Sunset on Beach Orange Beach AL

Leaves Falling and Fun Festivals 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.

National Shrimp Festival Gulf Shores AL

On October 6-9, we will kick off birding season with the John L. Borom Alabama Coastal Birdfest. In its 17th 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.

Just after the Birdfest the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber will host the Annual National Shrimp Festival Oct. 7-10 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. 9, there will be a 10K and a 5K race, both of which will benefit the public schools in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.


On Oct. 9, tap your toes to tunes by country-music legends Brooks and Dunn at The Wharf Amphitheater. Special guests include Travis Tritt and Elvie Shane. 

Get your lederhosen ready for the Flora-Bama Oktoberfest on Oct. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. Come in costume and guests 21 and up receive a free drink upon entry. Those arriving early may receive a free stein, until supplies are depleted. Enjoy complimentary German food from the buffet while it lasts! The menu includes beer brats, sauerkraut and German potato salad.

Luna's Annual Oktoberfest will be held Sunday, Oct. 17 from 2 to 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per guest and beer and food tickets are sold separately. Enjoy German food selections, modern polka music, stein hoisting, games and more!

The fun continues on Oct. 30 with the Original German Sausage Festival in nearby Elberta, Alabama. Check out more than 200 arts and crafts booths and German-style filled cabbage, potato salad, goulash and German sausages. 

To stay up-to-date on all of the things to do in October on the Alabama Gulf Coast, visit our calendar of events.


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