27th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Fest returns to Wharf on Feb. 23

27th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Fest returns to Wharf on Feb. 23
The 2019 Orange Beach Seafood Festival is expanding to accommodate more people with more to see, do and experience when the festival returns to Main Street @ The Wharf (off Canal Rd. in Orange Beach) on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The 2018 event saw record crowds and with that kind of attendance Festival organizers are gearing up with an expanded lineup of food vendors, more artists, two stages, an expanded and relocated Car Show and new this year – “Paws of Parade”. The festival is the major fundraising event for the Orange Beach Sports Association and supports all youth sports in Orange Beach.
The Wharf location offers the perfect venue for the festival. Unlimited parking and access, space for a large Car Show and a great area for the Kids Zone have meant the festival can offer more for visitors to enjoy. This year there will be 130 Artists; the expanded Car Show is moving to the west side of the Wharf complex to allow for growth; fifteen seafood and specialty food booths and entertainment from two stages.
“Paws on Parade” Pet Parade will be held between 1:30 – 2:15 pm. Pet owners have always been able to bring their fur babies to the event at The Wharf so this year organizers decided to encourage all to dress their pets in their finest outfits and come out and participate in the parade. A sign up tent will be set up by the Ferris Wheel and the Parade will start at 1:30 from the Main Street Stage – Across from Ferris Wheel.
Artists will be selling an assortment of wares including jewelry, pottery, glass art, metal items, candles, textile arts, canvas & wooden furniture, and so much more. The car show has been growing each year and with expansion in mind a larger area will be used. Cars can sign up the morning of the event but are encouraged to register before the event. All cars must be in place by 9:30 am.
The Kids Zone will feature a Mega Slide, Mechanical Bull & Surfboard, and various games. Also on hand will be the Orange Beach Wildlife Center, Alligator Alley and other entertainment.
Many of the changes and upgrades for this year’s event are due to partnerships with area businesses. Many thanks to The Wharf, Pepsi, Sunbelt Rentals, TAW Power Systems, Beebe’s Pest Control, AT&T and Freedom Boat Club.
There is no admission charge to the event and with unlimited parking; everyone should be able to attend. For up-to-date information call Jeanne @ Orange Beach Parks & Recreation, 251-981-1524 or visit www.orangebeachal.gov.

Stage Schedules
Marlin Stage – Platinum Premier Duo – 9:30 – 11:30; SlipStream – 11:45 – 1:45; Webb Dalton – 2:00 – 4:00
Main Street Stage – Across from Ferris Wheel – Funky Lampshades – 10:00 – 11:30; David Jones – 11:45 – 1:30, “Paws on Parade” – 1:30 – 2:15; Jo Jo Pres Band – 2:30 – 4:00.