5 events that will rock your fall in Gulf Shores


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Freedom Fest 2021. (Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism)

One of the best parts about fall in the south is still being able to hit the beach. To keep the good times rolling from now to December, attend these don’t-miss events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

1. 2nd Annual Orange Beach Freedom Fest | September 30-October 2

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Freedom Fest. (Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism)

Don those stars and stripes for an All-American red, white and blue weekend during the 2nd Annual Orange Beach Freedom Fest at The Wharf in Orange Beach. 

Here’s a peek at what’s in store during this unforgettable three-day festival:

While you can expect music throughout the event, be sure to attend the benefit concert on Sunday, October 2. Headlined by John Rich of Big & Rich, proceeds from the concert help provide families of fallen and disabled service members with educational scholarships. 

When: Friday, September 30-Sunday, October 2 | 9AM-5PM
Where: The Wharf, 23101 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Cost: Festival – free admission | Benefit Concert – $20-$35

2. The 49th Annual National Shrimp Festival | October 6-9

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ShrimpFest.(Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism)

Festival fun and all the shrimp you can eat? Hurry and pack those bags for The 49th Annual Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, October 6-9.

Attracting over 300,000 people each year, this four-day festival features:

  • 100+ hours of musical entertainment featuring a lineup of national, regional and local acts. 
  • Nearly 200 booths showcasing fine arts and crafts vendors.
  • 50 local and regional vendors offering mouthwatering eats. 

When: Thursday, October 6-Sunday, October 9 | Begins at 10AM
Where: Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place), 101 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Free admission

Ready to attend these great Gulf Shores and Orange Beach events? Visit Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism’s website for all you need to know.

3. 38th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival | November 3-13

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Frank Brown International Storytellers’ Festival. (Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism)

Love music and the stories behind your favorite songs? This is the festival for you, my friend. With over 200 Grammy Award-winning songwriters and up-and-coming stars from around the world, you’ll not only hear great music, but discover the stories behind the songs as told by their original authors. 

When: Thursday, November 3-Sunday, November 13
Where: View locations + times
Cost: Free admission | Some venues may have cover charge

4. Bama-Q: Grilling on the Gulf Steak Cookout | November 4-5

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The Hangout. (Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism)

Have you heard of Bama-Q? It’s a popular tv show that follows food sports competitions as cooks face off to win top prize of $10,000.

This November, the competition takes place beachside at one of Gulf Shores’ top restaurants—The Hangout.

When you attend this event, you’ll not only watch as grill masters and cocktail aficionados go head to head to create the tastiest steaks, fish filets and Bloody Marys, but you’ll also learn how to improve your own grilling techniques and recipes at home. 

When: Friday, November 4-Saturday, November 5 | Time – TBD
Where: The Hangout, 101 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Cost: TBD

5. Holly Days on Main | December 10-11

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Holly on Main. (Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism)

This December, send Santa a note that says “gone to the beach”, because Holly Days on Main is returning to the Alabama Coast. Here’s what to expect during this two-day event filled with holly jolly fun:

  • Ferris wheel rides
  • Holiday horse + carriage rides
  • Music + dance performances
  • Retail, fine arts and arts & crafts vendors
  • Student art showcase
  • Santa Pub Crawl
  • SPECTRA Laser Light Experience Show
  • And so much more!

When: Saturday, December 10-Sunday, December 11 | 9AM-5PM
Where: The Wharf, 23101 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Cost: Free admission

Ready for an exciting fall in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach? Visit Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism’s website to help plan your trip and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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