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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 for spring 2021 in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

* Note: Be sure to check the calendar of events for the most up-to-date information in the event of cancellations.

Car Show at The Wharf


Do you love a great car? The Wharf in Orange Beach hosts two different car shows—one in the spring and one in the fall. The Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show is a one-day event on Feb. 27, 2021 and will feature antique, classic, and hotrod cars and trucks. Expect to see dozens of vehicles, two stages for all-day entertainment and food vendors. The proceeds benefit Mako’s Academics, Arts & Athletics Club (MAAAC) and Orange Beach schools. If you love cars, make this an annual trip!

You’ll have another chance to see impressive hot rods, hundreds of them even, at Bama Coast Cruisin’ on Sep.22, 2021. While not in the spring, this is one of Alabama’s Gulf Coast's biggest automotive events with vendors and a swap meet, too!

Orange Beach Festival of Art


Nestled away near the peaceful Orange Beach Waterfront Park, you’ll find the Festival of Art March 13-14. This two-day festival features more than 45 years of history, with a stage for performances, plus more than a hundred booths full of crafters, artisans and live demonstrations. Kids will enjoy an art alley, and everyone will love the culinary arts court showcasing local fare.

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 on April 17 at the walkable Waterway Village in Gulf Shores.

Flora-Bama Mullet Toss

If you’re really looking to try something new-to-you, don’t miss this one-of-the-kind beach party—the Flora-Bama Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party. Get ready for fish flinging over the state line (where Florida and Alabama meet) in a crazy competition like no other. There is a certain method to the madness, so be sure to study your toss, as the competition, unlike the fish, will be stiff! This year’s legendary event is scheduled for April 23-25, 2021.

Baseball Tournament


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. Local and regional families look forward to the Gulf Coast Classic Baseball Tournament I and II set March 15 to 18, Gulf Coast Classic Softball Tournament I-III, March 15-17, and the Pleasure Island Showdown Softball Tournament happening in March 12-13.

May 7-9 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 tournament has schools from across the nation sending their best athletes to compete for the title.

No matter when 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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