The art scene in Orange Beach is at the center of many activities in the area, not only because so many artists call Alabama's Gulf Coast home throughout the year, but because visiting artists are constantly inspired to create work based on their time spent in this beautiful locale. During the Orange Beach Festival of Art, you and your family have the chance to experience a fascinating side of the region and may just find yourself buying some supplies to do some painting and sculpting of your own.

Of course, no event in Orange Beach is what it seems at first, and the same goes for the Festival of Art. Along with a tremendous variety of works of art on display at numerous galleries and outdoor spaces, the festival also includes a charming jazz dinner event and a number of live performances.

If you're staying at an Orange Beach vacation rental during the spring, you should definitely keep your calendar open for any or all of these exciting events:

Kick-off dinner

Creativity abounds at the annual Orange Beach Festival of ArtThe festivities will kick off in true Gulf Coast fashion - with a delicious dinner, of course. Live music sets the mood while diners enjoy decadent seafood dishes cooked to perfection. The always-amazing meal is catered by a local fine dining establishment, and the chefs often come up with unique dishes for this special event. Between courses, you're more than welcome to take a partner to the dance floor and show off your best dance moves as live music raises the roof!

Performing arts, cooking classes and live music

With live acts and educational programs, you can expect that many of the offerings will be ideal for your entire family. The Kids Art Alley is a big draw for the budding artist - and for those new to the artistic world, it serves as a fun-filled introduction to the wonderful world of visual and performing arts.

This festival will open up the floodgates of creativity for all ages. So treat your eyes to the visual arts, your ears to the live music and the literary discussions, your hands to the many textures of the arts and crafts, and your taste buds to meals and treats from local restaurants. You'll be glad you chose to be in Orange Beach in March!