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January

Guntersville

Eagle Awareness weekends are fun-filled weekends learning the habits of Bald Eagles. 2015 is the 30th anniversary of this event.

February

Mobile

Mardi Gras Day in Mobile . 800-5-MOBILE. www.mobilebay.org. Downtown--Mobile is not only recognized as celebrating the first-known American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703, but also as home to "America's Family Mardi Gras" delighting both young and old from around town and across the nation. The streets are filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands, brilliantly colored floats and of course, teeming crowds of parade-goers catching crowd-pleasing "throws" such as beads, moon pies, doubloons and candy.

March

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.

Mccalla

Outdoor Flea Market

April

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

Huntsville

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

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

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.

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

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.

October

Montevallo

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