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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Nature Events

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
(251) 625-0814

Always the first full weekend of October, birders know the Alabama Gulf Coast is a prime spot to see birds during the fall migration, and since 2004, BirdFest has attracted visitors from more than 27 states and Canada—many returning multiple times. For both experienced ...




September 22
Featured Event

Sep 17, 2018 - Oct 9, 2018

Identi-fly It! Bird Walk

Nature
Identi-fly It! Bird Walk
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
12295 State Hwy. 180 W.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 540-7720

Grab some binoculars and join us for some bird watching! No experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcome. With migration upon us, the refuge is filling up with a rainbow of feathers. This is a perfect time to add some birds to your list! These walks are free to t...

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September 24
Featured Event

Jun 4, 2018 - Oct 26, 2018

Kayak Eco Tours

Nature
Kayak Eco Tours
Coastal Segway Adventures
21011 Hwy 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-509-8687

Guided kayak tour at Lake Shelby. Enjoy a one hour paddle to learn about the ecosystem. Instruction is provided for beginners. $25 per person. Life jackets, paddles and kayaks provided.

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September 25
Featured Event

Jan 31, 2018 - Oct 24, 2018

Sunset Full Moon Sailing in Orange Beach

Community Events Nature
Sunset Full Moon Sailing in Orange Beach
Back Bay Sailing Adventures
Bear Point Harbor
5749 Bay La Launch
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251-550-9774

Sail around the beautiful sunset on the back bays of Orange Beach. These sailing sunsets are truly the best way to end your day. Hues of pink, purple, orange and blue illuminate the sky. Then sail into Perdido Bay for the moonrise. The views are spectacular. The moon rises a...

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September 26
Featured Event

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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September 27
Featured Event

Sep 20, 2018 - Oct 4, 2018

Monarch Butterfly Walk

Nature
Monarch Butterfly Walk
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
12295 State Hwy. 180 W.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 540-7720

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting guided butterfly tours. The tours are free to the public and reservations are required. Beginner and experienced lepidopterists, young and old, are welcome to come out and enjoy the beauty of butterflies. The tours are l...

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September 28
Featured Event

Jun 4, 2018 - Oct 26, 2018

Kayak Eco Tours

Nature
Kayak Eco Tours
Coastal Segway Adventures
21011 Hwy 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-509-8687

Guided kayak tour at Lake Shelby. Enjoy a one hour paddle to learn about the ecosystem. Instruction is provided for beginners. $25 per person. Life jackets, paddles and kayaks provided.

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October 01
Featured Event

Jun 4, 2018 - Oct 26, 2018

Kayak Eco Tours

Nature
Kayak Eco Tours
Coastal Segway Adventures
21011 Hwy 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-509-8687

Guided kayak tour at Lake Shelby. Enjoy a one hour paddle to learn about the ecosystem. Instruction is provided for beginners. $25 per person. Life jackets, paddles and kayaks provided.

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October 03
Featured Event

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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October 04
Featured Event

Sep 20, 2018 - Oct 4, 2018

Monarch Butterfly Walk

Nature
Monarch Butterfly Walk
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
12295 State Hwy. 180 W.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 540-7720

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting guided butterfly tours. The tours are free to the public and reservations are required. Beginner and experienced lepidopterists, young and old, are welcome to come out and enjoy the beauty of butterflies. The tours are l...

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October 05
Featured Event

Jun 4, 2018 - Oct 26, 2018

Kayak Eco Tours

Nature
Kayak Eco Tours
Coastal Segway Adventures
21011 Hwy 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-509-8687

Guided kayak tour at Lake Shelby. Enjoy a one hour paddle to learn about the ecosystem. Instruction is provided for beginners. $25 per person. Life jackets, paddles and kayaks provided.

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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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