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Sunny skies and comfortable temperatures most of the year mean that any time's a good time for a celebration in Gulf Shores. Two of the best-known festivals celebrate the local shrimping industry and the talent of area musicians.

More than 300 vendors offering arts, 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 celebrates its 37th year this October.

The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, held each November at various spots in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and other nearby communities, offers 10 days 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.

The city also celebrates the Fourth of July with a fireworks display, and ushers in the holiday season with a Christmas tree lighting and open house.

And there are plenty of other special events scheduled year-round - concerts, theater and dance performances, wine tastings, food festivals, arts and crafts shows - even a rodeo. 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 Gulf Shores

National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama

National Shrimp Festival

When: TBD
Where: TBD
Over 300 vendors offering arts & crafts, continuous music and plenty of SHRIMP! Children's activities.
More Info: beachguide.com/blog/gulf-shores/gulf-shores-shrimp-festival

Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama

Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival

When: TBD
Where: Various venues along the Gulf Coast
Featuring more than 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters from all over the world performing their songs and learning the stories behind them.
More Info: frankbrownsongwriters.com

The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama

The Hangout Music Festival

When: TBD
Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach, 101 E. Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
A three day music festival featuring many genres of music, including rock, hip hop, dance music and more.
More Info: beachguide.com/blog/northwest-florida/hangout-music-fest

Luke Bryan in Concert in Gulf Shores Alabama

Luke Bryan in Concert

When: TBD
Where: The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL
An American country music singer and songwriter.

The Blue Marlin Championship in Gulf Shores Alabama

The Blue Marlin Championship

When: TBD
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach, FL
Millions of dollars in prize money.
More Info: thewharfmarina.com/bmgc


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May - 2018

Hangout Fest 2018

When: Everyday between May 18 - 20, 2018
Check website for the 2018 Lineup and shuttle info.
More Info: hangoutmusicfest.com

June - 2018

Alan Jackson

When: June 23, 2018
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater
Honky Tonk Highway Tour
More Info: alwharf.com

October - 2018

National Shrimp Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 11 - 14, 2018
Palm trees thrive in mild Gulf Shores weather

Gulf Shores Weather

Boasting sun-soaked summers and warm winters, Gulf Shores is a cool coastal community that offers vacation fun virtually year-round.

On the beach in Gulf Shores at the annual Flora Bama Mullet Toss

Flora Bama Mullet Toss

If you think a mullet is just a bad haircut, you probably haven’t heard about the Flora-Bama Lounge’s Annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party. Learn more!

Bon Secour one of ten easy day trips from Gulf Shores AL

Gulf Shores Day Trips

When you're ready for an adventure away from the beach, these 10 destinations offer fun-packed options the whole family will enjoy.