There is always something fun and exciting taking place on the Alabama Coast. Here are a few events you might want to check out in September.
49th Annual 2016 MBGFC Labor Day Invitational
As usual, the 29th Annual 2016 MBGFC Labor Day Invitational will take place over Labor Day weekend in Orange Beach. Registration will take place on Friday, September 2nd, from 4-8 pm while a buffet dinner will be served in the evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm followed by a mandatory Captain’s Meeting at 8:00 pm. The weigh dock opens at 5:00 pm and closes at 9:00 pm the following day. On Sunday, the weigh docks are open from 4:00 until 9:00 pm. A Champions Breakfast will take place on Monday at 9:30 am in the food tent.
The cost of participating in the invitational is $200 per angler with a minimum of 4 anglers per boat over 32 feet or 3 anglers for boasts 32 feet and under.
4th Annual Bulls on the Beach
The 4th Annual Bulls on the Beach offer two nights of adrenaline-filled bull riding featuring professional bull riders from across the Southeast. Riders will include the stars from the new reality TV show “Dukes of Cattle,” which premiered this month on the National Geographic Channel. Real-life cowboy Cody Harris, who is featured on the show, is a Gulf Coast native. He has also been featured in the reality shows “Southern Nights” and “Sweet Home Alabama” on Country Music Television.
Gates open at 6:00 pm with events starting at 8:00 pm on September 9th and 10th. Tickets cost $25 per adult and $15 for children between the ages of 7 and 17 per night. Kids 6-years-old and younger are free. Tickets can also be purchased for both nights at a cost of $40 for adults and $20 for teens. Mechanical bull rides can also be purchased for $5 per ride with rides taking place from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and from 9:30 to midnight. Proceeds from the event are donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
29th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup
The 29th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup will take place this year on September 17th from 8:00 am until noon. The largest annual volunteer event in the state, the cleanup involves citizens, clubs, school groups and businesses walking and boating throughout 28 different zones in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Data collected during the cleanup is submitted to The Ocean Conservancy to track what is getting into the oceans. This information is then used for educational purposes. More than 77,000 volunteers have participated in the event over the past 28 years, having removed 1.5 million pounds of debris. Those interested in volunteering can visit the event website or call (251) 928-9792.
1st Annual Massacre Island Festival
Dauphin Island Park & Beach will be hosting its 1st Annual Massacre Island festival on September 17th and 18th. The event will recognize when pirates stormed Mobile Bay in 1711 and attacked the island once known as Massacre Island. The island got its name from the huge pile of human skeletons that was discovered there by Pierre Le Moyne.
Those who come to the event will have the opportunity to watch pirates as they pillage Isle Dauphine and fight against the British and Spanish Galleons. Other events will include Swashbuckling Sword Play, Pirate Tug-O-War, Flintlock Pistol duels, Cannon Firing, music by the Kracker Dan Band and Blacksmithing by Ralph Oalman. There will also be a treasure hunt for kids 12 and under.
Tickets for the 1st Annual Massacre Island festival will be $8 for adults ages 13 and up and $4 for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Children ages 4 and under are free.