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.

Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

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

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.

Friday, April 26 & Saturday, April 27
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 28
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

 

10th Annual Bama Coast Cruisin'

04/26/201904/27/2019
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.

Thunder on the Bay

04/27/201904/28/2019
51 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL 36528

This event highlights Fort Gaines' role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Come and experience a living history event for the whole family. The 154th Battle of Mobile Bay is sponsored by the 6th Alabama Calvary and Alabama Division of Reenactors. Music provided by the 5th Alabama Band.

Saturday, April 27
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.    Music
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.    Blacksmithing
2 p.m.                       Naval and land battle
3:30 p.m.                  Surrender of Fort Gaines

Sunday, April 28
9 a.m.- until              Music
1 p.m.                      Tactical battle

Admission is $8 for ages 13 and up, $4 for ages five to 12, and kids ages four and under are free.

Kenny Chesney Songs For The Saints Tour 2019 with special guests David Lee Murphy & Caroline Jones

04/27/201904/27/2019
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 7 at 10am through Ticketmaster and at the venue box office.

After playing 19 major stadium concerts, breaking 11 records and playing to over 1.3 million members of No Shoes Nation, Kenny Chesney decided to scale things back, head to where the fans are and create a more intimate concert experience. Though known for his high impact shows, Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour is
going to bring all the energy, all the intensity and all the songs.

Fairhope Film Festival presents Red Joan

04/29/201904/29/2019
122 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope , AL 36532

Join us for our April Monthly Movie on Monday, April 29 to watch Red Joan. Screen times: 6pm with the doors opening at 5:30pm. Fairhope film festival office on Fairhope Avenue at Summit Street.

Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information—including details on the building of the atomic bomb—to the Soviet government for decades. As she is interrogated, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and beliefs: her student days at Cambridge, where she excelled at physics while challenging deep-seated sexism; her tumultuous love affair with a dashing political radical (Tom Hughes); and the devastation of World War II, which inspired her to risk everything in pursuit of peace. Based on a sensational true story, Red Joan vividly brings to life the conflicts—between patriotism and idealism, love and duty, courage and betrayal—of a woman who spent a lifetime being underestimated while quietly changing the course of history.

Tickets are $15 cash or check only, please. *Includes popcorn and liquid refreshments.
Don’t forget to make a RESERVATION by calling (251) 990-7957.


Fourteenth Annual Cocktails with the Critters

05/02/201905/02/2019
3775 Battleship Pkwy, Spanish Fort, AL

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation Trustees invite you to the Fourteenth Annual Cocktails with the Critters celebrating the sea life in our bay and the Gulf on Thursday, May 2 from 6-9pm at the BLUEGILL Restaurant on the Causeway

Join us for an exciting evening overlooking the Mobile River Delta featuring delicious hors d’oeuvres from our Gulf, beer and wine.  Live entertainment featuring famed local singer songwriter: Eric Erdman
 
There will be a lively Silent Auction featuring travel, boating, jewelry and fishing opportunities as well as original artwork. For more information, please call 251-307-5903 or visit the website at sealabfoundation.org.


Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

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

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.

C Spire Concert Series presents: Bryan Adams Shine A Light Tour

05/10/201905/10/2019
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Known the world over for his signature brand of feel-good rock and roll and big ballads, Bryan Adams is an icon of epic proportions who has been touring the world for nearly four decades.

Bryan Adams’ music has achieved #1 status in over 40 countries. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame and the recipient of numerous Juno Awards, 3 Academy Award and 5 Golden Globe nominations, a Grammy Award, American Music Awards and ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards. Adams is currently working on the upcoming Musical, “Pretty Woman.”
Adams continues to tour somewhere in the world ten days every month intertwining stadium concerts with special, intimate solo acoustic dates. His live concerts have established him as one of the world’s best rock singers of our time.

Tickets on sale to general public starting Friday, February 22 at 12pm at livenation.com

Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy

05/16/201905/16/2019
1 S. Water St., Mobile, AL

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation Trustees invite you to the Alabama premiere of
Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike DeGruy on Thursday, May 16. General admission doors open at 6:00 p.m. Movie begins at 6:30pm and will be held at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center Ballroom.

Mobile native filmmaker and explorer Mike deGruy is remembered in the film Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy.  His wife and filmmaking partner, Mimi Armstrong deGruy, wrote , directed and produced this award winning feature length documentary about the irrepressible biologist turned filmmaker.  

He was becoming increasingly outspoken as an environmental activist when he died tragically in a helicopter crash in Australia while filming for director James Cameron. The film celebrates his remarkable career but it also highlights what he believed passionately at the time of his death: we are destroying the ocean before we even know what’s there.
 
Tickets for reception to meet filmmaker Mimi deGruy and admission to movie is $50 and limited to 100 participants. The reception is from 5:30 - 6:30pm. General admission tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. To purchase tickets now, click here.

Proceeds for the event will go to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation to sustain the Mike deGruy scholarship. For more Information please call 251-307-5903 or visit the website at sealabfoundation.org.

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.

LuLuPalooza 2019

05/25/201905/25/2019
200 E. 25th Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Join us for our Summer Kick Off Party! We will have bands in our dining room and on our big Crazy Sista Boat Stage all day. Fun for all ages!
LuLuPalooza 2019, celebrating 20 years of LuLu’s! Music acts include Lefty Collins, Phil & Foster, Adam Holt, Albert Simpson, Jimmy Lumpkin, and more!

Living History Memorial Day Tribute

05/25/201905/25/2019
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

A wreath laying ceremony is planned beachside for the Tecumseh. Living history groups, spanning from the War of 1812 - WWII, remember those who gave their lives in service. Guided tours, weapons demonstrations, and artillery firing are planned. A photo Gallery of WWI and WWII Fort Morgan Service will be inside the arches.

Living History Evening Tours

06/04/201907/30/2019
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Fort Morgan Historic Site comes to life on Tuesday evenings during June and July. Historic eras of the fort's military history are portrayed by staff in period clothing. Stationed throughout the fort you will encounter Weapons demonstration, artillery shoot, laundresses, and soldiers.  See what it would have been like to live at Fort Morgan during the Civil War, WWI and WWII, then watch the sun set to finish your visit. 

Tours are weather dependent. For closures and cancellations visit our website www.fort-morgan.org or our Facebook page Fort Morgan State Historic site.

If you would like to volunteer for this or any event, please call 251-540-5257.

A Universe of Stories

06/05/201907/31/2019
P O Box 299 244 West 19th Ave, Gulf Shores, AL 36547

Join us for the young adult summer reading program for ages 9 - 13. Following the national reading theme,"A Universe of Stories," programing is offered weekly.

WWI and WWII 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. Bring your own lawn chair and sit where the citadel once stood and enjoy the sounds of the 151st Army Band.

 

Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay

08/03/201908/03/2019
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Commemorating the events that happened at Mobile Bay August 5-23, 1864. Learn about the famous naval battle, "The Battle of Mobile Bay." Living history staff and volunteers will perform drills and demonstrations inside the fort. For cancellations and closing due to weather check us out on Facebook Fort Morgan State Historic Site. If you would like to volunteer for this or any other event please contact Dylantucker@fort-morgan.org.

C Spire Concert Series presents: Little Big Town with Midland

08/17/201908/17/2019
23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10am.

Little Big Town—consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook--entered the music scene over 18 years ago with hits like "Boondocks," "Bring It On Home," "Good As Gone" and "Little White Church." Albums Tornado and Pain Killer delivered massive success with #1 singles "Pontoon," "Tornado," "Day Drinking," and the history-making, best-selling country single of 2015, "Girl Crush." Little Big Town recently received their third career Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their multi-week #1, platinum-selling hit, "Better Man" off their chart-topping album The Breaker. Their latest album debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and Top 5 on the Billboard 200 All Genre chart. In the past 7 years they have won over 20 awards, including GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, People's Choice awards, and also an Emmy.

 

*CANCELLED-The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival

09/12/201909/14/2019
4830 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Always the first full weekend of October, 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.

Join us on Oct. 2 – 5 for the 16th annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest, a birding and nature festival, and experience many opportunities to see birds, alligators, wildflowers, dolphins, and other wildlife, and learn about their habitats! Plus, we will offer workshops at 5 Rivers Delta Center.
BirdFest showcases great bird-and nature-watching spots all around Baldwin and Mobile counties, including Fort Morgan, Dauphin Island, Weeks Bay, Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Bayou La Batre, Forever Wild Grand Bay Savanna, Gulf Shores and more. BirdFest is a great adventure no matter your level of birding experience.

The Bird & Conservation Expo is our free, family friendly event that takes place at the Halstead Amphitheater on the grounds of Coastal Alabama Community College (formerly Faulkner) in downtown Fairhope, with exhibits, a raptor show, snake show, kids’ activities, and more.

BirdFest Trip Schedule will be available July 1
Registration will open August 12 at 9am
Registration will close September 21 at 4pm

48th Annual National Shrimp Festival

10/10/201910/13/2019
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

***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 47th Annual National Shrimp Festival will open at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. Questions related to the festival should be addressed to the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber office at 251-968-6904 or by going to www.myshrimpfest.com.

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 47th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event from October 11 - 14 that attracts over 300,000 people. This year the festival will play host to more than 100 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. Click here to discover this year's music line up.

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 Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission and Wind Creek Casino, 10,000 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.

To learn more about road closures associated with the festival, view this update or map.

Known Deaths and Burials at Fort Morgan

10/23/201910/26/2019
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Take a tour by candlelight through the brick tunnels of this massive structure and hear the stories of visitors from the past. Historical interpreters dressed in period clothing will be throughout the fort portraying the life of someone who once lived at Fort Morgan.    

Tours will be guided through uneven surfaces in dark areas and visitors may encounter wildlife. This tour is recommended for ages 13 and over. Tickets will be sold in advance. Check our Facebook page Fort Morgan State Historic Site, website www.fort-morgan.org, or call 251-540-7202 for more information.

The Original German Sausage Festival

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

*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 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.

34th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

12/07/201912/07/2019

***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 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 5:30pm 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.

Mystical Order of Mirams Mardi Gras Parade

02/21/202002/21/2020
24131 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561

The parade begins on Perdido Beach Boulevard at 6:30 p.m. at the traffic signal just east of Phoenix West and it will end at intersection at Highway 161 and Perdido Beach Boulevard. For more information, visit www.mirams.info.

Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade

02/22/202002/22/2020
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.

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade

02/25/202002/25/2020
West 19th St., Hwy.59 to the public beach, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

The City of Gulf Shores will celebrate the 41st Anniversary of the Mardi Gras Parade on Tuesday, March 5 at 10am. 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.

Future Mardi Gras Dates:

2021 - February 16
2022 - March 1
2023 - February 21
2024 - February 13
2025 - March 4

Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade

02/25/202002/25/2020
24131 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561

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.

Future Mardi Gras Dates:

2021 - February 16
2022 - March 1
2023 - February 21
2024 - February 13
2025 - March 4

28th Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

02/29/202002/29/2020
4830 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

*As you make plans to attend this event during these conirmed 2020 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them.*

The Orange Beach Sports Association presents the 28th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show at The Wharf. Come out to spend the day with family and friends while enjoying loads of tasty food, live music on two stages, and over 125 arts & crafts vendors!

Drop the kids off at the Kids Zone to play while you check out dozens of classic and hot rod vehicles and vendors. Bring the whole family including your furry BFF for our new Paws on Parade! We can’t wait to see the costumes! Come out and support this beautiful area and the sports-related activities in our community!

Future dates:

2021               February 27
2022               February 19        (Moved up due to Mardi Gras)
2023               February 25

46th Annual Festival of Art

03/14/202003/15/2020
26389 Canal Rd., Orange Beach, AL 36561

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 and will be provided by BRATS for a $5 daily rate. No public parking will be available on site. Parking this year is at The Wharf in Orange Beach on the west side of the property near the former Burris location. Bike Village will provide bicycle parking at the festival!

For more information visit our website.

The 68th Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival

03/20/202003/22/2020
Fairhope, AL

The 68th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival is scheduled for March 20-22. Festival hours are Friday - Sunday from 10am - 5pm. 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.

2020 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

03/27/202003/29/2020
4550 Main St., 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.*

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.

NEW FOR 2019! BoatUS On-Water Training. No experience necessary!
Whether you love boating and want to gain confidence at the helm, you're considering buying or renting a boat and want to learn new skills, or you're just curious about boating, the BoatUS Foundation has partnered with the Wharf Boat and Yacht Show  and Freedom Boat Club  to offer you the BoatUS Foundation On-Water Training program. It is a fun, easy, and affordable way to develop your sea legs!

The Original German Sausage Festival

03/28/202003/28/2020
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.

2020 Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run

04/18/202004/18/2020
225 E. 24th Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

*As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, read about last years event details below.*

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.   

Music Lineup
10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.:               Rusty Metoyer & Zydeco Krush
11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.:          Excelsior
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.:                 Lil Nate and the Zydeco Big Timers
1 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.:                   Excelsior
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.:              Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers  
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.:             Excelsior
2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.:             Chubby Carrier
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.:             Excelsior
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.:                  Step Rideau