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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.

Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama

Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival

When: TBD
Where: Various venues in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Perdido Key and Pensacola
Featuring more than 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters from all over the world performing their songs and learning the stories behind them.

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December - 2016

Coastal Christmas Kick Off

When: Dec 4, 2016 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: 22250 East Beach Blvd Gulf Shores, FL
Join us on December 4, 2016 for Gulf State Park's Annual Coastal Christmas Kick Off. Bring the family for photos with Santa for the Annual Christmas Kick Off with marshmallows by the fire, hot chocolate, and holiday crafts. Polar Express will be showing and a performance by the Children's Choir.
Phone: 251.948.7275,ext.2127

Baldwin Pops Christmas Concert

When: Dec 6, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Erie Meyer Civic Center 1930 W. 2nd ST Gulf Shores, AL 36542
The Baldwin Pops Band is an organization of volunteer musicians from Baldwin and surrounding counties. Tickets are free at the City Store box office on a first come, first serve basis, located at 1821 Gulf Shores Parkway.

5th Annual Merry Market

When: Everyday between Dec 9 - 10, 2016 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Orange Beach Events Center at The Wharf 4671 Wharf Pkwy. Orange Beach, AL 36561
Unique Gifts and Arts and Crafts Expo with door prizes, food vendors, jewelry, clothes and more!

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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March - 2017

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.
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April - 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 225 E. 24th Ave. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Enjoy some crawfish while dancing to the rhythms of some of the best Zydeco bands from around the South. There will be races, arts and crafts vendors, and children's activities.
Phone: 251.968.1172

October - 2017

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.

October - 2018

National Shrimp Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 11 - 14, 2018
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