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You deserve to embark on a fantastic getaway to the beach this summer! Take a trip to Gulf Shores in August. The Alabama Gulf Coast features a plethora of fun-filled things to see and do and is home to the most picturesque sugar-white sand beaches. August is one of the best times to visit Gulf Shores, and we’ll tell you why! 

When you’re looking for the best place to stay during your vacation to Gulf Shores in August, choose Harris Vacation Rentals. We offer fantastic vacation rentals throughout Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach. With our large inventory, it’s easy to pick the perfect property for you! 

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All About Gulf Shores in August 

It’s always the best time to visit the Gulf Coast! Find out why August is one the most popular months to visit this coastal paradise.  

Warm Weather 

If you’re craving warm summer weather, then August is a prime time for you to visit Gulf Shores. August is the warmest month here, with an average high temperature of 87 degrees and a low of 80 degrees. This month also is the warmest time of the year for seawater, with the average ocean temperature being 86 degrees. When you’re lying in the sand at one of the picturesque Gulf Coast beaches, you’ll be able to take a dip in the water.   

Fun-Filled Events 

Gulf Shores during the summertime is never short on exciting entertainment. Whether you want to listen to live music, check out a fishing tournament, or watch thrilling shows, we’ve got you covered here in August! 

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Summer Concerts at The Wharf 

Friday and Saturday evenings in August 

Did you know that The Wharf Amphitheater is a concert venue that hosts many big-name artists? This summer, purchase a ticket and jam out at exhilarating concerts. Some of the all-star names include Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, Alabama, and more! 

The Orange Beach Open Fishing Tournament 

August 5 – 7, 2021 

This fishing tournament is all about old-school fun and making memories with your friends and family. The Orange Beach Open tournament is designed in a less stressful environment, and it’s a no-kill contest.  

Annual Professional Rodeo in Foley 

August 5 – 7, 2021 

This enthralling rodeo features eight nightly events, including bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bull riding, and more. Plus, the rodeo kicks off every evening with free children’s activities.   

Blue Angels Practice Schedule 

August 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 

Head to the National Naval Aviation Museum and watch the dazzling flight demonstrations by the famous Blue Angels. This is an incredible sight unlike any other! 

Water Activities 

It’s no secret that things heat up in Gulf Shores during August. If you find yourself needing to cool off, there are lots of top-notch options in the area for you. Waterville USA is a one-of-a-kind amusement park that features a water park complete with slides, lazy rivers, lagoons, etc. OWA Park is also an amusement park with a splash pad where the whole family can hop around in the refreshing water.   

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Pool view at one of our FlipKey Fort Morgan rentals

As you start planning your unforgettable summer getaway, you’ll need somewhere to make your home base. Harris Vacation Rentals is your headquarters for the best vacation rentals along the Alabama Gulf Coast. We offer five-star rentals throughout Gulf ShoresOrange Beach, and Fort Morgan. We offer an array of properties ranging in size and that offer a plethora of amenities. No matter what kind of vacation rentals you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered here at Harris Vacation Rentals.   

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Nothing says summer is here” like a vacation to the beach in July! Head to the Alabama Gulf Coast and spend the hot summer days on serene white-sand beachesWe’ll let you in on the best local tips so you can make the most out of your getaway to Gulf Shores in July 

No beach vacation is complete without an amazing rental that you can turn into your home away from home. Harris Vacation Rentals is happy to offer top-notch properties throughout Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan 

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Your Guide to Gulf Shores in July 

What’s your favorite summer month? We can’t help but favor Gulf Shores in July. Keep reading to find out how you can have the best vacation ever! 

Gulf Shores Weather in July 

It’s no secret that the weather heats up during July in Gulf Shores. The high temperature is typically around 90 degrees, with the low being around 75 degrees. The water temperature hovers at about 84 degrees, perfect for taking a dip during a fun-filled beach day.  

Rainy Day Activities 

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When you vacation by the coast, there’s always a chance you might encounter some rainy days, especially in July. That’s no problem! Our area is filled with exciting things to do, no matter what the weather brings 

Celebrate the Fourth of July  

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Take advantage of a three-day weekend and celebrate July 4th in Gulf Shores. There are lots of dazzling fireworks displays and lively celebrations that will make this day unforgettable.  

Pick the Best Beach House in Gulf Shores 

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It’s time to plan your best summer vacation yet. When it comes to luxurious vacation rentals along the Alabama Gulf Coat, Harris Vacation Rentals has got you covered. We offer homes with top-notch amenities, such as oceanfront viewsprivate pools, community pools, hot tubs, beach access, game rooms, and more! For years we’ve been helping families have memorable beach vacations, and we can’t wait to do the same for you.  

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Nothing compares to the sweet feeling of summertime. If you’re searching for the best summer getaway, look no further than the Alabama Gulf Coast. With breathtaking white-sand beaches, fantastic restaurants, and a plethora of things to do, Gulf Shores is your headquarters for summertime fun. Read on to find out our picks for the best summer activities in Gulf ShoresOrange BeachFort Morgan, and other nearby towns. With our help, it’s easier than ever to create the ultimate summer vacation bucket list.  

It’s time to start getting excited about your Gulf Shores vacation this summer! Browse our collection of luxurious vacation rentals and find the perfect one for your group. 

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The Best Summer Activities in Gulf Shores 

The fun never stops on the Gulf Coast! Discover the best summer activities in Gulf Shores and give yourself something to look forward to.

1. OWA 

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OWA is an amusement park and entertainment destination with over 20 rides and an interactive splash pad for hot summer days. The area also features restaurants, shops, and fun-filled events. You can easily spend an entire day getting an adrenaline rush and feasting on good eats just north of the beach in Foley, Alabama.    

2. Waterville USA 

Waterville is an amusement park and waterpark consisting of 20 acres of pure fun. Whether you want to sit back and relax while floating down a lazy river or pick up speed on the Dune Racer, there’s something for all levels of adventurers here at Waterville USAThere’s also a Flowrider surf simulator, arcade, mini golf course, concessions, and more!  

3. Kayaking 

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If you want to combine an adventure in the great outdoors with a bit of healthy exercise, why not try kayakingGuided kayaking tours in Gulf Shores are a great way to discover the coastal ecosystem and backwaters of this gorgeous area! Some of our favorite nearby kayaking outfitters include Wild Native Tours and Coastal Kayak Excursions. They offer nature tours, sunset tours, dolphin tours, and more! You’ll fall in love with the natural beauty of this stunning environment.  

4. Lost Bay Helicopter Tour 

Get an out-of-this-world bird’s eye view of the beach on a Lost Bay Helicopter TourThese tours are perfect for seeing miles of our famous white-sand beaches and turquoise water. You can even see schools of fish from up above. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures! 

5. Holmes Medical Museum 

If you’re a history buff, you need to go back in time and visit the Holmes Medical Museum. The museum was Baldwin County’s first hospital and operated from 1936 to 1958. The museum is arranged as it was an operating hospital, and most artifacts and machinery are original. This unique piece of history has remained virtually unchanged for the last 60 years! 

6. The Dog Pond 

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Here at Harris Vacation Rentals, we’re proud to offer pet-friendly vacation rentals. If you want to take your pup’s vacation up a notch, head to The Dog Pond at Lake Shelby for swimming, running, and playing with other fur kids. Then, visit one of our favorite dog-friendly restaurants.    

7. Cat Boat Tours 

Are you ready to take things up a notch? Cat Boat Tours are like water sports, but better! You can glide over the back bays in personal watercraft. The boats sit low and zip through the water. You choose to embark on your own expedition or take a guided tour and hear about celebrity homes on Ono Island.  

8. Big Beach Brewing Company 

Quench your thirst and order a flight of the bartender’s favorite craft brews, like the Hundred Daze IPA, at Big Beach Brewing Company in Gulf Shores. This fun spot is kid and dog-friendly—another reason we love it! Be sure to get there before sunset and watch the sun sink from the brewery’s deck. 

9. Sand Castle University 

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If your sand castle skills aren’t what they used to be, give Sand Castle University a try! You’ll learn all the tips and tricks for building a spectacular sand structure. You’ll even be provided with a video from your lesson. It’s a great souvenir and fun way to share your experience with friends and family. 

10. Gulf Shores Beaches 

No beach vacation during the summer is complete without spending some days in the water and sand. The Alabama Gulf Coast public beaches are some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, and once you visit, we know you’ll agree!  

11. Flora-Bama Marina 

What better way to experience Gulf Shores than on the water? Live the life of a local for a day and rent a boat from the Flora-Bama Marina. They offer luxury pontoon boats, as well as pontoons with slides. You can also rent jet skis. After your day on the water, hit up the Flora-Bama Yacht Club for icecold Bushwackers and fire-grilled oysters. 

12. The Wharf 

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With its plethora of delicious restaurants and exciting activities, it’s easy to spend an entire day at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Treat the family to miniature golf, a Ferris wheel ride, or even a concert in the 10,000-seat arena. Satisfy your hunger with yummy eats at some of our favorite Orange Beach restaurants, including Ginny Lane Bar & Grill and Villaggio Grille. 

13. Charter Fishing 

Orange Beach is the fishing mecca of the Southeast. Head out to see, drop a line, and try your best to reel in red snapper, Spanish mackerel, redfish, grouper, and more. Some of our favorite fishing charters include Orange Beach Fishing Charters and Red Eye Charters.  

14. Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo 

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No trip to the Gulf Shores would be complete without a trip to the infamous Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. The zoo is home to over 100 animal species, including 22 critically endangered species. During your visit, you can have the unbelievable opportunity to hold a baby sloth, kangaroo, or lemur!  

15. Shopping at Tanger Outlet Centre 

Who doesn’t love a good discount? If you’re looking for a rainy-day activity, head to Tanger Outlet Centre and shop until you drop! The outlets feature over 120 stores and a merrygoround and splash pad to keep the kids happy. 

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It’s time to plan the best summer vacation you’ve ever had! Harris Vacation Rentals offers the best rental properties in the area—hands down! No matter what size property you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. Plus, all our rentals come with superior amenities, such as oceanfront viewsfully-equipped kitchens, game rooms, private/community pools, hot tubs, elevators, and more!  

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Memorial Day is right around the corner, and that means it’s officially time to start planning your getaway to Gulf Shores, Alabama! Come soak up the sun, build sandcastles, and enjoy the company of friends and family. On Memorial Day, we celebrate the beginning of a summer season filled with long weeks and weekends on Alabama’s white-sand beaches. So, what are you waiting for? Leave school and work behind and come celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Gulf Shores!

If you’re planning to join us for an unforgettable Memorial Day Weekend in Gulf Shores, you’ll want to plan your itinerary ahead of time. There are so many amazing activities and attractions available along our sugar-white shores. And when you book a Harris Vacation Rentals family vacation rental, you’ll even receive up to $100 off local tours and activities through TripShock. Planning the perfect vacation has never been easier!

How to Celebrate Memorial Day in Gulf Shores

1. Attend The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

Kick off the weekend with The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show. This highly-anticipated festival will take place March 20th – 22nd in beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama. When you go, you’ll find over $150 million in boats and marine products on display, as well as  exhibitor displays, educational workshops, live music, and so much more. Book your stay in one of our Orange Beach vacation rentals to stay near the festival.

2. Hit the Beach

This Memorial Day Weekend, it’s all about the beach! Come relax on our sugar-white shores, sink your toes into the sand, and enjoy bonding with family and friends in a beautiful destination. Play in the Gulf, challenge your friends to a game of beach volleyball, and create memories to last a lifetime! Afterwards, head back to your Harris Property and have a cookout with friends and family. It doesn’t get much better than that!

3. Attend the Memorial Day Weekend Celebration

You definitely won’t want to miss out on the annual Gulf Shores Memorial Day Weekend Celebration. Head to the Park at OWA and bring in the beginning of summer. There will be tons of family-friendly activities and fun festivities, including a fireworks show on May 23rd! 

4. Celebrate the Beginning of Summer at LuLuPalooza

Boogie your way into summer at Lulupalooza! This free event held at Lulu’s offers tons of family fun, delicious food, and great live music. The concert starts at 12 p.m. on May 23rd, 2020 and goes all night long on the outdoor boat stage. But the fun doesn’t end there! While you’re at Lulu’s, make sure to climb the Mountain of Youth Ropes Course and win prizes at the Arcade. 

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Are you ready for an action-packed Memorial Day Weekend in Gulf Shores, Alabama? Experience your long weekend to the fullest when you book your stay in a Harris Property. We offer a wide range of gorgeous rentals in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan. Whether you prefer a beachfront property, a home with a private pool, a large family home, or a pet-friendly accommodation, we are sure to have the ideal vacation rental for your vacation. Check our availability and contact us to book your stay today

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You don’t have to travel all the way to New Orleans to experience a fantastic Mardi Gras celebration. In fact, no place throws a Carnival party quite like the Alabama Coast! With music, dancing, parades, costumes, and king cake, Mardi Gras Gulf Shores offers fun for all ages. Here’s what to expect at the 2020 extravaganza. 

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About Mardi Gras Gulf Shores

Bring on the beads! It’s almost time for Mardi Gras in Gulf Shores! Many people assume that New Orleans is the birthplace of Mardi Gras, however, the first celebration actually took place in Mobile in 1703. Now, this family-friendly event is one of the most anticipated events in Alabama! You can experience it for yourself during your next visit to Gulf Shores.

The celebrations last throughout February, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to join the fun. From parades and boat shows to live music performances and extravagant balls, there is something for everyone. Many of the events are family-friendly, which sets Gulf Shores and Orange Beach apart from other destinations. There is even a Mardi Gras Kid & Pet Parade, which is always a huge hit with the kiddos!

How to Celebrate Mardi Gras Gulf Shores, AL, in 2020

If you’d like to experience Mardi Gras 2020 in Alabama, you’ll want to plan your visit in February. The following are some highlights of this year’s event. Mark your calendar and start making plans to attend now!

Dress to impress in your finest purple, gold, and green attire. Lulu’s annual Birds of Paradise Ball will take place on February 19th at 7 p.m. The event will feature lively funk music by the Tip Tops, a delicious dinner buffet, and an open bar. Enjoy a fabulous evening of music, dancing, and laughter. Tickets are limited and $75 per person, so get yours today! 

Let the good times roll! This festive parade will take place on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 21st. Don your best mask and watch the extravagant floats glide by. Following the parade, visitors who are 21 and over can head to the Orange Beach Event Center for The Mystical Order of Mirams Ball. 

If you missed out on the Mystical Order of Mirams Parade, don’t fret! There will be another Mardi Gras parade on Perdido Beach Boulevard on Saturday, February 22nd at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome to enjoy the fun. 

If there’s one parade you absolutely must attend, this is it! The 2020 Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade is one of the biggest celebrations around and it’s happening on Tuesday, February 25th at 10 a.m. The extravaganza includes an array of colorful floats, antique cars, costumes, and characters throwing buckets of beads into the crowd. 

After the Gulf Shores Parade, the Fat Tuesday fun continues at Lulu’s! This celebration on the water will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until the late hours of night. Enjoy live music, a dazzling boat parade at 3 p.m., delicious food, drinks, costumes, and more. 

Are you planning to celebrate Mardi Gras in Orange Beach in 2020? Don’t miss the annual Fat Tuesday Parade! This event always draws a large crowd, and this year is expected to be bigger and better than before! It starts promptly at 2 p.m. on February 25th along Perdido Beach Boulevard. 

Bring your kids, bring your dog, and have a blast at The Wharf at Orange Beach! MoonPies on Main is happening on Monday, February 24th. DJ-spun music starts at 4 p.m. and kids activities begin at 5 p.m. With a jump castle, rock climbing wall, petting zoo, and face painting, this is one Mardi Gras event your kids will love. Make sure to stay for the Kid and Pet Parade  and the SPECTRA Sound and Light Show! 

Book Your Stay With Harris Vacation Rentals

Now that you know about the best Gulf Shores Mardi Gras celebrations, it’s time to start planning your trip! If you’re searching for accommodations in the area, we invite you to stay with Harris Vacation Rentals. We offer a wide range of family-friendly vacation rentals in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan. Many of our accommodations are also pet-friendly for guests who are traveling with their four-legged friends. The best part? All of our accommodations are located a short distance from the best Mardi Gras parades and festivals! Whether you’re dreaming of a beachfront home, a rental with a private pool, or a luxury home, we are sure to have the ideal Harris Property for your stay. Browse our properties and contact us to book your trip today! We look forward to seeing you this February. 

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Are you tired of shoveling ice and snow out of the driveway? Escape the freezing temperatures with a relaxing winter getaway to beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama! While summer is peak season along our Gulf Coast paradise, winter is secretly one of the best time to visit. Are you ready to enjoy lower rates, fewer crowds, warmer weather, and endless activities? Here are some of the best things to do in Gulf Shores in winter! 

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Top 5 Things to Do in Gulf Shores in Winter

1. Golfing

Gulf Shores experiences mild winters, and the beautiful weather is ideal for enjoying outdoor activities. Are you looking to play a round of golf? You’ll find an array of award-winning golf courses here. Spend a fabulous day teeing off on the 36-hole Arnold Palmer-designed course at Craft Farms Golf Club. Or, visit the links-style course at Kiva Dunes in Fort Morgan. Ranked the #1 public golf course in Alabama by Golf Advisor, this course promises to be a challenging yet rewarding play every time. 

2. Fishing

While it’s too cold for swimming during the winter months, you can still enjoy fishing in the Gulf! Cast a line right from the dock or embark on a thrilling deep-sea adventure with one of the local charters. During the winter months, the waters are teeming with species like redfish, pompano, and sheepshead. See if you can reel in all three!

3. Hiking

Calling all nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts! Winter is a spectacular time to take a stroll along the shoreline or the many nature trails in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Visit the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and hike along miles of winding, scenic trails. Keep an eye out for rare birds, alligators, nesting turtles, and the flora and fauna of these coastal habitats. 

4. Visit The Wharf in Orange Beach

Are you looking for the best things to do in Orange Beach? From shopping and dining to attractions and events, The Wharf in Orange Beach offers year-round family fun. Soar on a zipline adventure at the Hummingbird Zipline Course, enjoy ice skating with the whole family, or play a game of laser tag at Arena The Next Level. Afterward, enjoy delicious cuisine at one of the local restaurants. 

5. Attend a Holiday Event

If you’re visiting during the holiday season, you’re in for a treat! There are tons of fun holiday events in Gulf Shores, and you won’t want to miss a single one! If you’re searching for the best things to do in Gulf Shores, Alabama, in November, the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at The Wharf should be at the top of your list. Enjoy cookie decorating, hot cocoa, the lighting of the tree and visits with Santa at this festive celebration. Are you spending Christmas in Gulf Shores? Mark your calendar for the Annual Lighted Christmas Parade, Christmas Boat Parade, and the Flora-Bama Santa Drop

Book Your Winter Getaway With Harris Vacation Rentals

Now that you know about all the best things to do in Gulf Shores in winter, it’s time to start planning your trip! When it comes to the best local lodging, no place can compare to Harris Vacation Rentals. We offer a wide array of vacation rentals throughout Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Fort Morgan. Why settle for a generic chain hotel when you could be enjoying luxurious beds, full kitchens, and all the comforts of home? Plus, all of the best activities and attractions are just minutes away!

Whether you’re dreaming of a property with Gulf Views, an intimate villa, or a large family home, your dream vacation awaits. Browse all of our incredible properties and contact us to start planning your winter getaway today. We can’t wait to welcome you!

There are few better places for year-round live music than Gulf Shores, Alabama. All year long, this beachfront town is the perfect setting to see your favorite band perform. Locals and tourists alike love to experience the area’s lively entertainment scene, so we’ve compiled the essential guide to Gulf Shores concerts. What are you waiting for? Gather your friends and family, belt out the lyrics to your favorite songs, and dance like no one is watching! Then, continue the fun at a private vacation rental with Harris Vacation Rentals!

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Have a Rockin Good Time at These Gulf Shores Concerts

From intimate shows on the water to nationally acclaimed music festivals, there’s no shortage of concerts to attend in Gulf Shores. Here are our favorite ways to enjoy the Gulf Coast music scene!

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Hangout Music Festival

The annual Hangout Music Festival is the most renowned music festival on the Gulf Coast. Rain or shine, you can enjoy three days of music from the top rock, hip-hop, indie, and electronic artists in the industry. Past and upcoming artists include The Chainsmokers, Halsey, The Killers, SZA, Logic, The 1975, Khalid, and Hozier. For access to exclusive artist performances and preferred viewing areas, treat yourself to VIP tickets.

You’ll never be bored with activities like a tropical spa, puppy kissing booth, and a roller disco. Toast s’mores and tell stories around the fire at Camp Hangout, or take a spin on the Ferris wheel for an excellent view of the Gulf. You don’t want to miss the beachfront Hangout Festival this May ‒ get your tickets now!

Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

Talented musicians from all over the country perform at the Frank Brown Songwriters’ Festival. The festival spans across two dozen venues along the Florida and Alabama Gulf Coast and features over 200 acclaimed, up-and-coming artists. Check out shows in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, as well as Pensacola’s Flora Bama beach bar.

One of the best parts of the festival is that the artists have a chance to share their musical journey with attendees. Some of the songs that guests hear are still in demo stages, and the musicians love to hear audience feedback. If you love music and are eager to learn more about the songwriting process, this is the festival for you. Learn more about the performers and get ready for ten days of soulful music this November!

Return for a Concert Series Encore

The C Spire Concert Series comes to Gulf Shores every spring and summer for months of outstanding outdoor music concerts. Plenty of talent passes through the Wharf Amphitheater each season. Past and future headliners include Imagine Dragons, The Dave Matthews Band, Hootie & The Blowfish, Zac Brown Band, and Jimmy Buffett. Explore the full lineup of upcoming events and reserve your tickets!

In addition to attending a concert at the Amphitheater, you can explore the rest of The Wharf at Orange Beach. You can shop, dine, see a movie, or play some mini golf at this entertainment destination.

Swim Out to a Floating Music Venue

Have you ever heard of a concert you could swim to? Well, there’s a first for everything! Gumbo Key is less of a concert venue and more of a well-kept local secret. Boaters find the event by using GPS coordinates which lead them to a barge marked with a flag. Gumbo Key’s “leave no trace” policy promotes more than just mystery. The event is adamant about cleaning up all trash to protect the fragile marine ecosystem.

There’s no better way to celebrate the summer solstice than attending a free, floating concert. In years past, thousands of people have flocked to the mythical floating venue to hear live Southern music serenade the Gulf Coast.

All you need is a boat to get you there! Check out some of our boat rental options and head out to the elusive Gumbo Key. Then, spend the rest of the day zipping around the open ocean and exploring the magic of Gulf Shores.

Get a Taste of the Area’s Best Live Music

A guide to the music of Gulf Shores would be incomplete without mentioning some of the best places to experience live music with a little more local flair.

Pleasure Island Tiki Bar

Pleasant Island Tiki is known for their open-air beach vibes and excellent live entertainment. Take a seat at the colorful bar, enjoy views of Terry Cove, and immerse yourself in the sounds of Gulf Shores. The live music lineup includes regular favorite Al & Cathy, a local classic rock band. Get ready to jam out with a drink in your hand!

Papa Rocco’s

Live music and a kitchen open until midnight? Count us in! Papa Rocco’s pizza and oyster bar serves up free, in-house concerts every night of the week. Don’t miss their extended happy hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday through Friday.

Insider tip: If you are in town for St. Patrick’s Day, check out Papa’s owner Bill McGinnes’s Pub Crawl.

Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s

Lulu’s family-friendly restaurant is a Gulf Shores landmark. Bring the kids, order some fresh-caught seafood, and soak up good vibes. Climb the ropes course and play at the arcade while live music fills the air. Lulu’s is an all-in-one hotspot for family fun!

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Tiki Time Kitchen

Attending a Gulf Shores concert will have you dancing all night long! We have good news: discovering the Gulf Coast music scene is one of many fun things to do in Gulf Shores. Hit the beach, rent a bike, play a round of golf… there are limitless options for fun on Gulf Shores!

Now, all you need is to find the perfect vacation rental for you and your family! At Harris Vacation Rentals, our wide range of Gulf Shores vacation rentals have something for everyone. During your stay on the Gulf Coast, let our Tiki Time property be your home away from home. This charming, bayfront bungalow is beautifully decorated and comfortably sleeps 10. The house has its own pool, a large deck overlooking the lagoon, and a covered entertainment area. The private pier is ideal for kayaking, fishing, and family photo ops. The ultimate family vacation is at your fingertips. Browse our vacation rentals and start planning your Gulf Shores getaway today!

 Gulf Shores Oyster Cook-Off Fall is culinary festival season along the Alabama Gulf Coast. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have become a culinary mecca. Foodies from far and near converge on Alabama beaches for fun, sun and endless eats. Whether you’re a wine lover, seafood aficionado or just love a fun festival with great food and live entertainment, you’ll find  Orange Beach attractions that’ll tickle your taste buds.

Read on for some of our favorite festivals and book your beach vacation rental before the other foodies decide to cook up a good time on Alabama beaches this fall.

The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Festival  I Sept. 13-15, 2018

If you’re looking for the perfect activity to add to a couple’s Gulf Shores vacation or a beach momcation, The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Festival is it. With more than 100 wine labels available for sampling, you’ll definitely find the pour that’s right for you. Culinary masters will give cooking demonstrations throughout the Orange Beach festival, and local restaurants will offers samplings of their most unique and popular dishes.

Main Street at The Wharf closes down for the wine festival, and ticketed guests are given a branded wine glass for sampling, in addition to other swag bag goodies. Tickets to the Orange Beach festival start at $60 per person.

47th Annual National Shrimp Festival  I Oct. 11-14, 2018

Pack your stretchy pants for the 47th Annual National Shrimp Festival. This Gulf Shores festival is one of the longest-running events on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Thousands of pounds of fresh, Gulf shrimp are served up daily by award-winning chefs. Even if shrimp isn’t your cup of tea, festival goers will find plenty to chow down on and stay entertained. Beach concerts and live entertainment will take place throughout the four-day Gulf Shores event, including more than 300 arts and crafts and fine art vendors.

Admission to the Annual National Shrimp Festival is free.

The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend  I  Nov. 2-3, 2018

One of our favorite Gulf Shores events, The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend boasts the best in creative oyster preparations and ice-cold craft beer. Regional and local award-winning chefs and restaurants compete for the People’s Choice award for their oyster creations. Stick around for cooking demonstrations by Food Network stars, including Martie Duncan, Cory Bahr and Rusty Hamlin. James Beard Award finalists will also be on hand at the Gulf Shores event.

Admission to The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off is $10 per person and tasting ticket booklets are $30 for 15 tickets.

2018 World Food Championships  I  Nov. 7-11, 2018

The biggest event in food sport will be played out at The Wharf. This Orange Beach attraction hosts more than 1,500 chefs and home cooks who compete in nine different culinary categories, including barbecue, chili and steak. Onlookers at the World Food Championships can watch chefs go head-to-head in the competition kitchens and then race their dishes to the judging tent. The VIP Lounge is the best spot to catch all the action, but tickets sell out quickly.

Tickets can also be purchased for a Progressive Yacht Dinner, where a small group of diners go from yacht to yacht for five different courses. In 2018, the Tasting Pavilion will be bigger and better than ever before and will showcase savory samples of dishes from local and national food brands.

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After you’ve fed your foodie spirit, discover more of what Alabama beaches have to offer. There’s plenty of fun to be had during a fall beach vacation. To explore more, read 3 Hidden Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Attractions.

Gulf Shores Events Ignore that school bell. On Alabama beaches, summer is still in session! Spend the last days of August soaking up the sun and creating vacation memories with family before the kids hit the books. There are plenty of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores events to keep you as busy as you want to be.

 

When you’re not building sandcastles, kayaking or treating the family to their favorite beach breakfast spots, check out these hot, late-summer Orange Beach and Gulf Shores events and get back to the beach before back to school.

 

Aug. 1-12  I  Pirates & Princess Breakfast

ARRR you ready for a unique Gulf Shores breakfast? Stop by The Hangout with the kids. Don’t forget your best princess and pirate costumes!

 

Aug. 2  I  The Bandwagon Tour with Miranda Lambert

Tap your toes to two of country music’s biggest stars, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town at The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach on Aug. 2. Grab a bite to eat at your favorite Orange Beach restaurant at The Wharf before the concert, and then take a post-concert Ferris wheel ride and enjoy the night sky.

 

Aug. 2  I  Southern Grace Dinner with Emeril Lagasse

Bring your appetite for the last Southern Grace dinner of the season at Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina. The grand finale features Emeril Lagasse of Food Network acclaim.

 

Aug. 4  I  Battle of Mobile Bay Living History Event

There are no other Gulf Shores events like this one! Watch uniformed re-enactors tell the story of one of the most significant battles fought on the Alabama Gulf Coast. There will be cannon fire, small arms demonstrations and much more.

 

Aug. 7  I  Imagine Dragons Concert

Grammy-winning Imagine Dragons will take the stage at The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach for their Evolve Tour on Aug. 7.

 

Aug. 11  I  The Wharf Block Party

Get your dancing shoes ready for Dancin’ in the Streets DJ Night at The Wharf on Aug. 11. DJ Matt will create a boogie-worthy block party from 7 to 10 p.m.

 

Aug. 15/21/22/28/29  I  Blue Angels Practice

Don’t miss the gravity-defying feats of the Blue Angels at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in nearby Pensacola, Fla.

 

Aug. 25  I   Keith Urban Graffiti U World Tour

Keith Urban will rock the stage, country-style, at The Wharf Amphitheater on Aug. 25. Don’t miss your chance to tap your toes in person!

 

September Gulf Shores Events Preview

Sept. 1  I  Tacky Jacks Bloody Mary 5K

Start your Labor Day weekend off with a run in Gulf Shores! Then, you won’t feel guilty for all that great food you devour during your Gulf Shores vacation.

 

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

One of the most-anticipated culinary events of the year takes center stage at The Wharf. For the 5th year in a row, The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event will serve up more than 100 wine labels for sampling, as well as delicious culinary creations from local and regional award-winning chefs.

 

When you’re ready to book your perfect spot in the sand for your back-to-school bash, browse these Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan rentals. Browse these peaceful condo rentals and amazing deals!

 

For more Orange Beach and Gulf Shores vacation fun, read 5 Adrenaline Pumping Gulf Shores Attractions.

 

 Orange Beach vacation White-sand beaches and clear turquoise water as far as the eye can see are hallmarks of an Orange Beach vacation. Alabama beaches are comprised of three main vacation spots – Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan.

 

The sister cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach blend together, and many visitors don’t recognize where one ends and the other begins. However, each offers its own unique qualities. Guests who’ve been coming for generations are oftentimes loyal to one city or the other. However, if you’re a first-time visitor, catch up on each area in our three-part series on the individual travel styles of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan.

 

Why an Orange Beach Vacation is Special

An Orange Beach vacation is filled with spacious, white-sand beaches, especially near Alabama Point. Here, you’ll find visitors sunning, swimming and snorkeling. Robinson, Bird and Walker Islands are also located near this area and provide a beautiful setting for a day of fun in the sun. Only accessible by boat, these islands are popular spots for boaters on the weekends and kayakers during the week on an Orange Beach vacation.

 

Visitors who want to experience the islands can rent a pontoon boat at Flora-Bama Marina and spend a half or full day cruising the waterways. Beach your boat and set up your chairs for the day. If you’re not an experienced boater, go kayaking with Coastal Kayak Excursions. Captain Glenn will provide you with a guided tour of the backbays or transport you and your kayak to Walker Island where you can spend the day paddling through the crystal-clear water.

 

 Orange Beach zipline Orange Beach Shopping and Entertainment

An Orange Beach vacation isn’t complete without a trip to The Wharf. This shopping and entertainment district is a hot spot for fun located on the Intercoastal Waterway. Home to the Hummingbird Zipline, a miniature golf course, the tallest Ferris wheel in Alabama and a 10,000-seat amphitheater, there’s an activity for everyone! The amphitheater has hosted Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, Jason Aldean, Florida-Georgia Line and many more. You’ll also find a great assortment of Orange Beach restaurants at The Wharf, including the award-winning Bayes Southern Bar & Grill.

 

Orange Beach Restaurants

 Fisher's at Orange Beach Marina Visitors are flocking to Orange Beach for its unique culinary offerings. Foodies have found a new cuisine-centric destination in this coastal city. Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina boasts a James Beard Award nominee in Chef Bill Briand. This waterside restaurant prepares world-class dishes in a coastal comfortable atmosphere. On the opposite side of the menu is The Gulf, a waterfront restaurant made entirely of shipping containers. There’s no shortage of Instagram-worthy entrees at either of these unique Orange Beach restaurants.

 

Orange Beach is also home to the World Food Championships, where more than 1,500 chefs and home cooks compete for bragging rights and prize money. In addition, wine enthusiasts will enjoy The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event. More than 100 labels are available for sampling at the wine festival during your Orange Beach vacation.

 

Orange Beach Charter Fishing

 Orange Beach charter fishing Orange Beach is considered the charter fishing mecca of the southeast. With more than 100 charter boat captains and one of the largest artificial reef systems in the country, it’s a haven for seasoned fishermen and those casting a line for fun. People come from all over the country for an Orange Beach vacation to watch or participate in some of the biggest fishing tournaments in the southeast.

 

The Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf hails from The Wharf in Orange Beach and is held every July. Hundreds of anglers cruise out to the Gulf in hopes of claiming a piece of the $1 million prize money. Billed the “greatest show in sportfishing,” spectators are invited to view the weigh-ins and are entertained with a boat parade, as well.

 

Held in May each year, the Orange Beach Billfish Classic means big fish and big money! Weigh-ins for this Orange Beach fishing tournament are held at The Wharf.

 

For those who want to cast a line and reel in a great Orange Beach vacation, it’s easy to book a charter fishing trip with an experienced captain from nearly any marina in this beachside city. Choose a four- or eight-hour trip or even an overnight Orange Beach charter fishing trip.

 

Orange Beach AL Condos

From spacious Gulf-front condos to bayside beach houses, you’ve got plenty of accommodation options during an Orange Beach vacation. You’ll find a great selection of dog-friendly vacation rentals, as well. When determining your travel style, ask yourself if you’d prefer a community pool with beachfront access or if the additional privacy of a beach house better meets your needs.

Now, let’s hear it. Read our entire Travel Style series and tell us which Alabama beach community best meets your travel style.

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