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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.

March - 2024

Orange Beach Festival of Art

When: Everyday between Mar 9 - 10, 2024
Where: Orange Beach Waterfront Park 26425 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561
The Orange Beach Festival of Art features visual, performing, musical and culinary displays with more than 100 vendors. Attendees will have lots to see, touch, taste and hear. There will also be a kids' art alley, a culinary arts court featuring local fare, and a music and songwriter's stage.
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The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show

When: Everyday between Mar 15 - 17, 2024
Where: The Wharf Marina + Marina Lawn Times vary by date
More than 120 companies with over $100 million in boats and marine products will be on display at this Top Boat Buying event. There will be live music, instructional seminars, kids' art classes for a fun weekend.
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Flora-Bama Annual Beach Run/Walk

When: Mar 16, 2024
Where: Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Perdido Key, FL 32507
Flora-Bama's 11th Annual Beach Run/Walk for America's Warriors is set for the beautiful beaches alongside the iconic bar on the Alabama/Florida line. The start and end points are at the Flora-Bama, with the run taking place entirely on the beach. 5K runners will head into Alabama and 1/2-marathon participants will run into Florida. 100% of registration fees will go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which ensures full scholarship grants--and educational and family counseling--to surviving children of Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy special operations personnel who were killed in the line of duty. The funds are also used for immediate financial assistance for severely wounded special ops personnel and their families.
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Orange Beach Invasion

When: Everyday between Mar 22 - 24, 2024
Where: Main Street, Wharf Parkway and AMC Lots
One of the hottest car and truck shows on the Gulf Coast. Hot rods, lowered trucks and more from all over the U.S. and Canada will make their way to Orange Beach for the three-day affair. The event will feature more-than 40 vendors + food vendors. Free admission and parking. Presented by American Force Wheels. Special Host Sponsors include Radical Ridez, NSK Kustoms + H&W Offroad.

Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Drop

When: Mar 30, 2024
Where: Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Perdido Key, FL 32507
Face painting and kids crafts will be under the tent with a hunt at 11 a.m. followed by the arrival of the Easter Bunny who will skydive onto the beach. The Easter Egg Hunt is set to begin at noon on the beach. Kids will be able to have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. Participants need to bring their own baskets and cameras. An Easter church service will also take place on the beach.

April - 2024

Mullet Man Triathlon

When: April 20, 2024 7:00 AM
Where: Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Perdido Key, FL 32507
The 26th Annual Mullet Man Triathlon at the legendary Flora-Bama is set to begin with the swim portion, transition to the bike segment, and then a 3.9-mile run. The event is segmented into age groups and is great for family viewing or participation. Enjoy a day on the beach, in the water and the path. For more, please see:
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Mullet Swing Golf Classic

When: April 24, 2024
Where: Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Perdido Key, FL 32507
The 26th Annual Mullet Swing Golf Classic 4-person scramble is scheduled for the Gulf Shores Peninsula Golf Course. The event is to raise money for the MS Society. Maximum handicap is 30 per player. The event fills quickly, so register soon. You can also become a hole sponsor by emailing:

Interstate Mullet Toss & Beach Party

When: Everyday between April 26 - 28, 2024
Where: Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Perdido Key, FL 32507
The Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party is one more reason to have a blast at the Flora-Bama Lounge. Throwing a mullet over the state line of Florida and Alabama is a great excuse to have one of the biggest beach parties with great music, food and lots of fun. The goal is to throw your mullet the farthest. Make your condo or beach house reservation early as people travel from all over the world to attend this event.
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May - 2024

Hangout Music Festival

When: Everyday between May 17 - 19, 2024
Where: Gulf Shores Beach 1649 W. Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores, AL
The Hangout Music Festival is a 3-day music extravaganza on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. The stellar lineup of musicians evolves yearly and always features top performers in all genres. For more information, see: It's a place to gather your group of friends, throw on your favorite bathing suit and hit the beach for some sun, fun, and a great time.

Miss Memorial Day Bikini Contest

When: May 25, 2024
Where: Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Perdido Key, FL 32507
The Flora-Bama holds its Annual Bikini Contest on Saturday, May 25, of Memorial Day Weekend. There are also Bikini contests on the 4th of July Weekend and Labor Day Weekend. Winners of each go on to complete during the Labor Day Contest Finale for a chance to win the $5,000 grand prize. Contestants must be 21 or older to participate and have to present a valid ID to register. For more, see:
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