Weekend Getaways at Hangout Beach Music Fest and MayFest

Beach Festivals in the South!

Love the beach? Love music? Then you are in for a treat this weekend. Pack your bags and head for a mini-vacation by the shore at a beach music festival near you!

We know the Gulf Coast beaches from Louisiana to Florida have gotten a lot of attention lately because of the oil spill, but this weekend Alabama’s Gulf Coast is the place to be for fun, music, art, food – and of course gorgeous, sandy-white beaches. All reports show that the water and beaches remain clear, and the weather isn’t bad, either! You couldn’t ask for more perfect conditions for the area’s first annual Hangout Beach Music Festival. It kicks off tonight with a pre-party and officially gets underway Friday (May 14). This festival is on the beach in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama and for a first time festival, it has been able to attract over 60 amazing bands and musical artists.  

Among those lined up are the Zac Brown Band, Black Crowes, Allison Krausse, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Gov’t Mule, John Legend, and The Flaming Lips. Truly, this is a small sampling and we can assure you there is something for everyone at this festival. The festival runs through Sunday (May 16) with a three-day weekend pass for $159 and day passes for $82. We’ll also have folks on the beach all weekend covering the festival for us at 365Beach, so check in with us frequently to get updates and catch interviews with some of the artists.

If you happen to be on the east coast this weekend, Myrtle Beach is also throwing quite a shin-dig! Saturday, May 15 kicks off the month-long MayFest and the grand re-opening of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. This mile-long oceanfront boardwalk has been highly anticipated, so much so that they are celebrating its re-opening with the area’s first Beach Music Festival. They have a celebrity-packed weekend planned with everyone from TLC’s The Cake Boss to the legendary, Ben E. King. Also performing are coastal favorites, The Embers and Jim Quick & Coastline. You can even catch a sneak preview of things on Friday morning’s broadcast of the CBS Early Show – they’ll be live on the Boardwalk to kick things off.

If you’re not going to make it to South Caroline or Florida in time for one of these festivals, don’t despair. From now until early fall, there are hot and happening beach music festivals planned from coast to coast. We list four fabulous festivals on 365Beach, but there are plenty more. If you have a favorite festival (music or otherwise, drop us a line (at info@365Beach.com) and let us know about it so we can add it to our events calendar!)