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May Festivals and Events in Alabama

May 3-4, 2013  Whistle Stop Festival & Rocket City BBQ Contest

Huntsville, Alabama
Come have a toe-tappin, barbeque-eatin’ good time. BBQ competitions, music and more. All proceeds benefit EarlyWorks Children’s Museum & educational programs for area children.

May 18, 2013  29th Annual Poke Salat Festival – Arab, Alabama
Named for the wild Pokeweed and the German word for “salad”, the festival will offer an ice cream eating contest, a variety of food, crafts, and live music.

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June Festivals and Events in Alabama

June 8, 2013  Festivals on the Square – Headland, Alabama
By joining the Daylily Festival and the Blueberry Festival Headland, residents and visitors will have the best of both festivals tied into one huge event – Festivals on the Square. Three big contests are planned for the Festivals on the Square – Daylily Contest, Blueberry Recipe Contest and the Blueberry Pie-Eating Contest. All are open to the public and to all ages.

June 8, 2013 Tallassee Now BBQ Festival – Tallassee, Alabama

This citywide festival includes a fiery barbecue contest, live music, a 5K run and more fun activities. Held in the Tallassee Historical District, there are also opportunities for historic tours.

June 8, 2013 Slocomb Tomato Festival – Slocomb, Alabama

Have your picture taken with the winner of the Ms. Tomato Pageant or bring out your best tomato recipes to win a culinary crown at the Slocomb Tomato Festival. In addition to friendly competitions, the festival boasts family activities, live music and a parade.

June 13, 2013 Alabama Blueberry Festival Brewton, Alabama

Original arts & crafts, car show, motorcycle show & ride, free children’s section, live entertainment, blueberries, blueberry bushes, cookbooks and food.

June 15, 2013  33rd Annual Alabama Blueberry Festival – Brewton, Alabama

June 22-29, 2013 Chilton County Peach Festival – Clanton, Alabama

Pageants and tournaments are  held throughout the week, along with the “peach run,” art exhibitions, a cook-off, fishing tournament, live music, parades, live and silent auctions, barbecue and much more.

June 28, 2013  Chilton County Peach Jam – Clanton, Alabama

Enjoy various foods made with peaches, barbecue, a cook-off, peach run, pageants and fishing tournaments throughout the week.


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July Festivals and Events in Alabama

July 4, 2012  Grand Bay Watermelon Festival – Grand Bay, Alabama

Bring the whole family and enjoy pony and train rides, games, and contests. Entertainment, festival marketplace, food court, seed spitting and watermelon eating contests and greased watermelon race.

July 4, 2012 Spirit of America Festival Decatur, Alabama
Area’s largest free patriotic festival featuring children’s activities, live music, Miss Point Mallard Pageant and large fireworks display.

July 4, 2012 Sand Mountain Potato Festival Henagar, AL
This area in northern Alabama is well known for a rich diversity of agricultural products, including potatoes. Celebrate the heritage with live music, entertainment, games, inflatables a horseshoe tournament and more. The night will end with a bang with a spectacular fireworks display.

July 25, 2013 Flavors of the South Food and Wine Festival : July 25, 2013
Get a taste of South Alabama at this festival showcasing food and wine from local restaurants and caterers. Mingle with other festival-goers, listen to live music and enter the silent auction or 50/50 drawing

July 26, 2012  9th Annual Flavors of the South – Robertsdale, Alabama
Showcasing food & wine from local restaurants and caterers, attendees get to taste a variety of food and drink while listening to music and mingling. The showcase will offer a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing.

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August Festivals and Events in Alabama

August 16-25, 2013 Alabama Restaurant Week – Statewide

Enjoy the cuisine of your favorite Alabama restaurants during Alabama Restaurant Week. Various eateries around the state – including some of those featured in the “100 Dishes To Eat in Alabama Before You Die” brochure – offer special prices and menus throughout the week for diners who want to experience the flavors of Alabama.

August 17-18, 2012  32nd Annual Franklin County Watermelon Festival Russellville, Alabama

Miss Watermelon and her Court reign over the festivities, concert, antique car & truck show. Always the 3rd weekend in August (Fri-Sat)

August 24-25, 2013 Black Belt Folk Roots Festival Eutaw, Alabama

Unique celebration which brings together craft persons, musicians, dancers, storytellers, food specialist, artists and community workers–all of whom are considered bearers of the traditions and folkways of the West Alabama region.

August 31, 2013 Dauphin Street Beer Festival – Mobile, AL

Guests can explore downtown Mobile and more than 30 venues at this unique beer festival. Sample more than 100 craft and specialty brews while visiting different local hot spots.

August 31, 2013 Okra Festival – Burkville, Alabama

The Okra Festival started as a small community event celebrating the only crop that survived an unusually hot summer in 2000. More than a decade later, it is one of the highlights of the summer season, featuring local food, music and cultural arts.

August 31-September 1, 2013 The World’s Largest Peanut Boil – Luverne, AL

Recognized as the largest peanut boil in the world for more than 30 years, this festival will have more than 17 tons of peanuts in the boil. Along with peanuts, enjoy a 5K run, car show, beauty pageant, activities for children and music.

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September Festivals and Events in Alabama

September 1, 2012  Crenshaw County Annual Peanut Boil Festival – Luverne, Alabama

The festival includes ‘the world’s largest peanut boil” and features music, arts & crafts, children’s activities as well as delicious food, and over 60,000 pounds of peanuts.

September 1, 2012  St. William Seafood Festival – Guntersville, Alabama Civitan Park.
Hosted by St William Catholic Church. Creole-style file’ gumbo, Cajun boiled shrimp, fresh crawfish, bbq chicken and fish dinners, hushpuppies and slaw. Dine-in starts at 10:30 a.m. until sold out. Drive-thru is available for only shrimp and/or gumbo by the quart; opens at 7:30 a.m. and remains open until sold out. For more information call 256-455-4133.

September 2-3, 2012  Sweet Tater Festival – Crane Hill, Alabama
The 16th annual festival will offer arts, crafts, games, food, door prizes, live entertainment and plenty of sweet taters.

September 14, 2013 Riverfest Barbeque Cook-Off – Decatur, Alabama

Decatur’s Riverfest Barbecue Cook-off is open to both professional and amateur teams. Folks come for the barbecue and stay for the live music and children’s activities.

September 27-28 PorktoberQue – Dothan, Alabama

A combination of Oktoberfest and a barbecue competition, this festival is a unique event with free activities, plenty of food and drinks, music and, of course, a barbecue cook-off.

September 28, 2013 Taste of the Bayou – Bayou La Batre, Alabama

Support local fishermen at this event held in one of Alabama’s most laid-back fishing communities. Guests can sample fabulous fare prepared by amateur and professional chefs using fresh seafood from the waters near Bayou La Batre.

September 28, 2013 Whistle Stop Festival – Irondale, Alabama

The Whistle Stop Festival is acclaimed for its mix of food, live music and arts and crafts. The event concludes with a beautiful fireworks display illuminating the city’s historic downtown, home to Irondale Cafe and its famous fried green tomatoes.

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October Festivals and Events in Alabama

October 4-5, 2013 Alabama Butterbean Festival – Pinson, AL

You don’t have to be a butterbean fan to enjoy this festival, but it certainly doesn’t hurt! The Alabama Butterbean Festival hosts more than 150 food vendors, in addition to gospel and contemporary musicians and plenty of other family-friendly activities.

October 5-12, 2013 Oktoberfest – Cullman, Alabama

Week full of planned activities. Authentic German food, costumes, and music. Free admission to most activities. Dog show, arts and crafts, wagon rides, kids’ fun area, food vendors, a visit from the Colonel, multiple stage events, Biergarten and much more.

October 7, 2013 Cahaba River Fry Down – Trussville, Alabama

The Cahaba River Society brings aquatic learning activities for all ages to this unique gathering on the banks of the Cahaba. The fry-down contest serves up some tasty fried catfish and friendly competition.

October 10-13, 2013 National Shrimp Festival – Gulf Shores, Alabama

Held each year during the second full weekend in October, this event is one of the nation’s premier outdoor festivals featuring more than 300 vendors that offer fine art, arts and crafts, a retail marketplace, children’s activity village, 10K/5K run, live entertainment, and of course, SHRIMP!! Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

October 13-14, 2013 Break n’ Bread – Birmingham, Alabama

Break ’n Bread is meant to be a welcoming community event that keeps the entire family entertained. Food enthusiasts will be treated to signature dishes from Birmingham’s best local restaurants while local brews, imported and domestic beers, wines, and soft drink selections will also be available for the thirsty. To continue the celebration of all things local, local farmers will be showcased in a small market, offering a wide variety of seasonal produce and homemade goodies. For children of all ages, there will be an expanded children’s area featuring live animal encounters chaperoned by the Birmingham Zoo and other interactive activities. Rounding out the event, live music and other activities will provide the perfect break from the feast.

October 19, 2013 Evergreen Sausage Festival – Evergreen, Alabama

Enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, antique car show, children’s activities, food and more food.

October 19, 2013 Alabama Festival of Flavor – Foley, Alabama

This free event features Alabama’s rich culinary heritage with fresh, local foods. Watch cooking competitions by restaurants and learn secrets from local chefs and how to create your own organic garden. The Children’s Village will occupy the young guests with inflatables, face painting and more.

October 19, 2013 Shelby Blues and BBQ – Pehlham, Alabama

Participate in a barbecue competition or sit back and relax in the Tailgating Area to watch football. Listen to live music, enjoy great food and have a great time at this family-friendly event.

October 26, 2013 Wiregrass Heritage Festival – Dothan, Alabama

Learn how peanuts were harvested in the Wiregrass in the late 1800s. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of cane grinding, syrup making, butter churning, basket weaving, soap making and other traditional farm activities. Plus food, music, antique farm equipment, an old fashioned tractor pull and parade, and the Landmark Park Quilt Show.

October 26, 2013 Peanut Butter Festival – Brundidge, Alabama

This harvest and heritage celebration honors the town of Brundidge’s role in the peanut butter industry. A 5K, contests, games, Nutter Butter Parade and plenty of food provide fun for all.

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November Festivals and Events in Alabama

November 2-4, 2012  Alabama Pecan Festival – Mobile, Alabama

Alabama’s pecan industry dates back to the early 1900s. The Alabama Pecan Growers Association celebrates this rich history each year with a weekend full of music, carnival rides, crafts and, of course, plenty of pecans! The Pecan Festival also hosts two musical contests: the Hank and Jett Williams Songwriters Contest and the Gospel Songwriter and Talent Contest.

November 1-9, 2012  National Peanut Festival – Dothan, Alabama Approximately half of the peanuts grown in the United States are grown within a 100-mile radius of Dothan, Alabama. This is the nation’s largest peanut festival. It is held each fall to honor peanut growers and to celebrate the harvest season.

November 3, 2012  Cane Syrup Makin’ Day – Beatrice, Alabama Enjoy biscuits and syrup and watch a 19th-century mule-driven cane mill and furnace make cane syrup as in olden days. Barbecue available.

November 29-December 2, 2013 Christmas on the River Barbeque Cook-Off – Demopolis, Alabama

The Christmas on the River Barbecue Cook-Off is the official Alabama State Barbecue Championship. Part of a four-day event packed with food, kid-friendly activities, arts and crafts, the event ends with a dazzling nautical float parade on the Tombigbee River.

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