Orange Beach, AL is known for its white-sand beaches and clear coastal waters. While watersport activities like fishing, scuba diving, and jet ski rentals continue year-round, much of the draw to Orange Beach in the fall is for its exciting festivals and holiday events. From holiday parties and charity events, to festivals celebrating food and music, discover 7 things to do in Orange Beach fall 2016!

7 things to do in Orange Beach Fall!

45th Annual National Shrimp Festival

October 13th – 16th, 2016 | 10:00am – 10:00pm
Location: 101 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Head to Gulf Shores for an annual event that attracts over 300,000 people! More than 80 hours of musical entertainment paired with some of the world’s tastiest gulf seafood make for an unforgettable festival experience.

The Original German Sausage Festival

October 29th, 2016 | 8:00am – 5:00pm
Location: 13052 Main St, Elberta, AL 36530

This semi-annual event returns to Elberta, AL just in time to feed our holiday hunger! Enjoy delicious German sausage, sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage and more from top regional restaurateurs. Along with all the tasty edibles, take advantage of all-ages entertainment, hundreds of arts & craft booths, and carnival rides! This is a true autumn celebration and a local favorite for things to do in Orange Beach Fall 2016!

32nd Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

November 3rd – 13th, 2016 | All Day Event
Location: 17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507

This long-running festival is one of the only major music festivals taking place this fall! Dedicated to the late Frank Brown, the festival features Grammy Award winning songwriters and talented songwriters from across the across. This event takes place in multiple locations from Pensacola, Florida to Gulf Shores, Alabama.

9th Annual Oyster Cook Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout

November 4th – 5th, 2016 | 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: 101 E. Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores, AL 36542

The Oyster Cook Off brings together celebrity chefs and well-known restaurateurs for 2 full nights of food and music. With more than 60 beers, and samples of oysters from dozens of chefs, your taste buds will be satisfied all weekend long! Don’t miss the oyster shucking contest, Bloody Mary invitational, craft beer tasting, or any of the other fun culinary activities taking place at this event!

World Food Championship

November 8th, 2016 | All Day Event
Location: The Wharf 23101 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561

In case you can’t tell, Orange Beach residents love their food festivals! The World Food Championship takes place at The Wharf in Orange Beach this year. This massive cooking show-down includes nine championships taking place in one giant arena. This is sure to be the top food sport event in the world, and you don’t want to miss it!

Thanksgiving Potluck at Flora-Bama

November 24th, 2016 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507

Celebrate Thanksgiving this year with other Gulf Coast residents at the Thanksgiving Potluck at Flora-Bama. Bring a covered dish and get all the turkey and ham you can stand!

Santa Drop at Flora-Bama

December 10th, 2016 | 10:30am – 2:00pm
Location: Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507

This all ages event reinvents the story of Santa coming down the chimney… this time Santa is falling from the sky! Watch Santa skydive onto the beach behind Flora-Bama, then stick around for Christmas activities, candy, hot chocolate and more!