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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.

October - 2016

5th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor 2016

When: Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Historic Downtown Foley112 East Laurel Avenue Foley, AL 36535
Alabama food, wine and beer.
Phone: (877) 461-3712

The 13th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest

When: Everyday between Oct 5 - 8, 2016
Where: 450 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, AL 36532
Trips and full schedule information will be available by the middle of July Registration will open Monday, August 15, and close Friday, Sept. 23, 2016
Phone: 251.625.0814

National Shrimp Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 13 - 16, 2016 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Where: Public beach access, where Highway 59 intersects with Highway 182 in Gulf Shores
Over 300 vendors will be on board with a variety of music from jazz to rock. Sunday 10am-5pm
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45th Annual National Shrimp Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 13 - 16, 2016 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Where: 101 Gulf Shores Pkwy. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Over 300 vendors offering arts & crafts, continuous music and plenty of SHRIMP! Children's activities.
Phone: 251.968.6091

The Original German Sausage Festival

When: Oct 29, 2016 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Elberta Town Park 13052 Main St. Elberta, AL 36530
German sausage & sauerkraut, entertainment for all, arts & crafts booths and carnival rides. Traditional German food as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn and peanuts. provided for
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November - 2016

9th Annual Oyster Cook Off at The Hangout

When: Everyday between Nov 6 - 7, 2016 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: The Hangout 101 East Beach Boulevard Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Oyster cook off featuring over 70 chefs, craft beef fest, and live entertainment
Phone: (251) 948-3030
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The 2016 Fairhope Film Festival

When: Everyday between Nov 10 - 13, 2016
Where: Various Locations in Fairhope Fairhope, AL 36532
See world-class award winning films over a four-day period. The focus is on national and international film festival competition.
Phone: 251.990.7957

January - 2017

2017 Reese's Senior Bowl

When: Jan 28, 2017 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Where: Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium 1621 Virginia St. Mobile, AL 36604
The senior showcase event, featuring the nation's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs.
Phone: 888.736.2695
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Boasting sun-soaked summers and warm winters, Gulf Shores is a cool coastal community that offers vacation fun virtually year-round.

Gulf Shores National Shrimp Festival

National Shrimp Festival

One of the best outdoors events on the Gulf Coast, the National Shrimp Festival promises plenty of fun for all — live entertainment, arts and crafts, and, of course, lots of shrimp.