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October 01, 2018   
Gulf Shores Goes Pink
Gulf Shores Fire Station
Gulf Shores will “Go Pink’’ on Oct. 1 from 5-7 p.m. at the Gulf Shores Fire Station at 1921 W. First St., as Gulf Shores Fire & Rescue will turn on the grills for a free community gathering to kick off Gulf Shores Goes Pink. The event is free and donations will be accepted for the Guardians of the Ribbon Pink Heals of Lower Alabama. GFWC South Baldwin Woman’s Club is the co-sponsor. For more information call 251-597-9120 or 985-290-1111.

October 03 - 06, 2018  
15th Annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest
450 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, AL 36532
Always the first full weekend of October, birders know the Alabama Gulf Coast is a prime spot to see birds during the fall migration, and since 2004, BirdFest has attracted visitors from more than 27 states and Canada—many returning multiple times. For both experienced birders and those new to birding, BirdFest offers more than 30 expertly guided tours, evening dinner events, workshops, and the free, family friendly Bird & Conservation Expo. Now a “birding and nature festival,” BirdFest features trips that highlight local and migrating birds, wildflowers, alligators, dolphins, and other creatures that share our world.


October 04, 2018  7:00PM - 10:00PM
Festival of Flavor Kick Off Dinner
Wolf Bay Lodge
20801 Miflin Road Foley AL 36535
Kick-off the Festival with our annual dinner, Chicago Street Supper Club, on Thursday, October 4. The dinner is a five course meal served with wines from around the world. The dinner is held at Wolf Bay Lodge in Foley, Alabama with food being prepared by Chef Ira Gallon. Dinner is $75/person.

October 06, 2018  12:00PM - 5:00PM
7th Annual Festival of Flavor
Downtown Foley
The 7th Annual Festival of Flavor, sponsored by Back Forty Beer Company and Riviera Utilities, will take place Saturday, October 6 in the streets of Downtown Foley from noon - 5 pm. Hosted by the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, The Festival of Flavor showcases the many flavors of local and regional food, wine and craft beer.

October 13, 2018  8AM - 2PM
Shrimp Festival 10k and 5k Run
Orange Beach Sportsplex
The race is an officially sanctioned event of the Annual National Shrimp Festival, produced by the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber. Working with a strong group of dedicated volunteers, the 2017 Annual National Shrimp Festival 5K & 10K races were the biggest and best to date.

October 11 - 14, 2018  10 AM to 10 PM; Oct 14: 10 AM to 5 PM
47th Annual National Shrimp Festival
Gulf Shores Public Beach
Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 47th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event from October 11 - 14 that attracts over 300,000 people. This year the festival will play host to more than 100 hours of musical entertainment featuring a lineup of national, regional and local acts. There will be musical acts to please all palates, including blues, Motown, southern rock, jazz, zydeco and country. The music plays daily Thursday through Sunday.


October 14, 2018  2PM - 4PM
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
Break out your lederhosen for the Flora-Bama’s Annual Oktoberfest! The Stein hoisting competition sponsored by Samuel Adams will begin at 3 p.m. followed by a live music with The Brats in the Dome!  You will receive a free drink upon entry, 25% off in the gift shop, and complimentary German food from the buffet (while supplies last) from 2 – 4 p.m. Complimentary Oktoberfest Stein mugs to the first 100 guests. Children are welcome during this family-friendly event.

October 27, 2018 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Original German Sausage Festival
Elberta Town Park
The Elberta Sausage Festival makes its semiannual return to that South Baldwin hamlet. Held in Elberta Town Park, just north of the town’s only stop light on Hwy. 98, the event attracts up to 20,000 revelers, according to organizers. A 40-year tradition, the festival is a major regional event that attracts a cross section of the community in what has become a reunion type atmosphere. It is also the main revenue source for the area’s volunteer fire department.

October 30, 2018  7PM - 10PM
Haunted Forest Wicked Walk

Graham Creek Nature Preserve
Haunted Forest dates for 2018 are October 19, 20, 26, 27 – Graham Creek Haunted Forest 23030 Wolf Bay Dr, Foley AL. – 7pm to 10pm; Admission $15; Tickets www.eventbrite.com or cash onsite; Event consists of a Guided walk along a haunted 1/4 mile forested trail. 
**NOTE** Event is geared towards teens and adults, please use discretion if accompanying smaller children.

November 2 - 3, 2018  Friday: 6-11 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
10th Annual Oyster Cook Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout
The Hangout, 101 E. Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Admission is $10 per person, free for children 12 and under. Weekend VIP $150.
Craft Beer Festival will be held Friday, November 2 from 6 -11 p.m.

Enjoy tastings of dozens of craft beers and live music. The all-inclusive ticket includes samples from all of our craft brewers and live entertainment all night long. Admission is included with VIP tickets.

At the Oyster Cook Off, sample oysters from dozens of chefs and restaurants from across the country. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from the best with cooking demonstrations and workshops throughout the day.
Don’t miss your chance to take part in the oyster shucking contest. Plus, cheer on contestants during our Bloody Mary Invitational. Admission is $10, children 12 and under are free. Tasting tickets will be available for purchase to sample oysters.

November 2 - 4, 2018  
Alabama Pecan Festival
Tillman's Corner Community Center
Did someone say pecans? That’s right, we did!  Spend your first full weekend of November at the annual Alabama Pecan Festival at the Tillman’s Corner Community Center. 
This family-oriented festival features carnival atmosphere complete with rides, food, face painting, arts and craft, and jewelry. Featuring a full-sized midway (charge), antique car and tractor show and Azelea City Quilters Guild.

November 8 - 18, 2018  
34th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival
This annual songwriters and listeners event runs from November 8 - 18, 2018 across multiple venues at different times. To be sure you don't miss one of your favorites, please be sure to research venues and times at the FBISF website.Festival attendees enjoy an up close and personal concert experience and are often able to learn the stories behind the songs as told by the original author. Venues of all kinds welcome the nearly 200 songwriters that come from around the country and around the world.

November 8 - 11, 2018  6:00PM - 8:00PM
6th Annual Fairhope Film Festival
Box Office 20 N. Section St. Fairhope, AL 36532
Tickets are $15 each. Please bring cash or a check made out to Fairhope Film Festival.The Fairhope Film Festival is a film lover’s film festival held each year on the second weekend in November, offering participants the opportunity to see world-class award winning films in a unique, picturesque location over a four-day period. The focus is on national and international film festival competition finalists of the past year: the “best of the best” in cinema arts.

November 9 - 11, 2018 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
The Wharf in Orange Beach
General Admission: $10 at the gate for a day pass or $25 for a weekend pass; children 12 years and under get in FREE! 

2018 World Food Championships
Want to take a bite out of the World Food Championships?! Trying to figure out what Food Sport really is? Join us for the biggest event in the industry as we surround the MAIN EVENT with countless fun foodie activities! While more than 1500 chefs and home cooks battle it out for Food Fame & Fortune, you can join in on the action by attending one of our spirited cocktail gatherings or competing in our family focused, foodie-driven World Food Games!

November 24th, 2018 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 
2018 Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Coastal Half Marathon and 5k Run
Orange Beach Sportsplex
Half Marathon $60.; 5k $35.; 1mi Fun Run $15. prices increase closer to date.
Join us for the 11th Annual Kaiser Coastal Half Marathon, 5k and One Mile run!
Shed your turkey with us at the beach on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Bring the whole family to enjoy the weekend on Alabama's beautiful Gulf Coast. From a one mile fun run to a 5k run to a half-marathon, there is a distance for everyone. Enjoy running on the peaceful, scenic paved trails through Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, then join us for the post-race party at the Orange Beach Sportsplex with great food and drink, Gulf Coast style!


December 8, 2018  5PM - 8PM
33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade
LuLu's to Cobalt
The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber's 33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, December 8.

The Coastal Alabama Chamber of Commerce lighted boat parade takes off at about 5 p.m. from LuLu’s at Homeport Marina and finishes at Flora-Bama. More than 45 decorated vessels, including sailboats, charters and even a kayak or two, make this boat parade one of the largest in the Southeast. There are great viewing sites all along the Intracoastal Waterway, but for groups the best spot is The Wharf at Orange Beach, adjacent to the convention center.

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