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Located in the Southeast corner of Alabama sits a town called Dothan. The city may be similar to other Alabama towns in many ways, but its resounding characteristic is its […]

The incredible legacy that fuels Dothan, Alabama’s National Peanut Festival

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November 8, 2023

The second annual Wetumpka Wildlife Arts Festival (WEWA) features a fun-filled day designed to celebrate wildlife art and the Great Outdoors. Presented by the Kelly Fitzpatrick Center for the Arts, known to locals […]

Wetumpka Wildlife Arts Festival offers fun-filled day of activities

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October 24, 2023

Bucky Bowles is an acclaimed wildlife and sporting artist living outside of Columbus, Georgia whose work is currently featured in the “Art Gone Wild’ exhibit at the Kelly Fitzpatrick Center […]

Artist Bucky Bowles to be featured at Wetumpka Wildlife Arts Festival

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October 20, 2023

The Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery, known to locals as “The Kelly,” has worked together with the Smoot Harris family and the City of Wetumpka to offer their second annual premier […]

Alabama’s premier wildlife festival to take place in Wetumpka next month

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October 9, 2023

The Airing of the Quilts Festival will be taking place in Gee’s Bend this weekend and attendees will come from throughout the Southeast to enjoy the festival. See below from […]

Gee’s Bend Airing of the Quilts Festival

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October 6, 2023

That fast-food chain with the excitable, deep-voiced pitch man has nothing on these fall festivals in Alabama. WE have the meats – in this case shrimp, barbecued chicken, smoked pork, […]

6 Alabama fall food festivals that you won’t want to miss

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October 4, 2023

Explore and celebrate the natural world this fall with festivals around Alabama honoring honey, homegrown mushrooms, and hominy grits. Butterbeans and peanuts also get in on the act with their […]

Alabama Festivals: Honoring honey, homegrown mushrooms, and hominy grits

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October 2, 2023

Oktoberfest, which originated in Munich in 1810, has become the world’s largest beer party. It even has its own signature beer style. Last year in Munich, attendees quaffed 5.6 million […]

Fall Festival Roundup Part 3: Alabama Oktoberfest Festivals

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September 14, 2023

Alabama is a colorful tapestry of cultures, woven in part by people who have moved here from other countries and made the Yellowhammer State a better place. Over the years, […]

Fall Festival Roundup Part 2: Alabama Cultural and Religious Festivals

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September 13, 2023

Clocking in at one square mile in size and a population of 665 in the 2020 census, the tiny town of Leighton, Alabama leaves a BIG footprint. City leadership, led […]

Southern Sounds and Small Town Spirit: Leighton’s Sledgefest brings something new to the festival season

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September 12, 2023

Fall is full of festivals devoted to specific foods or beverages. But some cities and counties plan parties that showcase the breadth of their local restaurants, caterers, food producers, breweries, […]

Fall Festival Roundup Part 1: Alabama City and County Festivals

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September 11, 2023

The River Region’s biggest party is back and meatier than ever. The Druids Charity Club is thrilled to host the highly anticipated 6th Annual BBQ & Music Festival, “The Hog […]

Get Fired Up: The 6th Annual Hog Days of Summer BBQ & Music Fest is happening this weekend

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August 24, 2023

Late-summer celebrations of food and drink in Alabama showcase beer, wine, barbecue, seafood, steaks, and sweet potatoes. It’s the start of a busy festival season across the state. Here are […]

7 upcoming Alabama food and wine festivals that you won’t want to miss

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August 20, 2023

Mid-June normally is high time for blueberries in the Yellowhammer State, peaking with the annual Alabama Blueberry Festival in Brewton, set this year for Saturday, June 17. The rabbiteye variety—native […]

5 U-pick blueberry farms across Alabama

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June 14, 2023

One of the biggest hot air balloon events in the southeast, the annual Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic, is returning at the end of this month. On Memorial Day […]

Up, Up and Away: The Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic is back

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May 20, 2023

Festival season is in full swing, and Alabama has an exciting few months ahead. From electronic to country music, the Yellowhammer state has something to offer everyone. We have put […]

4 Alabama music festivals you won’t want to miss this spring and summer

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May 1, 2023

Sustained warmth, blooming flowers, and singing birds all are welcome indicators that winter is ending in Alabama. But for me, the appearance of locally-grown strawberries – all juicy, sweet, and […]

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8 Alabama strawberry festivals to enjoy this spring

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April 4, 2023

In early spring, when the weather grows warmer and the rain picks up across southern Louisiana, the farmed and wild crawfish that grow there reach a perfect balance of size and flavor. Whether you call them crayfish, crawdads, crawdaddies, ecrevisse, mudbugs, or crawfish, these small lobster-looking freshwater crustaceans reach their peak around then in Louisiana, which produces up to 95 percent of the nation’s harvest. Crawfish season in bayou country generally runs from November into early summer, but spring time is prime time. By Easter, farmed and wild crawfish are abundant through the Southeast region, including restaurants and markets across Alabama. But while crawfish is a popular protein for those observing Lent, most Alabamians really don’t need much of an excuse to fill a plate, pop out some tail meat to eat, and then repeat. No surprise, then, that April is the month for crawfish-themed festivals across Alabama. Whether or not you opt to suck the crawfish heads is your choice.

Eat all the crawfish you want at these Alabama festivals

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March 30, 2023

Barbecue is so integral to the diet of average Alabamians it might as well be considered its own food group. Several festivals scheduled through May pay tribute to our favorite smoked meats, cooked low and slow. Some of the events double as competitions—for bragging rights as well as cash. Others serve their ’cue with a side of tunes (blues music seems to pair particularly well). All support worthy causes. Here are 6 barbecue festivals that will get you fired up for spring.

6 barbecue festivals to attend this spring in Alabama

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March 17, 2023

Strike up the band and march on down to The Camp in Huntsville for the fourth Mardi Gras in MidCity, a three-week New Orleans-style party that runs through Fat Tuesday on February 21. Organized by Octo Hospitality and Huntsville developer RCP Companies, the pop-up draws inspiration from the Big Easy as it lets the good times roll in the Rocket City. 

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Huntsville this weekend

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February 3, 2023

Check out some of the finest food trucks from south Alabama and the Gulf Coast and wash it all down with the best brews from Bama and surrounding states, all this weekend at Gulf Shores. The inaugural Coastal Alabama Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival is set for Saturday, November 12, and Sunday, November 13, at the Town Green. More than a dozen food trucks are in the lineup, along with a baker’s dozen breweries. Admission is free, and the festival is open to the general public from noon until 6 p.m. Food and drinks from the trucks must be purchased.

What to eat at Alabama’s first Coastal Food Truck Festival

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November 11, 2022