The Fun of Fall
The Autumn season often means children getting back to school, the weather giving relief to the sizzle of summer, football season kick off and of course the excitement looking forward to the holiday season. For many, this time of year is over looked when planning a getaway. The locals on the Alabama Gulf Coast have a secret and today we are sharing it with you. Fall in the South still feels like summer and it brings food, festivals and a lot of fun.
The coolest part of fall is the weather. (That pun was intended.) Daytime highs typically reach the 80s and the evenings are pleasantly in the low 60s. This is just perfect for an afternoon on the beach. Speaking of the beach, you can still take a dip in the beautiful waves of the Gulf of Mexico with temperatures between 65 and 80.
With a busy summer season in the rearview, our area sees the number of visitors decrease by more than 25%. This allows you the opportunity to find a piece of the beach all your own. Feel like your stranded on your very own Gilligan’s Island without the inconvenience of a coconut phone!
Did we mention festival season? That’s the best part. Annual festivals are what make fall the most fun, without a doubt. You can pick your passion and you’re sure to find something in your wheelhouse. Keep reading to find a list of events and dates!
The Alabama Coastal Triathlon and it’s little sister, the Coastal “Tri-It-On” Triathlon, will be sponsored by Brett-Robinson and hosted by The Hangout for the 10th time in 2018. Enjoy a perfect race setting with the gulf of Mexico, main staging area, finish line, packet pick up, pre-race dinner and post-race party all in one spot, at The Hangout! It’s a 1950’s beachside hangout brought back to life in the same location. Choose from an intermediate distance triathlon or a beginner friendly sprint triathlon – either way, the party is on us.
Sample 100+ wine labels from all over the world, enjoy regional craft beer selections, or sip on something stronger like infused vodka and single-malt whiskey. Some of the Gulf Coast’s finest chefs will be cooking up a storm, including cooking demos, food tastings, culinary competitions, and cookbook signings. Other activities include a VIP Kickoff Party, live and silent auctions, luxury yacht walks, and the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish® Alabama, an organization devoted to granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions
Always the first full weekend of October, birders know the Alabama Gulf Coast is a prime spot to see birds during the fall migration, and since 2004, BirdFest has attracted visitors from more than 27 states and Canada—many returning multiple times. For both experienced birders and those new to birding, BirdFest offers more than 30 expertly guided tours, evening dinner events, workshops, and the free, family friendly Bird & Conservation Expo. Now a “birding and nature festival,” BirdFest features trips that highlight local and migrating birds, wildflowers, alligators, dolphins, and other creatures that share our world.
Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 47th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event from October 11 – 14 that attracts over 300,000 people. This year the festival will play host to more than 100 hours of musical entertainment featuring a lineup of national, regional and local acts. The music plays daily Thursday through Sunday. Food is the primary highlight of the festival with 50 local and regional vendors lining the boardwalk at the public beach with mouth-watering delights. You can even score free shrimp to sample from these different local chefs! Art, contests, and activities for all ages and sights from across the area will be on display and you don’t want to miss it!
The World Food Championships is the largest competition in food sport, where champions of previous events convene for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of $300,000. The World Food Championships platform ranges from live-event integration and activations to a robust multimedia platform that serves culinary stars, home cooks, brands and destinations. In four short years, WFC has awarded more than one million in prizes and money, spawned a TV series, garnered more than five billion media impressions and launched numerous professional careers for successful contestants.