Covid-19 brought about a lot of change. For the past two years, we have all had to make sacrifices to keep one another safe and healthy. Though the planners of the 2021 Shrimp Festival announced the lineup for the event in mid-August, it seems that the pandemic had other plans.
Of course, the Shrimp Festival is a staple of the area’s culture. Residents and tourists alike have been looking forward to attending, especially after last year’s event was canceled. It seems as though the disappointments of the past few years are not quite over yet.
However, though this is disappointing, it is worth pointing out that there is still a lot to be excited about here on the Gulf Shores of Alabama. The pandemic may restrict what we can safely accomplish, but even under the strictest of parameters, we know how to have fun.
The Annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest
Though it may not have as much cocktail sauce as the shrimp festival, BirdFest is a very cool event that occurs yearly in our area. The first full weekend in October, residents, and tourists can enjoy the yearly migration of hundreds of birds. All species of fowl pass through the area this time of year, providing a unique viewing experience for all ages.
This event features workshops, where kids and adults can learn about the Gulf’s animal population and ecosystems, and track the migration pattern of the birds passing through.
37th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival
If you can hold your horses until November, the Frank Brown Songwriters’ Festival is bound to be a good time. Singers and songwriters from all over the country meet in the Gulf Shores area for ten days of music and fun. Everyone from newer amateurs to experienced singers is encouraged to attend, and it’s a great opportunity for music lovers of all ages to discover their new favorite sound.
Grab a Cold One
If you are looking for something a bit more spirit-forward, there are plenty of beer-based events happening in the area during October as well. The beginning of the month boasts the Alligator and Ale race along with the Cornhole Tournament. That same day, Oktoberfest is taking over at OWA. The Cool Shots Selfie Museum is holding its Women and Wine Wednesdays throughout the month, and the area’s breweries and pubs are holding music as well. If you’re looking to get boozy, the Gulf Shores are open and ready to comply.
Make Your Own Fun
Though the Shrimp Festival might be absent from our calendars this year, there is plenty in the area to keep us busy. The Gulf Shores is a special, resilient place, and the pandemic won’t put an end to the events and attractions that make it unique. Plus, you can certainly find a tasty shrimp basket or two, no matter what time of year.
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