Top 2024 Orange Beach Spring Events

With its warming weather and soothing breeze, spring is better at the beach. It’s at its best In Orange Beach, where a variety of spring events can help you shed the winter blues and welcome the season in Gulf Coast style. If you’re visiting our beaches this spring, check out one of these great events to make your trip as beautiful as a spring bloom.

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Spring Events

Annual Fort Morgan Oyster Fest

February 24-25, 2024
The Beach Club Resort & Spa

Enjoy happiness on the half-shell at this spring seafood festival that promises a shuckin’ good time. Held right here at The Beach Club, the weekend features all-you-can-eat oysters served in a variety of ways and sourced from our local Fort Morgan farms. Additional festival food, live music, dozens of arts and crafts vendors and tons of family fun will be rockin’ all weekend long. Buy your tickets online.

Ballyhoo Festival

March 2-3, 2024
Gulf State Park

Kick off the spring festival season at Ballyhoo. This weekend event combines everything we love about spring – warm outdoor weather, fun cultural events, and delicious local seafood. This year, the local Poarch Indians will perform a tribal dance and a unique banjo and fiddle competition will bring you the traditional songs of the south. It’s one of the most anticipated spring events in Gulf Shores.

Photo courtesy of Orange Beach Festival of Art Facebook.

Orange Beach Festival of Art

March 9-10, 2024
Orange Beach Waterfront Park

The island’s first rite of spring is a weekend-long celebration of artistic beauty. More than 100 area artists showcase a variety of media in visual, performing, musical, and culinary arts, offering every attendee something new to see, hear, taste, and enjoy. The festival is FREE and open to the public, so don’t miss your chance to welcome spring in stunning style.

BBQ & Blues Cookoff

March 8-9, 2024
Heritage Park, nearby Foley, AL

Spring brings you cheer – and we’re bringing you the blues! The annual BBQ & Blues Cookoff spices up your early spring with a delicious BBQ cookoff and then cools it down with the sounds of cool blues musicians. If you’re a fan of warm spring weather, delicious southern BBQ, and good music, you’ll feel right at home at this mouth-watering event.

Photo courtesy of The Wharf Yacht & Boat Show Facebook.

The Wharf Yacht and Boat Show

March 15-17, 2024
The Wharf in Orange Beach

Get ready to spring into summer boat season at the top buying boat show in the northern Gulf area. Explore over $100 million in boats and marine products, view exhibitor displays and educational seminars, listen to live music and enjoy all The Wharf has to offer. Tickets are $15 per day and kids under 12 are FREE!

German Sausage Festival

March 30, 2024
Elberta Town Park, nearby Elberta, AL

If you need a break from the beach, the semi-annual German Sausage Festival is a popular spring event for locals and visitors alike. Besides all the German sausage and sauerkraut you can eat, you’ll also find traditional festival fare, fun family games, live music, and more than 200 arts and crafts vendors. All proceeds benefit the town of Elberta and local non-profit organizations. It’s a great way to soak up the spring weather and help support our Gulf Coast community at the same time.

Mullet Toss

April 26-28, 2024
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar

If there’s one event that you can’t miss during a Gulf Coast spring, it’s Mullet Toss. Each year, thousands of beachgoers crowd onto the shores of the FloraBama for a weekend of fishy fun. Participants line up to toss a mullet over the Florida-Alabama state line – mostly for fun, but also for bragging rights. This legendary event is mostly just an excuse to party, as the majority of attendees spend the weekend boozing and bronzing on the beach. Rentals go fast, so be sure to book your Turquoise Place condo early to guarantee your spot.

Photo courtesy of Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival Facebook.

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

May 2-4, 2024
Downtown OWA

Soar into spring at this unique festival of flight. For three full days, enjoy a host of aviation activities like tethered balloon rides, twilight balloon glows, and daily balloon ascensions (weather and wind permitting). If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, you can also wander the shops at OWA, enjoy live music, sample dozens of local food vendors, and more. This even is well attended each year and rentals go fast, so be sure to book direct with Spectrum Resorts at Turquoise Place early to guarantee your spot!

The Hangout Music Festival

May 17-19, 2024
The Hangout

Say goodbye to spring and hello to summer at the annual Hangout Music Fest. Music lovers know this is a must-do for spring events in Gulf Shores. This beachfront music festival is known as one of the best music festivals in the U.S. and it happens right on the shores of Gulf Shores. A-list bands, delicious seafood, and daily beach parties combine with sand and surf to make a fun festival weekend you won’t want to miss.

If you’re spending spring on our shores, treat yourself to the break you deserve at Turquoise Place. From luxurious rentals with private balcony hot tubs to poolside cabanas and on-site dining, our Orange Beach resort brings fun to every family member. Browse our available rentals and book your spring stay today!

Treat Your Partner to True Love at Turquoise Place

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is heart-stopping romance. That’s why here at Turquoise Place, we’re making February a full month of love with heartwarming activities, breathtaking views, and a romantic stay at our luxury resort. As the waves gently kiss our sugar-white shores, it’s the perfect time to rekindle the flames in our beautiful Orange Beach setting. Whether you’re writing a new chapter in your love story or re-reading an old favorite, our beachside haven is where true love sets sail. From a Valentine’s Day trip to a long lover’s weekend, we promise you’ll fall for each other again and again with a lovely escape to Turquoise Place.

Choose a Romantic Beachfront Condo

Indulge in “suite” romance in one of our luxury beachfront rentals. Each of our condos feature a spacious Gulf-front balcony complete with your own private hot tub, creating an ambiance of elegance and comfort that whispers romance in every corner. After a long day of love and adventure, ask in bubbling bliss as you gaze over the rolling Gulf waves and starry twilight sky. Unique to Spectrum Resorts, we also offer the area’s only clean bed guarantee. This means every stay is welcomed with a promise – a promise of a freshly laundered coverlet ensuring peace of mind and a focus on what truly matters: each other.

Book The Turquoise Place Concierge Package

When it comes to romance, we leave nothing to chance. If you’d rather focus on falling in love than on planning your trip, book The Turquoise Place Concierge Package to let The Beach Moms whisk you away to worry-free bliss. Their full-service package includes everything from stocking your pantry before you arrive to booking excursions, making dinner reservations, mid-stay cleans and more. Bookings must be made at least ten days before your arrival.

Book a Sunset Sail

Take our stunning beach sunsets to a whole new level as you glide through the waves with Sail Wild Hearts. Aboard their 53-foot catamaran, the colorful horizon looks closer than ever as the sun paints the sky in hues of pink, gold and orange. Away from the busy beach crowds, you’ll enjoy an intimate adventure that paints your love story in a whole new palette.

Plan a Beachside Picnic

Few things are more charming than a casual couple’s picnic on our pristine white-sand shores. Grab a cozy blanket and pack a picnic. Don’t forget to grab a bottle of prosecco for a bubbly toast to romantic bliss!

Take a Pottery Class Together

Sculpt an artful souvenir of your beachside love story with a class at The Clay Studio in our Coastal Arts Center. Led by local artist Maya Blume-Cantrell, you can hand-build a custom sculpture, learn to throw on the pottery wheel, or glaze a piece of handmade art to take home as a token of your trip.

Take a Romantic Shoreline Stroll

Experience the magic of dawn or the splendor of dusk with your loved one as you stroll hand-in-hand along miles of pristine shoreline. Our spacious white-sand beaches are the perfect setting to walk and unwind as the sky comes to live in dazzling colors that glitter off the Gulf. Whether you choose to greet the day together or bid it farewell, It’s a moment to share dreams and bask in the quiet beauty of nature, with only the soft sound of waves lapping gently at the sand accompanying your conversation.

Ready to enjoy a full month of romance? Book your stay at Turquoise Place and prepare to dive into a sea of love and make waves with memories that will last a lifetime.

Top Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parades & Events in 2024

Celebrate Mardi Gras Alabama style with a slew of Orange Beach Mardi Gras parades and events happening in 2024. From colorful parades to evening Mardi Gras masquerades, there’s plenty to do in and around Orange Beach for Mardi Gras!

Discover the best Orange Beach Mardi Gras parades and festivities happening in 2024!

Mystics of Pleasure and The Marshals Parade

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024
Starts: 6:00 p.m.

This fun parade began in 2001 to become Pleasure Island’s first nighttime Mardi Gras parading society. Watch as the Mystics of Pleasure and The Marshals roll down Perdido Beach Boulevard on motorcycles, floats, and more for this year’s one-of-a-kind Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade.

Fort Morgan Mardi Gras Parade

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024
Starts: 1:00 pm

For the 5th year, Fort Morgan is putting its own coastal spin on Mardi Gras fun. This is not your average parade; you’ll see golf carts, cars, jeeps, trailers, and even boats all making their way down the coast spreading Carnival cheer. The parading route will run along the coast on Ponce De Leon Ct from Triple Tail Lane to Bernard Ct E.

MoonPies on Main at The Wharf

Monday, Feb. 12, 2024
Starts: 4:00 pm

The Wharf’s annual MoonPies on Main event offers Mardi Gras fun for all, even your furriest family members! It kicks off at 4pm with the annual Kid + Pet Parade, which is open for public participation (so dress in your carnival best and bring some throws for the crowd.) The official float parade will roll at 6pm, followed by the SPECTRA Laser Light Experience and a festive evening of DJ-led music, kids’ activities and more.

Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024
Starts: 2:00 pm

The 2024 Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade will continue the rich tradition of Fat Tuesday celebrations. Thousands of onlookers have been on hand in years past to witness the many floats and costumes during the Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade. The Mystical Maids of Miram and the Mystics of Pleasure contribute to the parade, as do groups from Foley to Perdido Key. The parade will begin at 2:00 pm east of Phoenix West, making its way down a two-mile stretch to Highway 161. Visit the city’s Mardi Gras Information Page for details and get there early to find the best seating so you can see all of the excitement!

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024
Starts: 10:00 am

Take the short drive west to Gulf Shores for the 45th annual Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade, courtesy of the oldest parading order in Baldwin County. Since 1978, the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade has adorned the streets of Gulf Shores with vibrant floats, costumes, and more, bringing smiles and excitement to spectators every year. This year’s parade will begin at 10 am on Fat Tuesday. The route starts at the intersection of Highway 59 and East Beach Boulevard (Highway 182) and will travel along East Beach Boulevard to the Gulf State Park Pier Road. Visit the official city website for information on parking, traffic modifications and more.

Lulu’s Mardi Gras Anniversary Celebration & Boat Parade

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024
Starts: 10:00 am; the boat parade starts at 3:00 pm and arrives at Lulu’s at 4:00 pm

Lulu’s in Gulf Shores will be celebrating Mardi Gras (and their 25th birthday) with a full day of festivities, and you’re invited! The day will be jam-packed with fun and excitement, including live music from the TIP TOPS, tons of delicious food, a costume contest and complimentary cake! The boat parade will set sail at 3:00 pm from The Wharf, making its way towards Lulu’s and Homeport Marina. After the boat parade, the party will continue with live music and much more!

Book your Orange Beach Mardi Gras vacation and get in on the Carnival fun!

The Perfect Holiday at Turquoise Place

The holidays are here and heading to Orange Beach is a great way to guarantee a season that’s merry and bright. Just picture it – holiday meals you don’t have to cook, sandcastle snowmen that don’t make you shiver, and long strolls down miles of scenic shoreline. Add in days of festive family fun and you’re well on your way to a wonderful holiday season!

Coastal Christmas Events

Did you know Santa can skydive? See it for yourself at the annual Flora-Bama Santa Drop on December 9th. The day begins at 11am with a variety of free kids’ activities and live holiday music, followed by a bold skydive from the big man himself. Once he lands on our sandy beaches, you can say hello and snap a photo completely free of charge!

Gulf Shores Christmas Boat Parade

Later that same day, head to LuLu’s for the famed restaurant’s annual Lighted Boat Parade. It’s a Christmas parade full of coastal style as brightly decorated boats make a holiday drive all the way to The Wharf. Stick around after the show to enjoy a host of festive activities!

Join in on a ton of holiday fun at our Community Christmas at Sims Park on December 14th. Starting at 6pm, families can enjoy pictures with Santa, holiday treats, crafts, and the 8th Annual Snowball Drop – a man-made blizzard of 8,000 ping pong balls dropped from above by Santa himself! Pluck a winning snowball for the chance to win a special prize.

Breakfast with Santa at the Erie Meyer Civic Center on December 16th is your last-minute chance to catch him before Christmas. Starting at 8 a.m., families will feast on a hearty breakfast of sausage, bacon, eggs and pancakes as Santa makes his way around the meal. Admission is $5 and children under 3 are free.

Cozy Christmas Condos

Turquoise Place is your home away from home for the holidays, and we’re here to help you get in the Christmas spirit. Our luxurious beachfront condos offer plenty of space for everyone to spend the season, and our relaxing resort full of amazing amenities is a fantastic place to get festive with your favorites.

The Beach Moms even have you covered for a cheerful holiday tree! They will deliver and set up a fully-decorated 4’ Christmas tree in a prominent area of your condo before you arrive so you’re greeted with Christmas cheer. Choose between traditional (reds, greens, and golds) or coastal (blues, teals, and silvers) decorations to celebrate the season in your preferred style. What a tree-t!

Ready to feel holly and jolly this holiday season? Book your stay at Turquoise Place today!

2024s Hottest Beach Events in Orange Beach, AL

We all love a great beach day, but did you know the beach is brimming with hot events in Orange Beach all year long? From succulent seafood festivals to toe-tappin’ music festivals, there’s an event for everyone on Alabama’s beaches. Mark your calendars and book your Orange Beach rental at Turquoise Place to enjoy these can’t-miss 2024 events in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.

Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 | 10am to 4pm

The 32nd anniversary of this local tradition brings you delicious food, live music, classic cars, and more than 125 local vendors showing off their unique Gulf Coast arts and crafts. Stroll through the boutique shops and craft tents at The Wharf as you sample local delicacies and tap your toes to jams by some of the best area bands. The kids will love playing in the full-scale Kid Zone as you make your way among the unique classic cars lined up for your viewing pleasure. All proceeds benefit local schools and sports teams, so bring the whole family (even your furry friends are welcome!)  Don’t miss one of the most deliciously fun events in Orange Beach in 2024.

Annual Fort Morgan Oyster Fest

The Beach Club Resort & Spa, Fort Morgan, AL
February 24-25, 2024 | 11am to 3pm

Whether you like ‘em seared or served right on the half-shell, this oyster-themed event promises a shuckin’ good time. Sample all-you-can eat oysters from local Fort Morgan farms with a side of live music, arts and crafts vendors, family games and more. Tickets will go on sale soon, so stay tuned!

Festival of Art

Orange Beach Waterfront Park, Orange Beach AL
March 9-10, 2024

Welcome in the spring season at the 50th annual Festival of Arts in Orange Beach. This free festival is one of the top events in Orange Beach and tantalizes the senses by offering a large variety of local arts and crafts in mixed mediums that are sure to give festival-goers plenty of things to see, touch, hear, and experience. From live music by local songwriters to a culinary arts section and a full kids’ art area, there will be plenty of fun activities here for the whole family.

Mardi Gras

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach
January-February 2024

Mardi Gras is a famed local tradition that began in Mobile in 1704. This rowdy yet fun holiday features street parades full of intricately designed floats from which members toss beads, candy, pies, and other festive trinkets to those watching below. It’s a favorite time of year for locals and visitors alike, so don’t miss your chance to join in the fun and catch a Moon Pie! Gulf Shores and Orange Beach both boast a family-friendly Carnival season.

In Gulf Shores, you can attend the city’s annual parade at 10am on Tuesday, February 13 at 10am. At 3pm, head over to LuLu’s for the annual Mardi Gras Celebration and Boat Parade, where you’ll enjoy live music, delicious local seafood, and signature cocktails as you catch beads from the waves of the bay. It’s one of the most-anticipated Mardi Gras events in Gulf Shores!

The City of Orange Beach will hold its annual parade on Saturday, February 10 at 5:30pm along the same Perdido Beach Blvd. route. For a family-friendly Mardi Gras event, head over to The Wharf on Monday, February 12 for “Moon Pies On Main”, an evening festival that begins at 4pm with a kid and pet parade and is followed by a full-fledged Mardi Gras street party at 6pm.

Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party

Flora-Bama, Orange Beach, AL
April 26-28, 2024

This legendary beach party sees thousands of beach-lovers come together to enjoy listening to live music, relaxing on the gulf coast beaches, and throwing mullets (the fish, not the hairstyle) across the Alabama-Florida state line. Attendees enjoy signature cocktails, delicious local seafood, and plenty of fun beach activities. All proceeds benefit local youth organizations, and it’s only $20 to toss a mullet (and you get a sweet t-shirt). The annual Mullet Toss is one of the most highly anticipated events in Orange Beach for those who love a great beach party.

NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship

Gulf Shores Public Beach, Gulf Shores, AL
May 3-5, 202

Serve up some fun at the 2024 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship in Gulf Shores. Named the “Best New Event” for collegiate beach volleyball by SportsTravel in 2016, this beachfront competition features 17 championship teams that will try to serve, spike, and score their way to the championship volleyball spot. Come out to enjoy competitive fun and stunning Gulf views as you support our youth sports teams on some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Don’t miss one of the most exciting events in Gulf Shores for beach volleyball-loving fans.

Hangout Music Fest

The Hangout, Gulf Shores, AL
May 17-19, 2024

Interested in seeing your favorite Grammy-winning artists and bands as you soak up some sun and surf on some of the most beautiful beaches in the country? Then Hangout Music Fest is for you! It’s one of the hottest music events in Gulf Shores! This renowned three-day festival features some of the most popular music groups in the country, playing live on stages that sit front-row on the sandy shores of Gulf Shores.

Orange Beach Billfish Classic

The Wharf Marina, Orange Beach, AL
May 14-19, 2024

The 28th annual Billfish Classic offers more than $1 million in prize money and national bragging rights to those who haul in the largest catch. Join anglers from all over the country and set your sights on your own personal Moby Dick (or at least the biggest billfish in the Gulf) as you compete in one (or all) of five high-profile fishing tournaments with your team. Even if you’re not on board, there’s plenty of food and fun to be had onshore as watchers wait to see a record-breaking catch at one of the biggest fishing events in Orange Beach!

Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf

The Wharf Marina, Orange Beach, AL
July 10-14, 202

Recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast, the annual Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf is “The Greatest Show In Sportfishing!” More than 60 of the best big game fishing teams in the world are invited to Orange Beach to test their reels against the biggest Marlin in the Gulf for over $1.5 million in prize money. Thousands of fans gather at The Wharf’s entertainment district each year to watch the broadcasted weigh-ins, enjoy good food and custom cocktails, and celebrate the victors. Whether you’re a fishing enthusiast or just looking for a good time, you’ll find plenty of both at this one-of-a-kind event.

Shrimp Fest

Gulf Shores Public Beach, Gulf Shores, AL
October 10-13, 2024

Join more than 300,000 of your closest friends at this delish four-day festival dedicated to one of our favorite crustaceans. Over 10,000 pounds of shrimp will be fried, grilled, sauteed and stuffed each day, making it a guarantee that you’ll find a new favorite dish. Enjoy more than 80 hours of live music, hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, a full-scale kids play village – and of course, all of the seafood you can stomach. It’s one of the biggest events in Gulf Shores, so don’t miss it!

Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach
November 7-17, 2024

Wind your way through some of the best music venues on Alabama’s beaches as you celebrate the talent and ingenuity of some of the best songwriters in the business. This exciting 11-day event features music from more than 200 talented songwriters in over two dozen venues all along the Alabama Gulf Coast. You’ll enjoy original songs from aspiring musicians and songwriters, as well as a unique opportunity to hear about their creation straight from the source.

Plan your 2024 vacation around some of the biggest and best events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach! Reserve your Orange Beach condo directly through Spectrum Resorts to enjoy 10% off dining and retail outlets and a host of other perks.

How to Spend Thanksgiving in Orange Beach

The holidays can be filled with hustle and bustle, but this year resolve to make Thanksgiving different. Leave the season’s stress behind and opt for an Orange Beach Thanksgiving. Autumn is one of the perfect times of year to visit Alabama’s beaches, thanks to milder temperatures and fewer crowds.

A holiday getaway on Alabama’s beaches offers the perfect time to reflect on the past year and give thanks. Thanksgiving falls on November 23 this year, so make sure your reservations are placed!

How do you make the most of the holiday in Orange Beach? Read on for details.

The Ultimate Orange Beach Thanksgiving Experience


Enjoy an Orange Beach holiday by taking advantage of conveniences like grocery delivery when you take your holiday getaway to Turquoise Place in Orange Beach.

What could be better than arriving in your luxury Orange Beach condo to find your groceries stored away in the refrigerator and pantry?

Orange Beach Thanksgiving Dinner Options for 2023

Thanksgiving turkey on rustic wooden table

Do you love preparing the Thanksgiving turkey and all the fixings? You’re in luck! Orange Beach condo rentals at Turquoise Place feature large, oversized kitchens that include:

  • Plenty of counter space for prepping the perfect Orange Beach Thanksgiving dinner
  • Top-of-the-line appliances
  • A gas range for the very best food preparations
  • And a large dining table for everyone in the family to enjoy a “home” cooked meal

After you’ve enjoyed your Turkey Day preparations, savor the Gulf-front views from your upscale condo.

Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go Option

If you want to enjoy the comfortable surroundings of your condo but don’t want to cook an entire meal, take advantage of Orange Beach Concierge Chef David Pan’s Thanksgiving To-Go menu. You can order the full meal or just the sides. And guests booking their stay with Spectrum Resorts and providing their confirmation number when ordering will be treated to a complimentary pie. Orders must be placed by noon on Friday, November 17 for pickup at The Pantry at The Wharf on Wednesday, November 22. Reheating instructions will accompany your order. Call 251-228-6729 to order. View the menu.

Thanksgiving at Coast Restaurant

If you prefer someone else to handle the meal prep and clean up from start to finish, make reservations for the Thanksgiving feast at Coast Restaurant.  Located at our sister resort in Gulf Shores, The Beach Club Resort & Spa, you can leave the cooking to us. Award-winning Chef John Hamme will prepare a feast that’s sure to put you in nap mode when you’re finished! This year’s Thanksgiving meal includes roast turkey and all the trimmings, as well as house-smoked Scottish salmon.

Prices for Thanksgiving Day at Coast is $45 for adults. Reservations are required and seatings are from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.

More Thanksgiving Options

The Hangout

Where: 101 E Beach Avenue, Gulf Shores

Contact: (251) 948-3030

Open: 11 am to 4 pm

Reservations: Recommended

Cobalt the Restaurant

Where: 28099, Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach

Contact: (251) 923-5300

Open: 10 am to 4 pm

Reservations: Recommended

GTs on the Bay

Where: 26189 Canal Road, Orange Beach

Contact: (251) 980-8400

Open: 10 am to 4 pm

Reservations: Recommended


Where: 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Perdido Key, FL

Contact: (251) 980-5118

Open: 1 pm

Reservations: None

Things to Do in Orange Beach for Thanksgiving

woman holding shopping bags

When you’re not feasting on turkey and dressing, there’s plenty to do – or not to do – during Thanksgiving in Orange Beach. Tackle a little holiday shopping on Black Friday at The Wharf or visit Tanger Outlets in Foley.

Send the kids to play a round of laser tag at Arena Next Level, also at The Wharf. Top off a day of shopping at Red or White with savory appetizers and your favorite glass of wine.

Turquoise Place Amenities & Activities

Of course, we can’t forget the beach! Whether you’re playing a game of beach volleyball, sand football, or just soaking up the sun, the white-sand beaches are ready to welcome you back for a hassle-free Thanksgiving in Orange Beach. Check out the Turquoise Place amenities and activities here.

Reserve your Orange Beach condo at Turquoise Place and enjoy a holiday to write home about with family and friends.

Fall into Paradise with Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice at Turquoise Place

Just when you thought the Alabama Gulf Coast couldn’t get any more splendid, fall sweeps in, scattering golden hues and a touch of pumpkin spice magic over Turquoise Place in Orange Beach. Life is gourd here during the fall season, a cozy oasis of comfortable weather, sparse crowds, stunning beach sunsets and fun events. If you haven’t experienced the ahh-mazement of autumn on Alabama’s Beaches, get ready – with just the right amount of cozy coastal charm, we’re about to leaf you spellbound.

Cozy Fall Fireplaces

When those salty beach breezes get a tad chilly, nothing says snug like the gentle flicker and warmth of an indoor fire. Our beachfront condos feature toasty gas fireplaces that will wrap you up in a warm embrace. Whether you’re curling up with a bewitching book or sipping on spiced cider, a night by the fire will surely make you fall in love with autumn all over again.

Blissful Balcony Hot Tubs

Speaking of sipping, nothing goes better with hot buttered bourbon than a private balcony hot tub. Imagine sinking into bubbling bliss as the cool beach air caresses your cheeks, stars above and the sounds of waves below. Or spend a crisp fall morning snuggled under blankets as you sip hot coffee and enjoy sunrise views that steal your breath away.

Savor Fall Flavor

What’s fall without a bountiful harvest? Change of Pace is rolling out a feast of fall food and drink specials that are sure to drive you nuts. Savor your favorite fall flavors right on the resort, or make a quick trip to Southern Grind Coffee House to sample their fall coffee creations. And if you’re in the mood for a full fall food festival, don’t miss the Annual Shrimp Fest Oct. 12-15 for pounds of Gulf shrimp and seafood delights, or join the shell-ebration at Experience the Oyster on Nov. 3 and 4.

Enjoy Fall Fun

We haven’t forgotten you autumn adventurers! This time of year, the area comes alive with fall festivals, events, and, of course, pumpkin patches ripe for the picking. Watch the Blue Angels perform aerial feats, join in the fun at Orange Beach Freedom Fest, or make your way to Magnolia Corn Maze for hayrides, corn cannons, and other fall a-maze-ment.

Whether you’re a lover of fall-tastic scenery, a foodie eager to feast on fall’s bounty, or just can’t resist the charm of a cozy sweatshirt, Turquoise Place is your go-to autumn abode. Book your condo, pack your bags, and get ready for a cozy fall on the coast. It’s guaranteed to be a gourd time for all!

Top 10 Fall Events in Orange Beach for 2023

Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are serving up fall’s hottest events! From toe-tapping, legendary bands to succulent seafood festivals, there’s something for every vacation style with fall events in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.

While fall brings visitors from near and far to enjoy the beach’s best events, mild temperatures, warm water and unbelievable sunsets keep them coming back each year. Browse some of our favorite fall events in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores and get ready to keep on summering.

2023 Fall Events in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores

2023 Blue Angels Practice Schedule

Aug. 1, 16, 22, 23, 29
Sept. 6, 12, 19
Oct. 8, 24, 25

All practices start at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
National Museum of Naval Aviation
1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32508

A Blue Angels practice is a must-see when you’re spending time on the Alabama Gulf Coast. These famous aircraft perform unbelievable tricks that will leave you astonished. For more information on what you should bring and what you shouldn’t, see their website.

OWA Labor Day celebration fireworks

OWA’s Labor Day Weekend Party

Sept. 1-3, 2023
1501 S. OWA Blvd., Foley, AL 36535

If you haven’t celebrated a holiday on the Gulf Coast, you’re missing out! Join OWA Sept. 1-3 for a full weekend of less work and more play with daily activities for all ages. Start the fun on Friday with a family scavenger hunt and hot dog eating contest. Saturday is stacked with a classic car show, a live outdoor concert, and a fireworks show at the end of the night. Head back on Sunday to enjoy kids activities, more live music shows, and browse the boutique shops of downtown OWA. For more information on daily schedules, visit the event website.

2023 Bulls on the Beach

Sept. 7-9, 2023
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr., Perdido Key, FL 32507

Dust off your cowboy hat and head to the beach Sept. 7-9 for an unforgettable bull riding show. This event hosts bull riders from across the country and is a fun experience for the whole family. Up to a challenge? Ride the mechanical bull in the Flora-Bama tent to test your skills. Rides are $5 each.

Orange Beach Freedom Fest

Oct. 6-7, 2023
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

If you love fast cars and freedom, don’t miss the 3rd annual Orange Beach Freedom Fest and Bama Coast Cruisin’ Car Show. Head to the Wharf Oct. 6-7 to view cool and classic automobiles, enjoy live music, browse vendor booths and more. This event is family-friendly (check out the on-site Kids Zone!) and free to the public.

Flora-Bama Oktoberfest

Oct. 9, 2023
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr., Pensacola, FL 32507

Break out your lederhosen for the Flora-Bama’s Oktoberfest. Receive a free drink upon entry for those 21 and up, free stein to the early arrivers until depleted, 25% off in the gift shop, and complimentary German food from the buffet while supplies last. Food is served at 4 p.m. and the menu includes beer brats, sauerkraut, and German potato salad. The stein-hoisting competition sponsored by Samuel Adams will begin at 5 p.m., followed by live music by The Brats in the Bama Dome. This New Orleans based polka band will have you laughing and dancing all evening at one of the best fall events in Orange Beach!


50th Annual National Shrimp Festival

Oct. 12-15, 2023
Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place)
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores
(251) 968-7200

Packed with thousands of pounds of fresh Gulf shrimp cooked every way imaginable, this four-day festival is scheduled Oct. 12-15. The National Shrimp Festival attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually and offers lots of vendors, a 5k and 10k race, a Kids Activity Village and so much more! Admission is free so plan to enjoy food; live music from national, regional, and local artists; art and more. It’s one of the most popular fall events in Gulf Shores.

Original German Sausage Festival

Oct. 28, 2023
Elberta Town Park
13052 Main Street, Elberta, AL 36530

Hot Dog! Get your fill of authentic German sausage and sauerkraut at this tasty food festival. Thousands of foodies fill the town each year to sample yummy German cuisine, browse over 200 arts and crafts booths, enjoy live music and take part in family fun. Be sure to try Elberta’s famous sausage dog (ask for One With and Two Without) and take home a local trinket; event proceeds benefit the town fire department!

Experience the Oyster

Nov. 3-4, 2023
The Hangout
101 E Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL

You just can’t miss this seafood shell-ebration. Back for its 2nd year, Experience the Oyster is a culinary showcase of delicious Gulf Coast seafood made by renowned chefs from across the country. Feast on raw and cooked oysters fresh from local farms (be sure to try the butter babies from Murder Point Oysters), listen to live music, attend cooking demos and catch the game on the big screen. Not a fan of oysters? Shrimp, gumbo, jambalaya and more are also on the menu.

2023 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

Nov. 3-4, 2023
National Museum of Naval Aviation
1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, FL

If you’ve never witnessed the Navy’s precision flight team in action, don’t let another year go by without watching the Blue Angels Homecoming Show, Nov. 3-4. This event is held at the National Museum of Naval Aviation. Note: the museum is currently open to Department of Defense (DoD) ID cardholders and their guests only.

39th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

Nov. 9-19, 2023
Various Locations and times

A favorite festival for locals and visitors alike, the annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival offers listening events across various venues between Nov. 9 and 19. Venue sites stretch from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama to Pensacola and Perdido Key, Florida showcasing almost 200 songwriters from across the country and around the world. It’s a fun time to hear some of your favorite tunes in a listening-room setting. The best way to research venues and times is on the event website. With so many dates to choose from, it’s easily one of the top fall events in Orange Beach.

Choose from your favorite fall events in Orange Beach and book your weekend (or weeklong) vacation at Turquoise Place. The spacious and oversized condos are right in the heart of the action, yet offer privacy and luxury surroundings.

The Perfect Last-Minute Back-to-School Getaway in Orange Beach

As summer winds down and the new school year draws near, it’s time to start getting back to the grind. But before you start thinking about school supplies and schedules, say goodbye to summer break the right way: with a last-minute beach getaway to Turquoise Place in Orange Beach. With luxury accommodations, world-class attractions and top-notch amenities, our luxury resort offers everything your family needs to recharge and get ready for school right at your fingertips.

Because we know your to-do list is long, we’ve prepared some tips and ideas to help you plan the perfect back-to-school getaway in Orange Beach.

The Beach is Calling

Students (and many working adults) spend long hours sitting at a desk. Before you head back to the classroom, stretch out on our sugar-white sands and let your muscles melt under a warm summer sun. At Turquoise Place, miles of pristine beaches stretch across the rolling Gulf, setting the stage for long days spent sunbathing, swimming, building sandcastles and hunting for seashells. Be sure to reserve your beach chair set to snag a comfy (and shaded) seat near the waves.

Some Edu-tainment Before the Bell Rings

Before it’s time to hit the books, give your summer brain a boost with local attractions that are exciting and educational. Explore the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge to discover the diverse habitats and species that call our coastline home. Visit Historic Fort Morgan to tour an authentic masonry fort that played a key role in several military battles. The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is home to over 200 species and offers a chance for your children to learn about conservation (and snuggle a baby sloth). You can even join in a round of Family Trivia at our on-site Kids Activity Center to compete with other families in history and pop culture.

Family Fun and Games

You’ll soon have plenty of to-do’s to tackle, so be sure to leave some time in your schedule for simple family fun. Float our winding lazy river or visit Tropic Falls to slide, swim and scream your way through an award-winning theme and water park. Book a family dolphin cruise or enjoy watersports like jet ski rentals and parasailing right in your backyard. Play a game of life-sized checkers, splash in our luxury outdoor pools, or spend a rainy day in our Spectrum Club Lounge playing board games, ping-pong, billiards and gaming consoles.

Enjoy Resort Activities

There’s always something fun going on at our luxury beach resort. Each week of the summer features a fun resort theme, including “Space Week” (it’s truly out of this world!), “High Seas Week” (better pack your sea legs), “Circus Week” (we’re just clowning around), and “Out West Week” (cowboy boots not required). Join in themed activities like an alien egg toss, mermaid meet-and-greets, and panning for gold on our white-sand beaches. You can also attend fitness classes, family movie nights, live music shows and more. Download your weekly resort guide and check out the many scheduled activities your whole family can enjoy.

There’s no time like the present to book your perfect back-to-school getaway. Browse our available rentals and book your beachfront condo to unwind and relax before it’s time to hit the books. There’s plenty of time to make the grades, but only a few weeks left to make precious summer memories with your loved ones.

The 7 Best Places for Crave-Worthy Cocktails in Orange Beach

With its vibrant bays, sugar-white sands, and stunning waterfront sunsets, Orange Beach is a place of intoxicating bliss. If you’re looking for a little more relaxation during your stay, a handcrafted cocktail or local craft beer can help you sink into a vacation state of mind. Whether you’re a margarita maven, a martini maestro, or a cosmopolitan connoisseur, our slice of paradise has something for everyone – and they’re all close at hand when you stay at Turquoise Place.

Change of Pace

Few things beat a poolside cocktail, and Change of Pace at Turquoise Place provides just what you need for sipping and sunning. Belly up to the bar and ask for your favorite drink or ask about the day’s drink special for fun concoctions featuring everything from popsicles soaking up your libations to breakfast cocktails.

Coast Restaurant

First up is Coast, our sister resort’s on-site restaurant and a local favorite for fine cocktails and specialty spirits. You can order at the bar and sit out on the veranda to sip delicious drinks with a salty beach breeze and waterfront views. From mules and martinis to bourbon-based concoctions, there’s a cocktail for everyone at Coast. You can also choose from an extensive wine and beer list or the brown water menu, which features an expanded whiskey and scotch collection and wood smoked options.

CoastAL Orange Beach

One of the newest restaurants on the Alabama Gulf Coast, CoastAL has made a big reputation for its open-air bar and beachfront views. CoastAL Beach Bar is right on the sand and serves signature cocktails guests can enjoy as you listen to live music and rolling Gulf waves. Try their version of The Bushwhacker, a booze-y milkshake that tastes like a creamy, chocolate pina colada.

Big Beach Brewing

We can’t forget you craft beer connoisseurs! Big Beach Brewing Company is a local treasure that boasts a 10-barrel brewing system, six on-site fermenters, and a tank to tap operation that offers the freshest craft beer on the coast. Lounge in the open-air taproom to sample 12 exclusive taps; we recommend the Area 251 Hazy IPA, a hoppy blend with a tropical taste that goes down like orange juice.

The Gulf

A hip beach bar with cocktails as colorful as its shipping-container exterior, The Gulf is the go-to place for Insta-worthy drinks. They’re known for cocktails almost too pretty to drink, like their scratch-made mojitos that are made fresh to order and muddled on-site. Try the Seasonal Berry Mojito, their best-selling blend of fresh lime, berries, and mint that are muddled together and topped with a dash of simple syrup, light-aged rum, and a splash of club soda.

8 Reale Speakeasy

Hidden behind a secret vault door that only opens with the right password, 8 Reale Speakeasy is not your average bar. The opulent space boasts a wide variety of ultra-premium sprits, from rare bourbons and wines to cordials made by master mixologists. Their signature cocktail recipes are carefully guarded, but they’ll tell you what to expect with adjectives like “smokey”, “balanced”, and “tart”. Find the daily password on their Facebook page to try it out for yourself.

Bonus: The Liquor Cabinet

Why settle for just any cocktail when you can become your own bartender? Visit The Liquor Cabinet at The Wharf in Orange Beach, where you’ll find a vast selection of top brands and unique small-batch liquors. Skip the restaurant and create craft cocktails at your condo, with everything you need conveniently available in one place. From premium spirits to mixers and provisions, The Liquor Cabinet is your go-to destination for elevated drink experiences.

There you have it – the six best places for cocktails in Orange Beach. And speaking of best places, Turquoise Place is a perfect choice for an intoxicating beach vacation. With a dizzying array of luxe amenities and one of the best spots on the beach, every hour is a happy one when you stay with Spectrum Resorts. Book your stay today!