Life is Wonder-Fall at the Beach

Plan your unforgettable October getaway to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach today.

Just because summer is over, and you are craving pumpkin spice doesn’t mean the beach isn’t calling. With lots of things to do in October, you should plan a fall getaway to the Alabama Gulf Coast.

The 15th Annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest – October 3-6 from 9am-2pm. Enjoy more than 30 guided tours on local and migrating birds, wildflowers, alligators, dolphins and other wildlife, plus evening dinner events, workshops, and the free, family-friendly Bird and Conservation Expo. Prices, schedule and registration for guided trips available online.

Annual Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, AL

47th Annual National Shrimp Festival – October 11-13 from 10am-10pm and October 14 from 10am-5pm. Free admission. Stroll the beach-side grounds and listen to live music, admire beautiful arts and crafts, and enjoy great seafood favorites including crab cakes, conch fritters, lobster, and of course, cajun pistols.

The Original German Sausage Festival – October 27 from 8am-5pm. Free admission. Enjoy delicious German sausage and sauerkraut, continuous entertainment including carnival rides, a full scale Midway and 250 arts and crafts booths. There will also be a Bier Garten featuring a large selection of imported and domestic beers. Try other mouthwatering foods as well.

Kayak Eco ToursMondays and Fridays from 9am-10:30am at Coastal Segway Adventures. $25 per person. Enjoy a one-hour guided kayak tour and learn about the ecosystems of Gulf State Park. Instruction is provided for beginners. Life jackets, paddles and kayaks provided.

Lunch and Learn WednesdaysOctober 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 12pm-1pm at Agape Juices. Admission free. Learn about a different healthy topic each week and receive 20 percent off your lunch. Topics covered: alkaline/ionized water, benefits of wheatgrass, juice cleanses, manual therapies, exercise and much more.

Glow Yoga at Big Beach BrewingOctober 6, 11am-12pm. Donations accepted. Come out and support a great charity, Project Grace, get your yoga on, and have a pint while you’re at it.

2018 Shrimp Festival 10K and 5K RunOctober 13, 8am-2pm at Orange Beach Sportsplex. Lace up your running shoes and join runners and walkers at the starting line of the 10K and 5K races. It will help you work off some of the calories consumed at the festival.

2018 Blue Angels Practice ScheduleOctober 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31.Practices typically begin at 11:30am. Free to the public. Practices may be canceled due to weather or other circumstances without notice. Please contact the museum to confirm details.

Deaths and Burials at Mobile Point TourOctober 20 from 7pm-8pm at Fort Morgan. Special event pricing. Listen to the historians tell of the deaths and burials at Mobile Point during a lantern tour of Fort Morgan. Bring your own flashlight. Advance reservations are required. Minimum suggested age of 15 years old.

Sunset Sailing in Orange Beach, AL

Sunset Full Moon Sailing in Orange BeachOctober 24. $450 private sailing charter for up to 6 passengers. End your day by sailing into the sunset when hues of pink, purple, orange and blue illuminate the sky. Sail into Perdido Bay and watch the moonbeams dancing off the water as it lights your path down the bay. Perfect for families, a girl’s night out or a romantic evening.

Boo at BellingrathOctober 27 from 11am-2pm at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Admission is $13 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 5-12 and free for children ages 4 and under and includes entrance into Bellingrath Gardens for the day. Dress up your children and enjoy a day of Halloween fun at Bellingrath. The gardens will be decorated with spooky and fun inflatables, and there will be plenty of treats and trinkets from area organizations and businesses. The day will include musical entertainment on Live Oak Plaza and culinary delights from local food trucks.

Adult Only Fun at Full Moon Party at The Gulf – October 27 from 9pm-2am. Free admission. Feel the heat of the fire dancers, enjoy the beats of the DJ and live music and delicious drinks with great friends.

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