Everyone loves festivals, right? We love the food, the music, the strolling through downtown shopping and seeing people we know, and we love festivals even more when they’re free! Here’s a list of free summer festivals in north Alabama you don’t want to miss:

1. SoulStock Christian Music Festival – May 19-20 – www.soulstock.com
2. Catfish Festival – May 20 – www.catfishfestival.net
3. Coal Fest – May 26-27 – www.brilliantal.org/sections/parkrec/coalfest.php
4. Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Festival – May 27-28 – www.alabamajubilee.net
5. 9-1-1 Festival – June 2-3 – www.haleyvillechamber.org
6. Spirit of America Festival in Decatur – July 1-4 – www.spiritofamericafestival.com
7. Cotton Pickin’ BBQ Festival in downtown Hartselle – July 29-30 – www.hartsellechamber.com
8. Main Street Music Festival in Albertville – August 5-6 – www.mainstreetmusicfestival.com
9. Rockin’ the River at Joe Wheeler State Park – August 19 – www.rogersvillechamber.com
10. Watermelon Festival in Russellville – August 19-20 – www.franklincountychamber.org