7 Sensational Things To Do on US Gulf Coast in May 2022

From the hundreds of things to do on US Gulf Coast in May 2022 we narrowed our suggestions down to the following seven events. Cool, happy, and fun events that you expect to find on the Gulf Coast and from US Gulf Coast Travel.

May on the Gulf Coast means Spring Break is over but the real summer has not yet begun. Until Memorial Day weekend at least. 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 Sensational Things To Do on US Gulf Coast in May. Let us know of other fun and cool events.

US Gulf Coast Travel note: the first weekend of May kicks off with the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz Fest, which was covered in our 9 Fun Things To Do on US Gulf Coast in April 2022

See also 10 Sensational Things to Do on US Gulf Coast in June 2022

Mud Bug Boil-Off, Thibodaux LA, May 7, 2022

Crawfish in Lake Charles LA

Any all-you-can-eat crawfish event will score high on our list. Join the fun family friendly Mud Bug Boil-Off in historic downtown Thibodaux. Enjoy live music, a live auction, festival funness, and all the scrumptious crawfish you can possibly handle.

Visit the event website for more information and see our 15 Fun Day Trips From New Orleans LA

Emerald Coast Open, Destin FL, May 8-16, 2022

Emerald Coast Open 2022


Over 20,000 invasive lionfish are expected to be removed from the Gulf waters during Emerald Coast Open 2022. Hundreds of tournament participants vie for prizes by removing the most lionfish—by diving or fishing. Local Destin restaurants serve creative lionfish dishes during ECO22 Lionfish Restaurant Week from May 8-14. And the official Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament and Festival takes place May 14-16, and raises awareness about the harmful impact of the invasive lionfish.

Visit the event website for more information and check out our favorite Destin Florida Rentals.

18th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, Foley AL, May 12-14, 2022

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South Baldwin County is the spot for high-flying adventure and family fun at the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival. Enjoy entertainment, arts and crafts displays and more at the festival site at OWA Parks & Resort in Foley, South Baldwin County. Balloon flights, glows and tethered rides (weather permitting) add to the fun at dawn and dusk.

Visit the festival website for more information and our Gulf Shores Tips.

25th Annual Blessing of the Fleet, Panama City FL, May 14, 2022

Spring Break is over but Panama City locals celebrate the official start of the warmer weather with the Blessing of the Fleet. While the highlight is the noon boat parade with everyone wishing safe passage for the boaters and vessels, other events are a lot of fun. Listen to live music while joining the Sock Burning (will not need them again for six months) and $10 a plate fish fry.

Visit the event website for more information and our suggested Florida Hidden Gems: 16 Secret Spots on Florida Panhandle.

World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament, Boca Grande FL, May 18-19, 2022

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The World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament begun in the early 80s in Boca Grande, the Tarpon Capital of the World. It started as a weight tournament but has evolved into an all-release event focused on Conservation, Sportsmanship, and Education. It is traditional live-bait only, honoring the history of tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass and focusing on the importance of conservation to ensure a healthy fishery for generations to come.

Visit the tournament website for more information and our tips for Things to Do in Punta Gorda.

7th Annual Pirate Day in the Bay, Bay St Louis MS, May 20-21, 2022

Pirate Day in the Bay


Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse hosts all pirates and pirate lovers for a jolly good fest at the Pirate Day in the Bay. A Bay St Louis pub crawl kicks off the event on Friday night, followed by a full slate of parades, cruises, and buccaneer funness the next day.

Visit the event website for more information and our favorite 51+ Coastal Mississippi Hidden Gems on The Secret Coast.

Memorial Day Fireworks, South Padre Island TX, May 29, 2022

things to do on US Gulf Coast in May: fireworks

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend on South Padre Island! We will be hosting a fireworks display over the bay on Sunday, May 29 at 9:15 PM. For the best viewing spots checkout the restaurants and bars on the Entertainment District!

Visit the event website for more information and our favorite South Padre Island Restaurants.

Of course many other US Gulf Coast destinations will also host fireworks events over the Memorial Day weekend. Do you have a favorite US Gulf Coast destination for fireworks?


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

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