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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Mardi Gras Parade at The Wharf ~ Orange Beach, Alabama Events by Southern

If you’re staying in Orange Beach during Mardi Gras on March 5th, then don’t miss out on the Mardi Gras parade at The Wharf! “MoonPies on Main” takes place the day before Mardi Gras on Monday, March 4th. Don your festive attire – purple, gold, and green – and as many beads as you can hold! The Kid and Pet Parade kicks off at 4 PM in front of the Ferris wheel. A DJ will provide live entertainment, so bring your dancing shoes! This free event is open to the public and all ages, with various fees for specific kids’ activities. These include a rock climbing wall, face painting, bounce house, and live animals to pet and play with.

Then, after the first parade, get ready to rock and roll with the nighttime float parade at 6 PM. If you didn’t bring enough beads, now’s the chance to catch some more! Catch the SPECTRA Sound & Light Spectacular Show directly after the parade. Visit The Wharf’s website for more information.

Meanwhile, stay onsite at The Wharf in one of our Wharf vacation rentals! Wharf 503 is perfect for the whole family, as it sleeps eight with ease. Stunning Bay views, a spacious balcony, and fully equipped kitchen are just a few of the reasons you’ll love this Orange Beach vacation rental.