The Annual National Shrimp Festival presented by Zatarain’s and sponsored in part by our wonderful sponsors, is held each year during the second full weekend in October on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Thanks to our all of our generous sponsors the event is FREE to everyone! The Annual National Shrimp Festival is held at the public beach access in Gulf Shores where Hwy. 59 ends and intersects with Hwy. 182.
The festival is one of the nation’s premier outdoor festivals attracting 250,000 people, featuring over 300 vendors that offer fine art, arts & crafts, a retail marketplace, outdoor village, and of course, SHRIMP!! Two stages offer continuous musical entertainment while the little one’s attention is captured in the Children’s Activity Village where they create their own “art” and participate in other fun-filled activities.
This year enjoy the 2nd Annual Shrimp Festival Idol Contest taking place Saturday on the west stage from 10:00am – 12:00pm. This contest will feature the best of the best youth talent from Baldiwn County, AL.
Want to know which local restaurants to eat at? Be there on Saturday when we announce the winners of our 7th Annual Restaurant Challenge on the east stage at 3:15pm. Our wonderful sponsors are known to throw out some very unique and cool beads during this announcement. Get yours exclusively!
Get the entire family involved in the family friendly sand sculpture contest. This will be held on Saturday beginning at 11:00am on the west end of the public beach. Prizes include cash and trophies! There is something for everyone at the festival. Go ahead and book your stay today! See you in October!