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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

Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama

Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival

When: Everyday between Nov 8 - 18, 2018
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: Everyday between May 18 - 20, 2018
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: www.beachguide.com/blog/northwest-florida/hangout-music-fest

Blue Marlin Championship in Gulf Shores Alabama

Blue Marlin Championship

When: Every Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday between July 10 - 15, 2018
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach, Alabama
Anglers vie for millions of dollars in prize money at this popular annual competition, based at The Wharf.
More Info: www.bluemarlingrandchampionship.com/


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April - 2018

Trivia Night at Big Beach

When: Everyday between April 1 - 30, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Big Beach Brewing Co., 300 E. 24th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Play is free with teams competing for prizes.
Phone: 251-948-2337

Chris Young in Concert

When: April 20, 2018
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater, 23101 Canal Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561
Special Guest, Kane Brown, Morgan Evans and Dee Jay Silver will join Chris Young.
Phone: 251-224-1000

9th Annual Bama Coast Cruise

When: April 27, 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach, 4830 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

When: April 27, 2018 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
This legendary beach party is all about participants throwing a dead mullet over the state line to see who can throw the farthest.
More Info: florabama.com

May - 2018

Trivia Night at Big Beach

When: Everyday between May 1 - 14, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Big Beach Brewing Co., 300 E. 24th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Play is free with teams competing for prizes.
Phone: 251-948-2337

14th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

When: Everyday between May 4 - 5, 2018 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: 18507 US 98, Foley, AL 36535
Sponsored by Tanger Outlets. Details coming soon.
More Info: gulfcoastballoonfestival.com

2018 Orange Beach Billfish Classic

When: Everyday between May 16 - 18, 2018 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: The Wharf Marina, 4673 Wharf Parkway, Orange Beach, AL 36561
More Info: orangebeachbillfishclassic.com

The Hangout Music Festival

When: Everyday between May 18 - 20, 2018
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: www.beachguide.com/blog/northwest-florida/hangout-music-fest

Hangout Fest 2018

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

Dwight Yoakam in Concert

When: May 24, 2018
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater, 23101 Canal Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561

Dave Matthews Band in Concert

When: May 27, 2018
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater, 23101 Canal Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561
Phone: 251-224-1000

June - 2018

Alan Jackson in Concert

When: June 23, 2018
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater, 23101 Canal Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561
With Special Guest: Randy Houser
Phone: 251-224-1000

July - 2018

Blue Marlin Championship

When: Every Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday between July 10 - 15, 2018
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach, Alabama
Anglers vie for millions of dollars in prize money at this popular annual competition, based at The Wharf.
More Info: www.bluemarlingrandchampionship.com/

Jason Aldean in Concert

When: July 26, 2018
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater, 23101 Canal Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561

August - 2018

Keith Urban in Concert

When: Aug 25, 2018
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater, 23101 Canal Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561
Phone: 251-224-1000

November - 2018

Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival

When: Everyday between Nov 8 - 18, 2018
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

March - 2019

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

When: Everyday between Mar 28 - 31, 2019 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Where: 4550 Main Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561
The best boat show on the Gulf Coast. Every type boat possible, large and small.
More Info: wharfboatshow.com
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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!