In the South, everything is cause for a celebration. We celebrate art, barbeque, catfish, flowers, music, people…you name it! And with spring {finally} here, warmer weather means that people are getting back outside to enjoy the outdoors, and what better way to do so than at an annual festival. And May is the hot month for unique festivals in North Alabama!

Downtown Gadsden First Friday – May 4 - 6pm-9pm

Classic Cars will cruise in and be on display.

Live Music Line-Up:

Tyler McDermott @ 2nd and Broad
Wes Walters @ 3rd & Broad
New Delusions @ 4th & Broad
Steel City Revival @ 5th & Broad
Legacy in the 600 Block.

Broad Street will be closed from 1st-7th Streets starting at 4pm and will reopen after the event. Classic cars are invited to cruise-in for a beautiful evening. Food vendors will also be on site with additional dining options.

Gadsden First Friday May

First Fridays Downtown Florence – May 4 - 5-8pm

On the first Friday of each month from March through December, Historic Downtown Florence comes alive with art, music, shopping and entertainment for the whole family! Enjoy the sights and sounds around every corner – dine in one of our fine restaurants – shop at our galleries and stores – or take a leisurely stroll to enjoy one-of-a-kind arts and the finest live music around. The event will go on as scheduled, rain or shine.

First Friday Poster

Recall LaGrange – May 4-6 - 10am-4pm daily

The main event is slated for Saturday, May 5th and includes living history events and a reenactment. Still Raid on the Mountain will begin at 2 p.m. The reenactment centers on a prohibition era raid on a moonshine still. Displays include antiques and fragments of period moonshine stills, including a skirmish by lawmen. Living history events will be ongoing throughout the day, along with tours of a nearby distillery. The events are sponsored by the 27th Civil War Reenactors. Additional activities include a vintage car exhibit, 1800s demonstrations and daily life camps, wagon rides to the historic LaGrange Cemetery, an art and craft show featuring vendors from across the southeastern United States, musical entertainment and a quilt display. Festivalgoers will want to plan a visit on Sunday, May 5th for tours of the pioneer log buildings and grounds of the old college site. Additional activities include arts and crafts, wagon rides and more. Admission is free and parking is free. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring chairs and picnic blankets. For more information, call 256.446.9324 or 256.383.0783.


Moulton Strawberry Festival - May 4-5

The Strawberry Festival invites festivalgoers to take part in one of the fun contests slated for Saturday. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite superhero costume and take part in the Hornet Hero 5K and 1-mile Fun Run set for 8 a.m. The Mud Volleyball Tournament follows at noon in the empty lot west of the Moulton Senior Center.

While the strawberry takes center stage, the festival showcases gospel groups, oldies and folk performers, bands and choral groups from local high schools and rising stars from across the region on two stages. Additional activities include a classic car/truck/motorcycle show and arts and crafts.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 4 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Jesse Owens Runners’ Club and local schools.


WhistleStop Festival – May 4-5

Each year more than 25,000 attendees converge on the grounds of the Historic Huntsville Depot for a weekend of community spirit, great food, live music and a little competition. The barbeque competition contains three divisions: a professional division sanctioned by Kansas City Barbeque Society, the Kid’s Q for children 8 to 14 years old, and the Shade Tree (amateur) division. Festivalgoers have two opportunities to sample and vote for their favorite team. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4th, the public decides the winner of the Wing Thing contest (nominal fee to sample and vote). From 1 to 3 p.m., festival goers can visit the Shade Tree cooking teams who will be offering samples for the People’s Choice Awards. Festivalgoers vote for their favorite by placing money in a jar provided at the cook-site.

The Alabama Cornhole Championship gets underway on Friday, May 4th with play beginning at 8 p.m. The competition continues on Saturday at noon (singles) and 5 p.m. (doubles). A total prize purse of $1500 is up for grabs. During the competitions, a Kid’s Zone offers plenty of activities for children to enjoy.

As pitmasters battle it out, live music fills the air. The 2018 lineup features Friday’s headliner, the Spin Doctors, and legendary rock band Survivor as the headliner for Saturday night. Regional favorites Black Eyed Susan will open for Survivor on Saturday night and Sunset Guns will open for the Spin Doctors on Friday night. Rounding out the entertainment will be local bands The Beasley Brothers, Dirt Circus, JedEye and Triple Play. As music fills the air, festival goers are invited to check out a variety of beers from several local and regional breweries, such as Rocket Republic, Back Forty, Mad Malts and Ole Shed at the Craft Beer Pit, located behind the Round House.

All activities take place on the grounds of the Historic Huntsville Depot located at 320 Church Street. Entrances are at the Church Street and Monroe intersections, the Church Street entrance of the Depot and on Meridian Street across from Walker Avenue. Festival hours are Friday 4 to 11 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Gates close both nights at 10:30 p.m.) Admission per person (ages 11+) is $25 and youth (ages 3-10 years old) is $5 or a weekend pass is available for $35/ages 11+ and $10/ages 3-10 years old. VIP packages are also available. Proceeds support the history education initiatives of the EarlyWorks Family of Museums. For more information, visit or call 256.564.8100.

Whistlestop Festival

1st Saturday Downtown Rogersville – May 5

The May downtown event is a ladies night out, which will feature the XXXtremes, a comedy trio that will have you in the floor.

Rogersville Downtown

Guin MayFest – May 11-12

The popular Mayfest transforms downtown Guin into a venue for free family fun, attracting thousands of visitors to the North Alabama community. Hosted by the City of Guin, the festival celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018, and for two days, festivalgoers are treated to live music, carnival rides and games, a dog show and 5K race.

On Friday, May 11th, gates open at 6 p.m. and the music lineup features Jacob Bryant, an up and coming country music artist from Georgia, and B.J. Thomas, a five time Grammy and two time Dove Award winner who has sold more than 70 million records and is ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artists over the past 50 years. Signature hits include “Raindrops,” “Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” and “Lonesome.”

The Mayfest 5K Run hits the street Saturday morning in front of Guin City Hall. Activities lined up for the day beginning at 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. include a dog show, carnival rides, games and concessions and more live music. The entertainment stage will offer a variety of music from local acts keeping festivalgoers entertained throughout the day. Two retired NFL players and former members of the Alabama football team will be on hand signing autographs. 

Set for May 11-12, 2018, Mayfest takes place on 7500 US Highway 43 in downtown Guin. Admission is free. For more information, call Guin City Hall at 205.468.2242.

Guin Mayfest

3rd Friday Downtown Decatur – May 18

3rd Fridays Downtown offer an opportunity for the community to gather downtown, learn the history of the city, support local merchants and enjoy diverse forms of entertainment.

3rd Friday Pic

SoulStock – May 18-19

Some of the top artists in contemporary Christian music can be heard the third weekend in Decatur, Ala. during North Alabama’s largest free outdoor Christian music celebration. Set for May 18-19, 2018, SoulStock features a night of worship and joyful music with local praise bands followed by a day of ongoing music by a distinguished lineup of Christian bands that include a hip-hop and rap artist, a modern worship and rock group, Grammy nominated recording artist and Dove-winning singer-songwriter.

On Friday, gates open at 5:30 p.m. Slated to perform beginning at 6 p.m. is My Savior Story, followed by Katy Kinard, and Noah Cleveland (

Gates open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday with music getting underway at 1 p.m. The line-up features We are Vessel, Jordan Copas, 7th Day Slumber , Decyfer Down, Noah Cleveland, Jordan Feliz, Plumb, and headliner Zach Williams.

Taking the stage at approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday is this year’s guest speaker Tony Nolan, evangelist and founder of TNT Ministries, based in Georgia. Nolan spent several years, as the tour-pastor and evangelist for the Casting Crowns Lifesong Tour and Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, stopping in more than 220 U.S. cities. He is the author of several books, including “Hurt Healer: Reaching Out to a Broken World” and “GASP! You Will Spend Forever Somewhere: How to Make Sure It’s Heaven” and has produced DVD and CD presentations, including, "What’s the Deal With God?", "LifeLift" and "Spiritual 911."

Soulstock Stage

Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo – May 18-19

For the past 35 years, the Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo has provided plenty of rodeo action in the north Alabama town of Athens. The 2018 event is set for May 18-19, and along with two days of high impact competition, organizers look to engage the community by offering several family-friendly events in the week leading up to the event.

Considered the largest outdoor rodeo east of the Mississippi, the Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo gets underway both nights with opening ceremonies at 8 p.m. Competitive events lined up for both nights include bareback bronc riding, calf roping, break-away roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, kids calf scramble, cowgirl’s barrel racing, chuck wagon races, and bull riding. As cowboys and cowgirls compete for prize money, the crowd is also entertained with professional rodeo clowns, chuck wagon races and other performers.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for 12 years and under. Tickets may be purchased at the gate or online at

Limestone Rodeo

Catfish Festival – May 19

The Catfish Festival reels in plenty of free family fun each year on the banks of Lake Guntersville. Now in its 18th year, the family-friendly event is centered on one of America’s favorite outdoor activities, fishing, and encourages anglers and non-anglers of all ages to attend. Along with fishing, additional activities include a catfish fry, arts and crafts, a car show, live music and more. Set for May 19, 2018, festivities kick off at 8 a.m. with the day wrapping up around 3 p.m.

Catfish Rodeo

Arley Day Festival - May 19

Now in its 45th year, the Arley Day Festival presents a day of free family fun for festivalgoers of all ages. Set for May 19, 2018, the one-day event is a celebration of the city of Arley complete with a car show, parade, 5K run, pancake breakfast, craft vendors and more.

Presented by the Arley Women’s Club, the Arley Day Festival appeals to all ages. The 5K Run gets the fun started with registration at 6 a.m. and the race beginning at 7 a.m. For those arriving hungry, enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Arley Fire Station at 7 a.m. Vendors will be up and running at 8 a.m. and the parade begins making its way down the street at 8:30 a.m. with the car show opening at 9 a.m. The crowd can also expect first class entertainment by local entertainers throughout the day.

The event takes place at D. H. Hamner Park located on Helicon Road/Highway 44 in Arley. Festival hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Proceeds help support Hamner Park Improvements, the Meek School System, the Arley Public Library and other community-focuses projects year round.

Antique Truck

Sheffield Street Party - May 19

Annual street party with live music featuring: Otis Reding III, Eddie Floyd, and The Temptations Review.

Sheffield Street Party

Oakville Indian Mounds Park's Multicultural Indian Event - May 19

See Native American living history encampments, drum music, flute music, dancing, flint knapping, hide tanning, pottery making, basket weaving, fabric weaving and dying, historical games, Sacred Way Indigenous Horse Preservation, arts, crafts, concession vendors, live bluegrass & country music, free admission, free children's activities, stickball, atlatl throwing, $1 face painting, $1 wagon rides, $1 canoe rides. Saturday, May 19th, 2018 10am-5pm.

Multicultural Indian Festival

Coal Fest – May 25-26

Each year, the North Alabama community of Brilliant pays tribute to its roots in the coal mining industry with a free festival filling the downtown area with two days of family fun. Set for May 25-26, 2018, Coal Fest offers live music, games, a look into the coal mining days, activities for children, arts and crafts and more throughout Main Street in downtown Brilliant.

The annual event kicks off on Friday, May 25 around 5 p.m. with live music featuring some of the region’s best performers. Friday night’s lineup features Joseph Baldwin, Handshake Promise, and Lloyd Moses. The festivities continue on Saturday, May 26 beginning at 9 a.m. with family-friendly activities and more live music. The entertainment line up on Saturday consists of Chris Williams and Highway 29 Band, Spencer Maige and Reckless Band, Three Wheel Drive Band, and James Leblanc and the Winchester Band.

The historic Train Depot located in City Park will offer free guided tours (donations accepted) giving an up close look at many artifacts of the early history of coal mining in Brilliant and Brilliant Methodist Church, located on Main Street, will be open for tours. A stop on the North Alabama Hallelujah Trail, Brilliant Methodist Church was built by local coal miners and remains an iconic cornerstone of the town. Other activities include an antique car show, a Color Run, a motorcycle ride to raise funds for a local family in need, a horseshoe tournament, arts and crafts, and a kid’s area with games, train rides and inflatables.

Shuttle service will be provided free of charge from the downtown area to City Park, Brilliant Methodist Church and the Train Depot. Admission to the festival is free. A nominal fee is charged to participate in some of the children’s activities. The two-day event typically wraps up around 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 205.465.2281.

Coal Fest

Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic – May 26-27

Come and see this family friendly event. Admission & parking are free. Hot Air Balloons, Vendors, Entertiament, Tractor Show, Car Show, Arts & Crafts, and More.

Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Cruise