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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Foley BBQ & Blues Cook-Off 2019 ~ Foley, Alabama Events by Southern

The town of Foley, Alabama welcomes Spring with the annual BBQ & Blues Cook-Off! Held the third Saturday in March in downtown Foley’s Heritage Park, thousands come to enjoy the mouthwatering recipes from competing BBQ teams. In addition to great food, guests and participants can enjoy live blues music, arts and crafts, and children’s activities.

BBQ teams comprise companies and individuals competing in multiple categories from Best “Q,” Best Sauce, or Anything “Butt.” The BBQ & Blues Cook-Off is a gated/ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased for $10 by going online to the event’s website, or at the gate the day of the event. Children 10 years old and younger are free!

The annual BBQ & Blues Cook-off started in 2009 as one of the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation’s biggest fundraisers. All proceeds go to support the foundation. Gates open at 10 a.m. with barbecue sampling beginning at 11 a.m. Entertainment will be held from noon to 4 p.m. with the awards ceremony commencing at 4:30 p.m.

If you’re coming down for the event, stay at one of our nearby vacation condos like Island Towers! This beachfront condo in Gulf Shores, AL is just a short drive to Foley. Spend your days splashing around in the pool overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, or working out in the onsite fitness facility overlooking the Gulf!