As winter melts into spring, locals and visitors alike swarm to the beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast to soak in the warm weather. Spring is one of the best times to visit the beach – the crowds are still low, the weather is mild, and the area is abuzz with lots of spring events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to celebrate the season. In fact, spring is the beginning of the festival season on the coast, and like everything else, we do it big. So, if you’re visiting Alabama’s beaches between March and May, you’ll want to get in on these can’t-miss events to get a true taste of southern spring. To get ahead on your planning, check out these hottest 2020 spring beach events.
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Spring Events in Gulf Shores
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Brunch
February 28, 2020 @ 10am
The Island Room, The Beach Club Resort & Spa
Dine in luxurious Tiffany’s style at the Breakfast at Tiffany’s Brunch. This themed event starts off your day in southern style thanks to a breakfast buffet loaded with traditional favorites like scrambled eggs, loaded grits, southern-style biscuits with sawmill gravy, and all the bacon and sausage you can eat. Be sure to save room for whipped cream and toasted pecan pie! Tickets are $27 for Spectrum Resorts guests and $30 for non-Spectrum guests. To get the best price, book your stay direct through Spectrum Resorts at The Beach Club! Register for the breakfast at the Club Desk by February 21.
March 7-8, 2020
Gulf State Park
Kick off the spring festival season at Ballyhoo. This weekend event combines everything we love about spring – warm outdoor weather, fun cultural events, and delicious local seafood. This year, the local Poarch Indians will perform a tribal dance and a unique banjo and fiddle competition will bring you the traditional songs of the south. It’s one of the most anticipated spring events in Gulf Shores.
Orange Beach Festival of Art
March 14-15, 2020
Orange Beach Waterfront Park
You know spring is in the air when it’s time for the annual Orange Beach Festival of Art. Known as the “first rite of spring,” this popular festival shares in the season’s beauty as it showcases a variety of arts by more than 100 of the area’s finest artists. No medium is left untouched – visual, performing, culinary, and musical arts give festival goers a blend of experiences to tantalize all the senses. The festival is FREE and open to the public.
St. Pawtty’s Day at OWA
March 14, 2020
Our furry friends love to celebrate spring, too – and now they can! The 3rd annual St. Pawtty’s day lets you don your spring-green apparel and take a four-legged romp around the fun of downtown OWA. A themed pet parade, dog-gone activities, and plenty of yummy treats make this a day that’s gone to the dogs. Be sure to bring your leash and clean up after your pup.
BBQ & Blues Cookoff
March 14, 2020
Heritage Park, nearby Foley, AL
Spring brings you cheer – and we’re bringing you the blues! The annual BBQ & Blues Cookoff spices up your early spring with a delicious BBQ cookoff and then cools it down with the sounds of cool blues musicians. If you’re a fan of warm spring weather, delicious southern BBQ, and good music, you’ll feel right at home at this mouth-watering event.
German Sausage Festival
March 28, 2020
Elberta Town Park
If you need a break from the beach, the semi-annual German Sausage Festival is a popular spring event for locals and visitors alike. Besides all the German sausage and sauerkraut you can eat, you’ll also find traditional festival fare, fun family games, live music, and more than 200 arts and crafts vendors. All proceeds benefit the town of Elberta and local non-profit organizations. It’s a great way to soak up the spring weather and help support our Gulf Coast community at the same time.
Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run
April 4, 2020
Waterway Village in Gulf Shores
Spring isn’t complete without crawfish, and the Zydeco & Crawfish Festival serves them up by the bucket full. Start the day off by working up an appetite at the 5K or 1-mile fun run races. Afterward, crack open those salty shells while you enjoy live music from the best Zydeco bands around and browse original arts and crafts by local artists. They Zydeco & Crawfish Festival is one of the top spring events in Gulf Shores.
April 24-26, 2020
FloraBama Lounge & Oyster Bar
If there’s one event that you can’t miss during a Gulf Coast spring, it’s Mullet Toss. Each year, thousands of beachgoers crowd onto the shores of the FloraBama for a weekend of fishy fun. Participants line up to toss a mullet over the Florida-Alabama state line – mostly for fun, but also for bragging rights. This legendary event is mostly just an excuse to party, as the majority of attendees spend the weekend boozing and bronzing on the beach. Rentals go fast, so be sure to book your Beach Club condo early to guarantee your spot.
The Hangout Music Festival
May 15 – May 17, 2020
Say goodbye to spring and hello to summer at the annual Hangout Music Fest. Music lovers know this is a must-do for spring events in Gulf Shores. This beachfront music festival is known as one of the best music festivals in the U.S. and it happens right on the shores of Gulf Shores. A-list bands, delicious seafood, and daily beach parties combine with sand and surf to make a fun festival weekend you won’t want to miss. More than 15,000 people attend each year and rentals go fast, so be sure to book with The Beach Club early to guarantee your spot!
If you’re coming for some spring fun, don’t forget to book a Gulf Shores rental that fits the trip! The Beach Club offers upscale vacation rentals in a resort that’s full of amenities and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Browse our event calendar and book your condo or cottage today!