In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Festivals and music events around North Alabama

Who doesn’t love a good festival? North Alabama hosts some of the best festivals in the South. Mark your calendar for these festivals events below!

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Chinese Lantern Festival

It’s the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s biggest exhibit to date! Boasting more than 1,000 illuminated lantern displays of wildlife from around the world (and dinosaurs!), this festival offers a stunning visual exhibition of Chinese art and culture.

Location: Huntsville Botanical Gardens

Monday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

EVENING HOURS (Wednesday – Sunday Only):
Gates open at 5:30 pm with last admission taken at 9:00 pm

Date: March 20 – May 19, 22019

Admission Required 

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Huntsville Coffee and Tea Festival

All Net Profits Benefiting Make-A-Wish Alabama
Come and Learn about local specialty coffee & tea. There will be other goodies too!
Access to unlimited sampling, interactive experiences, and demonstrations. Designed for and Open to the public; from beginners to advanced! Come taste the best brews in the area!
Kids 8 years old and younger are Free.
Discounts Available for Teachers, Active Military, College Students, & First Responders.

Location: The Roundhouse – 389 Monroe st NW Huntsville

Time: 11am – 4pm

Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019

Admission Required 

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Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Craft Fair

Bloomin’ Festival is a two day juried arts festival attracting more than 25,000 visitors to the beautiful campus of St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School.

Location: St. Bernard Prep School – 1600 St Bernard Dr SE, Cullman, AL 

Date: April 6-7, 2019

Admission Required 

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Cullman Strawberry Festival

Celebrate Cullman’s agricultural history with the 80th anniversary of the state’s oldest Strawberry Festival, featuring arts & crafts, food, music, strawberries, and more!

Location: Depot Park & Downtown Entertainment District

Time: 8AM- 10PM

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019

Free Admission 

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Panoply Arts Festival is out of this world! Celebrate community creativity with us through a weekend of art, music, and more.

Location: Big Spring Park

Panoply hours:
Friday, April 26 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Art Marketplace closes at 7:30 p.m.)
Sunday, April 28 from 11:00 – 6:00 p.m. (new hours!)

Day passes: $10 and
Weekend passes: $18
Kids 12 and under get in free!

Admission Required 

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WhistleStop Weekend

Held during the first weekend in May, WhistleStop is a unique and exciting community gathering. True community spirit, combined with great food, live music, good friends and a “little” competition have helped create this award winning two day event. Proceeds from this beloved event support the history education initiatives of the EarlyWorks Family of Museums.

Location: Historic Huntsville Depot

Date: May 3-4, 2019

Time: FRIDAY 4PM – 11PM

Time: SATURDAY 10AM – 11PM

Admission Required 

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The 35th Annual Poke Salat Festival

This annual event fills the streets of Downtown Arab with artisans and crafters, entertainment, a children’s play area and a Bluegrass Band Competition.

Location: Downtown Arab

Date: May 17, 2019 – May 18, 2019

Admission: Free

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Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic

The Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic is the oldest hot-air balloon race in the mid-South. It started in Decatur, Alabama in 1978.

Location: Point Mallard Park

Date: MAY 25-26, 2019


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Rock the South

Originally intended to be a one-year celebration of recovery from April 27, 2011, Rock the South has continued to expand to become a massive celebration of this area and what it has to offer. Since the first event in 2012, Rock the South has given over $639,000 to multiple community partners including Cullman City Parks and Recreation, The Link of Cullman County, Cullman Caring for Kids and many more.

Location: 1872 County Road 469, Cullman, AL 35057.

Date: May 31- June 1, 2019

Admission Required 

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Rocket City Best Fest

Join the fun in our Inaugural Rocket City Best Fest. The June 8th festival will kick off summer with a sizzle. The lineup boasts something for everyone: delicious food, fun drinks, family-friendly activities, live entertainment, and so much more. Be sure to stay tuned for more details and exciting announcements.

Location: Big Spring Park

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019

Time: 4 PM – 10 PM

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Helen Keller Festival

The 40th Annual Helen Keller Festival – Great Food, Live Music, Arts & Crafts, Fun For All Ages!!!

Location: Spring Park Rd, Tuscumbia

Date: June 27 – 30, 2019

Some entry fees may apply

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Guntersville Lake HydroFest

The Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with H1 Unlimited, plans to host the Unlimited Series for three days of racing to kick off the 2019 season for H1. In addition, the weekend of festivities will include a professional wakeboard exhibition, vendors, boat displays, food and more.

Location: 1500 Sunset Drive, Guntersville

Time: Fri, Jun 28, 2019, 8:00 AM – Sun, Jun 30, 2019, 6:00 PM CDT

Date: June 28 – 30, 2019

Admission Required 


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Downtown Russellville is home of the Franklin County Watermelon Festival. It’s a time for a lot of good fun and of course, juicy watermelons that can cool a hot summer day in the South. It began in 1981 and has become a must-do event for thousands. This spectacular family event offers two days of non-stop music, contests and entertainment, as well as, a pageant (held in July), arts & crafts, 5k run, antique car & truck show, tasty festival foods, tractor show, bike ride and lots of free watermelon. Watermelon contests include the largest melon, seed spitting, best tasting melon, best dressed melon, and the most unusual melon.

Location: Downtown Russellville; Russellville, AL

Date: 3rd Weekend in August

Admission: Free

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Monte Sano Art Festival

The Monte Sano Art Festival is held annually for the cultural benefit of our community and benefits from a devoted cadre of Festival volunteers. This year they will feature more than 140 of the region’s finest artists in an array of wonderful media. Along with the outdoor festival exhibitors, 2019 will welcome local food trucks and musicians throughout the park.

Location: Monte Sano State Park.

Date: September 21 – 22, 2019

Time: Saturday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Time: Sunday, September 22 from 9:00am – 4:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

Parking: $10 Cash ONLY

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Boom Days 2019

Fort Payne Boom Days Heritage Celebration is a much bigger event than most. It has a much deeper breath of events and activities and a much further reach bringing in tourists from all over the region. It’s a significant cultural event for our city celebrating Fort Payne’s unique beginnings nearly 130 years ago. There is a quilt display, artist demonstrations, a wine and beer tasting, and you might find the Mayor and First Lady of Fort Payne dressed up in period clothing of the Boom Days era.

Location: Downtown Historic District, Fort Payne

Date: September 21 – 22, 2019

Admission: Free

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Madison Street Festival

The Festival is a celebration of the people, art, food, and music of Madison, Alabama.

Location: Downtown Madison, AL

Date: October 5, 2019

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