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!

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!

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

grocery-delivery

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

Flora-Bama

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.

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!

Shrimp

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.

Top Six 2021 Summer Events in Orange Beach

Summer is for beaches. Beaches are for fun. Put them together and what have you got? A summer to savor – at least on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

But it’s not all sand and sunshine! Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are also serving up some of summer’s hottest events, from trophy-catch fishing tournaments to amazing acts of aviation and more. If you’re still planning your summer getaway to Alabama’s beaches, be sure to plan stops at one (or all) of these top 2021 summer events in Orange Beach.

2021 Summer Events in Orange Beach

Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo

June 11-13, 2021
Flora-Bama Ole River Grill

Kick off the summer season at the “funnest” fishing tournament on the Gulf Coast: the annual Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo! Always heralded as one of the best summer events in Orange Beach, this three-day Captain’s Choice fishing competition is open to all anglers and offers great prizes in over 30 categories, from catfish to billfish and everything in-between. Come for the fishing but stay for the fun three-day beach party!

C Spire Concert Series Presents: John Pardi

June 18-19, 2021
The Wharf Amphitheater

Come party with Jon Pardi and special guest Larry Fleet as part of the C Spire Summer Concert Series. Space is limited and masks and social distancing will be required at one of the most fun summer events in Orange Beach.

OWA’s Fourth of July Celebration

July 4, 2021
OWA

Celebrate Independence Day the Gulf Coast way with a family-friendly party in downtown OWA, where you’ll enjoy fun activities, live entertainment, and a fabulous fireworks show timed to toe-tapping tunes.

Blue Angels Air Show

Blue Angels Pensacola Beach Air Show

July 7-10, 2021
Park East on Pensacola Beach

Head just over the Florida state line to ooh and aah at one of the most spectacular aviation attractions of the year. The Blue Angels will be demonstrating daring feats of bravery as they roll, tuck, and maneuver through the skies at speeds up to 700mph.

Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf

July 14-17, 2021
The Wharf Marina

Catch the finale of the acclaimed Gulf Coast Triple Crown Series – and some mega Marlin – at this renowned summer billfish tournament. It’s free to spectators, so head to the Wharf to view the weigh-ins and party with the prize-winners at one of the best summer events in Orange Beach.

Labor Day Car Show

September 4, 2021
OWA

Ride out the end of summer in style at the 4th annual Labor Day Car Show. The streets of Downtown OWA will be lined with the rarest rides around, including hot rods, antiques, classics, custom builds, and more. Trophies will be given to the coolest cars from every decade, so be sure to cruise over!

To start savoring your summer early and enjoy these fun summer events in Orange Beach, book your stay at Turquoise Place today. You’ll have your choice of our luxurious beachfront condos, plus plenty of prep time to plan the ultimate summer adventure on our shores.

In the meantime, don’t miss our pro-beach bag packing tips!

7 Festive Reasons to Spend Christmas in Orange Beach

Plan a worry-free holiday during everyone’s favorite time of year. With a spectacular beach, pleasant temperatures and plenty of holiday activities, you’re sure to have a very, merry visit. If you decide to venture out, check out some of our favorite events for Christmas in Orange Beach.

Events for Christmas in Orange Beach

Have you ever experienced a man-made blizzard made of ping pong balls? You can this year when the Gulf Shores Lighted Christmas Parade & Holiday Celebration takes place on Dec. 11. The parade rolls at 6:30 p.m., kicking off the season. The holiday spirit carries on as events continue at Sims Park where families can visit with Santa, enjoy holiday treats and experience that blizzard.

Get some Christmas shopping knocked out during Holly Days on Main at The Wharf on Dec. 11-12. Vendors will line Main Street with unique holiday gifts. There will be music and dance performances and even an appearance by Santa Claus!

Lace-up a pair of ice skates at The Wharf and take a spin around the ice. It’s a whole different way to experience a white Christmas in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. Follow it up with a mug of piping hot cocoa at The Southern Grind for the perfect day.

On Dec. 11, see St. Nick skydive onto the sand during the annual Santa Drop at the Flora-Bama. Free sweets, hot chocolate and juice will be available for kids. But don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of Bushwackers at the bar for those of age. Bring the whole family to enjoy the activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also on Dec. 11, enjoy a highlight of the holiday season with the 35th Christmas Lighted Boat Parade. Held the second Saturday each December, the decorated fleet leaves at 5 p.m. from LuLu’s in Gulf Shores and ends at about 8:30 p.m. at Cobalt in Orange Beach. Watch the parade from one of the restaurants along the Intracoastal Waterway or set up chairs and view the festively lighted boats from the banks of the Canal.

New Year Events in Orange Beach

Watch for details about the annual Reelin’ in the New Year at The Wharf on Dec. 31.

Splash into the New Year with a Polar Bear Dip on Jan. 1 at either the Flora-Bama or The Hangout. It’s a great way to start 2021, Gulf Coast-style.

You can always just stay right at Turquoise Place, sipping cocoa, enjoying the view from your spacious balcony or baking holiday goodies. After all, the condos are equipped with gourmet kitchens that you can put to use. There’s even grocery delivery available.

Leave all the holiday stress behind when you book a beach vacation. You’ll enjoy luxurious accommodations while creating wonderful family memories.

7 Fun Ways to Spend Easter in Orange Beach

 Easter Bunny in Orange Beach Ready to put your toes in the sand for the Easter in Orange Beach? It’s a wonderful time to welcome spring and get in some family fun.

This year, Easter falls on April 12, when the temperatures hit an average of 76 degrees during the day and dip to the high-50s at night. We call that perfect beach weather! Pack your bags and put Turquoise Place in your GPS. It’s time for Easter in Orange Beach.

Easter in Orange Beach

Easter Worship Services. Attend an Easter service at Turquoise Place provided by Island Church at 11:30 a.m. in the C Tower event room. An Easter Sunrise Service on the beach will be offered at the Flora-Bama’s Worship on the Water at 6 a.m., while The Hangout in Gulf Shores hosts a service at 6:30 a.m. with Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.

Easter Activities for the Kids. First, spend Easter in Orange Beach with activities onsite at Turquoise Place. Bring the kids and a basket for the Easter Egg Hunt on West Beach in front of the D Tower. Don’t be late. After all, an Easter Egg hunt is over almost as quickly as it begins, and this one starts promptly at 10 a.m.

Live Music. Listen to live music from noon to 4 p.m. at the main pool while relaxing and catching some rays. Order a delicious lunch at the Change of Pace bar and grill near the main pool while you take in the atmosphere. It’s a great way to relax during Easter in Orange Beach.

More Easter Fun. Our Easter Eggstravaganza will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on the East Lawn, the grassy area next to C Tower. Activities are complimentary for guests staying with Spectrum Resorts. There is a $7 cost for non-Spectrum guests. Activities include photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts, games, face-painting, an inflatable obstacle course and more.

Easter in Orange Beach Events

Wear your Easter best for a Photo with the Easter Bunny at The Wharf on April 4-5 and April 10-11. They will also have live, fuzzy bunnies to hold in front of the camera, if you choose.

An Easter Egg Hunt is set at The Wharf from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 4. The Marina Lawn will be speckled with more than 5,000 colorful eggs for youngsters to claim including six golden eggs. A wide variety of kids’ activities will be offered onsite, including face painting, pony rides, a bouncy house, giant coloring sheets and more.

An Easter Egg Hunt and Kids Fun Day will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on April 11 at the Flora-Bama. Come celebrate the holiday with this free event. Easter Egg Hunt begins at 2 p.m. on the beach behind the Flora-Bama and the Easter Bunny will skydive onto the beach shortly after. Participants must bring their own baskets and cameras for this event.

Hippity hop down to Orange Beach for an Easter weekend the whole family will enjoy. Book now to reserve your place in the sun at Turquoise Place.

2019 Orange Beach Events for Your Beach Vacation

The beachside cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are well known for amazing beaches and superb culinary treats, but there are also festivals and events galore that attract visitors year ’round. As you’re planning your Spectrum Resorts vacation at Turquoise Place, schedule it during an Orange Beach event for even more fun in the sun on Alabama’s white-sand beaches.

2019 Orange Beach Events

Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

February 23, 2019

The Wharf in Orange Beach, 4830 Main St., Orange Beach

(251) 981-1524

Celebrate this 27th annual event with a full day of seafood, activities for the kids, live entertainment, a car show and more. There will be two stages with lots of music, almost 100 arts and crafts vendors, and both seafood and specialty food booths at this Orange Beach event. This is the primary fundraiser for the Orange Beach Sports Association supporting local youth sports.

 

Orange Beach Festival of Art

Orange Beach Festival of Art
March 9-10, 2019

Orange Beach Waterfront Park, 26389 Canal Rd., Orange Beach

(251) 981-ARTS (2787)

The 45th annual Festival of Art is a celebration of the arts where attendees will see visual arts, fine arts and crafts, glass, potters, painters, sculptors and more. Also enjoy a culinary arts court with local fare and a stage featuring music and songwriting as well as a kid’s art alley for the young ones at this Orange Beach event.

 

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

March 29-31, 2019

The Wharf in Orange Beach, 4550 Main St., Orange Beach

(850) 348-1498

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show is the largest in-water display of any boat show along the upper Gulf Coast. The event highlights the latest and greatest offerings from manufacturers and dealers throughout the Southeast. Visitors can also see the newest finds in marine electronics, fishing tackle, engines and outdoor equipment.

 

Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run

Gulf Shores event

April 20, 2019

Waterway Village in Gulf Shores, 225 E. 24th Ave. Gulf Shores

(251) 968-1174

Who doesn’t love a fun festival with tasty crawfish, great Zydeco rhythms, arts and crafts vendors and children’s activities? Put this Gulf Shores event on your calendar for a 2019 beach vacation in Gulf Shores.

 

Easter at Turquoise Place

April 21, 2019

26302 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach

Spend your Easter weekend at Turquoise Place and enjoy an array of holiday activities, including children’s activities and entertainment.

 

National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship

May 3-5, 2019

Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place), 101 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores

The NCAA National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship is where the top eight teams from across the country will compete for the championship title.

 

Mother’s Day at Turquoise Place

May 12, 2019

26302 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach

Treat Mom to a weekend of pampering at Turquoise Place. Indulge her with relaxation time in a private, balcony hot tub, a float down the lazy river and lunch from Change of Pace.

 

The Hangout Music Festival

Hangout Music Festival

May 16-19, 2019

Gulf Shores Public Beach, 101 E Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores

Award-winning Hangout Music Festival is one of Alabama’s Gulf Coast premier music events with a terrific lineup of great live music plus festival amenities like beach volleyball, carnival-style rides, Gulf-front hammocks, seafood and more! (Note: Hangout Fest’s Thursday Kick-off Party is a separately ticketed event.) Get ticket and lodging packages to make the most of your stay with Spectrum Resorts.

 

The Village Lawn Opens at The Beach Club

May 22, 2019

925 Beach Club Trail, Gulf Shores, AL

Take a short drive to our sister resort, The Beach Club in Gulf Shores. The Village Lawn is the hottest summertime attraction at the Gulf Shores resort. Enjoy a fun atmosphere under festival lights in the evenings with live entertainment, life-sized games and food trucks.

 

July 4th Festivities

July 4, 2019

26302 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach

Have a star-spangled Fourth of July at Turquoise Place. Enjoy an assortment of festive activities, including live entertainment and children’s activities.

 

Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf

July 10-14, 2019

The Wharf, 4673 Wharf Parkway, Orange Beach

(251) 224-1900

Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf is one of the greatest shows in sportfishing and a Top 20 event in the Southeast. Don’t miss this Orange Beach event during your Turquoise Place vacation.

 

Labor Day Weekend

August 30 – September 2, 2019

26302 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach

Soak up summertime at Turquoise Place with Labor Day weekend festivities.

 

The Wharf Uncorked

Orange Beach wine festival

September 2019 TBA

The Wharf at Orange Beach, 23101 Canal Rd, Orange Beach

(251) 224-1000

This three-day event combines food, wine, live entertainment and great coastal hospitality all in an effort to raise money for Make-A-Wish® Alabama. It’s a premier event each year and offers a fantastic silent auction as well. Watch for ticket packages to this Orange Beach event.

 

Annual National Shrimp Festival

October 10-13, 2019

Gulf Place, Gulf Shores, AL

Thousands of pounds of fresh, Gulf shrimp and seafood are served up at this annual Gulf Shores event. Browse more than 300 arts and crafts and fine art vendors, listen to hours of live music or enter the sand sculpture contest. There’s something for everyone at this annual event.

 

Hangout Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend

November 1-2, 2019

Gulf Place, Gulf Shores, AL

Oyster loves won’t want to miss this annual Gulf Shores event! Sample dozens of preparations of oysters by the country’s top chefs. Enjoy cooking demonstrations by Food Network stars, live entertainment and much more!

 

World Food Championship

November 2019 TBA

The Wharf, 4673 Wharf Parkway, Orange Beach

Watch more than 1,300 chefs and home cook teams compete for bragging rights in the greatest show in food sport! This is an Orange Beach event that’s not to be missed.

 

Remember when planning to visit, Spectrum Resorts offers VIP perks for booking direct. Enjoy the Clean Bed Guarantee — a clean duvet with every stay, a 100% satisfaction guarantee and book with no money down when planning at least 30 days in advance. Spectrum Resorts at Turquoise Place also offers onsite concierge, front desk and housekeeping/maintenance teams for the perfect hassle-free vacation experience. Enjoy discounts at Change of Pace Bar & Grill, as well as complimentary continental breakfast at the Spectrum Club Lounge (seasonally).

 

Reserve your 2019 Orange Beach vacation at Turquoise Place today with $0 deposit.

 

 

The 12 Top Orange Beach Christmas Events

Trade in the snow for snow-white sand and scape the winter blues with these Orange Beach Christmas events. Christmas time is just around the corner and we don’t want you to miss out on holiday fun for the entire family.

Discover the can’t miss Orange Beach Christmas events happening in 2018!

 

Ice Skating Rink at The Wharf

When: Friday, November 16th thru Sunday, January 13th; Various times

Where: The Wharf

Admission: $10 per person; includes skate rentals

A popular holiday destination for all ages is the ice skating rink at The Wharf. No matter your experience level, The Wharf ice skating rink is a unique experience. Skate rentals and special ticket packages are available. Tickets start at $10 and include skate rentals. For $13, visitors will enjoy the ice skating rink and a ride in the gulf-front Ferris wheel.

 

christmas tree with ornaments and lights

Photos with Santa at The Wharf

When: Friday, November 16th thru Monday, December 24th; Various times

Where: The Port at The Wharf

Did you know, Santa’s Village is located at The Port at The Wharf in Orange Beach?! Well, between Friday, November 16th and Monday, December 24th it is, so you better not pout, and you better be nice if you want to grab a pic with the most popular guy at this Christmas village. Get your list ready and head over to The Port for your visit with Santa Claus!

 

Holiday Horse & Carriage Rides at The Wharf

When: Sunday, November 18th thru Sunday, December 16th; 5 pm – 8 pm

Where: The Wharf

Admission: $25 per ride, up to four people; $5 for single riders

A peaceful carriage ride through The Wharf will have you in the holiday spirit in no time. Enjoy the lights and holiday displays along the streets of Orange Beach. Rides are $25 for up to four people and $5 for single riders.

 

Magic Christmas in Lights Bellingrath Gardens

When: Friday, November 23rd thru Monday, December 31st; 5 pm – 9 pm

Where: Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Admission: $8 for kids ages 5-12; $16 for adults ages 13 and up

Contact: (251) 973-2217

Light displays, carolers, and hot cocoa, oh my! Located about an hour and a half from Orange Beach, Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore, AL has you covered for beautiful light scenes and displays this holiday season. Recognized as one of the top 10 public light displays in America by USA Today and one of the top 20 festivals and events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, Magic Christmas in Lights is truly a can’t miss spectacle. From November 23rd to December 31st, the beautiful gardens will feature dazzling displays, live choral performances, and delicious holiday meals and hot cocoa for purchase every night.

Tickets start at $16 for adults ages 13 and up and $8 for kids ages 5-12.

 

colorful holiday lights

Christmas Tree Lighting at The Wharf

When: Tuesday, November 27th; 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: The Wharf

Admission: Free

Orange Beach Christmas doesn’t get much better than this! Ring in the holiday season at the Christmas Tree Lighting at The Wharf in Orange Beach. This family-friendly occasion includes cookie decorating, hot chocolate, letters to Santa, and of course, the lighting of the Christmas tree! Head to Main Street and find a spot to watch the lights glitter and sparkle. As the night concludes, the Holiday SPECTRA Sound & Light Spectacular will fill the air with holiday cheer.

 

7th Annual Merry Market Unique Gifts and Arts & Crafts Expo

When: Friday, December 7th, 9 am – 6 pm & Saturday, December 8th, 9 am – 5 pm

Where: Orange Beach Events Center

Admission: Free

Find the perfect gift for someone special at the 7th Annual Merry Market Expo, at the Orange Beach Events Center at The Wharf. You’re sure to find something unique at this one-stop shop for holiday goods, apparel, local crafts, homemade products, toys, and more! Admission is free to the public. The expo begins at 9 am each day at the Orange Beach Events Center.

Check out the best holiday shopping in Baldwin County.

 

9th Annual Gulf Shores Lighted Christmas Parade

When: Friday, December 7th; 6:30 pm – 9 pm

Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach

Admission: Free

Take a short trip to Gulf Shores Public Beach for this year’s Gulf Shores Lighted Christmas Parade! Kicking off at 6:30 pm, this year’s parade will feature a plethora of Christmas attractions, floats, and more! Lighted floats, marching bands, and the holiday’s most famous characters will be on hand as they make their way down Highway 59 to Sims Park. After the parade, a celebration will kick off at Sims Park including holiday treats, pictures with Santa and snowball drop!

 

South Baldwin Community Theatre presents A Charlie Brown Christmas

When: December 7th, 8th, 14th, and 15th at 7:30 pm; December 9th and 16th at 2:30 pm

Where: South Baldwin Community Theatre

Admission: $9.95 for students; $15 for adults

Contact: (251) 968-6721

Head to South Baldwin Community Theatre in Gulf Shores as Charlie Brown and Snoopy come to life for a two-weekend performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas. This holiday classic will feature the entire Peanuts gang in a special stage performance. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $9.95 for students.

 

 

2nd Annual Jingle Jubilee Kids Crafts Day

When: Saturday, December 8th; 12 pm – 4 pm

Where: The Port at The Wharf

Admission: Free

For the second year in a row, the Jingle Jubilee Kids Crafts Day at The Port at The Wharf in Orange Beach will let kids use their Christmas spirit to create homemade crafts, jewelry, ornaments, cookie decorating, and much more just in time for the holidays! Several shops and restaurants along The Wharf will feature their own crafting stations from cookie decorating to coloring contests and ornament making. There will also be store specials, a coloring contest, and live music throughout the day. You and your little one(s) will not want to miss this!

 

33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

When: Saturday, December 8th; 5 pm – 8 pm

Where: Lulu’s at Homeport Marina

Admission: Free

Head to the water to enjoy this unique Christmas parade in Orange Beach! The 33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will have everyone in the Christmas spirit with glimmering lights adorned to over 45 different vessels like sailboats, kayaks, and more. This coastal Alabama holiday celebration is a can’t miss event. Be sure to find a seat along the Intracoastal Waterway or along The Wharf.

 

2nd Annual Happy Howlidays Kid & Pet Parade

When: Sunday, December 9th; 2 pm – 5 pm

Where: Main Street at The Wharf

Admission: Free

You can never have enough Christmas parades, and Happy Howlidays Kid & Pet Parade may go down as the most adorable Christmas parade around! Dress your furry family member in their holiday best, then visit Main Street at The Wharf for the 2 pm parade. Humans are encouraged to dress up too! After the parade, kids’ activities will be available including a bouncy house, face painting, and a live DJ spinning the holiday hits. The Baldwin Humane Society will also be on hand for pet adoptions and donations. Don’t miss this festive Orange Beach Christmas event!

 

12 Days of Christmas Shopping

When: Thursday, December 13th thru Monday, December 24th

Where: Various retailers at The Wharf

For 12 days only, exclusive deals and one-day-only specials will be available at various shops at The Wharf! Get great savings and special gifts starting December 13th, and runs through December 24th. Find the perfect gift for someone special or as a gift to yourself. No matter what you’re looking for, The Wharf is sure to have it during the 12 Days of Christmas Shopping!

 

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Top Can’t-Miss Orange Beach Events this Fall

There are so many can’t-miss Orange Beach events and festivals in the fall on Alabama’s beaches, it may make your vacation planning a little more difficult! One thing is for sure, no matter when you visit, you’re certain to find lots of fun and lots of food on your next Orange Beach AL vacation. Browse our list of top Orange Beach events for fall 2018 and put the Alabama Gulf Coast in your GPS. Get the best rates of the fall season on our specials page.

 

Bulls on the Beach  I  Sept. 7 – 8

Bulls on the Beach

Professional bull riders from all over the Southeast converge on the beach for this unique family-friendly Orange Beach event at the Flora-Bama Lounge. General admission tickets start at $25 for adults, $15 for teens ages 7 – 17, and kids ages 6 and under are free.

For more information, contact (251) 980-5118.

 

The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event  I  Sept. 13 – 15

Enjoy sampling more than 100 labels of wine and watching cooking demonstrations from renown chefs during this foodie favorite Orange Beach event. Even better, it’s a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alabama and last year raised more than $20,000! Tickets start at $35 each.

For tickets and more information, call (251) 224-1000.

 

47th Annual National Shrimp Festival  I  Oct. 11 – 14

With an average attendance of 300,000, this Gulf Shores event should be named the JUMBO Shrimp Festival. You’ll find arts and crafts, live entertainment and seafood dishes for days! Admission is free.

For more information, call (251) 968-7200.

 

The Original German Sausage Festival  I  Oct. 27

Arts and crafts, musical acts, an old fashioned midway, and more German-style food than you can handle! This fundraiser has been headed up by the Elberta Fire Department since 1978, and all proceeds benefit the fire department and Town of Elberta, AL. It’s a short drive from Orange Beach, but well worth the trip! Admission is free.

Call (251) 986-5805 for more information.

 

Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout  I  Nov. 2 – 3

Not just oysters and craft beer; there are also demos and workshops from Food Network chefs, live music, and some friendly competition in this two-day Gulf Shores event. This is a unique food festival that’ll make you happy as a clam, well, oyster. General admission is $10 and kids 12 and under are free. VIP tickets are also available.

Visit the Hangout Cook-Off website for more details.

 

2018 World Food Championships  I  Nov. 7 – 11

It’s the ultimate food fight that combines food and sport at this Orange Beach event. More than 1,500 chefs and home cooks compete for big prize money in competitions such as the Steakout, BBQ, Chili Fest and more. This is America’s most watched food sport event. General admission is $10 and kids 12 and under are free. VIP tickets are also available.

Contact (615) 297-6886 for more information.

 

34th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival  I  Nov. 8 – 18

Songwriters' Festival

This Orange Beach event has been named a top 20 event in the Southeast and runs across multiple venues and features nearly 200 songwriters from around the world. Experience new talent, find out who or what inspired your favorite song, and feel a part of a community of music lovers during this 11-day festival. Admission price varies by venue.

For more details, call (850) 492-7664.

 

Pick your favorite Gulf Shores or Orange Beach event and book now at Turquoise Place. Browse the best packages of the season for the lowest rates on our specials page.