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.

September, 2020
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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

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.

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.

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.

 

Sat October 31, 2020 Elberta German Sausage Festival

Drive Thru ONLY due to Covid-19. 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

November, 2020
Day(s) Date(s) Event
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.

Weds-Sun November 11-15, 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

Conditions dictate that our plans be subject to change up to the actual dates. Click “More Info” to monitor their website.

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

New Years Day 2021 may not happen so change date to 2022

 

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.

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 13, 2021 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

Sat-Sun March 13,14, 2021 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

 

 

Fri-Sun March 19-21, 2021 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 19-21, 2021 The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show / Orange Beach

Cancelled due to Covid-19  Admission-$10 Friday, $12 Saturday & $10 Sunday. Children 12 yrs & under-free. 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 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

 

April, 2021
Day(s) Date(s) Event
Fri April 2, 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 April 3, 2021 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 10,11, 2021 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

May, 2021
Day(s) Date(s) Event
Fri May 7, 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.

Fri, Sat May 7-8, 2021 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

June, 2021
Day(s) Date(s) Event
Fri June 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.

July, 2021
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August, 2021
Day(s) Date(s) Event
Fri August 6, 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.