If you’re in search of a way to celebrate spring, the shores of Alabama and Orange Beach are the perfect place! An Orange Beach spring break is full of fun, sun, sand, and springtime festivals for you to enjoy. No matter what your interest, you can likely find a celebration for it. If it’s not available in the spring, check back throughout the year to see exactly when we celebrate some of your favorite things.
Festival of Art
Celebrate spring and the colors of the season – and the artists who portray them. The 49th annual festival has been considered the island’s first right of spring and is filled with plenty of visual, performing, musical, and culinary arts displays and activities. There are two stages for the liver performances. If you’re looking for an art show to celebrate spring, this is definitely it: the show has been ranked #25 nationally in the top 100 list of fine art and design shows. The free festival takes place March 11 and 12 at the Coastal Arts Center. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the 11th and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the 12th.
Head to Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores for an event like no other. The annual festival features the fine art of over 100 artists and combines it with a truly unique focus on cultural exchange. Learn more about the history and culture of the Poarch Creek Indians at the festival, which features a historical narrative and original tribal dance, complete with ceremonial regalia. The PCI Cultural Director will be on hand to describe the meaning of each dance. There’s also an Early Americana music presentation with Fiddle/Banjo competition and performances by some of the best musicians in the region. Take the kids to the children’s art pavilion, or wander in search of delicious foods, art demonstrations, and more. The festival is March 4 & 5.
The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show
Make the “Top Boat Buying Show” in the northern Gulf part of your visit. The show at The Wharf in Orange Beach features over $100 million in boats and marine products, as well as over 120 exhibitors. Tour a display of 80 “wet slip” boats and yachts or keep your feet firmly on the ground and check out over 300 sport and console boats on land. Add in live music, kids’ art classes with marine artist Larry Packley, instructional seminars, and more. Ticket sales benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and are available at the event website. This year’s event takes place March 17-19.
Bama Coast Cruisin’
Another event that takes place at The Wharf in Orange Beach features keeps you firmly on land. The annual event features beautiful classic and muscle cars, as well as dining, shopping, events, entertainment, and activities. The show takes place April 27-29. A schedule and more information, including how to make your vehicle part of the show, is available at the event website. For spectators, admission and parking for the event is free!
Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival
The free event is family-friendly and takes place at The Park at OWA, a themed amusement park with over 20 rides and attractions. The festival features children’s activities, artesian and food vendors, live music, as well as (weather permitting) tethered balloon rides, balloon glow, and the more than 40 balloons taking flight at dawn and dusk each day. For a fee, gain access to the VIP area where you can eat, rest, and enjoy each day. Get the full schedule, order tickets, and more at the event website. The festival takes place May 4-6.
The Hangout Music Festival
Prepare for a beachfront music festival like no other! The award-winning festival takes place May 19-21 at Gulf Shores Public Beach and is considered a vacation in itself in addition to a concert event. Enjoy the music, as well as activities like beach volleyball, carnival rides, relaxing in Gulf front hammocks, and chowing down on delicious local seafood. Headliners for the event include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paramore, Lil Nax X, Skrillex, and others, along with plenty of rising stars in between. See the full lineup, as well as purchase tickets at the event website.
Celebrate Orange Beach Spring Break
When you and book a getaway that includes the fun of an event or festival with Poole & Associates, you’re sure to have a fun, relaxing stay. Enjoy the water, lounge around your rental, or enjoy all of the festival’s daily activities and create a vacation that is uniquely yours with memories to last a lifetime. For a celebration that’s just for you or you and your sweetheart, choose a one-bedroom unit. If you’ve chosen an event that appeals to all of your loved ones, book a four-bedroom unit. Savor the taste of home when you prepare a home-cooked meal in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy spacious living areas and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies. Unwind in a private bedroom or gather some snacks and enjoy your favorite romantic movie together on a flat-screen TV.
Contact us today to book your festival-filled trip to Orange Beach!