9 Hot Events for Winter Beach Vacations

Even on the chilliest of days, temperatures in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach rarely get low enough to bundle up or stay indoors.

In fact, during January and February, average temperatures range from the low 50s to 60 degrees. By March, the average temp is 60 degrees with temperatures as high as 66. The blue-sky days winter brings, coupled with these moderate temperatures, make this a pleasant time of year to explore the outdoors and take part in beach events.

Gulf Shores Polar Bear Dip

With that in mind, we’ve listed some of the top events to enjoy this winter on your Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacation.

Jan. 1: 7th Annual Kiwanis Polar Bear Dip

Kick off the new year with a dip in the Gulf of Mexico with a few hundred of your newest friends at the main public beach in Gulf Shores. After your dip, stop in at The Hangout for complimentary hot chocolate and chili, live music and fun.

Jan. 27: 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl

Watch the nation’s best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects compete on the gridiron for this annual game held in nearby Mobile at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Feb. 3: 2018 Flora-Bama Annual Super Chili Bowl Cook-Off

It’s a chili cook-off like none other. Teams dress to show their team spirit in some of the most interesting costumes you can imagine. This annual event benefits the American Cancer Society.

Feb. 7-17: Nana’s Naughty Knickers

Yes, you read that correctly. The South Baldwin Community Theatre will bring you indoors for its annual snowbird production. This year’s show is about a granddaughter and grandmother who become roommates – and Grandma has an interesting hobby selling handmade “naughty” knickers to her senior citizen friends in New York.

Mardi Gras Parades in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL

Feb. 9-13: Mardi Gras parades and festivities

With four street parades and one boat parade in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, you’ve just found the best family-friendly Mardi Gras holiday on the Alabama Gulf Coast! Come on down and let the good times roll.

Feb. 13: LuLu’s Mardi Gras Anniversary Celebration & Boat Parade

Lucy Buffett knows how to throw a party, and she does it every year in February to celebrate LuLu’s anniversary on Fat Tuesday. Dress in your best Mardi Gras beads and stop in for live music and signature drinks, and to view the annual boat parade down the Intracoastal Canal Waterway. Get there early for prime seating!

Feb. 17: LuLu’s 10th Annual Tropical Re-Union Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony

LuLu’s is keeping the party going with a nod to sweethearts. Renew your vows during a group ceremony and celebrate with a complimentary champagne toast, wedding cake, flowers, certificates of re-union and great live music.

Feb 24: 26th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

Fun for the whole family, the Orange Beach Seafood Festival boasts more than 80 arts and crafts vendors, live music, a car show and, of course, seafood!

March 10-11: 44th Annual Festival of Art

Take a breath of fresh air and enjoy a day (or two!) at the annual Festival of Art in Orange Beach. Meet hundreds of artists, including those creating visual arts, arts and crafts, glass works, paintings, sculptures, textile art and more. Enjoy the culinary arts via local fare, and hear live music.

With all these great events, it’s time to make a break for the beach this winter for some fun in the sun. Browse the hot deals and winter specials for the best rates on your Gulf Shores and Orange Beach condo, hotel or beach house.

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