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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, […]

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

Sep 10 18
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 […]

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 […]

Discover Florida’s Forgotten Coast

Aug 9 18
by S. Lynne
Majestic sand dunes at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Cape San Blas

The natural unspoiled environment known as “Florida’s Forgotten Coast,” which includes the quiet coastal communities of Apalachicola, St. George Island, Mexico Beach, Cape San Blas, and Carabelle, offers a unique look into the rich traditions of Florida’s Gulf Coast. This colorful area is best known for its excellent oysters, superb fishing, and mouth-watering seafood, but there […]

Destin Fishing Rodeo Celebrates Seafood Every October

Aug 6 18
by S. Lynne
Children and Miss Destin standing on the dock with a giant tuna at the Destin Fishing Rodeo

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 some 30,000 fishermen annually. Just about every kind of game fish is recognized with awards during the rodeo, so no […]

Plan-Ahead Tips for Taking Your Dog to the Beach

Aug 1 18
by Alison Large Ketcham
Black-and-white French bulldog sitting on a white-sand beach

  Your dog is excited to see you each and every day. His or her enthusiasm lifts you when you’re down. Your dog is your best friend. And now you want to thank your pet for such love and loyalty with a BFF beach vacation. But what are the realities of taking Fido or Fifi […]

10 Things To Do in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Aug 1 18
by S. Lynne
Gulf waves lap against the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier in Fort Walton Beach

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 found […]

Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival: A Great Excuse for a Fall Vacation!

Jul 12 18
by S. Lynne
Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest glass of beer on the beach with the Gulf in the background

It’s not too early to start thinking about raising a glass or two at the Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival. Held every fall at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin’s popular shopping and entertainment venue, the festival has earned a reputation as the “Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast.” Scheduled this year for October 12 […]

National Shrimp Festival Brings Fall Fun to Gulf Shores

Jun 18 18
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 11-14, the 47th 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 […]

Parasailing in Gulf Shores — Take Your Senses for a Ride

May 16 18
by Chris Chatelain
Parasailing through a bright-blue sky over a grove of leafy palm trees

Imagine you’re a bird soaring above the sparkling Gulf of Mexico, just where the waters meet the white-sand beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. What would you see? Maybe schools of fish swimming below, or a pod of dolphins playing a few hundred feet under your toes. Perhaps you’d catch a glimpse of sea turtles nesting […]

Country Music Stars To Shine at Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2018

May 9 18
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 Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, and Keith Urban. Headliners for this […]

Emerald Coast Poker Run: Playing Cards for a Cause

Apr 30 18
by S. Lynne
emerald coast poker run power boats

You don’t have to own a boat to find plenty of fun during the Emerald Coast Poker Run. This is the 26th anniversary of the annual boating event, presented by the Emerald Coast Foundation as part of Boat Week, August 8-12. And it’s the largest summer poker run in the U.S., annually earning around $150,000 […]

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

Apr 24 18
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 4, 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 Where You Live This year’s […]

Billy Bowlegs Festival Pirates Invade Fort Walton Beach

Apr 16 18
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 […]

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

Mar 28 18
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 2018 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 20-24 in Destin, Florida. The fabulous Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the host facility for this five-day sporting event with a nearly $2 […]

Siesta Fiesta Art Festival Celebrates 40 Years With Big Block Party

Mar 20 18
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Painting of sunset over the water, on display at Siesta Key's Siesta Fiesta

Celebrate the end of Siesta Key’s peak season in block-party style with the 40th annual Siesta Fiesta, April 28-29, 2018. The outdoor street fair, which is set up over an entire block at Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road, features more than 200 of the country’s most talented artists and crafters. The collections of artwork are […]

Hangout Music Festival 2018 Brings Star-Studded Lineup to Gulf Shores

Feb 21 18
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 Festival 2018 in Gulf Shores. Rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar, pop duo The Chainsmokers, and Las Vegas rock band The Killers will take the stage during the three-day event, which opens May 18 for its ninth year. Other […]