Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Gulf Shores Calendar of Events


There’s always something to do, see, and experience on Alabama's Gulf Coast. To find the best events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, look no further than our Gulf Coast events calendar. Check out all of the local happenings, plan a trip around one of our fun upcoming events, and fill your vacation with fun, adventure, and Southern hospitality.

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Annual Events

Mark your calendar for these annual events during your beach vacation in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.


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The 15th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest
450 Fairhope Avenue
Fairhope, AL 36532
(251) 625-0814

Always the first full weekend of October, birders know the Alabama Gulf Coast is a prime spot to see birds during the fall migration, and since 2004, BirdFest has attracted visitors from more than 27 states and Canada—many returning multiple times. For both experienced ...

Oct 11, 2018 - Oct 14, 2018

47th Annual National Shrimp Festival

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47th Annual National Shrimp Festival
Gulf Shores Public Beach
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-7200

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 47th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event from October 11 - 14 that attracts over 300,000 people. This year the festival will play host to more than 100 hours of musical entertainment featuring a lineup of nation...

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.At...

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

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. The Waterway Village Zydeco and Crawfish Festival boils up a beaucoup of fun on Saturday, Apri...

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...




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

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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November 30
Featured Event
12th annual Taste of the Islands
Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf
4671 Wharf Pkwy.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 979-0359

The Mystical Order of Mirams is proud to announce the 12th Annual “Taste of the Islands" to be held on Friday, November 30. This year our culinary extravaganza will host over 30 restaurants from Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and surrounding areas. The Orange Beach Event Cen...

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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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Local Festivals

The vibrant Alabama Gulf Coast community has perfected the art of enjoying life. You’ll find a wide variety of community events and annual food festivals in Alabama. From the National Shrimp Festival and Zydeco Music and Crawfish Festival to the German Sausage Festival and Fourth of July fireworks. There is something to excite, amaze and entertain you.

Nature Events

Check the Rose Bloom-Out at Bellingrath Gardens or join with the Audubon Society in its coastal bird banding project. The John L. Borom Alabama Coastal Birdfest is a must for birders, and kids and adults alike will delight in Orange Beach’s Sand, Sea and Stars Science and Nature Center.

Sports Galore

Mild temperatures and fair weather bring a host of annual Alabama sporting events to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. From the USSSA Baseball World Series to Collegiate Beach Volleyball there are plenty of sports to watch throughout the year. If you don't want to be a spectator, you can even join the action by signing up for one of the local 5k runs or the Run the Beach Half Marathon.

Fishing Events

Anglers in the family will be hooked by the assortment of fishing events on the Calendar. The 2018 Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf is sure to live up to its billing as “the greatest show in sports fishing.” The Flora - Bama Fishing Rodeo, called the “funnest fishing tournament in the Gulf,” is for everyone, and the youngsters will love the Kids Win Fishing Tournament at The Wharf in Orange Beach.

Music & Concerts

If music is your thing, we’ve got it — plenty of it. From country to rock, there are Alabama concerts and music festivals throughout the season. There’s plenty of local talent too. Hardly a day or night goes by without our regional musicians playing at bistros and venues along the beach. Search or shows and find out who's playing tonight!

Arts, Theater & Culture Events

Into arts and culture? We have what you need. Experience productions by Summertide Theatre and Mobile Mystery Dinner (who puts on several local dinner theater shows throughout the year). Beyond performing arts, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach also offer arts and crafts shows, wine and culinary events, and art summer camps for the aspiring young artists in the family.

Plan Your Trip Today

If you're ready for a unique Alabama vacation filled with fun events, come to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach this season! Search our calendar of events to find the best ways to fill your day, and be sure to book lodging ahead of time! Find places to stay in Gulf Shores, including Gulf Shores and Orange Beach house rentals, beach condo rentals, hotels, and pet-friendly lodging!
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