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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 7 - 17, 2019
Where: Various venues along the Gulf Coast
Featuring more than 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters from all over the world performing their songs and telling the stories behind them.
More Info: www.frankbrownsongwriters.com

Blue Marlin Championship in Orange Beach Alabama

Blue Marlin Championship

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 9-14.
More Info: www.bluemarlingrandchampionship.com/

National Shrimp Festival in Orange Beach Alabama

National Shrimp Festival

When: Every Thursday,Friday,Saturday between Oct 10 - 13, 2019
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 10-13, the 48th 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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February - 2019

Nina and Pinta

Where: The Wharf Marina. Open daily, 9 a.m.-5p.m.
Historic replicas of Columbus’ ships, the Nina and the Pinta, will arrive at The Wharf on February 15 and remain in port until February 24.The public is welcome to come aboard for a self-guided tour of both vessels. Admission is $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students aged 5-14. Children 4 and under admitted FREE. No reservations are necessary. For a 30-minute guided tour, call 1-787-672-2152.
More Info: www.ninapinta.org

27th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival and Car Show

When: Feb 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: The Wharf, Main Street and Wharf Parkway
This family-friendly event features tons of food, live music, arts and crafts, a Kids Zone, and dozens of classic vehicles. FREE
More Info: www.alwharf.com/

March - 2019

MoonPies on Main

When: Mar 4, 2019
Where: The Wharf
Annual Mardi Gras parades at The Wharf include a Kid and Pet Parade, live DJ entertainment, a rock-climbing wall, face painting, a bouncy house, a night-time float parade, and more. The Kid and Pet Parade starts at 4 p.m., and the floats start rolling at 6 p.m. There's also a SPECTRA Sound and Light Spectacular right after the parade. FREE, but there are fees for some kids' activities.

Orange Beach Invasion Car Show

Where: The Wharf, Main Street, Marina Lawn
Free admission for spectators of this popular three-day event, scheduled for March 15-17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
More Info: www.alwharf.com/

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

April - 2019

Kids Win at The Wharf Fishing Tournament

When: April 6, 2019
Where: The Wharf Marina. Fishing begins at sunrise and ends at 11:30 a.m. Weigh-ins start at 10 a.m. and close at 12:30.
Kids from 3 to 12 will compete in two age groups, and everyone's a winner with T-shirts, goodie bags, lunch, and more. Cost is $25 per child.
More Info: www.thewharfmarina.com/kids-win-fishing-tournament.cfm

July - 2019

Blue Marlin Championship

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 9-14.
More Info: www.bluemarlingrandchampionship.com/

October - 2019

National Shrimp Festival

When: Every Thursday,Friday,Saturday between Oct 10 - 13, 2019
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 10-13, the 48th annual National Shrimp Festival is expected to attract more than 250,000 visitors to the city.
More Info: www.myshrimpfest.com/

November - 2019

Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

When: Everyday between Nov 7 - 17, 2019
Where: Various venues along the Gulf Coast
Featuring more than 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters from all over the world performing their songs and telling the stories behind them.
More Info: www.frankbrownsongwriters.com
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