3rd Annual Orange Beach Freedom Fest
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7, 2023 - Bama Coast Cruisin' Car Show, as well as U.S. Armed Forces representatives, and veterans groups.
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023 - Arts & Crafts Booths, Food Vendors, Music Stage, Motorcycle Rally by The Marshals, and more.
The 3rd Annual Orange Beach Freedom Fest and Bama Coast Cruisin’ Car Show returns to The Wharf on Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day.
The festive weekend will kick off Friday, October 6th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the Bama Coast Cruisin' show’s vintage and classic cars lining on Main Street along with a Kids’ Zone next to the Ferris wheel. Military and veteran groups will be stationed on Wharf Parkway with activities and information, including the U.S. Air Force Operation Shadow Strike mobile experience.
On Saturday, October 6th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., all of those attractions will be joined by more than 70 arts and crafts and outdoor experience vendor booths on the Wharf’s west side, along with food vendors and a music stage.
On Friday only, Orange Beach police and fire will join the military groups on Wharf Parkway with demonstrations. On Saturday, a motorcycle and Jeep rally adds to the festive weekend, including a beach cruise at noon. Bama Coast Cruisin’ participants will have their own parade to the beach late Saturday afternoon.
BAMA COAST CRUISIN’ CAR SHOW
The goal of Bama Coast Cruisin’ is to create an inclusive show that welcomes anyone who loves cars and enjoys cruisin’ the open road. There are no restrictions to the vehicles that can be entered into the show. Their motto is: “Bring your dream ride & cruise with us!” For information on how to register, visit the Bama Coast Cruisin' website.
ARTS AND CRAFT, FOOD, FREE MUSIC, MORE…
Saturday will be full of arts and crafts vendors selling a wide variety of wares, including metal artwork, handmade clothing and accessories, watercolor and acrylic paintings, local honey, jellies, yard art, a wide variety of jewelry booths, candles, patriotic artwork and apparel, permanent jewelry, sensory play kits, oyster décor, face painting, custom-designed T-shirts, and cutlery, among many other things.
An Outdoor Village area will feature blacksmithing demonstrations, the Backcountry Trail, Leave Only Footprints, Gulf State Park, Gulf Coast Center for Ecotourism & Sustainability, Orange Beach Coastal Resources, Wind & Water Learning Center, Operation ReConnect, and also vendor booths including outdoor apparel, custom knives, and sunglasses.
The military and veterans groups on Wharf Parkway will include U.S. Air Force Reserve, U.S. Coast Guard, Alabama Air National Guard, Alabama Army National Guard, Marine Corp League, VFW Post 44 and U.S. Air Force Shadow Strike.
The Orange Beach Police Department will run the Kids’ Zone next to the Wharf Ferris wheel on Main Street in The Grove, with drinks, snacks, bouncy houses and activities as a fundraiser for the OBPD Benevolent Fund. The Orange Beach Wildlife Center will also be there with some friends.
The food selection will have something for everyone. In addition to the restaurants at The Wharf, festival-goers on Saturday will have their hands full with a variety of seafood, BBQ pork, boudin egg rolls, corn dogs, chicken tenders, chicken wings, hot dogs and brats. Some of the specialty foods will include kettle corn, pickles, smoothies, ice cream, root beer floats, loaded teas, milkshakes, and cheesecakes. A lemonade stand will be run by the Orange Beach High School Softball Team as a fundraiser. The OBHS Student Government Association will also be selling Pepsi products as a fundraiser.
A merchandise tent will be selling festival shirts and hats.
The CoastAL/Flora-Bama Music Stage on Saturday will include the following lineup:
- 9 a.m.-11 a.m.: Jesse Duncan
- 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Johnny Hayes
- 1 p.m.-3 p.m.: Al & Cathy
- 3 p.m.-5 p.m.: Smokey Otis Band
Freedom Festival wouldn’t be possible without community support and sponsors, including Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, Flora-Bama, CoastAL Orange Beach, Zeke's Landing and Marina, iHeart Radio - 95 KSJ, Clarke-Mobile Gas, Beachball Properties, Allstate, Current Tides Vacation Rentals, Apex Solutions / Toothless Zombie, and MarMac Real Estate Coastal. Thank you!
Parking will be free at a variety of lots at The Wharf. A shuttle will also run from Orange Beach Middle / High School parking lot on Saturday only.
The Marshals Mardi Gras group’s motorcycle rally is planned for Saturday, Oct. 7 on Wharf Parkway with a beach cruise from The Wharf to Perdido Pass rolling at noon. Register for The Marshals' 2023 Let Freedom Roar Run and Rally on Eventbrite. All proceeds will benefit Youth Reach Gulf Coast.
Jeeps will also gather at a designated spot under the Beach Express bridge.
The Marshals' motorcycle rally is planned for Saturday, Oct. 7th with a parade from The Wharf to Perdido Pass rolling at noon. Register for The Marshals' 2023 Let Freedom Roar Run and Rally on Eventbrite. All proceeds will benefit Youth Reach Gulf Coast.
Capping off the Freedom Fest weekend, The Outlaw Music Festival featuring Willie Nelson, The Avett Brothers, Gov’t Mule, Elizabeth Cook, + Particle Kid is coming to The Wharf Amphitheater on Sunday, Oct. 8th as part of the 2023 C Spire Concert Series!
It’s going to be another red, white and blue weekend to remember.