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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: Everyday between Nov 8 - 18, 2018
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

Blue Marlin Championship in Orange Beach Alabama

Blue Marlin Championship

When: TBD
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach, Alabama
Anglers vie for millions of dollars in prize money during this popular annual competition, based at The Wharf. This year's tournament is scheduled for July 10-15.
More Info: www.bluemarlingrandchampionship.com/

National Shrimp Festival in Orange Beach Alabama

National Shrimp Festival

Where: Public beach, Gulf Shores, Alabama.
One of the most popular events on the Alabama coast returns to Gulf Shores this fall. Scheduled for October 11-14, the 47th annual National Shrimp Festival is expected to attract more than 250,000 visitors to the city.
More Info: www.myshrimpfest.com/


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August - 2018

Keith Urban in Concert

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

October - 2018

National Shrimp Festival

Where: Public beach, Gulf Shores, Alabama.
One of the most popular events on the Alabama coast returns to Gulf Shores this fall. Scheduled for October 11-14, the 47th annual National Shrimp Festival is expected to attract more than 250,000 visitors to the city.
More Info: www.myshrimpfest.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

Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

When: Everyday between Nov 8 - 18, 2018
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

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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Gulf Shores National Shrimp Festival

National Shrimp Festival

One of the best outdoors events on the Gulf Coast, the National Shrimp Festival promises plenty of fun for all — live entertainment, arts and crafts, and, of course, lots of shrimp.

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