Festivals and Events in Alabama
Festival in Alabama during February
The city of Mobile on the Gulf Coast is home to ‘America’s Family Mardi Gras’ Festival which began in 1703 (yes, even before New Orleans). This magnificent celebration lasts for over two and a half weeks and culminates on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent.
Festival in Alabama during March
FAIRHOPE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Picturesque Fairhope on the Gulf Coast hosts an annual arts and crafts festival each March with live entertainment and unique cuisine over the three-day event.
Festivals in Alabama during April
PANOPLY ARTS FESTIVAL
Each spring, thousands visit the heart of the Rocket City, Huntsville, to enjoy the South’s family friendly ARTstravaganza held annually the last weekend of April.
Festivals in Alabama during May
This year's Arts Alive will be held May 16 and 17, in Wilson Park in Florence and at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts. A fine arts and craft festival in its 29th year, Arts Alive is a project of the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the arts volunteers. It attracts hundreds of art and craft lovers from throughout the Southeast. The festival showcases artists specialising in painting, stained glass, jewellery, sculpture, pottery, fiber art, woodwork, photography and more. For more information visit the event's web site at alabamaartsalive.com.
The Freedom Creek Blues Festival held the last weekend in May in Aliceville near Tuscaloosa honours Alabama Bluesman Willie King. Blues enthusiasts can also enjoy the Down Home Blues Festival held every May in Huntsville in the North of the state.
The Riverband Brewfest and River Jam will take place at the riverfront in downtown in Montgomery. The festivals offer residents a full day of beer, food and live music.
Festival in Alabama during June
HELEN KELLER FESTIVAL
More than 100 events including headliner music artists, arts and crafts, parade, athletic events, vintage car and truck show, historic tours and trolley rides attract visitors each June to the Helen Keller Festival held at her birthplace.
Festival in Alabama during July
The Hank Williams Festival celebrates the life of the Country Music legend in his boyhood hometown Georgiana with a weekend of live country music.
Festival in Alabama during August
The Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival is held each August in Mobile and offers a celebration of jazz, arts and poetry.
The Black Belt Folk Roots Festival O’l Timey Blues Show is also held in Eutaw every August and offers music, crafts and Downhome cooking.
Festival in Alabama during September
The SIDEWALK MOVING PICTURE Festival. was inspired by the Sundance Film Festival and showcases around 200 films at venues around Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city. allows film lovers and filmmakers to mingle between screenings, participate in free SideTalk panel discussions, grab a bite and hear live music at the Sidewalk Music Lounge.
Festival in Alabama during October
Orange Beach and Gulf Shores on the Gulf Coast link up with Pensacola and Perdido Key to host the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival each October. The festival is a series of events over 10 days at venues along the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Florida dedicated to the memory of Frank Brown. It inspires songwriters, musicians and performers to participate and provides a stage for all types of music.
The Bayfest Music Festival also takes place on the streets of downtown Mobile each October. Festival goers stroll among historic buildings and parks in a site that is adjacent to the city’s entertainment district while Bayfest’s 9 stages offer continuous music for every taste over three days and nights.
The Gulf Shores National Shrimp Festival is a feast for your eyes, ears and definitely your palate from 10-13 October 2013, where art, crafts, music and family fun is abundant for four days and shrimp is served in numerous ways. This year's festival marks the 42nd year that focuses on their favourite crustacean and features music, fine arts, arts and crafts, and a children's village. The beachfront location for the Shrimp Festival is directly in front of The Hangout.
Interested in food? See our Food Festivals page too!