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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 - 2022

Gulf Coast Farmer's Market

When: Every Saturday between Oct 1 - 6, 2022
Where: Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion 22250 East Beach Boulevard Gulf Shores, AL
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49th Annual National Shrimp Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 6 - 9, 2022
Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach 101 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL
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Flora-Bama Oktoberfest

When: Oct 9, 2022
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar 17401 Perdido Key Drive Perdido Key, FL 32507
Come lift your stein for this competition sponsored by Samuel Adams beginning at 5pm with complimentary German food and live music in the Bama Dome.
Phone: 850-492-0611

The Concert:A Tribute to Abba

When: Oct 9, 2022 7:30 PM
Where: Sanger Theatre 6 S. Joachim Street Mobile, AL
Performing over 20 of their greatest hits!

Fall Concert

When: Oct 23, 2022
Where: Coastal Arts Center on Canal Road in Orange Beach
Fall Concert with The Baldwin Pops

January - 2023

Polar Bear Dip

When: Jan 1, 2023
Where: Flora-Bama
Take a plunge into the Gulf of Mexico with a few thousand friends to start the new year off. There will be free New Year's lunch and a beer for those that fully submerge.

April - 2023

Mullet Man Triathlon

When: April 9, 2023
Where: Flora-Bama
There will be different age groups. It will begin with the swim portion then transition into the bike segment and then a 3.9-mile run. Check website for details
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Flora-Bama Annual Easter Sunday

When: April 16, 2023
Where: Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key, FL 32507
Kid's crafts and face painting in the tent with an egg hunt at 2 pm. Watch the Easter Bunny skydive onto the beach.

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Gulf Shores National Shrimp Festival

National Shrimp Festival

One of the best outdoors events on the Gulf Coast, the National Shrimp Festival promises plenty of fun for all — live entertainment, arts and crafts, and, of course, lots of shrimp.