It is time to celebrate. This year marks the 50th year of the Annual National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores. Get ready for a weekend full of food, music and fun Oct. 12-15. The Annual National …
It is time to celebrate. This year marks the 50th year of the Annual National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores. Get ready for a weekend full of food, music and fun Oct. 12-15.
The Annual National Shrimp Festival, known as Alabama's original beach party, has marked the start of fall on the Alabama Gulf Coast for 50 years. Each year since 1971, a dedicated group of volunteers has kept the tradition alive.
Annual Shrimp Festival organizers have updated how they convey festival information this year with the use of Eventeny.com. Download the Eventeny app before you make your way to the festival. The app gives users access to the festival schedule, purchase shuttle wristbands and maps. If you do not want to add another app to your phone, QR Codes will be posted around the festival site that can be scanned to easily access the event schedule, maps and more.
Bike Valet was a new festival feature in 2022 and it returns 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 and Lower Alabama Young Professionals, 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.
Entry into the festival is free and no tickets are necessary.
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 for $5 per day. The service makes getting to and from the festival site much easier and faster and the funds benefit Gulf Shores City Schools' Dolphin Athletics Club and Band Boosters Club. 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.
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.
Live Sand Castle Demonstration/Training
What: American Music Hall of Famers Wet Willie is a '70s Southern rock group, featuring lead singer and Alabama native Jimmy Hall. Wet Willie's origins go back even farther than the Shrimp Festival's. The group formed just 50 miles northwest of Gulf Shores in Mobile during the summer of 1969.