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With warm, sunny days most of the year, any time’s a good time for a celebration in Orange Beach and neighboring Gulf Shores. One of the area’s best-known festivals, celebrating the local shrimping industry, is held every fall. Two others, one in late fall and the other in the spring, showcase local, national, and international musical talent.

More than 300 vendors offering food, arts and 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, held on the beach in Gulf Shores, attracts some 250,000 visitors annually and is one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s top-rated events.

The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, held each November at various spots in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and other nearby communities, offers nearly two weeks’ worth 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.

Since it was first held in 2010, the Hangout Music Fest has grown into a nationally recognized event featuring both established performers and talented new faces. Set up on the beach in Gulf Shores, Hangout Fest stages have hosted such music greats as Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, the Dave Matthews Band, Jack White, the Zac Brown Band, and the Foo Fighters.

in addition to these star attractions, there are plenty of other special events scheduled year-round in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area – concerts, theater and dance performances, wine tastings, food festivals, and arts and crafts shows. Check out our calendar of events for an up-to-date list of what's going on while you're in town.

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Featured Events in Orange Beach

Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival in Orange Beach Alabama

Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

When: TBD
Where: Various venues
Over 200 seasoned and aspiring songwriters and musicians from all over the world come to have their songs heard while learning the stories behind the lyrics.
More Info: www.frankbrownsongwriters.com

Flora Bama Polar Bear Dip in Orange Beach Alabama

Flora Bama Polar Bear Dip

When: Jan 1, 2018 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. Perdido Key, FL
Take a dip into the Gulf of Mexico at high noon to ring in the New Year.
More Info: www.florabama.com/events/polar-bear-dip

Luke Bryan in Concert in Orange Beach Alabama

Luke Bryan in Concert

When: TBD
Where: Amphitheater, 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561
An American country music singer and songwriter.

The Blue Marlin Championship in Orange Beach Alabama

The Blue Marlin Championship

When: TBD
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach, FL
Millions of dollars in prize money.
More Info: thewharfmarina.com/bmgc


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November - 2017

Worship on the Water

When: Every Sunday between Nov 1 - 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
A weekly church service held in the tent at the Flora-Bama.
More Info: www.centralonline.tv/flora-bama

Blue Angels Practice

When: Everyday between Nov 1 - 21, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: National Museum pf Naval Aviation, 1750 Radord Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32508
The Blue Angels will be practicing over the museum most Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings and last about 55 minutes. Check website for exact dates and times.
More Info: navalaviationmuseum.org/attractions/blue-angels

Free Bingo

When: Every Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday between Nov 1 - 30, 2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
More Info: florabama.com/weekly-events

Songs of Rusty McCugh w/ Jason Justice

When: Everyday between Nov 1 - 30, 2017 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar 17401 Perdido Key Dr. Perdido Key, FL 32507
Jason Justice will entertain us with his guitar and harmonica.
More Info: florabama.com/music-calendar

Mark Sherrill, James Daniel, Chris Newbury & Mel Knapp

When: Everyday between Nov 1 - 30, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar 17401 Perdido Key Dr. Perdido Key, FL 32507
Listen to the various local artist performing.

Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums

When: Everyday between Nov 4 - 30, 2017 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Bellingrath Gardens, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd. Theodore, AL 36582

Ice Skating at The Wharf

When: Everyday between Nov 17 - 30, 2017 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Front Parking Lot next to Fire Station at The Wharf
More Info: alwharf.com

Photos with Santa

When: Everyday between Nov 17 - 30, 2017
Where: The Wharf, 23101 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Check website for more info.
More Info: alwharf.com

Horse and Carriage Rides

When: Everyday between Nov 18 - 30, 2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach
Check website for details
More Info: alwharf.com

Black Friday at The Wharf

When: Nov 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach
Shop all the steals and deals throughout the shops and restaurants at The Wharf.
More Info: alwharf.com

Magic Christmas in Lights

When: Everyday between Nov 24 - 30, 2017 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Bellingrath Gardens and Home 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd. Theodore, AL 36582
Stroll through a dazzling light display featuring more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate.
More Info: bellingrath.org

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at The Wharf

When: Nov 28, 2017 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach 23101 Canal Rd Orange Beach, AL 36561
Special musical performances, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, hot chocolate with a reading of The Christmas Story by the Mayor of Orange Beach. The firetruck might be bringing Santa so be on the lookout.
More Info: alwharf.com

Holiday SPECTRA Sound & Light Spectacular

When: Everyday between Nov 28 - 30, 2017
Visit website for details. Lighting at 6pm and 7pm.
More Info: alwharf.com

December - 2017

Worship on the Water

When: Every Sunday between Dec 1 - 17, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
A weekly church service held in the tent at the Flora-Bama.
More Info: www.centralonline.tv/flora-bama

Free Bingo

When: Every Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday between Dec 1 - 29, 2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
More Info: florabama.com/weekly-events

Songs of Rusty McCugh w/ Jason Justice

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 31, 2017 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar 17401 Perdido Key Dr. Perdido Key, FL 32507
Jason Justice will entertain us with his guitar and harmonica.
More Info: florabama.com/music-calendar

Mark Sherrill, James Daniel, Chris Newbury & Mel Knapp

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 28, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar 17401 Perdido Key Dr. Perdido Key, FL 32507
Listen to the various local artist performing.

Photos with Santa

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 24, 2017
Where: The Wharf, 23101 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Check website for more info.
More Info: alwharf.com

Ice Skating at The Wharf

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 31, 2017 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Front Parking Lot next to Fire Station at The Wharf
More Info: alwharf.com

Horse and Carriage Rides

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 17, 2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach
Check website for details
More Info: alwharf.com

Magic Christmas in Lights

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 31, 2017 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Bellingrath Gardens and Home 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd. Theodore, AL 36582
Stroll through a dazzling light display featuring more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate.
More Info: bellingrath.org

Holiday SPECTRA Sound & Light Spectacular

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 31, 2017
Visit website for details. Lighting at 6pm and 7pm.
More Info: alwharf.com

Christmas Tree Festival

When: Everyday between Dec 2 - 1, 2017 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Caribe Marina
Come see Santa, jump in the bouncy house, enjoy hot chocolate, hayrides and more.
Phone: 251-980-8410
More Info: orangebeachchristmastrees.com

Reelin in The New Year

When: Dec 31, 2017 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
More Info: alwharf.com

January - 2018

Ice Skating at The Wharf

When: Everyday between Jan 1 - 14, 2018 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Front Parking Lot next to Fire Station at The Wharf
More Info: alwharf.com

Flora Bama Polar Bear Dip

When: Jan 1, 2018 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. Perdido Key, FL
Take a dip into the Gulf of Mexico at high noon to ring in the New Year. Dress up or just show up for this fun, chilly time.special day and enjoy a traditional feast with black-eyed peas, cornbread, ham and more for those who take the plunge.
More Info: www.florabama.com/events/polar-bear-dip

Flora Bama Polar Bear Dip

When: Jan 1, 2018 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. Perdido Key, FL
Take a dip into the Gulf of Mexico at high noon to ring in the New Year.
More Info: www.florabama.com/events/polar-bear-dip

June - 2018

Alan Jackson

When: June 23, 2018
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater
Honky Tonk Highway Tour
More Info: alwharf.com

November - 2018

2018 World Food Championship

When: Everyday between Nov 5 - 13, 2018 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach, 4830 Main St. Orange Beach, AL 36561
More Info: www.worldfoodchampionships.com
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Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival

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