7 Fun Ways to Spend Easter in Orange Beach

 Easter Bunny in Orange Beach Ready to hit the beach for the Easter in Orange Beach? It’s a wonderful time to welcome spring and get in some family fun.


This year, Easter falls on April 21, when the temperatures hit an average of 76 degrees during the day and dip to the high-50s at night. We call that perfect beach weather! Pack your bags and put Turquoise Place in your GPS. It’s time for Easter in Orange Beach.


Easter in Orange Beach

Easter Worship Services. Attend an Easter service at Turquoise Place provided by Island Church at 11:30 a.m. in the C Tower event room. An Easter Sunrise Service on the beach will be offered at the Flora-Bama’s Worship on the Water at 6 a.m., while The Hangout in Gulf Shores hosts a service at 6:30 a.m. with Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.


Easter Activities for the Kids. First, spend Easter Day with activities onsite at Turquoise Place. Bring the kids and a basket for the Easter Egg Hunt on West Beach in front of the D Tower. Don’t be late. After all, an Easter Egg hunt is over almost as quickly as it begins, and this one starts promptly at 10 a.m.


Live Music. Listen to live music from noon to 4 p.m. at the main pool while relaxing and catching some rays. Order a delicious lunch at the Change of Pace bar and grill near the main pool while you take in the atmosphere.


More Easter Fun. Our Easter Eggstravaganza will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on the East Lawn, the grassy area next to C Tower. Activities are complimentary for guests staying with Spectrum Resorts. There is a $7 cost for non-Spectrum guests. Activities include photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts, games, face-painting, an inflatable obstacle course and more.


A Week of Spring Season Fun. Enjoy resort activities during the rest of the week, as well. Start your day with morning yoga, then head to the frozen treats bar to cool off. Keep the kids busy making crafts like glitter tattoos, sand art necklaces and tie-dye shirts. We even host a Tic Tac Dash obstacle course on April 25.


Gulf Shores Easter Weekend Events

Easter weekend is jam-packed with fun throughout Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. Get in on Gulf Shores events like the 2019 Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run and the Easter Egg Hunt and Kids Fun Day at the Flora-Bama, both on April 20.


Orange Beach Events

Stay through the following weekend and check out the Bama Coast Cruisin’ at The Wharf in Orange Beach on April 25-27 or sip a bushwhacker and enjoy the Flora-Bama Interstate Mullet Toss on April 26-28.


Hippity hop down to Orange Beach for an Easter weekend the whole family will enjoy. Book now to reserve your place in the sun at Turquoise Place.

The Top Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parades & Festivities For 2019

Celebrate Mardi Gras Alabama style with a slew of Orange Beach Mardi Gras parades and events happening in 2019. From colorful parades to evening Mardi Gras masquerades, there’s plenty to do in and around Orange Beach for Mardi Gras!

Discover the best Orange Beach Mardi Gras parades and festivities happening in 2019!

Lulu’s Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball | February 27, 2019

When: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Lulu’s annual Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball will have everyone dressed in their Mardi Gras best. Dance along to live music by the Tin Tops, a full buffet, and an open bar included with your ticket. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, call (251) 967-5858. Head to Lulu’s in Gulf Shores for this over-the-top Mardi Gras extravaganza!

Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade | Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Starts: 2:00 pm

The 2019 Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade will continue the rich tradition of Fat Tuesday celebrations. Thousands of onlookers have been on hand in years past to witness the many floats and costumes during the Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade. The parade will begin at 2:00 pm east of Phoenix West, making its way down a two-mile stretch to Highway 161. Get there early to find the best seating so you can see all of the excitement!

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade | Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Starts: 10:00 am

Take the short drive west to Gulf Shores for the 41st Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade! Since 1978, the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade has adorned the streets of Gulf Shores with vibrant floats, costumes, and more, bringing smiles and excitement to spectators every year. This year’s parade will begin at 10 am on Fat Tuesday. Stay tuned for more information!

pink mardi gras mask on yellow background

The Mystical Order of Mirams Mardi Gras Parade | Friday, March 1, 2019

Starts: 6:30 pm

For years, The Mystical Order of Mirams has hosted a Mardi Gras parade that has brought excitement and cheer to all spectators. Including local organizations, this parade features a bevy of participants in vibrantly designed floats and costumes. Head to Perdido Beach Boulevard between Phoenix West and Highway 161 to find a spot for this Orange Beach Mardi Gras celebration! The parade begins at 6:30 pm, Friday, March 1.

The Mystical Order of Mirams Ball

When: Friday, March 1, 2019, following the Mystical Order of Mirams Mardi Gras Parade

After the Mirams Mardi Gras Parade, head over to the Orange Beach Event Center for The Mystical Order of Mirams Ball. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade | Saturday, March 2, 2019

Starts: 6:00 pm

Watch as the Mystics of Pleasure roll down Perdido Beach Boulevard on motorcycles, floats, and more for this year’s Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade.

The Wharf Mardi Gras Kid & Pet Parade | Monday, March 4, 2019

Stay tuned for more information!

Lulu’s Mardi Gras Anniversary Celebration & Boat Parade | Tuesday, March 5, 2019

When: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; the boat parade starts at 3:00 pm

Lulu’s in Gulf Shores will be celebrating Mardi Gras with a boat parade and an anniversary, and you’re invited! The day will be jam-packed with fun and excitement, including live music, tons of delicious food, and complimentary cake! The boat parade will set sail at 3:00 pm from The Wharf, making its way towards Lulu’s and Homeport Marina. After the boat parade, the party will continue with live music and much more!

Find out more about the latest happenings, things to do, and events in Orange Beach with the Turquoise Place blog.

2019 Orange Beach Events for Your Beach Vacation

The beachside cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are well known for amazing beaches and superb culinary treats, but there are also festivals and events galore that attract visitors year ’round. As you’re planning your Spectrum Resorts vacation at Turquoise Place, schedule it during an Orange Beach event for even more fun in the sun on Alabama’s white-sand beaches.

2019 Orange Beach Events

Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

February 23, 2019

The Wharf in Orange Beach, 4830 Main St., Orange Beach

(251) 981-1524

Celebrate this 27th annual event with a full day of seafood, activities for the kids, live entertainment, a car show and more. There will be two stages with lots of music, almost 100 arts and crafts vendors, and both seafood and specialty food booths at this Orange Beach event. This is the primary fundraiser for the Orange Beach Sports Association supporting local youth sports.


Orange Beach Festival of Art

Orange Beach Festival of Art
March 9-10, 2019

Orange Beach Waterfront Park, 26389 Canal Rd., Orange Beach

(251) 981-ARTS (2787)

The 45th annual Festival of Art is a celebration of the arts where attendees will see visual arts, fine arts and crafts, glass, potters, painters, sculptors and more. Also enjoy a culinary arts court with local fare and a stage featuring music and songwriting as well as a kid’s art alley for the young ones at this Orange Beach event.


The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

March 29-31, 2019

The Wharf in Orange Beach, 4550 Main St., Orange Beach

(850) 348-1498

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show is the largest in-water display of any boat show along the upper Gulf Coast. The event highlights the latest and greatest offerings from manufacturers and dealers throughout the Southeast. Visitors can also see the newest finds in marine electronics, fishing tackle, engines and outdoor equipment.


Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run

Gulf Shores event

April 20, 2019

Waterway Village in Gulf Shores, 225 E. 24th Ave. Gulf Shores

(251) 968-1174

Who doesn’t love a fun festival with tasty crawfish, great Zydeco rhythms, arts and crafts vendors and children’s activities? Put this Gulf Shores event on your calendar for a 2019 beach vacation in Gulf Shores.


Easter at Turquoise Place

April 21, 2019

26302 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach

Spend your Easter weekend at Turquoise Place and enjoy an array of holiday activities, including children’s activities and entertainment.


National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship

May 3-5, 2019

Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place), 101 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores

The NCAA National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship is where the top eight teams from across the country will compete for the championship title.


Mother’s Day at Turquoise Place

May 12, 2019

26302 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach

Treat Mom to a weekend of pampering at Turquoise Place. Indulge her with relaxation time in a private, balcony hot tub, a float down the lazy river and lunch from Change of Pace.


The Hangout Music Festival

Hangout Music Festival

May 16-19, 2019

Gulf Shores Public Beach, 101 E Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores

Award-winning Hangout Music Festival is one of Alabama’s Gulf Coast premier music events with a terrific lineup of great live music plus festival amenities like beach volleyball, carnival-style rides, Gulf-front hammocks, seafood and more! (Note: Hangout Fest’s Thursday Kick-off Party is a separately ticketed event.) Get ticket and lodging packages to make the most of your stay with Spectrum Resorts.


The Village Lawn Opens at The Beach Club

May 22, 2019

925 Beach Club Trail, Gulf Shores, AL

Take a short drive to our sister resort, The Beach Club in Gulf Shores. The Village Lawn is the hottest summertime attraction at the Gulf Shores resort. Enjoy a fun atmosphere under festival lights in the evenings with live entertainment, life-sized games and food trucks.


July 4th Festivities

July 4, 2019

26302 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach

Have a star-spangled Fourth of July at Turquoise Place. Enjoy an assortment of festive activities, including live entertainment and children’s activities.


Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf

July 10-14, 2019

The Wharf, 4673 Wharf Parkway, Orange Beach

(251) 224-1900

Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf is one of the greatest shows in sportfishing and a Top 20 event in the Southeast. Don’t miss this Orange Beach event during your Turquoise Place vacation.


Labor Day Weekend

August 30 – September 2, 2019

26302 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach

Soak up summertime at Turquoise Place with Labor Day weekend festivities.


The Wharf Uncorked

Orange Beach wine festival

September 2019 TBA

The Wharf at Orange Beach, 23101 Canal Rd, Orange Beach

(251) 224-1000

This three-day event combines food, wine, live entertainment and great coastal hospitality all in an effort to raise money for Make-A-Wish® Alabama. It’s a premier event each year and offers a fantastic silent auction as well. Watch for ticket packages to this Orange Beach event.


Annual National Shrimp Festival

October 10-13, 2019

Gulf Place, Gulf Shores, AL

Thousands of pounds of fresh, Gulf shrimp and seafood are served up at this annual Gulf Shores event. Browse more than 300 arts and crafts and fine art vendors, listen to hours of live music or enter the sand sculpture contest. There’s something for everyone at this annual event.


Hangout Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend

November 1-2, 2019

Gulf Place, Gulf Shores, AL

Oyster loves won’t want to miss this annual Gulf Shores event! Sample dozens of preparations of oysters by the country’s top chefs. Enjoy cooking demonstrations by Food Network stars, live entertainment and much more!


World Food Championship

November 2019 TBA

The Wharf, 4673 Wharf Parkway, Orange Beach

Watch more than 1,300 chefs and home cook teams compete for bragging rights in the greatest show in food sport! This is an Orange Beach event that’s not to be missed.


Remember when planning to visit, Spectrum Resorts offers VIP perks for booking direct. Enjoy the Clean Bed Guarantee — a clean duvet with every stay, a 100% satisfaction guarantee and book with no money down when planning at least 30 days in advance. Spectrum Resorts at Turquoise Place also offers onsite concierge, front desk and housekeeping/maintenance teams for the perfect hassle-free vacation experience. Enjoy discounts at Change of Pace Bar & Grill, as well as complimentary continental breakfast at the Spectrum Club Lounge (seasonally).


Reserve your 2019 Orange Beach vacation at Turquoise Place today with $0 deposit.



The 12 Top Orange Beach Christmas Events

Trade in the snow for snow-white sand and scape the winter blues with these Orange Beach Christmas events. Christmas time is just around the corner and we don’t want you to miss out on holiday fun for the entire family.

Discover the can’t miss Orange Beach Christmas events happening in 2018!


Ice Skating Rink at The Wharf

When: Friday, November 16th thru Sunday, January 13th; Various times

Where: The Wharf

Admission: $10 per person; includes skate rentals

A popular holiday destination for all ages is the ice skating rink at The Wharf. No matter your experience level, The Wharf ice skating rink is a unique experience. Skate rentals and special ticket packages are available. Tickets start at $10 and include skate rentals. For $13, visitors will enjoy the ice skating rink and a ride in the gulf-front Ferris wheel.


christmas tree with ornaments and lights

Photos with Santa at The Wharf

When: Friday, November 16th thru Monday, December 24th; Various times

Where: The Port at The Wharf

Did you know, Santa’s Village is located at The Port at The Wharf in Orange Beach?! Well, between Friday, November 16th and Monday, December 24th it is, so you better not pout, and you better be nice if you want to grab a pic with the most popular guy at this Christmas village. Get your list ready and head over to The Port for your visit with Santa Claus!


Holiday Horse & Carriage Rides at The Wharf

When: Sunday, November 18th thru Sunday, December 16th; 5 pm – 8 pm

Where: The Wharf

Admission: $25 per ride, up to four people; $5 for single riders

A peaceful carriage ride through The Wharf will have you in the holiday spirit in no time. Enjoy the lights and holiday displays along the streets of Orange Beach. Rides are $25 for up to four people and $5 for single riders.


Magic Christmas in Lights Bellingrath Gardens

When: Friday, November 23rd thru Monday, December 31st; 5 pm – 9 pm

Where: Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Admission: $8 for kids ages 5-12; $16 for adults ages 13 and up

Contact: (251) 973-2217

Light displays, carolers, and hot cocoa, oh my! Located about an hour and a half from Orange Beach, Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore, AL has you covered for beautiful light scenes and displays this holiday season. Recognized as one of the top 10 public light displays in America by USA Today and one of the top 20 festivals and events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, Magic Christmas in Lights is truly a can’t miss spectacle. From November 23rd to December 31st, the beautiful gardens will feature dazzling displays, live choral performances, and delicious holiday meals and hot cocoa for purchase every night.

Tickets start at $16 for adults ages 13 and up and $8 for kids ages 5-12.


colorful holiday lights

Christmas Tree Lighting at The Wharf

When: Tuesday, November 27th; 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: The Wharf

Admission: Free

Orange Beach Christmas doesn’t get much better than this! Ring in the holiday season at the Christmas Tree Lighting at The Wharf in Orange Beach. This family-friendly occasion includes cookie decorating, hot chocolate, letters to Santa, and of course, the lighting of the Christmas tree! Head to Main Street and find a spot to watch the lights glitter and sparkle. As the night concludes, the Holiday SPECTRA Sound & Light Spectacular will fill the air with holiday cheer.


7th Annual Merry Market Unique Gifts and Arts & Crafts Expo

When: Friday, December 7th, 9 am – 6 pm & Saturday, December 8th, 9 am – 5 pm

Where: Orange Beach Events Center

Admission: Free

Find the perfect gift for someone special at the 7th Annual Merry Market Expo, at the Orange Beach Events Center at The Wharf. You’re sure to find something unique at this one-stop shop for holiday goods, apparel, local crafts, homemade products, toys, and more! Admission is free to the public. The expo begins at 9 am each day at the Orange Beach Events Center.

Check out the best holiday shopping in Baldwin County.


9th Annual Gulf Shores Lighted Christmas Parade

When: Friday, December 7th; 6:30 pm – 9 pm

Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach

Admission: Free

Take a short trip to Gulf Shores Public Beach for this year’s Gulf Shores Lighted Christmas Parade! Kicking off at 6:30 pm, this year’s parade will feature a plethora of Christmas attractions, floats, and more! Lighted floats, marching bands, and the holiday’s most famous characters will be on hand as they make their way down Highway 59 to Sims Park. After the parade, a celebration will kick off at Sims Park including holiday treats, pictures with Santa and snowball drop!


South Baldwin Community Theatre presents A Charlie Brown Christmas

When: December 7th, 8th, 14th, and 15th at 7:30 pm; December 9th and 16th at 2:30 pm

Where: South Baldwin Community Theatre

Admission: $9.95 for students; $15 for adults

Contact: (251) 968-6721

Head to South Baldwin Community Theatre in Gulf Shores as Charlie Brown and Snoopy come to life for a two-weekend performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas. This holiday classic will feature the entire Peanuts gang in a special stage performance. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $9.95 for students.



2nd Annual Jingle Jubilee Kids Crafts Day

When: Saturday, December 8th; 12 pm – 4 pm

Where: The Port at The Wharf

Admission: Free

For the second year in a row, the Jingle Jubilee Kids Crafts Day at The Port at The Wharf in Orange Beach will let kids use their Christmas spirit to create homemade crafts, jewelry, ornaments, cookie decorating, and much more just in time for the holidays! Several shops and restaurants along The Wharf will feature their own crafting stations from cookie decorating to coloring contests and ornament making. There will also be store specials, a coloring contest, and live music throughout the day. You and your little one(s) will not want to miss this!


33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

When: Saturday, December 8th; 5 pm – 8 pm

Where: Lulu’s at Homeport Marina

Admission: Free

Head to the water to enjoy this unique Christmas parade in Orange Beach! The 33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will have everyone in the Christmas spirit with glimmering lights adorned to over 45 different vessels like sailboats, kayaks, and more. This coastal Alabama holiday celebration is a can’t miss event. Be sure to find a seat along the Intracoastal Waterway or along The Wharf.


2nd Annual Happy Howlidays Kid & Pet Parade

When: Sunday, December 9th; 2 pm – 5 pm

Where: Main Street at The Wharf

Admission: Free

You can never have enough Christmas parades, and Happy Howlidays Kid & Pet Parade may go down as the most adorable Christmas parade around! Dress your furry family member in their holiday best, then visit Main Street at The Wharf for the 2 pm parade. Humans are encouraged to dress up too! After the parade, kids’ activities will be available including a bouncy house, face painting, and a live DJ spinning the holiday hits. The Baldwin Humane Society will also be on hand for pet adoptions and donations. Don’t miss this festive Orange Beach Christmas event!


12 Days of Christmas Shopping

When: Thursday, December 13th thru Monday, December 24th

Where: Various retailers at The Wharf

For 12 days only, exclusive deals and one-day-only specials will be available at various shops at The Wharf! Get great savings and special gifts starting December 13th, and runs through December 24th. Find the perfect gift for someone special or as a gift to yourself. No matter what you’re looking for, The Wharf is sure to have it during the 12 Days of Christmas Shopping!


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How to Spend Thanksgiving in Orange Beach

The holidays can be filled with hustle and bustle, but this year resolve to make Thanksgiving different. Leave the stress of the season behind and opt for an Orange Beach Thanksgiving. Relax and recharge your mind, body, and soul. A holiday getaway on Alabama’s beaches offers the perfect time to reflect on the past year and give thanks.

How do you make the most of the holiday in Orange Beach? Read on for details.

kids playing billiards at the spectrum club lounge

How to Spend Thanksgiving in Orange Beach

Enjoy a hassle-free holiday by taking advantage of conveniences like grocery delivery. Skip the lines at the grocery store when you pre-order your groceries via the VIP Spectrum Experience with a GEM specialist at Turquoise Place. What could be better than arriving in your luxury Orange Beach condo to find your groceries stored away in the refrigerator and pantry?

Spectrum Club Lounge

When you really want a hassle-free holiday, stop by the Spectrum Club Lounge. The lounge is designed and offered exclusively to Spectrum Resorts guests and features a complimentary continental breakfast Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

In addition, a welcome reception is held every Wednesday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Between the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Spectrum Resorts guests are invited to take advantage of games like ping pong, gaming consoles, and family board games.

The Spectrum Club Lounge offers a fun place to relax and unwind, especially in the event of inclement weather. Operating days and times change seasonally, so be sure to inquire when booking your Thanksgiving in Orange Beach vacation.


Orange Beach Thanksgiving Dinner for 2018

Do you love preparing the Thanksgiving turkey and all the fixings? You’re in luck! Orange Beach condos rentals at Turquoise Place feature large, over-sized kitchens that include:

  • Plenty of counter space for prepping the perfect Orange Beach Thanksgiving dinner
  • Top-of-the-line appliances
  • A gas range for the very best food preparations
  • Large dining table for everyone in the family to enjoy a “home” cooked meal

Thanksgiving To Go Options

If you want to enjoy the comfortable surroundings of your condo, but don’t want to cook an entire meal, you’ve got options. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach grocery stores like Publix and Rouses Market offer Thanksgiving to go options when ordered in advance. You can pick up your entire holiday meal. Just reheat it in your condo.

Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar Thanksgiving Buffet

Now, if you prefer for someone else to handle the meal prep and clean up from start to finish, make reservations for the Thanksgiving buffet at Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar. Located at our sister resort in Gulf Shores, The Beach Club Resort & Spa, you can leave the cooking to the experts. Award-winning chef John Hamme and his team of culinary professionals are preparing a feast that’s sure to put you in nap mode when you’re finished!

So, if you want someone else doing the dishes, make reservations at Coast Restaurant. Some of the items served include prime rib, sweet tea-brined pork loin, oven-roasted turkey, house-smoked salmon, cornbread dressing, Southern-style green beans, sweet potato souffle’, salads, desserts and so much more.

Nov. 22, 2018, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Reservations Only

$39.95 per adult plus tax & gratuity, $14.95 kids 6-12 plus tax,

Children 5 and under FREE

Call  (251) 224-3600 to book your table.


woman holding shopping bags

Things to Do in Orange Beach for Thanksgiving

When you’re not feasting on turkey and dressing, there’s plenty to do – or not do – during Thanksgiving in Orange Beach. Tackle a little holiday shopping on Black Friday at The Wharf. Be sure to stop by The Southern Grind Coffee House for a great cup of Joe to get the morning started!

Send the kids to play a round of laser tag at Arena Next Level, also at The Wharf. Top off a day of shopping at Red or White with savory appetizers and your favorite glass of wine.

Turquoise Place Amenities & Activities

Of course, we can’t forget the beach! Whether you’re playing a game of beach volleyball, sand football, or just relaxing with a good book, the white-sand beaches are ready to welcome you back for a hassle-free Thanksgiving in Orange Beach. Check out the Turquoise Place amenities and activities here.


Reserve your Orange Beach condo at Turquoise Place and enjoy a holiday to write home about with family and friends. 

Top Can’t-Miss Orange Beach Events this Fall

There are so many can’t-miss Orange Beach events and festivals in the fall on Alabama’s beaches, it may make your vacation planning a little more difficult! One thing is for sure, no matter when you visit, you’re certain to find lots of fun and lots of food on your next Orange Beach AL vacation. Browse our list of top Orange Beach events for fall 2018 and put the Alabama Gulf Coast in your GPS. Get the best rates of the fall season on our specials page.


Bulls on the Beach  I  Sept. 7 – 8

Bulls on the Beach

Professional bull riders from all over the Southeast converge on the beach for this unique family-friendly Orange Beach event at the Flora-Bama Lounge. General admission tickets start at $25 for adults, $15 for teens ages 7 – 17, and kids ages 6 and under are free.

For more information, contact (251) 980-5118.


The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event  I  Sept. 13 – 15

Enjoy sampling more than 100 labels of wine and watching cooking demonstrations from renown chefs during this foodie favorite Orange Beach event. Even better, it’s a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alabama and last year raised more than $20,000! Tickets start at $35 each.

For tickets and more information, call (251) 224-1000.


47th Annual National Shrimp Festival  I  Oct. 11 – 14

With an average attendance of 300,000, this Gulf Shores event should be named the JUMBO Shrimp Festival. You’ll find arts and crafts, live entertainment and seafood dishes for days! Admission is free.

For more information, call (251) 968-7200.


The Original German Sausage Festival  I  Oct. 27

Arts and crafts, musical acts, an old fashioned midway, and more German-style food than you can handle! This fundraiser has been headed up by the Elberta Fire Department since 1978, and all proceeds benefit the fire department and Town of Elberta, AL. It’s a short drive from Orange Beach, but well worth the trip! Admission is free.

Call (251) 986-5805 for more information.


Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout  I  Nov. 2 – 3

Not just oysters and craft beer; there are also demos and workshops from Food Network chefs, live music, and some friendly competition in this two-day Gulf Shores event. This is a unique food festival that’ll make you happy as a clam, well, oyster. General admission is $10 and kids 12 and under are free. VIP tickets are also available.

Visit the Hangout Cook-Off website for more details.


2018 World Food Championships  I  Nov. 7 – 11

It’s the ultimate food fight that combines food and sport at this Orange Beach event. More than 1,500 chefs and home cooks compete for big prize money in competitions such as the Steakout, BBQ, Chili Fest and more. This is America’s most watched food sport event. General admission is $10 and kids 12 and under are free. VIP tickets are also available.

Contact (615) 297-6886 for more information.


34th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival  I  Nov. 8 – 18

Songwriters' Festival

This Orange Beach event has been named a top 20 event in the Southeast and runs across multiple venues and features nearly 200 songwriters from around the world. Experience new talent, find out who or what inspired your favorite song, and feel a part of a community of music lovers during this 11-day festival. Admission price varies by venue.

For more details, call (850) 492-7664.


Pick your favorite Gulf Shores or Orange Beach event and book now at Turquoise Place. Browse the best packages of the season for the lowest rates on our specials page.

Things to Do During Inclement Weather on the Gulf Coast

The sun is shining and there’s not a cloud in the sky. Picture perfect weather is what everyone is expecting during their beach vacation. Unfortunately, sometimes rain and sleet do happen. In that case, you shouldn’t have to stop your dream vacation from continuing just as planned. We have created a list of the top activities to do to entertain your guests during your beach vacation along the Gulf Coast.

The National Naval Aviation Museum is a quick drive along the coast into Pensacola, FL and is an ideal location for rich history and historic displays. The 350,000 square feet museum is the largest Naval Aviation museum. The best part of a visit to the museum is that it’s FREE!

The David L. Bodenhamer Recreation Center  is located in the heart of Gulf Shores, AL and offers a variety of recreational activities. Even though the center is membership based, daily passes can be purchased for only $10 per day per person and include access to the indoor pool, basketball/racquetball courts and game room.

Gulf Bowl is not your ordinary bowling alley. Located in Foley, AL, the owners of Gulf Bowl focus on family entertainment that includes state-of-the-art lanes, laser tag, ropes course, interactive arcade, dining and even private parties.

Fat Daddy’s Arcade is in Orange Beach, AL and offers over 80 different arcade games. Catering to all ages, Fat Daddy’s offers something for everyone. Many of the larger-than-life size games award tickets that can be redeemed for sought after prizes.

The Factory in one of Gulf Shores newest additions for family fun. With so many different activities under one roof, they encourage everyone to play now and grow up later. Guests can jump around on over 12,000 square feet of connected trampolines. Other activities include an obstacle course, foam pits, dodgeball, flight simulator and an arcade.

The Gulf Coast Escape Room is great for all ages and is designed to get you out of your comfort zone. Work together as a team to make your great escape in under 60 minutes. Each room has a different theme where you have to crack codes, solve ciphers and decode clues for an unforgettable adventure.


Don’t let a little bit of inclement weather put a damper on your visit to the Gulf Coast. Visit one of the establishments listed above and leave us a comment on how much fun you had.

How to Make the Best of Valentine’s Day When You Are Single

It’s Valentine’s Day, and that means those lucky enough to be in love with that special someone will be doting or doted upon with gifts, heart shaped candy, flowers, romantic dinners and the sort. For those who chose the single life or the single life chose you, you can still have fun and not hate yourself for being single. Shake off those “I hate this day” blues and go out and have some fun. Who said this day is just for relationships, what about your relationship with yourself and your friends?

Dinner. I know, I know. Dinners on this night are grossly romantic for those who have a significant other, but that doesn’t mean you don’t still get a great meal at a great deal. Check out all those “romantic” Valentine’s Day specials and see what you will enjoy for yourself or with friends. There are places that offer a single price versus a couple’s price. Coast Restaurant at The Beach Club has a select three course menu, with a single and couples pricing. Choose your favorites and create your own custom meal. And who knows, when you go out to dinner by yourself you might meet a fellow “single” diner and let the magic happen.

Flowers. Everyone has flowers on their desk from someone else. Who said you can’t be your own secret admirer? Sometimes it feels great to love yourself and no one else needs to know those kind words of empowerment were your own, and besides you might make the girl in the cubicle next to you jealous over your “Secret Admirer’s” great taste.

Pamper yourself. There are so many stresses in this world and in the “single” universe there are even more. Treat yourself to some much needed alone time and pamper yourself with a spa day. The Spa at The Beach Club is a full Salon and Spa offering facials, massages, body wraps, and an in ground hot tub to relax before and after your treatments. Go in looking drab and come out looking fabulous and glowing. Show your ex you don’t need them with a change of hairstyle and a confident relaxed attitude. The best thing about Valentine’s Day is the discounts; The Spa at The Beach Club has 20% off this week for the love struck day.

The Beach. This goes without saying, but we all need a beach day. Why not grab a group of your single girl friends and make this a girl’s weekend? Dote on each other with drinks and dinner and a weekend you desperately need with a change of scenery and without the exes you left behind. Spectrum Resorts offers weekend rates and holiday specials for your perfect weekend that’s worth every moment at Turquoise Place and The Beach Club.

During this romantic holiday there is something for those that are famously in love and those that relationships just aren’t their thing. Either way, make this day enjoyable to you. Love yourself and loving others will come in time. Make life worth every moment and #creatinghappymemories a priority.

Fall Fun and Activities on the Alabama Gulf Coast

The weather is getting cooler and the crowds are thinning out on the Gulf Coast, at least for a little while. While you are choosing your pumpkins for carving and costumes for Halloween there is more fun to be had that can be spooky and creative.

Fall Festivals. When October and November roll in, so does fall festivals including Shrimp Fest, Oyster Cook-Off and this year World Food Championships. While these are just the big name events, there are lots of small local food tastings that gives your inner foodie a chance to find your new favorite local restaurant. Shrimp Fest is a giant festival of fun filled with art, clothes, gifts, music and more, even a kid’s area to tire them out before going home with all your goodies. Of course you come for the shrimp and you can taste all your favorites as well as some new creations. Oyster Cook-Off is another favorite on the Gulf Coast with a craft beer tasting and live music on opening night for you to try all the local brews before you dive into the oysters the next day. Enjoy selections from award winning chefs and Food Network stars and learn a thing or two about oysters. Shuck your heart out in the shucking competition or just sip on a Bloody Mary. World Food Championship is brand new to the Alabama Gulf Coast and is taking over the Wharf for a week in November. Watch fierce competitors battle to be the next World Food Champion and taste all their creations in the process. Learn tips and tricks for your own kitchen and take home some tasty treats.

Pumpkin Carving. It’s a traditions that families do not miss, instead of going to the grocery store this year and picking out the picked over pumpkins, take the whole family to Wales West for the Pumpkin Patch Express and Scary Night Train. Ride an authentic steam train to the Haunted Barn Maze to the kiddie friendly pumpkin patch and pick that perfect pumpkin. While you are carving your new creations, keep the seeds and the guts to make a pumpkin pie and roasted pumpkin seeds for a healthy fall treat. Before you light that candle, put a wash of bleach on the inside so that your jack o lantern will last all the way to Halloween.

Fall Treats. What’s better than Fall festivals and pumpkin carving? Those sweet treats that make Fall the best time of year. Candy apples, caramel apples and hot apple cider, these are a few of the sweet treats that you can make at home and have fun for all those Fall parties. Candy apples are fun and perfect for this time of year, but why not make them spooky for Halloween? While you are making your signature candy apples, add a little black food coloring for poison apples even Snow White would know were poison but delicious. Or make a bloody chocolate candy apple. Simply dip the base in white chocolate and drip your red candy coating on top for a bloody delicious treat. If you love candy apples, but don’t want the little ones to have that much sugar, simply take a melon baller to your apples and turn them into mini candy apples, perfect for a small snack and portion control. With all these apple, hot apple cider is the best drink for Fall. If you can’t find that perfect mullen spice to make your apple cider just like home, try using chai tea as your spices and add that to your hot apple cider for a treat that will warm your heart.

Fall is the perfect time of year to relax and spend time with your family, there are so many crafts and activities that will keep you busy until the holidays and will keep you #creatinghappymemories that will last a lifetime and maybe start a tradition for the next generation.


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