Ballyhoo, a fine arts and cultural exchange festival, will be held March 7 and 8, 2020, at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores.

The event is open to the public free of charge, with festival hours running from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday.

Fine art from all across the Southeast will be on display. Local seafood dishes will delight, and live music will entertain festivalgoers.

Artists will showcase a variety of work including handcrafted jewelry, woodwork, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and oil paintings, metal art and pottery.

Adding to the musical fun, a fiddle and banjo contest will also be part of the event.

A highlight of the festival will be tribal dances performed by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday.

As descendants of a segment of the original Creek Nation, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians has a rich heritage and can trace its roots to the Paleo-Indian period. Ancestors lived along the Alabama, Coosa and Tallapoosa rivers.

Today, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians count the new OWA theme park, which is situated just seven miles north of Alabama Gulf Coast beaches, among its developments.

OWA is a family-friendly resort destination featuring an amusement park, a 14-acre lake, and landscaped pathways that meander past Southern-inspired architecture. OWA is home to numerous restaurants, including the new Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, as well as dynamic and entertaining live shows.

Ballyhoo is a Gulf Coast Arts Alliance event. The alliance’s aim is to advance creativity by promoting art education, community involvement and economic growth through dynamic art programs for all ages, enhancing the quality of life in Gulf Shores and on the Gulf Coast.

Book your beach accommodations and attend Ballyhoo with the family. A three-bedroom Gulf Shores condo is an ideal spot to use as a headquarters for your festival fun, no matter the time of year.