Does the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast inspire you to take photos? Perhaps you feel the urge to bring out your creative side and paint a lovely watercolor. If you're one of the thousands of visitors who have stayed at a Gulf Shores area beach house rental, then chances are you understand why artists are so inclined to churn out beautiful pieces that pay homage to this incredible coastline. At the First Friday Artwalk in Fairhope, you can see how local artists have harnessed their talents and created works in numerous forms, from simple crafts to elaborate glass sculptures.

What you'll find at the Fairhope First Friday Artwalk

Your guide to the First Friday Artwalk in Fairhope, AlabamaEvery month except December, more than two dozen exhibitors put their work on display from 6 to 8 p.m. Food vendors participate, too, so you can enjoy dinner with your family while perusing rows of fine art. Sculptors, painters and many other types of craftsmen are excited to talk about their work and explain their artistic process from start to finish. Because the community is so passionate about the local art scene, every First Friday Artwalk brings about new talent, so you can expect to be delighted by gallery openings during the event as well.

As with so many other events along the Gulf Coast of Alabama, live music is an integral part of the experience. You may even want to bring lawn chairs so you can give your feet a break while you enjoy the show.

Small-town vibes in Fairhope

Even if you don't attend the First Friday Artwalk, you can stroll the charming bayside community of Fairhope, which has retained its original small-town atmosphere for more than a century. You'll feel right at home the moment you arrive in the city, and residents are always eager to talk to visitors about their lovely, bustling downtown area. You'll find it easy to fill a full day there with shopping, dining and sightseeing before heading back to your relaxing accommodations in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach.