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.

June, 2024
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July, 2024
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Wed-Sun July 9-13, 2024 Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf Fishing Tournament / Orange Beach, AL

Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf Fishing Tournament

5-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.

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October, 2024
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Thu-Sun October 10-13, 2024 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!

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Fri October 18, 2024 Chicago Street Supper Club / Foley, AL

Chicago Street Supper Club Dinner

“The Chicago Street Supper Club is a community of people coming together to eat great food in a street setting. At the heart of it, the Supper Club is a collective dining experience for not only guests, but for our local chefs, farmers, merchants, breweries, vineyards, and so many more.

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Sat-Sun October 18-19, 2024 Jubilee Festival of Arts

Art, music & local cuisine meet southern charm at this annual festival set along the oak-lined streets of Olde Towne Daphne. The Jubilee Festival of Art features more than 130 local and regional artists. The festival also features the Jubilee Market for local food makers. Jubilees are caused primarily by upwellings or upward movement of oxygen-poor bottom waters forcing bottom-type fish and crustaceans ashore

Sat October 26, 2024 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.

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November, 2024
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Sat-Sun November 1-2, 2024 Experience The Oyster at The Hangout Seafood Festival

Oyster Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival

Presented by Murder Point Oyster Farm

Oysters, Shrimp, Gumbo, Jambalaya, Chef & Farm Demos, Live Music, Oyster Shucking, Football, and more Hangout fun!

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Thurs-Sun November Nov 26-Jan 5, 2024 Bellingrath Gardens & Home Magic Christmas in Lights / Theodore, AL

Bellingrath Gardens & Home Magic Christmas in Light

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.

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December, 2024
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Sat-Sun December 13-14, 2024 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, 2025
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Sat January 25, 2025 Gumbo & Alabama Slammer Festival
Gumbo & Alabama Slammer Festival
Enjoy unique, tasty gumbo dishes along with other menu items for purchase.

Gumbo & Alabama Slammer Festival
Food Trucks
Beer and Wine
Great live music all day
Kid Zone

Admission:$5 Entry – 12 & under free entry

February, 2025
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Sat February 22, 2025 Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

Gulf Shores car show

10am-4pm The annual festival features a full day of delicious food, 100+ artists from throughout the South, and music for the whole family to enjoy on two stages. In addition, there is a large Kids’ Zone with activities, and a huge car show – featuring antique, classic and hot rod vehicles all along Main Street.

There is no admission charge to the event and plenty of parking.

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Tues-Tues February 25-4, 2025 Mardi Gras Gulf Coast Parades

Gulf Shores event parade

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.

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March, 2025
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Sat March 8, 2025 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

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Sat-Sun March 8-9, 2025 Orange Beach Festival of Art

For more than 49 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. The show was selected as Best Art Show in Alabama for three of the past four years by the luxury maazine “ALABAMA” and is currently ranked nationally at #25 for the top 100 fine art and design shows.

This fine arts festival is completely free with music and entertainment featured on two stages. You can be a part of it by volunteering or purchaing art through our Patron of the Arts program.  There are multiple parking options.

Fri-Sun March 21-23, 2025 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.

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Sat March 21-23, 2025 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.

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Sat March 29, 2025 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.

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April, 2025
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Sat-Sun April 19-20, 2025 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.

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Sat-Sun April 24-26, 2025 Bama Coast Cruisin' Car Show

At The Wharf in Orange Beach This fun family-friendly event is open to the public with free parking and admission. Come out and see some of the most beautiful cars in the country at the most unique venue on Alabama’s Gulf Coast!

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Thurs-Sun April 25-27, 2025 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.

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May, 2025
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Fri-Sun May 2-4, 2025 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.

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Sat-Sun May 10-11, 2025 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.

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Fri-Sun May 15-18, 2025 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.

Drive: 101 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Fly: The Pensacola International Airport (PNS) is just 45 minutes from Gulf Shores and the festival.

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