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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Pack your binoculars and get your walking shoes ready. Orange Beach and Gulf Shores nature-focused events and activities abound.


Featured Events
Featured Event
The 15th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest
450 Fairhope Avenue
Fairhope, AL 36532

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 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. Always the first full weekend of October, birders know the Alabama ...




July 17
Featured Event
Turtle Talks presented by Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism
Gulf Shores Welcome Center
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Who nests on our white-sand beaches? When do they hatch? Discover answers to these questions and more during our free Turtle Talk series at the Gulf Shores Welcome Center (3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy). Hear from local experts with the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge as they sh...

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Sea, Sand, & Stars Science and Nature Center Summer Schedule
Orange Beach Elementary School
4900 S Wilson Blv
Orange Beach, AL 36561

Sea, Sand, & Stars will be opened M – Thur. from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the weeks of June 11, 18, 25 and July 9, 16 and 23. We will offer a rotating schedule including guided tours and IMAX type movies in the planetarium. Please make your tour reservations by calling 25...

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Jun 5, 2018 - Jul 24, 2018

Hands on Habitat

Community Events Nature
Hands on Habitat
Tacky Jacks - Gulf Shores
240 E. 24th Ave.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Hands on Habitat is a fun and educational hands on nature series presented by Gulf State Park Nature Center, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Share the Beach, Birmingham Audubon, Alabama Coastal Foundation, Orange Beach Wildlife and more!. Kids and adults alike can learn about our ec...

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July 18
Featured Event
Turtle Talks presented by Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism
Gulf Shores Welcome Center
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Who nests on our white-sand beaches? When do they hatch? Discover answers to these questions and more during our free Turtle Talk series at the Gulf Shores Welcome Center (3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy). Hear from local experts with the Marine Science Adventures as they share their ...

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Sea, Sand, & Stars Science and Nature Center Summer Schedule
Orange Beach Elementary School
4900 S Wilson Blv
Orange Beach, AL 36561

Sea, Sand, & Stars will be opened M – Thur. from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the weeks of June 11, 18, 25 and July 9, 16 and 23. We will offer a rotating schedule including guided tours and IMAX type movies in the planetarium. Please make your tour reservations by calling 25...

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Wonderful Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road
Theodore, AL 36582
(251) 459-8864

Who knew that summertime Wednesdays could be so wonderful? Join us this June and July for Wonderful Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, a fun, informative series to help Gulf Coast gardeners and enthusiasts make the most of our extended growing season. Each workshop ...

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Jun 6, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018

Guided Kayak Tour

Nature
Guided Kayak Tour
Coastal Segway Adventures
800 West Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-509-8687

Guided Kayak Tour of Little Lagoon. Explore the saltwater ecosystem of the lagoon in Gulf Shores. Kayak tour includes instructional time for beginners, life jacket, paddle, kayak and one hour paddle time. Call for reservations 251-509-8687.

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July 19
Featured Event
Bird Chatter presented by Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism
Gulf Shores Welcome Center
3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

What is a snowy plover? Who nests in our dunes? Join us for our free Bird Chatter series to learn about the area’s diverse selection of nesting shorebirds. Hear from experts with the Birmingham Audubon Coastal Programs as they help our minds take flight with an exciting...

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Sea, Sand, & Stars Science and Nature Center Summer Schedule
Orange Beach Elementary School
4900 S Wilson Blv
Orange Beach, AL 36561

Sea, Sand, & Stars will be opened M – Thur. from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the weeks of June 11, 18, 25 and July 9, 16 and 23. We will offer a rotating schedule including guided tours and IMAX type movies in the planetarium. Please make your tour reservations by calling 25...

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May 31, 2018 - Jul 26, 2018

2018 Summer Excursions

Nature
2018 Summer Excursions
The Estuarium at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab
101 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
251-861-2141 ext. 7545

The Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab announced dates for the 2018 Summer Excursions. The excursions take visitors into the habitats studied by our marine scientists and students at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Choose a trip to the salt marsh or a walk along the beach, ...

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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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