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LA Gumbo FestApril 11-13th at The Wharf in Orange Beach the inaugural L.A. Gumbo Festival is set to kick off with the unveiling of the world’s largest pot of gumbo!  The festivities will begin on April 11th at 7 pm just before the start of the Kenny Chesney concert at The Wharf Amphitheater.

The L.A. Gumbo Festival got its start when Bob Baumhower teamed with Chef Folse more than a year ago during the 2011 Alabama vs. LSU football game to feed the victims of the tornadoes [Read more...]

Shout it out..

The 2013 Cheertech Orange Beach Nationals will be held at the Amphitheater at the Wharf in Orange Beach Alabama February 22nd through the 24th.

For more information on the event visit www.spiritbrands.org.

Looking for the perfect place to stay during this exciting event? Visit us at www.KaiserRealty.com or give us a call at (800) 225-4853 to check out our great selection of beach houses and condominiums.

Engines are revving up for the 4th Annual Bama Coast Cruise. Shine up those tires and join hundreds of car lovers for the best car show on the Gulf Coast.

The event will be held at The Wharf in Orange Beach April 25th through the 27th. The Bama Coast Cruise is always filled with exciting extras such as a Swap Meet, Judging for the top 25, live music, and vendors of all sorts.

For more information on the event visit their website at www.BamaCoastCruise.com.

Visit www.KaiserRealty.com for a great condominium or beach home to relax at in-between all the excitement or give one of our Reservation Specialist a call at (800) 225-4856 and let them guide you to the perfect spot you you.

This article was written by Kim Chapman of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism and can be viewed in its original format by visiting www.GulfShores.com.

GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – Raise your glasses to fun, entertainment and welcoming new opportunities. Celebrate coastal style and begin your New Year’s resolutions on Pleasure Island. Here is an assortment of New Year’s festivities in the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area.

Now through Jan. 1
Ice Rink at The Wharf

The Wharf (23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach)
6 – 8 p.m.
While this area is better known for soft, white-sand beaches rather than icicles and snowflakes, The Wharf is offering an ice rink for the holiday season with skate rentals and refreshments available.

Dec. 29
Flora-Bama’s 25th Annual Make it to the Line Run/Walk

Flora-Bama (17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola)
10 a.m.
Work off those unwanted holiday pounds with this festive 4 mile run/walk. Registration is $25 after Dec. 10 and $30 on the day of the race. Register at www.active.com/running/perdido-key-fl/make-it-to-the-line-4-mile-run–walk-and-1-mile-fun-run-2012.

Dec. 30
Ginny Lane presents Bands Barks & Brews
Ginny Lane Bar and Grille (4780 Wharf Parkway, Orange Beach)
3 – 7 p.m.
Enjoy the evening with your favorite furry friends. This event features a leash free area on The Wharf’s Marina Lawn and free live music. A percentage of food, alcohol, soda and t-shirt sales will be donated to the Baldwin County Humane Society.

Dec. 31
Noon Year’s Eve
LuLu’s at Homeport Marina (200 Easy 25th Ave., Gulf Shores)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Looking for family friendly New Year’s Eve festivities? Look no further than LuLu’s. There will be a countdown to “Noon Year” followed by a balloon drop at noon, arts and crafts and live entertainment for all.

7th Annual New Year’s Eve Bash
The Wharf (23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach)
7 p.m.
You will not want to miss the fireworks, live entertainment and much more during this free event to the public. In order to provide a family-friendly atmosphere, an alcohol-free zone will be available with bungee jumps, ice skating and more. You will also have the opportunity to purchase VIP packages for $75 each including unlimited beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres and first-class seating for the midnight fireworks display.

Early Bird New Year’s Eve Bash
Erie Meyer Civic Center (1930 West 2nd Street, Gulf Shores)
7 p.m.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Christian Service Center (CSC) for this festive event. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door and may be purchased via PayPal or credit card by visitingwww.brentburns.com. Each table will have the opportunity to decorate and compete for “Most Outrageous,” “Most Original” and “Most Elegant” table. The winner of each category will receive prizes for their creative efforts. Attendees will need to bring their own food, drinks (alcohol permitted) and table décor. Glitter, confetti and open flames are strictly prohibited. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for table decorating.

Flora-Bama New Year’s Eve Bash
Flora-Bama (17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola)
7 p.m.
Dance the night away and ring in the new year with music, friends and fun at the Flora-Bama. General admission tickets in advance are $40 and $45 the day of the event for adults ages 18 and up. Attendees with general admission tickets will enjoy a dinner buffet, party favors, champagne (ages 21 and up) and breakfast. The $100 VIP ticket includes unlimited champagne (ages 21 and up), souvenirs, party favors and a deluxe buffet. Those ages 18 to 20 will be charged a $10 cover at the door in addition to each ticket price. All guests will be entered to win great prizes.

Jan. 1
Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip
Flora-Bama (17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola)
12 p.m.
Wash all your cares away and start 2013 right by jumping into the Gulf of Mexico with your friends and family.

2nd Annual Slip & Slide Polar Bear Dip
The Hangout/Gulf Shores Public Beach, Gulf Shores
12 p.m.
Take a ride down a “slip ‘n slide” and take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico to let go of the past and celebrate the future, courtesy of the local Kiwanis Club in cooperation with The Hangout and the City of Gulf Shores. The event is free, but a $15 t-shirt purchase will serve as admission for a post-dip breakfast buffet at The Hangout. There will be prizes for the best costumes and the best teams and a cash award and trophy will be presented to the snowbird club with the largest number of participants.

Bluegrass by the Tracks
Wales West RV Resort (13670 Smiley St., Silverhill)
7 – 9 p.m.
Enjoy live bluegrass, gospel and classic country music at Wales West RV Park and Light Railway for a $5 donation. Refreshments will be served and train rides will be accessible.


Media Contact:

Kim Chapman
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism
251-974-4625 (direct)
251-752-8448 (cell)


Looking to celebrate New Year’s at the beach? Save BIG this holiday season with Kaiser Realty’s “New Year’s Special!” Visit us online at www.KaiserRealty.com or give us a call at (877) 405-5587 to ring in 2013 along the sugar white sands of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach1 

The Wharf in Orange Beach, Al is presenting their first outdoor screening movie event. The movie being shown will be “Puss in Boots” which is a spin off of the Dreamworks film “Shrek”. The event will be held on the marina lawn on Saturday, September 22,  at 8 pm.

Admission to this family fun event will be free and free popcorn will also be provided. The Wharf also offers a variety of restaurants and shopping to dabble in before the show! Grab your lawn chairs and join family  and friends for the first time outdoor screening event at The Wharf!

We wish that every vacation was filled completely with soft breezes, beach-time fun and an endless supply of vitamin D, but sometimes, mother nature has a different plan.  When a little rain pops up during your vacation, don’t let it put a halt to your jaunt of family fun! Follow this tried and true list of amazing ways to get the most out of a rainy vacation day in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach!

1.The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo: When the weather is a tad bit drizzly, pack up your crew and head to the nationally acclaimed Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Featuring hundreds of beautiful animals ready to greet your family, the expert staff will help everyone in your group have an unforgettable wildlife experience.  Featuring a well balanced menagerie of national and exotic animals, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo provides fantastic exhibits for some truly unforgettable “animal encounters.”

For more information on the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, visit their website www.AlabamaGulfCoastZoo.org.

2. National Naval Aviation Museum: Located within the Pensacola Naval Air Station (PNAS), the National Naval Aviation Museum is truly a presentation of the finest relics of innovation throughout aviation history. Filled to the brim with partial and complete aircraft spanning decades of military focused aviation, the museum features two separate building to offer visitors the most complete assemble of both American and foreign aircraft used for major warfare and military transport. Additional attributes of the museum include the available flight simulators, an aviation library and the famed Cubi Bar Cafe.

Visit www.NavalAviationMuseum.com to view the complete offerings from this fantastic national landmark!

3. Movie Time in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach: Visitors to the Alabama Gulf Coast have great options for catching up on the latest flicks to hit the theaters. With locations at the Pelican Place shopping center in Gulf Shores and at The Wharf in Orange Beach, these state of the art cinemas provide everything that families are looking for when planning a great day or night out at the movies. The Cobb Pinnace theater in Gulf Shores features 14 screens for continuous play while the Rave Motion Pictures in the Wharf features 15 screens for fantastic movie viewing. Try one of the tasty restaurants at shopping centers and turn your trip to the movies into a fun filled family outing or  a great date night!

Visit The Wharf’s website to view more information on the Rave Motion Pictures theater in Orange Beach or the Cobb Pinnacle website for more information on the Gulf Shores theater location.

4. Take a day trip to Mobile: Located less than 90 minutes from the sugar white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, the historic city of Mobile has a plethora of activities and attractions for your entire family. Places such as the Exploreum and the Museum of Mobile provide educational environments packed with fun for visitors of all ages. Other notable attractions include the Mobile Museum of Art, Historic Carnival Museum and the USS Alabama Battleship.

Combine as many of the of the attractions together as you would like to enjoy a great day in the historic and beautiful city of Mobile!

Kelly Clarkson comes to the Wharf August 6th, 2012 with special guests The Fray and Carolina LiarThere has yet to be a bigger year for music along the Alabama Gulf Coast than 2012.  With the Third Annual Hangout Music Festival bringing in some of the biggest names in music and The 2012 Pepsi Concert Series at The Wharf featuring both world famous and chart climbing up-and-comers, it is no surprise that top Billboard Recording Artist Kelly Clarkson would be bringing her “Stronger” Tour to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach on August 6th.

Headlining the tour, aptly named after her extremely successful record, Clarkson will be joined by another hugely successful ensemble [Read more...]

Ringo Starr and his 13th All Star band visit Orange Beach for the Pepsi Concert Series at The Wharf on July 4th, 2012Few names in Rock N’ Roll music are as iconic and notable as “Ringo Starr.”

On July 4th, Independence Day, your friends, your family and fellow music lovers can join the party as Ringo is joined by his 13th All Star Band for what is destined to be a once in a lifetime show at the Amphitheater at The Wharf.

The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. at the nationally acclaimed Orange Beach venue as famed musicians from bands such as Toto, Journey and Santana join Ringo.

For ticketing information and addition details about The Amphitheater at The Wharf, visit their website, or give them a call at (800) 745-3000.

Still looking for the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day? Turn this fun concert event into an amazing trip to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach by booking your stay in one of our beautiful Gulf front beach homes or vacation condos.  Visit us as www.KaiserRealty.com to browse through our properties, or give one of our Reservation Professionals a call at (877) 405-5587 today!  We’d love to hear from you.

Join us at The Wharf to 'Experience Hendrix" on March 17thWhat happens when you bring together some of the BIGGEST names in Rock N’ Roll history for a tribute to one of the greatest rockers of all time?

You get to “Experience Hendrix” at the Amphitheater at The Wharf on March 17th in Orange Beach.

Featuring performances by artists such as Cesar Rosas from Los Lobos, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith and Chris Layton of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, this unique and exciting concert experience will be ones that generations of music lovers will enjoy.

With the show kicking off at 8:00 p.m., concert goers will be experiencing hours of top notch [Read more...]

Join the Avett Brothers as they rock the Gulf Coast at The Wharf on March 16thFollowing a highly acclaimed performance at the 2011 Hangout Music Fest and huge success with their recent album, “I and Love and You,” The Avett Brothers return to the Gulf Coast on March 16th at The Wharf Amphitheater.

As the second show of the 2012 Pepsi Concert Series at The Wharf, fans from around the nation will be following this cult “folk” ensemble as they serenade the crowd with their personified lyrics, smooth and heartfelt vocals and one of the most energetic shows you will ever see!

Doors open for this exciting show at 8:00 p.m. with a performance by special guest, JOJOS Mardi Gras Band. [Read more...]