Plan Your 2014 Beach Vacation with These Big Events

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

What better way to kick off 2014 than by making plans for your upcoming Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacation? Besides white-sand beaches and family-fun activities, 2014 marks a milestone year for several beach festivals and attractions. Plan your beach getaway to coincide with these fun events for an unforgettable vacation.

Frank Brown Songwriters Festival

Thirty years ago, the first mullet was officially tossed across the Alabama/Florida line at the at the Flora-Bama’s Interstate Mullet Toss. This year’s Mullet Toss will be April 25, 26 and 27. Visitors from far and near take their places inside a 10-foot circle and fling their mullet as far as their strength will let them. The fish-flinging fun is open to all ages. Throughout the weekend, there are live music and entertainment, as well. While the Mullet Toss celebrates 30 years, the Flora-Bama is celebrating 50 years as a roadside dive.

If music speaks to your soul, the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival will tell you its story. For the last 30 years, hundreds of songwriters have made their way to the Gulf Coast to perform their Grammy-winning hits. Music lovers will be treated to a listening-room experience as songwriters tell stories about how some of the music scene’s biggest names came to sing their songs. The festival will be held at numerous venues Nov. 6 to 16.

Whether you love camping in the great outdoors, kayaking on Lake Shelby or skim boarding at the beach, all of these activities have one thing in common. You can do them all at the Gulf State Park, and 2014 marks the Alabama State Parks system’s 75th anniversary of service. Events will be held throughout the year to celebrate this milestone anniversary. Check our calendar for updates.

With so many things to celebrate in 2014, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Make your reservations early to take advantage of great lodging rates and specials. Come stay and play on Alabama’s white-sand beaches and discover a whole new reason to kick up your heels in 2014.

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