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Oyster Cook-offBest Tasting TailgateDemos & WorkshopsOyster Showcase
Oyster Cook-offBest Tasting TailgateDemos & WorkshopsOyster Showcase

Craft Beer Festival

Friday, November 2

6 p.m.-11 p.m.

Enjoy tastings of dozens of craft beers and live music from Billy Raffoul and Matt Maeson presented by 92ZEW. The all-inclusive ticket includes samples from all of our craft brewers and live entertainment all night long.

Admission is included with VIP tickets.

Oyster Cook-Off

Sample oysters from dozens of chefs and restaurants from across the country. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from the best with cooking demonstrations and workshops throughout the day.

Don’t miss your chance to take part in the oyster shucking contest. Plus, cheer on contestants during our Bloody Mary Invitational.

Admission is $10, children 12 & under are free. Tasting tickets will be available for purchase to sample oysters.

Best Tasting Tailgate

Don’t miss a minute of the gridiron action. Watch your favorite team in one of our sports viewing lounges.

Demos & Workshops

Learn from nationally recognized chefs including Martie Duncan, Cory Bahr, Jim Smith, Chris Lilly, Justin Warner, Carl Ruiz, Linkie Marais and more performing demos and workshops throughout the weekend.
Check back out the 2018 chef lineup here.

Included with Cook-Off admission.

North American Oyster Showcase

Stop by the North American Oyster Bar to find your favorite oyster. Taste fresh varieties flown in from seven regions: the Pacific Northwest, New England, the Maritimes, British Columbia, the Mid-Atlantic, Baja Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico.

Live Music

The Cook-Off isn’t only about oysters. Head over to the main stage for live music from throughout the day, including a performance by Michael Ray and Red Clay Strays (presented by 95KSJ), Saturday, November 3.

The best part? These concerts are included with your Cook-Off admission.


Tickets purchased in advance will be exchanged at the ‘Will Call’ line at the Box Office located on Gulf Place. Box office hours are:

Friday, November 2:
5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 3:
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Oyster tasting tickets can be purchased with credit or debit cards at all points of sale.

Tasting tickets can be used to purchase oysters.

Tasting tickets CANNOT be used for the purchase of beverages or at the Hangout restaurant. Unused tasting tickets have no cash value.

Tasting tickets CANNOT be used to purchase food inside The Hangout restaurant or drinks at The Hangout bars.

Friday: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

On Saturday stick around to watch the football games on one of our many screens!

Not to worry! We have a wide selection of offerings available at The Hangout restaurant located adjacent to the Cook-off!

Visit our Travel Page for great deals on places to stay in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

There is plenty of free parking adjacent to The Hangout all weekend long.

Yes, you may come and go as you please.

This is a rain or shine event.

More info, official rules and submission form for competition can be found here.

For more information and to sign up to compete in the Bloody Mary Invitational, here.

The oyster shucking competition is open to all restaurants participating in the Oyster Cook-off.

We ask you keep the following items at home, for your safety and the safety of everyone here at Hangout!

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Illegal substances (including narcotics) or drug paraphernalia
  • Framed or large backpacks
  • Glass containers
  • Outside food or beverages
  • Skateboards
  • Motorized carts or scooters – unless ADA verified
  • Bicycles (inside Cook-off grounds – bike racks will be available near the entrance)
  • Coolers of any size
  • Tents or canopies of any kind
  • No unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed
  • The Oyster Cook-off organizers reserve the right to deny access to the event or to expel from the event anyone who acts inappropriately or jeopardizes the safety of attendees, event staff or themselves.
  • And remember – BE NICE, OR GO HOME!


Our beach destination, Gulf Shores, AL, is gorgeous and rich in local seafood, talented chefs and friendly people. November is an incredible time to visit and taste all that we have to offer!  

directions to hangout


Driving to the Hangout Oyster Cook-off is easy from cities across the southeast and mid-west. Atlanta, Chattanooga, Memphis, Athens, Asheville, Tampa Bay, Gainesville, Nashville and Houston are all just a short day's drive away. And if you live in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Montgomery or Jackson, you can be here in a few hours.

Once you hop off I-65, I-10 or Highway 98, the Gulf Shores Parkway and Beach Express make it easy cruise straight down to the beach and the Hangout Oyster Cook-off.

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Most major airlines fly into nearby Mobile and Pensacola airports. Both airports are about an hour's drive from the Hangout Oyster Cook-off, so once you land you'll want to rent a car.