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January

February

Annual Boat and Water-sports Show
The area's largest boating, water sports and fishing show
Van Braun Center - Huntsville Alabama
(256) 533-1511

March

April

Spring Festival of Flowers
Flowers bloom in profusion during this month-long event
Huntsville Botanical Gardens
(256) 830-4447

Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival
Everything to do with Chicken and eggs. Lots of food and fun
Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
12001 AL Hwy. 157 / P. O. Box 325
Moulton, AL 35650 800-974-1658 / (256) 974-1658

May

The Alabama Jubilee - Hot-Air Balloon Classic
Decatur
(256) 350-2028, (800) 524-6181
This Hot-Air Balloon Rally (around 65 pilots) is held every Memorial Day Weekend at Point Mallard Park in Decatur, Alabama. This Festival offers great activities and experiences for the whole family including an Antique Car Show, Antique Tractor Show, Art Show and Kite Festival. Attendance usually averages between 50,000 to 100,000 for the weekend.

Whistle Stop Festival & Rocket City BBQ Cook-Off
Huntsville
(256) 564-8124, (800) 678-1819
www.earlyworks.com Two days of music, food, and fun on the grounds of the Historic Huntsville Depot! Live entertainment, children’s activity area, and barbecue judging are highlights of this annual event

Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo
Athens
(256) 232-0111
www.limestonesheriff.com
An annual fundraising event that helps continue Limestone County’s commitment for superior responsive law enforcement. Activities consist of Bareback & Saddle Bronc Clinic, street dance, parade, rodeo, horseback rides, and Rodeo Queen and Cowboy Contest. Always 3rd weekend in May

Alabama Down Home Blues Festival
A musical event that features a variety of blues performers in an outdoor setting
John Hunt Park - Huntsville Alabama
(256) 536-4312

June

Helen Keller Festival
Third weekend in June, Tuscumbia.
www.helenkellerfestival.com. (256) 383-0783, (800) 344-0783
Held in honor of America's "First Lady of Courage," this three-day annual event offers an art & craft show, music concerts, entertainment, athletic events, art exhibits and more. Free "The Miracle Worker Play" also performed during the festival.

Muscle Shoals Area Annual Street Rod Run - Tuscumbia
256-381-3518. www.colbertcountytourism.org.
Free admission. Spring Park—Open to street rods of all makes and models 1948 or older only.

Annual Frontier Day Celebration - Florence
256 760-6439; 256-740-4141; 888 356-8687.
Free admission. Pope’s Tavern, 203 Hermitage Dr.
The history and heritage of Florence is celebrated with living history displays, craft demonstrations and tours of the museum.

July

Spirit of America Festival
Decatur
(256) 350-2028
The South’s largest free 4th of July celebration. Held annually at Point Mallard Park. Family events include a kids/teen talent show, a NCAA cheerleading competition, children’s activity area, 5k & 10k road races, 100 mile bike ride, softball tournament, golf tournament, food and game vendors, the Miss Point Mallard Pageant - a Miss America Preliminary Pageant, continuous stage entertainment by local and area bands and artists, and a booming fireworks display.

August:

Watermelon Festival -
Russellville
(256) 332-1760
www.franklincountychamber.org
Held the third weekend of August each year in Russellville. The festival kicks off on Friday night with a concert in the park. Miss Watermelon and her Court reign over the festivities, including golf and tennis tournaments, a beauty pageant for all ages, 5K and one mile run, bike ride, concerts, food, and an antique car and truck show. There is also a motorcycle ride starting at 9:00 AM Saturday morning. Over 20,000 visitors gather in downtown Russellville on Saturday, where streets are filled with 100 arts and crafts booths.

W. C. Handy Music Festival
First full week in August, Various locations throughout the Muscle Shoals area.
www.wchandyfest.org. (256) 383-0783, (800) 344-0783
Annual celebration of the musical heritage of Florence native W. C. Handy, "Father of the Blues." Includes music-related events in most area restaurants, libraries, concert halls, churches, street and riverside. Most events free.

Northeast Alabama State Fair
Rides, games, agriculture exhibits and contests
Huntsville Jaycees Fairgrounds
(256) 883-5252 September

The Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride
Mid-September.
www.al-tn-trailoftears.org. (256) 383-0783, (800) 344-0783
This commemorative motorcycle ride traces one route that many Indians were forced to take during their removal to the west, known as the "Trail of Tears." One-day ride begins in Chattanooga, Tenn., and ends in Waterloo, Ala., where a two-day Indian Festival occurs. Various concerts on tap each evening.

September Skirmish Civil War Reenactment
Labor Day Weekend
Point Mallard Park - Decatur
Re-Enactment featuring more than 200 authentically clad Union and Confederate soldiers in mock battles at 2:00 p.m. each day. A candlelight tour of the camp is on Saturday evening. Hosted by the 13th Alabama Partisan Rangers and the 6th Alabama Cavalry. No admission charged.

Hartselle Depot Days
Third weekend in September
Historic Downtown, Harselle, AL
The week begins on Sunday with a gospel concert, Monday is Down Memory Lane presented by the Historic Society, Thursday night is Music in the Park and then Saturday a day filled with fun family activities. The Festival features a certified 5K run and a 1 mile fun run, Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, Tractor and Gasoline Engine Show, Art Show, Children's Art Show, Crafts and Vendors, two stages of entertainment. Call for more information. (256) 773-4370.

Riverfest
Riverfest Barbecue Cook-off features over 70 professional and civilian BBQ cooking teams from all over the United States competing for prize money and trophies. The teams compete in such categories as beef brisket, pork ribs (loin/spare), chicken, pork (shoulder/butt), and best sauce. Along with the cooking competition, there will be food vendors, live music, and children's activities.
Proceeds from Riverfest benefit local charities in Decatur and Morgan County.
(256) 353-0763

October

Alabama Renaissance Faire
Florence
Always the fourth weekend in October. Wilson Park, Florence.

(256) 383-0783, (800) 344-0783
The medieval world comes to life with costumes, authentic arts & crafts, wandering minstrels and chamber singers. Free.

Southern Wildlife Festival
Calhoun Community College, Hwy 31 North, Decatur, AL
Nationally recognized wildlife art show and sale featuring the works of approximately 100 artists, with photographic exhibitions and competitions. Admission charged. www.sowildfest.com

Bayfest Music Festival
Downtown Mobile Alabama
BayFest has become known throughout the region for its vast array of renowned musical talent appealing to a wide variety of tastes and suitable for the entire family. Throughout the past years, acts such as B.B. King, Hank Williams Jr., Creed, 3 Doors Down, Live, Lee Ann Womack, Kenny Chesney, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Candlebox, Travis Tritt, The Doobie Brothers, Loverboy, Blues Traveler, Buddy Guy, Cake, 10,000 Maniacs, John Michael Montgomery, Dr. John and Vickie Winans (among hundreds of others) have performed on 7 stages for 3 days at a ticket price that is less than what most individual concerts cost. All of this takes place in early October during characteristically cool and comfortable weather on the streets of newly revitalized downtown Mobile. Festival-goers stroll among historic buildings and through parks in a site that is directly adjacent to the city's entertainment district while BayFest's seven stages offer continuous music for every taste, including country, classic rock, alternative, jazz, R&B, Cajun, reggae, electronica, folk, gospel and more. The event also includes a family stage and extensive children's activity area. For more information call (251)208-7782 or visit the website - www.bayfest.com

Hartselle Depot Days Festival
Hartselle
(256) 773-4370, (800) 294-0692
Celebrates the town's founding in 1870 along a key North Alabama railroad line. 5K and Fun Run, a classic car and truck show, model train display, antique tractor and steam engines show, arts and crafts show, children's art show, rides, food booths, and musical entertainment. First full week of October.

Taste of Huntsville
Enjoy the finest foods from more than 30 local restaurants and caterers
U.S. Space & Rocket Center - Huntsville
(256) 551-2230

November

Christmas Open House and Taste of Hartselle
First Sunday in November
Stores throughout Hartselle open thier doors offering refeshments, sales and special deals for shoppers. Carolers stroll the streets and bells ring in front of the depot as the holiday season officially begins in Hartselle. While at the historic depot stop in for a Taste of Hartselle. Local restaurants serve bite sized portions of food for everyone to taste and enjoy.

December



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