If Tuscaloosa’s legacy is the Crimson Tide football team, then its sister city Northport’s is an incredibly rich arts scene fostered by the Kentuck Art Center. Located in downtown Northport, the Kentuck Art Center provides year-round programming meant to grow excitement for the arts while building community.
Every year, the center hosts the Kentuck Arts Festival, a two-day event featuring more than 270 artists from all over the country. In addition to visual arts, the festival is also known for live music, children’s activities, food trucks, craft beer, spoken word, craft and maker demonstrations, and more. It typically creates a $5.5 million economic impact for the small but spirited town of Northport.
After taking a hiatus due to COVID-19 in 2020, this year marks the festival’s 50th anniversary. The festival will be held on October 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Northport’s Kentuck Park. Tickets are $10 per day or $15 for a weekend pass.
Festivalgoers have the opportunity to browse and buy the works of artists working across all types of media, from clay and fiber to metal, printmaking, photography, and wood. Artists come from near and far to show their pieces in a supportive environment with a dedicated community that appreciates and celebrates their work. Check out three Alabama artists exhibiting at this year’s festival: