Bring your lawn chairs and prepare to be entertained during the 2018 Annual National Shrimp Festival Oct. 11-14 in Gulf Shores.

Positioned on the festival grounds at the main Gulf Shores Public Beach area among seafood vendors, arts and crafts, retailers and other vendors will be two stages of musical entertainment headlined by country music artist Joe Diffie.

In the 1990s, the country music great was as well known for his trademark mullet hairstyle and his mustache as he was for his popular country songs hitting the top 10, including five number one hits in the United States.

Still touring today and recently releasing a brand new album of bluegrass material, Diffie’s most popular songs included “If The Devil Danced In Empty Pockets,” “Honky Tonk Attitude,” “So Help Me Girl,” “A Night To Remember,” “Third Rock From The Sun,” “Ships That Don’t Come In,” “Home,” “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die),” “Pickup Man,” and “John Deere Green.”

Diffie will perform from 8:30-10 p.m., Saturday on the Wind Creek Casino + Hotel Main Stage.

Performers represent a mix of local, regional and national acts whose styles range from country and rock music to jazz, soul and everything in between. Performers will entertain festivalgoers from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Sunday.

Thursday, Oct. 11 – Wind Creek Casino + Hotel Main Stage Lineup

Sponsored by Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, the main stage will host a variety of musical acts, including Tophat and Jackie, Bruce Smelley, Betsy Badwater, Tyler Mac, Style The Band, Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster

Thursday, Oct. 11 – Coastal Alabama Business Chamber Stage

Logan Lassitter, Poarch Ninjas, Adam Holt, The Defrosters, The Sand Band, Souled Out.

Friday, Oct. 12 – Wind Creek Casino + Hotel Main Stage Lineup

Lisa Christian, Jeff Silvey, Bowling Buddies, Jake Gill, David Jones & Friends, and The Tip Tops.

Friday, Oct. 12 – Coastal Alabama Business Chamber Stage

Brent Burns, Dave Chastang, Sugarcane Jane, Kristy Lee, Johnny Hayes and the Love Seats, and A Bag of Doughnuts.

Saturday, Oct. 13 – Wind Creek Casino + Hotel Main Stage

Elvis Tribute Band, Wavelength Band, River Dan, Karen Waldrup and Joe Diffie.

Saturday, Oct. 13 – Coastal Alabama Business Chamber Stage

Elaine Petty, Little Miss Shrimp Fest, Ten Penny Gypsy, Chillbillies, Journey2Mars, The Wildflowers and Velcro Pygmies.

Sunday, Oct. 14 – Wind Creek Casino + Hotel Main Stage

Rusty Tabor, Andy Smith, Voodoo Bayou and Groovinators.

Sunday, Oct. 14 – Coastal Alabama Business Chamber Stage

Liberty Church Worship Service, Strickly Isbell, Sandra Kaye & The Legend Band, and Yeah, Probably.

Here are 10 tips to help you make the most out of your Shrimp Fest experience: TIPS.  For more info on performances before, during and after Shrimp Fest, check out our CONCERT PAGE.

A vacation rental is a great choice for accommodations during any Gulf Shores festival. In a beach condo or house, not only will you enjoy plenty of common area living space, but you’ll also be able to retreat to privacy at your beach property when you need to wind down. Your own kitchen allows you to prepare meals, grab a quick snack and put on a pot of coffee to charge up in the mornings—no need for dining in restaurants or at the festival over the course of your entire Shrimp Fest weekend.

Choose a vacation rental property company you can trust and have plenty of space to spread out in a three-bedroom Gulf Shores condo or even a house with lots of room to roam in quiet Fort Morgan.