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Gulf Shores

National Shrimp Festival. (251)968-6091. Free. Gulf Shores Public Beaches--Held each year during the second full weekend in October, this event is one of the nation's premier outdoor festivals featuring more than 300 vendors that offer fine art, arts and crafts, a retail marketplace, children's activity village, 10K/5K run on the Saturday of the Festival, and of course, shrimp. Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m..


Barber Vintage Festival. 205-699-7275. 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.


Art-toberfest at the Center for Cultural Arts.

Cullman Civic Center

Alabama Gourd Show Festival--Come see the beautiful original pieces of gourd art. Learn how artists achieve their special techniques with the many FREE demonstrations throughout the weekend. Bring the kids by the FREE kids patch booth where they can decorate their own little gourd and take it home with them. You won't want to miss the exhibition room where each of our gourd artists and growers has entered a juried competition. Shop the arts and crafts show, take a class, and maybe even find a new hobby! Always the third weekend in October.


Lobsterfest. 256-237-4457. 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.


Wenches and queens alike will enjoy this authentic Renaissance Feast prepared by a world-renowned chef. In true Renaissance style, entertainment will be provided throughout the meal. Participants are encouraged to wear their finest Renaissance attire!


Witness the 6th and pivotal race in NASCAR's Chase for the Championship with the Alabama 500, Oct. 25. 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!


Oct 24, Mobile. Balloon Glow in the Gardens. 251-973-2217. Admission charged. Bellingrath Gardens and Home -- Hot air balloons will "glow" on the Great Lawn (weather permitting), Halloween-themed inflatables will be glowing throughout the Gardens, treats and trinkets will be available for trick or treaters and more. 4-6 p.m.


The 23rd annual Alabama Cotton Festival will pack downtown Eclectic, Ala. for concerts, contests, delicious food and arts and crafts from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Vendors will line Main Street with a wide variety of delectable food and unique wares, as local dancers strut their stuff, 'Bama's best bands play live and lovely ladies vie for the coveted tiaras of Alabama's Cotton Queens.


Elberta German Sausage Festival. 251-986-5805. Free. Elberta Town Park--Held the last Saturday in March and October, event offers German sausage and other food booths, music, dancing, arts and crafts booths, children's rides and games. 8 a.m.-5 p.m


Orange Beach

Frank Brown Songwriters Festival. 850-492-7664. 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.


Cane Syrup Makin' Day is an annual tradition. The first Saturday in November, watch as sugar cane is squeezed in a mule-driven cane grinder, boiled into syrup and canned.


Nov 7-8, 2015, Brookside . St. Nicholas Annual Food Festival . 205-285-9648., or St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church--Tours of the 1984 temple are available. The ladies of the Sisterhood of St. Olga prepare the food and pastries from recipes handed down from relatives and friends who immigrated to Brookside from Western Ukraine and what is now known as Slovakia. Be sure to visit our Russian Beriozka Store for imported gifts and souvenirs. Food is take-out or eat in..

This family-oriented festival at the Tillman's Corner Community Center features a carnival atmosphere with rides, food, face painting, arts and crafts, and jewelry. Free grandstand events include a classic country and western show, a Sunday gospel show with topnotch entertainers, and more. Bring the grandparents and bring the kids. There is something for everyone. Friday, 5 p.m. until; Saturday, 9 a.m. until; Sunday, 11 a.m. until. Admission and parking are free. Call 251-401-5555 for more information. The event is held annually on the first full weekend of November.


Nov 19, Fairhope. Fairhope Tree Lighting Celebration. 251-929-1466. 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.


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!


Drive through 2.5 miles of holiday lights.


Auburn. The Iron Bowl. 334-844-4040.; 877-TIDETIX, Admission charged. Jordan-Hare Stadium--The Southeast's biggest college football rivalry pits SEC powerhouses and BCS National Championship winners, Auburn University and the University of Alabama, against each other for bragging rights.



Christmas on the River is an annual event that is in its 44th year. We celebrate with a "Special child" and the announcement of our "St. Nick". We have a reading of the Christmas Story and lighting of the park with a Santa visit, then on Friday and Saturday we have Christmas in the Canebrake, candlelit tours of historical homes, Canebrake children's plays, the Alabama State BBQ Cook-Off, Fair in the Square arts and crafts show, a day parade and a nautical night parade with a fireworks show and semi-formal Gala on the Tombigbee.


Eufaula Christmas Tour of Homes. 334-687-3793. Fee for attractions only. DowntownAn enchanting tour of the South's finest homes draped in holiday cheer. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


Celebrate the spirit of the season and see the Alabama Governor's Mansion public rooms decked for the holidays. Christmas Open House Tours are December 7, 14, and 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Pick up tickets the night of at the Governor's Mansion Gift Shop, located across the street at 30 Finley Avenue. Admission is free.


Chili Country Christmas. 334-685-5524. Admission charged. We Piddle Around Theater, Brundidge--Get into the Christmas spirit with a bowl of hot chili and enjoy the songs and stories of the Christmas season with nationally acclaimed storyteller.

Gulf Shores

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade. 251-968-4237. Free. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Intracoastal Waterway beginning at 5:30 p.m., the parade travels the Intracoastal Waterway Canal and ends approximately around 8:30 p.m.



Easter Sound, Light, and Water Show. 256-378-7252. 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.


Outdoor Flea Market



Apr 8-9, 2016- Dothan. Tri-State BBQ Festival. 334-699-1475. 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.


Montgomery Biscuits Baseball. 334-323-2255. 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.



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.


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.

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


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


May 15-16, Hartselle. Cotton Pickin' BBQ Cook-Off. 256-773-4370. 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.


May 28 - 29, Decatur. 800-524-6181. 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.


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.



Jun 3-4, Georgiana. 334-376-2396. Hank Williams Boyhood Home & Museum. Tribute to native son, Hank Williams, with country music, arts, crafts and food.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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



Jacksonville. Jax Fest. 256-435-8115. 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.


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.


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.


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



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


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.



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


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.


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.


Riverfest Barbecue Cook-off. 800-524-6181. 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.