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PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381



Cullman’s Celebration of Art and Creativity Set for April 6-7

Decatur, Ala. – Arts and crafts will be on display for two days in April when the St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School hosts its annual Bloomin’ Festival. Now in its 35th year, Bloomin’ Festival features the works of over 150 talented artists and craftsmen, music and festival food. The crowd-pleasing springtime event is set for April 6-7, 2019, and is expected to draw approximately 25,000 visitors in search of unique arts and crafts, demonstrations and family-friendly entertainment.   

During Bloomin’ Festival, over 150 artists from across the southeastern United States and as far away as Louisiana, North Carolina, Illinois, Michigan and Virginia will make their way to North Alabama to showcase their finest work. Festivalgoers can expect to find hand-carved olivewood nativity sets, painted furniture, silver spoon jewelry, driftwood art, hand-hammered aluminum giftware, fused glass, handcrafted soy candles and much more.

Along with shopping for handcrafted items, festivalgoers can munch on great food from a variety of concession vendors. Loaves of Monk Bread will also be available for purchase, but festivalgoers will want to arrive early as the delicious treat sells out quickly. The event concludes with prize drawings for a 2019 Jeep Renegade, four-nights Orange Beach vacation, Apple watch, Apple AirPods and a weather radio.

St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School is located at 1600 St. Bernard Drive SE in Cullman, adjacent to the world famous Ave Maria Grotto, a 4-acre park featuring 125 miniature replicas of biblical structures and world-famous buildings, all hand built by a Benedictine monk. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily rain or shine. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per person with children 5 years old and under admitted free. Pets are not allowed. Proceeds benefit St. Bernard Prep School, a private co-educational boarding school for grades 9-12.

For more information, visit or call (256) 739-6682.


About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)

AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @VisitNorthAL and like us at