Early Year Activities On The Coast!

45366131114_a0b5fbd194_oThe start of a new year is always exciting! We are looking forward to upcoming events and early year activities. The following is just a glimpse into all the fun we expect on the Alabama Gulf Coast in January and February!

2020 Big Beach Marathon, Half Marathon and 7k

The 2020 Big Beach Marathon will take place in Gulf Shores. Come join the fun. They have awesome awards, great food and drinks, and plenty of beautiful views through Gulf State Park and Gulf Shores beaches. The fun begins and ends at The Hangout. Big Beach Marathon and Half Marathon will be the second race in the 2020 Run The Beach Series.

2020 Flora-Bama Annual Super Chili Bowl Cook-Off

Some 25 teams will vie for the coveted title of “Best Chili Around” when they start cookin’ up their “secret” ingredients under the tent at the iconic Flora-Bama, Saturday, Feb. 1. This popular event starts cookin’ with the honky-tonk country music of Jason Justice and the Hung Jury at 11 a.m. A $20 donation to the American Cancer Society allows you an unlimited sampling of chili along with a free draft beer. Last year more than $11,000 was raised for the Society’s efforts to eliminate cancer.

Coming to cook? Entry fees are $25 per three-man team. Registration fees include three t-shirts, one apron, and complimentary beer. Teams will cook a minimum of five gallons of chili on-site, using their own ingredients, cooking utensils, pots, and burners. Teams can register in the Flora-Bama gift shop or online at www.florabama.com. Winners have a shot at more than $300 in cash prizes with perpetual trophies awarded for First Place, People’s Choice, Best Decorated Booth, and Judge’s Taste.

Coming to eat? For $20 per person, each guest will enjoy unlimited chili samples, one free beer or non-alcoholic beverage and one People’s Choice ticket to give to the team of your choice. Pay at the door, get your hand stamped, then sample away! Try any and every chili you desire and vote by putting your ticket in the booth you deem best. 100% of ticket sales from the public will support the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life. Additional People’s Choice tickets can be purchased for $1.

Live music kicks off the party at 11 a.m. with Jason Justice and The Hung Jury, while the public’s chili sampling starts at noon. The tasting will continue until 3 p.m., so stick around for the awards ceremony to see who wins the People’s Choice, Judge’s Taste, and the Best Decorated Booth award.

2020 Sweetheart 5k, Sea Turtle ½ Marathon & Sweetheart 1 Mile Fun Run

Book your room, grab your running shoes and sign up today for this awesome race. Activities begin and end at The Hangout in Gulf Shores. Several races to choose from for beginners and pros. This is the final race in the 2020 Run The Beach Series!

LuLu’s 12th Annual Tropical Reunion Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony

A Tropical Re-Union Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony is definitely the most unique present you could give your spouse for Valentine’s, and it’s FREE. Couples can renew their wedding vows at LuLu’s restaurant in Gulf Shores on Saturday, February 15, at a 2 pm complimentary wedding vow renewal ceremony. It will be officiated by Hurricane Jane, an ordained minister and a member of the Parrot Head club. Arrive a little early to settle in and stay for the fun.

Couples will enjoy a romantic afternoon on LuLu’s private sandy beach along the ICW with a champagne toast, wedding cake, flowers for the brides and a customized commemorative wedding vow renewal certificate. Prizes will be awarded to the couples who were married the longest, shortest, and who is dressed the most festively.
LuLu’s encourages couples to pre-register prior to the event. Registrants only need their names and original wedding date; the pre-registration process allows us to have the certificates ready ahead of time. Or, couples can register on the day of the event.

LuLu’s Annual Tropical Reunion Vow Renewal! Free Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony on LuLu’s Gulf Shores own beach.

Flowers for the Brides
Wedding Cake
Champagne Toast
Certificate of Renewal
Ceremony by Hurricane Jane, a local minister, and Parrot Head
Prizes for the Best Dressed, Longest Married, Shortest Married


The Orange Beach Sports Association presents the 28th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show at The Wharf. Come out to spend the day with family and friends while enjoying loads of tasty food, live music on two stages, and over 125 arts & crafts vendors! Drop the kids off at the Kids Zone to play while you check out dozens of classic and hot rod vehicles and vendors. Bring the whole family including your furry BFF for our new Paws on Parade! We can’t wait to see the costumes! Come out and support this beautiful area and the sports-related activities in our community!