Festivals DEEp-S O U T H - u s A . c O m L A K Y M S T N A L Muscle Shoals, AL Gulf Coast, MS For a taste of the Deep South’s entertaining culture, don’t miss an opportunity to attend a local festival be it a turkey-calling contest or mule day, a barbecue cook-off or catfish- eating contest, crawfish boil or rodeo. You’ll be spoilt for choice and so many of these local festivals are free! KENTUCKY 1  Smoke from hickory-stoked fires blends with the aromas of sizzling chicken, bubbling burgoo and roasting mutton at Owensboro’s International BBQ Festival. 2  Starting in 1992 as a Bourbon tasting and dinner, The Kentucky Bourbon Festival is now an annual festival that takes place in Bardstown every September. TENNESSEE 3  The world-renowned CMA Music Festival in Nashville features some of the best country music artists of today. 4  On the banks of the Mississippi River the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis features more than 60 top musical artists! ALABAMA 5  W.C. Handy Festival is a week-long celebration of the musical heritage of northwest Alabama, honouring Florence native, W.C. Handy “Father of the Blues”. 6  Take part in Sloss Music & Arts Festival, a music and lifestyle event that takes place at Sloss Furnaces national historic landmark. Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester, TN MISSISSIPPI 7  The Catfish in the Alley® festival in Columbus is a day of fun for the family including catfish galore, food trucks, and some of the best musicians in the South. 8  Cruisin’ The Coast is the ultimate festival for hotrods and petrol heads. Customised and refurbished vehicles cruise through miles of beaches along the Gulf Coast. LOUISIANA 9  Festival International de Louisiane is the largest international Francophone music and arts festival in the U.S. 10  Celebrate all things crawfish at one of Louisiana’s largest and most popular Cajun festivals, Mudbug Madness in Shreveport.