“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fall is a favorite season along the Alabama Gulf Coast. Cooler weather and less traffic make for a relaxed and enjoyable couple of months that most locals embrace. But at the same time, annual festivals line the calendar and for many, getting back into a routine is a welcomed relief.

Though living in a tourist community where hospitality is an ingrained habit, there are times where those with a servant's heart need refreshing. Fall is just what the doctor ordered.

Here’s a look at what will be happening.

If you are a nature lover, then you’ll want to participate in the 13th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest beginning October 5. Guided tours by foot and on boat with expert guides provide an up close look at prime birding locations. Registration opens Monday, August 15, and closes Friday, Sept. 23, at 4pm CT. Some of the workshops include: Hummingbirds, Basics of Birding, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Bayou La Batre, Mobile Bay and Research Vessel Alabama Discovery Cruise, Blakeley Island Mud Ponds, Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Langan Park Environmental Study Center, Eagle's Nest Kayak Tour, Weeks Bay Paddle, Bon Secour River Eco Cruise, Alligator Alley Adventure, Weeks Bay Sunset Cruise, Dauphin Island Migration Flyway, Gulf State Park & Perdido Pass, Middle Bay Lighthouse Boat Tour, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Kayak Tour, Delta Discovery Cruise, Bird & Nature Photography, Fort Morgan Peninsula Migration Flyway, Wolf Bay Dolphin Cruise and Fairhope Fly Creek Exploration Paddle.

The 5th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor 2016 in downtown Foley on October 8, will provide chefs the opportunity to qualify for the World Food Championship in November at The Wharf. Come sample some of the best food, beer, and wine. The festival will be full of tastings from food trucks to world renowned Chefs.  You will need a ticket for this event. Prices are as follows: Non-sampler - free; Lightweight 12 tastes at any booth - $5.00; Middleweight 26 tastes at any booth - $20.00; Heavyweight 38 tastes at any booth - $30.00 and VIP Pass - $65.00 includes 25 tastes total, good for all areas of the festival including beer/wine tasting area, restaurant tastings area and VIP area. Each VIP pass holder will receive up to 3 full adult beverage drinks at the bar. VIP area will have a full bar and over sized Blow Up TV for football games, a private restroom trailer and great lounge area, and beer tasting glass.

Join hundreds of thousands of people and attend one of the biggest and best festivals along the Gulf Coast. On October 13 - 16th, the 45th Annual National Shrimp Festival will host more than 80 hours of free musical entertainment, with multiple food vendors and over 200 fine arts and crafts booths. Past entertainment included names such as: Blackjack Billy, Eddie Money, Colt Ford, Firehouse, John Rich, Lou Garmm, Leann Womack, Molly Hatchet, Jo Dee Messing, Quiet Riot, Miranda Lambert, Dustin Lynch, Parmalee, Keith Anderson and Meghan Linsey.

Another food event you don’t want to miss is the Original German Sausage Festival in Elberta. All proceeds are used for improving not only the fire department, but the town as well. This event will be held on October 29th. Over 7,000 pounds of German Sausage is usually sold during the event. Other foods include German style filled cabbage, potato salad, goulash, red beans & rice, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn and peanuts. There will be baked goods as well as arts & crafts for sale at the festival. Carnival rides, polka, country, contemporary and German music will also be provided for entertainment.

If you happen to be in the area and see a property you would like to look at, give us a call, text or email. We will be happy to assist you in all of your real estate needs along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

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