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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.

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

Bama Coast Crusin'

When: Everyday between April 23 - 24, 2021
Where: The Wharf Main Street
This event features all types of cars. There will be Classic, hot rods, custom models and more.


When: April 25, 2021
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater
An American Rock 'N' Roll band.

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

Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

When: Everyday between May 7 - 9, 2021
Where: OWA 100 N. OWA Blvd. Foley, AL 36535
Check website for details
Phone: 251-943-3291
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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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June - 2021

Luke Bryan in Concert

When: June 4, 2021
Where: The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561

Jon Pardi in Concert

When: Everyday between June 18 - 19, 2021
Where: The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561
C-Spire Concert Series presents Jon Pardi for 2 nights with special guest Larry Fleet.

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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Brantley Gilbert in Concert

When: July 17, 2021
Where: The Wharf
Check website for details

September - 2021

Whiskey Myers in Concert

When: Everyday between Sept 8 - 9, 2021
Where: The Port at The Wharf
Whiskey Myers is an American Southern rock/country group from Palestine, Texas.

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
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