Spring is Packed with Beach Fun in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

If you're making a run for the beach this spring, there'll be plenty to do while you're enjoying Alabama's white-sand beaches. Spring is busting at the seams all over the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Cross the starting line to a great weeklong escape with

the 2014 5K Color Run at The Wharf on April 5. The Color Run, also known as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet,” is a unique race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Throughout the run, you'll be doused with colored cornstarch. You can't help but be happy when you're all the colors of the rainbow!

The last weekend in April will be one of the most exciting of the season as some of the Gulf Coast's premier annual events take center stage. The not-to-be-missed Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party is April 25 to 27 at the Flora-Bama. Fling those mullet as far as you can for prizes and just plain fun! Live entertainment, food and other activities are all part of the weekend's festivities.

Love cars? The Annual Bama Coast Cruise speeds into The Wharf April 25 to 26 with a car show and live entertainment. Come try the world's largest pot of gumbo at the LA Gumbo Festival, May 8 to 11. Whether you're a competitor or a sampler, there's bound to be loads of fun and of course, gumbo. Interested in different types of wine? The Waves of Wine Festival is May 10 at Caribe Resort. Attendees may enjoy hourly wine cruises, live music and an art fair featuring local artisans.

Ready to hook a big one or watch the big ones get weighed in? Try the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, May 14 to 18, at The Wharf Marina for a tournament that benefits marine conservation projects.

Music lovers will celebrate spring as one of the best times of the year on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The great songs begin April 26 with the Darius Rucker concert at The Wharf Amphitheatre. The Hangout Music Festival returns May 16 to 18 with a lineup that promises to please just about any musical tastes. Just a week later, Foreigner and Styx, with special guest Don Felder, perform May 25 at The Wharf as part of their Soundtrack of Summer Tour.

Stay up to date on more Gulf Shores and Orange Beach happenings throughout the season on the events calendar.

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