Upcoming National Shrimp Festival

Join over 300, 000 of your closest friends as they descend upon the Alabama Gulf Coast for a party unlike any other. From live music to savory seafood, the 37th Annual National Shrimp Festival presented by Zatarain's will fill the main public beach in Gulf Shores with four days of non-stop excitement at one of the nation's premier outdoor festivals. Scheduled for October 9-12, this event - which is free to the public - features something for every member of the family.

Blues, Country, Southern Rock and R&B ........ Plus Art and Crafts
Peruse through the wares of 300-plus vendors showcasing their fine art and art and crafts. After your legs and wallet have expired, kick back to the continuous tunes from the two musical stages that will feature non-stop entertainment ranging from blues and southern rock to county and R&B. Headlining on Friday night is county powerhouse Jo Dee Messina while Saturday night features veteran Southern Rockers Molly Hatchet. Be sure to refuel your body with fresh-from-the-gulf seafood that will satisfy the pickiest eater.

Little ones love to play in the sand, and who can blame them? Stop by the Children's Activity Village, where games, crafts and interactive activities will entertain them for hours.

New to the festival this year is a Chef's Challenge. Contestants from area restaurants will showcase their culinary skills and expertise in a September 19th contest. The winner will be announced during the Shrimp Festival.

"This festival was begun in 1971 by group of locals who were trying to supplement the shoulder season, " said Herb Malone, president/CEO of the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Over the years, it has blossomed into a hugely successful event. My hat goes off to the staff of the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce (who produces this event) and their dedicated team of volunteers."

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