We love gathering with friends and strangers alike to celebrate what makes our coast so special. And it seems those celebrations always center around our favorite thing – food, glorious food festivals!
It’s the fall festival season here in Coastal Alabama, and we have our plates ready. Come join us.
REGIONAL VIEW: LET’S EAT
The 7th Annual Festival of Flavor, sponsored by Back Forty Beer Company and Riviera Utilities, will take place Saturday, October 6, in the streets of Downtown Foley from Noon until 5 pm.Gulf Shores and Orange Beach declare the season official with the 47th Annual National Shrimp Festival, October 11-14, the 10th Annual Oyster Cook Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout, November 2-3, and the 2018 World Food Championships November 9-11. Downtown Foley serves up the fun at the 7th Annual Festival of Flavor on October 6 and Mobile shouts OPA! at the 55th Annual Greek Fest, October 18-20.
Check out our lineup of fall festivals that celebrate food, and a few that focus on music, nature and art. READ MORE
JUBILEE FESTIVAL OF ARTS
Along the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay the cry of “Jubilee!” traditionally means a unique occurrence when the fish and crab of the bay come to the surface, making for an easy and abundant harvest. On September 29 and 30, the call also means a plentiful catch of art and festival fun in Daphne at the 30th Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts. READ MORE
KEEP ON SUMMERING
Thanks to a subtropical climate, on Alabama’s beaches we keep on summering well into traditionally fall months. That makes fall the ideal time to enjoy a Girlfriend Getaway, a Mancation, a Foodie Fix or a School Break in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Start planning your fall visit. READ MORE
DAUPHIN ISLAND ART TRAIL
From the Happy Octopus to Fort Gaines, all of Dauphin Island will be one big art gallery. Discover the works of more than 50 artists on October 13 as you follow the art trail.
Take advantage of the free cross-island shuttle to make getting to all the locations a breeze. And be sure to pick up a map at any of the stops. Have it stamped at all locations and you could win some cool prizes. The artsy fun takes place from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, October 13 and is sponsored by the Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce.
Get off the couch and test your endurance, stamina and decision-making skills at Delta Dash on September 29. Wade across the creek and crawl through the mud all while staying on pace to complete the course. READ MORE
FRANK BROWN INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITERS’ FESTIVAL
Consider this your coastal soundtrack. November 8-18 brings songwriters to Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Perdido Key to perform their songs at a variety of venues.
The stages will belong to a mix of Grammy Award-winning songwriters and those up-and-coming stars of tomorrow, each singing their original songs with the backdrop of the Alabama Gulf Coast. Most of the venues are free to attend; others have a small cover charge. Plan your musical experience.
FESTIVAL OF FLAVOR
The 7th Annual Festival of Flavor, sponsored by Back Forty Beer Company and Riviera Utilities, will take place Saturday, October 6 in the streets of Downtown Foley from Noon until 5 pm.
Hosted by the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, The Festival of Flavor showcases the many flavors of local and regional food, wine and craft beer.
Festival guests can stroll the streets of Downtown Foley while enjoying the unique specialty wines, craft beer, food trucks and delectable cuisine prepared by local chefs and restaurants. Don’t want to miss the Saturday SEC Football? It is covered! Enjoy the action on the giant screens in the game day area as your favorite teams play.
TEN65 ROCKS MOBILE
Budget-friendly tunes (as in free!) can be found at Ten65 in Mobile, October 5-6. Enjoy performances by Walker Hayes, Wet Willie, Big Boi, the Rebirth Brass Band and many more.
The Friday lineup gets the party started with Walker Hayes, Wet Willie, Top of the Orange, Molly Thomas and The Red Clay Strays. But pace yourself because Saturday keeps the momentum going with Big Boi, Mayer Hawthorne, Rebirth Brass Band, J. Simon and more.
The lineup includes more than music. Look for Steve Huffman, the co-founder and CEO of Reddit as the featured tech guest. Get the full lineup and details online.
FAIRHOPE FILM FESTIVAL
It will be lights, camera and all the film action you love at the Fairhope Film Festival November 8-11. The lineup will be released in mid-October and tickets are on sale now.
Even though the lineup isn’t final, you can still grab your tickets for the Fairhope Film Festival. With the six-pack option you can decide later which ones to attend. If you don’t want to decide, go for the all access pass and enjoy unlimited film screenings during the festival.
- September 14-December 30: Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, History Museum of Mobile
- September 28-October 31: Thriller Nights of Lights, Mobile
- September 30: C Spire Concert Series presents: NEEDTOBREATHE Forever On Your Side Tour with Special Guest Johnny Swim & the Rocket Boys, The Wharf, Orange Beach
- October 3-6: Alabama Coastal BirdFest, multiple locations
- October 4: Festival of Flavor Kick Off Dinner, Foley
- October 5: Fairhope First Friday Art Walk
- October 6: GCAA Art Market, Waterway Village, Gulf Shores
- October 6: Living History Crew Drill, USS ALABAMA, Mobile
- October 11: Removal of the County Seat Event, Bay Minette
- October 19: Wild and Wicked Beach Bash, Gulf Shores
- October 19-20, 26-27: Get Lost in the Haunted Forest, Foley
- October 27: Halloween Bash at Five Rivers Delta, Spanish Fort
- November 10-21: 55th Annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Theodore
- November 17: Creek Crawl 2018, Foley
- November 24: 2018 Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Coastal Half Marathon and 5K Run, Orange Beach
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