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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.

June - 2024

Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo

When: Everyday between June 9 - 11, 2024
The “funnest” fishing tournament on the Gulf Coast is open to advanced and novice anglers with 40 categories and prizes for the top three winners in each category.

July - 2024

Gulf Shores Independence Day Celebration

When: July 4, 2024
Where: Gulf State Park Pier
Celebrate the Fourth of July with a stunning fireworks display shot from the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier
More Info: gulfshoresal.gov

Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf

When: Everyday between July 10 - 14, 2024
Where: The Wharf, 4673 Wharf Parkway, Orange Beach
Considered one of the top 20 events in the Southeast and “The Greatest Show In Sportfishing!” Over 60 of the best fishing teams in the world are invited to participate in catching the biggest Marlin in the Gulf to win over $1.5 million in prize money. Gather at The Wharf’s entertainment district to watch the broadcasted weigh-ins, enjoy good food and custom cocktails, and celebrate the winners.

Blue Angels Pensacola Beach Air Show

When: July 13, 2024
Where: National Museum of Naval Aviation 735 Pensacola Beach Blvd Gulf Breeze, FL 32508
The show highlights our hometown heroes — the Blue Angels — the U. S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron stationed at Forrest Sherman Field aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. The Blue Angels will hold practice sessions along the beach in the days leading up to the big event.

October - 2024

Annual National Shrimp Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 10 - 13, 2024
Where: 191 Gulf Shores Parkway Intersection of Hwy. 59 and East Beach Blvd.
Nationally recognized for over 50 years, the National Shrimp Festival has been a volunteer-driven tradition on the beautiful beaches of Coastal Alabama. Enjoy food, music, art, and shrimp served any way you want it.
More Info: myshrimpfest.com
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