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Orange Beach Events

Looking for things to do in Orange Beach, Alabama? Brett/Robinson Vacations is happy to help you not only by providing luxury beachfront vacation accommodations but also information about local family-friendly events that should keep you as busy as you want to be on your beach getaway!

The Orange Beach area offers a wealth of events and recreational activities to choose from at any time of year. Each member of your family is sure to find something they enjoy to ensure that your stay at one of our Orange Beach vacation rentals is unforgettable.

Here are just a few of the events and activities that take place in and around Orange Beach throughout the year:

Big Beach Marathon and Half Marathon
Held on the last weekend in January each year. The race starts in Gulf Shores and winds through the picturesque Backcountry Trail in Gulf State Park and Orange Beach. The trail system, consisting of over 28 miles of paved paths, is home to six distinct ecosystems: wet pine flatwoods, live oak maritime forests, coastal dunes and swales, longleaf sand ridges, freshwater marshes and coastal hardwood swamps. 

The Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show
Each February at The Wharf in Orange Beach, the event features a full day of delicious food, 100 artists from throughout the South, a huge car show on Main Street, a Kids’ Zone, and music for the whole family to enjoy. 

Mardi Gras 
Each winter, Orange Beach features Mardi Gras parades on land and water. Located a short drive from the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the U.S. - Mobile, Alabama - it’s more than a holiday on the Alabama Gulf Coast, it’s a tradition. 

The Orange Beach Festival of Art
Held the second weekend in March, the juried fine art show at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach includes more than 100 artists, a kids’ art alley, a culinary arts court featuring local fare, and a music and songwriter's stage.

The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show
 Held each March at The Wharf in Orange Beach. 

The Interstate Mullet Toss
In late April each year, the Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party is legendary. What started as just a reason to party at the Flora-Bama on the beachfront border of Orange Beach and Florida has become one of the biggest beach parties on the coast. 

The Hangout Music Festival
Every year in May, thousands of music fans flock to neighboring Gulf Shores, Alabama from around the world for the Hangout Music Festival. 

The Wharf Amphitheater concerts
From May through October, the 10,000-seat The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach hosts the C Spire Concert Series. The open-air venue, which is one of the largest music venues along the Gulf Coast, serves as the backdrop for dozens of top performers.  

The Blue Marlin Grand Championship
This premier fishing competition is held each July at The Wharf. It’s an exciting family-friendly event for anglers and weigh-in spectators. 

The Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon
Held in early September each year at Gulf Place in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Brett/Robinson Vacations is the longtime presenting sponsor for this annual Olympic distance triathlon, which also has a beginner-friendly sprint triathlon. Brett/Robinson’s
Phoenix All Suites beachfront hotel is perfectly situated next to the start/finish line.

The Orange Beach Freedom Festival
The first weekend in October features this patriotic event at The Wharf in Orange Beach with a car show, arts and crafts, food, and music as a salute to the military and first responders.

The Annual National Shrimp Festival
The second full weekend in October features this longtime festival at the public beach in Gulf Shores. The four-day event celebrates the Gulf Coast's most famous seafood with live music, cooking demonstrations, and shrimp-eating contests. The festival plays host to 100 hours of musical entertainment featuring a lineup of national, regional, and local acts. The festival also features 50 local and regional food vendors and nearly 200 booths of fine art and arts and crafts lining the festival site. 

The Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show
Held in early November in neighboring Pensacola, Florida. Orange Beach sees frequent flyovers by the Blue Angels throughout the year. It’s always a special patriotic beach treat to have the storied Naval aircraft fly overhead. 

The Annual Frank Brown Songwriters' Festival
Held each November and features nationally acclaimed songwriters in venues along the Florida and Alabama Gulf Coast, including the Flora-Bama and Orange Beach, over a nearly two-week period. The festival is an opportunity for seasoned and aspiring songwriters
and musicians from all over the world to have their songs heard, and for the public to learn the stories behind the lyrics that only the song’s author can express.

The Coastal Half Marathon, 5k & 1 Mile Run
Held the weekend after Thanksgiving each year at the Orange Beach Sportsplex and Backcountry Trail. It’s a picturesque race route and a great way to burn off those holiday calories.

Holly Days on Main at The Wharf 
Hosted each December by the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The event features holiday arts and crafts vendors, special performances, a lighted boat parade and more. 

Whether you’re here to soak up the sun and sand, enjoy a local festival, beach music scene, or lace up some running shoes for a beachside race, we hope you'll consider a Brett/Robinson rental for your next beach vacation. We offer a wide variety of luxury accommodations to fit any budget, and our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to help you plan the perfect beach getaway.

Book your vacation today and experience fun family-friendly events any time of year. Brett/Robinson has a variety of Orange Beach condos, Alabama beach houses, and Gulf Shores beachfront hotels to choose from. If you have questions, we have a call center located in Gulf Shores, Alabama and it can be reached at 1-800-211-7892  to provide local guidance on your next beach vacation, or submit a question online about a new reservation. 

Book your stay today and start planning your next adventure!