It's uArtists and craftspeople come to Fairhope, Ala., to show off their wares and compete for several awards.nlikely you'll run out of things to do while staying in a Gulf Shores vacation rental, considering all the options for entertainment and outdoor recreation. If you visit during March, however, you'll be treated to some extra activities, including some north of the island. 

Fairhope, Alabama - less than an hour's drive from Gulf Shores - hosts the Annual Arts & Crafts Festival each March, drawing hundreds of exhibitors and hundreds of thousands of visitors. In fact, past year's events have attracted upwards of 350,000 people to the area. 

While vacationing in a Gulf Shores condo rental this March, you may want to find your way to the Eastern Shore to check out the 220-plus artists and craftspeople who will be showing off their best pieces. In addition to admiring the stunning works of art, visitors will be treated to live entertainment and unique cuisine throughout the three-day event. Plus, you'll get to see the artisans receive awards for their work, since the show is juried. The Chamber, Chairman's and Best in Show awards are given each year, as well as awards of distinction and merit. There are also State, Jury and Reciprocal awards. 

This free event is the perfect way to celebrate spring in the South - the activities of the festival take place on the quaint streets of downtown Fairhope, where azaleas and thousands of other flowers are in full bloom during this time of year. 

Bring your family to a three-bedroom Gulf Shores beach house or take a romantic weekend trip with your spouse. Whoever you vacation with, be sure to drive up to Fairhope to see why the Annual Arts & Crafts Festival was chosen as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast for March by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism. The festival was also voted number 26 in the 100 Best Predominantly Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine, and is among the top 20 events chosen by the Southeast Tourism Society.