Gulf Shores Festivals

Elevate Your Family’s Fun With A Festival-Focused Beach Vacation

While the Gulf Coast is known for pristine beaches and breathtaking views, it’s also a great place to visit for its vibrant annual festivals showcasing the region’s unique culture, cuisine and community spirit. Whether you’re seeking music, food, the arts or family-friendly fun, these Gulf Shores festivals offer an incredible experience that will enhance your Gulf Coast vacation. Join in the celebration and create unforgettable memories as you vacation at a Current Tides vacation rental while exploring the lively festivals in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan and Perdido Key.

Interstate Mullet Toss at the Flora-Bama – April, Perdido Key, FL

Get ready for a truly unique and lively event at the Interstate Mullet Toss, held at the iconic Flora-Bama Lounge in Perdido Key. This quirky festival revolves around the mullet fish, where participants compete to see who can throw a mullet (not a live one!) the farthest across the state line into Alabama. Join the crowd as they cheer on the tossers of all ages and enjoy live music, delicious food and drinks from Flora-Bama’s famous beachside bar. The Interstate Mullet Toss is always held the last full weekend in April and also includes a variety of kid-friendly events. Proceeds benefit local youth charities.

The Hangout Music Festival – May, Gulf Shores, AL

Kick off your summer with the energetic vibes of The Hangout Music Festival, held annually at the public beach area in Gulf Shores. This multi-day Gulf Shores festival is a music extravaganza that features an impressive lineup of renowned artists across various genres performing on multiple stages. Dance barefoot on the sandy beaches, soak up the sun and immerse yourself in the rhythm of the festival that attracts thousands of music lovers each year. The festival is held in May, offering the perfect start to your vacation season.

Annual National Shrimp Festival – October, Gulf Shores, AL

Savor the flavors of the Gulf Coast at the Annual National Shrimp Festival, a beloved event held in Gulf Shores for more than 50 years. Celebrating the region’s renowned seafood, this iconic Gulf Shores festival showcases a variety of shrimp dishes prepared by talented local chefs and other vendors who show off their culinary skills at this festival each year. Indulge in a plate piled high with fried shrimp, munch on a Cajun pistol, or enjoy other festival delights as you browse the wares of hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, enjoy live music, and participate in fun activities for all ages. The festival takes place over the second full weekend in October, providing an ideal autumn getaway.

Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival – November, Various Gulf Coast Locations

Celebrate the art of songwriting at the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, an annual event that brings together talented musicians and songwriters from around the world. Spanning multiple venues across Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Perdido Key, this festival offers a unique opportunity to experience captivating performances and hear the stories behind the songs. This festival invites you to immerse yourself in the magic of live music as songwriters perform their original compositions and share the inspiration behind their lyrics. From intimate acoustic sets to lively performances, the festival showcases a diverse range of musical genres and styles, making it a must-visit event for music enthusiasts.

Coastal Christmas Celebrations – Various Gulf Coast Locations

Experience the magic of the holiday season along the Gulf Coast with enchanting Christmas events and festivities. Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Perdido Key come alive with twinkling lights, cheerful parades, and joyful celebrations that capture the spirit of Christmas. Stay to celebrate the New Year for fireworks, street parties and the Polar Bear Dip at the Flora-Bama.

When planning your Gulf Coast vacation, don’t miss out on the excitement of the annual festivals in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Perdido Key. These vibrant celebrations offer a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage and community spirit of the region and add an extra layer of entertainment to your Gulf Coast getaway itinerary.

Plan your visit and book your vacation rental with confidence, knowing that Current Tides offers comfortable accommodations in close proximity to these fantastic festivals. Start packing and get ready to experience the Gulf Coast in all its festive glory!

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