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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.

September - 2021

Gulf Coast Farmers Market

When: Everyday between Sept 1 - 30, 2021
Where: Gulf State Beach Pavilion Gulf Shores
More Info: fma.alabama.gov

Jimmy Buffett in Concert

When: Sept 19, 2021
Where: The Wharf Orange Beach
Jimmy Buffett concert POSTPONED until 2022
More Info: alwharf.com

October - 2021

Gulf Coast Farmers Market

When: Everyday between Oct 1 - 30, 2021
Where: Gulf State Beach Pavilion Gulf Shores
More Info: fma.alabama.gov

49th Annual National Shrimp Fest

When: Everyday between Oct 7 - 11, 2021
Where: The intersection of Hwy. 59 and East Beach Blvd.
Lots of food vendors, arts & crafts, entertainment, and of course, shrimp!
More Info: myshrimpfest.com

May - 2022

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

When: Everyday between May 6 - 8, 2022
Where: OWA 100 N. OWA Blvd. Foley, AL 36535
Check website for details
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