Gulf Shores Shrimp Fest 2019

Posted by Rachel Kelly on Friday, October 11th, 2019 at 10:43am.

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2019 Annual National Shrimp Festival - Gulf Shores, AL

The Annual National Shrimp Festival has arrived! Celebrating 48 years of entertaining both locals and out-of-towners, this popular beachside event features four days of live music, delicious food and is host to hundreds of talented artists and vendors showcasing unique crafts and merchandise! The Shrimp Fest is one of the busiest weekends for the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area attracting nearly 300,000 visitors each year! Most of the parking around the festival site is first-serve, first-come with many spaces rented out by private businesses and residential homes. We recommend arriving early (gates open at 10am) for a better chance of finding a parking spot or you can take one of the shuttle stops (see below for locations). 


Fish Rubbings Shrimp Fest

On display are beautiful paintings, photography, and sculptures inspired by the Gulf Coast. One of my favorites include the Gyotaku fish rubbings by Fred Fisher. In addition to arts and crafts, the weekend will be packed with exciting activities including contests, cooking demonstrations, and full line-up of musical performances each day. This year's headliners include The Tip Tops, Journey to Mars, Velcro Pygmies, Mustache' The Band, The Groovinators, and Voodoo Bayou! Additional Shrimp Fest events include the 5K & 10K Run at Bayou Village, Sand Sculpture Contest, Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, and Singing for Scholarships competition.

The weather is looking fantastic this weekend so head over to Gulf Shores and enjoy great music, amazing art, and delicious food including plenty of shrimp dishes and our all-time festival favorite, the Cajun Pistol!

Cajun Pistol Shrimp Fest

Shrimp Festival Hours
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM-10:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place)
Admission: FREE

Parking: Free public parking nearby and paid parking spots (ranges from $5-$20 per day)
Shuttles: $5 wristbands (per person per day) - free for kids 6 and under

Shuttle Pick-Up & Drop-Off Locations:
Pelican Place at Craft Farms in Gulf Shores
The Wharf in Orange Beach
Erie H. Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores (drop-off at West 2nd St. & Beach Blvd)

Waves Grocery in Gulf Shores (drop-off at West 2nd St. & Beach Blvd)

Rouses Grocery in Orange Beach
Gulf State Park Swimming Pavilion in Gulf Shores (Drop-off at East Gulf Place Public Beach Access) 

Gulf Coast Real Estate Sales

Interested in purchasing a Gulf Coast condo and wondering what the costs would be? We've published annual revenue information for Gulf Shores and Orange Beach including condo revenue and beach house revenue.  We also have examples for cash flow using gulf front condos giving a breakdown of actual costs and expenses associated with condo ownership. If you need additional information on properties for sale or have any questions please contact Mike Cranston at 251-504-1121 or email us at


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