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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 7 - 17, 2019
Where: Various venues along the Gulf Coast
Featuring more than 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters from all over the world performing their songs and telling the stories behind them.
More Info: frankbrownsongwriters.com

The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama

The Hangout Music Festival

When: Everyday between May 14 - 17, 2020
Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach, 101 E. Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
A spring music festival featuring many genres of music, including rock, hip hop, dance music, and more.
More Info: www.hangoutmusicfest.com

Blue Marlin Championship in Gulf Shores Alabama

Blue Marlin Championship

Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach, Alabama
Anglers vie for millions of dollars in prize money at this popular annual competition, based at The Wharf. Dates for the 2020 competition are July 15-19.
More Info: www.bluemarlingrandchampionship.com/

National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama

National Shrimp Festival

When: Every Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday between Oct 8 - 11, 2020
Where: Public beach, Gulf Shores, Alabama.
One of the most popular events on the Alabama coast returns to Gulf Shores each fall.
More Info: www.myshrimpfest.com/


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November - 2019

Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival

When: Everyday between Nov 7 - 17, 2019
Where: Various venues along the Gulf Coast
Featuring more than 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters from all over the world performing their songs and telling the stories behind them.
More Info: frankbrownsongwriters.com

May - 2020

The Hangout Music Festival

When: Everyday between May 14 - 17, 2020
Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach, 101 E. Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
A spring music festival featuring many genres of music, including rock, hip hop, dance music, and more.
More Info: www.hangoutmusicfest.com

July - 2020

Blue Marlin Championship

Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach, Alabama
Anglers vie for millions of dollars in prize money at this popular annual competition, based at The Wharf. Dates for the 2020 competition are July 15-19.
More Info: www.bluemarlingrandchampionship.com/

October - 2020

National Shrimp Festival

When: Every Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday between Oct 8 - 11, 2020
Where: Public beach, Gulf Shores, Alabama.
One of the most popular events on the Alabama coast returns to Gulf Shores each fall.
More Info: www.myshrimpfest.com/
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