Gulf Coast Events & Festivals

Gulf Shores signThe Gulf Coast is home to some of the largest beach-front parties in the entire country.  The average turnout for the annual FloraBama Mullet Toss is 35,000 – from Florida alone.  And the average turnout for the Hangout Music Festival is approximately 40,000.  Even more impressive, is the economic impact of these two gatherings.  According to sources, the annual FloraBama Mullet Toss is responsible for $10.4M while the annual Hangout Music Festival’s economic impact is approximately $30M.  This is quite a large amount of money for two parties on the Alabama / Florida Gulf Coast.

These two events have quite a different background.  The FloraBama lounge had a tumultuous start and after several changes in ownership, hurricane Frederick and a suspicious fire, the  Mullet Toss was born on August 1st, 1964.  The FloraBama has made changes over the years from rebuilding to expansion and is still going strong in 2018.  The first Music Festival at the Gulf Shores Hangout was proposed in 2009 and was followed by Deepwater Horizon which made National headlines shortly after.  The festival persevered and even though attendance was way down the first year, in 2011, ticket sales had to be capped for security reasons limiting attendance to approximately 40,000.  Sufficed to say that these two events have had every chance to fold, but instead, hung in there and became two of the largest beach front parties in the country.

Another area event is the annual Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival. which started in 1971 and is always held during the first full weekend in October.  The Shrimp Festival was created as a means to keep vacationers at the beach after Labor Day.  This end of Summer holiday had traditionally signified the time for visitors to return home, but Shrimp Fest stretched the Summer and gave beach-goers a reason to stay a little longer.  The Shrimp Festival started off small, but has grown over the years to host approximately 300 vendors offering everything from food to frisbees.

The host for two of these beach-front parties is the Gulf Shores Hangout or Gulf Place.  This was once a string or restaurants and bars that surrounded the public beach area, but the area has changed significantly over the years and a current plan called “Vision of Sustainability 2025” is underway and will radically alter the area.  The purpose is to improve the safety for pedestrians and cyclists, but other improvements include additional shaded areas, showers, dune walkovers and parking.  The roads have also been changed dramatically to accommodate the plans for a road to be added that will run parallel to the current Beach Blvd.

We’ve included aerial videos and images for many of the are attractions along the Alabama Gulf Coast, such as: the Gulf Coast Zoo, State Park & Fishing Pier, Gulf Place and numerous entertainment venues.  Things to do, like the miniature golf courses, the Track, Waterville and other Gulf Shores businesses.  Orange Beach also has aerial video for the Wharf and Amphitheater and Foley, AL has the new amusement park in OWA that has made aerial video.  To go along with the aerial imagery, other helpful info includes restaurant menus, hotel contact info and links and links to find info for the golf courses along the Alabama / Florida Gulf Coast.  This represents our local news and useful area info, but for real estate, really hits its stride.  We’ve published every real estate listing for homes, condos and commercial property and included recently SOLD Baldwin County real estate.  Investors can also find revenues for all income producing properties from Gulf Shores, AL through Perdido Key, FL – these include condos, beach houses and all other income-producing real estate. ranks #1 for almost every Gulf Shores Condo Sales search along with Perdido Key, FL and Orange Beach, AL too.