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April 07, 2018

CahabaQue BBQ Cook-Off


Come to Cahaba Brewing Company for the 6th Annual CahabaQue event, supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.

April 07, 2018

Hippy's Big Butt BBQ Bash


This barbecue cook-off welcomes local and out-of-state cooking teams to compete for the title of “The Biggest Butt.” The event includes the cook-off, live entertainment, a Kids Zone and a live auction.

April 21, 2018

Sucarnochee Folklife Festival


The Sucarnochee Folklife Festival is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the unique life ways of Black Belt residents with demonstrations of traditional crafts including pottery, metal works, quilting, and more from artists throughout the State. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy live music and folksingers, storytelling, historical tours of local sites including a Walking Ghost Tour and tasty traditional food. Locals also vie for bragging rights in the Blue Ribbon competitions for pie baking, BBQ sauce and the cornbread cook-off.

April 27, 2018 to April 28, 2018

8th Annual Mark Curl Memorial BBQ Cook-Off


Mark Curl Memorial/ Wilcox Area Chamber of Commerce Annual BBQ Cook-off. 334-682-4929. www.wilcoxareachamber.com. Fee for participants only. Courthouse Square--Barbeque teams go head to head for prize money for best barbeque in the Black Belt Entertainment and great barbeque

April 28, 2018

2018 Pepper Jelly Festival


A fun-filled day of live music, crafts, live artisan and lost-art exhibits, a wealth of vendors, excellent food, including the famous 'Good 'ole Thomaston Barbecue', various games for children and adults, and of course, the delicious green pepper and red pepper jelly!

April 28, 2018

Bob Sykes Bbq & Blues Festival


9th Annual Bob Sykes Bbq & Blues Festival presented by the City of Bessemer combines the best of blues music and legendary Bob Sykes Bbq set for Saturday, April 28, 2018. Event for all ages will be held at the beautiful DeBardeleben Park located in historic downtown Bessemer, Alabama from 12-8pm. Gates open at 11am. Expect to hear talented award winning local and national blues musicians. Be sure to bring a chair or blanket and set-up your spot for the day.

April 28, 2018

Auburn Cityfest


Auburn’s largest free outdoor festival will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Live music, arts & crafts and fine arts vendors, children’s activities, food, and more! CityFest is FREE to the public and is a rain or shine event. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

May 04, 2018 to May 05, 2018

WhistleStop BBQ Festival


Come have a toe-tappin, barbeque-eatin' good time and best of all it's all for a good cause. All proceeds benefit EarlyWorks Children's Museum and educational programs for area children.

May 11, 2018 to May 12, 2018

Fire on the the Mountain BBQ Cook-Off and Spring Festival


BBQ cook-off, live entertainment, car show, arts and crafts vendors, children's activities and more.

June 08, 2018 to June 09, 2018

Smokin Railroad Street BBQ Cook-Off


Backyard BBQ Cookoff sponsored by the Elkmont Lions Club. Fun for the family. People's Choice contest, arts and crafts vendors, entertainment and more.

June 09, 2018

Bluegrass on the Rim

Fort Payne

Bluegrass on the Rim Join us for the 5th Annual Bluegrass on the Rim Concert Saturday, June 9, 2018. Some of the finest bluegrass musicians in the industry along with some of the South’s best BBQ. Bring your lawn chair and join us at this year’s show!

July 04, 2018

Prattville Independence Day Celebration


A full day of 4th of July Fun starts with a parade at 9am, BBQ and Patriotic Program at 10am, Cardboard Boat Races at 10:30am, Concert at Stanley Jensen Stadium at 6pm and fireworks extravaganza at dark.

July 14, 2018

2018 Shelby County Shindig


Annual BBQ Cook-off and Music Fest. Barbecue tasting, arts and crafts, entertainment and more.

July 19, 2018

"Hot BBQ, Cool Blues"


Enjoy live music with a BBQ dinner.

July 27, 2018 to July 28, 2018

Cotton Pickin' BBQ Cook-Off


Cotton Pickin' BBQ Cook-Off. 256-773-4370. www.hartsellechamber.com. Free. Downtown--Alabama State Championship Barbecue Cook-off featuring Professional and Backyard teams from across the US. Sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Association.

September 03, 2018

Coon Dog Cemetery Labor Day Celebration


World's only Coon Dog Cemetery right here in the Muscle Shoals area!

September 15, 2018



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.

September 28, 2018 to September 30, 2018

2018 PorktoberQue


Barbecue festival meets Oktoberfest in this classic fall festival. Polka music and BBQ sauce with a great selection of craft beers.

October 06, 2018

Smoke on the Water 2018


In addition to a Alabama Barbecue Association-sanctioned barbecue competition, this event also offers family entertainment, a petting zoo, wood carvers, food, drink and merchandise vendors. Open to the public with free admission.

October 12, 2018 to October 13, 2018

Butler Fest 2018


205-459-3795. www.butleralabama.org Free. Downtown--Sanctioned BBQ cook-off, carnival, food and craft vendors, entertainment,and more. Fri. 5 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

October 19, 2018 to October 20, 2018

Evergreen Sausage Festival 2018


Evergreen Sausage Festival. Downtown - Live Entertainment, Original Arts & Crafts, Exotic Animals Petting Zoo, Delicious Festival Food and Children's Activities. Join us 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.!

November 10, 2018

Holiday in the Country Festival


Arts, Crafts, Food And Fun. Kids Korner and lots more Pancake breakfast 6am-10am. BBQ, burgers, Kettlecorn, fried pies and more. All to benefit cancer patients and their families. Sponsored by Cancer Outreach And Community Hope. A non-profit organization who's sole purpose is to give direct financial aid to cancer patients and their families.

November 30, 2018 to December 01, 2018

Christmas on the River 2018


Christmas on the River is an annual event in Demopolis. 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.