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Sunny skies and comfortable temperatures most of the year mean that any time's a good time for a celebration in Gulf Shores. Two of the best-known festivals celebrate the local shrimping industry and the talent of area musicians.

More than 300 vendors offering arts, crafts, clothing, jewelry, and other retail goods make the National Shrimp Festival one of the nation's most exciting outdoor events. The four-day festival celebrates its 37th year this October.

The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, held each November at various spots in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and other nearby communities, offers 10 days of live musical entertainment. It's named for the late Frank Brown, a music fan who worked as night watchman at the legendary Flora-Bama Lounge for 28 years. The festival was founded as a venue for aspiring writers and musicians to showcase their work.

The city also celebrates the Fourth of July with a fireworks display, and ushers in the holiday season with a Christmas tree lighting and open house.

And there are plenty of other special events scheduled year-round - concerts, theater and dance performances, wine tastings, food festivals, arts and crafts shows - even a rodeo. Check out our calendar of events for an up-to-date list of what's going on while you're in town.

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Featured Events in Gulf Shores

National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama

National Shrimp Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 12 - 15, 2017
Where: TBD
Over 300 vendors offering arts & crafts, continuous music and plenty of SHRIMP! Children's activities.
More Info: myshrimpfestival.com

Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama

Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival

When: Everyday between Nov 9 - 19, 2017 12:00 PM - 0:00 AM
Where: Various venues along the Gulf Coast
Featuring more than 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters from all over the world performing their songs and learning the stories behind them.

The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama

The Hangout Music Festival

When: Everyday between May 19 - 21, 2017
Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach, 101 E. Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
A three day music festival featuring many genres of music, including rock, hip hop, dance music and more.
More Info: beachguide.com/blog/northwest-florida/hangout-music-fest

Luke Bryan in Concert in Gulf Shores Alabama

Luke Bryan in Concert

When: Mar 17, 2017 19:00 PM
Where: The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL
An American country music singer and songwriter.

The Blue Marlin Championship in Gulf Shores Alabama

The Blue Marlin Championship

When: Everyday between July 11 - 17, 2017
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach, FL
Millions of dollars in prize money.
More Info: thewharfmarina.com/bmgc


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February - 2017

Annual Beach Club Arts and Crafts Show

When: Feb 24, 2017 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: Island Room over Hideaway The Beach Club 925 Beach Club Trail Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Featuring paintings, pine needle baskets, jewelry, candles and home-made goodies.

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade

When: Feb 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: Begins at Hwy 59 at Clubhouse Drive and ends at Main Beach Gulf Shores. Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL 36542
More Info: themobilemask.com/Parade_Schedule.html

March - 2017

43rd Annual Festival of Art

When: Everyday between Mar 11 - 12, 2017
Where: Waterfront Park 26389 Canal Rd. Orange Beach, AL 36561
Experience the extraordinary amount of arts and artists featuring a variety of arts and crafts to glass artists, potters, painters, sculptors, watercolorists, textile artists and wood artists.
More Info: www.orangebeachartsfestival.com

Luke Bryan in Concert

When: Mar 17, 2017 19:00 PM
Where: The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL
An American country music singer and songwriter.

2017 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

When: Everyday between Mar 23 - 26, 2017 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Where: 4550 Main St. Orange Beach, AL 36561
The largest in-water display along the upper Gulf Coast. Showcasing the latest from boat manufacturers and dealers throughout the Southeast.

The Original German Sausage Festival

When: Mar 25, 2017 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Elberta Town Park 13052 Main St. Elberta, AL 36530
German sausage, sauerkraut, German-style filled cabbage, potato salad, goulash, red beans and rice, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, ice cream, and lots of arts and crafts. There will also be carnival rides and a full-scale Midway.
More Info: www.elbertafire.com/festival

April - 2017

2017 Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run

When: April 15, 2017 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Waterway Village in Gulf Shores-Under the Intracoastal Bridge (North & South Side) 225 E. 24th Ave. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Dance to one of the best Zydeco bands from around the South and indulge in plenty of crawfish, games, races and games for the children.

May - 2017

13th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

When: Everyday between May 5 - 6, 2017 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: 18507 U.S. 98 Foley, AL 36535
More than 30 hot air balloonists from across the country will be floating their works of art across the skies.
More Info: gulfcoastballoonfestival.com

The Hangout Music Festival

When: Everyday between May 19 - 21, 2017
Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach, 101 E. Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
A three day music festival featuring many genres of music, including rock, hip hop, dance music and more.
More Info: beachguide.com/blog/northwest-florida/hangout-music-fest

July - 2017

The Blue Marlin Championship

When: Everyday between July 11 - 17, 2017
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach, FL
Millions of dollars in prize money.
More Info: thewharfmarina.com/bmgc

September - 2017

Green Day & Catfish and The Bottlemen

When: Sept 6, 2017 8:00 PM
Where: The Wharf, 23325 Amphitheater Dr, Orange Beach, AL 36561
More Info: amphitheateratthewharf.com

October - 2017

6th Annual Festival of Flavor 2017

When: Oct 7, 2017 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Historic Downtown Foley, 112 East Laurel Avenue Foley, AL 36535
The festival will be a qualifying event for the World Food Championship with samples from competing Chefs, restaurants and others.
More Info: alabamafestivalofflavor.com

National Shrimp Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 12 - 15, 2017
Where: TBD
Over 300 vendors offering arts & crafts, continuous music and plenty of SHRIMP! Children's activities.
More Info: myshrimpfestival.com

The Original German Sausage Festival

When: Oct 28, 2017 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Elberta Town Park 13052 Main St. Elberta, AL 36530
German sausage festival and other German style foods. Nonstop entertainment for adults and children, and over 200 arts & crafts with German music.

November - 2017

10th Annual Oyster Cook Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout

When: Everyday between Nov 4 - 5, 2017 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Where: The Hangout 101 E. Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
This year's Oyster Cook-off will bring together celebrity chefs from across the U.S. as well as a long list of Gulf Coast restaurateurs.
More Info: hangoutcookoff.com

LuLu's 9th Annual Tropical Re-union Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony

When: Everyday between Nov 4 - 5, 2017 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Lucy Buffett's LuLu's 200 E. 25th Ave. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Celebrate your love and commitment Re-union. Couples should come out and enjoy the festivities with a complimentary champagne, wedding cake and flowers for the bride. .

Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival

When: Everyday between Nov 9 - 19, 2017 12:00 PM - 0:00 AM
Where: Various venues along the Gulf Coast
Featuring more than 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters from all over the world performing their songs and learning the stories behind them.

Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

When: Everyday between Nov 24 - 30, 2017 5:00 PM
Where: Bellingrath Gardens and Home 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd. Theodore, AL 36582
Stroll through a dazzling display, which features more than 1,000 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate.
More Info: bellingrath.org

Kaiser Half Marathon in November 2017

When: Nov 25, 2017
Conquer the Run the Beach Series by completing the full or half marathon at the Big Beach Marathon, the Sea Turtle Half Marathon, and the Kaiser Half Marathon.

December - 2017

Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 31, 2017 5:00 PM
Where: Bellingrath Gardens and Home 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd. Theodore, AL 36582
Stroll through a dazzling display, which features more than 1,000 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate.
More Info: bellingrath.org

October - 2018

National Shrimp Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 11 - 14, 2018
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