The Hottest Orange Beach Events for Spring 2022

Spring is an important season in Orange Beach. It doesn’t only bring us better beach days, but it marks the beginning of festival season – and there are few things we love more than a fantastic outdoor festival. In fact, many loyal visitors book spring stays in Orange Beach just to attend one of the exciting spring events that offer good food, live music, interesting activities, and a great excuse to get outside and soak up the sun. If you’ve never found a favorite, check out one (or all) of these top Orange Beach events for spring 2022.

Ballyhoo Festival

March 5-6, 2022
Gulf State Park

Do you Ballyhoo? If not, you definitely should! This popular festival kicks off the spring season with 2 full days of fine art, cultural displays, local food vendors, and live music. The 8th annual event includes an exciting presentation on the history of the Poarch Creek Indians, a fiddle/banjo competition, a fun children’s area, live art demonstrations and more.

Orange Beach Festival of Art

March 12-13, 2022
Orange Beach Waterfront Park

This fine arts festival has been the area’s first rite of spring for nearly 50 years. The weekend-long event celebrates visual, performing, musical and culinary arts by showcasing the talents of over 100 artists and vendors working in a variety of media.

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

March 18-20, 2022
The Wharf in Orange Beach

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show is the year’s can’t-miss event for boating enthusiasts. Attendees can purchase a new boat or yacht, top off their fishing tackle, learn about the industry’s latest marine technology and celebrate their love of vessels with thousands of fellow fans. The 2022 show will include over $100 million in boats and marine products, exciting exhibitor displays, instructional seminars, live music, and more.

Mullet Toss

April 22-24, 2022
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar

The Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party is a unique and legendary event that draws thousands to the iconic Flora-Bama each April. Participants in the Mullet Toss throw a dead mullet (that’s a really large fish) across the Alabama/Florida state line with awards going to those who can toss their fish the farthest. You don’t have to participate to join the party, which includes lots of fun activities, great music, local food and free-flowing cocktails.

Bama Coast Cruisin

Bama Coast Cruisin’

April 28-30, 2022
The Wharf at Orange Beach

If you love classic cars, cruise over to the Bama Coast Cruisin’ festival for one of the biggest auto displays in the area. This family-friendly festival includes a full weekend of amazing cars, fun events, good food and exciting entertainment. Plus, it’s totally FREE!

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

May 12-14, 2022
OWA

Enjoy high-flying adventure at this fun family festival that celebrates hot air balloon aviation. Attendees can enjoy aerial activities like tethered balloon rides, twilight balloon glows, dramatic flight displays and more. Those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground can also enjoy live music, local arts and crafts vendors, kids activities, local food vendors and other forms of family fun.

The Hangout Music Festival

May 20-22, 2022
The Hangout

One of the last spring events in the area is also one of the biggest. This iconic beachfront music festival presents a full roster of A+ musical acts from a variety of genres. Festival-goers can also enjoy daily beach parties, beach volleyball tournaments, carnival rides, delicious local seafood and more.

The secret is out – spring is spectacular in Orange Beach. These exciting events and our beautiful beaches mean spring rentals sell out fast, so book your stay at Turquoise Place today to be sure you can spend your spring in comfort and luxury!

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

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.

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2020s 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 events in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.

Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 | 10am to 4pm


The 28th 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 of the most deliciously fun events in Orange Beach in 2020.

Festival of Art

Orange Beach Waterfront Park, Orange Beach AL
Saturday, March 14, 2020


Welcome in the spring season at the 46th 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
February 2020


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 25 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 Tuesday, February 25 at 2pm along the same Perdido Beach Blvd. route. For a family-friendly Mardi Gras event, head over to The Wharf on Monday, February 21 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 24 – 26, 2020

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 $15 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 1-3, 2020


Serve up some fun at the 2020 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship in Gulf Shores. Named the “Best New Event” for collegiate beach volleyball by SportsTravel in 2016, this beachfront competition features 77 sponsoring schools as they 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 15-17, 2020


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 on the country, playing live on stages that sit front-row on the sandy shores of Gulf Shores. Accommodation and ticket packages are available!

Orange Beach Billfish Classic

The Wharf Marina, Orange Beach, AL
May 15-16, 2020


The 24th 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 15-19, 2020


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 8-11, 2020


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!

13th Annual Oyster Cook-Off Craft Spirits & Beer Weekend

November 6-7, 2020
The Hangout, Gulf Shores, AL


Celebrate your love of good seafood and good craft beer at this popular weekend festival. Sample your way through more than 60 craft brews, taste delicious oyster dishes from over a dozen chefs and restaurants, and listen to live music from your favorite bands right on the sand. There are also cocktail competitions, cooking workshops, and plenty of fun activities for the whole family!

Celebrate your love of good seafood and good craft beer at this popular weekend festival. Sample your way through more than 60 craft brews, taste delicious oyster dishes from over a dozen chefs and restaurants, and listen to live music from your favorite bands right on the sand. There are also cocktail competitions, cooking workshops, and plenty of fun activities for the whole family!

Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach
November 5-15, 2020

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 2020 vacation around some of the biggest and best events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach! Reserve your Orange Beach condo with $0 deposit for stays booked more than 30 days in advance.

2019’s Best Summer Orange Beach Events

When the temperature starts rising, the Orange Beach events get even hotter! Whether you want to sing along with your favorite country music singer, watch the Blue Angels’ high-flying feats or dine with pirates, you’ve got plenty of options during a vacation on Alabama’s white-sand beaches. Check out some of our favorite Orange Beach events to put on your itinerary this summer.

Top Orange Beach Events for Summer 2019

Blue Angels Practice
11:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday
National Museum of Naval Aviation
Throughout the summer, the Blue Angels practice for about an hour on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It’s free to go to the Aviation Museum to watch the practice. Seeing the jets doing their maneuvers over the Gulf is a quintessential beach experience.

Pirates and Princesses Breakfast Adventure
8, 9 and 10 a.m. Daily
The Hangout
Join a treasure hunt, sing-along, games and see magic tricks and more during this daily breakfast your kids love. There are three shows each morning and an all-you-can-eat breakfast is $15 for adults; $8 for children; 5 and under are free.

City of Gulf Shores Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration
9 p.m., July 4
Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier
The City of Gulf Shores will celebrate the Fourth of July with its stunning annual fireworks display. Park at Gulf State Park Lake Shelby and walk across the pedestrian bridge. There will be food trucks and music on site prior to the fireworks.

Orange Beach Events - Independence Day Fireworks

Independence Day Street Party and Fireworks
July 6
The Wharf, Orange Beach
The fun begins at 5 p.m. for this post-Fourth celebration on Main Street at The Wharf. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, live entertainment, prize giveaways and more. Watch as fireworks light up the sky at 8:45 p.m. While the event is free, there is a charge for some activities.

Blue Marlin Championship - Orange Beach Events

2019 Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf
July 11-14
The Wharf Marina
The Blue Marlin Grand Championship is an over-the-top weigh-in that makes for a memorable experience. It’s free to spectators, so come out to see the big catches. The event opens with a Street Party on July 11, when a corresponding boat show opens as well.

C Spire Concert Series Presents: Luke Bryan
July 19-20
The Wharf Amphitheater
Country artist Luke Bryan will be joined by Cole Swindell and Jon Langston for their Sunset Repeat Tour. Bryan recently released his fourth album.

42nd Annual 2019 MBGFC Ladies Tournament
Aug. 2-4
J&M Tackle
See what competitors reeled in at the weigh-in dock on Period Pass on Aug. 3 starting at 5 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Aug. 4.

Battle of Mobile Bay

Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay
Aug. 3
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 3
Historic Fort Morgan
Re-enactment commemorates the events that took place in Mobile Bay on Aug. 5-23, 1864. The Fort comes to life with drills and demonstration of artillery by historical interpreters. Regular admission is charged.

Besides these fun, Orange Beach events, don’t miss out on events and activities right onsite at Turquoise Place! View the latest resort guide for all that’s happening at the resort.