Three days of expertly guided tours - on land and water - to prime birding spots on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail with evening speaker events and a free, daylong Bird & Conservation Expo. Trips and evening events require advance registration. www.AlabamaCoastalBirdFest.com
Oct 4-6, Mobile. Bayfest Music Festival. 251-478-5679. 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.
Oct 4, Hoover. Bluff Park Art Show, 51st Annual . 205-822-0078. www.bluffparkartshow.com. Free. Bluff Park Community Center & Park--Always held on the first Saturday in October, this juried fine arts show attracts the best artists in the southeast and beyond for a one-day celebration of artistic talent. Meet the artists and enjoy seeing and purchasing their works of art in a beautiful wooded park setting. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. .
Taste of the Bayou, 26th Annual. 251-824-4088. www.bayoulabatrechamber.com. Admission charged. Bayou La Batre Community Ctr.--A seafood tasting event, featuring thirty-plus booths with succulent dishes prepared by local and professional chefs. Tickets are limited. 5-8 p.m.
Oct 10 -11, Troy . Pioneer Days . 334-566-3597. www.pioneer-museum.org. Admission charged. Pioneer Museum of AlabamaHorse and wagon rides, trips on the Pioneer Express, Native American camps with demonstrations of candlemaking, spinning, weaving, quiltmaking, blacksmithing, drum, dance, etc. Friday is School Day. 9 a.m.-5 p.m..
Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with 36 dishes that represent the authentic array of food available throughout the state. Make your way through the display of mouthwatering photographs of dishes listed in the Alabama Tourism Department’s brochure “100 Dishes To Eat in Alabama Before You Die” all displayed in the Court Street Market.
Oct 25-26, Florence. Alabama Renaissance Faire. 256-740-4141. www.alarenfaire.org. Free. Wilson Park--The park is transformed into Fountain-on-the-Green for an entire weekend, with vendors, demonstrators and performers on location. Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun, 1-5 p.m.
Blount County Covered Bridge Festival. 205-274-2153. www.blountoneontachamber.org. Free. DowntownThe high point of the beautiful autumn season in Blount County, the Covered Bridge Festival brings the entire area alive with arts and crafts vendors, vintage cars, children's activities, food and music, tours of the renovated, historic covered bridges, a 5k run, quilt show, and pancake breakfast. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..
Magic City Classic. 205-977-9335. www.themagiccityclassic.com. Admission charged. Legion Field--The Alabama A&M University Bulldogs of Huntsville and the Alabama State University Hornets of Montgomery meet annually in Birmingham for this traditional football rivalry featuring exciting half-time band action. This is the largest black college football rivalry in the country. Please check the website for all the latest information, including pre-game activities.
Wiregrass Heritage Festival. 334-794-3452. www.landmarkpark.com. Admission charged. Landmark Park--Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of cane grinding, syrup making and other traditional farm activities. Plus food, music, antique farm equipment, an old fashioned tractor pull and parade, and the Landmark Park Quilt Show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
334-793-4323. www.nationalpeanutfestival.com. National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds--The nation's largest peanut festival is held each fall to honor peanut growers and to celebrate the harvest season. Festivities include amusement rides, animal acts, agricultural displays, music concerts, beauty pageants, arts and crafts displays, contests, food, a two-hour parade, and tons of peanuts. Fri., 5-11 p.m.; Sat., noon until; Mon., 5-10 p.m.; Tues., 3-10 p.m.; Wed., 5-10 p.m.; Thurs., 4-10 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.
Nov 27-Dec 31, Huntsville. 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..
Dec 13, Wetumpka . Christmas on the Coosa. 334-567-1384 or 334-567-4811. www.cityofwetumpka.com. Free. Gold Star Park & riverwalk--Christmas extravaganza with arts and crafts, parade, food, quilt show, classic car show, entertainment and activities on the Coosa River culminating with a spectacular fireworks exhibition at dusk.
Mar 5-Mar 9, Selma. Bridge Crossing Jubilee. 334-526-2626. www.bcjubilee.org. Admission charged. National Voting Rights Museum and Institute. 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.
Southern Makers is an annual event that celebrates creativity in Alabama. Our purpose is to bring together handpicked top talent - artists, chefs, breweries, craftsmen and designers - to one central place, making it easy for adventurers to get a sampling of Alabama’s best.
May 15-17, 2015. Gulf Shores. The Hangout Music Festival. 251-948-3030. www.hangoutmusicfest.com. Gulf Shores Beach, The Hangout. A festival featuring an impressive lineup of bands and musicians performing on the white, sand beaches of Alabama's beautiful Gulf Coast.
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.