

The 14th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest

10/04/201710/07/2017
450 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532

Birders know the Alabama Gulf Coast is a prime spot to see birds during the fall migration, and since 2004, BirdFest has attracted visitors from more than 27 states and Canada—many returning multiple times. For both experienced birders and those new to birding, BirdFest offers more than 30 expertly guided tours, evening dinner events, workshops, and the free, family friendly Bird & Conservation Expo. Now a “birding and nature festival,” BirdFest features trips that highlight local and migrating birds, wildflowers, alligators, dolphins, and other creatures that share our world.

Living History Crew Weekend Drills

10/07/201710/08/2017
2703 Battleship Pkwy., Mobile, AL 36602

The USS Alabama Living History Crew brings WWII history to life. This crew, dressed in uniform, will create a memorable weekend for all guests. Activities featured include call to battle stations and weapon demonstrations. Most anticipated is the Yak Attack, with vintage airplanes to decend on the ship while the crew defends the Alabama by firing restored WWII 20 and 40 mm guns!

The 6th annual Festival of Flavor

10/07/201710/07/2017
112 W. Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 36535

The 6th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor, sponsored by Riviera Utilities, will take place Saturday, October 7 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.

46th Annual National Shrimp Festival

10/12/201710/12/2017
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event from October 12-15 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 plays daily Thursday through 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 in 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 a competition where high school singers from seven local schools will compete in elimination rounds to find out who will receive scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded to the top three contestants.

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.

Runners and walkers can enter the 10K and 5K races to help work off some of the great food at the festival. All net proceeds of the Run will be donated to Coastal Baldwin Education Enrichment, benefiting the local Gulf Shores and 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.

46th Annual National Shrimp Festival

10/13/201710/13/2017
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event from October 12-15 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 plays daily Thursday through 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 in 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 a competition where high school singers from seven local schools will compete in elimination rounds to find out who will receive scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded to the top three contestants.

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.

Runners and walkers can enter the 10K and 5K races to help work off some of the great food at the festival. All net proceeds of the run will be donated to Coastal Baldwin Education Enrichment, benefiting the local Gulf Shores and 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.

46th Annual National Shrimp Festival

10/14/201710/14/2017
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event from October 12-15 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 plays daily Thursday through 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 in 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 a competition where high school singers from seven local schools will compete in elimination rounds to find out who will receive scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded to the top three contestants.

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.

Runners and walkers can enter the 10K and 5K races to help work off some of the great food at the festival. All net proceeds of the run will be donated to Coastal Baldwin Education Enrichment, benefiting the local Gulf Shores and 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.

46th Annual National Shrimp Festival

10/15/201710/15/2017
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event from October 12-15 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 plays daily Thursday through 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 in 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 a competition where high school singers from seven local schools will compete in elimination rounds to find out who will receive scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded to the top three contestants.

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.

Runners and walkers can enter the 10K and 5K races to help work off some of the great food at the festival. All net proceeds of the run will be donated to Coastal Baldwin Education Enrichment, benefiting the local Gulf Shores and 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.

Known Deaths and Burials at Mobile Point

10/21/201710/21/2017
110 State Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Reservation only guided tour of by a historical interpreter of the known deaths and burials at Mobile Point from 1813-1910.

Arm Band for this event must be pre-purchased. Bring your own flashlights. Limited to 100 people, first come first serve. Museum and gift shop are closed for this event.

To pre-purchase tickets for October event call 251-540-7127 with credit card or mail check to 110 Hwy. 180 Gulf Shores, AL 36542.

The Original German Sausage Festival

10/28/201710/28/2017
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.

Gulf Seafood Gala

10/28/201710/28/2017
102 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL 36528

Please join us for the inaugural “Gulf Seafood Gala”™, a celebration of Alabama Gulf seafood and the rich heritage and culture that surrounds it. You'll enjoy tastings of delectable Gulf seafood prepared and presented by local and regional chefs. Coastal heritage and cultural demonstrations such as cast net making, oyster tonging, oyster shucking, shrimp trawl making, gumbo making and other traditions will also be presented. Local oyster farmers and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will demonstrate the art of growing some of the best oysters in the world. Live musical entertainment and adult beverages will round out a wonderful evening on Dauphin Island!
Proceeds will benefit Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization dedicated to showcasing and educating the public about the rich heritage and culture of Dauphin Island and South Mobile County, AL, and improving the quality of life through the arts.

2017 World Food Championships

11/05/201711/16/2017
4830 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

The World Food Championships is the largest competition in food sport, where champions of previous events convene for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of $300,000. The World Food Championships platform ranges from live-event integration and activations to a robust multimedia platform that serves culinary stars, home cooks, brands and destinations. In four short years, WFC has awarded more than one million in prizes and money, spawned a TV series, garnered more than five billion media impressions and launched numerous professional careers for successful contestants.

Dolphins at Sunset Kayak Tour

11/06/201712/29/2017

Watch for and learn about Gulf Shores’ Bottlenose Dolphins in their natural environment from the intimate, unobtrusive, and non-threatening vantage point of a kayak. The entire three-hours of this paddle excursion are spent exploring optimal Bottlenose Dolphin habitat.  

Like all wild animals these dolphins can be elusive, but there is nothing like the thrill of seeing these magnificent creatures up close when they choose to show off. Either way, you will come away with an appreciation, understanding, and new found knowledge of dolphins as you learn about their life history, ecology, feeding behaviors, and communal nature.  Numerous bird species and natural beauty are also to be found all while enjoying one of the prettiest classrooms on earth, kayaking among the beautiful sights and sounds of our local waterways. 

5th Annual Fairhope Film Festival

11/09/201711/12/2017
122 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope , AL 36532

The focus of the Fairhope Film Festival 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.

Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

11/24/201712/31/2017
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

It’s one of the nation’s best holiday light shows, and it’s right here in South Alabama! Bellingrath Gardens and Home presents the 21st season of Magic Christmas in Lights in 2016. The dazzling nighttime display features more than 1,100 set pieces, three million lights and 15 scenes, set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre Garden estate.

Opening Night is Friday, Nov. 25. The show will continue nightly from 5 - 9 p.m. through New Years Eve.

Magic Christmas in Lights has become a must-see tradition for visitors from the Gulf Coast region and beyond. Attendance has nearly doubled since 2000, rising from 35,309 that year to 67,736 in 2015. Families enjoy strolling the grounds together, taking holiday photos, drinking cocoa on Live Oak Plaza and visiting Santa Claus in the Magnolia Café.

Many of our guests do not realize that Magic Christmas in Lights is a made-in-Alabama attraction. Each year, the set pieces for the holiday lights are designed and handmade on site by members of Bellingrath’s staff. Two of our employees work full-time all year on the light display.

In 2014, Magic Christmas in Lights was ranked sixth in USA Today’s list of “10 Best Public Light Displays in America,” which was compiled with readers’ online votes. Click here for the link: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-lights-display/

Magic Christmas in Lights also includes nightly choral performances on the South Terrace of the Bellingrath Home, which will be open for tours and decorated in full holiday finery. (The Gardens will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Days.)

The Gift Shop will be fully stocked for the season, and guests may also have their photos taken with Santa Claus in the Magnolia Café each night through Dec. 23. The Magnolia Café will also have extended hours, 4 - 8 p.m., during the season; menus are posted on the website, www.bellingrath.org. The Magic Christmas in Lights Party Tent is available to rent for holiday parties.

Military Mondays are back! Active duty military and their immediate relatives will receive a 15 percent discount off regular Gardens admission on each Monday of the Magic Christmas in Lights season.

For details about Magic Christmas in Lights, or to order tickets, visit our website, www.bellingrath.org.

Living History Crew Weekend Drills

12/02/201712/03/2017
2703 Battleship Pkwy., Mobile, AL 36602

The USS Alabama Living History Crew brings WWII history to life. This crew, dressed in uniform, will create a memorable weekend for all guests. Activities featured include call to battle stations and weapon demonstrations. Most anticipated is the Yak Attack, with vintage airplanes to decend on the ship while the crew defends the Alabama by firing restored WWII 20 and 40 mm guns!

Fort Morgan Gift Shop Holiday Open House

12/03/201712/03/2017
110 State Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Visitors of the site on this day will get to enjoy a Holiday Open House at the gift shop. Refreshments will be served outside of the museum from 2 - 4 p.m.  Special gifts and holiday decorations will be available for purchase in the gift shop. Soldiers dressed in period uniforms will be stationed inside the fort casemates.

32nd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

12/09/201712/09/2017

The 32nd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will begin 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.

Civil War Tour Series

01/02/201801/30/2018
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Every Tuesday in January at 2 p.m. a historian will guide visitors on a hour long tour of the Fort. Each week the historian will speak on a different topic.

  • Week 1 "Fort Bowyer",
  • Week 2 "Early Civil War",
  • Week 3 " Battle of Mobile Bay",
  • Week 4 "Siege of Fort Morgan",
  • Week 5 "All Eras of the Forts History".  

Civil War Tour Series

02/06/201802/27/2018
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Every Tuesday during February at 2 p.m. a historian will guide visitors on a hour long tour of the Fort. Each week the historian will speak on a different topic.

  • Week 1 "Fort Bowyer",
  • Week 2 "Early Civil War",
  • Week 3 " Battle of Mobile Bay",
  • Week 4 "Siege of Fort Morgan",
  • Week 5 "All Eras of the Forts History".  

Memorial Day Tribute 2018

05/26/201805/26/2018
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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 that transpired as well as introduce topics little written about in books.  Explore the military history of Mobile Point from the War of 1812, Civil War, WWI, and WWII. Living history staff will remember those who gave their lives in serve at Fort Morgan.

Tuesday Evening Civil War Tour

06/05/201807/31/2018
51 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, 36542

Historians and site staff, dressed in period uniform, will provide historical insights on various periods of Fort Morgan's History and the life of people who worked and served here. Laundresses will tell the story of the role for women. Soldiers will give details on the hardships for daily life here. Historians will tell personal stories passed down in historical documents. Artillery and small firearm demonstrations will be given to show how much work is involved in firing on the opposing sides men.

Salute To American Independence

06/30/201806/30/2018
110 Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

The living history staff celebrate America's Independence through firing artillery, weapons demonstrations, and special tours. Historians and site staff, dressed in period uniform, will provide historical insights on various periods of Fort Morgan's History and the life of people who worked and served here. Laundresses will tell the story of the role for women. Soldiers will give details on the hardships for daily life here.  Historians will tell personal stories passed down in historical documents. Artillery and small firearm demonstrations will be given to show how much work is involved in firing on the opposing sides men.