Posted on 3/25/2024

Spring into Fun: The Best Annual Events in March, April, and May along the Gulf Shores

As the cool grasp of winter loosens, the Gulf Shores of Fort Morgan, Perdido Key, and Orange Beach beckon with their balmy breezes and the promise of sun-drenched adventures. The spring months of March, April, and May are especially vibrant as locals and visitors alike celebrate the season with a variety of exciting events. Let's dive into the annual festivities that promise to fill your spring with unforgettable memories.

Orange Beach Festival of Art (March)

For over four decades, the Orange Beach Festival of Art has heralded the arrival of spring with a vibrant celebration that brings together the community and visitors in a shared appreciation of the arts. This esteemed event, entering its 49th year, transcends the typical art show to offer a holistic experience of visual, performing, musical, and culinary arts that captivates the senses and ignites inspiration.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Orange Beach, the festival has earned a distinguished reputation, not just regionally but nationally. With a recent accolade as the Best Art Show in Alabama by the luxury magazine "ALABAMA" for three of the past four years and a prestigious national ranking at #76 for the top 100 fine art and design shows, the festival stands as a testament to the quality and diversity of the artistic talent it showcases.

The festival bridges the gap between artists and the community, offering a unique opportunity to engage directly with creators, learn about their techniques, and perhaps even discover the story behind each piece. From breathtaking paintings and sculptures to captivating performances and gourmet culinary displays, each aspect of the festival is carefully curated to ensure a rich, multifaceted experience.

The event caters to all ages, making it a perfect family outing where children and adults alike can find something to marvel at or participate in.

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show (March)

Set sail for an unforgettable experience at The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show, the premier Gulf Coast event for boating enthusiasts and marine industry professionals. Lauded as the "Top Boat Buying Show" in the northern Gulf, The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show has established itself as the go-to destination for potential boat buyers and sea-faring aficionados. The show’s acclaimed reputation is complemented by an exhibitor list that reads like a Who's Who of the marine industry.

Explore the marvels of maritime craftsmanship with 120 wet slip boats and yachts poised gracefully in the water, ready for your perusal. Walk the docks, feel the breeze, and imagine the horizon as your next destination. On land, witness the power and design of more than 700+ sport and console boats, showcasing the latest in design, technology, and utility.

The Bridgewalk Area is a core of activity within the show, featuring the Event Stage, set against the backdrop of luxury yachts and bustling vendor displays. In this hub, you'll encounter instructional seminars packed with insights and tips from industry experts, as well as live music to enhance the festive marine atmosphere. 

Emphasizing family-friendly elements, the show includes engaging activities like the Kid's Art Classes by world-renowned marine artist Larry Rackley. Children have the opportunity to not only engage with the wonders of the boating world but also to channel their creativity into making their personalized Boat Show keepsake under the guidance of a true maestro.

The Interstate Mullet Toss And Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party (April)

At the core of the Gulf Coast's most unique and anticipated events lies the Flora-Bama Mullet Toss. An event that brilliantly encapsulates the blend of fun, philanthropy, and local culture, this iconic beach party not only draws crowds from across the nation but also serves a much higher purpose.

Contrary to what the uninitiated might think, the Flora-Bama Mullet Toss is not just about the sheer joy of hurling a fish across state lines; it's a significant charitable event with deep community roots. Every mullet propelled through the air symbolizes a commitment to supporting the youth of the local area. The proceeds from every mullet tossed are dedicated to a noble cause. Local youth charities, including educational and prevention programs from the Community Drug & Alcohol Council, Inc. (CDAC), are the primary beneficiaries.

Held on the pristine sands that stretch between the Alabama-Florida state line, the event encapsulates the spirit of the Gulf Coast. Participants of all ages come together in a celebration that is as much about community spirit as it is about competition. The Mullet Toss, named affectionately after the Gulf fish (not the hairstyle), encapsulates a unique blend of quirkiness, fun, and a sense of purpose.

The Hangout Music Festival (May)

Dive into the heart of the music and cultural extravaganza known as the Hangout Music Festival, set against the picturesque backdrop of Gulf Shores. Offering a mix of sun, sand, and tunes, Hangout Fest has evolved into a must-visit destination on the music festival circuit.

Hangout Music Festival boasts an eclectic mix of genres, bringing together top-tier artists from the worlds of rock, indie, hip-hop, and electronica. The festival prides itself on creating a vibrant tapestry of sound, catering to the musical tastes of a diverse audience. The full lineup, eagerly anticipated by fans each year, promises performances that resonate long after the final note fades.

Beyond the music, Hangout Music Festival is a haven of activities and experiences designed to enhance your weekend. From beach volleyball and hammock lounging areas to amusement rides and art installations, the festival grounds are a playground for those looking to immerse themselves fully in the Hangout vibe. With gourmet food options and craft beverages, your taste buds will be on a journey as exhilarating as the music.

Orange Beach Billfish Classic (May)

The Orange Beach Billfish Classic holds a prestigious spot in the angling community, a symbol of the competitive spirit that thrives on the Gulf Coast's glistening waters. As a prime event for big game fishing enthusiasts, this tournament not only showcases the skill of the anglers but also celebrates the region's rich marine life.

A Tournament of Giants

Rewriting the record books, the Orange Beach Billfish Classic has a history of remarkable catches, and the latest edition was no exception. The tournament witnessed:

  • Blue Marlin Category: The majestic 'Mollie' was reeled in at a jaw-dropping weight of 776.4 lbs by Brian Stover, setting a benchmark for future contenders and marking a memorable moment in the tournament's legacy.

  • Catch and Release Division: The 'Briar Patch' team achieved an impressive 1500 points, demonstrating their expertise and commitment to conservation. Catch and release practices embedded in the tournament stress the importance of sustainable sport fishing.

Weighing In

Beyond the catch and release category, the event showcased formidable big catches in various classes:

  • Tuna: 'Fins Up' led by Charlie Thomas, landed a substantial tuna weighing 148 lbs., proving the abundance and fight of this species in the Gulf waters.

  • Wahoo: Peter Martin aboard 'Cotton Patch' caught an impressive 41.4 lbs. wahoo, a testament to the skill and precision required to capture this fast-swimming species.

  • Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi): Daniel Carter from 'Miss Mary' recorded a considerable catch of 25.2 lbs, highlighting the diversity of species that challenge and excite the anglers participating in the tournament.

While the Orange Beach Billfish Classic is undoubtedly centered around the pursuit of the Gulf's majestic billfish, it's a vibrant community event at its core. It brings together individuals who share a passion for the sea, conservation, and fishing. Each year, the event buzzes with stories of sportsmanship, close calls, and the shared love of the angling way of life on the Gulf Coast.

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