The Gulf Coast is always the place to be when looking for the traditional activities one associates with a beach vacation. There’s never a shortage of area attractions and activities to keep you as busy as you like. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach know how to keep the action lively and varied with a host of annual events. Decide on the events you don’t want to miss, find Gulf Shores vacation rentals to accommodate your family’s needs and reserve at Martinique On the Gulf today.
You’re sure to find that coastal living means summertime weather and accompanying activities all year round. So, it should be no surprise that the Summer Reading Program is held at the Adult Activity Center throughout the winter months as well as the summer! The cold months of January and February are the perfect time to relax on the sunny, sandy beaches or lounge poolside with a riveting novel to help you forget the cold weather and dark days you left behind.
March on the Gulf Coast kicks off the early spring with the Orange Beach Festival of Art, Wharf Boat and Yacht Show and the Festival of Flowers.
April is beloved by children of all ages when they join the Bellingrath Gardens & Home Easter Egg Hunt.
May celebrates Moms with the Mother’s Day Concert.
In June guests will be tempted to keep their eyes to the sky at the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival.
July wouldn’t be complete without a fantastic fireworks extravaganza on the beach. Start the celebration early at the Wharf with the daily Spectra Light Show display.
August kicks off the college football season with the SEC BeachFest celebration.
View the State Tri-Level Tennis Championships held each September. Support the local community and participate in the Shrimp Festival Golf Tournament for Education or Coastal Clean Up “Get the Trash Out of the Splash”
October offers one of the most diverse months of local events, festivals and celebrations. There’s plenty of opportunity to try something new like creating hope for children or annual family traditions with the following events:
- John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest
- Bayfest Music Festival
- National Shrimp Festival
- Colonial Isle Dauphin – living history day w/ pirates, colonial soldiers and craftsmen
- Festival of Flavor
- Terror on the Gulf
- Renaissance Festival
- Balloon Glow in the Gardens – hot air balloons aglow in the garden during the evening trick or treating
- Angel Ride – “Ride to Give the Children Hope” ride, music, auctions, food, beer and wine tents
- Grand Festival of Art
The holiday season gets a flavorful kick off in November with the Oyster Cook Off. There are also lights, action and music with Bellingrath’s Magic Christmas in Lights, Fairhope Film Festival and the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival.
The month of December offers a unique kind of Christmas season with the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship, Christmas Through the Ages, Orange Beach Festival of Art and the annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade.
Year-round activities make it easy to plan plenty of action into your family vacation. Guests can come back year after year and create lasting family traditions or plan to visit a different time each year and experience something new and exciting with each visit. See you around!