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Gulf Shores National Shrimp Festival

The Annual National Shrimp Festival will be held Oct. 7-10, 2021, in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The Shrimp Festival Committee and its more than 80 volunteers are organizing this year’s event with consideration for safety and social distancing.

The Shrimp Festival is a free, non-ticketed and un-gated event built around a family-friendly atmosphere. It attracts anywhere from 100,000-250,000 attendees during its four days of operation.

The Shrimp Festival has been held for 49 years and has grown exponentially over that time. An award-winning event, the festival will host food vendors, fine arts booths, arts and crafts booths, retail booths, sponsor displays and entertainment stages on a predetermined footprint at the main Gulf Shores Public Beach area.

The festival site is at the intersection of the “Beach Road,” Ala. Hwy. 182 and Ala. Hwy. 59.

Parking is first-come, first-served at and around the festival site. Shuttle service will be available from various locations, allowing you to park your car and ride to the festival.

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.

The Feast

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.

The Sounds

Two stages showcase musical entertainment day and night. The music starts Thursday and lasts throughout the festival.

The Sights

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 Young & Young At Heart

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!

History of the National Shrimp Festival