Gulf Coast Events

Mark your calendar with these distinctive events along the Gulf Coast in all of our beach locations, including Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Scenic 30A, Panama City Beach, Navarre Beach, Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Fairhope. While each area hosts their own events, the beach communities are so close to one another, and often intertwined, that visiting guests can participate and enjoy neighboring activities going on nearby with ease.

One-of-a-kind festivals and fairs celebrate so many different passions and interests. With fishing core to all of our communities, we commemorate several seafood festivals and fishing tournaments highlighting local fare and seasonal favorites. With the unique arts and culture of our exceptional areas, art expos, plein air artists, live theater, and wine and music festivals satisfy the creative souls. For the athletes, our climate is perfect for foot races, duathlons and triathlons, as well as fantastic beach volleyball tournaments.

Southern Vacation Rentals event guide can direct you to countless ways to explore these happenings, either to enhance your existing vacation or perhaps entice you to plan your next trip to the beach. We hope you will want to plan more than one.

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Big Beach Marathon & Half Marathon ~ Gulf Shores, Alabama Events by Southern

Keep your new year’s resolutions in check with the Big Beach Marathon & Half Marathon in Gulf Shores! Lace up your shoes and get ready to hit the streets on Sunday, January 27th. The race officially kicks off at 8 AM for the marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay. At 11 AM, the half marathon awards ceremony takes place with the marathon and marathon relay awards ceremony at 2 PM. The course officially closes at 3 PM.

After you run the race, stick around for a post-race party! With free beer, food, and live music, this is a great way to round out a fun afternoon.

The Packet Pickup and Race Expo takes place on Saturday, January 26th from 8:45 AM-8 PM. For those who can’t make the expo, late packet pickup begins on race day at 6:15 AM and ends at 7:45 AM.

Each participant receives a custom finishers medal and long sleeve tech race shirt. Visit the official website for more information and registration.

Meanwhile, be sure to check out our Gulf Shores vacation rentals to stay close to the fun! Choose Seawind 704 for your next getaway. Resting right on the sugar white sands, you’ll love lounging in the beach after the race. With accommodations for 10, a private balcony, and exciting resort-style amenities, Seawind is the perfect destination spot!