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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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. . . .
Best of bluegrass & gospel music groups in the Lyceum
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.
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!
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.
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.
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..
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 email@example.com for exact date and time of the event.
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
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.
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..
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..
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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..
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.