Leaves Falling and Bigfoot Crawling in Coastal Alabama
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
L.M. Montgomery wrote in Anne of Green Gables, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” For those of us in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, we are so glad to live in a world where we can spend our Octobers soaking up the warm fall sun, letting our toes sink into sugar-white sand and bouncing around from one festival to the next on Alabama’s beaches.
Though the summer has come and gone, there are plenty of fun things to see and do throughout the destination, including a plethora of festivals and events, in October.
On October 2-5, we will kick off birding season with the John L. Borom Alabama Coastal Birdfest. In its 16th year, this event aims to showcase all of the fantastic bird-and-nature-watching locations around Lower Alabama. From a Bird & Conservation Expo with exhibits and shows to kayaking excursions and eco-tours, there is no better place to fall in love with flora and fauna found on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
A week following Birdfest the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber will host is 48th Annual National Shrimp Festival Oct. 10-13 at the Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place). During this four-day event that attracts folks from all over the country, there will be hours of live musical entertainment, several thousand pounds of shrimp prepared in a variety of ways, and hundreds of fine arts and crafts vendors to enjoy. And on Oct. 12, there will be a 10K and a 5K race, both of which will benefit the public schools in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.