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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.

Eutaw

Black Belt Folk Roots Festival.is a unique celebration which brings together craft persons, musicians, dancers, storytellers, food specialist, artists and community workers--all of whom are considered bearers of the traditions and folkways of the West Alabama region.

September

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.

Cullman

Wings, Bands & Brew.

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.

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.

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..

Hoover

OCTOBER 1 Bluff Park Art Show takes place on the first Saturday in October. Held for more than 50 years, the show has grown from 65 artists to more than 150, and attracts more than 40,000 people annually.

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 5-7 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm and October 8 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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!

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.

Northport

Kentuck Festival of the Arts features more than 270 nationally and internally acclaimed folk, visionary and contemporary artists and expert craftspeople presenting their works along with free hands-on art-making activities for children, music, and interactive live demonstrations by basketmakers, blacksmiths, woodworkers, potters, fiber and fabric artists, quilters, jewelers and more.

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

50th Annual Pike Road Arts & Crafts Fair is one of the oldest crafts fairs in Alabama featuring more than 250 artists and craftspeople. Held on the grounds of the historic Marks House. Children under 8 free.

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.

March

Selma

Mar 2-Mar 5, 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.

Fairhope

Held in beautiful downtown Fairhope by Mobile Bay each March, this award-winning art show attracts more than 200 exhibitors and more than 250,000 visitors.

Mccalla

Outdoor Flea Market

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.

April

Dothan

Apr 7-8, 2017- Dothan. Tri-State BBQ Festival. 334-699-1475. www.tristatebbq.com. Admission charged. Houston Farm Center----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.

Theodore

On April 7, 2017, Bellingrath Gardens and Home will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the day that the Gardens were first opened to the public.

Waverly

The 17th Annual Waverly "Old 280" Boogie will occur April 22, 2017.

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.

Union Springs

May 6, 2017. Union Springs, Alabama 38th Annual Chunnenuggee Fair . General: 334-738-4060, vendors: 334-738-8683. www.chunnenuggeefair.com. Juried fine 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.

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.

Theodore

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

Bessemer

The 8th 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

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.

June

Cullman

Annual Music Festival Check the website for exact date and details www.rockthesouth.com

Alexander City

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

Brewton

This 37th 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.

July

Florence

July 21-30, 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.

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.

October

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!

November

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.