Baldwin County Annual Events

Posted by Rachel Kelly on Friday, March 1st, 2019 at 8:47am.


The Alabama Coast is host to many popular events with some of the biggest being the Hangout Music Festival, Flora-Bama's Mullet Toss, Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival, and Loxley's Strawberry Festival. As the busy season nears, weekends will be jam-packed with exciting entertainment and live music at great venues like The Wharf, OWA, Flora-Bama, and The Hangout. You will never get bored with plenty of fun things to do for any age whether it's an offshore fishing charter, a relaxing day at the beach, or just a nice evening out at your favorite restaurant. The following is a simplified list of all annual events taking place this year in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley, Fairhope, and more! Mark your calendars!


45th Annual Festival of Art
When: March 9 - 10, 2019
Where: Orange Beach Waterfront Park - 26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Fine arts festival featuring over 100 talented artists showcasing their work, live entertainment, and delicious food from local restaurants. 
Admission: Free

Orange Beach Invasion Car Show
When: March 15 - 17, 2019
Where: The Wharf - 4830 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Annual car show with vehicles and vendor booths lined up along Main Street. Hosted by Road Armour and Sparkles Detail, this two-day event draws in over 25,000 spectators.
Admission: Free for spectators

The 67th Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival
When: March 15 - 17, 2019
Where: Downtown Fairhope, AL
Three-day art festival taking place along the scenic streets of Fairhope's downtown district. This popular event will showcase unique creations of 200+ artists from all over the country.
Admission: Free

2019 Emerald Coast Grand Prix
When: March 15 - 17, 2019
Where: Flora-Bama - 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
Watercross racing event will take place on the emerald waters in front of Flora-Bama. 

The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show
When: March 29 - 31, 2019
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL 
Premier boat show with over $150 million in boats and marine products set up along The Wharf's main strip. 
Admission: $10-12 day, $25 for 3-day pass, free for children 12 and under.

The Original German Sausage Festival
When: March 30, 2019
Where: Elberta Town Park -13052 Main St., Elberta, AL, 36530
Put on by Elberta's Volunteer Fire Department, this bi-annual event attracts over 30,000 visitors and sells nearly 7,000 lbs of sausage. Enjoy live entertainment and art from over 200 vendor booths. 
Admission: Free


32nd Annual Baldwin County Strawberry Festival 
When: April 13 - 14, 2019 
Where: Loxley Municipal Park - 4198 Municipal Park Dr, Loxley, AL 36551
Two-day event featuring over 180 arts & crafts vendors, 5K run, children's pageant, car show, carnival rides, live music, and plenty of strawberry shortcakes! 
Admission: Free

Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival
When: April 20, 2019 - 10am to 6pm
Where: Waterway Village - 225 E. 24th Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542
A collaboration between the City of Gulf Shores and local businesses, this event will feature a large-scale crawfish boil free to the public. Activities include a 5K fun run, arts & crafts displays, children's games, and musical performances from the region's best Zydeco bands.
Admission: Free

Bama Coast Cruisin'
When: April 25 - 27, 2019
Where: The Wharf Main Street & Marina Lawn - 4671 Wharf Pkwy W, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Family-friendly car show featuring vendors, swap meets, contests, daily events, giveaways, and more!
Admission: Free  

Flora-Bama Interstate Mullet Toss
When: April 26 - 28, 2019
Where: Flora-Bama - 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
Three-day fish throwing competition right on the state-line and touted as the Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party! Skip the traffic jams and walk to Mullet Toss by staying at the closest condos to Flora-Bama
Admission: Free for spectators, $15 to toss mulllet


Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival
When: May 2 - 4, 2019
Where: Foley Soccer Complex - 998 West Section Ave, Foley, AL 36535
This family fun event will host 40+ hot air balloons and their pilots from around the nation. Enjoy tethered balloon rides, great food, art booths, live music, and other exciting activities! The event will also feature performances by the World-Famous Disc Connected Canines.
Admission: Free

National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship
When: May 3 - 5, 2019
Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach - 101 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Gulf Place will host three days of beach volleyball matches between collegiate teams from all over the US competing for the 2019 National Championship Title.
Admission: $50-$225

Bald Eagle Bash
When: May 4, 2019 - 4pm to 7pm
Where: Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center - 11401 US-98, Fairhope, AL 36532
A party for preservation, this fundraising event features seafood dishes from top local restaurants and live music. Hosted by the Weeks Bay Foundation, this nonprofit land trust works to educate the community about conservation efforts and the protection of coastal Alabama wetlands.
Admission: $45 advance tickets, $50 at gate, free for children under 10

Art in the Park
When: May 11 - 12, 2019
Where: John B. Foley Park, Foley, AL 36525
This two-day festival takes place in Foley's downtown district and will feature 100+ artists displaying their unique crafts and artwork. The event attracts around 5,000 visitors each year. 
Admission: Free

Orange Beach Billfish Classic
When: May 15 - 19, 2019
Where: The Wharf Marina - 4851 Wharf Pkwy, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Big-game fishing tournament hosted by the The Wharf and important fundraiser for The Billfish Foundation and conservation organizations.
Admission: Free for spectators

Hangout Music Festival
When: May 16 - 19, 2019
Where: 101 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542
A three-day music festival right on Gulf Shores beaches. The event will host top and upcoming musicians from all over the world. Enjoy delicious food fare, arts & craft displays, daily games, and carnival rides.  Avoid shuttle fees and waiting lines and book condos closest to The Hangout.
General Admission: $299, VIP: $1,099  Super VIP: $1,699

Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo
When: May 31 - June 2, 2019
Where: Flora-Bama Ole River Grill - 17400 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
The "funnest" fishing rodeo on the Gulf Coast will feature a 3-day beach party, daily weigh-ins, live music, and great food!


Blue Marlin Grand Championship
When: July 9 - 14, 2019
Where: The Wharf Marina - 4851 Wharf Pkwy, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Admission: Free for spectators


Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival
When: September 12 - 14, 2019
Where: The Wharf Main Street - 4550 Main St, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Admission: TBD  


48th Annual National Shrimp Festival
When: October 10 - 13, 2019
Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach - 101 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores 36542 
Admission: Free

The Original German Sausage Festival
When: October 26, 2019
Where: Elberta Town Park -13052 Main St., Elberta, AL, 36530
Put on by Elberta's Volunteer Fire Department, this bi-annual event attracts over 30,000 visitors and sells nearly 7,000 lbs of sausage. Enjoy live entertainment and art from over 200 vendor booths. 
Admission: Free


The Hangout Oyster Cook Off & Craft Beer Weekend
When: November 1 - 2, 2019
Where: The Hangout - 101 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542
Admission: $10-$150/tickets

2019 Wharf Amphitheater Concert Schedule

The Wharf Amphitheater, the largest music venue on the Alabama, has an incredible line-up of concerts throughout 2019. Visit the The Wharf's official page to find tickets and to learn more about these upcoming shows.

March 9 - Luke Combs
March 10 - Zac Brown Band
April 23 - Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefers
April 27 - Kenny Chesney
May 9 - Alabama
May 10 - Bryan Adams
May 11 - Jim Gaffigan
May 25 & 26 - Thomas Rhett
June 6 - Hootie & The Blowfish
June 15 - Dierks Bentley
July 3 - Tedeschi Trucks Band
July 19 & 20 - Luke Bryan
August 17 - Little Big Town
August 20 - Pentatonix
August 22 - Brad Paisley
August 31 - Chris Stapleton
September 29 - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Aerial Video of 2018 NCAA National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championships in Gulf Shores, AL











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