Mar 3-Mar 6, Selma. Bridge Crossing Jubilee. 334-526-2626. www.selmajubilee.com. Admission charged. The weekend is a commemoration of the anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" and the Selma to Montgomery March. Activities include a pageant, a dance, women and youth conferences, a parade, festival, interfaith service and National Voting Rights Hall of Fame induction.
Easter Sound, Light, and Water Show. 256-378-7252. desotocavernspark.com. Admission charged. DeSoto Caverns Family Fun Park--A special Easter sound, light and water show that commemorates the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and is shown on every caverns tour. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5:30 p.m.
Apr 8-9, 2016- Dothan. Tri-State BBQ Festival. 334-699-1475. www.tristatebbq.com. Admission charged. Houston Farm Cente----Food and music festival featuring a sanctioned barbecue competition with cash prizes totaling more than $10,000. Spectators can enjoy tasting BBQ, and can attend BBQ classes, as well as listen to music, see an antique car show, and shop in the vendor village. BBQ for sale, as well as other great foods. Lots of fun for kids (inflatables, rides, games, crafts) as well.
Montgomery Biscuits Baseball. 334-323-2255. www.biscuitsbaseball.com. Admission charged. Riverwalk Stadium--The Montgomery Biscuits (AA Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) play in beautiful Riverwalk Stadium located in downtown Montgomery. Enjoy MAX Fireworks, Thirsty Thursdays, Dollar Dog Tuesdays and other great promotions throughout the season.
Cullman StrawberryFest features the best strawberries and produce in North Alabama. Along with our outstanding music venue, classic car show, arts and crafts, and scrumptious food vendors, visitors can plan to spend the whole day shopping in the unique stores in our downtown district, dancing to a variety of music playing at the Festhalle or visiting our historic districts via guided tours provided by the Cullman County Museum.
May 7, 2016. Union Springs, Alabama 37th Annual Chunnenuggee Fair . General: 334-738-4060, vendors: 334-738-8683. www.chunnenuggeefair.com. Juried arts and crafts fair with live entertainment, food and crafts vendors, children's games, door prizes and cake sale. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Orange Beach Wine Fest is one of the most cherished tickets on the island. Over 120 wines, three live music acts, food from distinguished local restaurants, boat tours of the bay, custom wine glass, custom wine bag, and even craft beer for the un-winies ...... all for only $39
May 15-16, Hartselle. Cotton Pickin' BBQ Cook-Off. 256-773-4370. www.hartsellechamber.com. Free. Downtown--Alabama State Championship Barbecue Cook-off featuring Professional and Backyard teams from across the US. Sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Association. Friday 4p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
The 7th Annual Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival will be held in DeBardeleben Park in downtown Bessemer from 12-8 p.m. Gates open at 11 am. It is a relaxing atmosphere for the entire family to enjoy a variety of blues musicians. Bring a chair or blanket. Enjoy Bob Sykes Bbq and a children's corner that includes games and activities. Purchase tix at www.bobsykesblues.com
Coosa River Whitewater Festival. www.coosariverwhitewaterfestival.com. Admission charged. Wetumpka Alabama and the Coosa River below Jordan DamWhitewater event for children and adults, novice and professional featuring canoeing, sit on top kayaking and recreational paddling, etc.
Join in as Chilton County celebrates Alabama peaches. Pageants and tournaments are held throughout the week, along with the Peach Run, art exhibitions, a cook-off, fishing tournament, live music, parades, live and silent auctions, barbecue and much more. Call 205-755-2400 for more information.
Dega Jam, which will take place in the infield of the biggest NASCAR track in the country, will feature a huge music lineup over three days and nights, programmed on three specially designed performance stages. The mega-music festival will offer fans a thrilling new annual way to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Jacksonville. Jax Fest. 256-435-8115. www.jacksonville-al.org. Jacksonville Community Center and High School Stadium--A celebration of the 4th of July with fun activities at the community center and concluding with fireworks at the high school stadium. All day, with fireworks approx. 9 p.m.
For decades, Thunder on the Mountain, Birmingham’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration, has been hailed as one of the largest and most extravagant Independence Day traditions in the state of Alabama, and this year will be no exception. On Saturday, July 4 at 9 p.m., Thunder on the Mountain 2015 will once again illuminate the skies above Birmingham's beloved iron man, Vulcan. Free to the public, this year's show will last approximately 20 minutes and will feature a variety of firework shells that will brighten the sky with new colors and patterns. The show will be choreographed to a musical soundtrack that will feature a mix of patriotic favorites and popular musical performances.
July 22-31, Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia and Muscle Shoals. W.C. Handy Music Festival. 256-766-7642. www.wchandymusicfestival.org. The Shoals (Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia and Muscle Shoals), various locations--week-long celebration honoring Florence native, W.C. Handy, "Father of the Blues," with over 200 events taking place including concerts, plays, art exhibits, picnics and more.
Statewide. Alabama Restaurant Week. 1-800-252-2262. www.alabama.travel. Various restaurants--Restaurants around the state, including many featured in the popular brochure "100 Dishes To Eat in Alabama Before You Die," invite diners to experience the wonderful culinary scene of Sweet Home Alabama. Participating restaurants will offer specials throughout the week.
Fort Mims Reenactment. 251-533-9024. fortmims.org. Historic Fort Mims, 12 mi. north of Stockton off Hwy. 59/CR 80-- Living history encampment with settlers, militia and Redstick Creek Indian reenactors, arrowhead and artifact displays, demonstrations of early crafts such as basketweaving and flint napping, period music, Indian crafts and culture and more. Concessions available. Daily, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Okra Festival started as a small community event celebrating the only crop that survived an unusually hot summer in 2000. More than a decade later, it is one of the highlights of the summer season, featuring local food, music and cultural arts.
The Shades of Bluegrass Festival is a twice-annual event held at the Rogersville Recreation Park. There will be food and craft vendors and a Shade Tree area for jammers. Primitive camping sites and a bathhouse are available as well as RV parking with hookups. For more information, contact Dale Weathers at 931-629-2285.
Riverfest Barbecue Cook-off. 800-524-6181. www.decaturjaycees.com. Ingalls Harbor Pavilion Meeting & Event Center--10 a.m.-midnight. The Alabama State Barbecue Cook-off features barbecue teams from across the South and the entire country, all competing for a total of $20,000 in cash prizes - and bragging rights too, of course. Come enjoy live musical entertainment, children's activities and more.
Grape Stomp . 205-672-2053. www.morgancreekwinery.com. Admission charged. Morgan Creek Vineyards--Visitors get to stomp grapes with their feet in wooden barrels, take winery tours, enjoy wine tastings, watch or participate in the Lucy look-alike contest plus other fun activities. Food available for sale. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Five Points Walking Tour . 256-551-2230. www.huntsville.org. Free. Five Points District--Huntsville's locally designated historic district encompasses architecture from the late 1890s through the 20th century. Guides share unique and interesting stories about these quaint Victorian homes and bungalows. 10 a.m..
Join us for four days of German heritage, Southern style. Planned activities include authentic German food, costumes and music; multiple stage events, a Biergarten, game-day TV, arts and crafts, a car show featuring classic German cars, a bratwurst-eating contest, stein-hosting contest, the Burgermeister Ball, historical tours, and much more!
Located at the University of Alabama's Moundville Archaeological Park, performers, artists, craftspeople and tradition bearers entertain and educate visitors about the rich culture and heritage that makes Southeastern Indians unique. The festival includes living historians, arts and crafts arbors, a children's area, arts market and trader's circle, food courts, and a stage for performances. All ages are welcome. Call 205-371-8732 for group reservations of 10 or more. The Festival will take place October 8 and 9 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm and October 10 and 11 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention. 256-233-8183. www.athens.edu/fiddlers. Admission charged. Athens State University--Known as the "Granddaddy of Midsouth Fiddlers Conventions" for its role in reviving the tradition of competition in old time music, the convention brings some 200 contestants to compete for top prize money. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the outstanding music, 150 arts and crafts vendors and delicious festival food. Fri., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-until.
This will be the 75th annual game, and it is the largest attended HBCU Football Classic in the nations, consistently drawing more than 65,000 fans. The game features Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University, and it's the longest continuous rivalry in the state of Alabama.
Battles for the Armory. 334-391-4017. http://tallasseearmoryguards.org. Admission charged. Tallassee Historic District and Gibsons Plantation--Battle Re-enactment of the Battle of Chehaw Station and the Battle of Franklin, Interactive exhibits, period artillery, infantry, field hospital, blacksmith, carriage rides, Tours of the Confederate Armory and more.
Galaxy of Lights. 256-830-4447. www.hsvbg.org. Fee for attractions only. Huntsville Botanical Garden--A magnificent two-and-a-half-mile long holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. Special exhibits include a holiday village, dinosaurs, wild animals, a magical twinkling icicle forest, garden scenes, animated snowmen and the twelve days of Christmas. 5:30-9 p.m.
Surround yourself with history at Fort Gaines! Completed in 1861, visitors delight at this site of The Battle of Mobile Bay. Explore the grounds while hearing stories of days gone by watching live reenactments.