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SUMMER Yes, it’s vacation season and the island is bustling and that’s why you’re here. Add these events to your schedule to enhance your Dauphin Island experience DAUPHIN ISLAND’S MONTHLY SUNSET CELEBRATION The Sunday Sunset Concerts are held at West End Beach beginning Memorial Day Weekend. Celebrating the natu- ral beauty and the Island’s designation as the “Sunset Capital of Alabama,” the concerts begin about 90 minutes before the sun goes down. Music and beach lovers are invited to bring lawn chairs, snacks, beverages and a laid-back atti- tude to the West End Beach. Admission is only $5 per person. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds benefit the Is- land’s Little Red School House project. The August concert boasts a Jamaican vibe as part of the annual Dauphin Is- land Reggae Weekend., 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS The Town sponsors a fireworks display each year. People can also make the short drive to Grand Bay for its annual Watermelon Festival. ALABAMA DEEP SEA FISHING RODEO The largest fishing tournament in the world. Founded in 1929, the fishing rodeo now attracts over 3,000 anglers and 75,000 spectators. The Rodeo takes place the 3rd weekend of July. The sounding of the conch at sunset celebrates the end of wonderful day on the Sunset Capital of Alabama and the promise of a sunrise and a new day. FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT AT WEST END BEACH Outdoor family movie night sponsored by the Town weekly throughout the summer. “Jaws” is always scheduled for July 4th weekend. THUNDER ON THE BAY Thunder on the Bay is an annual “cel- ebration” of the Battle of Mobile Bay which takes place in May and August at Fort Gaines. 28 ALABAMA COASTING’S DAUPHIN ISLAND LIFE 2019