10/12/2023 to 10/15/2023
If 200 pounds of shrimp prepared nearly every way imaginable, every day, for four days straight, is your idea of a fun weekend, we look forward to seeing you there. The National Shrimp Festival frequently attracts over 300,000 visitors to Gulf Shores, AL from around the world to enjoy shrimp, of course, but also a wonderful celebration of food and fun.
Aside from the shrimp, the festival's incredible selection of seafood is sure to include crab cakes, conch fritters, lobster, and cajun pistols, to name a few items. The weekend features seafood sampling, cooking demonstrations, and the annual Restaurant Challenge, where the region's best chefs compete for a coveted spot at the World Food Championship.
The festival includes over 100 hours of entertainment, almost 300 vendors, art, shopping, and even a few sporting events such as a 5K and a golf tournament. Best of all, the admission to the festival itself is FREE for everyone.
Festival location: The festival is held at the public beach access in Gulf Shores where Hwy 59 ends and intersects with Hwy 182.
Thursday, in October
through Sunday, in October
Festival parking: Parking is first-come, first-serve in and around the area, but it is highly suggested that your groups take advantage of the B.R.A.T.S. shuttle service to get to and from the festival.