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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.

November - 2022

Ice Skating Rink

When: Everyday between Nov 11 - 30, 2022
Where: Near the Main Street entrance next to Sand Dollar Lifestyles.
Ice skate on real ice under the large white tent at The Wharf. You can grab a pair of skates, sign the e-waiver and hop in the ring. Check website for schedule
More Info: alwharf.com

The Wharf North Pole Express Train

When: Every Saturday between Nov 11 - 30, 2022
Where: The Wharf
Keep your pj's on and board the train. Every child will receive a candy cane, a coloring book, and a golden ticket sticker. Check event schedule online
More Info: alwharf.com

December - 2022

The Wharf North Pole Express Train

When: Every Saturday between Dec 1 - 24, 2022
Where: The Wharf
Keep your pj's on and board the train. Every child will receive a candy cane, a coloring book, and a golden ticket sticker. Check event schedule online
More Info: alwharf.com

Ice Skating Rink

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 31, 2022
Where: Near the Main Street entrance next to Sand Dollar Lifestyles.
Ice skate on real ice under the large white tent at The Wharf. You can grab a pair of skates, sign the e-waiver and hop in the ring. Check website for schedule
More Info: alwharf.com

Kids Confetti Drop

When: Dec 31, 2022
Where: The Wharf Main Street & Palms Plaza
Confetti will be sprayed from cannons at noon for the kids whose bedtime comes early. There will be a bouncy house, a rock wall, face paintings, and camel rides for a fee.
More Info: alwharf.com

January - 2023

Ice Skating Rink

When: Everyday between Jan 1 - 16, 2023
Where: Near the Main Street entrance next to Sand Dollar Lifestyles.
Ice skate on real ice under the large white tent at The Wharf. You can grab a pair of skates, sign the e-waiver and hop in the ring. Check website for schedule
More Info: alwharf.com

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
More Info: www.florabama.com

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.

May - 2023

Kenny Chesney in Concert

When: May 27, 2023 7:30 PM
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater
With Special Guest Kelsea Ballerini Tickets on Sale Friday, December 2 at 10 am
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