The National Shrimp Festival 2023 – Don’t Miss!

Attention all foodies! If you are looking for an excuse to escape to the Gulf Coast this fall and enjoy some of the best seafood in the world… now is the time to book your stay for the 50th Annual National Shrimp Festival 2023. Enjoy live music, entertainment, family activities, and of course… lots and lots of shrimp. Four days of fun October 12-15!

Some of the main events include:

Don't miss the National Shrimp Festival 2023 in Gulf Shores AL

Best of the Fest

Of course, shrimp is the favored festival fare, but there are all kinds of local restaurants that set up booths at the festival. Look for the “Best of the Fest” sign for restaurants and food vendors that have won awards from local judges.

Local Shopping and Artisans

Find fine art, craftsman from all over the country, local retailers, and all kinds of creative minds at the festival booths. There is truly something for everyone on your list!

There is a designated area for kids that includes arts, crafts, rides and other activities. There are usually rock climbing walls, bounce houses, games and much more to keep the little ones having fun all day!

Sand Sculpture Competition

Ready to show off your sand-building abilities? Teams of 4 can compete in various categories, including a both a kids and family category. 

5K and 10K Fun Runs

If you want to run off those extra calories from the festival – join one of the festival’s oldest traditions, the 5K/10K Fun Run. This race meanders through the beautiful, shade-filled trails of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail in Gulf State Park.

Shrimp Festival 2023 Music Playlist

If you are ready to get in the National Shrimp Festival 2023 spirit a little early, the festival committee put together a Spotify playlist called, 50 Years of the Annual National Shrimp Festival.

Don’t Miss the Fun in Gulf Shores!

October is a magical time to visit the Alabama Gulf Coast – the weather is still great, and the crowds are minimal. If you still need to book your reservation – we still have a few properties available in Gulf Shores!

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