January 1st • Noon
Polar Bear Dip
Take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico at high noon to start the year off right! Those who fully submerge will get a free draft beer and a free New Year's lunch of ham, black-eyed peas, greens and cornbread.
Wednesday, Jun 06, 2018 - Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Kayak Eco Tours
21101 State Highway 135 • Gulf Shores, AL 36542
ADMISSION: $25 Guided kayak tour at Lake Shelby. Enjoy a one hour paddle to learn about the ecosystem. Instruction is provided for beginners. $25 per person. Life jackets, paddles and kayaks provided.
January 8th • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Foley Snowbird Welcome Coffee
Foley Civic Center
The City of Foley and the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce will host a Snowbird Welcome Coffee at the Civic Center. Free coffee and doughnuts and a walk through downtown will highlight the day. Enjoy the Foley Treasure Hunt and win prizes from local merchants.
January 22th • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Snowbird Fly-In Day
1750 Radford Blvd Pensacola, FL 32508
We invite winter visitors to "Fly-In" for a day of special discounts, tours and more fun activites at the National Naval Aviation Musuem on Tuesday, January 22 at 9am at the National Naval Aviation Museum.
January 25th • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
2019 Snowbird Fest
4671 Wharf Pkwy.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Snowbird Fest is a true festival event, trade show, expo, sometimes even a car show all packed into one! Snowbirds get FREE entertainment, as well as an opportunity to meet local area businesses to find lodging, get samples of their services and often delectable samples from local area restaurants as well. Past Snowbird Fests have featured RV Expos, Health & Fitness Expos, and Boating Expos - every year is different, from the entertainment to the attractions. Snowbirds enter raffles to win give-aways, are often involved in the shows put on by our entertainers, and every year features samples of fabulous local cuisine, as well as other art, retail sales, games, events and fun for everyone! It is our goal to thank our beloved Snowbirds for choosing our coasts to spend a part of their year to call our home their own and enjoy the southern hospitality that comes along with our scenic coasts.
January 26th • 1:30 PM
2019 Reese's Senior Bowl
Admission: $30, $20, $10
The Senior Bowl is college football's premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the nation's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention. For more information on the Senior Bowl please visit the bowl's website.
January 26th • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Adult Rock Painting Techniques
Foley Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room
Learn three techniques for painting rocks and other surfaces. Participants will receive three rocks to paint. Paints, brushes and tools will be provided. Only painting techniques will be taught.
February 2nd • 10:00AM - 5:00PM
2019 Flora-Bama Annual Super Chili Bowl Cook-Off
Tickets: $20 per person (includes 1 free beer and unlimited chili)
Let the chopping begin at the Flora-Bama's "Super" Bowl Chili Cook-Off on Super Bowl Saturday. Teams of three register beforehand and will even dress up to show team spirit. They work their chili magic to win with their version of the best chili ever, and will receive an award at the end of the day. If you don't want to cook, come by and sample the wide variety of dishes. The Flora-Bama continues this annual event that benefits the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life. Cooking begins at 10am with tickets being sold at 11:45am and tasting begins at noon. Entry fee includes three event t-shirts, draft beer, plus other party favors.
February 2nd • 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Krewe De La Dauphine Mardi Gras Parade
Free to Public
This Dauphin Island group formed in 1992 after a handful of friends having breakfast at a local restaurant decided their little barrier island needed more than one Mardi Gras group. The first Mardi Gras organization, the Island Mystics, started that same year but folded just before its 25th anniversary. It has been replaced with the Dauphin Island People's Parade. The first KDLD parade in 1994 had the theme "Scenes of Dauphin Island." The group decided that its parade would always be held on the fifth Saturday before Fat Tuesday, making the Krewe - by far - the first Mobile area parade of the year. And sometimes the cold winds of early January make them pay dearly for that distinction.
February 7th • 8:00AM - 2:00PM
27th Annual Alabama Lifestyle EXPO
The EXPO attracts Snowbird visitors and locals who wish to learn more about what Alabama and the Gulf Coast has to offer in a spacious and beautiful setting. The emphasis is on the great amenities available in Alabama and the Gulf Coast. The EXPO is popular with seniors, but it offers something of interest for all ages. Free admission, free parking, free door prizes, free professional services, free consultations, free tickets and free food samples are offered to attendees. More than 70 exhibitors will provide information about community living, quality of life programs for people over 50, food samples from restaurants, hands-on-exhibits, free giveaways, things to do and see, and places to visit. The Alabama Lifestyles Retirement EXPO is sponsored by the Alabama Advantage for Relocation, Caribe The Resort, the City of Orange Beach and the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce.
February 15th • 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Conde Cavaliers Mardi Gras Parade
Founded in 1977, the Conde Cavaliers open the downtown Mobile parading season. Members proudly point out that they held a ball and a parade in their first year. The organization is named after the celebrated French general, Prince de Conde, for whom Fort Conde in downtown Mobile was named. It's a large group, and these gents always like to throw. One of the group's four permanent floats, The Conde Cavalier Express, is an impressive, self-propelled, three-unit train.
February 16th • 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Bayport Parading Society
Parading on Route A, the Bayport Parading Society is not a mystic or secret organization. It's essentially a place for Mobile-area businesses that wish to parade. It was created after the Joe Cain Procession became so large that it had to be capped. Non-business-related groups were allowed to stay in the Joe Cain Procession, while Bayport was created for businesses that want to participate.
February 21th • 8:00AM - 1:00PM
7th Annual Baldwin County Heritage Museum Golf Scramble
Glen Lakes Golf Course
Hello golfers and friends, please join us for the 7th Annual Baldwin County Heritage Museum Golf Scramble at GlenLakes Golf Club with registration beginning at 8 a.m.
March 2rd • 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade
Begins East of Phoenix West
According to the written history of the Mystics of Pleasure, “while overlooking the Marina on Cotton Bayou and watching the sun set on a glorious April evening, a group of men planned what was to become … Pleasure Island’s very first nighttime Mardi Gras parading society.”
March 3rd • 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Foley Mardi Gras Parade
Who is ready to catch some beads? We see those hands! You’ll be happy to know the Foley Mardi Gras parade rolls through city streets on the Saturday before Fat Tuesday, and this year that date is March 2nd. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Roosevelt and Alston streets, going north on Alston, then turns west on U.S. 98 and moving south on Oak Street.
March 9th • 10:00AM - 5:00PM
45th Annual Festival of Art
Coastal Arts Center Orange Beach
For more than 40 years, the Festival of Art has been our island’s first rite of spring. It is a celebration of visual, performing, musical and culinary arts. With more than 100 artists working in a dazzling variety of medias, festival-goers always have plenty to see, hear, touch, taste and experience. This fine arts festival is completely FREE with music and entertainment featured on two stages. Satellite public parking is available with shuttles provided by B.R.A.T.S. for a $5 daily rate.
March 15th • 10:00AM - 5:00PM
67th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival
The 67th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival in Fairhope, Alabama is scheduled for March 15, 16, & 17, 2019. Festival hours are Friday thru Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is free to the public. More than 230 exhibitors from all over the country will bring their best works. This prestigious juried show showcases artists from across the country including many from the Southeast. Enjoy live entertainment and delicious cuisine from the food court throughout this great three-day event. An Eastern Shore staple for more than sixty years, there’s something for everyone at the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival on the streets of beautiful Downtown Fairhope.
March 16th • 10:00AM - 5:00PM
BBQ & Blues Cook-Off 2019
Welcome spring with the annual BBQ & Blues Cook-Off, held the third Saturday in March in downtown Foley’s Heritage Park. In addition to great food, enjoy live blues music, arts and crafts, and children’s activities. Mostly, enjoy the delicious, finger-licking, grilled concoctions from competing BBQ teams!
March 30th • 8:00AM - 5:00PM
The Original German Sausage Festival
Elberta Town Park
The Elberta Sausage Festival makes its semi-annual return to that South Baldwin hamlet. Held in Elberta Town Park, just north of the town’s only stop light on Hwy. 98, the event attracts up to 20,000 revelers, according to organizers. A 40-year tradition, the festival is a major regional event that attracts a cross section of the community in what has become a reunion type atmosphere. It is also the main revenue source for the area’s volunteer fire department.
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