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

The Elberta Sausage Festival makes its semiannual return to that South Baldwin hamlet. Held in Elberta Town Park, just north of the town’s only stop light on Hwy. 98, the event attracts up to 20,000 revelers, according to organizers. A 40-year tradition, the festival is...

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...

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

The Elberta Sausage Festival makes its semi-annual return to that South Baldwin hamlet. Held in Elberta Town Park, just north of the town’s only stop light on Hwy. 98, the event attracts up to 20,000 revelers, according to organizers. A 40-year tradition, the festival i...

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

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....

Independence Day Street Party and Fireworks
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main St.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-1000

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the fonfirmed dates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below. Uncle Sam is turning a spry 242 years old on July 4, so we thought we’d celebrate a day e...

The City of Gulf Shores Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration
Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier
20800 E. Beach Blvd.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-1174

The City of Gulf Shores will celebrate the Fourth of July with a stunning fireworks display, beginning at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Fireworks will be shot from the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier.According to organizers, fireworks will be shot from the southern...




September 25
Featured Event

Jan 31, 2018 - Oct 24, 2018

Sunset Full Moon Sailing in Orange Beach

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Sunset Full Moon Sailing in Orange Beach
Back Bay Sailing Adventures
Bear Point Harbor
5749 Bay La Launch
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251-550-9774

Sail around the beautiful sunset on the back bays of Orange Beach. These sailing sunsets are truly the best way to end your day. Hues of pink, purple, orange and blue illuminate the sky. Then sail into Perdido Bay for the moonrise. The views are spectacular. The moon rises a...

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September 26
Featured Event

Jun 20, 2018 - Nov 28, 2018

Lunch and Learn Wednesdays

Community Events
Lunch and Learn Wednesdays
Agape Juices
7369 Alamo Circle Suite C
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-979-6201

Come have lunch with us and learn about a different healthy topic each week. Receive 20% off your lunch when you attend the class. We will cover topics such as: Alkaline/Ionized water, Benefits of Wheatgrass, Juice Cleanses, Manual Therapies, "Why exercise?", and so much mor...

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September 27
Featured Event

Sep 27, 2018 - Oct 18, 2018

Movies at Meyer Park

Community Events
Movies at Meyer Park
Meyer Park
400 E. 22nd Ave.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-1171

The City of Gulf Shores is bringing a new, family-friendly event to Gulf Shores just in time for Halloween: Movies at Meyer Park. Locals and visitors are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and join us at Meyer Park for a movie under the stars. Movies at Meyer Pa...

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September 28
Featured Event

Sep 28, 2018 - Sep 29, 2018

Camping 101

Community Events
Camping 101
Lagoon Park / Mo's Landing
Lagoon Park / Mo's Landing
18068 Fort Morgan Rd.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-9813

Sleep under the stars at our beautiful waterfront Lagoon Park! Join us on Friday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at Mo's Landing for an outdoor family adventure: Camping 101! Enjoy fire pits and a camping-themed, family-friendly movie on the big screen outside! In the event of rain, mak...

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2018 Pumpkin Patch Express and Scary Night Train
Wales West RV Resort & Light Railway
13670 Smiley St.
Silverhill, AL 36576
(251) 232-2322

All aboard the Pumpkin Patch Express and Scary Night Train at Wales West! September 28 through October 31, ride an authentic steam train to our haunted barn and enjoy the maze and kid-friendly pumpkin patch. Decorate your pumpkin to take home, and enjoy the mini-train ride, ...

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September 29
Featured Event
17th 95KSJ Kruise for St. Jude
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr.
Perdido Key, FL 32507

Join us Sept. 29 at the Eastern Shore Centre to Kruise For St. Jude. Ride a police escorted trek from Eastern Shore Centre to the Flora-Bama. Flora-Bama will be offering a special BBQ plate specifically for the Kruise for St. Jude event. The plate is $10 and includes: pulled...

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Coastal Alabama Fraternal Order of Eagles
3849 Hwy. 59, Ste. 6
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 971-4549

The Coastal Alabama Fraternal Order of Eagles, located at 3849 Hwy. 59, Ste. 6, in Gulf Shores will host its annual shrimp boil to raise funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease on Saturday, September 29 from 2-6 p.m. The Eagles are offering all-you- can-eat shrim...

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Sep 28, 2018 - Sep 29, 2018

Camping 101

Community Events
Camping 101
Lagoon Park / Mo's Landing
Lagoon Park / Mo's Landing
18068 Fort Morgan Rd.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-9813

Sleep under the stars at our beautiful waterfront Lagoon Park! Join us on Friday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at Mo's Landing for an outdoor family adventure: Camping 101! Enjoy fire pits and a camping-themed, family-friendly movie on the big screen outside! In the event of rain, mak...

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2018 Pumpkin Patch Express and Scary Night Train
Wales West RV Resort & Light Railway
13670 Smiley St.
Silverhill, AL 36576
(251) 232-2322

All aboard the Pumpkin Patch Express and Scary Night Train at Wales West! September 28 through October 31, ride an authentic steam train to our haunted barn and enjoy the maze and kid-friendly pumpkin patch. Decorate your pumpkin to take home, and enjoy the mini-train ride, ...

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September 30
Featured Event
2018 Pumpkin Patch Express and Scary Night Train
Wales West RV Resort & Light Railway
13670 Smiley St.
Silverhill, AL 36576
(251) 232-2322

All aboard the Pumpkin Patch Express and Scary Night Train at Wales West! September 28 through October 31, ride an authentic steam train to our haunted barn and enjoy the maze and kid-friendly pumpkin patch. Decorate your pumpkin to take home, and enjoy the mini-train ride, ...

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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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