Gulf Coast Events

Mark your calendar with these distinctive events along the Gulf Coast in all of our beach locations, including Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Scenic 30A, Panama City Beach, Navarre Beach, Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Fairhope. While each area hosts their own events, the beach communities are so close to one another, and often intertwined, that visiting guests can participate and enjoy neighboring activities going on nearby with ease.

One-of-a-kind festivals and fairs celebrate so many different passions and interests. With fishing core to all of our communities, we commemorate several seafood festivals and fishing tournaments highlighting local fare and seasonal favorites. With the unique arts and culture of our exceptional areas, art expos, plein air artists, live theater, and wine and music festivals satisfy the creative souls. For the athletes, our climate is perfect for foot races, duathlons and triathlons, as well as fantastic beach volleyball tournaments.

Southern Vacation Rentals event guide can direct you to countless ways to explore these happenings, either to enhance your existing vacation or perhaps entice you to plan your next trip to the beach. We hope you will want to plan more than one.

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47th Annual National Shrimp Festival ~ Gulf Shores, Alabama Events by Southern

Gulf Shores draws crowds of more than 300,000 for the National Shrimp Festival each year. The weekend offers fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood, live music, and plenty of outdoor activities. With all the excitement coming to Coastal Alabama, you need to book your Gulf Shores vacation rental now!

Of course, the main attraction is sampling shrimp dishes. More than 200 pounds of shrimp will be prepared each day and given away at tasting tents. To accompany the main course, enjoy a side of blues, Motown, southern rock, jazz, zydeco, and country.

In addition to live music, explore the fishing, boating, and hunting activities. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang can check out the sandcastle sculpture contest or a singing competition. Or, enjoy the Children’s Activity Village where kids can have their faces painted and sing karaoke.

For the collectors in attendance, make your way to more 200 art booths and check out the car display. Learn more here.

Need a place to stay for the National Shrimp Festival? Our Seawind Condominiums serve as the perfect location on the beach! We offer over 30 condos to choose from at Seawind, whether you want panoramic views from over 20 floors high or ground floor views with beach access nearby. Each condo features private balconies, cozy accommodations, and of course, access to exciting resort amenities.

Or, bring the whole family down to Gulf Shores and stay at Caribe West A, a luxury vacation home with seven bedrooms and space for 20. The home is a stunning display of craftsmanship, with luxury vinyl flooring, custom kitchen decor, and stainless steel throughout. The second and third-floor feature master bedrooms with private balconies and incredible views of the Gulf, located just a short walk away from the home’s private boardwalk. You’ll also find that each bedroom has its own private bathroom.

Be sure to also check out O-Sea-D, a gorgeous three bedroom home located just steps away from the beach in Gulf Shores. Sleeping 10 people in total, O-Sea-D is a fantastic choice for a group getaway. The home features access to a community saltwater pool as well as a private pool. Enjoy private balcony access from the master bedroom, where you can sit and catch up with loved ones with the Gulf as a beautiful scenic backdrop. With the convenience of a fully equipped kitchen and cozy bedding for all, O-Sea-D is the perfect vacation spot!