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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

San Roc Cay Art & Farm Market

When: Every Wednesday between Oct 21 - 30, 2020
Where: San Roc Cay Marina 27267 Perdido Beach Blvd. Orange Beach, AL 36561
A monthly Art & Farmers Market the 3rd Wednesday of every month the courtyard. October 21st & November 18th

Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Beach Party

When: Everyday between Oct 23 - 25, 2020
Where: Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Perdido Key, FL 32507
Enjoy 3 days of live music, fun and a lot of flying mullet
More Info: florabama.com

Movie Night at The Wharf

When: Oct 25, 2020 6:30 PM
Where: Marina Lawn at The Wharf
Ghostbusters will be the featured film. Come early and Trick or Treat, paid a pumpkin or take a hayride. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the movie.

Hunt-O-Ween

When: Everyday between Oct 26 - 28, 2020

Hunt-O-Ween

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

Movies at Meyer Park

When: Every Thursday between Oct 29 - 30, 2020
Where: Meyer Park is located in the Waterway Village District 400 East 22nd Avenue Gulf Shores, AL
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join in for a movie under the stars. Showing the following Thursdays 10/22 Gremlins 10/29 The House with a Clock in its Walls 11/5 E.T. 11/12 SCOOB 11/19 Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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.
More Info: alwharf.com

November - 2020

San Roc Cay Art & Farm Market

When: Every Wednesday between Nov 1 - 18, 2020
Where: San Roc Cay Marina 27267 Perdido Beach Blvd. Orange Beach, AL 36561
A monthly Art & Farmers Market the 3rd Wednesday of every month the courtyard. October 21st & November 18th

Movies at Meyer Park

When: Every Thursday between Nov 1 - 19, 2020
Where: Meyer Park is located in the Waterway Village District 400 East 22nd Avenue Gulf Shores, AL
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join in for a movie under the stars. Showing the following Thursdays 10/22 Gremlins 10/29 The House with a Clock in its Walls 11/5 E.T. 11/12 SCOOB 11/19 Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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.
More Info: frankbrownsongwriters.com

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
More Info: team-magic.com

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
More Info: alwharf.com

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
More Info: orangebeachartsfestival.com

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
More Info: orangebeachbillfishclassic.com

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.
More Info: www.hangoutmusicfest.com

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.
More Info: bluemarlingrandchampionship.com
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