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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.

July - 2021

Gulf Coast Farmers Market

When: Everyday between July 1 - 31, 2021
Where: Gulf State Beach Pavilion Gulf Shores
More Info: fma.alabama.gov

Sparks after Dark

When: Every Monday between July 1 - 30, 2021 8:45 PM
Where: The Wharf; Main Street Orange Beach
Come watch the fireworks show and then experience the Spectra Laser Light Experience under the Palms, 8:30, 9, and 9:30 pm.

Painting Under the Palms

When: Every Saturday between July 1 - 31, 2021
Where: The Wharf Palm Plaza near Ferris wheel
There will be 2 art classes based on age that will feature a different design each week. Check website for details

Music under the Marlins

When: Every Sunday between July 1 - 31, 2021
Where: The Wharf Orange Beach, AL 36561
Listen to live music from local bands. Check the website for the music lineup

August - 2021

Gulf Coast Farmers Market

When: Everyday between Aug 1 - 31, 2021
Where: Gulf State Beach Pavilion Gulf Shores
More Info: fma.alabama.gov

Sparks after Dark

When: Every Monday between Aug 1 - 2, 2021 8:45 PM
Where: The Wharf; Main Street Orange Beach
Come watch the fireworks show and then experience the Spectra Laser Light Experience under the Palms, 8:30, 9, and 9:30 pm.

Painting Under the Palms

When: Every Saturday between Aug 1 - 7, 2021
Where: The Wharf Palm Plaza near Ferris wheel
There will be 2 art classes based on age that will feature a different design each week. Check website for details

Music under the Marlins

When: Every Sunday between Aug 1 - 8, 2021
Where: The Wharf Orange Beach, AL 36561
Listen to live music from local bands. Check the website for the music lineup

Alabama in Concert

When: Aug 6, 2021
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561
Alabama with special guest Martina McBride.

Thomas Rhett

When: Everyday between Aug 13 - 14, 2021
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561
Thomas Rhett is an American country music singer-songwriter from Valdosta, Georgia.

Jason Aldean in Concert

When: Everyday between Aug 27 - 28, 2021
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561
Jason Aldean is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer.

September - 2021

Gulf Coast Farmers Market

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

Chris Tomlin Concert

When: Sept 2, 2021
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561
Chris Tomlin is an American contemporary Christian music singer, songwriter, and worship leader.

Annual MBGFC Labor Day Invitational

When: Everyday between Sept 2 - 6, 2021
Where: Orange Beach Marina 27075 Marina Road Orange Beach, AL 36561
Check website for details
Phone: 251-981-4207
More Info: mbgfc.org/tournaments

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.

Bulls on the Beach

When: Everyday between Sept 9 - 11, 2021
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar 17401 Perdido Key Drive Perdido Key, FL 32507
Watch the adrenaline-pumping professional bull riders from across the Southeast.

Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon

When: Sept 11, 2021
Where: Gulf Shores Main Public Beach 101 Gulf Shores Pkwy. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Enjoy a beautiful swim in the Gulf, followed by a flat bike ride and a lovely run. Check the website to signup or for details
More Info: team-magic.com/events/226

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

49th Annual National Shrimp Fest

When: Everyday between Oct 7 - 11, 2021
Where: The intersection of Hwy. 59 and East Beach Blvd.
Lots of food vendors, arts & crafts, entertainment, and of course, shrimp!
More Info: myshrimpfest.com

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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