10/07/2021 - 9:00am to 10/10/2021 - 9:00pm
We are very happy to report that the Shrimp Festival Committee, which consists of over 80 volunteers, has resumed their meeting calendar this week to restart plans for our 2021 event, slated for October 7th through the 10th. Shrimp Festival Chairman Spencer Cade writes, "After having a better understanding of COVID-19, we can make our best effort to organize this year’s event with the consideration of safety and social distancing.”
The 2020 Annual National Shrimp Festival which was originally slated for October 8th through 11th in 2020 was cancelled in July to ensure the safety and well-being of our community and visitors alike.
VP of Special Events for the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber Steve Jones says, "All vendors and entertainment acts that were in place for our 2020 Festival remain in place, so we are not accepting new applications at this time, unless a significant number of vendors drop. Also, if we're forced to consider safety and health regulations, it may be necessary to reduce the number of vendors already in the queue."
The Shrimp Festival is a free, non-ticketed, and un-gated event that has been built around a family-friendly atmosphere that attracts anywhere from 100,000 to 250,000 attendees during the four days.
The Annual National Shrimp Festival has been in existence for 49 years and has grown exponentially over that time. The premise of the festival is to host food vendors, arts & crafts, retail booths, sponsor displays, and entertainment stages on a predetermined footprint. Construction projects in the area also affect the space needed to produce the event that include but are not limited to parking, number of vendor spaces, security, and music acts.
The goal is to stay in preparation mode for the 2021 National Shrimp Festival and work toward making it the best yet. Please stay tuned to our social media and website, myshrimpfest.com, for updates.