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April

Orange Beach

Apr 24-6, Orange Beach. Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party. 251-980-5118, 251-974-1510. www.florabama.com. Admission charged. Flora-Bama Lounge & Package--Fun, food and many activities on the beach.

Birmingham

Pack your picnic, bring a cooler, and head on out to Barber Motorsports Park for a weekend full of activities and racing.

May

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.

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.

Gulf Shores

This weekend music festival features an impressive lineup of bands and musicians performing on the white-sand beaches of Alabama's beautiful Gulf Coast. For more information, call 251-948-3030.

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.

Bessemer

The 6th Annual Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival will be held in DeBardeleben Park in downtown Bessemer from 12-8 p.m. Gates open at 11am. 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

June

Millbrook

Jun 1 - July 11, Millbrook. Blackberry and Blueberry Picking. 334-549-4710. www.barberberryfarm.com. Fee for participants only. Barber Berry Farm. Over two acres of thornless blackberries and blueberries to pick from. They also have produce from an outdoor hydroponic vegetable garden for sale when their open. Mon., Wed. & Fri., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

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.

September

Decatur

Riverfest Barbecue Cook-off. Call or visit website for exact date and time 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.

October

Montevallo

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

November

Mobile

Enjoy your day as you experience first-hand adventures from continents of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South Americas around the arena, exhibit halls and Expo Hall. See the arts and crafts, hear people speak their native languages, be entertained, and taste the delicous flavors of the world. Be sure to catch the Opening Ceremony!