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Hangout Music Fest Planning Star-Studded Lineup for Gulf Shores this May

Feb 26 24
by Alison Large Ketcham
Hangout Festival Gulf Shores ALstage and crowd

Music lovers will again converge on Gulf Shores, Alabama this May for the widely popular Hangout Fest. The three-day music festival will take place on the public beach in the heart of this iconic coastal town. The 2024 dates are May 17th-19th. As always, several stages will host a variety of acts sometimes performing simultaneously. […]

The Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Paint-Out Draws Acclaimed Artists to Several Local Coastal Communities

Feb 23 24
by Alison Large Ketcham
Example of En Plein Air painting for Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Paint-Out

Artists from Across the Globe to Gather Along the Forgotten Coast Internationally acclaimed artists will flock to Cape San Blas and nearby coastal towns for 10 days beginning March 15th, for the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Paint-Out. The Paint-Out is hailed as among the most-prestigious events of its kind and will feature 17 professional […]

30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach

Feb 13 24
by Alison Large Ketcham

This 12th-annual 30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach is scheduled for Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 21st-25th, 2024. The five-day celebration features events and workshops catering to wine enthusiasts, bourbon lovers, foodies, and the festival-enjoying public. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network providing health services to uninsured or under-insured children in Okaloosa and Walton counties. FESTIVAL […]

Escape to Waterscape!

Jan 19 24
by Julia Sayers Gokhale
Multiple pools and lazy river at Waterscape Resort

Imagine the sound of the crashing waves and the feel of warm sunshine on your skin. You take a deep breath and you’re intoxicated with the smell of coconut sunscreen and salt in the air. A gentle sea breeze washes over you as you sip a frozen pina colada. To your left, a sparkling pool […]

The 15th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival

Jan 7 24
by Will Estell

Jeff Tweedy is a legendary musician scheduled as one of the headliners for the 15th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival.

10 Fun Things To Do in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Dec 19 23
by S. Lynne
10 fun things to do in fort walton beach, florida

There’s no doubt that a stay in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, can be great for recharging the batteries. However, while spending a few days relaxing in a beach chair with the world-famous sugar-white sands between your toes is a great way to pass your time, there are many other family-friendly and couples’ activities to be […]

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

Dec 9 23
by Alison Large Ketcham
Hundreds of partiers cross the boardwalk and spill onto the beach by Flora-Bama for the 2023 Polar Bear Dip

40th Annual Polar Bear Dip On Monday, January 1, 2024, scores of partiers, some in costume, others in wetsuits–and more wearing nothing but swimsuits–will gather at high noon on the beach outside the iconic Flora-Bama Lounge for the 40th annual Polar Bear Dip. History shows it will take more than chilly water (think mid-fifties) to […]

Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights Dazzles Guests

Dec 5 23
by S. Lynne

Lighting Up Holiday Nights at Bellingrath Gardens & Home Millions of lights will illuminate the sky over Bellingrath Gardens & Home this holiday season. Magic Christmas in Lights celebrates its 28th annual enchanting event at the 65-acre Theodore, Alabama estate. The show runs November 24 through January 3, 2024 and is so dazzling USA Today […]

Sandestin Golfers Trade Toys & Gift Cards for Tee Times

Nov 30 23
by S. Lynne

Tee Off for Toys Making Christmas Merrier for Kids & Families in Need Golfers can make Christmas merrier for kids in need when they take part in Tee Off for Toys, Saturday and Sunday, December 10th and 11th, at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. Participants who bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift card with […]

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa … Perfectly Paradise

Nov 20 23
by Lisa Milberger Moore
couple walking on beach at beaches negril resort and spa

Seven miles of white sand beach and all-new resort rooms and suites at Beaches Negril bring you together like never before for unlimited fun that’s perfectly paradise. The waiting is over. Your nonstop luxury vacation awaits you with open arms at Beaches Negril Resort & Spa, where all-inclusive always delivers unlimited fun. Voted Trip Advisor’s […]

Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival Spotlights Composers

Nov 13 23
by S. Lynne
FB Songwriters Festival bars of music on white paper

International Songwriters’ Festival’s 39th Year 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 — many award-winning — from around […]

Fun Outdoor Beach Activities for Kids and Adults

Nov 9 23
by Julia Sayers Gokhale
beach activities

Lots of Beach Activities Choices A trip to the Gulf Coast is the perfect vacation for families who love fun outdoor beach activities for kids and adults. But not everyone is content to lie on the beach or romp in the Gulf all day – especially if traveling with kids. For families who want to […]

Beach Essentials You Need For The Perfect Day

Nov 8 23
by Julia Sayers Gokhale
beach essentials list

What do you need for a perfect day at the beach? Well, outside of sun, sand, and ocean waves, there are a few essential items you should take along with you. You know you need towels, sunscreen, a beach chair, and a good book, but we’re here to suggest some fun upgrades of those items […]

Beach Wedding Venues

Oct 23 23
by S. Lynne
beach wedding couple

Planning a beach wedding on the Gulf Coast is a dream come true for many couples. With its stunning turquoise waters, pristine sandy beaches, and breathtaking sunsets, this location offers the perfect backdrop for a romantic and unforgettable celebration. From selecting the ideal beachfront venue to choosing the perfect coastal decor, planning a beach wedding […]

2023 Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival

Sep 26 23
by Alison Large Ketcham

2023 Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival lineup includes more than 100 songwriters and 19 performance venues.

Unleash the Fun! Dog Friendly Beaches and Vacation Rentals Await You and Your Pup!

Sep 22 23
by Alison Large Ketcham
Dog in sunglasses sitting on a beach chair at a dog-friendly beach

Dog-Friendly Beaches and Vacation Rentals Await You and Your Pup He or she may be your family’s best friend, but when it comes to including Fifi or Fido on your next beach excursion, knowing where your pooch will be welcome can take extra planning. Plenty of Florida and Alabama beaches allow dogs, including the ones […]

Top Things To Do in Panama City Beach

Aug 29 23
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Beach and dunes at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach

Pull out your swimsuit and practice your pirate talk! It’s time to start planning your next big adventure in Panama City Beach, Florida. Nestled along 27 pristine miles of white-sand beaches, Panama City Beach is a favorite go-to for vacationers who want to have it all. Soak up the sun, soar over the ocean, search […]

Pensacola Seafood Festival Lining Up to be a Great Time!

Aug 15 23
by Alison Large Ketcham

Scrumptious food, fantastic live music, arts and crafts galore and much much more are on the menu at this year’s Pensacola Seafood Festival in downtown Pensacola, Florida. Schedule Friday, September 29 | 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, September 30 | 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, October 1 | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

Top 10 Fun Things to Do in Destin

Aug 6 23
by Alison Large Ketcham
View of Destin Harbor from Harborwalk Village

If you’re looking for the top fun things to do in Destin, you landed in the right place. Vacationers travel from across the globe to enjoy all that Destin has to offer, including world-class fishing, golfing, seafood, shopping, watersports, theme parks, and more. This picturesque town on the Florida panhandle between Fort Walton and Scenic […]

The 2023 Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest

Aug 4 23
by Alison Large Ketcham
Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival

Celebrating Delectable Craft Beers by Some of the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches! SaIf you’re a fan of the resort life, the beach, and great beer you’ll definitely want to check out the 15th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest, happening this October right in the heart of Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort near beautiful Destin, Florida. This long-time favorite […]

Catch the 2023 National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores for a Great Time!

Aug 1 23
by Will Estell
Grilled shrimp and vegetable kabobs at the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores

50 Years and Counting! If you love the beach, fresh-caught Gulf shrimp, and festivals, you’re sure to have a great time combining all three–and so much more–at the 2023 50th Annual National Shrimp Festival. One of the Alabama Gulf Coast’s most-popular events returns this fall, bringing tons of fun along for the ride. Scheduled for […]

Destin Fishing Rodeo Rounds Up & Celebrates Seafood Every October!

Jul 29 23
by S. Lynne
Children and Miss Destin standing on the dock with a giant tuna at the Destin Fishing Rodeo

The Ultimate Fishing Tournament Described as “the ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages,” the Destin Fishing Rodeo takes place every day during the month of October, features more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, and attracts more than 35,000 fishermen annually. Just about every kind of game fish is recognized with awards […]

Coastal Dune Lakes: Rare Treasures Along South Walton’s Scenic 30-A

Jul 26 23
by Alison Large Ketcham

Hiding in Plain Sight It’s no secret that the white-sand beaches and sparkling Gulf waters along South Walton’s Highway 30-A are irresistible draws for beachgoers. And it’s safe to say that the majority of visitors who enjoy the quaint accommodations, charming shops, and outstanding eateries giving 30-A its unique character tend to return again and […]

Emerald Coast Poker Run: Playing Cards for a Cause

Jul 19 23
by S. Lynne

Annual Event Making a Difference for a Quarter Century You don’t have to own a boat to have plenty of fun during the Emerald Coast Poker Run. Participants and party-goers alike are sure to have a blast at the annual boating and fundraising event, presented by the Emerald Coast Foundation as part of Boat Week. […]

The Island Resort Fort Walton Beach

Jun 27 23
by Laura Hussey Estell
The Island Resort Fort Walton Beach FL

What makes a magical beach getaway? Well, for starters how about sugary sun-drenched sand, just steps away from your resort room? Then add picture-postcard views of emerald water and beach umbrellas, and a lush garden courtyard nestling a jewel of a pool. How about a waterfall-cloaked grotto, where you can swim up to the bar […]

Crab Island: Submerged Sandbar Is Destin Hot Spot

May 21 23
by S. Lynne

Beach Loving Music Fans From Around the Globe Converge on Panama City Beach for the 11th Annual Gulf Coast Jam Extravaganza

May 12 23
by Will Estell
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam lighted stage and audience

If you’re a fan of country music, and America’s favorite beach communities, then you probably already know about Gulf Coast Jam, and how what started as a medium size outdoor music festival has now grown into one of the top three country music festivals in the country. With attendance above the 30,000 mark for the […]

Birds of the Gulf Coast

May 4 23
by Alison Large Ketcham
Heron flying over the beach

Discover the hidden gem of birdwatching along the Gulf Coast — where turquoise waters and diverse wildlife provide the ideal setting for your next outdoor excursion! Learn more about some of the Gulf Coast birds you’ll see on your next vacation. The Gulf Coast’s emerald-blue surf, sparkling beaches, sunny skies, balmy temperatures, gentle ocean breezes, […]

Elevate Your Beach Trip

Mar 10 23
by Darcie Plowden
aerial of a charter yacht at Crab Island

Infuse your beach trip with luxury indulgences for incredible memories, less hassle and more time spent with family and friends. We can all agree a vacation to the Gulf Coast is a luxury in and of itself with time spent relaxing with family and friends surrounded by dazzling white sand and sparkling emerald waters. Vacations […]

Make Plans to Attend the Sandestin Gumbo & Bloody Mary Festival

Feb 2 23
by Alison Large Ketcham

Since 1989, the Sandestin Gumbo Festival, in the Village of Baytowne Wharf, has welcomed a fun-loving crowd back year after year. And this year’s festival—set for February 24th and 25th will be no exception. Join in the fun Friday, February 24th at Hammerhead Bar & Grille’s Kick-Off Party. Live music begins at 4 p.m., with […]