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Top Annual Events for Spring Travel

Spring events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are a huge draw to the Alabama Gulf Coast. 

Every year, spring events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach draw large crowds to our expansive and serene beaches. Alabama’s gorgeous weather and scenic views are just part of what you can expect. Culture, music, and fantastic food are all on the menu as well. Here are some of the top events you can look forward to this spring in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. 

Cruising at The Wharf

Do you love cars, boats or both? The Wharf in Orange Beach has options for you. They host two different car shows in the spring. The Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show is a one-day event in February with fun for all ages. Expect to see dozens of cars, two stages for live music, food vendors and a kids’ area.  

You’ll have another chance to see the shiny cars and impressive hot rods, hundreds of them even, at Bama Coast Cruisin’ the last full weekend in April. If cars are really your thing, they’ll have all types here, and this is the event for you. 

Cars aren’t the only vessel you’ll find at The Wharf. As a hub for entertainment, The Wharf is a large resort on the Intracoastal Waterway. Comprised of an amphitheater, Ferris wheel, ziplines, shopping, dining, vacation rentals, a large marina and more, you may not be surprised to learn it’s also home to The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show the last full weekend in March. Tickets to this three-day event are inexpensive and get you a firsthand look at top-of-the-line yachts, boats and marine equipment. 

Music, Arts & Culture

Do you Ballyhoo? We do. With its new location in Gulf State Park, this cultural celebration takes place the first full weekend in March. 

The second weekend in March, nestled away in the peaceful Orange Beach Waterfront Park, you’ll find the Festival of Art. This two-day festival features over 45 years of history, with a stage for performances, plus hundreds of booths full of crafters, artisans and live demonstrations. 

Not to be passed up on our list of spring fun is a full day of dancing at the Waterway Village Zydeco and Crawfish Festival. With a lively ensemble of brass and zydeco music, plus crawfish by the pound, this event is not to be missed! It’s also completely free to enter. Catch it the first Saturday in April at the walkable Waterway Village in Gulf Shores. 

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If the thought of a music festival excites you, the Hangout Music Festival in May is one for the books. It does require an investment, however, it’s a world-class beach festival featuring headlining artists from around the world, performing live on several large stages. 

If you’re really looking to try something new to you and also unique to the area you’re visiting, the Flora-Bama Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party may be just the party for you. That is if you’re interested in flinging a fish over the state line (where Florida and Alabama meet). There is a certain method to the madness, so be sure to study your toss, as the competition, unlike the fish, will be stiff! 

Top Spring Sports Events 

Is fast-paced competition more your speed when it comes to events? There is plenty of that in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Our spring schedules are packed with sports events, however, some of the most exciting include the 2020 Coastal Alabama Sun Chiefs Classic Softball Tournament in mid-February at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex. This exciting, fastpitch collegiate softball tournament draws a crowd every year, stoking a passion for softball in the youth and all ages. Local and regional families look forward to the Gulf Coast Classic Baseball Tournament I and II and the Gulf Coast Classic Softball Tournament I-III as well as the Pleasure Island Showdown Softball Tournament happening in March of 2020. 

The first weekend of May presents the highly anticipated National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship (NCAA). This sizzling and sandy event is featured at the newly renovated Gulf Place, the main public beach in Gulf Shores. Beach volleyball is the fastest-growing NCAA sport, and this esteemed tournament, has schools from across the nation sending their best athletes to compete for the title. 

No matter where you choose to join us this spring, we’re confident you won’t run out of fun on the Alabama Gulf Coast. 

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