Calendar of Events
56th Annual Dauphin Island Regatta
04/24/2014 – 04/26/2014
4381 Park Road, Mobile, AL
The 56th Annual Dauphin Island Race, often called the largest single-day point-to-point race in the United States, will be held April 26, 2014 on Mobile Bay.
Join us for three days of sailing fun including two competitive races and a party on the island to remember. With live bands, food, drinks and excellent amenities, you’ll enjoy your stay on the Island.
SPECIAL ART EXHIBITOpening Thursday, April 24, 2014 10 a.m.-4 p.m. LAST FRIDAY ART NIGHTApril 25, 2014 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Shop for local art. Enjoy food and wine. Art demonstrations. Music by Jason Fobes Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Gallery 1008 Alabama Avenue (directly behind Town Hall) Dauphin Island, AL 251/861-3300 Free and Open to the Public (Donations Accepted and Appreciated)
6th annual Hoot Scoot, a 5k Prediction Race
501 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532
The Fairhope Public Library is hosting the 6th annual Hoot Scoot, a 5k Prediction Race. It takes place Friday, April 25, beginning at 6:30pm, as racers of all ages take to the streets in their glow-in-the-dark race t-shirts. This year’s race offers prizes for both prediction and speed: awards will go to the top five males and females who finish closest to their predicted times in the 5K as well as to the three fastest male and female finishers. In addition to the individual awards, the school with the most registered runners will receive a $500 gift certificate to support its school library.
Bald Eagle Bash
The 5th Annual Bald Eagle Bash, fundraiser for the Weeks Bay Foundation, will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 4-7 p.m. at the waterfront Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center at the Fish River Bridge on U.S. Highway 98 in Fairhope. The Weeks Bay Foundation, the only nationally accredited land trust in coastal Alabama, works to protect the natural resources of coastal Alabama. Enjoy “a taste of Weeks Bay” featuring fresh Gulf shrimp prepared by top local restaurants, with live music by The Modern Eldorados. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the gate. Beverages are included in the price of admission, and free parking is available at the Weeks Bay Reserve Safe Harbor site, with BRATS shuttles providing transportation to the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.BaldEagleBash.com or call (251) 990-5004. Tickets are also available for purchase at Page & Palette in Fairhope, the Foundation office, the Reserve, and from Foundation board members.
14th Annual Kids Fishing Jubilee
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
8:00 am-12:00 pm. Participation in the Kids Fishing Jubilee is FREE and open to any young person, 15 years of age and younger, who: Presents a valid ticket at the event, is accompanied by a parent or guardian, wants to enjoy an exciting fishing experience. Each participant should bring a rod and reel and a stringer. Fishing gear will be provided if needed. Bait will be furnished. Kids can catch and keep up to 5 catfish each! Parents may bring an ice chest if desired.
Downtown Fairhope Walking Tours
Do you ever wonder about the story behind some of the buildings in downtown Fairhope? If only buildings could talk, the stories they might have to tell! The next best thing is to take part in Fairhope’s Historic Walking Tours that explore the businesses and people of Fairhope’s past with local historian Donnie Barrett.
The tours take place on all four Saturdays in April—April 5, 12, 19 & 26. April 5 is a tour of Section Street, a block north and south of Fairhope Pharmacy and April 12 is a tour of Fairhope Avenue, one block east and west of Section Street. The tour on April 19 will be an introduction to Fairhope Museum of History’s new exhibit, “Baldwin County During the Civil War: The War Comes Home,” and will focus on how the Civil War affected our area. These three tours will depart from the Welcome Center at 10 a.m. The final tour, Saturday, April 26, meets at 10 a.m. at the Oak Street gate to the Colony Cemetery. Barrett will give an overview of the town’s history with visits to the graves of many of Fairhope’s founders.
The tours are free and open to all. For more information, call 251-929-1471 or 251-929-1466.
Pirates Cove Wood Boat Festival
6600 Hwy 95, Elberta, AL 36530
More than 30 wood boats ranging from a Mayan dugout canoe to a 72 foot Mobile Bay Schooner are entered in the competition.Proceeds from the food and beverages sold at the event benefit the Josephine Volunteer Fire Dept. and The Lillian Optimist Club. The menu includes Chet’s Famous Fried Mullet plates (on Saturday) and Elberta’s famous sausage sandwiches.Activities include some of the South’s most popular bands, a nautical fair, local artists, boat builders, marine sales and music all weekend. Children’s activities include Pirate Pete’s Island, a treasure hunt, children’s boat building, games, and swimming.
National Public Gardens Day
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 36582
Date: May 9, 2014National Public Gardens Day is a national day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide.
Mother’s Day Concert
Live Oak Plaza
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 36582
Date: May 11, 2014The Mobile Youth Symphony Orchestra and Bellingrath Gardens and Home present their annual Mother’s Day Concert in the Gardens. Enjoy a late afternoon of music set amidst the splendor of the Gardens. Guests are invited to bring chairs and a picnic supper.
Guided Nature Walk
Meet our park guide at the Gulf Oak Ridge Trail on State Road 2. This trail is ADA accessible and approximately 2 miles.
Walk begins at 10:00 am please arrive a few minutes early
The Hangout Music Festival 2014
Gulf Shores Public Beach
101 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
The Black Keys, The Killers and a reunited Outkast will headline the 5th Annual Hangout Festival, scheduled May 16-18 at Gulf Shores Public Beach.
Never satisfied with the status quo, event founder and Hangout owner Shaul Zislin has added a sixth stage, a newly redesigned Alabama Gulf Seafood Outdoor Courtyard and a fashion village of pop up boutiques where fans can shop for dresses, bathing suits, sunglasses and the like. Even romance gets a boost, as the fest has added a beach-side wedding chapel.
Weekend tickets, priced at $229 plus service charges for general admission, are now on sale at hangoutmusicfest.com. The general admission ticket price includes access to more shaded areas under palm trees, the Sky Bar tower with its 360-degree festival views, a plethora of amusement rides and games, free refill water stations and a variety of dining options.
VIP ticket-holders receive easy access to the festival through special entrances, prime viewing areas, swimming pools with views of the main stage; a shaded VIP Grove with complimentary beverages and air-conditioned restrooms.
The Super VIP upgrade includes 24/7 concierge and golf-cart chauffeur services, access to a private, air-conditioned dining room and lounge, and exclusive meals prepared by renowned chefs. VIP tickets are available for $999 and the limited number of Super VIP tickets are $1599. Fans can choose from a wide variety of options at hangoutmusicfest. com. Fans will also be able to book all-inclusive travel packages and reserve shuttle passes.
Guided Beach Walk
Meet our park guide at the Beach Pavilion near the fireplace and learn all about our coastal ecosystem. Then, Meander along the shore, with our guide, looking for shells and learn about some of the local sea life.
Owl EncounterVisit the Nature Center to learn all about owls. We will have our resident screech owls out for pictures! $1 per vehicle to enter campground.
Gulf State Park Beach Luau
Put on your grass skirts and join us at Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion for an authentic Beach Luau on Saturday May 24th.
Enjoy performances by the Aloha Islanders, live Hula and Fire Knife Dancers from Hawaiian Entertainment. A traditional Luau buffet will take your dining experience to the tastes of The Islands. Enjoy specialties including Sweet Shrimp Rolls, Roasted Pig, Huli-Huli-Chicken, and Key Lime Pie.
Two ticket options are available:
(1) VIP includes early admission for a meet and greet with the performers at 5:30 pm, VIP seating, unlimited access to the Island inspired buffet, open bar, a fresh Hawaiian lei, and a souvenir.
(2) Performance Seating includes 1 food ticket to the Island inspired buffet, 2 drink tickets, a souvenir lei, and 6:00 pm admission
Purchase your tickets at Ticket Leap or call Brittney or Chelsea at 251-948-7275 ext. 2127 or 2128
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Gulf State Park – 75th Anniversary Luau on the Beach
22250 East Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Come help us celebrate 75 years of service of the Alabama State Parks on Memorial Day. We will have a beach Luau with kids activities, nature programs and food.
Fort Morgan’s Memorial Day Tribute
51 State Highway 180 West, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Historical interpreters, dressed in period uniforms of the United States Army from different eras of the fort’s occupation, will conduct special guided tours of the fortification throughout the day. Also, artillery, small arms, and other demonstrations will show the complexities that have faced the military garrisons at Fort Morgan.
Beach Creature Feature
Beach Creature FeatureLocation: Gulf State Park Nature Center/ClassroomTime: 10:00 AMMeet at the Nature Center 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. $1 per vehicle to enter campground.
Learn new and exciting facts about some of the invertebrates that live in Gulf State Park. This one hour program is suited for people of all ages and allows you to get close and personal with some of the invertebrates at the Nature Center. $1 per vehicle to ente5/28/14r campground
Snake EncountersLocation: Meet at Gulf State Park Nature Center/Education BuildingTime: 10:00 a.m.Visit the Nature Center to learn all about our native snakes. Bring a camera and get your picture touching a beautiful snake. $1 per vehicle to enter campground.
Tuesday Evening Civil War Twilight Tours at Fort Morgan
110 State Highway 180 West, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Vignettes of Fort Morgan’s Civil War history are brought to life every summer during this hour long tour. Historical interpreters portraying the lives of members of the garrison tell of the events transpiring in the final months of Confederate occupation of the fort. Visitors will hear the growing concern as the Federal Navy strengthens it’s fleet in the Gulf of Mexico as it prepares to attack Mobile Bay in August, as well as the events surrounding the destruction of the blockade runner Ivanhoe. Every tour concludes with the firing of one of the fort’s artillery pieces with time for visitors to explore the fort in the twilight hours.
Summertime Wonderful Wednesdays
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 36582
Dates: Wednesdays from June 4 – July 30, 2014Who knew Wednesday could be so wonderful? Every Wednesday, enjoy a special program about Bellingrath Gardens and Home, gardening, local history and nature. Topics include Summer Gardening, The Bellingrath Collections, Christmas in July and special Children’s activities including the popular Kid’s Kruise.
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