April

These events and more can be found posted on the official Dept. of Alabama Tourism website, Sweet Home Alabama.

Saturday, April 1st & 2nd

Spanish FortA reenactment of the Battle of Fort Blakeley, fought on April 9, 1865, on the original battlefield.

Camellia Classic Open Car Show

TheodoreApril 1, Theodore. Camellia Classic Open Car Show. www.bellingrath.org. Admission charged. Hundreds of classic and vintage cars on display on the Great Lawn at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Sponsored by the Mobile Bay Mustang Club. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Friday, April 7

85th Anniversary of Bellingrath Gardens

TheodoreOn April 7, 2017, Bellingrath Gardens and Home will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the day that the Gardens were first opened to the public.

Saturday, April 8

Bellingrath Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

TheodoreTheodore. Bellingrath Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. www.bellingrath.org. Admission charged. Thousands of Easter eggs will be scattered across the Great Lawn. There will be special hunts for toddlers and older kids as well as prizes, candy, activities and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be held before the hunt begins. Reservations required for the breakfast.

Discovery Day at the Estuarium

Dauphin IslandDiscovery Day is the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s open house for the public. Once a year, the public is given a tour of our research facilities to learn about our coastal environment and the research our team is working on. Visitors will learn about the coastal ecosystem we live in and why it’s important to conserve our precious and unique environment. The research vessel Alabama Discovery will also be available for tours.

Fort Morgan Spring Living History Day

Gulf ShoresLiving History Event

Saturday, April 15

Rose Bloom Out at Bellingrath

TheodoreTour the Bellingrath Rose Garden during its first Bloom Out, which features more than 75 varieties of All-American Rose Selections and more than 2,000 roses.

Sunday, April 16

Bellingrath Easter Sunrise Service

TheodoreApril 16, Mobile. Easter Sunrise Service. www.bellingrath.org. The community is invited to attend a special sunrise service on Live Oak Plaza at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Free admission 6 to 8 a.m. After the service, breakfast will be available for purchase in the Magnolia Cafe.

Community Easter Sunrise Service

Dauphin IslandApril 16, Dauphin Island Community Easter Sunrise Service. 251-861-6992. www.dauphinisland.org. Free. Historic Fort Gaines–Bring lawn chair or blanket for seating. 6:30 a.m.

LuLu’s Easter Egg Hunt

Gulf ShoresLuLu’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter day at 2:00pm. Come meet the Easter Bunny and have fun looking for Easter Eggs filled with surprises on LuLu’s Beach! Easter Egg Hunt is separated by ages for fair hunting for all!

Friday, April 21

Music and a Movie in the Park/Marketplace

FoleySpring Marketplace with live music and followed by a family friendly movie at dusk. Happens every week until football season begins.

Saturday, April 22

Mobile Bay Earth Day

FairhopeEarth Day Mobile Bay seeks to grow the environmental movement on the Gulf Coast and sees it as an effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable planet.

Thursday, April 27th thru April 30th

Bama Coast Cruise

Orange BeachAn outdoor car show open to all specialty and classic vehicles. Activities include judging for the Top 25 and special sponsor Picks, a Poker Run with cash prizes and a Grand Finale Parade!

Friday, April 28th  thru April 30th

Orange BeachWhat started as just a reason to party has become one of the biggest events on the Gulf Coast. Those who participate in the Mullet Toss will throw a dead mullet over the state line of Florida and Alabama to see who gets the farthest.

Saturday, April 29

Annual Delta Woods and Waters Expo

Spanish FortHosted by the City of Spanish Fort and 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, the expo celebrates the outdoors with dozens of hands-on outdoor activities for all ages.

May

Thursday, May 4th thru May 7th

2017 Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

FoleyPilots from across the U.S will participate and the festival will include balloon glows Friday and Saturday night, the World Famous Disc Connected K-9’s Frisbee Dog Show, Carnival rides, Arts and Crafts vendors and great food and entertainment.

Friday, May 5

MobileMore than 350 quilts made by guild members will be showcased. Activities include demonstrations, large vendor mall, special exhibits, a boutique and an auction.

Saturday, May 6

Bayou La Batre251-824-2415. www.fleetblessing.org. Free. St. Margaret’s Catholic Church–Throughout the weekend, festival-goers can enjoy an arts and crafts festival, a working water front exhibit, a gumbo cook-off, bayou boat tours, bingo, a certified 4-mile run, kayaking, a land parade, various raffles and children’s activities. Great food is always available, including seafood dishes.

Thursday, May 11

Fairhope Girl’s Night Out

FairhopeThe Downtown Fairhope Business Association will present the 4th annual Fairhope Girl’s Night Out on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Friday, May 12th thru May 14th

Foley Art in the Park

FoleyFoley Art in the Park. 251-943-4381 www.facebook.com/FoleyArtCenter. Free. John B. Foley Park, Corner of U.S. Hwys. 59 & 98–Held Mother’s Day weekend and featuring arts & crafts, entertainment, children’s activity area and a variety of food by local chefs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, May 13

Creek Fest

MobileA family-friendly celebration of the revival of Three-Mile Creek with live music, food, kayak rentals and a cane pole fishing tournament for 16 and under.

Orange Beach Wine Festival

Orange BeachThe Orange Beach Wine Fest is one of the most cherished tickets on the island. Over 120 wines, three live music acts, food from distinguished local restaurants, boat tours of the bay, custom wine glass, custom wine bag, and even craft beer for the un-winies.

Sunday, May 14

Bellingrath Mother’s Day Evening Garden Concert

TheodoreMother’s Day Evening Garden Concert at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. www.bellingrath.org. Admission charged. The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra will present its annual Mother’s Day concert on Live Oak Plaza. 5:30 p.m.

Friday, May 19th thru May 21

Hangout Music Festival 2017

Gulf ShoresThe Hangout Music Festival has been recognized as one of the premiere live music events in the United States with a beach setting that is part music festival and part dream vacation. The festival is located on the white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, AL – just a short drive from the Pensacola FL and Mobile AL airports. Each year at the Hangout Festival, fans are treated to some of the biggest names in music alongside new emerging acts.

Saturday, May 20th & 21st

Dauphin IslandThe well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Now a fascinating historic site, the Fort stands at the eastern tip of Dauphin Island where it commands panoramic views of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The event highlights Fort Gaines integral role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Come and experience a living history day for the whole family, the upcoming 153rd Battle of Mobile Bay Sponsored by the 6th Alabama Cavalry, the Alabama Division of Reenactors.

Saturday, May 27

Fort Morgan Memorial Day Tribute

Gulf ShoresLiving History staff will remember those who gave their lives in service at Fort Morgan.

LuLuPalooza

Gulf ShoresLuLuPalooza kicks off our Summer Season & helps us celebrate MEMORIAL WEEKEND! Come enjoy this FUN filled FREE DAY of MUSIC! Saturday May 27, 2017! Music will start at 2:00 pm and ROCK all night long on the outdoor boat stage! Get ready to boogie your way into our Summer Season 2017!

Memorial Day Tribute

Gulf ShoresLiving History staff will remember those who gave their lives in service at Fort Morgan. Special guided tours and artillery and small arms demonstrations throughout the day.