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February 2013 - Spring Break at the Beach

Friday, February 08, 2013

Pirate Flag Flying Over the Coast
Where will you be when award-winning country music artist Kenny Chesney - along with his special guests Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves - entertains the crowds on Alabama’s Gulf Coast during his No Shoes Nation Tour? Hopefully you will be at your favorite coast listening to his toe-tapping tunes. In fact, where better to celebrate a No Shoes tour than at the most beautiful beaches in the world? 

Take advantage of our convenient $55 Kenny Chesney concert tickets when you make your condo or beach house reservations (limit 4 tickets per reservation), and even get a free night with our Spring Break Special.

Kenny Chesney Spring Break Special

4th night FREE in condos
5th night FREE in houses

Plus purchase $55 ticket while quantities last!!!!!!

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Off the Beaten Path
Longing for the real-deal banana split, special sundae or a traditional fountain soda? Well, bring the family along to share some authentic ice cream and soda creations while listening to the music of yesteryear on the juke box.

While inside this lovely store, take a look around at the shelves lined with beautiful jewelry, purses and unusual collectibles, or shop for skin care therapy products and supplements to enhance your health. You’ll soon discover Gulf Shores Family Pharmacy is not the typical pharmacy, but rather a locally owned business with the focus on you. The pharmacy will communicate with a free text, call or email when your prescriptions are ready, or you can even choose to have them delivered to you at the beach.

Located just north of the beaches at 251 Clubhouse Drive, it’s well worth your time to explore this combination pharmacy, gift shop and soda fountain open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Break Away to the Beach
Break away to the beach and get away from schedules, meetings, practice and homework. Share some laughs while you play in the sun, in the sand, in the water or at inland venues. Enjoy the parades, the concerts, a round of golf or a fishing charter. Life is better shared. Take a look at a few of the coastal happenings this spring:

Feb. 8 – Mystical Order of Mirams Parade
Orange Beach
6:30 p.m. – Mardi Gras parade begins at Wintzell’s on Perdido Beach Blvd. (Hwy. 182).

Feb. 9 – Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade
Orange Beach
5:30 p.m. – Mardi Gras parade begins at Wintzell’s and ends at Zeke’s Marina on Perdido Beach Blvd. (Hwy. 182).

Feb. 12 – Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade
Gulf Shores
10:00 a.m. – Mardi Gras parade begins at bottom of Intracoastal Canal Bridge and travels down Hwy. 59, ending at the public beach at The Hangout.

Feb. 12 – Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade
Orange Beach
2:00 p.m. – Mardi Gras parade begins at Wintzell’s on Perdido Beach Blvd. (Hwy. 182) and ends at Hwy. 161.

Feb. 12 – LuLu’s 9th Anniversary Celebration and Mardi Gras Boat Parade
Orange Beach and Gulf Shores
3:00 p.m. – Mardi Gras boat parade begins at The Wharf and travels along the Intracoastal Waterway, ending at LuLu’s at Homeport Marina.

Feb. 16 – Tour of Homes
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area
9 a.m.-4 p.m. – Gulf Shores Woman’s Club Tour of Homes tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Jubilee Apparel and Gifts, Flowers by the Shore, Beach House Boutique, Fran’s on 59 and Pack and Mail.

Feb. 16 – LuLu’s Tropical Vow Renewal
200 E. 25th Ave., Gulf Shores
11:00 a.m. registration, 4 p.m. vow renewal - Renew your vow to your special someone at this complimentary event including vow certificate, cake and champagne.

Mar. 9-10 – Orange Beach Festival of Art
26389 Canal Rd. (Waterfront Park), Orange Beach
10:00 a.m.-5 p.m. – $1 admission ages 12 and over
Visual arts, fine art and crafts, glass artists, potters, painters, sculptors, watercolorist, textile artists, and wood artists plus a kids’ art alley and great festival food.

Mar. 14 – Luke Bryan at The Wharf Amphitheatre
23325 Amphitheater Dr., Orange Beach
7:00 p.m. – sold out - Dirt Road Diaries Tour with special guest 2012 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line.

Mar. 15-17 – Arts & Crafts Festival
Section St. and Fairhope Ave., Fairhope
10 a.m.-5 p.m. – free admission - Juried art show displaying works from 230+ exhibitors from throughout the U.S., plus live entertainment and unique cuisine.

Mar. 16 – BBQ & Blues Cook-off
Heritage Park on N. McKenzie St. (Hwy.59), Foley
9 a.m.-6 p.m. – admission $10, children 10 & under free
Companies and individuals compete in a BBQ cook-off and attendees enjoy live music, free children's activities, silent auction and a BBQ tasting.

Mar. 17 Waterville USA Family Fun Day, Gulf Shores (Meyer fundraiser for Relay for Life)
906 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores
Noon-5 p.m. – admission $10
Unlimited amusements including roller coaster, go-karts, kiddie rides, House of Bounce and mini-golf (excluding arcade, Flowrider and waterpark). All funds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Mar. 30 – Original German Sausage Festival
Main St., Elberta
8 a.m.-5 p.m. – free admission
German sausage secret recipe developed by the founding fathers of Elberta, AL. Arts and crafts, live music, carnival rides, baked goods, and the Bier Garten serving a large selection of imported beers.

Apr. 6-18 – Spring Bird Banding
51 State Hwy. 180 W., Gulf Shores
Dawn-3 p.m. – admission to fort is charged, banding is FREE
Observe the bird banding operations as migratory birds return from Central and South America and land at this Alabama Gulf Coast critical stopover point. Bring a lawn chair, binoculars and inquisitive mind.

Apr. 11 – Kenny Chesney at The Wharf Amphitheater
23325 Amphitheater Dr., Orange Beach
7:00 p.m. – reserved seats $125, $105, $75 or $55
No Shoes Nation Tour - Kenny Chesney with special guests Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves.

Apr. 25-27 – Bama Coast Cruise
23101 Canal Rd, Orange Beach
Spectators $5, children 12 and under free
Take a look at a wide variety of dream cars. Event includes a live DJ, Top 25 judging and a parade cruise.

Apr. 26-28 Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party
Flora-Bama at AL/FL state line, 17401 Perdido Key Dr.
Gates open 9 a.m., children's toss at 10 a.m., adults at noon. Admission $10 for 21 years & older, $15 under 21 starting on Thursday evening. Membership Cards will be valid for the event and are available for $30.

Fun, food and frivolity on the beach with other activities for the weekend, including a bikini contest, a keg toss and tug of war.

May 17-19 – Hangout Music Festival
101 E. Beach Blvd. at The Hangout, Gulf Shores
Daily from noon to 11 p.m. – admission varies; Early Bird 3-day passes $189 (no service fee, limited quantities, price subject to change)

The sold-out 3rd annual 2012 Hangout Music Festival was a huge success and was named the Best Festival of the Year by the Pollstar Industry Awards. More than 60 bands will perform on four stages and the artist lineup is sure to top all other festivals.

Check our event calendars for details at Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Calendar of Events and Gulf Shores Music Calendar.




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