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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.

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

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

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

Orange Beach Wine Festival

When: May 14, 2016
Where: 28103 Perdido Beach Blvd. Orange Beach 36561
Over 120 wines and craft beer, live music, food from local restaurants, boat tours of the bay.
More Info: http://alabama.travel/upcoming-events/orange-beach-wine-festival

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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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.