Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL

The Musical Month of May

Hangout Music Festival and other events will keep your schedule filled with many exciting things to do in May.

This year Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are kicking off the summer season with a bang. When visiting in May, you and your family will find plenty of fun things to do both on and off the beach. While our music events are the main attraction this month, there are many other fantastic happenings to keep on your radar as well.

Top Things to Do in May

Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival Foley, AL

We start off the month with a full weekend of activities. On the Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place) is the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship (May 1-3). Here you can witness the top eight beach volleyball teams from across the country battle it out in our sugar-white sand. The final match takes place on Sunday afternoon, but you definitely don’t want to miss out on the action throughout the weekend. And if you want to take a break between matches, head to nearby Foley for the Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival (May 1-2). Presented by Tanger Outlets, this popular event welcomes more than 30 hot air balloonists from across the country. The event is complete with lots of activities and delicious food.

Speaking of delicious dining, foodie fanatics don’t want to miss the Southern Grace Dinners presented by Fisher’s. This highly anticipated culinary series has become one of the hottest experiences of the summer. On May 14, Fisher’s will welcome award-winning chefs Rob McDaniel, Adam Evans, Alex Harrell and David Bancroft to its kitchen to craft a multi-course meal and wine pairing.

One of the many fun things about summer on the Alabama Gulf Coast is fishing tournaments. Starting off the tournament season is the Orange Beach Billfish Classic (May 15-16). Because it’s a marlin tournament you can expect big fish and big prizes. Part of the Gulf Coast Triple Crowd Series, the Billfish Classic is one of five high-profile tournaments in the Gulf of Mexico. Spectators can come by The Wharf in Orange Beach from 7-10pm on both days to witness the weigh-ins and likely a new record-breaker.

Orange Beach Billfish Classic

On the same weekend at the other end of the island is Hangout Music Festival (May 15-17). Located on the white-sand beaches at the Gulf Shores Public Beach, the award-winning festival is sure to bring the heat this year with a lineup that includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone, Billie Eilish and more. The festival offers much more than music including beach volleyball, carnival rides, skating rinks and waterfront hammocks.

Music is a big part of the calendar in May and The Wharf Amphitheater is not disappointing us this year. As part of their C Spire Concert Series, The Wharf in Orange Beach will welcome Chicago (May 16) and Old Dominion (May 21). Then, at the end of the month, Brooks & Dunn will take the stage (May 30).

Of course, Memorial Day is a huge weekend here on the Gulf Coast with several events and other happenings going on throughout the festination. Fishing folks can view or participate in the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club’s (MBGFC) Memorial Day Tournament (May 21-25). Entry into the competition includes meal tickets and merchandise. For spectators, weigh-ins happen at Orange Beach Marina on Saturday from 5-9pm and Sunday starting at 3pm.

Lastly, if you are looking for an indoor activity this May, stop by the Summertide Theatre as they present Smoke the Mountain Homecoming (May 29 – June 26). A hilarious and touching story filled with Bluegrass Gospel favorites, this show is sure to pull at your heartstrings and will have you singing the whole way home.

For more things to do in May, visit our calendar of events.

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