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Spring Bird Migration

Wednesday, March 1

The Sanctuary is of vital importance because it is the largest segment of protected forest on the Island and the first landfall for neo-tropical migrant birds after their long flight across the Gulf from Central and South America each spring. Here these birds, often exhausted and weakened from severe weather during the long flight, find their first food and shelter.


Hangout Music Festival

Friday, May 19

Hangout Music Festival is the first and only festival of its kind. The extraordinary beach backdrop and sandy walkways make Hangout Music Festival an alluring destination for music fans. Unique food offerings include fresh local seafood prepared by renowned regional chefs. The Hangout Music Festival is located in Gulf Shores, Alabama - just a few miles from the Florida border. The Gulf Shores area offers a variety of vacation rentals including condos, hotels and beach houses - many of which are located within walking or biking distance to the festival. Fans looking to book a place to stay for the festival can choose from a wide selection at To purchase GA/VIP/SUPER VIP tickets or to learn more about Hangout Music Festival, please visit:

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LuLu's Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 16

LuLu's Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter day at 2:00pm. Come meet the Easter Bunny and have fun looking for Easter Eggs filled with surprises on LuLu's Beach! Easter Egg Hunt is separated by ages for fair hunting for all!


Orange Beach Festival of Art

Saturday, March 11

Two days of fine arts featuring visual, musical, performance and culinary. 100 fine artists showcase award winning art in a variety of mediums including clay, glass, oils, watercolor, jewelry, wood, photography and more. The Kids Art Alley presents high quality hands-on art projects for kids of all ages. Culinary presenters for 2017 are Cosmos/Cobalts, Shipps Harbour Grill, and Villagio Grill, among others. The music stage includes Roman Street, Three Bean Soup, Lisa Zanghi and Coconut Radio. The beautiful location on the shores of Wolf Bay will showcase the brand new 10,000 sq. ft. Coastal Arts Center gallery.


Ballyhoo Festival

Saturday, March 4

The Ballyhoo Festival is a fine arts event, which also features cultural exchange. Visitors can expect to browse the original art work of artists from several states. The Poarch Creek Indians will perform original tribal dance in ceremonial regalia. There will be a fun spoof event called Queen of Ballyhoo Contest. In addition there will be on site art demonstrations, children's hands-on art activities, a Ballyhoo trackless train for children, and local seafood by Waterway Village District restaurants. For information, visit


LuLu's Fat Tuesday Celebration & 17th Anniversary!

Tuesday, February 28

Head to LuLu's on Fat Tuesday, February 28, 2017 for the biggest, baddest (with a side of Lagniappe) Mardi Gras Celebration in town. Come dressed in your finest beads and costume then start your day with one of our signature beverages while you listen to the great band starting at 11 a.m. Watch the Mardi Gras boat parade as it rolls into LuLu's and keep the party going with more great music at 5 p.m.


25th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

Saturday, February 18

The Orange Beach Sports Association (OBSA) is pleased to announce the 25th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival is set for February 18, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. This festival is the Association's major fundraiser to support sports-related activities in our community, specifically youth baseball, softball and T-Ball. Proceeds are used to purchase uniforms, equipment, insurance, and pay for expenses of officials and sponsor clinics. The Festival is a full day of delicious food, 40+ arts and crafts vendors and music for the whole family. This is an alcohol-free event.


Alabama Lifestyles Expo, 25th Annual

Thursday, February 9

The EXPO attracts Snowbird visitors and locals to the Caribe’s spacious and beautiful setting to learn more about what Alabama and the Gulf Coast have to offer. The emphasis is on the great amenities available in Alabama and the Gulf Coast. More than 70 exhibitors will provide information about community living, quality of life programs for people over 50, food samples from restaurants, hands-on-exhibits, things to do and see, and places to visit traveling to; returning from; and staying at the Gulf Coast.


Noon Year's Eve at LuLu's!

Saturday, December 31

The Family Event of the Year!! You do not want to miss this event! 12th Annual Noon Year's Eve at LuLu's! The fun starts at 10am! Kid-safe Fireworks! Face Painting! Arts & Crafts! Zoo Animals! Games for the Kids! Sand Castle Contest! Clowns! Balloon Animals! Countdown and Beach Ball drop at Noon on the LuLu's Beach! Live Music!


Flora-Bama's New Year's Eve Bash

Saturday, December 31

The Flora-Bama really gets down on New Year's Eve. Blow it all out before making those pesky resolutions. Live music on all three stages will be rocking' until the party stops. Food, party favors and champagne flow all night and help bring in the New Year the Flora-Bama way. You won't regret it!


2016 Make it to the Line 4 Mile Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run

Saturday, December 17

Every year after all of the Christmas festivities are over, we help take some of those extra pounds off. Run, jog, walk or crawl to the line at our 4-mile run/walk and 1-mile fun run. Individuals and families up to three members can compete. Participants will receive run packets that include t-shirts and other goodies. Trophies will be awarded three deep for all age groups in both the run and the walk. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Innerarity Point and Orange Beach Fire Departments.


2016 Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Coastal Half Marathon and 5K Run

Saturday, November 26

Bring the whole family to enjoy the weekend on Alabama's beautiful Gulf Coast. From a 1 mile fun run to a 5k run to a half-marathon run, there is a distance for everyone. Enjoy running on the peaceful, scenic paved trails in the Back Country Trail. You will enjoy scenery encompassing the Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Stick around for awards and the best post-race party around at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.


Ice Skating at The Wharf

Friday, November 18

Lace 'em up and come skate through a winter wonderland at The Wharf this holiday season! November 18 - January 14 Monday - Friday: 4pm-10pm Saturday & Sunday: 10am-10pm Christmas Break (Dec. 17 - Jan. 3): 10am-10pm $10 to skate (including skate rental) $13 for skating and ferris wheel combo $80 frequent skater pass (10 skates) $3 for a pair of socks Gift certificates available. Full calendar of winter activities here:


9th Annual Oyster Cook Off at The Hangout

Friday, November 4

Held annually on the white sands of the Alabama coastline in the heart of the Gulf Coast, the first weekend of November, this year’s Oyster Cook-off will bring together celebrity chefs from across the U.S. as well as a long list of well-known Gulf coast restaurateurs.


32nd Annual Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

Thursday, November 3

Festival attendees enjoy an up close and personal concert experience and are often able to learn the stories behind the songs as told by the original author. Venues of all kinds welcome the nearly 200 songwriters that come from around the country and around the world.


33rd Annual Renaissance Festival GATALOP 33

Saturday, October 29

Hosted by the Society of Creative Anachronism, the Barony of Osprey will present Life in the Middle Ages. You will see Knights in Armor as they storm the castle, view melee’s and sieges. Visit with Lords, Ladies, Artist, and Medieval Merchants. Watch our resident Blacksmith demonstrate his craft in the Fort’s original Blacksmith Shop.


Last Friday Art Night

Friday, October 28

Last Friday Art Night is THE place to be on Dauphin Island on the last Friday of each month Jan - October! Enjoy local art and history, food, beverages, music and socializing. Feel like a local!


45th Annual National Shrimp Festival

Thursday, October 13

Savor fresh from the gulf seafood at the 45th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event that attracts over 300,000 people. This year the festival will play host to more than 80 hours of musical entertainment featuring a lineup of national, regional and local acts. There will be musical acts to please all palates, including Blues, Motown, Southern Rock, Jazz, Zydeco and Country. The music begins at 10 a.m. each day and runs through 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.


Fall Bird Migration

Saturday, October 1

An incredible 347 species have been reported on the island. It is also their final stop before their return flight each fall. The Bird Sanctuary has allowed Dauphin Island to be recognized by the American Bird Conservancy and the National Audubon Society as being "Globally Importance" for bird migrations.


National Estuaries Day

Saturday, September 24

To mark National Estuaries Day, the Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will highlight the diversity and importance of Mobile Bay. The Mobile Bay is the fourth largest freshwater flow in the United States. The day includes half price admission, activities for the children and education for all ages.


Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout

Monday, September 12

"The Shootout" is a six week songwriter competition that will again take place at The Hot Spot restaurant at The Wharf, in beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama. In its 3rd season, it kicks off on Monday, September 12th and continues every Monday until the finale on October 24th. Artists from all over the country may submit their application between now and August 8th via the shootout's website, for only $25. Out of the expected 200 applicants, 50 will be chosen by a panel of judges based on the artist's original songs submitted.