Spring is a fabulous time to visit Gulf Shores. Birds are singing, skies are blue and flowers are bursting into bloom, not to mention you're on the beach. What more could you want? Below we've listed a selection of the best events happening in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in the spring. Book your stay and get these events on your calendar!
If you haven't yet made the trip to Bellingrath Gardens across Mobile Bay, spring is a great time to do it. Bellingrath boasts 65 acres of floral landscapes and sprawling oak trees. Some of the flowers that bloom there in spring include hydrangeas, Easter lilies, azaleas, impatiens and fuchsia. The Mobile Area Orchid Society's 38th Annual Orchid Show and Sale will take place at Bellingrath Gardens from February 27 to March 1. If you love orchids, you won't want to miss this. View the Orchid Society's most magnificent orchids, get growing tips from experts and buy some beautiful orchids for your home or condo. Admission to the show is free and entrance to the gardens will be discounted. Check the schedule here.
Another spectacular spring event at Bellingrath Gardens is the Azalea Bloom Out. The Azalea Bloom Out usually happens in mid-March, but it depends on the weather. Watch as over a quarter of a million azaleas burst into blossom. Check the Bellingrath website for updates on exact dates. To visit the gardens from Gulf Shores, you can either drive through Mobile on I-10 or take the ferry from Dauphin Island.
Audubon Bird Sanctuary
Another great early spring activity in the Gulf Shores area is to check out the Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island. This sanctuary is one of the top four places in North America to see migrating species in the spring. After their long flight across the Gulf of Mexico, over 100 species come to rest on Dauphin Island.
Orange Beach Festival of Art
The 41st Annual Festival of Art in Orange Beach will take place this year on March 14 and 15. This famous art festival features work from artists around the country and around the world. In addition to visual art, there is also live music and food from local culinary artists. You'll also find a variety of art activities for kids. Admission to the Festival of Art is free. Shuttle rides from the parking area are $2.
St. Patrick's Day at the Wharf
On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, the bars and restaurants on the Wharf in Orange Beach will feature special menus, specialty cocktails, live music and fun through a combined effort called the Sham Jam at the Wharf.
Stars Fell on Alabama
The 16th Annual Stars Fell on Alabama event at Lulu's will be held from March 19-22 this year. Stars Fell on Alabama is an event for parrot heads, a nickname given to die-hard Jimmy Buffet fans. Even if you're not an official parrot head, you can have a great time joining in the tropical festivities at Lulu's Homeport Marina this weekend in March. Lulu's is a famous Gulf Shores venue owned by Jimmy Buffet's sister.
Early spring events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach will allow you to enjoy the great weather and attractions that the area has to offer. Book a Gulf Shores vacation rental today to take advantage of the great activities and weather.