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October

Alabama Coastal BirdFest 2014

Spanish Fort

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

Bayfest Music Festival

Mobile

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.

Bluff Park Art Show, 51st Annual

Hoover

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

Bayou La Batre

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.

Cullman Oktoberfest

Cullman

Week full of planned activities. Authentic German food, costumes, and music. Free admission to most activities. Dog show, arts and crafts, wagon rides, kids' fun area, food vendors, a visit from the Colonel, multiple stage events, Biergarten and much more.

Breakin' Bread

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. 1-5 p.m.

Pioneer Days

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..

Barber Vintage Festival

Birmingham

Oct 10-12, 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.

21st Annual “Colonial Isle Dauphine”

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.

GEICO 500/fred's 250 @ Talladega Superspeedway

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!

Art of Alabama Food

Dothan

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.

Alabama Gourd Festival

Cullman

Alabama Gourd Show

Alabama Renaissance Faire

Florence

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

Oneonta

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..

Wiregrass Heritage Festival

Dothan

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.

State Farm Magic City Classic presented by Coca Cola

Birmingham

State Farm 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.

National Peanut Festival, 71st Annual

Dothan

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.

November

Frank Brown Songwriters Festival, 30th Annual

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.

Fairhope Tree Lighting Celebration

Fairhope

Nov 13, 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.

Galaxy of Lights 2014

Huntsville

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..

December

Christmas on the River

Demopolis

Dec 4-7, 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.

Christmas on the Coosa

Wetumpka

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.

March

Bridge Crossing Jubilee

Selma

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.

Trade Days

Mccalla

Outdoor Flea Market

April

Eufaula Pilgrimage, 50th Annual

Eufaula

Apr 10-12, Eufaula. Eufaula Pilgrimage. 334-687-3793. www.eufaulapilgrimage.com. 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.

May

WhistleStop Festival

Huntsville

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

Southern Makers

Montgomery

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.

The Hangout Music Festival

Gulf Shores

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.

Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Festival

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.

June

Alabama Blueberry Festival

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.

July

Spirit of America Festival

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.

October

Critters by the Creek

Montevallo

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