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SPRING Visit Dauphin Island in the spring and you’re treated to fabulous weather and a full calendar of entertaining events. St. Francis Arts & Crafts Festival. BELLINGRATH GARDEN AZALEA BLOOM OUT Tour the Gardens during the spectac- ular azalea season, when the blooms of 250,000 azaleas are at their peak! Begin- ning March 1, check the “Azalea Watch” page on for daily updates to help you plan your visit. Children will love the colorful Easter Egg Hunt on the Great Lawn (Saturday, April 13, 2019). The community is invited to the Gar- dens’ annual Easter Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday at 6:30 a.m. on Live Oak Plaza at the Bellingrath Home. Guests are also invited to tour the award-win- ning Rose Garden when the flowers are in their first spring bloom after their winter pruning. MOBILE POPS CONCERT The Mobile Pops Concert at Water Tower Plaza takes place on the second Saturday of April and is sponsored by the Town, the DI Chamber of Com- merce and the Dauphin Island Founda- tion. Admission is free. EASTER CELEBRATIONS The Island celebrates Easter with com- munity Easter Egg Hunts and a Sunrise Easter Service at Fort Gaines (April 21 in 2019) which is truly uplifting. THE 17TH ANNUAL ST. FRANCIS ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL For the past 17 years, the St. Francis Arts & Crafts Festival has heralded the end of winter and the beginning of the Island’s real seasons. The longest run- ning art event on the island, it is held the third weekend in April on the grounds of the Episcopal Church with more than 50 local and regional artists showing and selling their work.  ANNUAL GUMBO FESTIVAL AND COOK-OFF Hosted by the Dauphin Island Chamber at the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo site. It features a dozen or so of the area’s top gumbo chefs competing for your vote and Island bragging rights. DAUPHIN ISLAND SAILING REGATTA The Regatta takes place over the last weekend of April. Cohosted by the Fairhope, Mobile and Buccaneer Yacht Clubs, the race creates a beautiful vista of colorful sails in the waters of Mobile Bay. DAUPHIN ISLAND VETERANS ASSOCIATION CHILI COOK-OFF Held each April at the Pelican Pub to support local veterans. SUNDAY SUNSET CONCERT AT THE FORT Fort Gaines plays host on May 5 to the opening of the 2019 Sunday Sunset Concert Series (which moves to West End Beach for the summer). Donation is $5. Vacation rental management, elevated. ALABAMA COASTING’S DAUPHIN ISLAND LIFE 2019 27