Just around the corner is the 44th Annual National Shrimp Festival, which is a great excuse to travel to Gulf Shores, Alabama. The National Shrimp Festival is October 8th – 11th. It’s free to get in thanks to Zatarain’s as well as a host of other sponsors. The festival takes place right in front of The Hangout at the end of Hwy. 59 in Gulf Shores.

44th Annual National Shrimp Festival! #StayALBeaches

Not only is there 200 lbs. of fresh shrimp brought in daily, but there is also a great line up of entertainment, fine art, arts & crafts, as well as a Children’s Activity Village where children can make their own art. The music acts will go from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day and include a myriad of talent, from Blues to Motown, Southern Rock to Jazz and even some Zydeco and Country.

44th Annual National Shrimp Festival! #StayALBeaches

44th Annual National Shrimp Festival! #StayALBeaches

Now of course, the star of this festival is our favorite crustacean Shrimp. There will be oodles of Shrimp vendors, where you can find shrimp prepared in every way imaginable. Boiled, fried, blackened, you name it, it will be there! If you’re not a big fan of that shell fish, there will be something there for you.

44th Annual National Shrimp Festival! #StayALBeaches

Be sure to check out the amazing sand sculptures made for the Sand Sculpture Contest on October 11th.
44th Annual National Shrimp Festival! #StayALBeaches

While I have never been to the Shrimp Festival, it is definitely going on my bucket list. Have you ever been the Shrimp Festival?

I’ll be doing a swag bag giveaway, so keep an out for that next week!

44th Annual National Shrimp Festival! #StayALBeaches

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