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Fall Festivals & Events in Gulf Shores, AL

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The fall season starts with a medley of interesting things to do in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Historic events, live music, festivals and culinary temptations will satisfy every taste and preference. The season gives you an opportunity to enjoy a leisurely vacation at our Gulf Shores condos or Orange Beach rentals at great rates and still come up with a busy events schedule for every single day of your stay.

Wondering what to do in Gulf Shores? Here is our list of the must-experience fall festivals and activities in Alabama.

The Annual National Shrimp Festival
The National Shrimp Festival takes place during the second weekend of October each year and is one of our best fall events in Gulf Shores, AL. The hot summer days are slowly beginning to transform under the influence of the cool wind that marks the beginning of fall. The Shrimp Festival is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the new season at the beach. The event starts on Thursday and continues for four spectacular days.

Delicious Gulf shrimp are used in the preparation of the most popular local dishes. While enjoying the flavor of Gulf Shores, you will listen to live music and explore the hard work of local artists.

Children's activities make the Annual National Shrimp Festival an event suitable for the entire family. Since 2013, the event has featured an "American Idol"-style singing contest, Shrimp Fest Singing for Scholarships. Alternatively, your entire family could compete in the sand sculpture contest and win amazing awards.

The Alabama Festival of Flavor
The list would be incomplete without mentioning the Alabama Festival of Flavor. It's certainly among the most delicious of our Gulf Shores fall events!

The annual fall festival takes place on an October Saturday every year. Head to the streets of Historic Downtown Foley to sample the most spectacular dishes prepared by local restaurants. Only the freshest of Alabama ingredients are used in the preparation of these finger-licking meals.

Local chefs will share the secrets of food and wine pairing and you will also learn what it takes to grow an organic garden in your backyard. Interactive entertainment is available for children, turning the Alabama Festival of Flavor in the perfect family activity.

The John L. Borom Alabama Coastal Birdfest The Alabama Coastal Birdfest is an annual attraction that will give you an opportunity to acquaint yourself with the magnificence of nature while staying at our Orange Beach condos or Gulf Shores rentals. The fall season marks the beginning of the bird migration, creating spectacular opportunities for wildlife observation. This comprehensive bird watcher's event has been taking place in our area for over a decade.

An experienced guide will take you along the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail. You will enjoy a walk and a boat ride that will bring you to some of the region's most popular birding spots. If you are in a romantic mood, you will certainly enjoy the sunset cruise. Alternatively, sign up for the Northbound Adventure Cruise. A lot of information and an online registration form are available at the Alabama Coastal Birdfest official website.

A Few Additional Possibilities
Need more information about Fall Events in Gulf Shores, AL? Here are a few additional fall attractions on the Alabama Gulf Coast to give a try to:

  • The Flora-Bama Oktoberfest
  • The Gulf Coast Art Alliance Art Market
  • The LA Gumbo Festival
  • The Original German Sausage Festival
  • The Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival
  • The Annual Oyster Cook-Off


Whether you are a nature lover or you prefer culinary temptations, the Gulf Shores fall events calendar always has something interesting to offer. Planning your stay and your activities ahead of time will give you an opportunity to try a plethora of things and to have an amazing time.

To take full advantage of all that Alabama has to offer, make sure to book your stay with one of our Gulf Shores condos or Orange Beach rentals, located conveniently close to all the action. Click here to check reservations or call us at 1 (800) 211 - 7892.