The 43rd Annual National Shrimp Festival and the 30th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival, two of the Gulf’s largest festivals, welcome visitors and locals alike.

From Oct. 9-12, the 43rd Annual National Shrimp Festival presented by Zatarain’s will take place at the public beach access in Gulf Shores. This free, four-day event features 250 vendors offering fine art, crafts, coastal cuisine and more than 40 bands set to perform on two stages. The festival also includes a 5K and 10K run, Children's Activities Village, sand sculpture contest, Shrimp Fest Idol and much more. It attracts upwards of 250,000 seafood and music enthusiasts each year.

The 30th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival taking place Nov. 6-16, has more than 200 songwriters performing in cozy dining venues, roadhouses and popular restaurants throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach as well as Perdido Key and Pensacola, Florida. Attendees will be able to enjoy an up close and personal concert experience told by the songwriters themselves.

Joanie Flynn, vice president of marketing at Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism said,

These fall festivals are traditions that locals and visitors alike look forward to annually. They have committees of devoted volunteers in the community working tirelessly to reinvent the festival events and book the best talent.

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