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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.

December - 2015

Merry Market

When: Everyday between Dec 11 - 12, 2015
Where: Orange Beach Events Center
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Intracoastal Waterway Lighted Boat Parade

When: Dec 12, 2015
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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.


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

The Wharf New Year's Eve Fireworks

When: Dec 31, 2015

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

March - 2016

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
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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.

May - 2016

Hang Out Music Fest

When: Everyday between May 20 - 22, 2016

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


Bellingrath Magic Christmas in Lights

Dazzling Lights at Bellingrath

More than three million lights illuminate the skies over Bellingrath Gardens and Home as the estate celebrates its annual Magic Christmas in Lights. So dazzling is this show that USA Today recently ranked it in its list of the Top 10 Public Light Displays in the country.


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