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Festivals and Events Journey to Gulf Shores

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If you are looking for an event to plan your vacation around, or just for something to do while you’re in town, look no further. Gulf Shores has plenty of festivals and events year round, and we’ve selected a few just to give you a taste of what you can experience in this beautiful coastal area.

Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show – February

This festival showcases the area’s fresh local seafood and its love of automobiles. Enjoy delicious seafood, arts & crafts exhibits and live music. And, don’t forget the car show with antique and classic cars and hot rods. It’s all for a good cause; this festival supports youth sports in Orange Beach.

Orange Beach Seafood Festival
The Wharf
23101 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL

Festival of Art – March

Start spring off right by attending the Festival of Art. More than 100 artists take part in the juried show and display their art. Browse jewelry, ceramics, mixed media, painting and much more while listening to live music. And there will be plenty of food and drink available. If you can’t attend the festival, you should stop at the Coastal Arts Center anyway to purchase local art for a souvenir.

Festival of Art
Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach
26389 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL
251-981-2787

Flora-Bama Mullet Toss – April

And now for something completely different. Never did that phrase fit better than when talking about the Flora-Bama Mullet Toss. You really do have to see this to believe it. Try your hand at throwing a mullet across the Florida/Alabama state line, or just watch the fun. And, proceeds benefit local youth charities. Another great annual event at the world-famous Flora-Bama.

Flora-Bama
17401 Perdido Key Drive
Perdido Key, Florida
251-980-5118

Hangout Festival & Gulf Shores Events – May

On the third weekend in May, the public beaches in front of the Hangout Bar in Gulf Shores transform into the annual Hangout Fest. For three days, the beach is filled with music, food and drinks, beach volleyball, a roller disco rink, a puppy kissing booth and much more. With a wide variety of musical genres playing, there will be something for every music lover. Past performers include Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Dave Matthews Band, and The Avett Brothers. If you can’t make it to this Gulf Shores festival, head to the Hangout anyway; it’s a great beach bar. Hangout Music Festival. Click here and see more music festivals in Gulf Shores.

The Hangout
101 East Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL

Annual National Shrimp Festival – October

Fresh shrimp! Savor shrimp fixed any way you can imagine, fresh seafood dishes and typical Gulf Shores festival favorites. Two entertainment stages provide live music for four days playing a variety of sounds and genres. Over 300 food and art vendors set up on the public beaches of Gulf Shores for your pleasure. There’s a Children’s Activity Village too. Bring the entire family to the beach for some shrimp! Expand your experiences and create an even more amazing Festival and Events Journey in Gulf Shores by checking out this link.

Annual National Shrimp Festival
Public beach access point at Highways 59 & 182, Gulf Shores Parkway & East Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL

Hangout Oyster Cook-off & Craft Beer Weekend – November

Fresh oysters! Craft beer! What could be better? Chefs from around the Southeast gather to compete in the oyster cook-off. And, not only will you have the opportunity to sample fabulous oyster-inspired dishes and amazing micro-brews, but there is also a contest for the best Bloody Mary! This is one of our favorite Gulf Shores Events!

Hangout Oyster Cook-off & Craft Beer Weekend
The Hangout
101 East Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL
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