11 Best 2020 Fall Events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Eva Faircloth - July 07, 2020

Each fall, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach deliver some of the best festivals and events you’ll find anywhere on the Alabama Gulf Coast. From food to music, art and other fun, there’s something for everyone. The season is a favorite for many beach visitors. Fall events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach draw visitors from near and far, while mild temperatures, warm water and dazzling sunsets keep bringing them back year after year.

2020 Fall Events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

2020 Blue Angels Practice Schedule

Aug. 5, 6, 7, 11, 19, 20, 21, 25
Sept. 1, 5, 22

All practices start at 11:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
National Museum of Naval Aviation
1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32508

A Blue Angels practice is a must-see when you’re spending time on the Alabama Gulf Coast. These famous aircraft perform unbelievable tricks that will leave you astonished. For more information on what you should bring and what you shouldn’t, see their website.

Labor Day Celebration at OWA

Labor Day Weekend Celebration-OWA

Sept. 5, 2020
1501 S. OWA Blvd., Foley, AL 36535
If you haven’t celebrated a holiday on the Gulf Coast, you’re missing out! Join OWA Saturday, Sept. 5, at 8:45 p.m. for a jaw-dropping and memorable fireworks show. OWA’s car show begins that morning, so why not go early and enjoy the sights and sounds of the park?

2020 Bulls on the Beach

Sept. 10-12, 2020
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr., Perdido Key, FL 32507

Dust off your cowboy hat and head to the beach Sept. 11-12 for an unforgettable bull riding show. This event hosts bull riders from across the country and is fun experience for the whole family. Up to a challenge? Ride the mechanical bull in the Flora-Bama tent to test your skills. Rides are $5 each.

Sweetest Chefs – an EATYALL Signature Event

Sept. 18-20, 2020
The Wharf in Orange Beach
23101 Canal Rd. Orange Beach, AL 36561

Sweetest Chefs is an exciting event featuring pastry chefs from around the country. This event is committed to connecting and promoting chefs through social media and connects the chefs to consumers. Don’t miss out on this delicious event!

Bama Coast Cruisin' in Orange Beach

Bama Coast Crusin

Sept. 24-26, 2020
Opens: Sep 24 at 9 a.m., Closes: Sep 26 at 5 p.m.
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

If you’re an automobile fanatic, you won’t be able to resist this spectacular car show! This event is family-friendly and free to the public. Located at the Wharf in Orange Beach, there are numerous places to eat, drink, and shop, making this event one you don’t want to miss!

National Shrimp Festival

49th Annual National Shrimp Festival

CANCELED

Oct. 8-11, 2020
Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place)
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores
(251) 968-7200

Packed with thousands of pounds of fresh Gulf shrimp cooked every way imaginable, this four-day festival is scheduled Oct. 8-11. The National Shrimp Festival attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually and offers lots of vendors, a 5k and 10k race, a Kids Activity Village and so much more! Admission is free so plan to enjoy food; live music from national, regional, and local artists; art and more. It’s one of the most popular fall events in Gulf Shores.

20/20 Vision Fall Tour with Def Leppard and ZZ Top

Sept. 28, 2020
The Wharf Amphitheater
23101 Canal Rd., Orange Beach, AL 36561

If you’re a rock and roll fan, you’ll no doubt love this concert with Def Leppard and ZZ Top. These rock and roll hall of fame inductees have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and are ready to rock with you at The Wharf.

Flora-Bama Oktoberfest

Oct. 11, 2020
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr., Pensacola, FL 32507

Break out your lederhosen for the Flora-Bama’s Oktoberfest from 2 to 6 p.m. Receive a free drink upon entry for those 21 and up, free stein to the early arrivers until depleted, 25% off in the gift shop, and complimentary German food from the buffet while supplies last. Food is served at 2 p.m. and the menu includes beer brats, sauerkraut, and German potato salad. The stein-hoisting competition sponsored by Samuel Adams will begin at 5 p.m., followed by live music by The Brats in the Bama Dome. This New Orleans based polka band will have you laughing and dancing all evening!

36th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

Nov. 5-15, 2020
Various Locations and times

A favorite festival for locals and visitors alike, the annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival offers listening events across various venues between Nov. 5 and 15. Venue sites stretch from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama to Pensacola and Perdido Key, Florida showcasing almost 200 songwriters from across the country and around the world. It’s a fun time to hear some of your favorite tunes in a listening-room setting. The best way to research venues and times is on the event website. With so many dates to choose from, it’s easily one of the top fall events in Gulf Shores. 

Oyster Cook-off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout

13th Annual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend

Nov. 6-7, 2020
Friday: 6-11 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Hangout
101 E. Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores

 If oysters are your thing, you certainly can’t miss the 11th Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout. Slated for Nov. 6-7, this event continues to grow each year. Guests will enjoy seeing celebrity chefs, tasting more than 60 beers from some 30 craft brewers and listening to live music on the main stage. There’s an oyster shucking contest you’ll want to enter and be sure to cheer on contestants in the Bloody Mary Invitational. Check the website for up-to-date pricing for admission and tasting tickets. This is one of the most anticipated fall events in Gulf Shores!

2020 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

Nov. 16-17, 2020
National Museum of Naval Aviation
1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, FL

If you’ve never witnessed the Navy’s precision flight team in action, don’t let another year go by without watching the Blue Angels Homecoming Show, Nov. 16-17. This event is held at the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

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