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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.

July - 2015

Coast 360 Beach Games

When: June 1 - Aug 1, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Tacky Jack's Gulf Shores 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Every Thursday this summer kids compete in relay races, challenges, & brain teasers! All participants get a free lunch from Tacky Jacks, prizes for the winners!

Worship On The Water

When: June 21 - Aug 30, 2015 9:00 AM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge and Package
Worship service in the tent at the Flora-Bama. It meets every Sunday with two services at — 9 am and 11 am.

August - 2015

Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay and Siege of Fort Morgan

When: Aug 1, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Fort Morgan, 110 Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
The one day living history event of the Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay and Siege of Fort Morgan.

Sandstock

When: Aug 8, 2015 12:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
Sandstock the Flora-Bama way. Come and hear great music, and eat great food. Music is devoted to Sandstock style music in the tent. Customers are encouraged to dress up in hippie style threads & will receive free peace sign beads for dressing up while supplies last.

Top of the Hops Beer Festival at The Wharf

When: Aug 15, 2015
Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach, 4550 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561
The Beer Festival will showcase the growing popularity of craft beers from around the country and the world. Patrons will receive a commemorative sampling mug and have access to unlimited, two-ounce sampling of over 150 craft beers. The festival will also feature the Samuel Adams Brew University Education Area where patrons will enjoy beer seminars such as Cooking with Beer, Food Pairings, How to Brew Beer and other beer education sessions. Come enjoy the mass of craft beers with live music.

September - 2015

2015 Tacky Jacks Bloody Mary 5k

When: Sept 5, 2015
Where: Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores 240 E 24th Ave, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Race starts at the Gulf Shores Tack Jacks location at the Waterfront Village

Waterway Village Art Market

When: Sept 5, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery, 225 East 24th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Local and regional artists will be displaying for sale their original works of art. There will be paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and mixed media. Visitors will enjoy the original hand-created pottery, jewelry, wood, metal and textile art. There will be live entertainment and a children's hands-on art activities.

C Spire Concert Series presents: Alabama

When: Sept 6, 2015
Where: The Amphitheater at The Wharf , 23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Alabama has a long list of '80s and '90s country hits including "Tennessee River," "My Home's in Alabama," "The Closer You Get" and "Close Enough to Perfect."
Phone: 800-745-3000

2015 Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon

When: Sept 12, 2015
Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach at the Hangout The Hangout, 101 East Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542-
The Triathlon begins early Saturday morning with a 1.5k swim in the Gulf of Mexico, a 40k bike ride through the state park and finishes with a 10k scenic run. The"Tri-it-on" Triathlon begins with a 300 yard swim a 9 mile bike ride and a 2 mile run. Join us for the awards ceremony and post race party at The Hangout.
Phone: 251-948-3030

Bulls on the Beach

When: Sept 12, 2015
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
Bulls on the Beach, a night of adrenaline-filled bull riding! Saturday night will feature professional bull riders from across the Southeast including the stars of the new reality TV show “Dukes of Cattle.”
Phone: 850-492-0611

Relay For Life 10k & 5k Run/Walk

When: Sept 12, 2015 8:00 AM
Where: The Wharf 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561 23101 Canal Rd , Orange Beach , AL 36561
Run will start at 8am and the Festival of Hope will start immediately afterwards. There will be a live band, food & more!

Adventure Saturday

When: Sept 19, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: National Museum of Naval Aviation, 1750 Radford Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32508
Open to children in Kindergarten-12th grade and will be from 9:00am to 1:00pm, lunch included. Registration is $30 per child. The National Flight Academy hosts Adventure Saturday, a hands-on STEM education program for kids.

The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event

When: Sept 24 - 26, 2015
Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach, 4830 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561
The three day event combines tastings of delicious food and tantalizing wines, a pinch of southern flare and a dash of Gulf Coast hospitality. This event will raise funds for Make-A-Wish Alabama.
Phone: 251-224-1000

October - 2015

The 12th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest

When: Oct 1 - 3, 2015
Where: 450 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532
Guided trips by foot and on boat to prime birding locations on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail.

Oktoberfest

When: Oct 3, 2015
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
Flora-Bama’s 3rd annual Oktoberfest. Brats, sauerkraut, and a variety of German beer flow during this festival. German style musical acts perform while party goers chicken dance.
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Oktoberfest

When: Oct 3, 2015
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
The third annual Oktoberfest! Brats, sauerkraut, and a variety of German beer during this festival. German style musical acts perform while party goers chicken dance.
Phone: 850-492-0611

4th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor 2015

When: Oct 3, 2015 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Foley Heritage Park, 112 East Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 36535
The 4th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor, is set to take place Saturday, October 3 in the streets of Historic Downtown Foley. The Alabama Festival of Flavor showcases the many flavors of local and regional foods, wine and craft beer.

Waterway Village Art Market

When: Oct 3, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery, 225 East 24th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Local and regional artists will be displaying original works of art, which will include paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and mixed media. Visitors will also see original hand-created pottery, jewelry, wood, metal and textile art. This family friendly event will include live musical entertainment, children's hands-on art activities and concessions.

44th Annual National Shrimp Festival

When: Oct 8 - 11, 2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, 101 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
The 44th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event that attracts over 300,000 people. Musical entertainment featuring a lineup of national, regional and local acts including Blues, Motown, Southern Rock, Jazz, Zydeco and Country. The music begins at 10 a.m. each day and runs through 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Fall Garrison Living History Day

When: Oct 17, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Fort Morgan, 51 Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Living historians and re-enactors gather at Fort Morgan for the continuation of the site's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Artillery and infantry demonstrations will occur throughout the day.

November - 2015

31st Annual Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

When: Nov 5 - 15, 2015
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
Grammy Award winning songwriters and the up and coming stars of tomorrow come into the spotlight to perform original songs in multiple locations in beautiful Perdido Key and Pensacola, Florida and Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Phone: 850-492-0611

8th Annual Oyster Cook Off at The Hangout

When: Nov 6 - 8, 2015 6:00 PM
Where: The Hangout, 101 East Beach Boulevard, 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 well-known Gulf coast restaurateurs. Set for Nov.6-8, the event is presented by Alabama Gulf Seafood and hosted by The Hangout. Saturday is the Oyster Cook-off, Sunday Nov 8th Brunch & Bloody Mary's.

Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

When: Nov 7, 2015 9:00 AM
Where: National Museum of Naval Aviation, 1750 Radford Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32508
Gate admission is free. Gates open at 8 am each day.The show begins at 9 am, with the Blue Angel Flight Demonstration Team scheduled to fly around 2 pm. There will be a Kids' Zone, virtual games and bungee jump for children of all ages.
More Info: http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/show/

Waterway Village Art Market

When: Nov 7, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery, 225 East 24th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Local and regional artists will be displaying their original works of art, which will include paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and mixed media. There will also be original hand-created pottery, jewelry, wood, metal and textile art. Live musical entertainment, children's hands-on art activities and concessions will be available.

Flora-Bama Thanksgiving Pot-Luck

When: Nov 26, 2015
Where: Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Perdido Key, FL 32507
Bring a covered dish and get all the turkey and ham your belly can stand. The Flora-Bama helps take the stress out of your holiday cooking. Throw those pans out and get to the line for this wonderful feast.
Phone: 850-492-0611

2015 Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Coastal Half Marathon and 5K Run

When: Nov 28, 2015
Where: Orange Beach Sportsplex 4389 William Silvers Parkway, Orange Beach, AL 36561
From a 1 mile fun run to a 5k run to a half-marathon run. Enjoy running on the peaceful, scenic paved trails in the Back Country Trail. There will be awards and a post-race party at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
More Info: http://www.team-magic.com

December - 2015

Merry Market

When: Dec 11 - 12, 2015
Where: Orange Beach Events Center
More Info: www.alabamacoastalchristmas.com

Intracoastal Waterway Lighted Boat Parade

When: Dec 12, 2015
More Info: http://AlabamaCoastalChristmas.com

Flora-Bama Christmas Potluck

When: Dec 25, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
The turkey and ham will be prepared and ready to go by Flora-Bama with live music. Patrons are encourage to bring a covered dish to share.

The Wharf New Year's Eve Fireworks

When: Dec 31, 2015

Karaoke

When: Dec 31, 2015 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Where: Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill at The Wharf 4720 Main St. Bldg M Ste. 102 Orange Beach, AL 36561

January - 2016

"Super" Bowl Chili Cook-off

When: Jan 1, 2016
Where: Flora-Bama
Teams register beforehand and some even dress up to show team spirit. Cooking begins at 10:00 am with tasting at 12pm.

February - 2016

Orange Beach Seafood Festival

When: Feb 1, 2016
Where: Event Center Grounds @ The Wharf
The Festival hosts delicious food and 80 arts and crafts vendors with music for the whole family. This is an alcohol-free event. There will be a silent auction, food booths festival includes a silent auction, food booths & a car show featuring antique, classic & cars. Date:TBA
Phone: 251-981-1524

Pensacola Mardi Gras Parade

When: Feb 6, 2016
Where: TBA

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Gulf Shores Weather

Boasting sun-soaked summers and warm winters, Gulf Shores is a cool coastal community that offers vacation fun virtually year-round.