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National Shrimp Festival Brings Fall Fun to Gulf Shores

May 24 19
by S. Lynne
Grilled shrimp and vegetable kabobs at the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores

One of the most popular events on the Alabama coast returns to Gulf Shores this fall. Scheduled for October 10-13, the 48th annual National Shrimp Festival is expected to attract more than 250,000 visitors to the city. Founded in 1971 to lure tourists to Alabama beaches during the off-season, the Gulf Shores event has since […]

Country Music Stars To Shine at Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2019

Apr 30 19
by S. Lynne
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam lighted stage and audience

Some of country music’s brightest stars will have an opportunity to shine at the upcoming Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam. First held in 2013, the festival has quickly become a Panama City Beach tradition. Past events have featured such familiar names as Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, and Florida Georgia Line. Headliners for this year’s […]

Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Paint-Out Returns to Cape San Blas, Florida

Apr 12 19
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Example of En Plein Air painting for Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Paint-Out

Internationally acclaimed artists will flock to Cape San Blas for 10 days, beginning May 3, for the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America’s Great Paint-Out. Hailed as being among the most prestigious events of its kind, the paint-out features professional artists capturing scenes from Florida’s Forgotten Coast on canvas. Celebrating the Recovering Environment This year’s […]

Billy Bowlegs Festival Pirates Invade Fort Walton Beach

Apr 4 19
by S. Lynne
Billy Bowlegs Festival Pirate handing out beads to the crowd

Visitors and residents alike, beware! Fort Walton Beach is bracing for trouble when that infamous pirate, Captain Billy Bowlegs, and his band of merry men stage their annual invasion at the Billy Bowlegs Festival. But the resulting skirmishes should be fun, not mayhem, when Billy and his Krewe come ashore at Fort Walton Beach Landing […]

2019 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin – Fish, Fun, Prizes!

Mar 20 19
by Celeste Bracewell
Night view of fishing boats under way during the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin

The excitement is building already for the 2019 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin. One of the top big-game fishing tournaments in the world, this year’s competition is scheduled for June 19-23 in Destin, Florida. The fabulous Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the host facility for this five-day sporting event with a $2 million-plus […]

Fishing is King in Destin!

Mar 4 19
by Charlie Peay
Destin fishing boat going out through the East Pass to the Gulf of Mexico

Destin is not known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” for nothing! The fishing action in Destin can be hot and heavy inshore, offshore, and from beach piers and jetties. All of you do-it-yourselfers will be happy to know that you don’t need a boat to enjoy an excellent day of fishing in Destin. Many […]

Hangout Music Fest 2019 Brings Star-Studded Lineup to Gulf Shores

Feb 22 19
by S. Lynne
Hangout Festival Gulf Shores ALstage and crowd

Some of the hottest new artists on today’s music scene will head the lineup at Hangout Music Fest 2019 in Gulf Shores. Taking the stage during the three-day event, which opens May 17 for its 10th year, are rapper Travis Scott, folk rock band The Lumineers, singer/songwriter Khalid, rock band Vampire Weekend, rapper/singer/songwriter Cardi B, […]

Flora-Bama Mullet Toss: Fishy Fun on Florida’s Perdido Key

Feb 13 19
by S. Lynne
Flora-Bama Mullet Toss worker talking mullet out of a blue bucket

If you think a mullet is just a bad haircut, you probably haven’t heard about the Flora-Bama Lounge’s Annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party. Centerpiece of this tongue-in-cheek Perdido Key event is a strange but satisfying three-day competition. It involves tossing a mullet  – a small fish that’s found in abundance in […]

Sandestin Wine Festival Promises Food, Wine, and Fun in the Sun

Feb 4 19
by S. Lynne
Sandestin Wine Festival sample bottles grouped on table

It’s almost time again to “Uncork Some Fun in the Sun” at the Sandestin Wine Festival, which celebrates its 33rd anniversary in 2019. Named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin magazine, the popular festival offers wine lovers the opportunity to sample hundreds of wines from around the world. Guests also have opportunities to interact with […]

Seabreeze Jazz Festival: Sea Breezes and Smooth Jazz in PCB

Jan 10 19
by S. Lynne
Saxophonist and violinist on stage at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach

The white sands and emerald waters of  Panama City Beach are the backdrop for the 21st annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival. The five-day festival, scheduled for April 24–28, 2019, at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, has been named one of the Top 10 Jazz Festivals in the United States by JazzIZ Magazine and one of the Top […]

Thunder Beach Bikers’ Rally Rolls into PCB Every Spring and Fall

Jan 3 19
by S. Lynne
Thunder Beach motorcycle rally biker with his dog riding behind at The Chateau in Panama City Beach

Twice a year, thousands of bikers wheel into Panama City Beach, Florida, for the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally. Held in spring (late April or early May) and fall (mid-October), the five-day event is huge, regularly featuring more than 200 vendors and exhibitors. With no gate fees, no admission charges, and no charge for parking, Thunder […]

Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip: Chillin’ in the Gulf on New Year’s Day

Dec 3 18
by S. Lynne
polar bear dip sign

Continuing what has become a New Year’s tradition on the coast, the Flora-Bama Lounge invites everyone to take a quick dip in the Gulf of Mexico on January 1, 2019. Scores of partiers, some in costume and others wearing nothing but their swimsuits, will gather on the beach outside the iconic roadhouse at high noon for […]

Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights Dazzles Guests

Nov 7 18
by S. Lynne
bellingrath magic christmas poinsettias

More than three million lights will illuminate the skies over Bellingrath Gardens and Home as the Theodore, Alabama, estate celebrates its 23rd annual Magic Christmas in Lights. The show, which starts November 23 and runs through December 31, includes more than 1,100 set pieces and 15 scenes located throughout the 65-acre property. Indeed, so dazzling […]

Highway 30A Songwriters Festival Brings Stars to the Beach

Nov 2 18
by S. Lynne
30A Songwriters Festival big audience in Gulf Place Amphitheater

Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, and Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals head the exciting lineup of more than 175 performers participating in the 2019 Highway 30A Songwriters Festival. Scheduled for January 18–21, the star-studded event also features Patty Griffin, Steve Earle, Gregory Alan Isakov, Suzy Bogguss, Amanda Shires, Shawn Mullins, Livingston Taylor, John Fullbright, The Secret Sisters, Robyn […]

Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show: Exciting 2018 Season Closes in Style

Oct 3 18
by S. Lynne
The Blue Angels flying in the Diamond 360 formation

On November 2 and 3, Naval Air Station Pensacola will welcome the Blue Angels back to the base for their homecoming air show. The Friday and Saturday shows will mark the Angels’ 72nd anniversary. Since 1946, they have been traveling the country, wowing audiences with their precision flight formations (sometimes bringing them as close to each […]

Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival: Composers in the Spotlight

Sep 20 18
by S. Lynne
FB Songwriters Festival bars of music on white paper

The Gulf of Mexico and its white-sand beaches are the backdrop every fall for the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival. Rated one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, the Frank Brown festival showcases the talents of songwriters from around the world. This year, the festival opens November 8, […]

Boardwalk Beach Resort Weddings: Say “I Do” on the White Sands in Panama City

Aug 16 18
by S. Lynne
Boardwalk Beach Resort bride with veil and groom in light-colored suit

Whoever said life is all about the journey rather than the destination clearly did not have a Boardwalk Beach Resort wedding in Panama City. Close your eyes and picture you and your partner, the bridal party, and the groomsmen having fun taking photos while the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico. Think of how […]

Gulf Coast Fishing in Northwest Florida and Alabama – A Year-Round Affair

Aug 16 18
by S. Lynne
fishing boat on the water for Gulf Coast fishing blog

It’s a fact that the sugar-white sands and blue-green waters of the Northwest Florida and Alabama Gulf coasts attract millions of visitors each year. But did you know that these locations also offer some of the best fishing in the world? In fact, the fishing fun is just as bountiful as sunshine here. And you […]

10 Top Things To Do in Clearwater Beach

Aug 15 18
by S. Lynne
Pine-shaded spot on white-sand beach at Fort De Soto State Park near Clearwater, Florida

  Clearwater Beach is the stuff that postcards are made of — a Florida vacation destination that offers picturesque blue waters so clean and clear you can see through to the bottom. But while it is visually stunning and filled with enough natural beauty to make you forget about the rest of the world, there is […]

10 Not-To-Miss Things To Do Along Highway 30A

Aug 15 18
by S. Lynne
Yellow-flowering shrubs line a hill above the beach and Gulf at Topsail Hill State Park in Northwest Florida.

While most visitors are naturally drawn to the beautiful beaches when booking a stay on Highway 30A, they quickly realize that there is much more fun and adventure to be had than a simple day at the beach. This renowned location is bursting with natural beauty, serene scenery, and a playful nature. There are so many great choices […]