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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.

October - 2020

Cocktails & Canvases

When: Every Thursday between Oct 1 - 31, 2020
Where: The Wharf; Marlin Circle
Create a colorful masterpiece on canvas with the guidance of an instructor with a new theme weekly while sipping on your favorite beverage.
More Info: alwharf.com

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

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

Cocktails & Canvases

When: Every Thursday between Nov 1 - 19, 2020
Where: The Wharf; Marlin Circle
Create a colorful masterpiece on canvas with the guidance of an instructor with a new theme weekly while sipping on your favorite beverage.
More Info: alwharf.com

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 Songwriter's Festival

When: Everyday between Nov 5 - 15, 2020
Where: Various venues along the Gulf Coast
2020 Festival in planning process
More Info: www.frankbrownsongwriters.com

2020 Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament

Check website for details
More Info: kayakbassfishing.com

The Annual Oyster Cook-Off

When: Everyday between Nov 6 - 7, 2020
Where: The Hangout 101 E. Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Phone: 251-948-3030

Photos with Santa

When: Everyday between Nov 13 - 30, 2020
Where: The Port at The Wharf; across from the Ferris Wheel
Check website for specific dates and times.
More Info: alwarf.com

The Wharf North Pole Express

When: Every Saturday between Nov 14 - 30, 2020
Where: The Wharf; Main Street
Hop aboard the train as it winds through a Winter Wonderland at The Wharf. Check website for details.
More Info: alwharf.com

Holiday Horse & Carriage Rides

Where: The Wharf; Main Street across from the Ice Skating rink
Take an enchanted ride amidst the holiday lights and decorations in a horse-drawn carriage. Check dates on website
More Info: alwharf.com

Ice Skating Rink

When: Everyday between Nov 18 - 30, 2020
Where: The Wharf; located under the large white tent on Main Street next to the fire station
Select a pair of skates and glide your way onto the ice. Check website for details
More Info: alwharf.com

Black Friday Shopping

When: Nov 27, 2020
Where: 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, FL 36561
Check out the steals and deals from the various shops and restaurants at The Wharf.
More Info: alwharf.com

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

December - 2020

Photos with Santa

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 24, 2020
Where: The Port at The Wharf; across from the Ferris Wheel
Check website for specific dates and times.
More Info: alwarf.com

The Wharf North Pole Express

When: Every Saturday between Dec 1 - 19, 2020
Where: The Wharf; Main Street
Hop aboard the train as it winds through a Winter Wonderland at The Wharf. Check website for details.
More Info: alwharf.com

Holiday Horse & Carriage Rides

Where: The Wharf; Main Street across from the Ice Skating rink
Take an enchanted ride amidst the holiday lights and decorations in a horse-drawn carriage. Check dates on website
More Info: alwharf.com

Ice Skating Rink

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 24, 2020
Where: The Wharf; located under the large white tent on Main Street next to the fire station
Select a pair of skates and glide your way onto the ice. Check website for details
More Info: alwharf.com

Christmas Tree Lighting

When: Dec 1, 2020
Where: The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561
Details upcoming

Kids Confetti Drop

When: Dec 31, 2020
Where: The Wharf; Main Street + Palm Plaza
Come out early for music and fun activities. Confetti drop at noon.

Reelin' In The New Year

When: Dec 31, 2020
Where: The Wharf; Main Street, Marlin Circle and Palm Plaza
Welcome the new year with live bands, fun activities, the marlin drop and fireworks.
More Info: alwharf.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

Annual Mullet Man Triathlon

When: April 17, 2021
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar 17401 Perdido Key Drive Perdido Key, FL 32507
Part of the Annual Interstate Mullet Toss and the Greatest Beach Party

Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

When: Everyday between April 24 - 25, 2021
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar 17401 Perdido Key Drive Pensacola, FL 32507

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

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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