12 can’t-miss spring art festivals across Alabama—including Panoply

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Find amazing handmade goods at The 39th Annual Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Craft Fair in Cullman. (Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Craft Fair)

One of the best things about Alabama is how we uplift the arts across the state. Especially now that the weather is warming up, there are plenty of upcoming festivals to support local artists and browse magnificent art. Read to find one near you.

1. Dauphin Island Art Trail—Dauphin Island, April 15

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Lovely art from Dauphin Island artists. (Dauphin Island Art Trail / Facebook)
  • What: The Dauphin Island Art Trail is back and better than ever, featuring art from across the Gulf Coast. There are 11 participating local businesses involved in the trail, with over 40 regional artists. There will be a fun scavenger hunt along the trail, so make sure to grab a map and visit all the stops to win some prizes.
  • When: Saturday, April 15 | 9AM-4PM
  • Where: Multiple storefronts in Dauphin Island
  • Price: Free admission
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2. Art on the Lake—Lake Guntersville, April 15-16

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(Art on the Lake / Facebook)
  • What: Art on the Lake is back for its 62nd year, with a fabulous selection of paintings, sculptures, photography, needlecrafts, wood crafts, jewelry and more. Plus, there will be tons of fun activities for kids and adults alike. Enjoy gorgeous views and amazing art!
  • When: Saturday, April 15-Sunday, April 16 | Saturday, 10AM-5PM; Sunday, 10AM-4PM
  • Where: Guntersville Rec Center, 1500 Sunset Dr, Guntersville, AL 35976 (corner of Sunset Drive and Highway 69)
  • Price: Admission is $2.00 for ages 13 and up; children under 12 accompanied by an adult, free
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3. 51st Annual Calico Fort Arts & Crafts Fair—Fort Deposit, April 15-16

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(Calico Fort)
  • What: Drawing thousands of visitors, Calico Fort is one of the longest standing and crafts fairs around. Proceeds benefit community projects, and you’ll get to shop hundreds of vendors with locally-made goods, enjoy live entertainment, great food and more.
  • When: Saturday, April 15, 9AM-5PM | Sunday, April 16, 9AM-4PM
  • Where: 1 Calico Spirit Drive, Fort Deposit, AL, 36032
  • Price: $10 for adults; $2 for ages 2 to 12
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4. Hog Wild for Art Festival—Camden, April 22

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(Mark Curl Memorial BBQ Cook Off)
  • What: In cooperation with Mark Curl Memorial BBQ Cook Off, this fun fest will host a sampling of regional artwork, demonstrations from local artists, outdoor games and more. This year’s featured guest is Mary Johns Wilson, author of 100 Things to Do in Alabama Before You Die.
  • When: Saturday, April 22 | 9AM-2PM
  • Where: Airport Park, 112 Airport Dr, Camden, AL 36726
  • Price: Free admission
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5. Spring Art Market and Open House—Mobile, April 22

(Central Midtown)
  • What: Browse through works from local artists from all mediums and price ranges at this free, public event. There’ll be open studios, art demos, a food truck and more. Proceeds benefit the Love All Food Pantry at Central Midtown.
  • When: Saturday, April 22 | 10AM-4PM
  • Where: Central Midtown, 1260 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL,36604
  • Price: Free admission
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6. Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Craft Fair—Cullman, April 22-23

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Shop from local artists. (Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Craft Fair)
  • What: Enjoy The 39th Annual Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Craft Fair, a two-day juried arts festival with more than 150 booths of artists demonstrating their hard work. Located on the campus of St. Bernard Abbey and Preparatory School, this fest is the school’s largest fundraiser.
  • When: Saturday, April 22-Sunday, April 23 | 9AM-4PM
  • Where: 1600 St Bernard Dr SE, Cullman, AL 35055
  • Price: Admission donation, $10; Children 5 years & under, free
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7. Piney Woods Arts and Crafts Festival—Enterprise, April 22-23

  • What: The Piney Woods Arts and Crafts Festival has it all with over 50 vendors of artists, food trucks, dancers, live performances, a truck show, a kid’s fun center and much more.
  • When: Saturday, April 22, 9AM-5PM | Sunday, April 23, Noon-4PM
  • Where: Enterprise State Community College, 600 Plaza Dr, Enterprise, AL 36330
  • Price: Free admission, donations appreciated
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8. 41st Annual Panoply Arts Festival—Huntsville, April 28-30

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Discover unique art at Panoply. (Arts Huntsville)
  • What: If you haven’t been to Panoply before, you don’t want to miss out! Mark your calendars to discover 100 visual artists, performances from 30+ local musicians, artisan food trucks, kid-friendly interactives and STEAM activities, community art projects and more.
  • When: Friday April 28, 5–9PM; Saturday, April 29 10AM-9PM (Art Marketplace closes at 7:30pm); Sunday, April 30, 11AM-6PM
  • Where: Big Spring International Park, 200 Church St SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Price: Day passes are $10 and weekend passes are $18 in advance. Kids 12 and under get in FREE. During Panoply weekend, all day passes are $15 online and at the gate.
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9. Magic City Art Connection—Birmingham, April 28-30

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2022 Magic City Art Connection (Bham Now)
  • What: Join one of The Magic City’s favorite annual events, a three-day art festival that highlights juried fine artists from around the country. Plus, Corks & Chefs: A Taste of Birmingham, Imagination Festival art workshops for kids, stage performances and more.
  • When: Friday, April 28, Noon-6PM | Saturday, April 29, 10AM-6PM | Sunday, April 30, 10AM-5PM
  • Where: Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, 20 32nd St North, Birmingham, Alabama, 35222
  • Price: $11 in advance; $15 at gate (includes admission all 3 days); Kids 16 & under, free.
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10. Art in the Park—Jasper, May 13

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Celebrate local artists. (Art in the Park / Facebook)
  • What: Enjoy a family-friendly juried art show with over 50 artists including painting, drawing, wood carving, sculpture, pottery and more. Kid’s activities, dance troupes, live music and other performing arts activities will happen throughout the day.
  • When: Saturday, May 13, 9AM-3PM
  • Where: Gamble Ave, Jasper, AL 35501
  • Price: Free admission
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11. Hilltop Art Festival—Montgomery, May 20

  • What: Come on out and enjoy the first large art festival from The Hilltop Howlers, featuring live music, great food, artists and local vendors and family-friendly fun.
  • When: Saturday, May 20 | 10AM-3PM
  • Where: S Goldthwaite St, Montgomery, AL 36104
  • Price: Free admission
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12. Arts Alive 2023—Florence, May 20-21

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(Arts Alive / Facebook)
  • What: Find one-of-a-kind treasures at Arts Alive, an annual art festival showcasing national, regional and local artists from all mediums. It’s family-friendly and free, and there will be great food as well.
  • When: Saturday, May 20-Sunday, May 21
  • Where: The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, 217 E Tuscaloosa St Florence, AL 35630
  • Price: Free admission
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Gabby Gervais
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