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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.

May - 2016

12th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

When: Everyday between May 5 - 6, 2016 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Foley Sports Park 18507 US Highway 98, West
Balloon glows Friday & Saturday nights, carnival rides, and the World Famous Disc Connected K-9's Frisbee Dog Show. There will be music, arts and craft vendors and great food.
More Info: http://www.gulfcoastballoonfestival.com

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

Palm trees thrive in mild Gulf Shores weather

Gulf Shores Weather

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.

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.