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.

Treasure Trees Observe and Explore Day

08/17/201908/17/2019
23030 Wolf Bay Dr., Foley, AL 36535

Take a hike on the Treasure Tree Trail. Free eco-educational activities for children 10 and under. This event will meet at the Interpretive Center.

Summertime Tea - Jane Austen 1813

08/17/201908/17/2019
17424 Swift-Coles Ln., Bon Secour, AL 36511

Join us at the Swift-Coles Historic Home for Tea & Scone by The Copper Kettle Tea Bar, parlor music by Katy Herndon, tours of the Home, and visits from some interesting guests from Pride & Predjudice. Part of the proceeds goes to support the arts and history in Baldwin County.

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.

 

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion: A Legacy of Five Families

08/22/201908/22/2019
1906 Springhill Ave., Mobile, AL 36607

Please join us on August 22 at 5:30 pm for an exciting event at the Mansion. A presentation on Bragg-Mitchell Mansion will be conducted by Monica Tapper, teacher, author, historian, and docent at the Mansion. Along with being a docent at the Mansion, Mrs. Tapper teaches American history at Wallace Community College in Selma, Alabama. Monica holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a master’s degree in history from the University of South Alabama. She is a published author in Alabama Heritage Magazine and the Encyclopedia of Alabama. This presentation will enlighten everyone about the Mansion, its inhabitants, and provide perspective on Mobile as a developing city. Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets: $10 at Brown Paper Tickets.

RSVP is requested by August 20.
For questions please call the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion at 251-471-6364 or visit our website.

Put a Pause on Pollution Observe and Explore Day

09/05/201909/05/2019
23030 Wolf Bay Dr., Foley, AL 36535

Learn about pollution and the environment. Free eco-educational activities for children 10 and under.

Sediment and Worms Observe and Explore Day

09/21/201909/21/2019
23030 Wolf Bay Dr., Foley, AL 36535

Free eco-educational activities for children 10 and under. 

The 32nd Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup

09/21/201909/21/2019
AL

Always the 3rd Saturday of September, Alabama Coastal Cleanup, the state's largest one-day volunteer event, returns for its 32nd year on Saturday, September 21.

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 8am-12pm. Volunteers are needed on foot and on water. Alabama Coastal Cleanup provides a t-shirt and clean-up supplies to participants who collect trash.
For more information, go to our website or call.

2nd annual Forks and Corks Seafood and Science Gala

09/27/201909/27/2019
101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL 36528

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab presents its 2nd annual Forks and Corks Seafood and Science Gala on September 27 in the Estuarium. The event was created to showcase and explore marine science through the culinary arts features a unique seafood culinary art competition by area high school hospitality and culinary arts programs’ students. 

The students will transform marine science education into delicious seafood dishes to enjoy throughout the evening. Currently, there are six Mobile County Public School’s Hospitality and Tourism Program schools signed up to compete. They include Davidson High School, Alma Bryant High School, Citronelle High School, Vigor High School, Baker High School, and Murphy High School.

New in 2019, a portion of each ticket sale will go back to the participating school of the ticket purchaser’s choice. A single ticket of $30 will get three drink vouchers and a couples ticket of $50 will receive six drink vouchers. The vouchers are good for beer or wine during the event. 

Click here to purchase your tickets today.

The World Food Championship’s Team Alabama is on board for the second year and will provide a panel of judges and a golden ticket to the top team. The winning team will participate in the 2020 World Food Championship. 

Last year’s winners, Davidson High School Culinary Arts Program, will compete in the 2019 World Food Championship alongside top international chefs in Dallas, Texas.

 

Race for the Fallen Glow Run 5K and 1 Mile Race

09/28/201909/28/2019
1035 Cody Road N, Mobile, AL 36608

The Race for the Fallen Glow Run 5K and 1-Mile Race in Mobile is set for Saturday, September 28 at 6:30pm.

The Race for the Fallen is a nighttime family fun race that honors fallen law enforcement officers and their families through the Police Benevolent Foundation. We encourage everyone to come out and take part in what is sure to be a great time for a worthy cause. Bring the kids, bring the pets (on a leash, please), and bring all your friends! Bring the whole family out and create GLOWing memories! 

Register here! Each registered participant receives glow gear, a neon race shirt, race bag, glowing finishers medal & much more! The race is for participants of all ages and speeds. The race will take place at the Mobile Fairgrounds (The Grounds).

Bats and Owls Observe and Explore Day

10/02/201910/02/2019
23030 Wolf Bay Dr., Foley, AL 36535

Free eco-educational activities for children 10 and under. 

The 16th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest

10/02/201910/05/2019
450 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532

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

The 48th Annual National Shrimp Festival will open at 10am on Thursday, October 10. 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 48th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event from October 10-13 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.

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 Second Annual Little Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant and Singing for Scholarships. 

Second Annual Little Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant: each age group will have a crowned queen, 1st runner-up, and a three-princess court that will be introduced and reign at the 48th Annual National Shrimp Festival's Coastal Alabama Business Chamber Stage on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

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.

GreekFest 2019

10/17/201910/19/2019
50 S. Ann St., Mobile, AL

Welcome to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’s Greek Festival! Share our food, music, and heritage with friends and neighbors. Come out and experience Greece in Mobile, Alabama - a yearly opportunity to eat, dance, shop, and be entertained as if you were in Greece itself!

All three days, the Hellenic Dancers will be performing on stage, live. Greek music can be enjoyed and the church will be open for extra-special tours. As always, the food, desserts, and libations are sure to please, from the lamb to the always popular baklava. The ladies will be ready to take your order, with handmade baklava and assorted greek pastries boxed to go! There’s a treasure of Greek jewelry, paintings, clothing, imports, and more available in our indoor marketplace as well.

Finally, the success of our festival depends not only on the hard work of its volunteers and church community members but also on our guests. We sincerely appreciate the support you give us in making Greek Fest, Mobile one of our most popular local events.

8th Annual Chicago Street Supper Club: A Collective Dining Experience

10/18/201910/18/2019
North Chicago Street, Foley, AL 36535

Tickets on sale now for the 8th Annual Chicago Street Supper Club sponsored by Caldwell, Wenzel and Asthana, P.C., Riviera Utilities, Wolf Bay Lodge, South Baldwin Regional Medical Center and Back Forty Beer Company.

This elegant outdoor dinner will take place on Friday, October 18 on North Chicago Street. Cocktail hour will begin at 6 pm with dinner service to follow at 7 pm.
Ticket holders will enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Chef Brian Vaughn of Wolf Bay Lodge, Chef Brody Olive of Perdido Beach Resort, Chef Cory Garrison and Chef Marcus Williams of The Grand Hotel and Chef James Balster and Chef Brad Gilstrap of The Lodge at Gulf State Park. In addition to delectable dishes paired with wine, the evening will also feature live entertainment from Bell and the Bull.

“The Chicago Street Supper Club is a community of people coming together to eat great food in a street setting. At the heart of it, the Supper Club is a collective dining experience for not only guests, but for our local chefs, farmers, merchants, breweries, vineyards, and so many more. It is a chance for the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce to bring the community together one bite at a time.”

Tickets to this event are limited and can be purchased online for $75 per person. Tickets are first-come, first-served; additional tickets will not be available at the door. For information on purchasing Chicago Street Supper Club tickets, visit http://bit.ly/ChicagoStreetSupperClub and like our Facebook Page, Chicago Street Supper Club.

Pumpkin Play Day

10/19/201910/19/2019
23030 Wolf Bay Dr., Foley, AL 36535

Wear your costume and trick or treat in the outdoor classroom. Free pumpkin to decorate while supplies last.

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

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.

Falling Leaves Observe and Explore Day

11/06/201911/06/2019
23030 Wolf Bay Dr., Foley, AL 36535

Free eco-educational activities for children 10 and under.

7th Annual Fairhope Film Festival

11/14/201911/17/2019
20 N. Section St., Fairhope , AL 36532

The Fairhope Film Festival is a film lover’s film festival offering participants the opportunity to see world-class award-winning films in a unique, picturesque location over a four-day period. The focus is on national and international film festival competition finalists of the past year: the “best of the best” in cinema arts. Notable foreign and feature films, documentaries, and shorts—many that never made it to the big box theaters or were only there briefly–will be selected for appreciative audiences.

Although the festival will pull out all the stops, Southern-style, to host the 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.

Forest Feast Observe and Explore

11/23/201911/23/2019
23030 Wolf Bay Dr., Foley, AL 36535

Learn about the food web with free eco-educational activities for children 10 and under.

Feathered Friends Observe and Explore Day

12/04/201912/04/2019
23030 Wolf Bay Dr., Foley, AL 36535

Birds of the Preserve free eco-educational activities for children 10 and under. 

Gulf Shores Lighted Christmas Parade and Beach Celebration

12/06/201912/06/2019
348 W 19th Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

You don’t want to miss the Lighted Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration in Gulf Shores on Friday, December 6. The evening parade will begin at 6:30 pm and will feature festive lighted floats, as well as appearances from holiday characters and marching bands. Large crowds of spectators looking to bask in the holiday spirit are anticipated along Highway 59 as parade entries make their way from Gulf Shores Public Beach to Sims Park.

The magical atmosphere from the parade will roll continuously into the night as a Holiday Celebration at Sims Park will kick off immediately following the parade. Families can enjoy pictures with Santa, holiday treats, crafts, and the 5th Annual Snowball Drop. The Snowball Drop will feature a man-made blizzard as 4,000 ping pong balls will be dropped from above by Santa. Winning snowballs will have a number that correlates with a prize supplied by our generous sponsors.

Christmas in Nature Observe and Explore

12/14/201912/14/2019
23030 Wolf Bay Dr., Foley, AL 36535

Celebrate the last Observe and Explore Day of 2019 with Santa, make ornaments and enjoy treats. This event will be at the Interpretive Center.

34th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

12/14/201912/14/2019

The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber's 34th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, December 14.

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.

2020 Winter Entertainment Edition ? Small Town, Big Beach Productions

01/27/202002/18/2020
1930 W. 2nd ST, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

The City of Gulf Shores is excited to announce the 2020 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach™ Productions. This year’s lineup is as follows:

The Drifters: January 27-28
December ’63: A Tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons: February 3-4
John Davidson with special guest Gail Farrell: February 10-11
Harrison Greenbaum: February 17-18

Shows will begin at 7 pm at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center. Doors will open at 6 pm. Tickets sales will begin Monday, October 21 at 10 am. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased online at www.gulfshoresal.gov/stbbproductions or in person at the City Store located at 1821 Gulf Shores Parkway. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 am - 5 pm and Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm.

For more information about any of the City of Gulf Shores holiday events, contact the Special
Events Division at 251-968-1174 or visit www.gulfshoresal.gov/specialevents.

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 42nd Anniversary of the Mardi Gras Parade on Tuesday, February 25 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 confirmed 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.

BBQ & Blues Cook-off

03/14/202003/14/2020
125 E. Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 36535

The South Baldwin Chamber Foundation is cooking up a whole lot of fun while raising funds supporting Foley area schools during the Annual BBQ & Blues Cook-Off.  On Saturday, March 14, in Heritage Park, located at the intersection of Hwy 59 & 98 in Downtown Foley, festival-goers will enjoy an award-winning barbeque, popular blues bands, craft and retail vendors, children’s activities and silent auction bidding.

As a part of the Alabama BBQ Trail, cook team competition rules follow guidelines of the Alabama Barbeque Association.  Competition categories are chicken, ribs, Boston Butts, sauce and anything “Butt” which includes exotic items, seafood and desserts.  The team earning the most “People’s Choice” donations will be awarded “Baldwin’s Best Q.”  The cooking competition is open to everyone (backyard and professional) with the $100 entry fee covering all competition categories and up to six team members.  Deadline for registration is March 1st.

For those who have an appetite for more than cook team samples, the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation will be selling barbeque sandwiches from LA Barbeque and pre-cooked Boston Butts. Beer, wine, soft drinks and water will also be for sale, along with the official event T-shirts.

Special thanks to Riverview Turf as the Presenting Sponsor of the BBQ & Blues Cook-Off!  All proceeds benefit the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation to support local schools through programs and partnerships that enrich education, develop leadership and better the community. Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased at the gate.

For more information, visit www.foleybbqandblues.net and follow us on Facebook




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.

The 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

04/04/202004/04/2020
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

27th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show

04/18/202004/18/2020
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582

Stroll among hundreds of classic and vintage automobiles on the Great Lawn at Bellingrath Gardens and Home at the Camellia Classic Open Car Show, sponsored by the Mobile Bay Mustang Club. To register a car, visit www.mobilebaymustangclub.org. A portion of registration fees goes to local charities.

Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

04/24/202004/26/2020
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 24 and Saturday, April 25
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 26
9 a.m.: Gates Open
10 a.m.: Oyster Bar Opens & Beach Concessions Open
10 a.m.: Children's Toss (16 & Under)
2 p.m.: Children's Toss Finals (16 & Under)
4 p.m.: Celebrity Toss
4:30 p.m.: Mullet Toss Finals Begin

 

Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

05/01/202005/02/2020
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.

The Hangout Music Festival 2020

05/15/202005/17/2020
101 E Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dates, we will update this page.

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.