The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber announced the 2020 edition of the Annual National Shrimp Festival, slated for Oct. 8-11 in Gulf Shores, has been canceled due to COVID-19.
The decision was made to ensure the safety and well-being of community members and visitors in light of social distancing challenges.
According to Coastal Alabama Business Chamber President and CEO Greg Alexander, the chamber, as the organizer, will immediately turn its attention to preparing for the 2021 edition of the festival.
"We thank everyone for your understanding during these unprecedented times, and we look forward to the possibility of coming back bigger and stronger next year," Alexander said.
Consistently rated one of the top annual events in the nation, the Annual National Shrimp Festival is held the second full weekend of October.
In 2019, the event was a huge success, bringing more than 250,000 people to the Alabama Gulf Coast for a weekend filled with food, music, fun, culture…and, most importantly, shrimp!
The festival is a non-ticketed, ungated event open to everyone.
During the festival, more than 300 vendors are on site ready to serve up everything from folksy festival crafts, fine art and jewelry to shrimp, Cajun Pistols and other varieties of seafood prepared every way imaginable.
The primary festival site is the newly revitalized Gulf Shores Public Beach area, where Ala. Hwy. 59 meets Ala. Hwy 182, otherwise known as "Beach Road." Other sites used include Kiva Dunes for the annual golf tournament and the Orange Beach Sports Complex for the 5K and 10K Race.
Vacation rental reservations are typically made for a long Shrimp Festival weekend as far out as two years, especially for properties nearest the festival site. Book your top choice today before it's gone.
Shrimp is the star of the show, so dozens of vendors serve our favorite crustacean in all kinds of creative ways. While there's no shortage of fried and boiled shrimp, why not be a little adventurous and sample something with a twist? A Cajun Pistol is always at the top of our list of favorites!
When it comes to being creative, local chefs even get into the Shrimp Festival act. Winners of the Shrimp Festival's Annual Restaurant Challenge qualify to compete in the World Food Championships at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Be sure to visit local restaurants while you're in town for the Shrimp Festival. There are plenty of options for those who love seafood as well as those who prefer turf to surf.
Two stages showcase musical entertainment day and night. The music starts Thursday and lasts throughout the festival.
Artists and craftsmen travel from all over the country to participate in the Annual National Shrimp Festival. Whether you're looking for whimsy, functional or fun, you'll find a wide variety of crafts to take home. Looking for something to add to your art collection? You'll find everything from paintings to sculptures and more.
The Shrimp Festival is fun for the entire family, and that means there's plenty of excitement and entertainment for the little ones. Supervised activities include arts, crafts, games, entertainment, music and more. There are also interactive games and activities to keep the kids occupied. On Saturday, anyone is welcomed to participate in the Sand Sculpture Contest held at the west end of the beach at the public beach access. After you've spent the day at the festival, don't overlook the area's many other fun activities!
Availability during the popular festival is limited. Plan now and reserve your favorite property for the upcoming National Shrimp Festival!