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
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...

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

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....

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...

Oct 10, 2019 - Oct 13, 2019

48th Annual National Shrimp Festival

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48th Annual National Shrimp Festival
Gulf Shores Public Beach
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-7200

***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 47th Annual National Shrimp Festival will open at 10 a.m....

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 semiannual return to that ...




November 14
Featured Event

Nov 14, 2018

National Night Out

Community Events
National Night Out
Pelican Place at Craft Farms
3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-2431

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcemen...

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The 51st Annual Trim a Tree Holiday Arts & Crafts
Tanger Outlet Center
2601 S. McKenzie Ave.
Foley, AL 36535
(251) 943-4381

The Foley Art Center kicks off the 51th Annual Trim-A-Tree, its annual six week holiday fine arts and crafts event, on Friday, Nov. 9 at its location in Suite 182 in the Tanger Outlet, Foley. The event continues through December 23 from Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sun 11 ...

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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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November 15
Featured Event
The 51st Annual Trim a Tree Holiday Arts & Crafts
Tanger Outlet Center
2601 S. McKenzie Ave.
Foley, AL 36535
(251) 943-4381

The Foley Art Center kicks off the 51th Annual Trim-A-Tree, its annual six week holiday fine arts and crafts event, on Friday, Nov. 9 at its location in Suite 182 in the Tanger Outlet, Foley. The event continues through December 23 from Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sun 11 ...

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November 16
Featured Event

Nov 16, 2018 - Dec 23, 2018

Photos with Santa

Community Events Holiday Events
Photos with Santa
The Wharf in Orange Beach
The Port
4830 Main St.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-1000

Ho Ho Holiday photo time in Santa’s Village at The Wharf. Sit with jolly Claus and capture the moment forever! He has checked his list, twice actually, so make sure you are on your best behavior when you snap a frame-worthy picture. Join us at The Port from Nov.16-Dec.2...

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The 51st Annual Trim a Tree Holiday Arts & Crafts
Tanger Outlet Center
2601 S. McKenzie Ave.
Foley, AL 36535
(251) 943-4381

The Foley Art Center kicks off the 51th Annual Trim-A-Tree, its annual six week holiday fine arts and crafts event, on Friday, Nov. 9 at its location in Suite 182 in the Tanger Outlet, Foley. The event continues through December 23 from Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sun 11 ...

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Nov 16, 2018 - Jan 13, 2019

Ice Skating Rink

Community Events Holiday Events
Ice Skating Rink
The Wharf in Orange Beach
Front parking lot next to Sand Dollar and the Fire Station
4830 Main St.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-1000

Let us bring winter to you. Grab a pair of skates and glide, spin, or fall into the season. Share this unique experience with family and friends. Plan a date night! Whatever the occasion, coast on blades with us along the coast. Nov. 16 - Jan. 13, Regular hours: Monday-Sunda...

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November 17
Featured Event
The 51st Annual Trim a Tree Holiday Arts & Crafts
Tanger Outlet Center
2601 S. McKenzie Ave.
Foley, AL 36535
(251) 943-4381

The Foley Art Center kicks off the 51th Annual Trim-A-Tree, its annual six week holiday fine arts and crafts event, on Friday, Nov. 9 at its location in Suite 182 in the Tanger Outlet, Foley. The event continues through December 23 from Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sun 11 ...

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November 18
Featured Event

Nov 18, 2018 - Dec 16, 2018

Horse & Carriage Rides

Community Events Holiday Events
Horse & Carriage Rides
Main Street
4830 Main Street
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-1000

Are you “saddled up” for the holidays yet? If not, then mosey on over to The Wharf and spend an evening under the moon in an enchanted horse-drawn carriage. Trot along through streets and gaze at the lights and decorations with your loved ones. You’ll want to ...

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Nov 16, 2018 - Dec 23, 2018

Photos with Santa

Community Events Holiday Events
Photos with Santa
The Wharf in Orange Beach
The Port
4830 Main St.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-1000

Ho Ho Holiday photo time in Santa’s Village at The Wharf. Sit with jolly Claus and capture the moment forever! He has checked his list, twice actually, so make sure you are on your best behavior when you snap a frame-worthy picture. Join us at The Port from Nov.16-Dec.2...

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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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