October just might be my favorite month of the year, and I’m now officially counting down the days left in September. Cooler weather, Octoberfests, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and the general buildup to Halloween make this next month such a festive time of year. On top of all that, October also holds in store our fall getaway in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach.
And what a fun time to visit the area! Besides the typical fall festivities, events like Thunder on the Gulf and the National Shrimp Festival are taking place October 6th to 9th and October 13th to 16th (respectively).
It’s a good time of year for bird activity, too—Faulkner State Community College in Fairhope is hosting the Alabama Coastal Birdfest the same weekend as Thunder on the Gulf. This truly sounds like an interesting event to attend, particularly if you enjoy nature and boats: more than 20 expert-guided walking and boat tours to various spots on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail. And the Fall Bird Banding Season runs from October 8th through 20th, so if you’re in the area during that time I strongly recommend heading over to Fort Morgan to check out the various migratory birds pass through the area.
Looks like there will be plenty for us to do while visiting, and lots of ways to celebrate the arrival of fall.