Antique and Strawberry Festival
Fresh strawberries grown on the farm at Classical Fruits, 70
antique and craft vendors set up under the pine trees, homemade
strawberry fried pies, four greenhouses full of plants and flowers
on sale for these two days only. May 3-4, 2002, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sequoyah Caverns Indian Festival and Pow-Wow
American arts, crafts, food, dancing, and more. See
beautiful Sequoyah Caverns, and bring your tent or RV and camp.
Hosted by Cherokee Tribe of northeast Alabama. For more
information contact Charlene Tuckaleeche Story at above phone
number . Admission charged.
Mentone Rhododendron Festival
Enjoy the beautiful Mentone Brow
Park and the festivities including entertainment, local and
regional arts and crafts, and food. The festival is planned during
the blooming of the rhododendron and mountain laurel, always the
third full weekend in May. Don't miss the riverboat rides on the
Little River where the flowers are the most astounding. May 18-19,
New music festival featuring some of the best country and adult
contemporary stars in the nation, while showcasing the performing
arts, crafts and the region's culinary creations. Always the third
Fri-Sat in May. May 17-18, 2002. Admission.
Celebrate Democracy Rally
food, and fun will fill the Rainsville City Park for this
old-fashioned community event. Candidates for elected office
will address the crowd during the early evening. The event
will end with a free concert and fireworks show. Contact the
Rainsville Chamber of Commerce at the above number for more
Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic
Decatur/(256) 350-2028, (800) 524-6181
Event features up to 70 colorful hot-air balloons from across the
country. Other activities include a Sunrise Coffee Club,
marketplace, children’s activity area, sand sculpture contest,
photography contest, antique tractor show, classic car show, arts
& crafts, motorcycle show, and an extreme sports area with sport
kite demonstrations, rock climbing & skateboarding. Always on
Memorial Day weekend. May 25-27, 2002. Free.
Annual Sand Rock Day
7 AM at Sand Rock park. There will be a 5K Run, arts and
crafts, food, antique cars, rides for the kids, and parade. No
admission charged. For information contact Martha Battles at
the above number.
Helen Keller Festival
Tuscumbia/(256) 383-0783, (800) 344-0783/
Held in honor of America's "First Lady of Courage," this annual
festival offers arts, crafts, entertainment, concerts,
demonstrations and exhibits. June 27-30, 2002. Free. "The Miracle
Worker" outdoor drama runs for six weeks during the summer.
Performed at Ivy Green. Admission.
Albertville Freedom Festival
Albertville/(256) 878-3821, (800) 878-3821
Family event offering booths, auto show, kids' rides and games,
entertainment and county's largest fireworks show. Always the
weekend closest to July 4. June 28-29, 2002. Admission.
Spirit of America Festival
The South’s largest free 4th of July celebration featuring the
presentation of the prestigious “Audie Murphy Patriotism Award,”
“H.J. Heimlich Humanitarian Award,’ and “Barrett C. Shelton
Freedom Award.” Held annually at Point Mallard Park. Other 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 from across the southeast, 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. July 3rd (3 p.m.-midnight) and July 4th (9
a.m.-midnight), 2002. Free.
Smith Lake Park 4th of July Festival
Vendors, arts & crafts, continuous entertainment, food, drinks,
swimming, waterslide and lots of fireworks. July 4, 2002,10
W. C. Handy Music Festival
Florence/(256) 766-7642, (800) 472-5837
Annual celebration of the musical heritage of Florence native W.
C. Handy -- known as the "Father of the Blues". Festival includes
athletic events, educational programs throughout the area,
educational exhibits, theatre, riverside jazz, ABCs of Jazz for
children, Street Strut people's parade, jam sessions and a gala
concert. Always begins on the last Sunday in July and runs into
the first week in August. July 28-Aug. 3, 2002. Admission to some
At the Anniston Museum of Natural History.
Contact Susan Robinson at the above number.
August 4, 2002, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lexington Tractor and Truck Pull
Drivers from across North America compete for $35,000 in prize money
and NTPA points on the national circuit. Largest in Southeast.
August 9-10, 2002. Admission.
Franklin County Watermelon Festival
Arts and Crafts, Music, Games, 5k run, Fun for the entire family.
Free watermelon all day long! August 16 and 17, 2002.
Second Annual Bar-B-Q and Craft Show
At the Battleground School just off Hwy. 157 North about 13 miles
from exit 310 on I-65 North. Craft sales begin at 10:00 a.m. August
You may reserve a booth space by calling (256) 462-3521.
Sept. Skirmish Civil War Reenactment
Decatur/(256) 350-2028 or
Point Mallard Park. Old State Bank Camps and displays open Saturday
and Sunday at 2 p.m.
August 30- September 1.
The Whole Backstage
Guntersville/ (256) 582-7469
World premier of "Wave Me Goodbye," a musical by Herb Appleman,
based on the novel by Alabama author, William Bradford Huie, "The
Americanization of Emily." August 30-September 8, 2002.
Section Labor Day Festival
Section/ (256) 228-7546 (Nancy Cline)
Located on Alabama State Hwy. 35, 10 minutes off Hwy. 72, south of
Scottsboro. Festivities from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Acoustic Café
Birmingham/ (205) 647-3237
Vassar Clements and the Hillbilly Jazzers concert and workshop.
Show starts at 3:17 p.m. September 7, 2002.
Alabama Music Hall of Fame
(U.S. 72 West, Tuscumbia, AL 35674, 1-800-239-2643) Thursday,
Sep 19, 2002, Call for times. Songfest 2002 will be centered at
various venues around the Alabama quad-cities of Muscle Shoals,
Florence, Tuscumbia and Sheffield, featuring performances and
seminars with songwriters, performers and producers connected to
the Muscle Shoals music scene.
Racking Horse World Celebration
The largest Racking Horse Show in the world takes to the arena
featuring approximately 1,000 horses and more than 75,000 spectators
and exhibitors from up to 30 states. Always nine days in late
September. Sept. 20-28, 2002. Admission. (Photos)
Trail of Tears Commemoration
Waterloo/(256) 764-3237, (888) FLO-TOUR/www.al-tn-trailoftears.org
Activities commemorate the 1838 forced relocation of American
Indians whose route is known as the "Trail of Tears." Includes
motorcycle ride, special exhibits, crafts, and live entertainment.
Always the third week of September. Sept. 21-22, 2002. Free.
Eva Art Guild's Frontier Days
Festival includes a craft show, old time crafts, parade, pig calling
and frog jumping contests, and games. An antique tractor show and
Bluegrass Festival are part of the activities at the beginning of
the week. Always the last week in September. Sept. 21-28, 2002.
Antique and Apple Festival
Over 50 varieties of home grown apples for sample. Apple bake-off
sponsored by Lawrence County Extension Office. Over 70 antique and
craft vendors set-up under the pine trees. Sept. 27-28, 2002, 9
a.m.-5 p.m. Free.
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, arts and crafts
show, children's art show, rides, food booths, and musical
entertainment. Always the last Sa in September, all day. Sept. 28,
Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention
This event serves as the flagship of Southern fiddlers conventions.
Historic surroundings are arrayed with crafts, paintings, and buck
dancers. Always the first F-Sa in October. Oct. 4-5, 2002.
Boaz Annual Harvest Festival
Arts and crafts, Indian Powwow, Rod Run Car Show, entertainment by
local artists plus good food. October 4-5, 2002. Free.
Cullman/(256) 734-0454, (800) 313-5114/www.cullmanchamber.org
Festival of two worlds with German cuisine, arts and crafts, music,
guided tours and a ball. Always the first full week in October. Oct.
5-13, 2002. Admission to some events.
Red Bay/(256) 356-4473
Variety of old fashion, family activities celebrating the town’s
founding in 1907. Includes a 5K Run, kid’s rides and games, food
booths, continuous live musical entertainment in the park gazebo, a
truck and tractor pull, and a classic car and truck show that will
form a parade downtown. Always third weekend in October. October
18-19, 2002. Free.
Mentone Fall Colorfest
Colorfest offers storytelling, boat rides, live entertainment, and
crafts booths. Always the third weekend in October. Oct. 18-20,
21st Annual Southern Wildlife Festival
This two-day event is the largest wildlife art show in Alabama, one
of the largest in the south and is listed as one of the best shows
of its’ type in the nation. Held at Calhoun College, the festival
attracts artists from across the United States to exhibit and sell
original paintings, carvings, sculpture and photographs -- all with
a wildlife theme. Educational seminars include such topics as water
gardens, backyard butterfly attractors and the Raptor Rehabilitation
Seminar. Oct. 19-20, 2002. Admission.
Southern National North Alabama Civil War Show & Sale
Muscle Shoals/(888) FLO-TOUR
Event features historic exhibits, Civil War art, memorabilia,
uniforms, artifacts, weapons, cannons and a special Civil War
re-enactment. One of the largest Civil War show and sales in the
southeast. Oct. 26-27, 2002. Hours: Sa 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su 9 a.m.-4
Alabama Renaissance Faire
The official state Renaissance Faire captures the ambience of a
1400s-era European festival. Always the fourth weekend in October.
Oct. 26-27, 2002. Free.
Lion’s Club Antique Show & Sale
Florence/(256) 764-4463, (888) FLO-TOUR/www.shoalsol.com/service/lions/index.htm
A nostalgic adventure is waiting for you at this annual antique
show. Dealers from around the region will be selling everything from
fine antiques and period furniture, to fun collectibles. Proceeds
benefit eye conservation. Nov. 1-3, 2002. Hours: F & Sa 10 a.m.-6
p.m.; Su 12:30-5 p.m.$5 admission (ticket good for all three days).
Galaxy of Lights
Galaxy of Lights at the Huntsville-Madison County Botanical Garden
is the Tennessee Valley's largest and most spectacular holiday light
show. More than 125 twinkling exhibits include toy soldiers,
dinosaurs, deer, astronauts, giant flowers, snowflakes, Santa and
his reindeer, candy cane lane, and a magical icicle forest. New
displays added yearly. Always Thanksgiving thru New Year's Eve,
5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 28-Dec. 31, 2002. Admission.
Benefit Singing - Highway Church
benefit-appreciation singing for Wayne Maddox Dec. 7 at the Highway
Church of God. Featured groups will be as follows; Renewed, Dean
Daniels Family, Judy Bynum, Owen Brothers, Joe Underwood and the
Alabama Spirituals, The Mighty Harmonizers and the Maddox Family.
The church is located 2 miles north of Geraldine just off Highway
75. Tenbroeck Boy Scouts will assist in parking and in event
of rain will get you in and out of the building dry. Singing starts
at 6pm and promises to be one you don't want to miss. There is no
admission, however, an offering will be taken to benefit heart
patient Wayne Maddox.
Christmas On The Rocks
Over one million lights will be displayed at Noccalula Falls Park.
Animated displays will include a “Children’s Fantasy Land.” Sponsors
decorate The Pioneer Village, flowerbeds, bridges, and excursion
train, and other special attractions. Tour includes a stroll through
The Pioneer Village and an excursion ride on the “Noccalula
Christmas Land Special Train. A special handicapped ride will be
available for disabled visitors. Thanksgiving night through Dec. 31,
5:30-9 p.m. weather permitting. Admission.
Christmas in the Park
Dazzling light displays and decorations featuring approximately
800,000 lights transforming Arab City Park into a magical Christmas
wonderland. Live entertainment and an old fashioned community-wide
Christmas caroling event. Call for specific dates and times of
special events. Always last Friday in November and the entire month
of December. Nov. 30-Dec. 30, 2002, starts 6 p.m. daily. Free.
Festival of Trees
University of North Alabama/Florence
Holiday spectacle at historic Coby Hall on the university’s campus.
The event, complete with the sights, sounds and smells of the
season, raises funds for the student scholarships. Local decorators,
designers, artists, and merchants deck the halls with Christmas
finery. Ten days in early December, Dec. 5-15, 2002, M-Sa 10 a.m.-5
p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Su 1-5 p.m. Admission.