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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Community Events

Orange Beach and Gulf Shores’ community activities are as varied as the guests who spend their vacations with us. Depending on the season, enjoy parades, light shows, dance lessons and more.


Featured Events
Featured Event

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...

The Original German Sausage Festival
Elberta Town Park
13052 Main St.
Elberta, AL 36530

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 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. The Elberta Sausage Festival makes its semiannual return to that So...

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

As you make plans to attend this event during 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. The 26th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival features a full day o...

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...

The Original German Sausage Festival
Elberta Town Park
13052 Main St.
Elberta, AL 36530

As you make plans to attend this event during 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. The Elberta Sausage Festival makes its semi-annual return to that S...

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...

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

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 Hangout Music Fest is known for sugar white beaches, starry nights and red hot music. The ...




July 17
Featured Event

Jun 5, 2018 - Jul 24, 2018

Hands on Habitat

Community Events Nature
Hands on Habitat
Tacky Jacks - Gulf Shores
240 E. 24th Ave.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Hands on Habitat is a fun and educational hands on nature series presented by Gulf State Park Nature Center, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Share the Beach, Birmingham Audubon, Alabama Coastal Foundation, Orange Beach Wildlife and more!. Kids and adults alike can learn about our ec...

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Jun 12, 2018 - Aug 2, 2018

Free Kids Summer Movie Escape

Community Events
Free Kids Summer Movie Escape
Cobb Pinnacle 14 Theatres
3780 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Movie starts at 10 a.m. every Tue., Wed. and Thur. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Same day ticketing only.

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May 29, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018

Kids Night at The Wharf

Community Events
Kids Night at The Wharf
The Wharf in Orange Beach
Palm Plaza
23101 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-1000

Summer is the perfect season to have a little or a lot of unadulterated FUN! We are bringing back Kids Night weekly at The Wharf on Tuesdays, May 29 - July 31 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., focusing purely on the little ones. Family-friendly and safe, this celebration of youth will ...

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May 25, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018

Summer Shows at OWA

Community Events
Summer Shows at OWA
OWA
1501 S. OWA Blvd.
Foley, AL 36535

OWA is celebrating summer in style! Join us for fun and interactive LIVE performances throughout OWA all summer long. Show times vary, so please click on specific performances to view their schedules! This summer will feature OWA’s new house band “Cool Vibrations,&...

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May 15, 2018 - Oct 16, 2018

Glow Yoga at Big Beach Brewing

Community Events
Glow Yoga at Big Beach Brewing
Big Beach Brewing Company
300 E. 24th Ave.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 948-2337

The flowers are blooming, beer is in the air and nothing says yoga like like warm, sunny days. We're super excited to have our yoga in the taproom (or the lawn!?) series with Glow Yoga, so excited in fact that we've added an extra day a month. Join us for donation yoga on th...

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July 18
Featured Event

Jun 6, 2018 - Jul 25, 2018

Art al Fresco

Arts & Culture Community Events
Art al Fresco
Tacky Jacks - Gulf Shores
240 E. 24th Ave.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 948-8881

Art al Fresco “A hands on lunch and learn for starving artists of all ages”Create different works of art and crafts every Wednesday from 11a.m.-Noon. Arrive 15 minutes early, RSVP required in advance by phone at 251-948-8881 or online at tackyjacks.com, includes lu...

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Jun 12, 2018 - Aug 2, 2018

Free Kids Summer Movie Escape

Community Events
Free Kids Summer Movie Escape
Cobb Pinnacle 14 Theatres
3780 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Movie starts at 10 a.m. every Tue., Wed. and Thur. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Same day ticketing only.

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Jun 6, 2018 - Aug 1, 2018

AMC CLASSIC Summer Movie Camp

Community Events
AMC CLASSIC Summer Movie Camp
AMC Classic Wharf 15
23151 Wharf Ln.
Orange Beach, AL 36561

AMC is officially kicking off the 2018 summer movie-going season with the start AMC CLASSIC Summer Movie Camp. For eight weeks beginning on June 6, moviegoers in the Baldwin County and Northwest Florida community can enjoy a ticket to the family-favorite film of the week and...

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May 30, 2018 - Aug 8, 2018

Wheel of Deals Wednesday at The Wharf

Community Events
Wheel of Deals Wednesday at The Wharf
The Wharf in Orange Beach
23101 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-1000

We aim to help you get over the “hump” each week with our new Wheels of Deals discount night. Every Wednesday May 30 - August 8 from 5 - 10 p.m. save a little dough on entertainment at The Wharf, like our Ferris Wheel and Mini Golf, and smile a bit brighter into th...

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May 25, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018

Summer Shows at OWA

Community Events
Summer Shows at OWA
OWA
1501 S. OWA Blvd.
Foley, AL 36535

OWA is celebrating summer in style! Join us for fun and interactive LIVE performances throughout OWA all summer long. Show times vary, so please click on specific performances to view their schedules! This summer will feature OWA’s new house band “Cool Vibrations,&...

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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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