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.

December, 2022
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Sat-Sun December 10-11, 2022 Holly Days On Main at The Wharf

Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, special performances, a lighted boat parade and more. It’s guaranteed to be two days of jam-packed holiday fun thanks to the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber.

Free Admission & Parking

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January, 2023
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March, 2023
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Sat-Sun March 4-5, 2023 Ballyhoo Festival Gulf State Park

The Annual Ballyhoo Festival features the juried fine art of 80 artists and combines that with a unique focus on cultural exchange.

Sat March 11, 2023 BBQ & Blues Cookoff

Pulled pork at a Foley, Alabama food fair

An outdoor food and music event held in Downtown Foley’s Heritage Park the second Saturday of March, an Alabama Barbecue Association Trail and Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event More Info

Sat-Sun March 11-12, 2023 Orange Beach Annual Festival of Art

Orange Beach Festival of Art logo

For more than 45 years, the Festival of Art has been our island’s first rite of spring. It is a celebration of visual, performing, musical and culinary arts.  With more than 100 artists working in a dazzling variety of media, festival-goers always have plenty to see, hear, touch, taste and experience.

SAT 10-5, SUN 10-4

This fine arts festival is completely FREE with music and entertainment featured on two stages More Info

 

 

Fri-Sun March 17-19, 2023 Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival

Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival

Festival hours are Friday thru Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is free to the public. More than 200 exhibitors from all over the country will bring their best works. More Info

Fri-Sun March 17-19, 2023 The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show / Orange Beach

Boat parade in the Gulf Shores of Alabama

Over $150 million in boats and marine products on display. More than 135 wet slip boats and yachts on display and 600+ trailered boats. More Info

Sat March 25, 2023 Elberta German Sausage Festival

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

April, 2023
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Sat, Sun April 8-9, 2023 Baldwin County Strawberry Festival / Loxley, AL

Strawberries at the Baldwin County Strawberry Festival

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 22, 2023 Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

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 22, 2023 Waterway Village Zydeco Music & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run / Gulf Shores, AL

Music & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run poster

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

May, 2023
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Fri-Sun May 4-6, 2023 Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival / Foley, AL

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

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

Sat-Sun May 13-14, 2023 Art In The Park / Foley, AL

 

Foley, AL Art In The Park

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 16-21, 2023 Orange Beach Billfish Classic

Boats at the 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 19-21, 2023 Hangout Music Festival / Gulf Shores, AL

Hangout Music Festival in the 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.

June, 2023
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July, 2023
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September, 2023
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October, 2023
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Thu-Sun October 12-15, 2023 National Shrimp Festival / Gulf Shores, AL

Seafood at the National Shrimp Festival

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 20, 2023 Chicago Street Supper Club / Foley, AL

Chicago Street Supper Club Dinner

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, 2023
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