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Warm, sunny days just about year-round make the Perdido Key area a popular spot for special events.

The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, held each November at various spots in Perdido Key, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and other nearby communities, offers nearly two weeks’ worth of live musical entertainment. The festival is a popular venue for aspiring writers and musicians to showcase their work.

Probably the oddest local event is the annual Mullet Toss, which takes place the last full weekend of April at the Flora-Bama Lounge. This quirky contest, which regularly attracts several thousand visitors, requires participants to throw a mullet from a designated spot in Florida across the state line into Alabama. In addition to the Mullet Toss, the weekend event includes plenty of music, food, drink, and other fun activities. It’s all in a good cause, too, because a contribution for each fish flung goes to local youth charities.

The Flora-Bama is also the site of the New Years Polar Bear Dip. At high noon every New Years Day, a group of hardy souls welcomes the new year by joining hands and wading into the Gulf of Mexico. The reward for getting cold and wet is a dish of black-eyed peas.

Just down the road in Pensacola are two events that have received national attention. The Pensacola Beach Air Show, featuring the Blue Angels flight demonstration team, is held every July and always attracts a crowd. The Blue Angels Air Show, held in November, is the final air show of the season for the Angels, who spend much of the year traveling the nation with their precision jet performances.

To the west in Gulf Shores, more than 300 vendors gather each October for the National Shrimp Festival. Displays at the four-day festival include arts, crafts, clothing, jewelry, and other retail goods.

Check out our calendar of events for an up-to-date list of what’s going on while you’re in town.

September - 2015

C Spire Concert Series presents: Alabama

When: Sept 6, 2015
Where: The Amphitheater at The Wharf , 23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Alabama has a long list of '80s and '90s country hits including "Tennessee River," "My Home's in Alabama," "The Closer You Get" and "Close Enough to Perfect."
Phone: 800-745-3000

Bulls on the Beach

When: Sept 12, 2015
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
Bulls on the Beach, a night of adrenaline-filled bull riding! Saturday night will feature professional bull riders from across the Southeast including the stars of the new reality TV show “Dukes of Cattle.”
Phone: 850-492-0611

Adventure Saturday

When: Sept 19, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: National Museum of Naval Aviation, 1750 Radford Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32508
Open to children in Kindergarten-12th grade and will be from 9:00am to 1:00pm, lunch included. Registration is $30 per child. The National Flight Academy hosts Adventure Saturday, a hands-on STEM education program for kids.

The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event

When: Everyday between Sept 24 - 26, 2015
Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach, 4830 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561
The three day event combines tastings of delicious food and tantalizing wines, a pinch of southern flare and a dash of Gulf Coast hospitality. This event will raise funds for Make-A-Wish Alabama.
Phone: 251-224-1000

October - 2015

Oktoberfest

When: Oct 3, 2015
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
The third annual Oktoberfest! Brats, sauerkraut, and a variety of German beer during this festival. German style musical acts perform while party goers chicken dance.
Phone: 850-492-0611

4th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor 2015

When: Oct 3, 2015 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Foley Heritage Park, 112 East Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 36535
The 4th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor, is set to take place Saturday, October 3 in the streets of Historic Downtown Foley. The Alabama Festival of Flavor showcases the many flavors of local and regional foods, wine and craft beer.

31st Annual Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 5 - 15, 2015
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
Grammy Award winning songwriters and the up and coming stars of tomorrow come into the spotlight to perform original songs in multiple locations in beautiful Perdido Key and Pensacola, Florida and Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Phone: 850-492-0611

44th Annual National Shrimp Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 8 - 11, 2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, 101 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
The 44th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event that attracts over 300,000 people. Musical entertainment featuring a lineup of national, regional and local acts including Blues, Motown, Southern Rock, Jazz, Zydeco and Country. The music begins at 10 a.m. each day and runs through 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Fall Garrison Living History Day

When: Oct 17, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Fort Morgan, 51 Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Living historians and re-enactors gather at Fort Morgan for the continuation of the site's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Artillery and infantry demonstrations will occur throughout the day.

Pensacola Mud Run

When: Oct 24, 2015 7:30 AM
Where: Location near St. Matthews Baptist Church 3047 County Hwy. 95A Cantonment, FL 32533
Pensacola Mud Run is a 5 mile/ 20 obstacle course with a 1 mile/ 5 obstacle Kid Run obstacles. Runners can all expect to slip, slide, climb, jump, slog, and swing their way to a fun finish where food, refreshments, and showers are waiting. 7:30 a.m. will start the Competetive Heat followed by numerous Non-Competitive Heats throughout the day, and lastly ending with the Kids Run. The object is to have fun and complete the run, not to finish first. Proceeds will benefit Pathways for Change.
Phone: 850.637-1429
More Info: info@pathwaysforchange.org

November - 2015

8th Annual Oyster Cook Off at The Hangout

When: Everyday between Nov 6 - 8, 2015 6:00 PM
Where: The Hangout, 101 East Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
this year’s Oyster Cook-off will bring together celebrity chefs from across the U.S. as well as a long list of well-known Gulf coast restaurateurs. Set for Nov.6-8, the event is presented by Alabama Gulf Seafood and hosted by The Hangout. Saturday is the Oyster Cook-off, Sunday Nov 8th Brunch & Bloody Mary's.

Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

When: Nov 7, 2015 9:00 AM
Where: National Museum of Naval Aviation, 1750 Radford Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32508
Gate admission is free. Gates open at 8 am each day.The show begins at 9 am, with the Blue Angel Flight Demonstration Team scheduled to fly around 2 pm. There will be a Kids' Zone, virtual games and bungee jump for children of all ages.
More Info: http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/show/

Waterway Village Art Market

When: Nov 7, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery, 225 East 24th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Local and regional artists will be displaying their original works of art, which will include paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and mixed media. There will also be original hand-created pottery, jewelry, wood, metal and textile art. Live musical entertainment, children's hands-on art activities and concessions will be available.

Flora-Bama Thanksgiving Pot-Luck

When: Nov 26, 2015
Where: Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Perdido Key, FL 32507
Bring a covered dish and get all the turkey and ham your belly can stand. The Flora-Bama helps take the stress out of your holiday cooking. Throw those pans out and get to the line for this wonderful feast.
Phone: 850-492-0611

2015 Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Coastal Half Marathon and 5K Run

When: Nov 28, 2015
Where: Orange Beach Sportsplex 4389 William Silvers Parkway, Orange Beach, AL 36561
From a 1 mile fun run to a 5k run to a half-marathon run. Enjoy running on the peaceful, scenic paved trails in the Back Country Trail. There will be awards and a post-race party at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
More Info: http://www.team-magic.com

December - 2015

Flora-Bama Christmas Potluck

When: Dec 25, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
The turkey and ham will be prepared and ready to go by Flora-Bama with live music. Patrons are encourage to bring a covered dish to share.

Karaoke

When: Dec 31, 2015 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Where: Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill at The Wharf 4720 Main St. Bldg M Ste. 102 Orange Beach, AL 36561