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.

November, 2021
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Sat November 6, 2021 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.

Magnolia Run Graphic with shoes and a white flower

Sun-Mon November Nov 26-Jan5, 2021 Bellingrath Gardens & Home Magic Christmas in Lights / Theodore, AL

Nightly, rain or shine (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

Bellingrath Gardens & Home Magic Christmas in Light

Sat November 27, 2021 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

Runners at the Annual Vacasa Coastal Half Marathon, 5k and One Mile run

December, 2021
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January, 2022
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February, 2022
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Sat February 19, 2022 Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

10am-4pm The annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival and Car Show returns to the Wharf

Gulf Shores car show

Thurs-Tues February 24-1, 2022 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.

Gulf Shores event parade

March, 2022
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Sat March 12, 2022 BBQ & Blues Cookoff

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

Pulled pork at a Foley, Alabama food fair

Sat-Sun March 12-13, 2022 Orange Beach Annual Festival of Art

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

Orange Beach Festival of Art logo



Fri-Sun March 18-20, 2022 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

Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival

Fri-Sun March 18-20, 2022 The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show / Orange Beach

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

Boat parade in the Gulf Shores of Alabama

Sat March 26, 2022 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

Elberta German Sausage Festival


April, 2022
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Sat, Sun April 9-10, 2022 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

Strawberries at the Baldwin County Strawberry Festival

Sat April 16, 2022 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

Music & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run poster

Fri-Sun April 22-24, 2022 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

Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

May, 2022
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Fri-Sun May 6-8, 2022 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

National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship

Fri-Sun May 12-14, 2022 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

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

Sat-Sun May 14-15, 2022 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

Foley, AL Art In The Park

Tues-Sun May 17-22, 2022 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

Boats at the Orange Beach Billfish Classic

Fri-Sun May 20-22, 2022 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.

Hangout Music Festival in the Gulf Shores, AL

Sat May 22, 2022 Weeks Bay Foundation Bald Eagle Bash / Magnolia Springs, AL

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

Weeks Bay Foundation Bald Eagle Bash

June, 2022
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July, 2022
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Weds-Sun July 13-18 ???????????????????????????????????????????????, 2022 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

Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf Fishing Tournament

August, 2022
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September, 2022
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October, 2022
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Thu-Sun October 6-9, 2022 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

Seafood at the National Shrimp Festival

Sat-Sun October 14-15 ??, 2022 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

Due to Covid-19 the open-air festival is moving to Lott Park just outside the usual festival footprint.

The move allows room to spread out. At full capacity, organizers can put 10 feet between each vendor’s booth and allow much wider walkways for guests.

Jubilee Festival of Arts

Fri October 21, 2022 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.

Chicago Street Supper Club Dinner