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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 - 2020

Tailgate Toss

When: Oct 10, 2020
Where: The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561
Join in the corn hole tournament, watch some football on the big screen and sit back and enjoy drink specials listening to some of the local bands that will be playing.
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Spooky Movie on the Lawn

When: Oct 24, 2020
Where: Marina Lawn at The Wharf
Watch "Coco" playing on the big-screen on the Marina Lawn with buttery popcorn. Movie begins at 7:30 with activities before and after. Check website.
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When: Everyday between Oct 26 - 28, 2020


When: Every Monday,Wednesday between Oct 26 - 28, 2020

Spooky Sparks After Dark

When: Oct 31, 2020
Where: Main Street at The Wharf
Come Trick or Treat with the Wharf Tenants all day long and end the day with a beautiful fireworks display and Spectra Laser Light Experience.
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November - 2020

Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival

When: Everyday between Nov 5 - 15, 2020
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.
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The Annual Oyster Cook-Off

When: Everyday between Nov 6 - 7, 2020
Where: The Hangout 101 E. Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
This year’s Oyster Cook-off will bring together celebrity chefs from across the U.S. as well as a long list of well-known Gulf coast restaurateurs.
Phone: 251-948-3030

Vacasa Coastal Half Marathon and 5K Run

When: Nov 28, 2020
Where: Orange Beach Sportsplex 4385 William Silvers Pkwy. Orange Beach, FL 36561
Updates forthcoming for this event
Phone: 615-460-9927
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February - 2021

Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

When: Feb 27, 2021
Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach 4830 Main Street range Beach, AL 36561
Phone: 251-224-1000
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March - 2021

Annual Festival of Art

When: Every Saturday,Sunday between Mar 13 - 14, 2021
Where: Orange Beach Waterfront Park 26389 Canal Road Orange Beach, FL 36561
A celebration of musical, culinary, visual and performing arts. The festival is free with music and entertainment on two stages.
Phone: 251-981-2787
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April - 2021

Whiskey Meyers in Concert at the Port

When: Everyday between April 16 - 17, 2021
Where: The Port at the Wharf 4720 Main Street, M-101 Orange Beach, AL 36561
American Southern rock and country group.
Phone: 251-224-1000

May - 2021

National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship

When: Everyday between May 7 - 9, 2021
Where: Gulf Shores Main Public Beach 101 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Details upcoming

Orange Beach Billfish Classic

When: Everyday between May 18 - 21, 2021
Where: The Wharf Marina 4673 Wharf Parkway Orange Beach, AL 36561
Phone: 251-402-8190
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The Hangout Music Festival

When: Every Friday,Saturday,Sunday between May 21 - 23, 2021
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.
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July - 2021

Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf

When: Everyday between July 15 - 17, 2021
Where: Marlin Circle and Main Street 4673 Wharf Parkway Orange Beach, AL 36561
Anglers vie for millions of dollars in prize money at this popular annual competition, based at The Wharf.
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