Planning is “full speed ahead” for the 2020 edition of the Annual National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, with the event scheduled for Oct. 8-11, 2020.

The 2020 Annual National Shrimp Festival will be the 49th time the event has been held in the Gulf Shores Public Beach area at the intersection of Ala. Hwy. 59 and East Beach Blvd.

The festival is known for being held the second full weekend of October each year and attracting thousands of guests to enjoy four solid days of live musical entertainment on two stages—country, classic rock, jazz and more; shrimp served just about any way you want it as well as non-seafood festival favorites; art ranging from paintings and sculpture to jewelry; and arts and crafts booths filled with a variety of whimsical things to take home.

Kids activities also take center stage with a sandcastle building contest, face painting, fun rides and bounce houses, and more activities.

Steve Jones, vice president of events and community relations for festival organizer Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, said planning for the festival has not slowed despite COVID-19.

“We are optimistic and hopeful that the current situation will be well behind us by October and that we’ll have a very highly anticipated and well-attended event this year. It’s the only way we can continue to plan and move forward, as deadlines must be met by all facets of festival production.”

Jones said that as of June 15, the music lineup is complete, with contracts being signed and returned regularly. Additionally, as scheduled, the Annual Shrimp Festival Restaurant Challenge took place in February, with winners to be announced July 10.

“Right now, we’re full speed ahead but hope to learn more after July 3, when the next update is scheduled to be released by Gov. Ivey regarding the path forward,” Jones added.

The Shrimp Festival began as a small event designed to celebrate the bountiful shrimp caught in the area. Here’s a VIDEO sharing the details of the festival’s history.

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