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Kick off your summer early in Alabama in May!  You can start with the Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, complete with live entertainment, great food and tethered balloon rides over a two-day festival, this year starting 1st May.  And there are more fantastic festivals to continue your May holiday....

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

You can relax on the white sandy beaches for the rest of the week before the annual Waves of Wine festival, with more than 150 unique wines and craft beer. There's also live music, savoury foods and a cruise around the bay in Orange Beach during the afternoon event, taking place 9th May this year.

Pack your flip flops, dab on your suncream and get to Gulf Shores for the annual Hangout Music Festival. This years dates are 15th-17th May, tap your toes to an impressive lineup including the Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Beck and many more.....all on the beach!

There are then 2 weeks to travel through Alabama before arriving in Bessemer near Birmingham for the annual BBQ and Blues Festival. The 2015 festival will take place Saturday 30th May at DeBardeleben Park with live blues music on one stage all day and all night plus delicious Bob Sykes BBQ and children's activities.

More information can be found on all the festivals if you visit:

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

Waves of Wine Festival

Hangout Music Festival

BBQ and Blues Festival

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