Join Kitty Hawk Kites and the Emerald Coast Kitefliers Club at the Boardwalk in beautiful Okaloosa Island for their annual Fly Into Spring Kite Festival. The festival, which takes place April 1st and 2nd from 10 AM to 4 PM, will feature a wide arrange of show kites as well as professional stunt kite flying, demonstrations, lessons, and a family “fun fly.” Kitty Hawk Kites will provide an opportunity to test a stunt kite simulator. Participants receive twenty dollars in Rev Bucks to use at Kitty Hawk Kites just for trying it out. The event is free to the public and all ages are welcome, so dust off that kite in your garage and soar into spring! For more information visit: www.kittyhawk.com

Come see 35 of the biggest and brightest hot air balloons from around the United States during the 13th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival in Foley, Alabama. Presented by Tanger Outlets, the event takes place May 5th , from 2-10 PM, May 6th, from 9 AM – 10 PM, and May 7th. The festival will include the Disc Connected K-9 World Famous Frisbee Dog Show, live music, a carnival, the nightly balloon glow, and the 2nd Annual Color Dash 5K on May 6th, beginning at 7am. Free parking is available with a shuttle to the event every 45 minutes, and admission is free as well. General and VIP parking is also available, so come spread out your blanket and gaze at the balloons as they grace the Alabama night skies. For more information visit: www.gulfcoastballoonfestival.com

Save the date for the South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, April 27th – 30th, at Grand Boulevard’s Town Center in Miramar Beach, FL. Celebrity guests including Chef Emeril Lagasse, Peter Mondavi, Jr. of Charles Krug Winery in California’s Napa Valley, and Cristina Marini May of Banfi Vinters in New York, just to name a few. If celebrities aren’t enough to get you to the festival, the food will definitely entice you. How’s this for starters: assorted charcuterie, fresh produce and olive oils, hand rolled sushi by Yoshi Eddings of Habor Docks, and hundreds of delicious dessert samples. The Tommy Brunett Band will be headlining the Craft Beer and Spirits Jam on Friday, April 28th from 6 -9 PM at Town Center and Grand Park. The Nashville Songwriters Showcase will provide entertainment on Saturday, from 11 AM – 3 PM and Sunday, from 1 – 5 PM, as a part of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Endless Summer Songwriters Series. The public can purchase general admission, as well as VIP tickets, online. For more information visit: www.sowalwine.com

Stop by the Wharf in Gulf Shores, Alabama during April 27th – 29th for the 7th Annual Bama Coast Cruise to check out some of the Emerald Coast’s most colorful and unique hot rods. The Kick Off Celebration starts Thursday night from 5:30-7:30 PM, and is sponsored by Sun Rays Sunglass Boutique and the Pelican Place Mall located within the Wharf, with live music and free food all night. The weekend will also included a vendor and swap meet area, a $3,000 Cash Grand Prize Giveaway, and multiple door prizes from local merchants. Joining the fun will be the internationally famous West Coast Pinstriper, and Master of the Fine Line, Von Hot Rod, will be at the showcase all weekend long. The highlight of the event is the Parade Cruise on Saturday, April 29th. The parade route stretches 14 miles, beginning at The Wharf then heading down the scenic beach highway and back. Spectators will have a chance to view all the amazing cars in the showcase while still enjoying the breathtaking scenery of the Gulf Coast. Admission and parking are both free, so grab the family and cruise into spring. For more information visit: www.bamacoastcruise.com

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