Spring into Fun on Alabama's Gulf Coast

Put a spring in your step with a visit in March to the Alabama Gulf Coast.

It is the perfect time to check out the pristine beaches, soak up some fun in the sun and enjoy the start of the many springtime festivals and events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. You will love everything this piece of paradise has to offer.

Festival of Art in Orange Beach, AL

Things to do in March:

44th Annual Festival of Art March 10-11. 10am-5pm. Free to the public. At The Festival of Art, you will find everything from visual to fine arts and crafts. Stroll the grounds of the Coastal Arts Center and enjoy the arts and crafts of glass artists, potters, painters, sculptors, watercolorists, textile artists and wood artists. The event includes a kid’s art alley, a culinary arts court featuring local fare and live music. Public parking is located at The Wharf in Orange Beach and shuttles will be provided for $2 each way. No public parking will be available on site. Designated bicycle parking is provided at the festival site.

2018 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show March 22-25. 10am-7pm. $10 per person, kids 12- under free. The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show features the largest in-water display of any boat show along the upper Gulf Coast, and showcases the latest offerings from boat manufacturers and dealers throughout the Southeast.

In-water displays allow prospective buyers to test drive the boat of their dreams before taking advantage of on-the-spot financing. Last year, more than $90 million in boats and marine products were displayed, including more than 135 in-water vessels and an additional 450-plus boats displayed on land.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Visitors can get their hands on the hottest marine electronics, fishing tackle, marine engines, and outdoor equipment as numerous exhibitors showcase the cutting edge in marine gear and personal watercraft. The show will also feature live entertainment and demonstrations.

The Original German Sausage Festival

The Original German Sausage Festival March 31. 8am-5pm. Free to the public. Festival fans can enjoy Elberta’s famous German sausage and sauerkraut, plus continuous entertainment and 250 arts and crafts booths. There will also be carnival rides and a full-scale midway. Of course, there will also be a Bier Garten featuring a large selection of imported and domestic beers.

Other scrumptious food will include German-style filled cabbage, potato salad, goulash, red beans and rice, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn, peanuts and homemade baked goods.

The festival will also feature live entertainment.

Sealed for Freshness South Baldwin Community Theatre. Performance dates vary. 7:30pm-10pm. Adults $18, students $15. The Tupperware party’s hostess Bonnie invites a group of eclectic neighbors over for a party. The mix of personalities and the number of martinis consumed lead to a great deal of absurd, high-jinx activities plus revelations of an equal number of secrets and insecurities.

Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Bellingrath Gardens and Home. March 24. 8am-12pm. Hop on down to Bellingrath Gardens for our annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Hundreds of colorful eggs will be scattered across the Great Lawn for children to collect in three separate hunts for different age groups. The day of Easter fun will include prizes, candy, activities and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Reservations are required for the fourth annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the Magnolia Cafe. Call to register (251) 973-2217.

Explore the charming accommodation options, fun things to see and do, scrumptious dining experiences and one-of-a-kind events found only on the Alabama Gulf Coast. This sliver of heaven has a variety of things in March your entire family will enjoy so start planning your getaway today. Visit our website at GulfShores.com.

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