Image Alt Text

With the first blooms of spring on the Gulf Coast comes a unique way to celebrate the beauty of the area—art festivals on the Alabama Gulf Coast in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fairhope.

The Arts Bloom In Spring 2016 On The Coast

With the first blooms of spring on the Gulf Coast comes a unique way to celebrate the beauty of the area—art festivals.

During March, visitors and locals alike enjoy several major art festivals in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fairhope.

Ballyhoo, A Celebration Of Art & Culture In Gulf Shores

A brand new festival is Ballyhoo, a Celebration of Art and Culture.

To be held from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday, March 5, 2016, in the new Waterway Village District of Gulf Shores, this event will showcase a variety of fine arts.

Produced by the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, whose gallery is located in the Waterway Village District, the festival will feature:

• Juried fine arts
• Performances by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in tribal costume
• Live musical entertainment stage
• Queen of Ballyhoo Contest moderated by TV news celebrity Darwin Singleton
• The Ballyhoo Dance Contest, also moderated by Singleton
• On-site demonstrations of pottery making; fabric and basket weaving; art glass; and more
• Children’s hands-on art activities
• Ballyhoo Petting Zoo for kids
• Local seafood from Waterway Village restaurants
• Roasted corn and kettle corn honoring the Creek culture.

Ballyhoo will be a showcase event of the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, which also produces the monthly Waterway Village Art market. Gulf Coast Arts Alliance is located at 225 East 24th Avenue, Waterway Village, Gulf Shores.

Bound into Ballyhoo from your Gulf Shores beach condo or house.

Get Up Close & Personal With The Arts In Orange Beach

Set for March 12-13, 2016, in Orange Beach is the Orange Beach Arts Festival, a family-friendly event held at the Coastal Arts Center and Waterfront Park at 26389 Canal Road.

For 42 years, the Orange Beach Festival of Art has been Pleasure Island's first rite of spring. It is a celebration of visual, performing, musical and culinary arts.

With more than 100 artists working in a dazzling variety of medias, festivalgoers always have plenty to see, hear, touch, taste and experience.

Saturday’s lineup of live music will feature Coconut Radio, Lisa Zanier, Brent Burns and Roman Street. Sunday’s lineup consists of Lisa Christian, Three Bean Soup and Cornbred.

Called Kids’ Art Alley, a collection of hands-on art stations will allow children to make and take their own art: masks and magic wands, rock painting, clay art, photo frames, spool jewelry and sand in a bottle. Children can also create their own cowboy and safari hats, grab a kazoo and join in a parade around the park. They can also put their personal touch on a giant artist’s palette.

Public parking is available at The Wharf, and shuttles will run between the parking area and the festival for only $2 per person, round trip.

The Coastal Arts Center’s Cultural Campus features The Hot Shop, The Clay Studio, and The Gallery & Gift Shop. Construction is underway on a brand new building to house the work of the art center, including classes and workshops.

Numerous vacation condos and houses are located in Orange Beach close to the festival, including Phoenix on the Bay, Phoenix on the Bay II, Perdido Grande and The Moorings. Or, bring the family to the beach to stay in a three-bedroom condo in Orange Beach.

A Unique & Beautiful Downtown Tradition

Fairhope, once a sleepy farming town tucked into the eastern shore Mobile Bay, has transformed into an eclectic town that pays tributes to the fine arts year round.

But during mid-March, the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce kicks it up a notch with the Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival.

Slated for March 16-18, 2016, the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival will take over the streets of the quaint downtown. During this three-day fete, more than 200 artists from all over the country will showcase their finest works at this prestigious juried show.

The festival, which attracts 300,000 visitors, also offers live entertainment and delicious cuisine from restaurateurs and concessions vendors who come far and wide to participate.

Sunshine Artist magazine has ranked the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival as one of the top 100 “Best Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the United States” for the last 11 years.

Baldwin County Area Transportation System offers a shuttle service from the parking lots of the shopping centers at the intersection of Fairhope Avenue and main Highway 98. The parking is free, and the shuttle ride is only $2.

Want a front row seat for Fairhope’s celebration of the arts? Consider Serenity on the Bay in Fairhope or a four-bedroom condo in Gulf Shores for your festival home base.

Or, consider turning your trip into a girls’ getaway and book a three-bedroom condo in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan.
search houses search condos

Related Articles

Absorb some history and culture at Mobile museums

Absorb some history and culture at Mobile museums

Mobile's museums are second to none, ranging from history to science to art galleries featuring international designers. Spend the afternoon educating your children about world culture, which you will find just a short drive from your Gulf Shores rental.

Pensacola's historic downtown area has plenty of opportunities for fun and learning.

Explore the museums of Pensacola

Perdido Key boasts plenty of opportunities for fun in the sun. However, if rain clouds come out, there are still plenty of attractions for visitors in nearby Pensacola. With art, history and culture, the museums in this city round out any Gulf Shores area vacation.

While staying in Orange Beach in March, experience the best of the area's art scene.

Get artsy at the Orange Beach Festival of Art

Orange Beach is a spectacular vacation destination for those looking for a relaxing beach paradise, but it's also rich with arts and culture. During March, visitors can be treated to a particularly artistic event - the Orange Beach Festival of the Arts.

Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival is filled with exciting art, music, food and fun for all ages.

Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival makes a perfect addition to a Gulf Shores vacation

March is such a wonderful time to visit Gulf Shores for many reasons, but one event that might attract the artistically inclined is the Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in Fairhope, where 220 artists and craftspeople will display their works.

Sample some of the tastiest Southern cuisine at the Alabama Festival of Flavor.

Alabama Festival of Flavor highlights local fare

Without a doubt, one of the highlights of a trip to Gulf Shores is getting the chance to sample the delicious food of the area. Guests who head to the Alabama Festival of Flavor can sample all styles of local fare in one fun and entertaining location.

Newest Articles

Families Love The Annual Bulls On The Beach Pro Bull Riding Event

Head down to the Flora-Bama for the annual Bulls On The Beach professional bull riding event.

September 21, 2016 - Gulf Shores | Things to Do

Fabulous Fall Festivals & Fun This October On The Gulf Coast

Fun fall adventures abound in and around Gulf Shores in October. Festivals, bird watching, pumpkin patches and more are the hallmarks of fall in and around on the Gulf Coast.

September 08, 2016 - Gulf Shores | Things to Do

Make The Gulf Coast Your Home Base For The Adventure Season

The Gulf Shores area makes a great Adventure Season home base during the fall and winter months. Rent a beach condo or house for a month or more, and get busy exploring.

August 31, 2016 - Gulf Shores | Things to Do

Location

Alabama Gulf Coast

Upcoming Events

  • Oct 1
    5th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor 2016
  • Oct 7
    The 13th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest
  • Oct 8
    The 13th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest
  • Oct 9
    The 13th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest
  • Oct 13
    45th Annual National Shrimp Festival
  • Oct 14
    45th Annual National Shrimp Festival
  • Oct 15
    45th Annual National Shrimp Festival
  • Oct 16
    45th Annual National Shrimp Festival

Local Weather

weather icon 72º Conditions: Clear
Humidity: 97%
Wind: NNE 9 mph

Weather information provided by wunderground.com

Last Updated on September 26, 4:55 AM CDT

Latest Video