Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

May every sunrise hold more promise, and every sunset hold more peace when you spend your vacation at the beach!! There are several events available for a fun family vacation on the Gulf Coast this May, we invite you to check them out and consider joining us for an early season vacation! Search vacation rental lodging or learn about these great May events, including the very popular Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival…


Event Dates: May 6th and May 7th, 2016Experience the Gulf Shores Hot Air Balloon Festival this May 2016

The 12th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held May 6th and 7th. Admission is free!! There are 33 pilots from across the U.S who will participate at the festival. It will also include balloon glows Friday and Saturday night, the World Famous Disc Connected K-9s Frisbee Dog Show, Bubba Blackwell’s World Famous Harley Davidson Stunt Show, Carnival rides, Arts and Crafts vendors, a crawfish boil and more. The festival grounds are open Friday from 2 pm- 10 pm and Saturday from 6 am – 10 pm.

May 7th 7:30 am – 9:30 am The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival is hosting its first ever Color Dash 5k run/walk. Be one of the first to run under the balloons and through clouds of color! Make sure to get there early to join in on the dance competitions, hula-hoop contest and many more contests with awesome giveaways.

44th Annual Art in the Park

Event Dates:  May 7th & 8th, 2016

Enjoy a relaxing day at John B. Foley Park in downtown Foley while enjoying the 44th Annual Art in the Park on May 7th & 8th from 10 am to 5 pm. This event is held each spring and is known to attract thousands of attendees. There will be over 100 artists show casing their talents.

C Spire Concert Series presents: Florida Georgia Line

Event Date: May 13th, 2016

Looking for some good musical entertainment?! You will definitely not want to miss the Florida Georgia Line as they perform at The Amphitheater at The Wharf on May 13th. There will be special guests such as Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three and Kane Brown!

Hangout Music Festival

Event Dates: May 20th-22nd, 2016

Learn more about this extremely popular event…Hangout Music Festival 2016

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Hangout Music Festival 2016


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Event Dates: May 20th-22nd, 2016

An annual three-day music festival held at the public beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, the Hangout Music Festival is a huge early season attraction in the Gulf Shores area and features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music.

The 2016 Lineup Looks GREAT!Crowded beach during the Gulf Shores Hangout Music Festival.

Featuring many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop and electronic dance music, the festival will be open each day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., headlining a diverse group of artists. The following will perform on multiple stages:

The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Florence + The Machine, Alabama Shakes. Ellie Goulding, Lenny Kravitz, Flume, Haim, Cage The Elephant, Panic! At The Disco, Grimes, The Chainsmokers, Walk The Moon, Leon Bridges, Miike Snow, Jason Isbell, Big Grams, Run The Jewels, Foals, Fetty Wap, The Neighborhood, Portugal. The Man, Moon Taxi, 3LAU, Courtney Barnett, Silversun Pickups, X Ambassadors, Bro Safari, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Berns, Thomas Jack, Coleman Jell, Alessia Cara, Wailers, Mayer Hawthorne, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Brett Dennen, The Sturts, Atlas Genius, Vince Staples, Pepper, Raury, Snails, Stick Figure, Judah & the Lion, Tourist, Kaleo, Magic Man, Health, Alison Wonderland, The Griswolds, Hippie Sabotage, The Revialists, GIVERS, Coasts, Phases, Bully, Lizzo, Jack Novak, The Royal Concept, Pell, Bass Drum of Death, Jai Wolf, Muddy Magnolias, Meg Mac, Lazyboy Empire, Jerry Folk, Speaker of the House, Powers, Lost Kings, Half Moon Run, Strangers You Know, Koa

General 2016 Hangout Music Festival Information

General admission tickets cost $269 per person and include all fees. A three-day shuttle pass costs $50 and is well worth the price. VIP passes (which include special viewing areas, food and drink, a private entrance, and other perks) cost $1,099, and Super VIP passes (all the perks of VIPs, plus chef-prepared meals and hot tub access) sell for $1,599. Tickets for Hangout Music Festival 2016 are on sale now.

All performances are held on the public beach in Gulf Shores.

And there is still time to book a vacation rental in the area! Search our vacation rentals…

Any Line, Anytime Shuttle Pass

Hangout shuttles are the best way to get to and from the Festival each day as parking is extremely limited. We highly encourage you to purchase a shuttle pass in advance even if you don’t know where you’re staying yet. With our new ride any line, anytime shuttle pass, you won’t have to worry about choosing a specific shuttle line!

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April Gulf Shores Events – 2016

Checkout Fun April Gulf Shores Events for 2016

There is still time to enjoy a last minute Spring vacation on the Alabama Gulf Coast!! View details on the April Gulf Shores events and start planning now!


The Baldwin County Strawberry Festival will be April 9th & April 10th it is a local tradition held annually at the Loxley Municipal Park. Every year visitors come from all around the Southeast to enjoy the special events, car shows, pageants, music, crafts, and the strawberry shortcakes!! Not only is it a memorable experience with your family and friends, but you will also help raise funds for causes right here in our community. Baldwin County Strawberry Festival is a local non-profit organization and all event proceeds stay local. Funds raised benefit Loxley Elementary School and the Association of Retarded Citizens of Baldwin County (ARCBC).

ZYDECO CRAWFISH FESTIVAL – April 16, 2016Crawfish Festival Gulf Shores

The Waterway Village Zydeco and Crawfish Festival will be rolling into Gulf Shores on April 16. Come enjoy fresh boiled crawfish, Zydeco Music by some of New Orleans best bands, and see some incredible, original art. It’s all free to the public and it’s happening on East 24th Avenue in the Waterway Village of Gulf Shores. Artists must register with the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance. With activities ALL day starting at 8:00 with a 5k run, Artist along the west side by the bridge, Zydeco music ALL day, and a giant Crawfish Boil by Acme, Tacky Jacks and Lulu’s. Arts and Crafts are another attraction at the Zydeco and Crawfish Festival. The art section is hosted by the GCAA and artists can apply through the link below. The booth fee due at acceptance is $85. Come join the fun!

THE 7TH ANNUAL BAMA COAST CRUISE – April 22-24th, 2016Bama Coast Cruise Logo

The 7th annual Bama Coast Cruise will be held Thursday April 22 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Friday and Saturday April 23 & 24 from 9:00 am to 5:00pm at the Wharf Resort & Marina in Orange Beach Al. Come out and see these beautiful cars on display at The Wharf, enjoy a day of shopping at the lovely stores The Wharf has to offer and also several restaurants you can dine at. Bama Coast Cruise is set against the backdrop of the Inter-Coastal Waterway and the Canal Bridge. This is a family friendly weekend full of beautiful cars, fun events, and entertainment. There will be several venders, Swap Meet, Music, Door Prizes and Cash drawings. All weekend Dj Ronnie Foster will be spinning tunes and announcing the winners of door prizes and Cash Giveaways that take place each day.

THE INTERSTATE MULLET TOSS – April 22-24th, 2016

The Interstater Mullet Toss is always held the last weekend in April. 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. Enjoy lots of fun activities, great music and food!! Every year with each fish flung Flora-Bama and your help raises and contributes over $20,000.00 to local charities and youth organizations. Come on down to the beach and throw some fish and enjoy the fun in the sun for our local charities! Get  more info on the Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Best Beach Party… early season!

Get a Deal for April Gulf Shores Events

Did I mention that we are now offering a last minute Spring special?! Book now and you can enjoy 20% off the rent of your 3, 4, 5 or 6 night stay in one of our lovely condos!! We are also offering a FREE night when staying 7 nights, but if you book now you can get TWO NIGHTS FREE when renting a full week. Stay must be completed by May 15, 2016. Some restrictions do apply; please contact our office for more information.

Trust me when I say you will not want to miss out on our great savings!!

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Gulf Shores for Valentine’s Day

Spend Valentine’s Day at the Beach!

Are you looking to impress your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? You can send flowers, candy Couple sitting on the beach for Valentine's Dayand all the other ordinary gifts usually received on this romantic day, or you can choose to express your love with a spontaneous trip to the beach. Imagine walking hand in hand with your love as you both take in the breath taking Gulf Coast sunset. Sip champagne on your private balcony while take in the beauty of the beaches that surround you. Enjoy Gulf Shores for Valentine’s Day!

2016 Valentine’s Day Activities in Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores offers not only romantic peace and quiet for a Valentine’s visit, but it also has loads of activities for you and your special someone to consider. Here are just a few we think you should consider if you are planning to visit us for this holiday:

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Experience the Romance of Gulf Shores for Valentine’s Day…

In addition to the local area activities and the beautiful romance of our beaches, you can also enjoy a nice private beach home for your Valentine’s Day plans. Anchor Vacations wants to help you make this picture perfect Valentine’s Day a reality by Flamingos on the beach in the shape of a heart for Valentine's Dayoffering you a 20% discount when you book a 3 night minimum stay February 10th- February 15th. Make this Valentine’s Day one your love will always treasure. Along with this incredible discount we will also provide a bottle of champagne for you both to enjoy. Why be ordinary when you have the opportunity to be extraordinary. Give one of our reservationists a call today! Surprise your love with a romantic getaway for just the two of you today. Start searching for your perfect Gulf Shores vacation rental NOW!

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Bald Eagle Bash 7th Annual Fundraiser

Bald Eagle Bash is the 7th annual fundraiser for the Weeks Bay Foundation, the only nationally accredited land trust in coastal Alabama, will be held at the waterfront Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center at the Fish River Bridge on U.S. Highway 98 in Fairhope.  Enjoy “a taste of Weeks Bay” featuring fresh Gulf shrimp prepared by top local restaurants with live music by The Mulligan Brothers.  Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the gate. Entry is free for children 10 and under.  Beverages are included in the price of admission, and free parking is available at the Weeks Bay Reserve Safe Harbor site, with BRATS shuttles providing transportation to the event.  For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or call (251) 990-5004.  Tickets are also available for purchase at Page & Palette in Fairhope, the Foundation office, the Reserve, and from Foundation board members.  April 23
4:00-7:00 p.m.

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Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast

Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast

 Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade

Mardi Gras is a great way to enjoy some exciting, family-style parades along the Gulf Coast. So join us at 10 am on Tuesday, February 9th for the Gulf Shores Parade as we let the good times roll along with many others looking to claim treats like beads, moon pies, stuffed animals and much more!

Who said the fun had to stop at the Gulf Shores parade? Once it is over you can stop at one of the restaurants in Gulf Shores or you can head on over to Orange Beach and enjoy a delicious, warm meal before attending the Orange Beach Parade at 2 pm.

Mardi Gras Helpful Hints

A few friendly tips for all those attending Mardi Gras parades:

  1. Dress in layers. Trust me when I say you can never be too warm!!!
  2. Arrive EARLY!! Crowds normally fill the street at least half an hour prior to a parade. Plus the roads close early in order to prepare for the parade.
  3. Bring tote bags for all the wonderful goodies you will catch.
  4. Please be sure to stay behind barricades. These are placed there for your safety!

Follow these tips and you are sure to have a fun, safe time at each of the parades being held along the Gulf Coast.

If you are looking for a vacation rental please view our properties and their availabilities. While you are on our website, make sure to check out our specials and take advantage of our 20% off Mardi Gras Special! Please call our office at 800-334-5107 and one of our friendly, professional reservationists will be happy to help you.

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Attention Winter Guests… Come One Come All!!

Welcome to Snowbird Fest at the Orange Beach Event Center

Attention all Snowbirds!

It is that time of year again to put on your party hats and join us at the 6th Annual Snowbird Fest located at the Wharf in Orange Beach. Do not miss this amazing opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of vendors that will be present to make this a festival you will never forget. The best part about the Snowbird Fest is that it’s FREE! All you have to do is complete a survey before you enter. After you complete the survey get ready to spread your wings and fly!

Snowbird Fest in Orange Beach

The Snowbird Fest is designed to accommodate all the snowbirds that flock to the Gulf Coast during the winter season. The vendors have gone all out this year! There will be special giveaways and prizes to be won. Since this event is both a trade show and a festival you get the best of both worlds. Many deals will be offered on rentals, sales, dining, golf and so much more!

Tribute shows to the great Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers will be at the event for your entertainment! Dance along to the sweet sounds of both while you visit all the local vendors and take in the beauty that the Wharf has to offer.
Although it is worth visiting this event for the vendors alone, they have added a brand new feature this year. Snowbirds can register for a FREE bus ride, sponsored by Good Time Tours, to a Biloxi area casino. Since this is in such demand and space is limited the first 50 snowbirds who pre-register will do so for FREE!

Don’t be left out in the cold! Visit The Snowbird Fest or contact the Snowbird Company toll-free at 800-270-2457 for additional information.

Need accommodations for the winter?? Look no further. One of our friendly, professional reservationists will be more than happy to find accommodations for you. Whether you are looking for a condo or beach house in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, we may have just what you need! Please call our office toll free at 800-334-5107 or visit our properties for more information.

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Waterway Village & Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run!

Date: April 18, 2015
Time: 10 am – 6 pm

The Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival boils up a beaucoup (Cajun for a lot) of fun on Saturday, April 18. Sink your teeth into some hot, juicy, lip-smacking crawfish while dancing to the infectious rhythms of some of the best Zydeco bands from around the South. There will be crawfish races, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities and even an authentic 80-foot shrimp boat on hand offering nonstop fun for all ages.

If that’s not enough, you’ll have the chance to work up an appetite with the 5K Run/ 1-Mile Fun Run beginning at 8:30 a.m. starting at Waterway Village next to Tacky Jacks Gulf Shores. Then after the race, stay for free beer and refreshments! Part of the proceeds from this race go to a local animal rescue, Furrever Homes. For more race information email Harley Sports at or to register online click here.

The pots will begin boiling at 10 a.m. and we’ll Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll) all day long with Zydeco sounds grooving until 6 p.m.

Follow the fun, pictures and conversation on social media by adding #crawfest15 to your posts!

Stay tuned for more info…

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The Beach is Calling!


The Gulf Coast has several events going on this month that may interest you! So pull out your calendar and start planning your vacation in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, AL.

23Rd Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

Saturday, February 28th from 10 am to 4 pm join in on the fun at the Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car show. This festival is a major fundraiser to support local sports-related activities such as softball and T-ball. All proceeds raised will be used to purchase uniforms, equipment and so forth. The festival will have delicious food, arts & craft vendors, a silent auction, car show and a kids zone to keep the little ones entertained.

41st Festival of Art

Who is ready to enjoy a weekend filled with fine arts and crafts? The Orange Beach Festival of Art is held on the second weekend of March every year. This event will include visual arts, fine arts and crafts, glass artists, potters, painters and more! Talk about options, The Orange Beach Festival of Art has it all. There will also be a children’s art alley so the kids do not miss out on all the fun.

Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

Have you ever seen the largest in-water display of any boat show? Well now can be your chance! The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show are known to offer the largest in-water display of any boat show along the upper Gulf Coast. But that is not all. The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show allow prospective buyers to test drive the boats before buying! Yes, I said it. You can test drive these luxury yachts and boats. There will even be the latest marine electronics, fishing tackle, marine engines and outdoor equipment on display for all to view.

The Original German Sausage Festival

Who is ready to taste the BEST German Sausage ever made?! The Elberta Fire Department is known to grill up a delicious German Sausage. You can try one yourself at The Original German Sausage Festival help March 28th from 8 am to 5 pm in Elberta. There will also be arts and crafts, live music, carnival rides, baked goods and more!

We, at Anchor Vacations, would be glad to help you start planning your spring vacation. So go ahead and get your phone ready so one of our friendly, professional reservationist can assist you!

You owe it to yourself to enjoy a couple of days or even a week soaking up the sun at the beach.

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Anchor Vacations Invites YOU to spend Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast!

Join us for a month long celebration you will never forget! Mardi Gras is a great time to come to the Gulf Coast so you can experience the beautiful white-sand beaches and clear waters without the spring and summer rush. Plus, you will get to join in on the excitement at the Mardi Gras parades!

If you have not booked your accommodations but would like to see what we have to offer please visit our website or call our office at 800-334-5107 and one of our friendly, professional reservationists will be happy to help you.

For interesting facts about Mardi Gras please visit

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