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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.

December - 2022

Photos with Santa

When: Every Friday,Saturday,Sunday between Dec 1 - 24, 2022
Where: The Wharf Store Suite D118 -next to the Boat Bar
Santa will be visiting The Wharf on weekends through Christmas Eve. Check website for the schedule
More Info: alwharf.com

Ice Skating Rink

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 31, 2022
Where: Near the Main Street entrance next to Sand Dollar Lifestyles.
Ice skate on real ice under the large white tent at The Wharf. You can grab a pair of skates, sign the e-waiver and hop in the ring. Check website for schedule
More Info: alwharf.com

Holly Days on Main

When: Everyday between Dec 10 - 11, 2022
Where: The Wharf Main Street & Palms Plaza
Two days of holiday fun with arts & crafts vendors, special performances, a lighted boat parade, and more.
More Info: alwharf.com

Kids Confetti Drop

When: Dec 31, 2022
Where: The Wharf Main Street & Palms Plaza
Confetti will be sprayed from cannons at noon for the kids whose bedtime comes early. There will be a bouncy house, a rock wall, face paintings, and camel rides for a fee.
More Info: alwharf.com

Reelin' in the New Year

When: Dec 31, 2022
Where: The Wharf Main Street & Marlin Circle
Leave 2022 and welcome 2023 with a New Year Street Party with live bands, activities, marlin drop, and of course fireworks.

January - 2023

Ice Skating Rink

When: Everyday between Jan 1 - 16, 2023
Where: Near the Main Street entrance next to Sand Dollar Lifestyles.
Ice skate on real ice under the large white tent at The Wharf. You can grab a pair of skates, sign the e-waiver and hop in the ring. Check website for schedule
More Info: alwharf.com

Polar Bear Dip

When: Jan 1, 2023
Where: Flora-Bama
Take a plunge into the Gulf of Mexico with a few thousand friends to start the new year off. There will be free New Year's lunch and a beer for those that fully submerge.

February - 2023

Flora-Bama's Chili Bowl Cook-Off

When: Feb 1, 2023
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge
Details upcoming

April - 2023

Mullet Man Triathlon

When: April 9, 2023
Where: Flora-Bama
There will be different age groups. It will begin with the swim portion then transition into the bike segment and then a 3.9-mile run. Check website for details
More Info: www.florabama.com

Flora-Bama Annual Easter Sunday

When: April 16, 2023
Where: Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key, FL 32507
Kid's crafts and face painting in the tent with an egg hunt at 2 pm. Watch the Easter Bunny skydive onto the beach.

May - 2023

Kenny Chesney in Concert

When: May 27, 2023 7:30 PM
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater
With Special Guest Kelsea Ballerini Tickets on Sale Friday, December 2 at 10 am
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