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334-793-4323. 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.


Orange Beach

Frank Brown Songwriters Festival. 850-492-7664. 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.

Gulf Shores

Come to the Annual Oyster Cook-off at The Hangout and watch football on the big screen while enjoying fresh Gulf oysters and a beer garden offering craft beers and cocktails. Teams from around the state will compete to see who wins yearlong bragging rights for best oysters along with cash and prizes. The event is free, except for food tasting (tickets are required). Call 251-948-3030, extension 112, for more information.


Nov 13, Fairhope. Fairhope Tree Lighting Celebration. 251-929-1466. 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.


Nov 27-Dec 31, Huntsville. Galaxy of Lights. 256-830-4447. 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..



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


Dec 13, Wetumpka . Christmas on the Coosa. 334-567-1384 or 334-567-4811. 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. 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.


Outdoor Flea Market



Apr 10-12, Eufaula. Eufaula Pilgrimage. 334-687-3793. Admission charged. Alabama's oldest tour of homes features guided tours of historical sites, an art show, antique show and more. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.



A foot-stompin', pig-chompin' two-day festival on the grounds of the Huntsville Depot.


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.

Gulf Shores

May 15-17, 2015. Gulf Shores. The Hangout Music Festival. 251-948-3030. 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.


May 23 - 24, Decatur. 800-524-6181. 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.



Jun. 20, Brewton. Alabama Blueberry Festival. 251-867-3224. 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.



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



Stroll through the park with your pooch! All pets welcome.