What's in Store for 2015: Big Events
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
If you’re looking for reasons to plan a beach vacation in 2015, get your calendar handy because there are plenty of big events and beach festivals to fill the dates. Here are just a few of the dates you’ll want to pencil in to make the most of your Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacation.
Painters, potters, crafters, sculptors and more will be the center of attention during the annual Festival of Art held on the grounds of the Coastal Arts Center in Orange Beach. Enjoy waterfront views while browsing the art of local and regional artisans. You’ll also be treated to live music, Kid’s Art Alley and more. Shuttles will be available from The Wharf for $2 per person, each way.
If sun and saltwater is in your soul, don’t miss the largest in-water display of boats and yachts on the upper Gulf Coast. Prospective buyers can even test drive their potential new boats. More than 100 in-water vessels and more than 200 boats on trailers will be exhibited, totaling $61 million in boat values. The latest in marine electronics, fishing tackle and outdoor equipment will also be on display.
Located in nearby Foley, this event welcomes hot air balloonists from across the country. The nightly balloon glows are a must-see event. The weekend is filled with free, family entertainment, including daily live music and the Disc Connected K-9 World Famous Frisbee Dog Show. Festival foods, as well as arts and crafts with onsite demonstrations will also be available.
Waves of Wine at the Orange Beach Wine Festival
More than 150 wines will be available for sampling, as well as culinary delights from Orange Beach and Gulf Shores restaurants. In addition to live music, ticket holders will also be treated to a cruise of the bay. New this year is a craft beer sampling.
Get ready to rock your flip flops off at the 6th Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores. This year’s three-day beach music festival boasts headliners including Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band and Beck, as well as Skrillex, Paramore and many more bands and entertainers. Shuttles will be available from numerous points throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
Music lovers won’t want to miss the annual Shindig on the Sand at the legendary Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar. There will be more than 70 musical acts. Past acts have included Taylor Hicks, Billy Currington, Shawna P, Grayson Capps and more.