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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.

February - 2016

Winter Wednesdays

When: Every Wednesday between Feb 3 - 24, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Bellingrath Gardens and Home Bellingrath Gardens and Home Magnolia Room 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd. Theodore, AL 36582
Join Winter Wednesdays in February for sessions on gardening, history and more.
Phone: 251-973-2217

Horse & Carriage Rides

When: Everyday between Feb 9 - 13, 2016 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL
Ride down Main Street in a horse drawn carriage. Feb. 12 noon-10pm Feb. 13th 2pm-10pm
More Info: www.alwharf.com

10th Annual Trivia Night

When: Everyday between Feb 13 - 14, 2016 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: Orange Beach Events Center at The Wharf 4671 Wharf Parkway Orange Beach, AL 36561
Benefitting the libraries of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.
Phone: (314) 609-0275
More Info: www.gulfshores.com

Elvis Tribute Show

When: Feb 20, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Orange Beach Events Center at The Wharf 4671 Wharf Pkwy. Orange Beach, AL 36561
Brad Bradley with the Memphis Showband will be entertaining you as you step back in time with Elvis.
Phone: (334) 201-2202

24th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

When: Feb 27, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: 4830 Main St.Orange Beach, AL, 36561
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. The Car Show will feature antique and classic cars. Date:TBA
Phone: 251-981-1524
More Info: http://www.obparksandrec.com

March - 2016

2016 Glow in the Park 5k

When: Mar 5, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Where: The Wharf 4550 Main St, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Join this awesome Glow in the Park 5k Night Run. Event will take place at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Runners will get to experience foam pits, black lights and more while running down the main streets of The Wharf.
More Info: Glowintheparkrun.com

Papa Rocco's St. Paddy's Day Party and Pub Crawl

When: Mar 5, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Where: The Wharf 4550 Main St, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Join this Glow in the Park 5k adventure and come experience foam pits, black lights and more while running down the main streets of The Wharf.
More Info: Glowintheparkrun.com

Photos with The Easter Bunny

When: Mar 12, 2016 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: The Wharf - Palm Plaza
March 12-13th, 19th-20th, 26th-27th

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

Sham Jam

When: Mar 17, 2016 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: The Wharf Orange Beach
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at The Wharf with Sham Jam! Drink specials all with a stage in Marlin Circle with bands playing all evening long. Check website for band listing
More Info: alwharf.com

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

Easter Egg Hunt

When: Mar 26, 2016 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: The Wharf Marina Lawn
5,000 eggs to hunt on Marina Lawn and have your picture made with the Easter bunny. There will be bouncy houses, face painting, live bunnies and more.
More Info: alwharf.com

April - 2016

Chris Young in Concert

When: April 16, 2016
Where: The Wharf Wharf Amphitheater
American country singer songwriter will perform with special guest, CASSADEE POPE.
More Info: alwharf.com

7th Annual Bama Coast Cruise Car Show

When: Everyday between April 28 - 30, 2016 12:00 PM - 0:00 AM
Where: 4830 Main Street Orange Beach, AL, 36561
This will be a weekend full of amazing cars, fun events and entertainment. Main Street, which takes visitors through the heart of the shops and restaurants at The Wharf, will be closed to through-traffic during the weekend. Check website for details
Phone: (251) 224-1000
More Info: http://www.bamacoastcruise.com

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

Florida Georgia Line in Concert

When: May 13, 2016
Where: The Wharf Orange Beach, AL
Special guests will be Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three & Kane Brown
More Info: ticketmaster.com

C Spire Concert Series presents: Florida Georgia Line

When: May 13, 2016 8:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Where: 4550 Main Street Orange Beach, AL 36561
Country music's hottest acts.
Phone: (800) 745-3000
More Info: http://amphitheateratthewharf.com

2016 Orange Beach Billfish Classic

When: Everyday between May 18 - 22, 2016 12:00 PM - 0:00 AM
Where: The Wharf Marina 4830 Main Street Orange Beach, AL 36561
Phone: (251) 224-1000

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

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
More Info: alwharf.com

November - 2016

World Food Championships

When: Everyday between Nov 15 - 22, 2016
Where: The Wharf Orange Beach, AL
details upcoming
More Info: alwharf.com
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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.