Written By Cindy Lane Ross

In this sweet little town called Orange Beach, Alabama, originally known for a small, quaint, fishing village only known to the locals, is now a popular tourist destination. Still a fishing village, but so much more, offering events year round attracting crowds from all over the country. To kick off every Spring now for 40 years, we start with Orange Beach Festival of Art, featuring more than 100 local and regional fine artists of visual, performing, and culinary arts.


Out of all the festivals, I have been to around the world, I would say this is one of my favorites. I am lucky to say it’s in my very own backyard and the atmosphere is like no other with sights, smells, and sounds of Spring. Located on the grounds of the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach and Waterfront Park on Canal Road.


Festival goers can have their taste buds fed while listening to sweet sounds coming from center stage. Strolling hand in hand with your loved ones, you can admire more than 100 artists displaying only the highest quality of art in their respective mediums. This a family friendly event offering something for everyone ensuring lots of laughter and fun.


This festival lasts for two days always in March and you can expect to see live artist demonstrations, selected musicians, a culinary experience, Kid’s Art Alley, and only the best vendors featuring fine arts. I can assure you this is a must attend for next year, mark it on your calendar and be sure to visit Orange Beach’s brand new Coastal Arts Center located right on Wolf Bay.


My favorite artist this year, Teresa Merriam owner of Mind’s Eye Journals. Teresa came to us all the way from the beautiful state of Colorado. These journals are hand-crafted and leather-bound.


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