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Top 15 Alabama USA Events and Festivals

Explore this selection of the Top 15 events and festivals, fairs and celebrations (listed in calendar priority) famous in the state of Alabama.

Favorites of the main Alabama US events include the Mobile Mardi Gras, recognized as the most original annual Mardi Gras carnival celebration in the USA, and the
National Shrimp Festival - a popular event for over 42 years

See below for more about the Top 15 Alabama events and festivals.

Mobile Mardi Gras
Mobile, Alabama

Top Mardi Gras events in the USABeginning in 1703 and now recognized as the oldest and most original annual Mardi Gras carnival celebration in the USA, and one of the top 15 Alabama USA events and festivals, Mardi Gras in Mobile comes complete with parades, marching bands and huge crowds of celebrators. What is unique about the Mobile Mardi Gras festival is the celebration of so many different cultures and religions including French, Spanish, British, African, Creole, American, and even Swedish heritages and both the Catholic and Creole faiths all of which toss fun trinkets like necklaces of plastic bead, doubloon coins, decorated plastic cups, candy, wrapped cakes or snacks, stuffed animals, and small toys, footballs, frisbees, and whistles to the crowds lining the routes.

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Anniversary of Battle of Horseshoe Bend
mid March
Dadeville, Alabama

The 2040-acre Horseshoe Bend National Military Park preserves the site of the battle of Horseshoe Bend, of the main Alabama US events, in which General Andrew Jackson and an army of 3,300 men attacked 1,000 Upper Creek warriors on the Tallapoosa River almost 200 years ago. This annual event recreates frontier life in the year 1814. It features special demonstrations and interpretive programs depicting the life of the Creek and Cherokee Indians, such as their traditional skills – hide tanning, flint knapping, and finger weaving – their hunting camps, military camps, dance, cannon fire demonstrations, exhibits, and more.

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149th Anniversary of the Battle of Selma

late April
Selma, Alabama

In a classic Civil War re-enactment of the Battle of Selma at Battlefield Park, soldiers and cavalry of the Blue and Gray clash once again. Cannons roar as the Confederate troops defend the breastworks against the Yankee invaders. Further attractions of the weekend event include two school days, camp dance, ladies tea, grand ball at Sturdivant Hall, two battles, and a memorial service.

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Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic
late May
Decatur, Alabama

top hot air balloon events  in the USAShowcasing more than 60 inflated hot air balloons, the free Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic main attractions include the Balloon Glow event at night and all sorts of very different hot air balloon flights during the day including tethered balloon rides before dusk, live entertainment, food and the ever popular Alabama Jubilee Fireworks Spectacular. Visitors to this event can also enjoy a tractor parade, a pedal tractor pull and all sorts of tractor demonstrations.

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“The Miracle Worker” Play
early June – mid July
Tuscumbia, Alabama

Celebrating over 30 years of outdoor performances at the birthplace of Helen Keller, this Broadway-style show recalls the childhood of deaf-blind Helen Keller, “American’s First Lady of Courage,” and her gifted teacher Anne Sullivan. "The Miracle Worker" is performed on the grounds of Ivy Green each year on weekends from early June through mid July.

Drop by the home page for “The Miracle Worker” Play in Tuscumbia:

WC Handy Music Festival
late July
Florence, Alabama

At various locations throughout The Shoals, the WC Handy Music Festival is a week-long celebration honoring the musical heritage of Northwest Alabama and the legacy of the “Father of the Blues” with a parade, concerts, exhibits, theatre, athletic events, music in various venues, and more. Previous festivals have featured jazz and blues legends including Jimmy Smith, Ramsey Lewis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Blue Bland, Diane Schuur, Billy Taylor, Dianne Reeves and Charlie Byrd.

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Alabama Restaurant Week
mid - late August
All across Alabama

An increasingly popular the Yellowhammer State event attracting thousands of visitors, Alabama Restaurant Week in which more than 200 restaurants across the state take part. Many of these restaurants are included in the "100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die" brochure which showcases Alabama’s popular and highly respected range of restaurants that during this time offer special fixed-priced menus for lunch and/or dinner and other specials throughout the week.

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Fort Mims Massacre
end August / beginning September
Tensaw, Alabama

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary in 2013, the Fort Mims Massacre Anniversary event commemorates the attack on Fort Mims by Creek Indians in 1813 that resulted in the death of over 500 pioneer settlers. Interesting facets of the event include a live, recreated encampment complete with period settlers, militia soldiers and Creek Indians, displays of weapons of the time as well as live demonstrations of everything from basket weaving to flint knapping, as well as period music and Indian crafts.

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Bluff Park Art Show
early October
Hoover, Alabama

A nationally recognized and acclaimed art show that has been a popular attraction for more than half a century, the Bluff Park Art Show showcases the work of artists from all over the USA. This art show in the Yellowhammer State, which is always held on the first Saturday in October, features a number of artists and the chance to purchase their work.

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BayFest Music Festival
early October
Mobile, Alabama

When BayFest brought country, soul, rock-n-roll and various other music acts to Mobile 14 years ago, few people thought Mobile’s music festival would become the attraction it now is, one of the main Alabama US events currently drawing more than 200,000 people each year to downtown Mobile for the music festival. People flock to BayFest from around the country – and the world – to see performers like LeAnn Rimes, B.B. King, 3 Doors Down, Keith Urban, The Temptations, The Beach Boys, Travis Tritt, and Ludacris.

Details concerning the BayFest Music Festival in Mobile can be found here:

National Shrimp Festival
mid October
Gulf Shores, Alabama

A popular event for over 42 years, and recognized as one of the Top 15 Alabama USA events and festivals, the National Shrimp Festival is one of the most important free outdoor festivals in the USA attracting more than a quarter of a million people each year with an abundance of shrimp, more than 300 displays of fine arts and crafts, music and entertainment on two out-door stages, a sand sculpture competition, an Activity Village created especially for children and a very popular 10k/5k run.

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Barber Vintage Festival
mid October
Birmingham, Alabama

Featuring a whole range of motorcycle events at Barber Motorsports Park, the Barber Vintage Festival showcases a vintage motorcycle race, motorcross, road racing, and various cross country events, as well as an air show, a swap meet with more than 250 vendors, a fan zone and more including the increasingly popular cycle market and auction.

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Moundville Native American Festival

mid October
Moundville, Alabama

Now one of the top tourism events in Alabama held at one of America’s most impressive sites of its kind, the Moundville Native American Festival celebrates the culture and heritage of Southeastern Indians. With the University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park serving as its backdrop, the festival features a unique mixture of native performers, artists, craftspeople and tradition bearers from around the Southeastern US.

Drop by the home page for the Moundville Native American Festival:

National Veterans Day Parade
November 11
Birmingham, Alabama

The first Veterans Day celebration in the United States was held in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1947. Alabama, the state known as the Yellowhammer State that has had some 13,000 Alabama National Guard soldiers and airmen called to active duty since the attacks of September 11, 2001, still holds true to that tradition of honoring the men and women who fight for freedom. This downtown parade, one of the main Alabama US events features more than 5,000 participants, 15 bands, and 50 floats.

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Galaxy of Lights
early November to end December
Huntsville, Alabama

Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 15 Event in the Southeast, and a popular attraction for more than 22 years, the Galaxy of Lights event at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens is a miles-long, magnificent display of holiday lights featuring larger-than-life animated light displays using more than 5 miles of extension cords and over 500 display pieces, Santa flying over the winter village, dancing nursery rhyme characters, dinosaurs, wild animals, a magical twinkling icicle forest, garden scenes and animated snowmen.

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