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.


Historical Events

Experience a new state of discovery when you visit historical sites along the Gulf Coast. Enjoy reenactments, twilight tours, holiday tributes and more on your beach vacation.

December 08
Featured Event
34th Annual Christmas Through the Ages
Fort Gaines Historic Site
51 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
(251) 861-6992

Christmas through the Ages, a living history day for the whole family, is scheduled at Fort Gaines. Come and experience a Christmas of days gone by. Join the soldiers from the past and their families as they celebrate a non-commercial Christmas. Visiting children will have t...

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Swift-Coles Historic Home Christmas Open House
Swift-Coles Historic Home
17424 Swift-Coles Lane
Bon Secour, AL 36511
(251) 949-5550

The community is invited to share in the holiday season at the Dec. 8 Christmas Open House at the Swift-Coles Historic Home in Bon Secour.The beautiful 16-room historic tidewater mansion and grounds that overlooks the Bon Secour River will be historically decorated in a ...

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January 26
Featured Event
Genghis Khan: The Great Civilizer
Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center & IMAX® Dome Theater
65 Government St.
Mobile, AL 36633
(251) 208-6893

In the tradition of years past, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is proud to announce a return to major blockbuster exhibitions in the Spring of 2019. On the scale of its China and Pompeii exhibits, the Exploreum invites visitors to take a journey back in time with on...

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July 02
Featured Event
WWI Photo Gallery Living History Event
Fort Morgan
110 Hwy 180
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Photo galleries to include domestic life, recreation, military training, medical and cavalry at Fort Morgan during WWI will be stationed inside the fort.  There will be living history participants, dressed in period clothing, stationed throughout to answer questions and prov...

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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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