Destination Spotlight | Gulf Shores, Alabama

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

Blue Angels Practice Schedule
Although the team travels the country during the year, they return home to NAS Pensacola in Florida most weeks. In order to stay proficient in their demanding routine, they traditionally fly practice performances over the base on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during airshow season (March through November):

Big Beach at Emerald Coast Beer Fest- Sept. 7
Once again, the Emerald Coast Beer Festival returns to the world famous “Rosie O’ Grady’s Good Time Emporium” entertainment complex in Seville Quarter. There are seven different rooms and two courtyards, each dedicated to its own unique style of entertainment. This is the best street party in Pensacola!

The 5th Annual Bulls on the Beach at the Flora-Bama-Sept. 7 and 8
This will spotlight professional bull riders from across the Southeast. Come and watch them try to hold on for dear life for 8 minutes. Also, the mechanical bull will be there for anyone to ride for a fee. Some of the proceeds will be donated to the St. Jude’s Children’s research Hospital. For more information call 850-492-0611.

The Wharf Uncorked- Sept. 13-15
There will be culinary talent as well as exotic wines and delectable flavors. All proceeds will go to the Make-a-Wish Alabama foundation. While strolling you will be able to sample foods from different restaurants such as Ronin Sushi Bar, Blue Water BBQ and Company as well as Luna’s Eat and Drink. Tickets are available online through Ticket or visit

31st Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup- Sept. 15
The 2018 Alabama Coastal Cleanup is the 31st year of the state’s largest annual volunteer event. Involved citizens, school groups, businesses and clubs walk or boat in 28 different zones throughout Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Volunteers pick up what they find and record the data which is submitted to the Ocean Conservancy to track what is getting into our oceans. The information is used for education on sources of debris and its effect on the environment. During the past 29 years, more than 77,000 volunteers removed over 1.5 million pounds of marine debris from Alabama’s valued coastline and waterways.

The Guided Kayak Tour of Little Lagoon- Sept. 18
Explore the ecosystem of the lagoon in Gulf Shores. The tour will include instructions for beginners, life jacket, paddle, kayak and one hour of paddle time. For more information, please call 251-509-8687.

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 of course, traveling!

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