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Celebrate Easter on Alabama’s Coastal Connection

Communities throughout Alabama’s Coastal Connection will soon be celebrating Easter. You are invited to join in on the festivals, egg hunts, bunny appearances, sunrise services and more.  Egg hunts and Easter bunny appearances Get your Easter baskets ready! These Gulf Coast venues are hosting some favorite Easter traditions: the Easter egg hunt and a chance ...Read More

The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival

Many great art shows and festivals can be found in the small towns surrounding the byway, but there’s only one that dates back 65 years: The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival. This popular festival, like wine, keeps getting better with age! Hundreds of thousands of visitors - as well as both nationally recognized and local ...Read More

Visitor Centers Are a Great Place to Start

Each community along Alabama’s Coastal Connection has its own story to tell. There’s no better place to dive into the culture of these communities than at the area welcome centers.  Meet the Locals There are sure to be locals at the community welcome centers, and they are eager to share their stories and their love ...Read More

Spring Festivals Along the Byway

Ahhh, spring! Flowers are blooming, people are outside, and festivals are in full swing along the Scenic Byway. Five festivals you need to make sure are on your list to check out this spring: 67th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival Approximately 230 exhibitors will line the streets of downtown Fairhope during March 15-17  for ...Read More

Where should you set up to see enjoy local Mardi Gras parades?

It’s turning purple, green and gold along the Alabama Coast and that means just one thing: Mardi Gras season. Get your nets and baskets ready as the good times start rolling at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, with the area’s first parade, the Krewe de la Dauphine on Dauphin Island. The following Saturday, Feb. ...Read More

Ring in 2019 along the byway

Make plans to bring in the new year at one of the many celebrations set along Alabama’s Coastal Connection on Dec. 31. Noon Year’s Eve at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores is a family-friendly event for those who don’t want to wait ’til midnight to celebrate. The fun starts at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, ...Read More

Christmas shopping events

Ready to brave the crowds for holiday shopping? You’ll discover a wonderland of boutiques, specialty shops, handmade items and brand-name stores along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. Start your shopping excursion with a stop at the Tanger Outlet Center in Foley. The renowned mall has more than 120 brand-name stores along with locally owned shops. Tanger is ...Read More

Christmas parades along the coast

Looking for events to get you in the holiday mood? Plenty of Christmas parades take to the streets of our coastal communities to kick off the season’s celebrations. Dec. 7: Lighted Christmas Parade and Beach Celebration in Gulf Shores Dec. 7: Daphne Christmas Parade Dec. 7: Fairhope Magical Christmas Parade Dec. 8: The Foley Christmas ...Read More

History of Mardi Gras on the Alabama coast

What city first started the Mardi Gras tradition in the United States? Ask someone from Louisiana, Alabama or Mississippi, and you may get three very different answers. In Alabama, folks take great pride in naming Mobile as home of the original Mardi Gras celebration in this country. Though many people associate Mardi Gras with New ...Read More

Where to hear live music

Want to listen to live music on the Alabama coast? Whether you enjoy a singer/songwriter, dance band, or rock and roll, awesome venues for catching a show are around every bend. We’ll run down some of our favorites. We’ll start with Big Beach Brewing Company in Gulf Shores. Located at 300 E. 24th Ave., Big ...Read More