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March

Selma

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.

Mobile

47th Annual Mobile Historic Homes Tour

Childersburg

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.

Dothan

Admission charged. Landmark Park--Living history demonstrations of sheep shearing, blacksmithing, plowing, quilting, cooking on a wood burning stove, and other traditional farm activities, Old Time Fiddlers Convention and other musical entertainment. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Mccalla

Outdoor Flea Market

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.

Birmingham

Pepper Place Saturday Market. 205-802-2100 ext. 230. pepperplacemarket.com. Pepper Place, 2829 2nd Ave. S.--Farmer's market with fresh fruits and vegetables, live music, cooking demonstrations and more. 7 a.m.-noon.

Montgomery

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.

May

Cullman

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.

Huntsville

A foot-stompin', pig-chompin' two-day festival on the grounds of the Huntsville Depot offers live entertainment, a children's play zone, and professional and amateur barbecue cooking competitions. Proceeds support the EarlyWorks Family of Museums.

Union Springs

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.

Theodore

Mother's Day Evening Garden Concert. www.bellingrath.org. Admission charged. Bellingrath Gardens and Home--The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra will present its annual Mother's Day concert on Live Oak Plaza. 5:30 p.m.

Scottsboro

Catfish Festival. 256-259-1503. Fun Family Festival. Jackson County Park. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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 $39

Gulf Shores

An annual three-day music festival held at the public beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. The event features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music.

Hartselle

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.

Bessemer

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

Huntsville

The Cigar Box Guitar Festival is back for its 12th year at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment! This event is the longest running Cigar Box Guitar festival in the world, celebrating all aspects of Cigar Box Guitar folk culture.

Decatur

May 28 - 29, 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.

Montevallo

Join the American Village in a day of remembrance for those in every generation who have served and sacrificed for the cause of liberty.

Auburn

Bluegrass On The Plains is a 7-day bluegrass festival hosting 20 bands annually the week of Memorial Day starting on Monday, May 30 and going through Sunday, June 5, 2016. It is held at University Station RV Resort in Auburn, AL. www.bluegrassontheplains.com

June

Theodore

Bellingrath Gardens and Home will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Bellingrath Home in the summer of 2016. Construction began on the Home in 1935 and was completed in 1936.

Wetumpka

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.

Georgiana

Jun 3-4, 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.

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.

Alexander City

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

Tallassee

BBQ Festival and Cook Off contest, 5K run, Music, Arts & Crafts, Historic Tours

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.

Brewton

This 36th annual event has plenty to offer the whole family: live entertainment, an antique car show, food court, blueberry ice cream, and fresh blueberries and blueberry bushes for sale.

Clanton

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.

Clanton

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

July

Decatur

Family friendly festival celebrating Independence Day with children's activities, entertainment, food vendors and fireworks on the night of the fourth.

Talladega

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Florence

Jul 22-31, Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia and Muscle Shoals. W.C. Handy Music Festival. 256-766-7642.

August

Birmingham

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

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.

Ozark

Come see bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, calf roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding and breakaway roping.

Stockton

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.

Dutton

Best of bluegrass & gospel music groups in the Lyceum

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.

September

Cullman

Wings, Bands & Brew. See website for exact date and event details.

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.

Rogersville

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.

Decatur

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.

Harpersville

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.

Montgomery

Join us for the 93rd birthday bash for Hank Williams. Check our website for more details. wwwthehankwilliamsmuseum.net 9am Oakwood Cemetery Annex for wreath laying at Hank's gravesite and Museum 10-4 for live music

Luverne

This festival includes more than peanuts. Enjoy arts and crafts, a beauty pageant, car show, 5K fun-run/walk, entertainment under the big tent and a great variety of food.

October

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..

Birmingham

Breakin' Bread. www.birminghamoriginals.org. Admission charged. Sloss Furnaces--Signature dishes from local restaurants, farmers market, live entertainment, a children's area with live animal encounters and more.

Cullman

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!

Moundville

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.

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.

Athens

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.

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

Race weekend at Talladega.

Florence

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.

Birmingham

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.

November

Pike Road

Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair. 334-220-4408. www.pikeroadartsandcraftsfair.com. Admission charged. Marks House--Over 250 vendors with arts & crafts, food, children's activities. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tallassee

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.

Brundidge

November 10, 11, 12 and November 17,18 19----Brundidge, "Come Home It's Suppertime" 334-685-5524, We Piddle Around Theater, Alabama's Official Folklife Play! Admission charged

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.

December

Dauphin Island

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.