Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Keep on Summering

Fall vacations are perfect for reconnecting with your favorite people. On the Alabama Gulf Coast, we welcome our “second summer” every year from Labor Day until Thanksgiving. Mild temperatures, sprawling beaches and great fall events make it easy to Keep On Summering in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Off-season rates on Gulf Shores hotels and Orange Beach condos, along with the shorter waits at popular restaurants and attractions, make a fall vacation even more appealing if you’re ready for a couples escape, girlfriend getaway or guys weekend. It’s easier to get away for a few days and still have a fantastic second summer vacation.

Family Adventure

No one likes to see summer end, especially the kids. Spend a few days of memory making during the second summer in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Plan adventures or plan to relax…or plan relaxing adventures! They do exist on Alabama's beaches. Get back to the beach for the Annual National Shrimp Festival held the second weekend of October and enjoy days of fun in the sun, pounds upon pounds of fresh shrimp and plenty of family-friendly entertainment. From go-karts and miniature golf to Orange Beach charter fishing and dolphin cruises, there are plenty of ways to extend the season and keep on summering with your family.

Couples Escape

Everyone has their own idea about what makes the perfect couples getaway. The good news is whether you want a weekend of romance or a weekend of adventure, you can find both when you Keep On Summering on Alabama’s beaches. Fill your days relaxing on the beach and your nights indulging in decadent desserts. Fall events like the World Food Championships and National Shrimp Festival add even more fun to the list of possibilities. Do as little or as much as you’d like and connect with the one you love.

Girlfriend Getaway

Escape to the beach with your best girls. If you can imagine a weekend of massages, mimosas and memories, then you’re ready for a girlfriend getaway on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Check out the great fall events, including The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event where you can sample cuisine from award-winning chefs. Put Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in your GPS and cruise on over to spend a few days catching up with old friends.

Guys Weekend

No matter if you’re planning a dadcation or a bachelor party, our second summer offers plenty of action to keep your adrenaline pumping. Challenge your buddies to see who reels in the biggest catch on an Orange Beach charter fishing trip, kayak the back bays, or spend a day on the greens playing championship golf. Join us during one of our fall festivals, including the Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout for a sampling of more than 60 craft beers and dozens of preparations of oysters. However you decide to fill the weekend, it’ll be time well spent with the guys.



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“Our favorite time to visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is during September/early October. We choose this time of year for two reasons - the weather is amazing, and the hustle and bustle of summer are over and everyone is back in school. We get to enjoy the second summer of the year at the beach - sometimes all by ourselves! For the past three years, we have taken our vacation during the last week of September going into the beginning of October, and we have never been disappointed yet! One of our favorite excursions is the evening dolphin tour with Sail Wild Hearts. You can read all about it here.”
~ Jennifer Sikora
Jen's Journey  


“The beaches are less crowded, the weather is fabulous and the amazing bread pudding that can be found along the Alabama Coast is readily available. What more could this Alabama Coastal loving enthusiast want?”
~ Sara Broers
Travel With Sara 
(A midwestern traveler that calls Alabama her second home.)


“As a homeschooling family, we always vacation in September and October when most families are back to school, crowds are substantially less and traveling is cheaper. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is one of our favorite destinations because it's still warm in the fall months and we get to extend our summer with a fantastic beach vacation. And besides, there is really no seasonal limitation on amazing food! Read about it here in the Best Restaurants in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.”
~ Shannon Entin
The TV Traveler 


“After Labor Day is the perfect time for a homeschool family vacation to Gulf Shores. The weather is still warm, but the crowds are all back in school. It's like having the beach to yourselves!”
~ Marci Goodwin
The Homeschool Scientist 


“No crowds on the beaches - enjoy the peaceful, laid back atmosphere of beach shoulder season on Alabama's Gulf Coast while the water is still warm, as well as, the temperature. Your favorite restaurants aren't crowded and lodging is less expensive.”
~ Becky Beall
The Travel Voice by Becky 


“If you want to keep on summering, there's no better destination than Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL. This is actually my favorite time of year to visit the beach and enjoy a second summer - everything is quieter this time of year and the weather couldn't be more perfect. As a bonus, rates are lower because fewer people are flocking to the beaches. Back in the day, they used to call it the 'Indian Summer,' when the weather was warm and dry, but the term has a double definition of happiness or success found later in life. With my children a bit older and my time more free to relax and enjoy the beach whenever the mood strikes, I can tell you this is the sweet spot when it comes to time to book a visit.”
~ Desiree Miller
Stress Free, Baby 


“Gulf Shores is the perfect place to extend your summer days! When the weather is changing and you are not ready to pull on a sweater you can head to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to enjoy their second summer! There is so much to see and do during your visit! Don't get me started on the bread pudding trail, delicious food, sugar-sand beaches and adventures that are around every corner. I would happily jump on a plane, hop in the car, or catch a wave to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach any chance I can!”
~ Tammilee Tillison
Tammilee Tips 


“Gulf Shores vacation. When you say those words to me, I immediately think of fun in the sun, white-sand beaches, great food and good times. Fall is the perfect time for a Gulf Shores vacation that your family will remember for a lifetime.”
~ Winona Rogers
Southern Family Lifestyle 

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10th Annual Oyster Cook Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout
The Hangout
101 E. Beach Blvd.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 948-3030

Craft Beer Festival will be held Friday, November 2 from 6 -11 p.m.Enjoy tastings of dozens of craft beers and live music. The all-inclusive ticket includes samples from all of our craft brewers and live entertainment all night long. Admission is included with VIP tickets. T...

34th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters

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(850) 492-7664

This annual songwriters and listeners event runs from November 8 - 18, 2018 across multiple venues at different times. To be sure you don't miss one of your favorites, please be sure to research venues and times at the FBISF website. Festival attendees enjoy an up close and ...

Nov 9, 2018 - Nov 11, 2018

2018 World Food Championships

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2018 World Food Championships
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main St.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(615) 297-6886

Want to take a bite out of the World Food Championships?! Trying to figure out what Food Sport really is? Join us for the biggest event in the industry as we surround the MAIN EVENT with countless fun foodie activities! While more than 1500 chefs and home cooks battle it out...

2018 Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Coastal Half Marathon and 5K Run
Orange Beach Sportsplex
4385 William Silvers Pkwy
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(615) 460-9927

Join us for the 11th Annual Kaiser Coastal Half Marathon, 5k and One Mile run!Shed your turkey with us at the beach on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Bring the whole family to enjoy the weekend on Alabama's beautiful Gulf Coast. From a one mile fun run to a 5k run to a hal...

33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade
LuLu's to Cobalt

(251) 968-6091

The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber's 33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, December 8. The Coastal Alabama Chamber of Commerce lighted boat parade takes off at about 5 p.m. from LuLu’s at Homeport Marina and finishes at Flora-Bama. Mor...

27th Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main St.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 981-1524

The 26th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival features a full day of seafood, kids activities, live entertainment, a car show and more. This event is the primary fundraiser for the Orange Beach Sports Association, which supports youth sports in Orange Beach.  Two stages feat...

Mar 9, 2019 - Mar 10, 2019

45th Annual Festival of Art

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45th Annual Festival of Art
Orange Beach Waterfront Park
26389 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251-981-ARTS (2787)

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below. Festival of Art celebrates an extraordinary amount of arts and artists from visual arts and fi...

Mar 28, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019

2019 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

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2019 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show
4550 Main St.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(850) 348-1498

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show will offer the largest in-water display of any boat show along the upper Gulf Coast. It will showcase the latest offerings from boat manufacturers and dealers throughout the Southeast.In-water displays will allow prospective buyers to test drive...

2019 Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run
Waterway Village in Gulf Shores-Under the Intracoastal Bridge (North & Sout... (more)
225 E. 24th Ave.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-1174

The annual Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival boils up a beaucoup (French for a lot) of fun! Sink your teeth into hot, juicy, lip-smacking crawfish throughout the day while dancing to the infectious rhythms of some of the best Zydeco bands from around the South....

National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship
Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place)
101 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

As you make plans to attend this event druing these confirmed 2019 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you. May 3-Open Practice, No Gate Fee. Check out the NCAA National Colle...

May 17, 2019 - May 19, 2019

The Hangout Music Festival 2019

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The Hangout Music Festival 2019
Gulf Shores Public Beach
101 E Beach Blvd.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

The Hangout Music Fest is known for sugar white beaches, starry nights and red hot music. The award-winning festival takes place in Gulf Shores, Alabama just a short drive from the Pensacola, FL and Mobile, AL airports. Hangout is as much a vacation as it is a concert event....

2019 Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf
4673 Wharf Parkway
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-1900

As you make plans to attend this event during these conirmed 2019 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you. So, what makes the Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf such a...

2019 Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon
Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place)
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(615) 415-3520

Enjoy a beautiful gulf swim and a fast, flat bike and run course at a great venue!Team Magic is very excited to partner once again with the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission, the City of Gulf Shores, the City of Orange Beach and Gulf State Park to bring you th...




October 21
Featured Event

Oct 21, 2018

Boo at the Zoo 2018

Community Events
Boo at the Zoo 2018
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
1204 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-5732

Boo at the Zoo returns on Sunday, October 21 from 1 to 4 pm for one last time at our current location. Grab your favorite costume and join us for a fun-filled afternoon for superheroes, princesses, pirates and goblins of all ages. Come dressed in your best costume as our kee...

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November 02
Featured Event

Nov 2, 2018 - Nov 4, 2018

Alabama Pecan Festival

Alabama Pecan Festival
Tillman's Corner Community Center
5055 Carol Plantation Rd.
Mobile, AL 

Did someone say pecans? That’s right, we did!  Spend your first full weekend of November at the annual Alabama Pecan Festival at the Tillman’s Corner Community Center.  This family-oriented festival features carnival atmosphere complete with rides, food, face paint...

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November 03
Featured Event
The Harvest ? A Festival of Gifts
Gulf Shores United Methodist
1900 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-4328

Join Gulf Shores United Methodist Church Mother’s Day Out and Pre-school on Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. - 3p.m. for its 10th annual fundraiser, The Harvest - A Festival of Gifts, at GSUMC's south campus behind Zaxby’s. Proceeds from The Harvest will benefit th...

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Nov 2, 2018 - Nov 4, 2018

Alabama Pecan Festival

Alabama Pecan Festival
Tillman's Corner Community Center
5055 Carol Plantation Rd.
Mobile, AL 

Did someone say pecans? That’s right, we did!  Spend your first full weekend of November at the annual Alabama Pecan Festival at the Tillman’s Corner Community Center.  This family-oriented festival features carnival atmosphere complete with rides, food, face paint...

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November 04
Featured Event

Nov 2, 2018 - Nov 4, 2018

Alabama Pecan Festival

Alabama Pecan Festival
Tillman's Corner Community Center
5055 Carol Plantation Rd.
Mobile, AL 

Did someone say pecans? That’s right, we did!  Spend your first full weekend of November at the annual Alabama Pecan Festival at the Tillman’s Corner Community Center.  This family-oriented festival features carnival atmosphere complete with rides, food, face paint...

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November 22
Featured Event
Flora-Bama Annual Thanksgiving Potluck
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32507
(850) 492-0611

Join us for our Thanksgiving Potluck at Flora-Bama in the tent on Thanksgiving Day. Flora-Bama provides the main dish and we encourage everyone to bring a covered side dish or dessert. Live music starts at 11 a.m. and the food is served at 1 p.m.

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November 26
Featured Event
2018 NAIA Women
Orange Beach Sportsplex
Orange Beach Sportsplex
4385 William Silvers Pkwy
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(816) 595-8153

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dtates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below. Women's college soccer excitement comes to Orange Beach. Don't miss the action as 16 teams fr...

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November 27
Featured Event
2018 NAIA Women
Orange Beach Sportsplex
Orange Beach Sportsplex
4385 William Silvers Pkwy
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(816) 595-8153

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dtates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below. Women's college soccer excitement comes to Orange Beach. Don't miss the action as 16 teams fr...

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November 28
Featured Event
2018 NAIA Women
Orange Beach Sportsplex
Orange Beach Sportsplex
4385 William Silvers Pkwy
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(816) 595-8153

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dtates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below. Women's college soccer excitement comes to Orange Beach. Don't miss the action as 16 teams fr...

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November 29
Featured Event
2018 NAIA Women
Orange Beach Sportsplex
Orange Beach Sportsplex
4385 William Silvers Pkwy
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(816) 595-8153

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dtates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below. Women's college soccer excitement comes to Orange Beach. Don't miss the action as 16 teams fr...

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20% Off Through October

9/1/2018 - 10/24/2018
Reed Real Estate
Category: Accommodations

(251) 540-2306
(800) 678-2306
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30% Savings On Mid-Week Stays

9/3/2018 - 10/31/2018
Young's Suncoast Realty & Vacation Rentals
Category: Accommodations

(251) 968-7158
(800) 826-1213
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Free Night in Fall 2018

9/3/2018 - 11/19/2018
Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals
Category: Accommodations

(251) 968-6868
(800) 225-4853
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10/3/2018 - 11/30/2018
Perdido Beach Resort
Category: Accommodations

(251) 981-9811
(800) 634-8001
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A Holiday Season They’ll Always Remember

9/26/2018 - 11/30/2018
Meyer Vacation Rentals
Category: Accommodations

(251) 968-7516
(866) 592-5105
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Week Long Stays

10/15/2018 - 1/31/2019
Brett Robinson Vacation Rentals
Category: Accommodations

(251) 968-7363
(877) 398-5670
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Fall Savings $30 Guest Per Night, Sleep Up To 170 - Hurricane Michael Deals

10/15/2018 - 10/31/2018
Gulf Shores Beach Retreat
Category: Accommodations

(251) 948-8800
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Tailgate Getaway

9/12/2018 - 11/23/2018
Turquoise Place Official Onsite Management by Spectrum Resorts
Category: Accommodations

(251) 923-5400
(877) 553-7415
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Elevator Maintenance (November 2018)

11/1/2018 - 11/30/2018
Alpha Ventures Tropic Isles Condo 602
Category: Accommodations

(601) 504-5415
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3-7 Night Sizzler Rate

9/4/2018 - 11/30/2018
Magnolia Springs Bed & Breakfast
Category: Accommodations

(251) 965-7321
(800) 965-7321
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Save 20%

9/4/2018 - 11/30/2018
Anchor Vacations, Inc.
Category: Accommodations

(251) 948-6680
(800) 334-5107
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Tailgate Getaway at The Beach Club Resort & Spa

9/12/2018 - 11/30/2018
The Beach Club
Category: Accommodations

(251) 224-2500
(888) 260-7263
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2 Night Minimum

9/26/2018 - 11/30/2018
Lucky Bird Vacations
Category: Accommodations

(251) 284-5387
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Late Fall Specials

10/1/2018 - 11/30/2018
DJS Vacations
Category: Accommodations

(309) 236-2609
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Fall Special $12 Dolphin Cruise

11/30/2017 - 11/30/2019
Hudson Marina
Category: Boating

(251) 981-4127
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