Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama

 

Known for its sugar-white sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters, the Alabama Gulf Coast offers visitors a vacation they will never forget.

 
During the spring and summer seasons, the area is booming with a variety of exciting events and festivals that attract guests from all across the United States. From fresh Gulf seafood and live music to local art exhibits and fishing tournaments, there is nothing but fun in the sun in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
 
Kicking off the 2016 spring and summer festival lineup is the Waterway Zydeco and Crawfish Festival and 5K Run. Guests will be able to sink their teeth into some spicy, mouth-watering Cajun-style crawfish while listening and dancing to the some of the best Zydeco bands from around the South. The event will begin with a 5K run and 1-mile fun run throughout and around the Waterway Village in Gulf Shores. The event will also be complete with crawfish races, arts and crafts vendors and an authentic 80-foot shrimp boat offering fun for visitors of all ages.
 
For the wine connoisseurs visiting Alabama’s beaches, Waves of Wine is the ideal event. Featuring more than 120 wines from across the country, live music, art vendors, and culinary treats from the area’s many distinguished local restaurants, this event is one of the most celebrated on the island. Guests even receive a custom wine glass and custom wine bag with purchase of a ticket.
 
Orange Beach is home to one of the largest charter fishing fleets in the Gulf of Mexico. Since 1998, the city has hosted the Orange Beach Billfish Classic. This tournament is the first of the season and of the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Series. Held at The Wharf Entertainment Complex, the event attracts some of the Southeast’s most talented deep sea fisherman. The public is invited to attend the weigh-ins for the tournament on Friday and Saturday night, with the big celebration taking place on Saturday night. This event raises funds for the Billfish Foundation and the Coastal Conservation Association.
 
Undoubtedly one of the most popular and highly anticipated festivals of the year is Hangout Music Festival. Celebrating its sixth year on Alabama’s beaches, this festival is sure to deliver yet another weekend of epic music and unforgettable experiences. With performances by The Weeknd, Alabama Shakes, Lenny Kravitz, and many more, there will be sets worth seeing for all ages and music tastes. The music festival also offers a craft beer tent, Ferris Wheel and Mega-Drop rides, art by local and regional talents and delicious food made by some of the finest chefs from across the Southeast.
 
With such a wide array of festivals and events, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are the perfect locations for families and friends to spend their spring and summer vacations. Not to mention, the area is home to some of the most eclectic and delicious culinary options in the South.
 
A trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast is one filled with excitement, wonder and memories that will last a life.
 
 
 
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach upcoming events:
 
Waterway Zydeco and Crawfish Festival and 5K Run – April 16
Waves of Wine – May 14
Orange Beach Billfish Classic – May 18-22
Hangout Music Festival – May 20-22
 
For a complete listing of area events visit GulfShores.com

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