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Gulf Shores is a vibrant community that offers thousands of ways for residents and visitors to relax and play. Whether you’re a sports fanatic, an avid fisher, or you’re just here for the food, there’s always something exciting happening.

Here are a few of our favorite Gulf Shores events:

NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Championships

Named SportsTravel magazine’s “Best New Event” in 2016, the National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship is held each May in Gulf Shores. Don’t miss eight of the country’s best teams battle it out in the sand.

Annual National Shrimp Festival

Started in 1971, the Annual National Shrimp Festival has transformed from a simple shrimp boil into an end of summer tradition, attracting more than 250,000 visitors each year. This free festival features activities for the entire family, including a 10k walk/run, a sand sculpture contest, a wide selection of arts and crafts from 300+ vendors, and of course, shrimp in every style you can imagine!

Blue Marlin Fishing Championship

Every summer, some of the world’s best fishermen gather at the Wharf Marina to land the biggest catch. This exciting competition is fun for competitors and spectators young and old! Children can even learn about various types of fish up close and in person at the Marlin Gallery.

USSSA World Series Baseball

Come cheer on your favorite ball players and enjoy all the sights and sounds that Gulf Shores has to offer as a family! Each summer, top little league teams from around the region come together to play and celebrate.

Hangout Music Fest

Every year Gulf Shores welcomes some of the biggest names in music for a rockin' beach party. This three-day festival offers something for everyone. Get your toes sandy with a pickup game of beach volleyball, see the sights from the Ferris Wheel or relax at Hammock Beach.

And there are plenty more events year-round!


Whether it’s a concert at the coast or an adventure at OWA, in Gulf Shores there’s always something happening!

Learn more about upcoming events here.