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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: TBD
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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February - 2018

Brandon Styles Show

When: Everyday between Feb 1 - 28, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: 24281 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561
Enjoy his singing impressions and Magic Show.
Phone: 616-477-3152
More Info: brandonstyles.com

Seafood Festival & Car Show

When: Feb 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: The Wharf, 23101 Canal Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561
Enjoy great seafood, live music, arts & craft vendors, a Kids Zone and more.

March - 2018

Brandon Styles Show

When: Everyday between Mar 1 - 27, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: 24281 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561
Enjoy his singing impressions and Magic Show.
Phone: 616-477-3152
More Info: brandonstyles.com

44th Annual Festival of Art

When: Everyday between Mar 10 - 11, 2018 10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Where: Waterfront Park, 26389 Canal Rd., Orange Beach, AL 36561
A celebration of visual, performing, musical and culinary arts. The event if free.

2018 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

When: Mar 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Where: 4550 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561
The best boat show on the Gulf Coast. Every type boat possible, large and small.
Phone: 850-348-1498
More Info: wharfboatshow.com

The Original German Sausage Festival

When: Mar 31, 2018 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Elberta Town Park, 13052 Main Street, Elberta, AL 36530
More Info: elbertafire.com

April - 2018

2018 Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival

When: April 14, 2018 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Waterway Village in Gulf Shores-Under the Intracoastal Bridge 225 E. 24th Ave. Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Styx and REO Speedwagon in Concert

When: April 14, 2018
Where: 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Phone: 251-224-1000

Chris Young in Concert

When: April 20, 2018
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater, 23101 Canal Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561
Special Guest, Kane Brown, Morgan Evans and Dee Jay Silver will join Chris Young.
Phone: 251-224-1000

9th Annual Bama Coast Cruise

When: April 27, 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach, 4830 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Bama Coast Cruise is Free to the Public! Come and see the beautiful cars on display at The Wharf, enjoy a day of shopping and dine at one of The Wharf’s several delicious restaurants.

Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

When: April 27, 2018 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507
This legendary beach party is all about participants throwing a dead mullet over the state line to see who can throw the farthest.
More Info: florabama.com

May - 2018

14th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

When: Everyday between May 4 - 5, 2018 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: 18507 US 98, Foley, AL 36535
Sponsored by Tanger Outlets. Details coming soon.
More Info: gulfcoastballoonfestival.com

2018 Orange Beach Billfish Classic

When: Everyday between May 16 - 18, 2018 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: The Wharf Marina, 4673 Wharf Parkway, Orange Beach, AL 36561
More Info: orangebeachbillfishclassic.com

The Hangout Music Festival

When: Everyday between May 18 - 20, 2018
Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach, 101 E. Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542
A three-day music festival with genres ranging from rock, hip hop and electronic dance music.

Dwight Yoakam in Concert

When: May 24, 2018
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater, 23101 Canal Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561

Dave Matthews Band in Concert

When: May 27, 2018
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater, 23101 Canal Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561
Phone: 251-224-1000

June - 2018

Alan Jackson in Concert

When: June 23, 2018
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater, 23101 Canal Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561
With Special Guest: Randy Houser
Phone: 251-224-1000

July - 2018

Jason Aldean in Concert

When: July 26, 2018
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater, 23101 Canal Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561

August - 2018

Miranda Lambert in Concert

When: Aug 2, 2018
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater, 23101 Canal Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561
Phone: 251-224-1000

Keith Urban in Concert

When: Aug 25, 2018
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater, 23101 Canal Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561
Phone: 251-224-1000

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

March - 2019

The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show

When: Everyday between Mar 28 - 31, 2019 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Where: 4550 Main Street, Orange Beach, FL 36561
The best boat show on the Gulf Coast. Every type boat possible, large and small.
More Info: wharfboatshow.com
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