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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Sep 13, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018

The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival

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The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main Street
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-1000

We’re excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for our 5th annual The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival September 13-15! Help us raise funds for a good cause and enjoy great local food and 100+ wine labels while you’re at it. •    Sample 100+ win...

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...

Nov 7, 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

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...




August 22
Featured Event
Sunset Cork Room Restaurant and Wine Bar
225 E. 16th Ave.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 967-4773

Sunset Cork Room Restaurant & Wine Bar, Wine Pairing, Wednesday, August 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Cost is $35 per person plus tax and gratuity. We hope you can join us. Reservations are required. Call 251-967-4773.MenuTrout a la MeunierePecan encrusted Trout with a lemo...

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August 23
Featured Event

Aug 23, 2018

Musical Pairing Dinner

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Musical Pairing Dinner
Ginny Lane Bar and Grill at The Wharf
4851 Wharf Pkwy., Ste. D106
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-6500

Join us at Ginny Lane for our inaugural Musical Pairing Dinner to support Gulf Shores United Methodist Church in their venture to Carnegie Hall! Musical pairing is a new dining technique pioneered by Barbara Werner. The basic premise is that just like an intricate formula is...

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September 07
Featured Event
Big Beach at Emerald Coast Beer Fest
Seville Quarter
130 E Government St.
Pensacola, FL 32502
(251) 948-2337

Once again, the Emerald Coast Beer Festival™ returns to the world famous "Rosie O' Grady's Good Time Emporium" entertainment complex in Seville Quarter. There are seven different rooms and two courtyards, each dedicated to its own unique style of entertainment. This is ...

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September 09
Featured Event
2nd Annual End of Summer Celebration
GTs on the Bay
GTs on the Bay
26189 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 980-8400

Join us on the outside deck for GTs 2nd Annual End of Summer Celebration on Sunday, September 9 from 2 – 6 p.m. for happy hour specials and select eats. A low country boil will be available for $10. Music will be provided by Light Travelers, as well as games and contest...

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September 13
Featured Event
Ginny Lane Bar and Grill at The Wharf
4851 Wharf Pkwy., Ste. D106
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-6500

First Course Sliced seared diver scallop over avocado and watermelon salad, feta, walnuts, pears, and orange segments, champagne vinaigrette *Paired with*Signing Tree Chardonnay 2015 Russian River Valley, CASecond CourseCrab stuffed flounder filet grilled zucchini  topped wi...

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September 14
Featured Event
Casino Night & Dinner in the Dark
Erie Meyer Civic Center
1930 W. 2nd St.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 709-9524

The Gulf Shores Lions Club will present Casino Night & Dinner in the Dark on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Erie Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $100 per individual and $150 per couple. Tickets include live music, entertainment from a...

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September 30
Featured Event

Sep 30, 2018

3rd Annual Oktoberfest

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3rd Annual Oktoberfest
Luna's Eat & Drink
Cosmo's Courtyard
25753 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251-980-5862

The 3rd Annual Luna’s Eat & Drink Oktoberfest will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 2-6 p.m. at the restaurant’s beautiful complex at 25689 Canal Rd. in Orange Beach. The party will feature German food selections as well as polka music, stein hoisting, games an...

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October 06
Featured Event
The 7th annual Festival of Flavor
Downtown Foley
Orange Ave.
Foley, AL 36535
251-943-3291

The 7th Annual Festival of Flavor, sponsored by Back Forty Beer Company and Riviera Utilities, will take place Saturday, October 6 in the streets of Downtown Foley from noon - 5 pm. Hosted by the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, The Festival of Flavor showcases the many fl...

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October 14
Featured Event

Oct 14, 2018

Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32507

Break out your lederhosen for the Flora-Bama’s Annual Oktoberfest! The Stein hoisting competition sponsored by Samuel Adams will begin at 3 p.m. followed by a live music with The Brats in the Dome!  You will receive a free drink upon entry, 25% off in the gift shop, and...

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November 02
Featured Event
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...

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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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