There’s always something special happening in town. With flavorful food, inspiring art, rich local history, and more, our guests are never bored! Peruse our curated list of events in Gulf Shores, Alabama and the surrounding areas. Also be sure to check out our blog to find out more about the great Activities in Gulf Shores!

Check out the top events and festivals throughout the year in Fairhope, Orange Beach and Foley, Alabama. Baldwin County hosts incredible events throughout the year that you do not want to miss.

April, 2020
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Sat April 4, 2020 Cancelled Due to Covid-19 Waterway Village Zydeco Music & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run / Gulf Shores, AL

10am-6pm. Free admission. The festival boils up a beaucoup of fun! Sink your teeth into hot, juicy, lip-smacking crawfish throughout the day while dancing to the infectious rhythms of some of the best Zydeco bands. There will be arts and crafts vendors as well as children’s activities offering nonstop fun for all ages. More Info

Sat, Sun April 11,12, 2020 Cancelled Due to Covid-19 Baldwin County Strawberry Festival / Loxley, AL

Free Admission. Strawberry shortcake is still king! More than 180 arts and craft exhibitors, a dozen food vendors, an exciting carnival, children’s games, an antique auto show, exhibits, and live music. More Info

Sat April 18, 2020 Cancelled Due to Covid-19 Annual Mullet Man Triathlon

Our Triathlon is a high quality event that promises a great course, awesome volunteers, a friendly atmosphere, and a lot of fun! -M. Lane Gilchrist Memorial- Portion of the Proceeds to Benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society More Info

1/4 Mile Swim   16.5 Mile Bike   3.9 Mile Run

Packet Pick Up & Last Minute Registration At the Flora-Bama under the Tent
Friday, April 17 from 4 PM – 6 PM Saturday, April 18 from 6 AM – 7 AM.
No pick-up after the race

Fri-Sun April 24-26, 2020 Cancelled due to Covid-19 Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

What started as just a reason to party has become one of the biggest beach parties on the coast. Those who participate in the Mullet Toss will throw a dead mullet over the state line of Florida and Alabama to see who gets the farthest. More Info

Sat April 25, 2020 Cancelled due to Covid-19 Weeks Bay Foundation Bald Eagle Bash / Magnolia Springs, AL

Tickets $50 in advance online – $55 Day-Of. Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center, Weeks Bay Foundation’s largest event. Cap off Earth Day watching the sunset over Weeks Bay while enjoying fresh local seafood and listening to awesome local music for a great cause. More Info

May, 2020
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Fri May 11st Friday, 2020 Cancelled due to Covid-19 1st Friday Art Walk Fairhope AL

On the first Friday of every month the Art Center welcomes 400 plus visitors, free of charge, for the exhibit openings. Visitors are treated to refreshments made possible by generous local business sponsors.

Art Walk is held from 6 to 8 p.m. and begins at the Eastern Shore Art Center. For more information call 251-928-2228.

Fri, Sat May 1,2, 2020 Cancelled due to Covid-19 Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival / Foley, AL

Free Admission. High-flying adventure and family fun. Enjoy the entertainment, arts and crafts displays and more at the festival site daily. Balloon flights, glows and tethered rides (weather permitting) add to the fun at dawn and dusk. More Info

Fri-Sun May 1-3, 2020 Cancelled due to Covid-19 National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship

Eight of the country’s best beach volleyball teams will pass, set and hit on Alabama’s white-sand beaches May1 – May 3. Come watch as they battle it out in the sand with the winning team being crowned May 3. More Info

Sat, Sun May 9,10, 2020 Cancelled due to Covid-19 Art In The Park / Foley, AL

9am-4pm. John B Foley Park in downtown. Free Admission. Over 100 artists showcase their talents while providing unique, handcrafted cultural experiences and shopping opportunities. More Info

Tues-Sun May 12-17, 2020 Cancelled due to Covid-19 Orange Beach Billfish Classic

The OBBC includes tuna, wahoo and dolphin (mahi) in it’s optional cash categories but is primarily a blue marlin tournament and traditionally attracts first rate, competitive fishing teams with a passion for sportfishing from across the Gulf of Mexico. Prize money, not including optional cash categories, pays out to landed blue marlin and catch and release billfish. More Info

Fri-Sun May 15-17, 2020 Cancelled due to Covid-19 Hangout Music Festival / Gulf Shores, AL

Ticket Rates Vary. Ages 18 and up welcome. Lineup and schedule subject to change. The show will take place rain or shine. Ins/Outs allowed for 3-Day weekend wristbands per each patron (must be untampered, secured wristband.) Patrons with single day tickets are not allowed back in venue after they leave the festival. Ticket Info.

Appearing 2020: Post Malone, Billie Eilish, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.

June, 2020
Day(s) Date(s) Event
Fri June 5, 2020 1st Friday Art Walk Fairhope AL

On the first Friday of every month the Art Center welcomes 400 plus visitors, free of charge, for the exhibit openings. Visitors are treated to refreshments made possible by generous local business sponsors.

Art Walk is held from 6 to 8 p.m. and begins at the Eastern Shore Art Center. For more information call 251-928-2228.

July, 2020
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Weds-Sun July 15-19, 2020 Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf Fishing Tournament / Orange Beach, AL

6-day event. Free Admission. The Greatest show in sport-fishing. Benefits St Judes Children’s Hospital. Daily weigh-in on Main St at The Wharf. More Info

August, 2020
Day(s) Date(s) Event
Fri August 7, 2020 1st Friday Art Walk Fairhope AL

On the first Friday of every month the Art Center welcomes 400 plus visitors, free of charge, for the exhibit openings. Visitors are treated to refreshments made possible by generous local business sponsors.

Art Walk is held from 6 to 8 p.m. and begins at the Eastern Shore Art Center. For more information call 251-928-2228.

September, 2020
Day(s) Date(s) Event
Fri September 4, 2020 1st Friday Art Walk Fairhope AL

On the first Friday of every month the Art Center welcomes 400 plus visitors, free of charge, for the exhibit openings. Visitors are treated to refreshments made possible by generous local business sponsors.

Art Walk is held from 6 to 8 p.m. and begins at the Eastern Shore Art Center. For more information call 251-928-2228.

Sat-Sun September 26-27, 2020 Jubilee Festival of Arts / Daphne, AL

10am-5pm. Free Admission. A juried art show hosting nearly 100 arts and crafts vendors showcasing the very best in jewelry, paintings, pottery, sculpture, wood, mixed media, functional & decorative items. A jubilee is a celebrated event on Mobile Bay and it attracts large crowds, many drawn by the promise of abundant and easy-to-catch seafood. More Info

October, 2020
Day(s) Date(s) Event
Fri October 2, 2020 1st Friday Art Walk Fairhope AL

On the first Friday of every month the Art Center welcomes 400 plus visitors, free of charge, for the exhibit openings. Visitors are treated to refreshments made possible by generous local business sponsors.

Art Walk is held from 6 to 8 p.m. and begins at the Eastern Shore Art Center. For more information call 251-928-2228.

Thu-Sun October 8-11, 2020 National Shrimp Festival / Gulf Shores, AL

Free Admission. Enjoy the Fest on Thursday like locals would. Gulf Coast food, music & arts. Shrimp just about any way you want it, plus a great variety of seafood and non-seafood favorites. Country, Classic Rock, Jazz and more. Two entertainment stages going strong for four solid days! More Info

Fri October 16, 2020 Chicago Street Supper Club / Foley, AL

A multi-course, farm-to-table dinner featuring unique dishes of fresh Gulf seafood & Alabama produce prepared by several local talented chefs. Ticket Info.

 

November, 2020
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Sat,Sun November 1,2, 2020 Oyster Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival / Gulf Shores, AL

Experience the talents and tastes of the best chefs from the Southeast. Stop by the North American Oyster Showcase and sample the bi-valves flown in from all over the US; Rockefeller, Gulf Coast Cajun and Raw. Shucking Contest. Dozens of craft beers, craft cocktails and signature Bloody Marys featured throughout the day to help wash them down. More Info

Thur-Sun November 5-15, 2020 Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival / AL Gulf Coast

Free Admission at many various locations. The festival is dedicated to the late Frank Brown who was the night watchman at the Flora~Bama Roadhouse Bar for 28 years. He wore a pair of matched revolvers, slung low but didn’t have to use them. Usually, it was enough to say, “Now, you boys don’t have to be like that, what would yo’ mamma say?” More Info

Fri November 6, 2020 1st Friday Art Walk Fairhope AL

On the first Friday of every month the Art Center welcomes 400 plus visitors, free of charge, for the exhibit openings. Visitors are treated to refreshments made possible by generous local business sponsors.

Art Walk is held from 6 to 8 p.m. and begins at the Eastern Shore Art Center. For more information call 251-928-2228.

Sat November 7, 2020 Magnolia Run / Magnolia Springs

6:30-7: 30 am Registration Info. The 5K Run, 5K Race/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run welcomes more than 250 participants. Presented by South Baldwin Regional Medical Center.

Sat November 28, 2020 13th Annual Vacasa Coastal Half Marathon, 5k and One Mile run!

Shed your turkey with us at the beach on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Bring the whole family to enjoy the weekend on Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast. From a one mile fun run to a 5k run to a half-marathon, there is a distance for everyone. Enjoy running on the peaceful, scenic paved trails through Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, then join us for the post-race party at the Orange Beach Sportsplex with great food and drink, Gulf Coast style! More Info

Sun-Mon November 29-30, 2020 Bellingrath Gardens & Home Magic Christmas in Lights / Theodore, AL

Begins November 29 and continues nightly, rain or shine, through December 31, (closed Christmas Day). 5-9 PM. Stroll through a dazzling light display that features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. Nightly choral performances on the South Terrace of the Home on Sundays through Thursday. Call 251.459.8986 for information and rates. Ticket Info. Closed Christmas Day

December, 2020
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Sat-Sat December 1-24,26-31, 2020 Bellingrath Gardens & Home Magic Christmas in Lights / Theodore, AL

Begins November 29 and continues nightly, rain or shine, through December 31, (closed Christmas Day). 5-9 PM. Stroll through a dazzling light display that features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. Nightly choral performances on the South Terrace of the Home on Sundays through Thursday. Call 251.459.8986 for information and rates. Ticket Info.

Fri December 4, 2020 1st Friday Art Walk Fairhope AL

On the first Friday of every month the Art Center welcomes 400 plus visitors, free of charge, for the exhibit openings. Visitors are treated to refreshments made possible by generous local business sponsors.

Art Walk is held from 6 to 8 p.m. and begins at the Eastern Shore Art Center. For more information call 251-928-2228.

January, 2021
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February, 2021
Day(s) Date(s) Event
Fri February 5, 2021 1st Friday Art Walk Fairhope AL

On the first Friday of every month the Art Center welcomes 400 plus visitors, free of charge, for the exhibit openings. Visitors are treated to refreshments made possible by generous local business sponsors.

Art Walk is held from 6 to 8 p.m. and begins at the Eastern Shore Art Center. For more information call 251-928-2228.

Thurs-Tues February 11-16, 2021 Mardi Gras Gulf Coast Parades

Mobile is the original birthplace of Mardi Gras. Revelry has spread throughout the Alabama Gulf Coast offering good times and great food. Many beach towns pride themselves with presentations of the royal court, dancing and costumes. Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fairhope, Foley, Daphne…some hosting several parades and Mobile a multitude of them.

March, 2021
Day(s) Date(s) Event
Fri March 5, 2021 1st Friday Art Walk Fairhope AL

On the first Friday of every month the Art Center welcomes 400 plus visitors, free of charge, for the exhibit openings. Visitors are treated to refreshments made possible by generous local business sponsors.

Art Walk is held from 6 to 8 p.m. and begins at the Eastern Shore Art Center. For more information call 251-928-2228.

Sat March 27, 2021 Elberta German Sausage Festival

Free Admission. 8am-5pm. German sausage and sauerkraut plus continuous entertainment for adults and children and 250 arts & crafts booths. Of course, there will also be a Bier Garten featuring a large selection of imported and domestic beers. Proceeds benefit Elberta Volunteer Fire Dept. More Info

 

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