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Festivals & Events Journey to Gulf Shores

HomeYour Guide To the Best Gulf Shores Getaways and JourneysFestivals & Events Journey to Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores isn’t just a great beach and fishing spot. It’s so much more! There are always Gulf Shores events going on, whether it’s live music on the beach or an arts festival in town.

Music Festivals

If you’ll be in Gulf Shores in April, hit the Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival on East 24th Avenue. Food, live music and art all at once! Free to the public, the fun starts with a 5k run. Listen to zydeco while browsing the arts & crafts booths set up along the bridge. Live zydeco all day and a giant Crawfish boil later. What could be better? Visit their website for more information and a festival map.

Or, plan your visit for May and take in the fun known as The Hangout Music Festival. This is one of the Gulf Shores festivals that takes place right on the beach! Head to Gulf Shores Public Beach for great music, beach volleyball, carnival rides, seafood and fun. Check the festival’s website for ticket prices, parking info, event map, concert and event listings and everything else you need to know!

And, if you miss out on those music festivals, don’t worry. There are music festivals scheduled all year, and of course, local artists are always playing live on the beach or in the many bars and restaurants throughout the city, year-round.

Culture & History

The Ballyhoo Festival celebrates art and the culture of the region. This festival features a juried fine arts show, live music, local seafood, dance contest, on-site pottery making demonstrations, fabric & basket weaving and performances by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. And bring the kids; they’ll love the petting zoo and hands-on-art activities.


There is one stand out among the many food festivals: The National Shrimp Festival, one of the best food and drink festivals in North America. Four days of live music, arts & crafts, and shrimp any way you want it!

Other Gulf Shores Events

There are so many annual Gulf Shores events happening all throughout the year. Plan your vacation around one of the big gulf shores festivals or spend your holidays at the beach. Celebrate Independence Day at The City of Gulf Shores’ Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration or enjoy their lighted Christmas boat parade for your next coastal Christmas. Check the Gulf Shores calendar of events for festivals, concerts and events happening during the year for your visit to the coast. Also, don’t forget to see our available vacation rentals and contact us today!