The return of the Annual Shrimp Festival signals a return to all that is normal. After a two-year hiatus due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, Gulf Place will once again be filled with food, …
The return of the Annual National Shrimp Festival signals a return to all that is normal. After a two-year hiatus due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, Gulf Place will once again be filled with food, music and fun Oct. 6 - 9.
For over 50 years, the Annual National Shrimp Festival, known as Alabama's original beach party, has marked the start of fall on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Each year, since 1971, a dedicated group of volunteers have kept the tradition alive.
Festival organizers have used the two-year break to make changes and additions to the festival. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a newcomer we have put together a list of what's new and what you don't want to miss at this year's festival.
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For the first time in festival history, organizers are allowing folks to ride their bikes to the festival grounds and park and store them for free. Sponsored by Crye-Leike Gulf Coast Real Estate & Vacation Rentals, bike valet volunteers will be on hand to watch the parked bikes and issue and take tickets for those utilizing the service. Junior Leadership Coastal Alabama students and the Lower Alabama Young Professionals will be staffing the bike valet. Tips are appreciated and will go toward the Junior Leadership program. The valet area is located by the main entrance near the information tent.
NEED TO KNOW:
Take the Shuttle
Parking near the festival is limited and pricing varies by parking lot. A shuttle service is available to ease the parking issue. Gulf Shores City Schools operates a festival shuttle service at a cost of $5. The service makes getting to and from the festival site much easier and faster and the funds benefit Gulf Shores City Schools. Please note, due to state law, no children under 5 are allowed on the shuttle. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit eventeny.com and search Shrimp Festival.
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DON'T MISS EVENTS:
Singing for Scholarships
What: Talented Baldwin County students will be taking the stage to compete for scholarship money for themselves and their schools. These teens usually steal the show each year.
The Dallas and Nick Show
What: A pop-up experience that will happen sporadically throughout the festival. There are no posted times, they judge crowd size in the area and start to draw them in and then start the show. This dare-devil comedy show features fire eating, juggling, escape artistry, and more.
Live Sand Castle Demonstration/Training
What: Trent Tomlinson is a longtime country singer/songwriter, during his career he has written for George Strait, Sara Evans, Parmalee and Brett Young. He also co-wrote Scotty McCreery's "Damn Strait" which topped country charts this summer. He's returning to the festival for the first time in over a decade.
Where: West Stage
When: Saturday, 8:15 p.m.
Dueling Tribute Acts
What: Queen & AC/DC tribute on West Stage and Bon Jovi/Journey tribute on East Stage
When: Friday, 7 p.m.