9 Fun Things To Do on US Gulf Coast in April 2022

We looked at hundreds—perhaps thousands—of things to do on US Gulf Coast in April 2022. Then we narrowed our suggestions down to the following nine events. Cool, happy, and fun events that you expect to find on the Gulf Coast and from US Gulf Coast Travel.

April on the Gulf Coast means the weather is perfect and Spring Break is in full swing—everywhere! See our Favorite US Gulf Coast Spring Break Destinations and, to skip the crowds, Florida Hidden Gems: 16 Secret Spots on Florida Panhandle.

Enjoy our Fun Things To Do on US Gulf Coast in April. Let us know of other fun and cool events.

Looking for May events? See 7 Sensational Things To Do on US Gulf Coast in May.

24th Annual Sarasota Film Festival, April 1-10, 2022

Sarasota Film Festival is a fun April Gulf Coast event

Sarasota Film Festival is a hybrid event in 2022, so you can attend in person or virtually from your desktop or on your smartphone. Jacqueline Bisset will receive the Sarasota Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. More than 200 films from around the world will be shown.

Visit the festival website for more information and our tips for Things to Do in Sarasota.

Conch Republic Independence Celebration, Key West, April 15-24, 2022

things to do on US Gulf Coast in April: Conch Republic Independence Celebration

Join the Sovereign State of Mind set for the 2022 Conch Republic Independence Celebration—the 40th anniversary of Fun-dependence. No passport needed. Just good vibes! Participate in beach cleanup, bar crawl, drag race, and the conch shell salute and pledge of allegiance at the independence ceremony.

Visit the event website for more information and our Key West Tips.

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival, Clearwater Beach FL, April 8-24, 2022

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival 2022 logo

The 17 day Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival celebrates the amazing sugar sand and sunsets of Tampa Bay. Enjoy free live music, fireworks, kid’s play zones, and sand sculpting classes. And make sure to see all of the magnificent sand sculptures from artists from all over the world.

Visit the festival website for more information and our nearby favorite waterfront restaurants in Florida.

Galveston Island FeatherFest, April 21-24, 2022

Galveston Island FeatherFest 2022 logo

Join happy outdoor enthusiasts, phenomenal photographers, and avid birders for the 20th Anniversary Galveston Island FeatherFest Birding and Nature Photography Festival. More than 200 species of birds migrate back to US and Canada after spending the winter in Central and South America, and Galveston Island is the prime spot to see them.

Visit the fest website for more information.

Interstate Mullet Toss, Pensacola Beach FL and Gulf Shores AL, April 22-24, 2022

bra room at Flora-Bama
visit the bra room at Flora-Bama after the Interstate Mullet Toss

Also called the Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party, the annual Flora-Bama Mullet Toss is a legendary annual event at USA’s most famous beach bar. Contestants toss a dead mullet (local fish) from a 10 foot circle on the Florida side into Alabama. Contestants pay $15 to toss a mullet and receive an event t-shirt. Winners receive prizes. Everyone has a great time. Mullet Toss proceeds benefit local charities.

Visit the event website for more information and our suggested Things to Do in Gulf Shores and other Fun US Gulf Coast Bars, Breweries, and Beverage Spots.

Minto US Open Pickleball Championships, Naples FL, April 23-30, 2022

Minto US Open Pickleball Championships 2022 logo

The Minto US Open Pickleball Championships is the largest pickleball tournament in the world and also the biggest pickleball party in the world. East Naples Community Park has 64 pickleball courts to host all the players, guests, visitors, and fans. Before the competitive juices get flowing, there are Kids Day and Margaritaville Party in the Park events. But of course most people attend to become or see the next pickleball champ.

Visit the event website for more information and our favorite Places To Eat in Naples Florida.

Crawfish Music Festival, Biloxi MS, April 20-24, 2022

Crawfish Music Festival 2022 logo in Coastal Mississippi

Enjoy tons of crawfish, amazing live music, carnival rides, and more funness at the 29th annual Crawfish Music Festival in Biloxi. Set between the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and the gorgeous Mississippi shoreline, the fest promises fun, excitement, and a little something new.

Visit the festival website for more information and our favorite Things to Do in Biloxi Mississippi.

US Gulf Coast Travel note: alternatively, try the All You Can Eat Crawfish Cook-Off in Slidell LA (Louisiana Northshore) on April 23.

Louisiana Pirate Festival, Lake Charles LA, April 27-May 8, 2022

Louisiana Pirate Festival Costume Ball is a fun thing to do on US Gulf Coast
Fun at the Louisiana Pirate Festival Costume Ball in Lake Charles LA

Celebrate Southwest Louisiana’s quality of life and joie de vivre at the 2022 Louisiana Pirate Festival. While the main festivities are the first week of May, start enjoying the carnival, music, food, and the best pirate party this side of Gasparilla in April.

Visit the fest website for more information and our recommended place to stay there L’Auberge Lake Charles.

52nd Annual New Orleans Jazz Fest, April 29-May 8, 2022

New Orleans road trip sign

The 2022 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival hosts 400,000 guests from around the world over two weekends. Thousands of musicians, craft artisans, cooks and chefs, and volunteers entertain, support, sell crafts, and feed the souls of attendees. 2022 New Orleans Jazz Fest performers include Stevie Nicks, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Buffett, The Who, Ludacris, The Avett Brothers, Willie Nelson, Foo Fighters, and so many more.

Visit the fest website for more information and our recommended Day Trips From New Orleans.

US Gulf Coast Travel note: to warm up for New Orleans Jazz Fest, visit Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach the prior weekend, April 20-24.

Please let us know of other happy, fun, and cool US Gulf Coast events in April. Or any month!

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