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May

Decatur

May 23 - 24, Decatur. 800-524-6181. www.alabamajubilee.net. Free. Point Mallard Park. Enjoy balloon races, key grab, tether rides, balloon glow, arts and crafts, entertainment and more. 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Auburn

Bluegrass On The Plains is a 7-day bluegrass festival hosting 20 bands annually the week of Memorial Day starting on Monday and going through Sunday 2015 May 25 - May 31. We will have for the 2nd year a Bluegrass Idol Band Competition on Mon May 25 @ 7 pm and a Bluegrass Scramble on Tuesday May 26 @ 7 pm. www.bluegrassontheplains.com

Bessemer

The 6th Annual Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival will be held in DeBardeleben Park in downtown Bessemer from 12-8 p.m. Gates open at 11am. 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

June

Millbrook

Jun 1 - July 11, Millbrook. Blackberry and Blueberry Picking. 334-549-4710. www.barberberryfarm.com. Fee for participants only. Barber Berry Farm. Over two acres of thornless blackberries and blueberries to pick from. They also have produce from an outdoor hydroponic vegetable garden for sale when their open. Mon., Wed. & Fri., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tallassee

BBQ Festival and Cook Off contest, Music, Arts & Crafts, Historic Tours

Georgiana

Jun 5-6, Georgiana. 334-376-2396. www.hankwilliamsfestival.com. Hank Williams Boyhood Home & Museum. Tribute to native son, Hank Williams, with country music, arts, crafts and food.

Hoover

Join us for the season's premier garden gala! Enjoy a special evening of great food, entertainment and live auction, all to benefit Aldridge Gardens.

Alabaster

Voted the Best Annual Festival in Shelby County for multiple years, Alabaster CityFest is a FREE festival - bring the entire family, stay all day! Nationally recognized music artists. 205-664-6840

Alexander City

The Alexander City Jazz Fest is a two night FREE event.

Gadsden

Weekend Bass Series Alabama North Tournament 3

Cullman

Annual Music Festival Check the website for exact date and details www.rockthesouth.com

Elkmont

Backyard BBQ Cookoff sponsored by the Elkmont Lions Club. Start Friday June 19th 2015 around 6pm and goes until Saturday June 20th 2015 ending around 4:00pm Fun for the family.

Slocomb

Come and enjoy this family-friendly festival, featuring a parade, gospel singing, live music, a recipe contest, a Ms. Tomato Pageant and more. Call 334-886-2334 or visit website for exact date and time

Brewton

Jun. 20, Brewton. Alabama Blueberry Festival. 251-867-3224. www.alabamablueberryfestival.com. Burnt Corn Creek Park. This festival has original arts and crafts, car show. There is also a children's section, live entertainment, blueberries, blueberry bushes, cookbooks and food. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Clanton

Chilton County Peach Festival. 205-755-2400. Various areas. 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.

Bay Minette

The North Baldwin Chamber Crawfish Bash is held annually each June to officially welcome summer! The 3rd Annual Crawfish Bash will be held on June 26th from 5-7pm.

Clanton

Entertainment, Food, Arts & Crafts Vendors, Kid Zone and more. 205-755-2400

July

Demopolis

Songwriters from AL and MS perform as well as anyone who had ties to Hwy 80. Writers from as far as Nashville and California came to our first festival.

Jacksonville

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.

Decatur

Jul 4, Decatur. Spirit of America Festival. 800-232-5449 or 800-524-6181. www.spiritofamericafestival.com. Free. Point Mallard Park. A large fireworks show.

Huntsville

Visit the U.S. Space & Rocket Center for Huntsville's largest fireworks display and July 4th celebration! Bring the whole family and enjoy delicious food, patriotic entertainment and breathtaking fireworks.

Birmingham

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.

Wedowee

Jul 4, Wedowee. Fourth of July Boat Parade. 256-276-7959. www.lakewedoweelife.com. Free. Lakeside Marina, Hwy. 431, Lake Wedowee/RL Harris Reservoir--Boat and personal watercrafts decorated with patriotic themes. 10 a.m.-noon.

Florence

July 17-26, 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.

Birmingham

Enjoy an evening filled with Birmingham's outstanding food, drink, entertainment, and scenic views.

August

Cullman

Call for exact date. The Celebrate Cullman festival will be held in downtown Cullman, and will include food, free live music and free kids activities at the Festhalle Market and other locations throughout the downtown.

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.

Northport

West Alabama's answer to the call of the shrimp and barbecue enthusiasts!

Albertville

This FREE two-day event has something for all ages including a children's inflatable water park, vendor booths, art contest/exhibit and entertainment on two stages featuring national entertainment each evening.

Birmingham

Birmingham Restaurant Week celebrates Birmingham's acclaimed culinary culture by highlighting its locally owned and operated restaurants across the area.

Russellville

The annual Watermelon Festival is held the third weekend in August and brings crowds from 35,000-50,000. Numerous activities surround the festival including: bike ride, 5K, motorcycle ride, Watermelon Beauty Pageant, tractor show, car & truck show, & Contests: seed spitting, best dressed, largest melon, best tasting. Outdoor entertainment on the main stage & indoor entertainment at the historic Roxy Theatre. Admission to the festival and a slice of watermelon is FREE.

Ozark

Aug 15-16, Ozark. South Alabama Pro Rodeo Classic. 334-774-9448. Admission charged. Dale County Ag-Plex Arena--Bull riding, team roping, cow girl barrel racing, calf roping, bare back riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, and breakaway roping. Gates open at 6 p.m.; rodeo starts at 8 p.m. . . .

Powell

Best of bluegrass & gospel music groups in the Lyceum

Burkville

Okra Festival. 334-324-7222 or 334-284-0555. Free. In Lowndes County, off U.S. Hwy 80 W on Frederick Douglas Rd and follow signs--Fresh vegetables, okra, arts & crafts, music, food and more. Noon- until.

September

Cullman

Wings, bands, and brew. See website for exact date and details. Coincides with the Cullman County Fair Parade.

Rogersville

This festival takes place place twice a year; the last weekend of June and the 1st weekend of September.

Cullman

A myriad of arts & crafts along with craft and food vendors, sweet potatoes, music, a car show, and lots of food and family fun abounds at this festival.

Decatur

Riverfest Barbecue Cook-off. Call or visit website for exact date and time 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.

Atmore

Local cuisine, music. Hosted by the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce, this event held in a park setting is an evening of entertainment and food prepared by businesses, groups/organizations and individuals. This event is known for showcasing some of the Atmore's best chefs and cooks!

Montgomery

Celebrate the 92nd Birthday of Hank Williams with live music all day. check our website for details. www.thehankwilliamsmuseum.net

Dothan

Oktoberfest meets barbecue competition in Dothan, Alabama.

Irondale

Whistle Stop Festival . 205-297-9897. www.irondalewhistlestopfestival.com. Historic Irondale, 1912 1st Ave. S.--This event brings together artists and craft makers who sell and demonstrate their work to the sound of live music and various performances throughout the day. Vintage fire engines and fire safety presentations, carnival games for all ages, barbecue and funnel cakes - this event has something for everyone. The Irondale cafe will be open for lunch, selling their famous fried green tomatoes. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Daphne

Juried Arts & Crafts Show with Live local entertainment. Kids Art in the Park, food vendors and more.

Luverne

Peanut Boil Festival. 334-335-4468. www.peanutboilfestival.com. ..Held in Turner Park, Luverne, AL 1300 S. Forest Ave. Luv (Hwy 331 S) .Arts and crafts festival including beauty pageant, car show, 5k fun run/walk, entertainment under the big tent. Great variety of food. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Athens

Sept 26, Athens. Athens Grease Festival. 256-232-9040. www.athensgreasefestival.com. Admission charged. Downtown--Festival set aside to celebrate culinary delights such as fried okra, fish and other Southern fried creations as well as the Greek heritage of the area. 11 a.m.-10 p.m..

October

Spanish Fort

Three days of guided bird & nature tours on land and by boat plus speakers, evening events, and family-friendly Expo with raptors, snakes, exhibits, and more.

Birmingham

Breakin' Bread. www.birminghamoriginals.org. Admission charged. Railroad Park--Signature dishes from local restaurants, farmers market, live entertainment, a children's area with live animal encounters and more. Visit website or email admin@birminghamoriginals.org for exact date and time of the event.

Eclectic

Alabama Cotton Festival . Downtown, The Warehouse--Cotton Queen Pageant, 5K Run, Anglers for Kids weigh-in, Art Contest, Arts & Crafts, an expanded Kids Zone, Motorcycle Run, Antique Car Show, Vendors from all around the south and so much more. All day event starting at 8 am. Free Admission. For more information call 334-578-1620 or go to www.townofeclectic.com. See you at the Festival! Call or visit website to confirm event date

Pinson

Music, Food, Arts and Crafts, Rides, Friday Night Fireworks.

Mobile

Bayfest Music Festival. 251-208-7835. www.bayfest.com. Downtown--A weekend of entertainment on multiple stages, with music genres including country, classic rock, R&B, rock, pop, jazz, gospel and acoustic tunes. Special children's area. Weekend passes available; children 12 and under are free. Visit website for more information. Fri., 6 p.m.-midnight; Sat., 2 p.m.-midnight; Sun., 2-10 p.m.

Guntersville

BBQ cooking competition with family entertainment, crafters, food, drink, and merchandise vendors. Free admission to the public.

Huntsville

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..

Foley

Alabama Festival of Flavor. 251-943-3291. www.alabamafestivalofflavor.com. Free. Street of Downtown Foley--Features fresh local foods, with live cooking competitions by area restaurants, cooking secrets from local chefs, free, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cullman

Oct 3-10, Cullman, Cullman Oktoberfest 2015 256-739-1258: 256-734-0454 www.cullmanoktoberfest.com. German Heritage, Southern Style

Decatur

Wild game cook-off featuring cookers from across the country.

Gulf Shores

National Shrimp Festival. 251-968-6091. alagulfcoastchamber.com. Free. Gulf Shores Public Beaches--Held each year during the second full weekend in October, this event is one of the nation's premier outdoor festivals featuring more than 300 vendors that offer fine art, arts and crafts, a retail marketplace, children's activity village, 10K/5K run on the Saturday of the Festival, and of course, shrimp. Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m..

Birmingham

Barber Vintage Festival. 205-699-7275. www.barbervintagefestival.org. Admission charged. Barber Motorsports Park--Featuring road racing, motocross, cross country events, an air show, a swap meet with over 250 vendors, a fan zone and more.

Gadsden

Art-toberfest at the Center for Cultural Arts.

Cullman Civic Center

Alabama Gourd Show Festival--Come see the beautiful original pieces of gourd art. Learn how artists achieve their special techniques with the many FREE demonstrations throughout the weekend. Bring the kids by the FREE kids patch booth where they can decorate their own little gourd and take it home with them. You won't want to miss the exhibition room where each of our gourd artists and growers has entered a juried competition. Shop the arts and crafts show, take a class, and maybe even find a new hobby! Always the third weekend in October.

Anniston

Lobsterfest. 256-237-4457. www.graceanniston.org. Grace Episcopal Church--Lobster meals eat in or take out, arts and crafts, children's activities and more. Benefits Habitat for Humanity of Calhoun County. Noon-7 p.m.

Talladega

Witness the 6th and pivotal race in NASCAR's Chase for the Championship with the GEICO 500. The field of title contenders will be cut from 12 to eight. Lots of free camping, kids 12 and under with incredible discounts and lots more!

Theodore

Oct 24, Mobile. Balloon Glow in the Gardens. 251-973-2217. www.bellingrath.org. Admission charged. Bellingrath Gardens and Home--Hot air balloons will "glow" on the Great Lawn (weather permitting), scary and fun inflatables will be glowing throughout the Gardens, treats and trinkets will be available for trick or treaters and more. 4:30-8 pm

Elberta

Elberta German Sausage Festival. 251-986-5805. Free. Elberta Town Park--Held the last Saturday in March and October, event offers German sausage and other food booths, music, dancing, arts and crafts booths, children's rides and games. 8 a.m.-5 p.m

November

Wetumpka

Using Fort Toulouse–Fort Jackson Park as its historical backdrop, Alabama Frontier Days demonstrates what life was like on the southern frontier during the early years of European and American exploration and settlement, 1700-1820.

Orange Beach

Frank Brown Songwriters Festival. 850-492-7664. www.fbisf.com. Various venues--The festival provides an atmosphere to promote all writers, whether they had written hit songs which made people open their eyes and view the world in a different way or they are aspiring writers and musicians who knew they could do the same but needed a forum in order to get their music out to the world.

Beatrice

Cane Syrup Makin' Day is an annual tradition. The first Saturday in November, watch as sugar cane is squeezed in a mule-driven cane grinder, boiled into syrup and canned.

Brookside

Nov 7-8, 2015, Brookside . St. Nicholas Annual Food Festival . 205-285-9648. www.brooksidealabama.com, or www.stnicholasbrookside.org. St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church--Tours of the 1984 temple are available. The ladies of the Sisterhood of St. Olga prepare the food and pastries from recipes handed down from relatives and friends who immigrated to Brookside from Western Ukraine and what is now known as Slovakia. Be sure to visit our Russian Beriozka Store for imported gifts and souvenirs. Food is take-out or eat in..

Tillmans Corner

Alabama Pecan Festival. 251-401-5555. www.alabamapecanfestival.com. Free, including free parking. Tillman's Corner Community Center--Featuring carnival rides, food, arts & crafts and jewelry. Also, face painting and many other activities along with a country music concert, a Sunday Gospel show and more. Fri., 5 p.m. until; Sat., 9 a.m. until; Sun., 11 a.m. until.

Fairhope

Nov 19, Fairhope. Fairhope Tree Lighting Celebration. 251-929-1466. www.cofairhope.com. Free. Downtown--Entertainment provided and Mrs. Claus will be passing out candy canes. 5:30-8 p.m. with tree lighting at 6 p.m.

Mobile

Enjoy your day as you experience first-hand adventures from continents of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South Americas around the arena, exhibit halls and Expo Hall. See the arts and crafts, hear people speak their native languages, be entertained, and taste the delicous flavors of the world. Be sure to catch the Opening Ceremony!

Auburn

Join in the first home football game for the Auburn Tigers! Enjoy a full weekend of fun activities and the big game on Saturday!

December

Demopolis

Christmas on the River. 334-289-0270. www.demopolischamber.com. Downtown and along Tombigbee River--Historic home tours, nautical parade, 5K run, arts & crafts, fireworks and more.

Brundidge

Dec 4 & 5, Brundidge. Chili Country Christmas. 334-670-6302. www.piddle.org. Admission charged. We Piddle Around Theater, Brundidge--Get into the Christmas spirit with a bowl of hot chili and enjoy the songs and stories of the Christmas season with nationally acclaimed storyteller, Carmen Agra Deedy at 6:30 p.m.

Eufaula

Eufaula Christmas Tour of Homes. 334-687-3793. www.eufaulapilgrimage.com. Fee for attractions only. DowntownAn enchanting tour of the South's finest homes draped in holiday cheer. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Montgomery

Governor's Mansion Christmas Open House Tours 2015. www.alabama.travel. Free. 1142 S. Perry St.--Dec. 7, 14 and 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The 1907 Governor's Mansion will be decorated and filled with the spirit of the season. Pick up tickets at the Gift Shop across the street.

Gulf Shores

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade. 251-968-4237. mygulfcoastchamber.com. Free. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Intracoastal Waterway beginning at 5:30 p.m., the parade travels the Intracoastal Waterway Canal and ends approximately around 8:30 p.m.

April

Dothan

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.

May

Orange Beach

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 $35

July

Florence

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.