Shrimp Festival: Everything You Need to Know to Attend!

The crowds at the 44th Annual National Shrimp Festival in 2015.

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — The 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival runs October 12 -15 in Gulf Shores. From food to entertainment, News 5 has everything you need to know.

How much does it cost to attend?

Nothing! Shrimp Festival is free to everyone.

What are the hours?

The festival is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The hours on Sunday are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where should I park?

The festival recommends you park at a shuttle stop and take a bus to the event. A day pass is $5. A four-day weekend pass is $15. You can see a full list of shuttle locations here.

Where exactly is the festival?

Shrimp Festival is located at the public beach access where Highway 59 hits Highway 182.

Is there more than just shrimp to eat?

Absolutely! More than 300 vendors will set up shop, serving everything from burgers and pizza to salads and nachos.

Is there anything I can’t bring?

According to the festival, animals are not allowed on the festival grounds. The festival also has a no-cooler policy.

After I’m stuffed with shrimp, what sort of entertainment is there?

With arts and crafts, shopping, even a children’s activity area — there’s something for everybody at the festival. And don’t forget about the music. You can see the full artist lineup here.

Will there be an impact to the traffic flow in Gulf Shores?

The City of Gulf Shores is warning the public about changes to the traffic flow plan for the Shrimp Festival.

  • Thursday, October 12 at 4 a.m. – Traffic closure of Highway 182 expands eastward to E. 2nd Street & westward to W. 3rd Street. Traffic flow east of Hwy 59 will convert to one-way-only routes.
  • Monday, October 16 at 7 a.m. – All normal traffic flow along Hwy 182 and Hwy 59 resumes.
  • Tuesday, October 17 at 7 a.m. – East Gulf Place re-opens to the public. West Gulf Places closes for Phase 2 of the Gulf Place Revitalization Project.

Will the beaches remain open through the festival?

Yes, all public beaches will remain through the length of the festival. Be sure to check which flags are flying so you know if it is safe to go into the water.

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