Native American Dancer at Ballyhoo Festival

We Ballyhoo, Do You?

Ballyhoo is the perfect way to kick off an early spring on Alabama’s beaches.

Prepare yourself for delightful fun and revelry when the annual Ballyhoo Festival takes center stage at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, March 7-8, 2020. Join festival goers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday for a special event focused on fine art mixed with equal parts cultural and coastal charm. Eat local seafood and get your groove on with live music as we kick off festival season on Alabama’s white-sand beaches.

Native American Dancer at Ballyhoo Festival

Why Should You Ballyhoo?

The Alabama Gulf Coast is steeped in Native American history, and Ballyhoo is a day to embrace and experience the rich culture of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. The Poarch Creek Indians are descendants of the Creek Nation that once covered much of Alabama and Georgia. The Poarch Creeks have lived on their tribal lands in Alabama for nearly 200 years and are the only federally recognized Indian tribe in Alabama. The tribe will perform traditional dances and provide a unique view into the area’s Native American history.

Onsite art demonstrations will delight festival goers and offer an up-close look into coastal culture through the arts. In addition, dozens of fine art and crafts vendors will have their wares on display for purchase. Come for the fun and take home a piece of coastal culture. A juried fine arts competition will also take place, with $2,500 in awards presented.

Live Animals at Ballyhoo Festival

There will be plenty of fun for both the young and young at heart. A children’s art area will offer hands-on activities. Ballyhoo Zoo and a trackless train will provide thrills for the littles, too.

Known for delish eats including fresh-out-of-the-Gulf seafood, there will be no shortage of great food, either! After all, food plays an important role in the coastal culture of South Alabama communities.

Plan Ahead

Don’t let Ballyhoo sneak up on you. Start planning for the two-day event by searching specials on lodging, area restaurants and even attractions.

With the festival located at the Gulf State Park, don’t miss the opportunity to fully explore the park during your festival weekend, too. There’s fishing from the largest pier on the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf State Park Pier, as well as kayaking, nature walks, birding (bring your binoculars), beaches and Segway tours. A short drive over to The Wharf offers a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment and activities as well, and is a perfect rainy day venue as they have a movie theater.

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