Arts and Culture

Alabama is a creative cultural powerhouse that is unrivaled. Art is not just another attraction here, it is a part of the heart and soul of Sweet Home Alabama. Film festivals, art museums and sites dedicated to the state’s most famous artists celebrate distinctive artistic styles that can be found nowhere else. Be transformed into another world through a theater performance or find your new favorite artist through a gallery tour. No matter what your interests may be, Alabama’s culture and arts scene has something for everyone.

Arts and Culture

5 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Small Town Alabama

People in today’s world are looking for ways to enjoy the season with the whole family. Alabama’s small towns have planned a number of events that combine unique, festive activities with Southern charm offering Southern comfort.  Here are our top five must-do Christmas events in the state: 

Candyland - Andalusia

Located on North Court Square in Andalusia, this small southeastern Alabama city brings Christmas to life with its annual Candyland event. This outdoor celebration features miniature cottages to spark a child’s imagination, ice skating, snow tubing, horse-drawn carriage rides, train rides, a Christmas Spectacular show, Elsa and Her Enchanted Garden, a snow show, an Arctic Trek Maze Run and visits with Santa. Candyland is open Dec. 3-31,  and most events are free: there is a cost to rent skates and for snow tubing. 

Christmas on the River - Demopolis 

This is the 50th year of the Christmas on the River event in Demopolis. The Tombigbee River is the setting for this annual event held Dec. 2-4. The event includes an Alabama state championship BBQ cookoff, a children’s hamburger cookoff, a 5K run, candlelight tours and photo ops, Christmas in the Canebrake home tours and the Christmas on the River gala featuring the Emerald...

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History

Free Attractions in Sweet Home Alabama

From immersing yourself in the arts to diving into history, there are plenty of things to do in Sweet Home Alabama that...
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Have Yourself An Alabama-Made Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Have yourself an Alabama-made Christmas by supporting local artists throughout...
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Arts and Culture
Outdoors

Experience Holiday Magic in Alabama

Holiday nights are best spent under dazzling light displays. So, grab the kids, pack the car and get ready to enter a...
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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

Explore these attractions and more when you visit our arts destinations.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

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Virginia Samford Theatre

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Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

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Mobile Museum of Art

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Orbix Hot Glass

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Gees Bend Quilters Collective

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Alabama Shakespeare Festival

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Virginia Samford Theatre

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Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

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Mobile Museum of Art

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Orbix Hot Glass

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Gees Bend Quilters Collective

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Find an Alabama Arts Experience

Explore arts locations you should visit the next time you're here.
Antiques And Collectibles
Locations across
Alabama, AL
Alabama Antique Trail is a directory and website featuring antique stores, vintage stores, flea markets, vendor markets and shows across the state of Alabama. Please find our brochure/maps in the Welcome Centers as well as all the...
Exhibition Hall
133 2nd Avenue Southeast
Decatur, AL 35601
A collaboration between Calhoun Community College and Athens State University for arts education.
Museum
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
Founded 1987 to recognize men who have had significant impact on state, country, world. Honored with bronze plaques displayed in Davis Library/Samford University.
Museum
133 6th Avenue
Thomaston, AL 36783
Changing exhibits. Handmade quilts, hooked rugs and other Alabama-made arts and crafts. Red and green pepper jelly is made on site. Pepper Jelly Festival last Saturday of April.
Museum
423 North Norton Avenue
Sylacauga, AL 35150