Destination Spotlight | Gulf Coast, Alabama

Greetings, Festiva travelers. Are you going to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach soon? Let’s take a look at all the wonderful festivals in store for this month and beyond at this relaxing beach destination.

July 10-15: Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf
So, what makes the Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf such a special event? Here’s your answer… The over-the-top weigh-in experience appropriately billed as “the greatest show in sportfishing.” Unlike any other tournament, you and your team are the stars of the show, and will experience the kind of V.I.P. “rock star” treatment you will find nowhere else. The BMGC has been recognized as one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast.

July 13 to July 15: 4th Annual End of The Road Festival
The 4th Annual End of the Road New Play Festival and Beach Party will be held July 13-15 an include a Friday evening opening night reception at 6:30 p.m., with the performance beginning at 7 p.m. On Saturday, plays will be performed on SBCT’s outdoor stage with patrons invited to bring their own food, beverages, folding chairs and blankets for an evening of theatre under the stars beginning at 7 p.m. The closing reception, talkback with the playwrights and presentation of awards will follow Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. performance.

July 20- August 12: The Playhouse-in-the-Park presents Cinderella – The Musical
This summer, The Playhouse-in-the-Park presents our original musical Cinderella – The Musical.  Enchanting special effects bring this beloved fairy tale to life in a colorful, rags-to-riches romp perfect for the whole family!

July 23 -July 27: Gulf State Park Shark Week
Gulf State Park Shark Week will be held on July 23-27 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Gulf State Park Pier. Shark educational displays and experiences, crafts, games, activities, pier sightseeing and scavenger hunts.

Now through July 28: 2018 USSSA Global Sports Baseball World Series
The best baseball action around! USSSA and Alabama’s Gulf Coast team up to deliver a World Series event like no other! Great accommodations, sandy white beaches, first class facilities, family friendly restaurants and attractions make this the best place to play baseball! Check out baseball action on the coast as the best travel ball teams in the nation compete to win the USSSA Global Sports Baseball World Series title! Play ball with USSSA in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach!

Now through July 31: Gulf Pier Shark Fishing
In response to the angling community’s interest, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is expanding its pilot program for permitted managed shark-fishing at the Gulf State Park Saltwater Fishing Pier in July.

June 12- August 2: Free Kids Summer Movie Escape
Check out Cobb Pinnacle 14 Theatres for the Free Kids Summer Movie Escape. Click here for the schedule.

Now through August 11: Sounds of Summer Outdoor Summer Concert Series
The Pelican Place is proud to present our annual Sounds of Summer Event! This event will be Saturday nights in the summer from June 2 to August 11 at 6 – 8:30 p.m. The event will feature free concerts from some really amazing bands, food, and vendors. Fun for the entire family so bring your chair and have a most entertaining evening with the Pelican Place!

Pat Barcas

Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for Festiva, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family and dog, and of course, traveling!

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