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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.

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Featured Events in Orange Beach

Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival in Orange Beach Alabama

Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

When: Everyday between Nov 9 - 19, 2017 12:00 PM - 0:00 AM
Where: Various venues
Over 200 seasoned and aspiring songwriters and musicians from all over the world come to have their songs heard while learning the stories behind the lyrics.
More Info: www.frankbrownsongwriters.com

Flora Bama Polar Bear Dip in Orange Beach Alabama

Flora Bama Polar Bear Dip

When: Jan 1, 2018 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. Perdido Key, FL
Take a dip into the Gulf of Mexico at high noon to ring in the New Year.
More Info: www.florabama.com/events/polar-bear-dip

Luke Bryan in Concert in Orange Beach Alabama

Luke Bryan in Concert

When: Mar 17, 2017 19:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Amphitheater, 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561
An American country music singer and songwriter.

The Blue Marlin Championship in Orange Beach Alabama

The Blue Marlin Championship

When: Everyday between July 11 - 17, 2017
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach, FL
Millions of dollars in prize money.
More Info: thewharfmarina.com/bmgc


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February - 2017

Skins Games and Hole in One Tournaments

When: Every Sunday between Feb 1 - 28, 2017 13:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: The Orange Beach Golf Center, 4700 Easy Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561
The Tournaments are held the first Sunday of every month through March.

Worship on the Water

When: Every Sunday between Feb 1 - 28, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
A weekly church service held in the tent at the Flora-Bama.
More Info: www.centralonline.tv/flora-bama

Mystical Order of Mirams Parade

When: Feb 24, 2017 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Begins at Wintzell's and ends at Hwy 161, Orange Beach 24131 Perdido Beach Blvd. Orange Beach, AL 36561
The only all women’s nighttime parade on the island in traditional Mardi Gras fashion.
More Info: mirams.info

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 14:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Begins at Wintzell's and ends at Hwy 161, Orange Beach 24131 Perdido Beach Blvd. Orange Beach, AL 36561

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade

When: Feb 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: Begins at Hwy 59 at Clubhouse Drive and ends at Main Beach Gulf Shores. Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL 36542
More Info: themobilemask.com/Parade_Schedule.html

March - 2017

Skins Games and Hole in One Tournaments

When: Every Sunday between Mar 1 - 12, 2017 13:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: The Orange Beach Golf Center, 4700 Easy Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561
The Tournaments are held the first Sunday of every month through March.

Worship on the Water

When: Every Sunday between Mar 1 - 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
A weekly church service held in the tent at the Flora-Bama.
More Info: www.centralonline.tv/flora-bama

43rd Annual Festival of Art

When: Everyday between Mar 11 - 12, 2017 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Waterfront Park 26389 Canal Rd. Orange Beach, AL 36561
Arts and artists from visual arts and fine arts and crafts to glass artists, potters, painters, sculptors, watercolorists, textile artists and wood artists. There will be local fare and a music and songwriter's stage.
More Info: www.orangebeachartsfestival.com

2017 Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run

When: Mar 15, 2017 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Waterway Village in Gulf Shores-Under the Intracoastal Bridge 225 E. 24th Ave. Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Luke Bryan in Concert

When: Mar 17, 2017 19:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Amphitheater, 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561
An American country music singer and songwriter.

2017 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

When: Everyday between Mar 23 - 26, 2017 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Where: 4550 Main St. Orange Beach, AL 36561
The largest in-water display of any boat show along the upper Gulf Coast. Showcasing the latest offerings from boat manufacturers and dealers throughout the Southeast.
Phone: 850.348.1498

Beach Run-Walk for America's Warriors 5K & 1/2 Marathon

When: Mar 25, 2017
Where: The start and end point will be at the Flora-Bama.

The Original German Sausage Festival

When: Mar 25, 2017 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Elberta Town Park 13052 Main St. Elberta, AL 36530

April - 2017

Worship on the Water

When: Every Sunday between April 1 - 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
A weekly church service held in the tent at the Flora-Bama.
More Info: www.centralonline.tv/flora-bama

Mullet Man Triathlon

When: April 22, 2017 7:30 AM
Where: 17401 Perdido Key Drive Pensacola, FL 32507
More Info: florabama.com

Mullet Swing Golf Classic

When: April 26, 2017 9:30 AM
Where: Lost Key Golf Club, 625 Lost Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507
A four person scramble.

8th Annual Bama Coast Cruise

When: Everyday between April 28 - 29, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: The Wharf Resort and Marina, 4830 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Come and see the beautiful cars on display at The Wharf. Plenty of shopping and dining around.
More Info: bamacoastcruise.com

Flora Bama Mullet Toss

When: Everyday between April 28 - 30, 2017
Where: Flora Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Drive Pensacola, FL 32507
Toss a dead mullet with bare hands from a 10' circle down a designated alley over the state line.
More Info: florabama.com/events

May - 2017

Worship on the Water

When: Every Sunday between May 1 - 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
A weekly church service held in the tent at the Flora-Bama.
More Info: www.centralonline.tv/flora-bama

13th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

When: Everyday between May 5 - 6, 2017 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: 18507 U.S. 98 Foley, AL 36535
More than 30 hot air balloonists from across the country will be floating their works of art across the skies.
More Info: gulfcoastballoonfestival.com

2017 Orange Beach Billfish Classic

When: Everyday between May 12 - 16, 2017 12:00 PM - 0:00 AM
Where: The Wharf Marina 4673 Wharf Pkwy. Orange Beach, AL 36561
The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Series means big fish and big bucks.
Phone: 251.402.8190
More Info: orangebeachbillfishclassic.com

Orange Beach Wine Festival

When: May 13, 2017 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Caribe The Resort
Over 120 wines, three live music acts, food from notable local restaurants, boat tours, and even craft beer for the un-winie.
More Info: wavesofwine.com

The Hangout Music Festival 2017

When: Everyday between May 19 - 21, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach 101 E Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
A three-day music festival with many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music.
More Info: hangoutmusicfest.com

Miss Memorial Day Bikini Contest

When: May 28, 2017 3:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama
Cash prizes given.

June - 2017

Worship on the Water

When: Every Sunday between June 1 - 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
A weekly church service held in the tent at the Flora-Bama.
More Info: www.centralonline.tv/flora-bama

Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo

When: Everyday between June 2 - 4, 2017
Where: Flora-Bama Yacht Club
More Info: florabama.com

4th Annual Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo

When: Everyday between June 9 - 11, 2017 12:00 PM - 0:00 AM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar 17401 Perdido Key Dr. Perdido Key, FL 32507
More Info: florabama.com

Gumbo Key Boat-In Concert

When: June 17, 2017 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
This floating musical venue is a place for friends and family to get together in our Gulf Coastal waters while soaking up the fine sounds of Live Southern bands.
More Info: gumbokey.com

July - 2017

Worship on the Water

When: Every Sunday between July 1 - 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
A weekly church service held in the tent at the Flora-Bama.
More Info: www.centralonline.tv/flora-bama

SHARK Run

When: July 4, 2017 7:00 AM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge 17401 Perdido Key Drive Perdido Key, FL
A 4 mile all road race.
More Info: harleysports.com

Journey in Concert

When: July 6, 2017
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater, Orange Beach, AL
American rock band journey.

Journey & Asia in Concert

When: July 6, 2017 7:30 PM
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, Alabama 36561

The Blue Marlin Championship

When: Everyday between July 11 - 17, 2017
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach, FL
Millions of dollars in prize money.
More Info: thewharfmarina.com/bmgc

August - 2017

Worship on the Water

When: Every Sunday between Aug 1 - 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
A weekly church service held in the tent at the Flora-Bama.
More Info: www.centralonline.tv/flora-bama

September - 2017

Worship on the Water

When: Every Sunday between Sept 1 - 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
A weekly church service held in the tent at the Flora-Bama.
More Info: www.centralonline.tv/flora-bama

Green Day & Catfish and The Bottlemen

When: Sept 6, 2017 20:00 PM
Where: The Wharf, 23325 Amphitheater Dr, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Green Day is an American punk rock band.
More Info: amphitheateratthewharf.com

The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event

When: Everyday between Sept 14 - 16, 2017 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: The Wharf 4830 Main Street Orange Beach, AL 36561
The three day event combines tastings of delicious food and alluring wines with a southern flare.
More Info: thewharfuncorked.com

Shindig on the Sand

When: Sept 30, 2017
Where: Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Drive Pensacola, FL 32507
Three days of music on the beach.

October - 2017

Worship on the Water

When: Every Sunday between Oct 1 - 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
A weekly church service held in the tent at the Flora-Bama.
More Info: www.centralonline.tv/flora-bama

Annual National Shrimp Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 12 - 15, 2017
Where: Gulf Shores, AL 36542
More Info: info@mygulfcoastchamber.com

November - 2017

Worship on the Water

When: Every Sunday between Nov 1 - 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
A weekly church service held in the tent at the Flora-Bama.
More Info: www.centralonline.tv/flora-bama

2017 World Food Championships

When: Everyday between Nov 8 - 14, 2017 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach, 4830 Main St. Orange Beach, AL 36561
A tournament style competition with the theme being Chicken with 9 categories.
More Info: www.worldfoodchampionships.com

Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

When: Everyday between Nov 9 - 19, 2017 12:00 PM - 0:00 AM
Where: Various venues
Over 200 seasoned and aspiring songwriters and musicians from all over the world come to have their songs heard while learning the stories behind the lyrics.
More Info: www.frankbrownsongwriters.com

December - 2017

Worship on the Water

When: Every Sunday between Dec 1 - 17, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
A weekly church service held in the tent at the Flora-Bama.
More Info: www.centralonline.tv/flora-bama

January - 2018

Flora Bama Polar Bear Dip

When: Jan 1, 2018 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. Perdido Key, FL
Take a dip into the Gulf of Mexico at high noon to ring in the New Year. Dress up or just show up for this fun, chilly time.special day and enjoy a traditional feast with black-eyed peas, cornbread, ham and more for those who take the plunge.
More Info: www.florabama.com/events/polar-bear-dip

Flora Bama Polar Bear Dip

When: Jan 1, 2018 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. Perdido Key, FL
Take a dip into the Gulf of Mexico at high noon to ring in the New Year.
More Info: www.florabama.com/events/polar-bear-dip

November - 2018

2018 World Food Championship

When: Everyday between Nov 5 - 13, 2018 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach, 4830 Main St. Orange Beach, AL 36561
More Info: www.worldfoodchampionships.com
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