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2 Favorite Festivals in South Baldwin County, Alabama

Updated on July 11, 2011

Are you a fan of outdoor festivals? Whether you enjoy browsing local craft vendors, learning about local culture, dining on tasty fair food style treats, or simply spending time with friends and family at a fun outdoor event, festivals can be a lot of fun.

If you find yourself visiting South Baldwin County in Alabama area during the spring or fall, you'll likely find a number of great festivals to attend.

The weather is great and the scenery is amazing in this part of the world during these seasons, so locals look for reasons to hold outdoor events throughout the fall and winter.

2 Great Festivals in South Baldwin County Alabama

A few of the best festivals you'll find in South Baldwin County, Alabama – or anywhere – are the Elberta Sausage Festival and the National Shrimp Festival.

Elberta, Alabama

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Elberta, Alabama

Elberta Sausage Festival: March and October

The small town of Elberta, Alabama holds a sausage festival two times each year, on the last Saturday of March and the last Saturday of October. Both events are fundraisers for the town's volunteer fire department. Each event generally attracts more than 30,000 people – locals and visitors alike.

Elberta Sausage Festival festivities include live music and dancing, numerous vendor booths and great food. The main food attraction is delicious sausage dogs—and they usually sell out of the 7,000 pounds of sausage prepared for the event a few hours before the festival shuts down in the late afternoon.

There are plenty of other things to eat and drink at the festival. Choices usually include German potato salad, apple dumplings, funnel cakes, corn dogs, cold beer and much more. Several different types of bands play throughout the day, including – of course – polka music.

Visit the Elberta Sausage Festival website for complete event details. Elberta is located between the cities of Foley and Gulf Shores, Alabama. There are plenty of hotels, motels, condominiums, and campgrounds located in close proximity to the action. If you like small town festivals and the flavor of German sausage, this festival is one that you'll really enjoy.

Elberta Sausage Festival

Gulf Shores, AL

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Gulf Shores, AL

National Shrimp Festival: October

The National Shrimp Festival is an annual event held in Gulf Shores, Alabama. It's always scheduled for the first full weekend in October and attracts more than 300,000 people to visit this beachfront resort community for a few days.

There are many activities for children and adults alike throughout the festival. The main event, of course, is the food – fresh Gulf shrimp prepared just about any way you might like, as well a many other tasty treats.

There is much more to do at the National Shrimp Festival beyond enjoying delicious southern seafood. There is continuous live musical entertainment throughout the weekend, featured on to different stages.

There are hundreds of arts and crafts booths, as well as an activity center where youngsters have a chance to try their hands at their own artistic endeavors. There's even a sand sculpture contest that the entire family can participate in!

For complete details, see the Shrimp Festival Page on the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce's website. Be sure to make reservations well in advance, as accommodations book up for this event very early. If you aren't able to get accommodations in Gulf Shores, check for rooms in the surrounding Baldwin County towns of Orange Beach, Foley, Fairhope, and Daphne. Even Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL are close enough for you to drive in and enjoy the festivities.

National Shrimp Festival


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    milenaamr 7 years ago

    All this looks delicious and fun. Nice hub, thanks.