Top 2022 Events in Gulf Shores You Can’t Miss

Shrimp Festival

A trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast is an event all in its own - but adding a little extra fun never hurts! Between lounging on the beach and exploring our amazing attractions, you can attend a number of exciting area events that are guaranteed to elevate your Gulf Shores experience. From yummy food festivals to rockin’ music acts to unique displays of coastal culture, there are plenty of events to help you see, taste, hear, and experience something new in Gulf Shores this year. 


Orange Beach Seafood Festival and Car Show
February 19, 2022
Support Orange Beach schools as you spend the day sampling delicious local seafood, shopping more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, and strolling through a world-class collection of antique, classic, and hot rod vehicles. 


2022 Mardi Gras Parades
You can’t miss the chance to celebrate Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast! As the birthplace of all U.S. Mardi Gras festivities, our area knows a thing or two about letting the good times roll. You can roll with us by attending one of the year’s local parades - the Mystical Order of Mirams and the Mystics of Pleasure roll on February 26, while the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach city parades celebrate Fat Tuesday on March 1.


Ballyhoo Festival
March 5-6, 2022
This unique fine arts festival focuses on celebrating cultural exchange through a weekend full of diverse artworks and demonstrations, live music, cultural performances, local foods and more.


Orange Beach Festival of Art
March 12-13, 2022
One of the area’s largest art-centric events features a dizzying array of visual, performing, musical, and culinary arts created by over 100 talented artists. 


Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival
May 12-14, 2022
This high-flying festival will make your spirits soar with a variety of hot air balloon activities like tethered balloon rides, flying demonstrations, and nightly balloon glows. Back on the ground you can enjoy tons of family fun with free kids activities, food vendors, local arts and crafts, and exciting OWA entertainment! 


The Hangout Music Festival
May 20-22, 2022
Enjoy three days of fun in the sun as our pristine public beaches come alive with musical acts from award-winning artists like Post Malone, Halsey, Kane Brown, Maren Morris, T-Pain, and more. 


The Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf
July 13-17, 2022
Even if you don’t fish, “The Greatest Show in Sportfishing” is a magnificent marina party where you’ll enjoy dramatic daily weigh-ins and fun tournament events amidst a sea of upscale amenities. 


The Annual National Shrimp Festival
October 6-9, 2022
Arguably the most famous festival in the area, Shrimp Fest is a four-day event where festival-goers can indulge in fresh Gulf Coast seafood, jam to live music in a variety of genres, and browse more than 200 booths full of unique arts and crafts - all while being just steps from the beach. 


Rentals fill fast for these exciting events, so book your Gulf Shores beach house or Orange Beach condo rental today to guarantee a comfortable and convenient vacation on Alabama’s white-sand beaches. 

(Photo courtesy of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism)