50th Annual National Shrimp Festival
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Date: 10/12/2023 - 10/15/2023
Mark your calendars for the 50th Annual Shrimp Festival on October 12-15 in Gulf Shores. This food-focused festival features 50 local and regional vendors serving crab cakes, conch fritters, lobster, Cajun pistols and many other types of delicious food. While here, you can enjoy fresh Gulf shrimp boiled, fried, steamed, and just about any other way you can imagine. The highlight of the event is, of course, the shrimp, but there is much more to enjoy!
Get ready to dance in the sand to more than 100 hours of musical entertainment featuring a lineup of national, regional, and local acts. There will be musical acts to please all ears, with two stages offering non-stop music for four days. You’ll tap your feet to blues, Motown, classic rock, jazz, country, and even more styles of music.
Art Booths & Children's Activities
Art lovers can peruse arts and crafts at more than 200 booths. From paintings and pottery to jewelry, you’ll discover fine art and unique crafts from local creators. It’s a great place to score a gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life or treat yourself to something special. Kids can participate in a myriad of activities in the Children's Activity Village, including face-painting, rock climbing, inflatables, and much more.
Sand Sculpture Contest
Don’t forget to enter the annual sand sculpture contest with your family! On Saturday, teams will head to the sand to see who can create the best sand sculpture. The winners of each category will win cash prizes and, of course, bragging rights!
5k and 10k Races
Lace up your running shoes and plan on joining runners and walkers at the starting line of the two races. Participants can enter the 10K and 5K races to help work off some of the great food at the festival. All net proceeds of the Run will be donated to Coastal Baldwin Education Enrichment, benefiting the local Gulf Shores and Orange Beach public schools.
For further questions and information on becoming a vendor during the festival, please visit the Chamber of Commerce site.