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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.

November - 2015

Sharky's Family Adventure Park

When: Everyday between Nov 2 - 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: The Wharf
Locals night every Monday until January 2,

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.
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December - 2015

Sharky's Family Adventure Park

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 31, 2015 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: The Wharf
Locals night every Monday until January 2,

Orange Beach Tree Lighting at The Wharf

When: Dec 1, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: 4830 Main St.Orange Beach, AL, 36561
Caroling and Christmas songs and performances from the Gulf Shores Chorale and Brass Bands. Their will be a reading of the Christmas story. There will be hot chocolate and cookie decorating followed by the lighting of the tree and a visit from Santa.
Phone: (251) 981-6629

Merry Market

When: Dec 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: The Orange Beach Events Center at the Wharf 4671 Wharf Parkway Orange Beach, AL 36561
Arts & Crafts Expo
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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

January - 2016

Sharky's Family Adventure Park

When: Everyday between Jan 1 - 2, 2016 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: The Wharf
Locals night every Monday until January 2,

Polar Bear Dip

When: Jan 1, 2016 12:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama
Take a swim in the chilly Gulf of Mexico at high noon to ring in the New Year at the Flora Bama.The Flora-Bama provides the traditional feast with black-eyed peas, cornbread, ham and more for those who take the plunge.

"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

24th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival

When: Feb 27, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach 4830 Main Street Orange Beach, FL 36561
Festival with delicious food, arts & crafts and music for the whole family.
Phone: 251.981.1524

March - 2016

42nd Annual Festival of Art

When: Everyday between Mar 12 - 13, 2016 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach Waterfront Park 26389 Canal Road Orange Beach, FL 36561
Artists will be displaying visual arts, fine arts and crafts to potter's, sculptors, watercolorists and more.
Phone: 251.981.2787

Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

When: Everyday between Mar 17 - 20, 2016
Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach 4550 Main Street Orange Beach, FL 36561
Kickoff starts Thursday @ 2pm. Boats, marine products, music, shopping, restaurants and more.
Phone: 850.348.1498

April - 2016

7th Annual Bama Coast Cruise

When: Everyday between April 28 - 30, 2016
Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach 4830 Main Street Orange Beach, FL 36561
Amazing cars and fun events with entertainment
Phone: 251.224.1000

May - 2016

12th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival

When: Everyday between May 6 - 7, 2016 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Foley Sports Complex 18507 US HIghway 98 West Foley, AL 36535
Pilots from across the US will illuminate their balloons with glows Friday and Saturday night with over 30 balloons expected. Carnival rides and arts & craft vendors will have displays.
Phone: 251.943.3291
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