Gulf Shores, Alabama
Do you Ballyhoo? If not, you should! The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance presents this exciting and unique annual event that focuses on fine art and local culture. The group's stated mission is "Advancing creativity by promoting art education, community involvement, and economic growth through dynamic art programs for all ages, enhancing the quality of life in Gulf Shores and on the Gulf Coast," and the Ballyhoo festival certainly fulfills it. Local musicians play for everyone's enjoyment, and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians perform in full tribal attire. Prizes are given to fine art exhibitors, as well as to the winners of the banjo and fiddle contest. There's also great food (including local seafood) and children's activities to add to the fun. Make plans to attend!