Hop into Spring on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

While away on the serene beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast and let the waves sweep all of your cares away. Can you smell the salty, warm ocean breeze and hear the laughter of seagulls as you lounge on the beach with your feet in the sugar-white sand? Plan your springtime escape to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and come see what this piece of paradise has to offer.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Things to do in April:

Easter Sunrise Service at Bellingrath Gardens and Home – April 1, 6:30-7:30am at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Free to the public. You are invited to a special sunrise service on Live Oak Plaza at Bellingrath Gardens and Home on Easter Sunday. A limited number of seats will be provided and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Following the service, a continental breakfast will be available for purchase in the Magnolia Cafe.

Discovery Day at The Estuarium at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab – April 7, 10am-2pm Adults: reduced admission, free admission for children under 18 years old. Bring your entire family to explore the touch tanks and the Sea Lab, enjoy arts and crafts, and many other fun, interactive exhibits at The Estuarium. Marine scientists and graduate students will be on hand to answer your questions and share their ongoing research projects, and you can tour and learn more about the research vessel Alabama Discovery.

25th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show – April 7, 9am-5pm at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Adults: $13, $7.50 for ages 5-12; free to Bellingrath members and to ages 4 and younger. Come check out the Mobile Bay Mustang Club’s 24th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show where you will stroll among hundreds of vintage and classic cars on the Great Lawn. Snacks and lunch will be available on site.

Young Artist Series presents: The Snow White Variety Show – April 13, 14, 20 and 21, 7:30-10pm at South Baldwin Community Theatre. Adults: $18, students: $15. All the fun of just about every TV-show genre you can imagine is jam-packed into this wild and fast-paced comedy! The audience becomes the live studio audience on a talk show, Real Talk with Fairytale Legends, where the seven dwarves tell the story of Snow White as the Fairytale Players bring it to life. This action-packed story is a romance, comedy, home improvement show, suspense, Western, epic poetry, mystery, cooking show, stand-up routine and blockbuster action movie.

C Spire Concert Series presents: Styx and REO Speedwagon with special guest Don Felder – April 14, 7:00-10:30pm at The Wharf Amphitheater. All seats reserved: $92.50, $72.50, $52.50, $42.50, $20 (plus applicable fees and service charges).This not-to-be-missed concert will feature several talented bands from the 1970s and 1980s. Formed in 1972, Styx established themselves as one of the biggest musical acts of the 1970s with a slew of hit singles and multiplatinum-selling albums. They are best known for iconic tracks like the rock ballad “Lady,” the jaunty prog rock tune “Come Sail Away” and the synth-rock banger “Mr. Roboto.” REO Speedwagon was founded in 1967, but their greatest success came in the ‘70s and ‘80s when they were one of the world’s most successful stadium rock acts. Their greatest hits catalog includes the rockling power ballad “Keep On Loving You” and more laid-back power ballad “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” Guitarist and songwriter Don Felder is best known for his time at the Eagles, a group he performed in from 1974 to 2001. During this time of the band, Felder played a key role in crafting many the Eagles’ best songs, including their signature hit “Hotel California.”

2018 Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run – April 14, 10am-6pm at Waterway Village in Gulf Shores, under the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge (North & South side). Admission is free. No pets allowed. Sink your teeth into hot, juicy crawfish throughout the day while dancing to the infectious rhythms of some of the best Zydeco bands from around the South. There will be lots of arts and crafts vendors and several children’s activities to keep your kids entertained.

Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project – April 17-21, 12-3pm at Fort Morgan. Banding is free, but there is an admission fee to enter the park. This project provides a scientifically invaluable look at spring migratory birds traveling through the Coastal Alabama section of the Mississippi Flyway, one of the four major routes North American birds travel on their way to and from their summer breeding grounds. Throughout the week, you will enjoy unparalleled access both to researchers and to the birds, with opportunities to discuss the science behind the surveys and the important conservation work happening on the Gulf Coast. You’ll also get up-close-and-personal looks at some amazing migratory birds. Remember to bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, and a chair; restrooms and concessions are available next to the ferry, and all ages are welcome to attend.

C Spire Concert Series presents: Chris Young Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour with special guests Kane Brown, Morgan Evans & Dee Jay Silver – April 20, 7:30-10:30pm at The Wharf Amphitheater. General Admission Pit: $55. Reserved seats: $55, $35, $20. Following his induction into the Grand Ole Opry and the release of his acclaimed seventh album, Losing Sleep, 2017 was a career-defining year for Chris Young. 2018 is teeing up to be another banner year for the 32-year-old, neo-traditionalist with the “Chris Young Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour.” Check out this foot stomping concert with other unforgettable acts.

Bama Coast Cruise at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL

9th Annual Bama Coast Cruise – April 26-28, 9am-5pm at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Admission is free. Bama Coast Cruise is a hot-rod and antique car show set against the backdrop of the Intracoastal Waterway and the canal bridge. It’s a laid back, family-friendly weekend full of amazing cars, fun events, entertainment and Southern hospitality. Special guest, Von Hot Rod, the internationally known pinstriper and “Master of the Fine Line,” is returning by popular demand. Hot Rod makes his home in California, but travels the world demonstrating the fine art of Pinstriping.  Bring your cell phone, purse or any other personal item and have it customized with his unique art.

Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party – April 27-29, 12pm-12am at Flora Bama. Cover charge $10 for those 21+ and $15 for 13-20 year olds, with limited entry. 21 and up after 6 pm. Warm up your pitching arm for the world-renowned mullet toss. Contestants of all ages gather to throw a dead fish across the Florida-Alabama state line. It’s a great excuse to throw a weekend long party, with lots of fun activities, great music and food! Celebrity tossers are at high noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Discover what Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have going on in April and plan your family’s getaway today. Explore all of the beautiful accommodation optionsexciting things to see and domouth-watering dining experiences and fantastic events only on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Go to GulfShores.com to discover and explore more.

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