Seafood Fest

32nd Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival and Car Show - Feb. 24, 2024 at The Wharf

The Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival and Car Show will return to the Wharf on Saturday, February 24, 2024. The 32nd annual event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The 2023 festival on Feb. 25 featured the festival's first-ever Makos on Main parade with students and a Mako Mudbug Mania crawfish-eating contest. 

The festival is the major fundraising event for the Makos Academics Arts & Athletics Club (MAAAC), which directly benefits Orange Beach schools. Each year, more than 15,000 people attend the fundraising event.

The annual festival features a full day of delicious food, 100+ artists from throughout the South, and music for the whole family to enjoy on two stages. In addition, there is a large Kids' Zone with activities, and a huge car show - featuring antique, classic and hot rod vehicles all along Main Street.

There is no admission charge to the event and plenty of parking. Volunteers from Orange Beach schools help park cars and donations are accepted in support of our schools. 

Typical food selections will include Fried Shrimp, Alligator, Frog Legs, Oysters, Fish, Seafood Etouffee, Seafood PoBoys, Crawfish Boil, Jambalaya, Shrimp Tacos, Red Beans and Rice, Seafood Gumbo, Crab Cakes, Crab Bites, Chicken on a Stick, Seafood Nachos and more. Snack items will include kettle corn, old-fashioned sodas, boiled peanuts and more. Each year, there are Pepsi stations, and MAAAC volunteers run beer tents, which started during the 2022 festival.

There's something for everyone from our Arts & Crafts booths - handmade jewelry, metal yard and garden art, beach-art inspired signs, homemade candles, glass bird feeders, nautical décor, 3D cut glass art, clothing and many other art, crafts and specialty items. 

Vendors who would like to be put on the 2024 mailing list, fill out the form that is linked on this page.  

For general festival information, email Jeanne Fitzgibbons.


Each year, the open car show features antique, classic and hot rod vehicles. For 2023, the registration fee per car was $75 in advance and $100 day of the show. The lineup begins at 8 a.m. on the day of the event.  All vehicles must be in place by 9:30 a.m. Awards are presented to Top 10 cars. There will also be goody bags and prize drawings throughout the day.

Find more information on the MAAAC website. For more information on the car show, please email Jean Hogue or call 251-200-8037.


Mako Stage: 

  • 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Strickly Rivers
  • 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.: Lisa Zanghi and LeeAnn Creswell
  • 2 p.m.-4 p.m.: JERI

Main Street: 

  • 11 a.m.: Makos on Main Parade
  • Noon: Mako Mudbug Mania - Crawfish-eating contest

Mako Mudbug Mania

The 31st Annual Seafood Festival feature the very first Orange Beach Seafood Fest Crawfish Eating Contest, dubbed the Mako Mudbug Mania. 

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2023 Seafood Fest Poster

2023 Seafood Festival Poster

2023 Seafood Fest Map

2023 Seafood Festival Layout Map for Publication