Hangout Music Festival: Guide to This Gulf Shores Favorite

Each year in May, thousands flock to Gulf Shores, Alabama, and attend Hangout Music Festival. The entire event occurs on the beach where guests enjoy live music, vendors, food and Gulf views. What better way to kick off summer than with a concert on the beach? Read on for a quick Hangout Music Festival guide and start planning.

Hangout Music Festival Guide: Where, When and What to Do

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Location: Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores sits only 45 minutes from Pensacola International Airport, which offers non-stop flights from several cities in the U.S. Examples include: Atlanta, Austin, Miami, Nashville and Washington D.C. The city is also located near large metro areas, offering easy routes for drivers. Cities located within eight hours of Gulf Shores include: Baton Rouge, Chattanooga, Jackson, Memphis and New Orleans.

How to Buy Tickets

Tickets usually go on sale a few months in advance, and there are no refunds. All ages are welcome, but children 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets include general admission and sell until the allotment sells out. In addition, visitors can purchase VIP and Super VIP tickets, which come with perks, complimentary snacks and beverages, and special access. For VIPs, payment plans are available during check-out.

After purchased, each festival-goer receives a wristband to wear during the event. Wristbands cannot be replaced or exchanged, so keep them in a safe place.

Parking and Shuttles

Visitors should buy a shuttle pass in advance, as parking is limited. The shuttle arrives at various locations in Gulf Shores, so everyone has easy transportation access to the festival. The pass offers access to any line at anytime, excluding Beach Line Club.

What to Bring

Hangout Music Festival occurs rain or shine, so plan accordingly. Many items, such as outside food and drink, are not allowed, however certain items are to ensure everyone stays protected and comfortable. Some permitted items include:

  • Non-aerosol sunscreen and bug spray (3 ounces or less)
  • Small backpacks, purses and bags
  • Blankets, beach towels
  • Sunglasses and hats
  • One empty container for water
  • Strollers for children. For safety, only two children are admitted per supervising adult.
  • For the full list, read these FAQs

Gulf Shores Rental Accommodations

Gulf Shores has several different types of rental accommodations that help visitors save money and enjoy more space. Condos and houses have one to four bedrooms, ideal for all group sizes. Rental prices tend to increase as the event draws closer, so book early for a great rate. Other amenities include: TVs, full kitchens, Wi-Fi, washers/dryers, pools and private patios.

Schedule Info

Hangout Music Festival welcomes a new line-up every year, featuring different artists and genres. Head to eight stages and tents where guests enjoy their favorites performers. Concerts begin as early as 11:30 a.m. and last until 10:30 p.m. To get the best experience, plan a schedules in advance to see favorites and save time.

Festival Activities

In between concerts, don’t miss fun activities located throughout the festival grounds. Play beach volleyball, relax on the beach, ride the Ferris wheel, play arcade games and even get married at the gazebo. Don’t forget to snap photos with works of art and friends and family.