We hope you’re hungry! The National Shrimp Festival is right around the corner, and this incredible event is one for the books. If you are staying in a Gulf Shores vacation rental or are a resident of the area, head down to the beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico for this free event.

The Annual National Shrimp Festival, presented by Zatarain’s and other local sponsors, takes place each year during the second full week of October at the public beach access where Highway 59 ends and intersects with Highway 182. This premier event attracts over 250,000 people, making it one of the nation’s top outdoor festivals. Over 300 vendors set up shop offering fine art, arts and crafts for the kids, a retail marketplace and you guessed it….shrimp! Dine of delicious seafood and enjoy live music and great company.

This family-friendly event contains a Children’s Activity Village featuring arts and crafts and fun-filled activities that children of all ages are sure to enjoy. The National Shrimp Festival begins Thursday, October 8, 2015 and runs through Sunday, October 11, 2015. Enjoy youth competition contests, sandcastle contests and more.  So, go ahead and book your stay today and create memories with your loved ones along the beaches of Coastal Alabama this October.