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Annual Events

There’s always something exciting happening in Gulf Shores, Alabama, from festivals and tournaments, to concerts and more. Some of the most popular annual attractions include:

Orange Beach Festival of Art

Located just a few minutes from Gulf Shores, the city of Orange Beach is host to a long-running festival of art, which showcases both established and up-and-coming local artists. Don’t miss the chance to get your hands on an original piece or simply browse the art, chat with artists and enjoy the great food and music.

Mullet Toss | April

This annual beach party is well worth the drive to nearby Pensacola, FL for a weekend of fun in the sun with thousands of other beachgoers. The main event is a competition to see who can throw a dead mullet (the fish, not the hairstyle) farthest over the Alabama-Florida state line, but there’s much more to see and do including live music, great food and beachfront shopping.

Hangout Music Festival | May

More than 35,000 music fans make their way to Gulf Shores every year for this one-of-a-kind music festival held right on the beach. It features an average of 70 bands, along with a variety of fun-in-the-sun activities.

Thunder on the Beach | August

Happening every August in nearby Orange Beach, AL, this exhilarating powerboat racing event offers fun and excitement for the whole family. In addition to the races the event features a bikini contest, poker tournament, motorcycle run and lots of live music and entertainment.

National Shrimp Festival | October

As one of the nation’s premier outdoor festivals, the National Shrimp Fest features much more than just shrimp. With great live entertainment and over 300 vendors selling practically everything under the sun, the festival attracts more than a quarter-million people to the beaches of Gulf Shores every October.