Keep on Summering in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach
Alabama’s beaches boast 32 miles of sugar-white sand, pristine turquoise Gulf waters and warm temperatures for the majority of the year which makes it an ideal location for a “second summer” getaway. From foodie festivals and concerts to a vast array of activities and culinary creations, there are plenty of ways for families make sure that their summer never ends on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
During the latter part of the year, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach become a major regional hub for festivals and events. Kicking things off is the 48th Annual National Shrimp Festival Oct. 10-13. Each year the festival serves up thousands of pounds of fresh Gulf shrimp prepared by award-winning chefs. There will also be more than 50 food vendors, 200 arts and crafts booths, hours of live musical entertainment, 10k and 5k races, and much more.
On Nov. 1-2 it’s time to head back to the beach for some more seafood celebrating at the 11th Annual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout in Gulf Shores. On the first night, more than 30 breweries from around the southeast will be serving up tastings of over 60 different kinds of beers during the Craft Beer Festival. There will also be live music and Alabama BBQ to indulge in.
The main event happens the following day with the Oyster Cook Off. Dozens of chefs from across the nation will prepare oysters in a variety of ways. This events also includes live music, demonstrations and workshops from nationally-recognized chefs, and the North American Oyster Showcase.
Lastly, if you’ve had your fill of seafood check out the 35th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival Nov. 7-17. This event draws in songwriters, both well-known and newly discovered, to perform at venues on the Alabama/Florida Coast. To learn more about what’s happening in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach visit GulfShores.com/Events-Calendar.
Along with all the fun events, there are many more ways to make a vacation to the Alabama Gulf Coast one to remember. You can book a sand castle building class, book a private chef’s table dinner, visit with the exotic animals at the zoo, and experience nature up-close on a biking or kayaking excursion.
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