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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What better way to celebrate Mardi Gras than on vacation in Orange Beach? Discover your love for the holiday this year at the Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade.

It started years ago with just a few people who wanted to dress up for the holiday and parade around the beach. After it drew some attention, the city decided to take it over. It is still open to participation by just about anybody, even groups from outside Orange Beach. Gulf Shores hosts a parade earlier in the day, and their floats will often travel to Orange Beach to join in on the fun.

There has been 55 units in past years with around 30,000 people lined up along the two-mile stretch of Perdido Beach Boulevard to catch the beads and candy thrown their way.

The parade begins at 2 PM and the last float passes through around 3 PM. Admission is free to the public. The floats start at Wintzell’s and end at Highway 161.

The Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade is one of the biggest celebrations in the area, and you won’t want to miss it!