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Spring Is Hopping On The Gulf Coast

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This spring, the Gulf Coast of Alabama is buzzing with excitement, offering a plethora of art and music festivals to enchant visitors of all ages. From juried art shows to lively music festivals, there’s no shortage of entertainment to enjoy. Best of all, the beautiful sugar white sands of Alabama’s beach are your backdrop for the fun times you’ll have!


Images: Ballyhoo Festival

Ballyhoo Festival

Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 – Sunday, Mar 3, 2024 at Gulf State Park Lake Shelby

Experience the eclectic art, culture, and entertainment at the Annual Ballyhoo Festival in Gulf Shores, where the juried fine art of 100 talented artists takes center stage alongside a unique focus on cultural exchange. On Saturday, delve into the rich history of the Poarch Creek Indians with captivating narratives and mesmerizing tribal dances performed in ceremonial attire. The PCI Cultural Director provides insight into the significance of each dance, offering a fascinating glimpse into indigenous traditions.

Sunday’s cultural exchange takes the form of Early Americana music, featuring a lively Fiddle/Banjo Competition and performances by some of the Southeast’s finest musicians. Immerse yourself in the soulful melodies and toe-tapping rhythms that celebrate America’s musical heritage.

In addition to the cultural showcases, the Ballyhoo Festival offers a inneractive activities for all ages, including the Children’s Art Pavilion, live performances by local bands, captivating art demonstrations, and a delectable array of food options. With the warm hospitality of Coastal Alabama’s residents adding to the festive atmosphere, the Ballyhoo Festival promises an unforgettable experience that celebrates the best of art, culture, and community spirit. Don’t miss out on this exciting event!


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Orange Beach Festival of Art

Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 – Sunday, Mar 10, 2024 at Orange Beach Waterfront Park

The Orange Beach Festival of Art is a vibrant celebration of creativity, showcasing an impressive array of artistic expressions including visual, performing, musical, and culinary arts. With more than 100 vendors offering a diverse range of media, festival-goers can immerse themselves in a sensory feast, experiencing art through sight, touch, taste, and sound. From exploring the kid’s art alley to sampling local delicacies at the culinary arts court and enjoying live music performances on the songwriter’s stage, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

For nearly five decades, the Festival of Art has been a cherished tradition and the island’s premier springtime event. Recognized as Alabama’s Best Art Show multiple times and ranked nationally among the top 100 fine art and design shows, it continues to attract art enthusiasts from near and far. Best of all, this fine arts festival is completely free to attend, with music and entertainment featured on two stages. Whether you choose to volunteer, support the arts through the Patron of the Arts program, or simply soak in the creative energy, the Orange Beach Festival of Art promises a memorable experience for all. With multiple parking options available, it’s easier than ever to join in the festivities and celebrate the beauty of artistic expression.


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The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

Friday, Mar 15, 2024 – Sunday, Mar 17, 2024 at The Wharf in Orange Beach

With over $100 million in boats and marine products showcased by more than 120 exhibiting companies, The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show stands out as the premier “Top Boat Buying Show” in the northern Gulf. Experience a stunning display of 120 wet slip boats and yachts, along with over 700 sport and console boats on land. Enjoy live music, participate in kid’s art classes with renowned marine artist Larry Rackley, attend instructional seminars, and discover much more. Whether you’re an entry-level boater or a seasoned veteran, there’s something for everyone at this exceptional event.


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Bama Coast Cruisin’

Thursday, Apr 25, 2024 – Saturday, Apr 27, 2024 at the Wharf in Orange Beach

Experience the excitement of the Annual Bama Coast Cruisin’ event at the picturesque Wharf Resort and Marina in Orange Beach. Marvel at the beautiful cars on display against the backdrop of the Inter-Coastal Waterway and the Canal Bridge. This laid-back, family-friendly weekend offers a delightful blend of amazing cars, entertaining events, and Southern hospitality. While you’re here, take advantage of the opportunity to explore the Wharf’s charming shops and indulge in a delicious meal at one of its several restaurants. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable celebration of classic automobiles and community spirit!


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Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party

Friday, Apr 26, 2024 – Sunday, Apr 28, 2024 at Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar

Mark your calendar for the iconic Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party, a legendary event that has transformed into one of the biggest beach bashes on the coast. What began as a simple reason to celebrate has evolved into an epic weekend-long party at the renowned Flora-Bama. Participants gather to test their strength and skill by tossing a dead mullet over the state line between Florida and Alabama to see who can throw the farthest. But the excitement doesn’t stop there – expect plenty of fun activities, amazing music, and delicious food throughout the event. People travel from far and wide to experience the unforgettable atmosphere and create priceless memories at this one-of-a-kind celebration. Don’t miss out on the excitement – join us at the Flora-Bama for an unforgettable experience!


Hangout Music Fest

Friday, May 17, 2024 – Sunday, May 19, 2024, in Gulf Shores

Get ready for an unforgettable experience at Hangout Music Fest, where sugar-white beaches, starry nights, and red hot music collide to create the ultimate concert vacation. More than just a music festival, Hangout offers an array of amenities to enhance your experience, including beach volleyball, carnival rides, Gulf-front hammocks, and mouthwatering seafood options. With headliners like Zach Bryan, Lana Del Rey, and Odesza, the lineup promises electrifying performances that will keep you dancing all weekend long. Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach or grooving to your favorite tunes under the stars, Hangout is the perfect blend of relaxation and excitement. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this epic event!


Start planning your spring getaway to Alabama’s beaches today to experience these amazing festivals!

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