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With warm, sunny days most of the year, any time’s a good time for a celebration in Orange Beach and neighboring Gulf Shores. One of the area’s best-known festivals, celebrating the local shrimping industry, is held every fall. Two others, one in late fall and the other in the spring, showcase local, national, and international musical talent.

More than 300 vendors offering food, arts and 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, held on the beach in Gulf Shores, attracts some 250,000 visitors annually and is one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s top-rated events.

The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, held each November at various spots in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and other nearby communities, offers nearly two weeks’ worth 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.

Since it was first held in 2010, the Hangout Music Fest has grown into a nationally recognized event featuring both established performers and talented new faces. Set up on the beach in Gulf Shores, Hangout Fest stages have hosted such music greats as Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, the Dave Matthews Band, Jack White, the Zac Brown Band, and the Foo Fighters.

in addition to these star attractions, there are plenty of other special events scheduled year-round in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area – concerts, theater and dance performances, wine tastings, food festivals, and arts and crafts shows. Check out our calendar of events for an up-to-date list of what's going on while you're in town.

June - 2016

Keith Urban in Concert

When: June 16, 2016
Where: The Wharf Orange Beach, AL
The 2016 C Spire Concert Series with special guests Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris.
More Info: alwharf.com

Gumbo Key Boat-In Concert

When: June 18, 2016 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Located North of the Pass, Near the Orange Beach Islands
A floating musical venue in our Gulf Coastal waters while listening to the fine sounds of Live Southern bands. Come by boat!
More Info: http://www.gumbokey.com

Brantley Gilbert in Concert

When: June 26, 2016
Where: The Wharf Orange Beach, AL
Special guests JUSTIN MOORE & COLT FORD
More Info: alwharf.com

July - 2016

2016 Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf

When: Everyday between July 12 - 17, 2016 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: 4673 Wharf Parkway Orange Beach, AL 36561
Phone: (251) 224-1900
More Info: thewharfmarina.com

August - 2016

Twenty One Pilots In Concert

When: Aug 5, 2016
Where: The Wharf Orange Beach, FL
Details upcoming
More Info: alwharf.com

September - 2016

Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival

When: Everyday between Sept 15 - 17, 2016
Where: The Wharf Orange Beach, AL
The three day event combines tastings of delicious food with a southern flare and alluring wines. This event will raise funds for Make-A-Wish® Alabama
Phone: 251.224.1000
More Info: http://thewharfuncorked.com/

November - 2016

World Food Championships

When: Everyday between Nov 8 - 15, 2016
Where: The Wharf Orange Beach, AL
The 5th Anniversary of the World Food Championships is going coastal for the first time.
More Info: alwharf.com

Bellingrath's Annual Magic Christmas in Lights

When: Everyday between Nov 25 - 30, 2016
Where: 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, AL 36582
Stroll among more than three million twinkling lights in over 1,000 custom designed set pieces in 14 scenes.
Phone: 251.973.2217

December - 2016

Bellingrath's Annual Magic Christmas in Lights

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 31, 2016
Where: 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, AL 36582
Stroll among more than three million twinkling lights in over 1,000 custom designed set pieces in 14 scenes.
Phone: 251.973.2217

February - 2017

Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade

When: Feb 25, 2017 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Begins at Wintzell's and ends at Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach 24281 Perdido Beach Blvd Orange Beach, AL 36561
Written history of the Mystics of Pleasure, planned, while overlooking the Marina on Cotton Bayou and watching the sun set on a glorious April the first nighttime Mardi Gras parading society.

Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade

When: Feb 28, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Begins at Wintzell's and ends at Hwy 161, Orange Beach 24131 Perdido Beach Blvd. Orange Beach, AL 36561
Phone: 251.981.6979

May - 2017

39th Annual 2016 MBGFC Memorial Day Tournament

When: Everyday between May 27 - 30, 2017
Where: 27075 Marina Road Orange Beach, AL 36561
More Info: mbgfc.org
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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.