Alabama Arts and Culture

The arts in Alabama have something for everyone to enjoy, from art museums to theaters to sites that pay homage to the state’s most celebrated artists. No matter what piques your interest, you’ll be inspired at every turn in Alabama. The rich history and culture of Sweet Home Alabama are reflected in its arts scene, which is home to a vast array of exceptional performers and artists. If you’re looking for a truly unique Alabama art experience, check out one of the famous film festivals. Experience art showcasing the best cinema and exceptional new filmmakers and films throughout the year in Alabama!

Alabama’s Impact on Music Begins in the Quad-cities.

April 2022

Visitors to Alabama can explore the history of the state by taking road trips through the backroads to tour the small towns filled with local restaurants, shops and attractions. This time of the year is a great time to travel to areas that have greatly impacted the history of the state or even the country.  One area that is rich in music history is the Quad-cities in the Northwest corner of the state:  Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia. Legend has it that the largest spiritual influence in the area is the Tennessee River, which locals call the “Singing River,” and that is why the area is rich in musical talent. 

Many musicians found their way to the area during rock-n-roll's golden era to record some of the age’s transcending music.  This music not only solidified its rightful place in shaping the history of a generation, but it also is still relevant to the music industry.  The Rolling Stones, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Paul Simon and Aretha Franklin are among the many well-known musicians who wanted to record with the “Muscle Shoals sound” as back-up. The “Swampers” are the Quad-city’s session musicians who backed up these famous recording artists and who were in high demand.  The area also is the birthplace of the Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy. His life and contributions to the music industry are celebrated every summer during a music festival named in his honor. 

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Featured Locations & Events

Whether it's watching a performance at the local theater or walking through a museum, Alabama has some of the greatest arts experiences waiting for you.

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Expression & Culture

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Alabama Shakespeare Festival

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Virginia Samford Theatre

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530 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s reshaped the history of the United States – and the world – leaving a legacy that is both vibrant and inspiring, yet fragile. In Alabama, the cities of Montgomery, Birmingham, Selma...
840 Museum Drive
Anniston, AL 36206
The Berman Museum invites you to take a walk through history, honor our veterans, admire the arts of Asia, and discover the danger of espionage.
516 County Road 1127
Vinemont, AL 35179
Housed on the site of the Crooked Creek Civil War Battle along the Forrest/Streight Trail. Museum features displays of authentic Civil War memorabilia.
Historic Site
635 Broad Street
Gadsden, AL 35901
Downtown Gadsden Inc. is a nonprofit community partnership dedicated to fostering the economic development of Downtown Gadsden through a comprehensive process of revitalization that seeks to protect, enhance and promote its architecture and historical heritage.
7125 Hitt Road
Mobile, AL 36695