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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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...

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. T...

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...

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...

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....




October 18
Featured Event
Masquerade Wine Dinner hosted by Alabama Crown
Gilbey’s Seafood & Steak
25775 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 981-2988

MASQUERADE WINE PAIRINGS DINNER Hosted by Alabama Crown on October 18 at 6 p.m.$50 per person and reservations are required. Costumes are encouraged!First CourseBloody Scallops-Pan seared scallops served over pumpkin seed pesto and topped with a blood orange glazeServed with...

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October 25
Featured Event
Halloween Beer Dinner & Costume Contest
Ginny Lane Bar and Grill at The Wharf
4851 Wharf Pkwy., Ste. D106
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-6500

Ginny Lane Bar and Grill Presents: Halloween Beer Dinner & Costume Contest on Thursday, October 25 at 6 p.m. featuring Idyll Hounds Beers. The cost is $40 per guest and a prize will be awarded for best overall costume.First CourseSpicy pumpkin glazed chicken wings sprink...

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October 26
Featured Event

Oct 26, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018

ArtSeaLab Festival

Arts & Culture Culinary
ArtSeaLab Festival
The Estuarium at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab
101 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528

The ArtSeaLab Festival is a collaboration between Art Does It (ADI), a nonprofit arts organization, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL). ArtSeaLab’s mission is to enhance the public's understanding of the ecological challenges facing the northern Gulf of Mexico and it...

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October 27
Featured Event

Oct 26, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018

ArtSeaLab Festival

Arts & Culture Culinary
ArtSeaLab Festival
The Estuarium at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab
101 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528

The ArtSeaLab Festival is a collaboration between Art Does It (ADI), a nonprofit arts organization, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL). ArtSeaLab’s mission is to enhance the public's understanding of the ecological challenges facing the northern Gulf of Mexico and it...

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October 28
Featured Event

Oct 26, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018

ArtSeaLab Festival

Arts & Culture Culinary
ArtSeaLab Festival
The Estuarium at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab
101 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528

The ArtSeaLab Festival is a collaboration between Art Does It (ADI), a nonprofit arts organization, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL). ArtSeaLab’s mission is to enhance the public's understanding of the ecological challenges facing the northern Gulf of Mexico and it...

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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 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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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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