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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.

February - 2016

4th Annual Couch to 5K Training Series

When: Every Monday,Thursday between Feb 1 - 29, 2016 18:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Bodenhamer Recreation Center 310 W. 19th Ave. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
An eight week program geared for absolute beginners and designed to get you physically active and 5K ready. Training is Feb. 1 - Mar. 24 and classes are held every M. and Thur. night from 6 – 7 p.m. with the Flora-Bama’s Beach Run/Walk for America’s Warriors 5K as the target race on Mar. 26.
Phone: (251) 968-1424
More Info: http://www.gulfshoresal.gov

Snowbird Pancake Breakfast

When: Feb 13, 2016 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: 1930 W. 2nd Street Gulf Shores, AL, 36542
Pancake breakfast to benefit the firefighters and rescue squad of Gulf Shores. Adults $6.00.

GCAA Art Market

When: Feb 13, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Gulf Coast Arts Alliance 309 E. 21st Ave.\r\nFirst P Gulf Shores, AL 36542
The GCAA Art Market, in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores, will be an indoor event where local and regional artists will display for sale their original works of art. Concessions will be available!
Phone: (251) 948-2627
More Info: http://gulfcoastartsalliance.com/

Gulf State Park Valentine's Day Swing Dance Lesson

When: Feb 13, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Gulf State Park Pavilion 22250 E. Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Join the Gulf State Park for a Swing Dance Lesson being held at the Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion. The entry fee includes two drinks, light refreshments, snacks & more.
Phone: 251-948-7275 ext 2128

2016 Entertainment Series presents: Diane Shuur

When: Everyday between Feb 15 - 16, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Erie Meyer Civic Center 1930 W. 2nd St.Gulf Shores, AL, 36542
Diane Schuur is regarded as one of Contemporary Jazz leading vocalist. Her career spans three decades and two Grammy Awards.
Phone: (251) 968-1174

Winter Civil War Tours

When: Feb 16, 2016 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Where: Museum 110 Hwy 180 Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Phone: 251-540-5257
More Info: www.gulfshores.com

2016 Sweetheart 5k, Sea Turtle 1/2 Marathon and Sweetheart 1 Mile...

When: Feb 20, 2016
Where: The Hangout 101 E. Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Three great races and courses to choose from. The Sea Turtle 1/2 Marathon starts at 7:30am, the Sweetheart 5K begins at 8:30am and the 1 mile fun run starts at 9am. ...
More Info: runsignup.com/Race/AL/GulfShores/2015SweetheartRun

39th Annual Tour of Homes

When: Feb 20, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
The Gulf Shores Woman's Club will sponsor the 29th Annual Tour of Homes. Five beautiful and unique homes to be shown. Proceeds from the tour will go to local charities and provide scholarships.
Phone: (251) 980-5722

2016 Entertainment Series presents: Women of Ireland

When: Everyday between Feb 22 - 23, 2016 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: Erie Meyer Civic Center 1930 W. 2nd St. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
February 22 and 23 offers the female driven performance Women of Ireland. Combining Ireland's tradition of music, song and dance, this all-female production is an entertainment experience!
Phone: 251.968.1174

2016 Entertainment Series presents: Live from Nashville

When: Everyday between Feb 25 - 26, 2016 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: Erie Meyer Civic Center 1930 W. 2nd St. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
January 25 and 26 presents Live from Nashville. Fully costumed and choreographed, Live from Nashville is a spectacular production.
Phone: (251) 968-1174

2016 Entertainment Series presents: The Four Freshmen

When: Feb 29, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Erie Meyer Civic Center 1930 W. 2nd St. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
The Four Freshmen have been singing with a harmony that is uniquely their own for 65 years. This quartet is inspired by the Beach Boy's Brian Wilson, The Mamas and The Papas, Frankie Valli and the Manhattan Transfer.
Phone: 251.968.1174

March - 2016

4th Annual Couch to 5K Training Series

When: Every Monday,Thursday between Mar 1 - 24, 2016 18:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Bodenhamer Recreation Center 310 W. 19th Ave. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
An eight week program geared for absolute beginners and designed to get you physically active and 5K ready. Training is Feb. 1 - Mar. 24 and classes are held every M. and Thur. night from 6 – 7 p.m. with the Flora-Bama’s Beach Run/Walk for America’s Warriors 5K as the target race on Mar. 26.
Phone: (251) 968-1424
More Info: http://www.gulfshoresal.gov

2016 Entertainment Series presents: The Four Freshmen

When: Mar 1, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Erie Meyer Civic Center 1930 W. 2nd St. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
The Four Freshmen have been singing with a harmony that is uniquely their own for 65 years. This quartet is inspired by the Beach Boy's Brian Wilson, The Mamas and The Papas, Frankie Valli and the Manhattan Transfer.
Phone: 251.968.1174

Ballyhoo Festival

When: Mar 5, 2016 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Waterway Village 116 E. 24th Ave. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
A celebration of arts and culture! Live entertainment and dances by the Poarch Creek Indians, petting zoo, contests and children's activities.
Phone: (251) 948-2627

Waterway Village Festival of Art

When: Everyday between Mar 5 - 6, 2016 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery 225 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Two day festival featuring fine art, music and local cuisine.
Phone: 251.948.2627
More Info: http://www.gulfcoastartsalliance.com

Papa Rocco's St. Paddy's Day Party and Pub Crawl

When: Mar 17, 2016 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: 101 W. 6th St. Gulf Shores, AL
Join the bagpipers from the Champion Windsor Canadian Police Pipe Band for the Gulf Shores St. Patrick’s Day Walking Parade.
Phone: (251) 948-7023

The Original German Sausage Festival

When: Mar 26, 2016 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Elberta Town Park 13052 Main St. Elberta, AL 36530
German sausage, arts and crafts, live music, carnival rides and more.

April - 2016

23rd Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show

When: April 2, 2016 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, AL 36582
Hundreds of classic and vintage automobiles from the Model T to the Firebird displayed on Bellingrath's Great Lawn. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mobile Bay Area Food Bank.
Phone: (251) 973-2217

Spring Garrison Living History Day

When: April 9, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Museum/Fort 51 Hwy 180 Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Historical interpreters will demonstrate the drills troops would have gone through as they prepared for hostilities. Infantry and artillery demos will be given throughout the day
Phone: 251-540-7127

Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run

When: April 16, 2016 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: 225 E. 24th Avenue, Gulf Shores Waterway Village in Gulf Shores, under the Intracoastal Bridge
5K run/1-mile Fun Run with part of proceeds from race going to Furrever Homes, a local animal rescue. Enjoy live music, games, races, arts and crafts, children's activities and lots of crawfish.
Phone: 251.968.1172
More Info: www.facebook.com/ZydecoandCrawfishFestival

May - 2016

12th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

When: May 6, 2016 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: 18507 US Highway 98 West Foley, AL 36535
Admission is FREE to the 12th annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival where 33 pilots from across the U.S will participate and the festival will include balloon glows Friday and Saturday night, the World Fam...
Phone: (251) 943-3291
More Info: www.gulfcoastbaloons.com

The Hangout Music Festival 2016

When: Everyday between May 20 - 22, 2016
Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach 101 E. Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
A three-day music festival with genres ranging from rock, hip hop and electronic dance music.
More Info: www.hangoutmusicfest.com

June - 2016

Summertide Theatre Presents:The Marvelous Wonderettes

When: Everyday between June 3 - 30, 2016 20:00 PM - 0:00 AM
Where: George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center 2022 W. 2nd Street Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Story of an event at a high school prom where four girls replace boys as the entertainment etc...
Phone: 251.968.6721
More Info: www.summertide.org

July - 2016

Summertide Theatre Presents:The Marvelous Wonderettes

When: July 1, 2016 20:00 PM - 0:00 AM
Where: George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center 2022 W. 2nd Street Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Story of an event at a high school prom where four girls replace boys as the entertainment etc...
Phone: 251.968.6721
More Info: www.summertide.org

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

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

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Hangout Music Fest on the beach in Gulf Shores AL

Hangout Music Fest

Hangout Music Fest returns to Gulf Shores on Friday, May 20 to 22. For the seventh year in a row, the nationally recognized festival is boasting a knock-your-socks-off lineup.