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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 - 2021

Hall-O-Wharf

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 30, 2021
Where: The Wharf
Join in for a fun evening filled with trick or treating, hayrides, and other family-friendly events. The night ends with fireworks.

Holiday Horse & Carriage Rides

When: Everyday between Dec 1 - 31, 2021
Where: Ice-skating rink under the white tent The Wharf Orange Beach, AL
Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride along Main Street as you look at the holiday lights starting November 11th. Check website for specific dates
More Info: alwharf.com

The Wharf North Pole Express Train

When: Every Saturday between Dec 1 - 24, 2021
Where: Tickets can be purchased at the Ferris wheel hut.
Hop aboard The Wharf Express every Saturday beginning November 13 through Christmas Eve. Come dressed in your pj's for a festive ride. All children will receive a candy cane, coloring book and golden sticker.
More Info: alwharf.com

Photos with Santa

When: Every Friday,Saturday,Sunday between Dec 1 - 24, 2021
Where: The Wharf The Port; across from the Ferris wheel
Snap a picture of your child with Santa. Children are invited to bring their wish list or they can write one while they are there. Open weekends only. Check website for details
More Info: alwharf.com

Holly Days on Main

When: Everyday between Dec 11 - 12, 2021
Where: Main Street, Palms Plaza The Wharf
Enjoy two days of shopping, arts and crafts, and special performances. To top off the night there will be a lighted boat parade.

Kids Confetti Drop

When: Dec 31, 2021
Where: Main Street, Palms Plaza The Wharf
Before the confetti drop there will be a petting zoo, rock wall, bouncy house, mechanical bull. The confetti cannons will shoot off at noon.

January - 2022

Hall-O-Wharf

When: Everyday between Jan 1 - 30, 2022
Where: The Wharf
Join in for a fun evening filled with trick or treating, hayrides, and other family-friendly events. The night ends with fireworks.

February - 2022

Hall-O-Wharf

When: Everyday between Feb 1 - 28, 2022
Where: The Wharf
Join in for a fun evening filled with trick or treating, hayrides, and other family-friendly events. The night ends with fireworks.

Flora-Bama Super Chili Bowl Cook-Off

When: Feb 12, 2022
Where: Flora-Bama
Purchase a ticket for unlimited chili samples and 1 draft beer to benefit The American Cancer Society.

March - 2022

Hall-O-Wharf

When: Everyday between Mar 1 - 30, 2022
Where: The Wharf
Join in for a fun evening filled with trick or treating, hayrides, and other family-friendly events. The night ends with fireworks.

April - 2022

Hall-O-Wharf

When: Everyday between April 1 - 30, 2022
Where: The Wharf
Join in for a fun evening filled with trick or treating, hayrides, and other family-friendly events. The night ends with fireworks.

Annual Mullet Man Triathlon

When: April 16, 2022
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar 17401 Perdido Key Drive Perdido Key, FL 32507
Check website for details
Phone: 850-492-0611
More Info: flora-bama.com

May - 2022

Hall-O-Wharf

When: Everyday between May 1 - 30, 2022
Where: The Wharf
Join in for a fun evening filled with trick or treating, hayrides, and other family-friendly events. The night ends with fireworks.

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

Orange Beach Billfish Classic

When: Everyday between May 17 - 22, 2022
Where: The Wharf Marina 4673 Wharf Pkwy. Orange Beach, AL 36561
Check website for detailed information
More Info: orangebeachbillfishclassic.com

Hangout Music Festival

When: Everyday between May 20 - 22, 2022
Where: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
A three-day musical festival with music ranging from grammy award winning artists to local talent.
More Info: hangoutmusicfest.com

June - 2022

Hall-O-Wharf

When: Everyday between June 1 - 30, 2022
Where: The Wharf
Join in for a fun evening filled with trick or treating, hayrides, and other family-friendly events. The night ends with fireworks.

July - 2022

Hall-O-Wharf

When: Everyday between July 1 - 30, 2022
Where: The Wharf
Join in for a fun evening filled with trick or treating, hayrides, and other family-friendly events. The night ends with fireworks.

August - 2022

Hall-O-Wharf

When: Everyday between Aug 1 - 30, 2022
Where: The Wharf
Join in for a fun evening filled with trick or treating, hayrides, and other family-friendly events. The night ends with fireworks.

September - 2022

Hall-O-Wharf

When: Everyday between Sept 1 - 30, 2022
Where: The Wharf
Join in for a fun evening filled with trick or treating, hayrides, and other family-friendly events. The night ends with fireworks.

October - 2022

Hall-O-Wharf

When: Everyday between Oct 1 - 30, 2022
Where: The Wharf
Join in for a fun evening filled with trick or treating, hayrides, and other family-friendly events. The night ends with fireworks.
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