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, activities, and things to do 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.
Gulf Shores Events
Martinique on the Gulf is a premier destination not only because of its charming vacation rentals and the opportunity for some R&R on the beautiful white sandy beaches but also because of the wealth of fun events and festivals in the nearby communities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. These two communities offer a wide variety of events, year-round, to suit any taste. From the World Food Championships to Professional Rodeo to the annual Bird Watching Festival there is something for everyone at Martinique on the Gulf.
This list highlights some of the most popular annual events but be sure to check the city’s event calendar for any other events happening during your stay!
This Food & Drink Festival in the nearby town of Orange Beach, AL, usually happens in the fall, and features renowned chefs and highlights fine wines and regional craft beers. In addition to being one of the tastiest events of each year, the event proceeds help raise money for the Make-A-Wish® Alabama foundation.
Alabama Coastal BirdFest
BirdFest showcases the best spots for bird- and nature-watching in Baldwin and Mobile counties. There are workshops and river-boat tours. This is a must-see event for any avid nature-lover.
National Shrimp Festival
This festival is all about the shrimp, cooked in so many different ways that you will have to come back for years to try them all! But there is also much more than shrimp at this festival, live music, art galleries, fun runs, a golf tournament and even a sand castle building contest! This event always falls on the second weekend of October and you don’t want to miss it!
World Food Championships
The World Food Championships is another impossible to miss foodie-festival. With a large money prize at stake, this competition draws the world’s best chefs all to one place for an amazing food/entertainment experience!
Christmas Lighted Boat Parade
This unique Christmas parade features yachts, sailboats, and even some kayaks and canoes all decorated to the nines in Christmas spirit! The boats leave from Lulu’s at Homeport Marina and the parade finishes at Flora-Bama. You can find more information on the Chamber of Commerce website, but the best spot to watch the parade is the Wharf at Orange Beach.
Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show
The City of Orange Beach has put on this annual festival for over 25 years and it features live music, a car show and some of the best Southern Food you can find. Typically occurring in February, the festival also offers a variety of booths with face painting and carnival games.
Festival of Art
This annual springtime Art festival caters to art-lovers of all ages and tastes. With more than 100 artists working in a variety of media, there is inspiration for all artist’s and connoisseurs at this festival. There is also live music and food!
The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show
The Gulf Coast’s premier boat show, this springtime event showcases $150 Million of yachts and boats, to be toured and purchased. This event also offers art classes for kids and a fashion show!
National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship
At this annual event, the countries top eight collegiate Volleyball teams face-off in the NCAA Volleyball Championship!
Hangout Music Festival
This annual music festival has been the stage for some of the nations hottest performers, including Kendrick Lamar, The Chainsmokers, The Killers, Mumford & Sons, Weezer, Twenty-One Pilots and more! This event is a weekend packed with top-level music right on the beach!
Blue Marlin Grand Championship
This annual sport fishing competition features the nations top fisherman and a big money prize!
Annual Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation Professional Rodeo
At this event you can cheer on professional cowboys and cowgirls from across the South. There are horseback rides and an extra Kids Zone to keep the little ones occupied. And all the proceeds go to the Peer Helper Programs in Baldwin County.
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Monthly Local Events
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.
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.
Children of all ages participate in the Bellingrath Gardens & Home Easter Egg Hunt.
Celebrate Moms with the Mother’s Day Concert.
Guests will be tempted to keep their eyes to the sky at the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival.
This month 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.
Kick off the college football season with the SEC BeachFest celebration.
View the State Tri-Level Tennis Championships held during 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”
One of the most diverse months of local events, festivals and celebrations. There’s plenty of opportunities 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!
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