Freedom Fest, a fun Arts Weekend, set for October 9th at The Wharf

September 14, 2021
Freedom Fest, a fun Arts Weekend, set for October 9th at The Wharf

The City of Orange Beach is excited to announce the first-ever Freedom Fest, a Fun Annual Arts Weekend, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 9 at The Wharf.

The event will include 100 artists, local music, food, a charity motorcycle ride and Singing for Scholarships competition. Commemorative merchandise, such as T-shirts, will also be available. With the cancellation of the National Shrimp Festival, Mayor Tony Kennon wanted the city to step up and try to provide a venue for artists and guests who will still be in town that second weekend in October.

“I’m happy to report that because of our City Council, the wonderful people in the City of Orange Beach, City employees and an accommodating staff at The Wharf, this event will happen,” Mayor Kennon said. “As I stated on Friday [September 10th], people have the right to choose what they wish to attend and decide the risks they are willing to take, especially for an outdoor event like this one.”

The event will take place on the west end of The Wharf, adjacent to the movie theater. It will be the same location of Seafood Fest vendors in February.

Artists who were already booked for Shrimp Fest are invited to participate in this event and will have priority. For vendor information, email Jeanne Fitzgibbons at jfitz@orangebeachal.gov.

The music stage will feature Brown Barnes Band, Cole Sitzlar, Tres Amigos, and Strickly Rivers.

The Marshals' Let Freedom Roar Run and Rally is scheduled to roll at noon on October 9th from the Orange Beach Event Center. Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Event Center. The registration fee is $20. T-shirts will be sold for $25 as well. Proceeds will benefit Youth-Reach Gulf Coast, a Christ-centered residential ministry for young men ages 18-22. The motorcycle and Jeep parade will leave from the Event Center parking lot then ride to the Alabama Point Bridge and loop back to the Freedom Fest. 

That same night will include the Brooks & Dunn concert at The Wharf and The Addams Family Musical Comedy dinner theater at 7 p.m. at the Orange Beach Event Center. Find details and ticket information for the Addams Family dinner theater at www.orangebeachal.gov/events/performing-arts, and Brooks & Dunn on The Wharf website.

Singing for Scholarships

Singing for Scholarships will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 9th at The Port at the Wharf, 4724 Main Street.

One contestant from each High School in Baldwin County will be allowed to represent their school. City Schools, Virtual School, Homeschool, and Past Winners are eligible.

Must be currently enrolled in 9th-12th grades in the 2021-2022 school year.

For more information email ShrimpFestivalSFS@gmail.com.