8 Gulf Coast events to welcome summertime June

Lifestyle Editor
Posted 5/27/24

Welcome June with a fun weekend exploring all the Gulf Coast has to offer.

This weekend's list of events explores the museums of Mobile, Delta cruise and hikes. Kick off the weekend exploring …

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8 Gulf Coast events to welcome summertime June


Welcome June with a fun weekend exploring all the Gulf Coast has to offer.

This weekend's list of events explores the museums of Mobile, Delta cruise and hikes. Kick off the weekend exploring Cuba with a visit to the Exploreum Science Center's newest exhibit. If you have missed the revelry of Mari Gras, head over to Pensacola for the Grand Fiesta Parade and catch some beads. Warm summer waters often attract manatees to our area. Explore the habitats where they are often sighted with the experts on a cruise out of Blakeley State Park. Enjoy National Trail Hike Day on the Gulf Oak Ridge Trail in Gulf State Park. Wrap up the weekend with free admission to two of Mobile's museums. Enjoy wherever the weekend takes you.

If our list missed the mark for you, visit our event calendar at www.GulfCoastMedia.com for more events happening this weekend or beyond. Search for events by distance from your home city or vacation spot.

Cuba Exhibit – Exploreum Science Center

  • What: Summer is here. Spend some time exploring the area and museums. Why not venture to Cuba by way of the Exploreum's Cuba Exhibit? Open through July 27, the exhibit transports visitors to the streets of Cuba. Learn about the biodiversity, history and cultural richness of the country. This is an exhibit every age will enjoy.
  • When: Until July 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Where: Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government St., Mobile
  • Price: $19 for adults, $17 for ages 6-12

Grand Fiesta Parade

  • What: There's no need to wait till Christmas or Mardi Gras to enjoy a rowdy and fun parade and catch some beads. The annual Grand Fiesta Parade brings high school marching bands and beautiful floats full of bead-throwing masked revelers to downtown Pensacola. For more information on where to park, visit www.fiestapensacola.org.
  • When: Friday, May 31, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Pensacola
  • Price: Free to attend

Manatee Habitat Cruise

  • What: Head out into the Delta with the experts from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the Manatee Sighting Network to explore the habitats where rare sightings of manatees have been documented. Learn about the sea cows and why they visit our area. To book your seat or learn more, visit www.blakeleypark.com.
  • When: Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. – noon
  • Where: Blakeley State Park, 34745 Hwy. 225. Spanish Fort
  • Price: $29 for adults, $19 for ages 6-12

National Trails Day Hike

  • What: Celebrate National Trails Day on the trails of Gulf State Park. National Trails Day is a day of service for hometown trails and the people who love them. In Gulf Shores, meet the park naturalist at the Gulf Oak Ridge Trailhead and take a stroll on one of the most popular trails in the park.
  • When: Saturday, June 1, 8-9 a.m.
  • Where: Gulf Oak Ridge Trailhead West, Orange Beach
  • Price: Free to attend

Guided Bike Ride – Gulf Oak Ridge Trailhead

  • What: Join the park naturalist for an hour-guided bike tour on either Gulf Oak Ridge or Gopher Tortoise Trail. See the unique habitats that exist within Gulf State Park and spot some of the local wildlife. Bikeshare bikes will be available. Download the Gulf State Park bikeshare app.
  • When: Saturday, June 1, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Gulf Oak Ridge Trailhead Bikeshare location
  • Price: Free to attend

Amazing Kids Day

  • What: Amazing Kids Day is a free, sensory-friendly event for children with special needs. Children can explore fun and educational activities while caregivers can learn about local family resources. Space is limited to register early by visiting www.esre.org/education.
  • When: Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Where: WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio, 1000 College Blvd., Pensacola
  • Price: Free to attend

Color Fairhope with Pride

  • What: Kick off Pride Month in Fairhope with the annual Color Fairhope with Pride event. Enjoy music, activities and vendors in a safe space. Brought to the Eastern Shore by Prism United, this is one of the only Pride events in Baldwin County. For more information on this event or Prism United, visit www.prismunited.org.
  • When: Saturday, June 1, 1-5 p.m.
  • Where: South Beach Park, Fairhope Pier, 4 N. Beach Road, Fairhope
  • Price: Free to attend

First Free Sunday – History Museum of Mobile

  • What: There's nothing quite as nice as free fun and on the first Sunday of the month, the History Museum of Mobile and Colonial Fort Conde open their doors to the public and admission is free from 1-5 p.m.
  • When: Sunday, June 2, 1-5 p.m.
  • Where: History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal St., Mobile
  • Price: Free to attend