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Sunny skies and comfortable temperatures most of the year mean that any time's a good time for a celebration in Gulf Shores. Two of the best-known festivals celebrate the local shrimping industry and the talent of area musicians.

More than 300 vendors offering arts, 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 celebrates its 37th year this October.

The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, held each November at various spots in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and other nearby communities, offers 10 days 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.

The city also celebrates the Fourth of July with a fireworks display, and ushers in the holiday season with a Christmas tree lighting and open house.

And there are plenty of other special events scheduled year-round - concerts, theater and dance performances, wine tastings, food festivals, arts and crafts shows - even a rodeo. 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 Gulf Shores

National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama

National Shrimp Festival

When: TBD
Where: TBD
Over 300 vendors offering arts & crafts, continuous music and plenty of SHRIMP! Children's activities.
More Info: beachguide.com/blog/gulf-shores/gulf-shores-shrimp-festival

Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama

Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival

When: TBD
Where: Various venues along the Gulf Coast
Featuring more than 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters from all over the world performing their songs and learning the stories behind them.
More Info: frankbrownsongwriters.com

The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama

The Hangout Music Festival

When: TBD
Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach, 101 E. Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
A three day music festival featuring many genres of music, including rock, hip hop, dance music and more.
More Info: beachguide.com/blog/northwest-florida/hangout-music-fest

Luke Bryan in Concert in Gulf Shores Alabama

Luke Bryan in Concert

When: TBD
Where: The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL
An American country music singer and songwriter.

The Blue Marlin Championship in Gulf Shores 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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November - 2017

Blue Angels Practice

When: Everyday between Nov 1 - 21, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: National Museum pf Naval Aviation, 1750 Radord Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32508
The Blue Angels will be practicing over the museum most Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings and last about 55 minutes. Check website for exact dates and times.
More Info: navalaviationmuseum.org/attractions/blue-angels

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Kayak Tour

When: Everyday between Nov 1 - 30, 2017
Where: Happy Harbor Pizza and Subs, 4205 Co Rd 6, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Take a kayak tour through the Refuge to parts only reached by this means to see migratory birds, nesting Loggerhead, Sea Turtles, and the endangered Alabama Beach Mouse.
More Info: wildnativetours.com

Mark Sherrill, James Daniel, Chris Newbury & Mel Knapp

When: Everyday between Nov 1 - 30, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar 17401 Perdido Key Dr. Perdido Key, FL 32507
Listen to the various local artist performing.

Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums

When: Everyday between Nov 4 - 30, 2017 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Bellingrath Gardens, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd. Theodore, AL 36582

Ice Skating at The Wharf

When: Everyday between Nov 17 - 30, 2017 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Front Parking Lot next to Fire Station at The Wharf
More Info: alwharf.com

Photos with Santa

When: Everyday between Nov 17 - 30, 2017
Where: The Wharf, 23101 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Check website for more info.
More Info: alwharf.com

Holiday Horse & Carriage Rides

When: Everyday between Nov 17 - 30, 2017
Where: The Wharf; across from Ice Skating Rink
More Info: alwharf.com

Horse and Carriage Rides

When: Everyday between Nov 18 - 30, 2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach
Check website for details
More Info: alwharf.com

Black Friday at The Wharf

When: Nov 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach
Shop all the steals and deals throughout the shops and restaurants at The Wharf.
More Info: alwharf.com

Magic Christmas in Lights

When: Everyday between Nov 24 - 30, 2017 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Bellingrath Gardens and Home 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd. Theodore, AL 36582
Stroll through a dazzling light display featuring more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate.
More Info: bellingrath.org

Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

When: Everyday between Nov 24 - 30, 2017 5:00 PM
Where: Bellingrath Gardens and Home 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd. Theodore, AL 36582
Stroll through a dazzling display, which features more than 1,000 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate.
More Info: bellingrath.org

Kaiser Half Marathon in November 2017

When: Nov 25, 2017
Conquer the Run the Beach Series by completing the full or half marathon at the Big Beach Marathon, the Sea Turtle Half Marathon, and the Kaiser Half Marathon.

The City of Orange Beach Annual Tree Lighting

When: Everyday between Nov 28 - 27, 2017 5:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at The Wharf

When: Nov 28, 2017 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach 23101 Canal Rd Orange Beach, AL 36561
Special musical performances, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, hot chocolate with a reading of The Christmas Story by the Mayor of Orange Beach. The firetruck might be bringing Santa so be on the lookout.
More Info: alwharf.com

Holiday SPECTRA Sound & Light Spectacular

When: Everyday between Nov 28 - 30, 2017
Visit website for details. Lighting at 6pm and 7pm.
More Info: alwharf.com

December - 2017

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Kayak Tour

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 28, 2017
Where: Happy Harbor Pizza and Subs, 4205 Co Rd 6, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Take a kayak tour through the Refuge to parts only reached by this means to see migratory birds, nesting Loggerhead, Sea Turtles, and the endangered Alabama Beach Mouse.
More Info: wildnativetours.com

Mark Sherrill, James Daniel, Chris Newbury & Mel Knapp

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 28, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar 17401 Perdido Key Dr. Perdido Key, FL 32507
Listen to the various local artist performing.

Photos with Santa

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 24, 2017
Where: The Wharf, 23101 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Check website for more info.
More Info: alwharf.com

Holiday Horse & Carriage Rides

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 24, 2017
Where: The Wharf; across from Ice Skating Rink
More Info: alwharf.com

Ice Skating at The Wharf

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 31, 2017 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Front Parking Lot next to Fire Station at The Wharf
More Info: alwharf.com

Horse and Carriage Rides

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 17, 2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach
Check website for details
More Info: alwharf.com

Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 31, 2017 5:00 PM
Where: Bellingrath Gardens and Home 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd. Theodore, AL 36582
Stroll through a dazzling display, which features more than 1,000 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate.
More Info: bellingrath.org

Magic Christmas in Lights

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 31, 2017 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Bellingrath Gardens and Home 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd. Theodore, AL 36582
Stroll through a dazzling light display featuring more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate.
More Info: bellingrath.org

Holiday SPECTRA Sound & Light Spectacular

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 31, 2017
Visit website for details. Lighting at 6pm and 7pm.
More Info: alwharf.com

Reelin in The New Year

When: Dec 31, 2017 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
More Info: alwharf.com

January - 2018

Ice Skating at The Wharf

When: Everyday between Jan 1 - 14, 2018 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Front Parking Lot next to Fire Station at The Wharf
More Info: alwharf.com

May - 2018

Hangout Fest 2018

When: Everyday between May 18 - 20, 2018
Check website for the 2018 Lineup and shuttle info.
More Info: hangoutmusicfest.com

June - 2018

Alan Jackson

When: June 23, 2018
Where: The Wharf Amphitheater
Honky Tonk Highway Tour
More Info: alwharf.com

October - 2018

National Shrimp Festival

When: Everyday between Oct 11 - 14, 2018
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