April - Nov, 2018 Practices typically begin at 11:30 a.m. central time; 9am-10am on May 18, July 6 and September 2018 Blue Angels Practice Schedule National Museum of Naval Aviation, 1750 Radford Blvd. Pensacola, FL 32508 Although the team travels the country during the year, they return home to NAS Pensacola in Florida most weeks. In order to stay proficient in their demanding routine, they traditionally fly practice performances over the base on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during airshow season (March through November). Look below for their planned practice dates, but keep in mind that these can and do change as the year progresses due to things like weather or other circumstances. Website
May 4, 2018 • 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival Foley Soccer Complex 18507 Highway 98 Foley AL 36535 Enjoy the world-famous Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs, arts and crafts and more! Balloon flights and displays are weather dependent, taking place only at dusk and dawn when conditions permit. Website
May 5, 2018 • 12:00 AM 14th Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival and 10K/5K Run Foley Soccer Complex 18507 Highway 98 Foley AL 36535 Join us for the Balloon Fest 10k/5k and get an opportunity to be up close and personal with hot air balloons (weather permitting). The race will begin and finish at the Balloon Festival Grounds. Awards will be given following the race and Balloon Festival vendors will be open for your shopping enjoyment. Packet pickup will be held on festival grounds from 6:30 am until 7:30 am. Enjoy the world-famous Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs, arts and crafts and more! Balloon flights and displays are weather dependent, taking place only at dusk and dawn when conditions permit. Website
May 14, 2018 - May 20, 2018 • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Art in the Park Heritage Park 101 E Laurel Ave. Foley AL 36535 An arts and crafts event in John B. Foley Park and Heritage Park and featuring more than 110 exhibitors displaying their original works.
May 12, 2018 - May 13, 2018 • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM American Craft Beer Week at Big Beach Big Beach Brewing Company, 300 E. 24th Ave. Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Mark your calendars, folks. It's not just hangout fest week on the Alabama Beaches, it's American Craft Beer Week at Big Beach, too! We'll be tapping multiple firkins, so stay tuned for the schedule of events! Website
May 17, 2018 - May 20, 2018 • 6:00 PM Big Beach Beer Dinner Ginny Lane Bar and Grill at The Wharf, 4851 Wharf Pkwy. Ste. D106 Orange Beach, AL 36561 $35 Per Person; call for reservations (251) 224-6500
May 18, 2018 - May 20, 2018 • 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM The Hangout Music Festival 2018 Gulf Shores Public Beach 101 E. Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores AL 36542 The Hangout Music Fest is known for sugar white beaches, starry nights and red hot music. The award-winning festival takes place in Gulf Shores, Alabama just a short drive from the Pensacola, FL and Mobile, AL airports. Hangout is as much a vacation as it is a concert event. Offering more than just music, fans can take advantage of festival amenities including beach volleyball, carnival rides, Gulf-front hammocks, delicious seafood and more. It was awarded as Pollstar’s “Music Festival of the Year” in 2011 and is continuously recognized as one of the best festivals in the US. The festival infuses over $40 million into the local economy each year. Website
May 18, 2018 - May 19, 2018 • 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM 2018 Orange Beach Billfish Classic The Wharf Marina, 4673 Wharf Pkwy. Orange Beach, AL 36561 Marlin tournament season in the Gulf of Mexico means big fish and big bucks as well as a serious adrenaline rush. Nowhere is that feeling more apparent than in the extremely popular Gulf Coast Triple Crown Series, consisting of five high-profile tournaments in the Gulf of Mexico. At stake for the top team in the Triple Crown is not only a custom six-foot marlin trophy but also the honor of being named the best billfishing team in the Gulf of Mexico for the year. Website
May 24, 2018 - May 26, 2018 • 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM 2018 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship Gulf Shores Sportsplex Day pass tickets are $8 and a three-day pass will be $20. The 2018 and 2019 NAIA Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field National Championship will take place at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex. The throws portion of the championship will be at the same site as well. Day pass tickets are $8 and a three-day pass will be $20. For schedule information, please visit www.NAIA.org
May 24, 2018 Dwight Yoakam in Concert Orange Beach Event Center DWIGHT YOAKAM is coming to the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf on Thursday, May 24th! Tickets on sale January 19th at 10am - online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone (800.745.3000) or at the Wharf Box Office.
May 25, 2018 2018 Pepsi Beach Ball Drop The Wharf in Orange Beach, 23101 Canal Rd. Orange Beach, AL 36561 It’s always the season for fun here at The Wharf, but we can’t lie – summer makes us especially giddy. Let’s kick off our So.Much.Summer with the always exhilarating Pepsi Beach Ball Drop! This 5th annual event will be televised on NBC 15, so make sure you are at the center of the action when over 5,000 Pepsi-branded beach balls fall from the sky! There will be dozens of family-friendly activities on site, ranging from a surf simulator, bouncy house, trampoline jumpee, the new bubble zone, and an array of animals. Website
May 26, 2018 - 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM LuLuPalooza 2018 Lucy Buffett's LuLu's, 200 E. 25th Ave. Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Join us for our Summer Kick Off Party! We will have bands in our dining room and on our big Crazy Sista Boat Stage all day. Fun for all ages! Noon: Lefty Collins 2 p.m. Phil & Foster w/ Special Guest Richard Douglas Jensen 4 p.m. Jillian Holt & The Soul Progressive 6 p.m. Jimmy Lumpkin & The Revival 8:15 p.m. Seth Walker Website
May 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Memorial Day Tribute 2018 Fort Morgan, 110 Hwy 180 Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Uniformed interpreters will bring the fort to life through demonstration of period drills on the fort's parade ground as well as artillery demonstration at the water battery. Special talks given by the site historians will provide insight into the events that transpired as well as introduce topics little written about in books. Explore the military history of Mobile Point from the War of 1812, Civil War, WWI, and WWII. Living history staff will remember those who gave their lives in serve at Fort Morgan. Website
May 27, 2018 - 7:30 AM 2nd Annual Paradise Island 5K Orange Beach Sportsplex, 4385 William Silvers Pkwy Orange Beach, AL 36561 Join us for the 2nd Annual Paradise Island 5K, Memorial Day weekend, at the SportsPlex in Orange Beach. The 5K certified course is on the paved nature trail with no motorized traffic and takes you through multiple trails along the Backcountry Trail. Tickets and Registration
May 28 - Aug 6, 2018 - 8:45 PM Sparks After Dark Fireworks 23101 Canal Rd. Orange Beach, AL 36561 The Sparks After Dark fireworks show will flash to life again this summer! On Mondays, May 28-August 6 at 8:45 p.m. you’ll have a weekly chance to catch the high-flying flickers in action thanks to our gracious sponsors. Bring the gang along and set up on Main Street for the best vantage point of the vibrant skies. Keep your eyes peeled for Starla the Starfish as she struts the pavement during the display. Experience the snap, crackle and pop of color all summer long! Website
June 1, 2018 - June 1: Fishing begins 12AM; June 2: Fishing closes at 7PM: June 3: 3PM Awards Ceremony 5th Annual Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. Perdido Key, FL 32507 The 'Funnest' Fishing Tournament on the Gulf Coast, the Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo is the "Every Mans" fishing rodeo! Just like the lounge, you don't have to be a VIP to fish with us. Categories will range from catfish to bill fish and everything in-between. Heck we'll probably see who can catch the biggest crab before it's all said and done. With that said we will be giving away top of the line prizes I can promise you that! Tickets and Registration
June 2 - Aug 11, 2018 - 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM Sounds of Summer Outdoor Summer Concert Series Pelican Place at Craft Farms - 3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy. Gulf Shores, AL 36542 The Pelican Place is proud to present our annual Sounds of Summer Event! This event will be Saturday nights in the summer from June 2 to August 11 at 6 - 8:30 p.m. The event will feature free concerts from some really amazing bands, food, and vendors. Fun for the entire family so bring your chair and have a most entertaining evening with the Pelican Place!
July 4 - 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM The City of Gulf Shores Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration Gulf State Park Fishing Pier • 20800 E. Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores AL 36542 The City of Gulf Shores will celebrate the Fourth of July with a stunning fireworks display, beginning at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Fireworks will be shot from the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier. Website
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