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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.

October - 2021

Gulf Coast Farmers Market

When: Everyday between Oct 1 - 30, 2021
Where: Gulf State Beach Pavilion Gulf Shores
More Info: fma.alabama.gov

Island Movie Nights

When: Everyday between Oct 1 - 30, 2021
Where: Island Amphitheater 1501 South OWA Blvd. Foley, AL 35635
Free family-oriented Movie Nights, Saturdays in the fall.
Phone: 251-923-2111

Legends in Concert

When: Everyday between Oct 1 - 31, 2021
Where: 205 N. OWA Blvd. Foley, AL 36535
A special lineup of the world's most famous and powerful icons and the biggest names in music to entertain you.
Phone: 251-369-6100
More Info: visitowa.com/entertainment/legendsinconcert

Scarecrows in the Gardens

When: Everyday between Oct 11 - 31, 2021
Where: Bellingrath Gardens and Home 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd. Theodore, AL 36582
Local organizations build their own unique scarecrows to stand watch in the garden.
More Info: bellingrath.org

Halloween at OWA

When: Everyday between Oct 15 - 31, 2021
Where: Downtown OWA 1501 S. OWA Blvd. Foley, AL 36535
Lots of planned activities for the whole family on weekends. Check website for more information
More Info: visitowa.com/halloween-2021/

Blue Angels Practice Schedule

When: Everyday between Oct 26 - 27, 2021
Where: National Museum of Naval Aviation 1750 Radford Blvd. Pensacola, FL 32508
The flight line behind the museum will be open to view Blue Angels practice flight demonstrations. October 26 & 27th
Phone: 850-453-2389

November - 2021

37th Annual Frank Brown Int'l Songwriters' Festival

When: Everyday between Nov 4 - 14, 2021
Where: Multiple venues at different times
This 11-day festival will feature over 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters who will share their stories behind the lyrics of the songs.
Phone: 850-492-7664
More Info: frankbrownsongwriters.com

Coastal Half Marathon and 5K Run

When: Nov 27, 2021
Where: Orange Beach Sportsplex 4385 William Silvers Pkwy. Orange Beach, AL 36561
Join in a 1-mile fun run or a 5K.
More Info: team-magic.com/events/227

May - 2022

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

When: Everyday between May 6 - 8, 2022
Where: OWA 100 N. OWA Blvd. Foley, AL 36535
Check website for details

Hangout Music Festival

When: Everyday between May 20 - 22, 2022
Where: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
A three-day musical festival with music ranging from grammy award winning artists to local talent.
More Info: hangoutmusicfest.com

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