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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Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival ~ Foley, Alabama Events by Southern

You won’t want to miss the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival! One of the most stunning events of the year, hot air balloons fill the sky in Foley, Alabama.

The fun kicks off Thursday night with the Tanger Outlet Balloon Glow, weather permitting. Eight balloons will set up in the parking lots and inflate balloons to provide a beautiful glow!

The next two afternoons, the balloons are a floating tapestry, dotting the sky-blue canvas with vibrant colors. When evening falls, the pilots light up the sky with nightly balloon glows. Plus, there is live music, a Frisbee dog show, and carnival. Everywhere you look, there is another great activity, perfect for the whole family. And the best part: admission is FREE!

Enjoy the entertainment, arts and crafts displays and more at the festival site daily. Balloon flights, glows and tethered rides add to the fun at dawn and dusk.

Foley is just a ten minute drive from Gulf Shores, so book your Gulf Shores vacation rental now! Check out Summer Breeze or Beach Therapy — both big enough for the whole family!