Gulf Shores and Orange Beach prepare for the return of Fall events to the Gulf Coast

After over a year of cancelled or postponed events, the fall event schedule for Gulf Shores and Orange Beach begins to regain a sense of normalcy


MBGFC Labor Day Invitational
Date: Sept. 2-6
Location: Orange Beach Marina, 27075 Marina Rd.
Phone: 251-981-6200
Admission: Registration ranges from $1,500 to $2,500 and includes meal tickets and merchandise for four anglers
Bulls on the Beach Professional Live Bull Riding
Date: Sept. 9-11
Time: Gates open at 6 p.m.; Rodeo begins at 8 p.m.
Location: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Dr., Perdido Key
Phone: 251-980-5118
Admission: Adult tickets cost $30 per day or $50 for the weekend; Children (aged 7-17) tickets cost $15 per day or $25 for the weekend; Children aged 6 or under are free
Details: Three days of bull riding with professionals from around the country including junior and adult bull riding competitions take place right on the beach at the legendary Flora-Bama.
Brett/Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon & Tri-It-On
Date: Sept. 11
Time: Olympic distance race (triathlon) begins at 7 a.m.; Sprint race (tri-it-on) begins at 7:20 a.m.
Location: Gulf Place Public Beach, 101 East Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores
Admission: Registration starts at $70
Details: Brought to you by Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events, the city of Gulf Shores, Brett-Robinson Vacation Rentals and The Hangout. The Olympic-length triathlon features a 1,500-meter Gulf swim followed by a 24.8-mile bike ride and 6-mile run along the scenic beach road. Those wanting to try a triathlon but are not quite ready for the real deal may register for the Tri-It-On sprint event, which includes a 300-yard swim, 12.4-mile bike ride and 2-mile run.
Sweetest Chefs of the South
Date: Sept. 17-18
Location: The Wharf in Orange Beach, 23101 Canal Rd., Orange Beach
Phone: 601-852-3463
Admission: Tickets range from $50 - $500
Details: Presented by Eat Y’all, The Wharf and Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, Sweetest Chefs showcases the best pastry chefs from around the country through dessert tastings, baking demonstrations and collaborations with local chefs on a brunch tour of the area.
Alabama Coastal Cleanup
Date: Sept.18
Time: 8 a.m. to noon
Location: Multiple locations
Phone: 251- 621-1216
Admission: Free
Details: This is Alabama’s largest annual volunteer event. Organizations, locals and visitors are encouraged to take part in cleaning up litter and pollution from the beaches, streams and parks for the community to enjoy.
John L. Borom Alabama Coastal Birdfest
Date: Oct. 6-9
Location: Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, 12295 AL-180, Gulf Shores
Phone: 251-990-5004
Details: Registration opens August 9th at 8 a.m. Visitors travel each year from all over the globe to witness the unique bird migrations Alabama’s Gulf Coast experiences each year. The free festival features guided tours, workshops and learning opportunities for all ages.
National Shrimp Festival
Date: Oct. 7-10
Location: Gulf Place Public Beach, 101 East Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores
Phone: 251-968-7200
Admission: Free
Details: While the highlight of the festival is Alabama’s fresh Gulf shrimp, this festival offers several varieties of live music, dozens of food vendors and hundreds of artists, crafters and makers selling everything from fine art to homemade dog treats. You are sure to leave with a full stomach, a unique souvenir and life-long memories!
Original German Sausage Festival
Date: Oct. 30
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Elberta Town Park, 13052 Main St., Elberta
Admission: Free
Details: Benefiting the Town of Elberta Fire Department, attendees listen to German music while trying traditional German cuisine such as German style filled cabbage and 7,000 pounds of secret recipe sausage. Other vendors will serve potato salad, goulash, red beans and rice, hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn and peanuts. Approximately 250 arts and crafts vendors will be onsite for shopping.
SEC Women’s Soccer Tournament
Date: Oct. 31- Nov. 7
Location: Orange Beach Sportsplex, 4389 William Silvers Parkway
Details: Southeastern Conference (SEC) teams will battle it out for the championship crown. Games are televised live on SEC Network and the ESPN family of networks.
Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival
Date: Nov. 4-14
Location: Multiple locations
Phone: 850-492-7664
Admission: Free at most venues; others may charge cover
Details: Each year, music lovers gather to celebrate the history of songwriting with intimate performances from legendary songwriters singing their greatest hits. Over 200 performers play shows at dozens of venues across the coast.
Bama-Q Grilling on the Gulf Steak Cook-Off Series
Date: Nov. 19-21
Location: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Dr., Perdido Key
Phone: 850-492-0611
Details: Officially sanctioned by the Steak Cook-off Association, dozens of master grillers will turn the legendary Flora-Bama into a kitchen with competitions for steak, pork and seafood soup.
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Credit: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism