The 26th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at The Wharf.
Festival attendance has been growing every year and because of that organizers are finding new ways to add excitement to the event, such as adding a second entertainment stage this year. The festival is the major fundraising event for the Orange Beach Sports Association and supports all youth sports in Orange Beach.
Having the festival grounds in and around Main Street at The Wharf has created the perfect venue for the popular event. The visitor-friendly site offers unlimited parking and access, space for a large car show and a great area for the Kids Zone.
This year's festival will feature the following:
- 95 arts and crafts vendors.
- An expanded Car Show that will include a tabletop swap meet, where car enthusiasts can sell items.
- 11 seafood and specialty food booths.
- Entertainment from two stages for the first time.
- Main Stage – Savannah Litton, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; David Jones & Friends, 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and Jon Crawford, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Car Show/Kids Zone Stage – Funky Lampshades 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Andrew Weaver, noon to 1 p.m.; Maura Hawkins, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Presentations by the Orange Beach Wildlife Center at 11:40 a.m., 1:10 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Arts and Crafts vendors will be selling an assortment of wares including jewelry, pottery, metal items, candles, and textile arts, among many others.
The car show has been growing each year and car owners can sign up during the morning of the event.
The Kids Zone will feature Monster Water Balls & Bungees, face painting, demonstrations, activities, games and more.
There is no admission charge to the event and there is unlimited parking.
The Orange Beach Seafood Festival site on Main Street at The Wharf is located off Canal Road.
For up-to-date information, call Orange Beach Parks & Recreation at 251-981-1524 or visit www.obparksandrec.com.
Savannah Litton - 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Savannah is a Gulf Shores native and no stranger to the stage. She has performed all over the island for years, and has been a part of over 20 local theater productions. She has a passion for all things artistic, including painting, songwriting, acting, and especially singing. She is very excited to be a part of the Seafood Festival again this year.
David Jones and Friends - 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
This is a talented, versatile quartet of local yet nationally traveled musicians. Playing a mix of traditional jazz as well as contemporary smooth jazz, blues and soul, this group is collectively as tight as they come, while allowing for incredible individual expression. A fantastic musical journey!
David Jones - trumpet and vocal
Gino Rosaria - keyboards
Rickey Duffy - drums
Chris Snowden - bass
Jon Crawford - 2-4 p.m.
Jon moved to the Orange Beach area in 2016. He currently interns at The Island Church, where he serves in worship, media, and other ministries. His hobbies consist of playing sports, leading worship, and learning new musical instruments. He is humbled by the opportunity to be a part of the Seafood Festival this year.
CAR SHOW/KIDS ZONE STAGE
Funky Lampshades - 10-11:30 a.m.
This goofy acoustic duo is led by Hunter Myers (vocals/rhythm/percussion) and backed by Austin Thompson (lead guitar and backing vocals). Hunter is 20 years old, from San Jose, California, now living in Gulf Shores. Austin is 21 years old, from Bay Minette and Gulf Shores. They have been playing together since they were 12. They love the older sounds of America, such as Van Morrison, BB King, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and the Beatles. Their music is a blending of all these influences. They want to move to Nashville and follow their music dreams possibly getting into audio engineering and music production.
Andrew Weaver - Noon-1 p.m.
Andrew is a 16-year-old singer/songwriter from a small town outside of Atlanta. He has been playing the guitar for years, but started finding his own unique lyrics in songwriting around age 14. An acoustic pop singer, his set includes popular hits from Ed Sherran, Charlie Puth, and Sean Mendes, coupled with classics from The Beatles, Billy Joel and Elvis, among others. Andrew performs at various school functions, festivals, public and private events and enjoys singing competitions. In 2015, Andrew was named the Mayfest West Georgia Idol and in 2017 he won an American Idol “Front of the Line” pass as one of the winners of the 2017 Atlanta Idol competition and most recently has been named an American Idol contestant for Revival Season 1 on ABC. The show had previously run for 15 seasons on Fox.
Maura Hawkins - 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Maura is 12 years old and in the seventh grade at Gulf Shores Middle School. Maura has been singing since she was about 3 years old. She sings at church, and events around the community and is also a member of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus. Her greatest achievement was winning the 2016 and 2017 Kids Singing Contest in her age group at the Gulf Bowl in Foley, Alabama. Besides singing, she loves playing the piano, guitar, drums, xylophone and the radio! She really enjoys reading, cooking and drawing. Maura hopes to use her voice to help support nonprofit organizations and people in need!
Presentations will also be made by the Orange Beach Wildlife Center at 11:40 a.m., 1:10 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the Car Show/Kids Zone Stage.