The Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area is offering something for everyone Memorial Day Weekend.
- Alabama’s Gulf Coast has the largest artificial reef building program in the nation. On Sunday May 26, a new reef will be deployed, especially for skin and scuba divers. The coastal freighter the M.V. Yokamu, renamed the Lulu, will be sunk approximately 17 nautical miles south of Perdido Pass in Orange Beach (+29 degrees 59’ 50” / -87 degrees 33’ 00”). The public is invited to watch this vessel be transformed from a freighter to a dive site on this section of Alabama’s Gulf Coast known for its music, sugar white beaches and emerald green water. The Wet Willie band will be performing at noon. Personal vessels or local charter boats will be needed to reach the deployment site and the Wet Willie band concert.
- The Memorial Day Weekend activities begin on Saturday, May 25, with the 5K Color Run. (Sign up at http://thecolorrun.com/gulf-shores). Also, Saturday night at 8:00 pm Lady Antebellum and special guest Jana Kramer will be in concert at the Amphitheater at the Wharf. Tickets range in price from $21 to $59.50 at www.ticketmaster.com.
- The 36th annual Mobile Big Game Fishing Club Memorial Day Tournament (http://www.mbgfc.org/memorialday.htm) will be held from May 24-May 27 at Orange Beach Marina. You can watch the weigh-ins daily from 5:00-9:00 pm.
To fish, see the Lulu sink, hear the Wet Willie band play 17-miles offshore, run a Color Run, watch fish weigh-ins and/or listen to Lady Antebellum in concert, plan to be at Alabama’s Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for Memorial Day Weekend.
For more information to plan a family beach get away, go to www.gulfshores.com or www.orangebeach.com. There you can find value friendly packages and hot deals posted. Let’s all catch some fish, listen to some fine country music, and watch the newest dive site on the upper gulf coast being sunk.
Image by John Phillips