Top 5 Can't-Miss Events during Spring in Gulf Shores, Alabama

As the winter chill thaws, Gulf Shores, Alabama, opens back up and the warm weather makes a drastic return making it the perfect spring getaway location. From the beautiful beaches to the incredible festivals, there's something for every type of vacationer in Gulf Shores. If you're plotting a spring escape, here are five can't-miss events that promise to add a dash of excitement to your Gulf Shores adventure!

1. The Annual Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade

Kick off your spring with a burst of color and excitement at the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade. Known for being a family-friendly version of the famous New Orleans celebration, this event brings the community and visitors together for a day of festive floats, marching bands, and, of course, beads! Held just before Lent, it's a fantastic way to experience the rich cultural heritage of the Gulf Coast with a local twist. This year's parade will take place Tuesday, February 13th at 10am!

2. The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

Set sail at The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show, where luxury meets the open water. With over $150 million in boats and marine products on display, this event is a boater's paradise. Whether you're in the market for a new vessel or just looking to enjoy the day among some of the most beautiful boats in the world, the show offers seminars, live music, and activities for the kids, making it a must-visit for maritime enthusiasts. This year's show will take place March 15-17, 2024. 

3. The Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

Yes, you read that correctly! The Interstate Mullet Toss is one of the Gulf Coast's most anticipated spring events. Hosted by the iconic Flora-Bama beach bar just across the state line, this event involves participants throwing a mullet (the fish, not the hairstyle) from Florida into Alabama. It's all in good fun and for charity, with a side of live music, great food, and a party atmosphere that epitomizes spring in the South. The mullet toss and party will take place April 26-28, 2024 so start planning your trip now!

4. Hangout Music Festival

For music lovers, the Hangout Music Festival is the pinnacle of Gulf Shores' spring events. This three-day music extravaganza on the beach features a lineup of some of the biggest names in rock, pop, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music. With stages set against the backdrop of the stunning Gulf of Mexico, it's an unforgettable experience where you can dance barefoot in the sand and soak up the sun and sounds. The headliners this year are Zach Bryan, Lana Del Rey, and Odesza so you do not want to miss it May 17-19.

5. Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

Elevate your vacation, literally, at the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival. Held in Foley, just a short drive from Gulf Shores, this event dazzles visitors with over 30 hot air balloons from across the U.S. Enjoy the spectacle of evening balloon glows, morning ascents, and tethered rides, along with an array of vendors, live music, and activities perfect for the entire family. This year's balloon festival is from May 2nd through 4th. 

Make Your Spring Unforgettable with Your Gulf Shores Vacation Rental

Ready to dive into the spring fun? Gulf Coast Signature Properties is here to ensure your Gulf Shores vacation is as vibrant and exciting as the events you'll attend. With a wide selection of vacation rentals that cater to every need and budget, we provide the perfect home base for all your spring adventures. Whether you're here for the music, the food, the sea, or the sky, let us help you create a memorable stay that you'll want to relive year after year. Browse through our available properties and book your stay today!