14 awesome festivals happening in Alabama this spring

Decatur Jubilee
The Jubilee in Decatur is one of the best events of the year. (Callie Puryear / Bham Now)

Spring in Alabama means a season of festivals is on the way. Read on for 14 fun festivals to add to your calendar this spring—from fun foodie events to unique cultural celebrations.

1. Orange Beach Seafood Festival and Car Show

The Orange Beach Seafood Festival is a full day of yummy food, 100 arts and crafts booths, live music and a huge car show featuring antique, classic and hot rod vehicles.

2. Annual Fort Morgan Oyster Fest

The Fort Morgan Oyster Fest is held the last weekend of February each year and celebrates all things oysters. Tickets include all-you-can-eat oysters made several ways—including raw on the half shell, charbroiled, Rockefeller, garlic butter, Bearnaise and “Bacon me crazy.”

There will also be live music, craft vendors and more.

3. Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee

This exciting festival commemorates the 59th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the Selma-to-Montgomery March and the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Enjoy cultural festivities, music, art and performances that celebrate Black culture.

4. Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival

Fairhope Arts And Crafts Festival
Take a stroll in the heart of Fairhope at this festival. (City of Fairhope)

Attend this arts & crafts festival to support over 200 local artists, enjoy food and live music and stroll down the streets of Downtown Fairhope. This public event is perfect for all ages.

5. Ballyhoo

Ballyhoo in Gulf Shores is a can’t-miss art festival. This two-day event draws huge crowds each year with incredible art, food vendors, live music and a fiddle and banjo competition.

6. Alabama Medieval Fantasy Festival

Renaissance lovers, don’t miss this fun festival to see history come alive with costumed characters, music, theater, food, artisan demonstrations and games.

7. Hanceville Irish Heritage Festival

Get ready for Irish music and dancing, arts and crafts, good food and Irish drinks at the Hanceville Irish Heritage Festival. Plus, there will be a doggie parade and a kids activity area.

8. Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues

Foley Bbq
All-you-can-eat BBQ festival! (Foley BBQ & Blues Cook-Off / Facebook)

Enjoy legendary Bob Sykes BBQ, award-winning national and local blues musicians performing and activities for the entire family.

9. Waverly “Old 280” BOOGIE

The annual spring “Old 280” Boogie started in 2001 celebrating the anniversary of Highway 280. Enjoy fantastic live music, local food vendors and great southern vibes.

This is the perfect time to fully experience Standard Deluxe, one of the coolest venues in Alabama.

10. West Alabama Food and Wine Festival

Enjoy Tuscaloosa’s best food and wine from local chefs, restauranteurs and food and wine enthusiasts. This year’s festival benefits the West Alabama Food Bank and Turning Point.

11. Magic City Art Connection

Magic City Art Connection
Magic City Art Connection (Bham Now)

One of the most highly anticipated art festivals in Alabama is celebrating its 41st year in April. Magic City Art Connection showcases work from amazing local artists including, clay, acrylic paintings, drawing, mixed-media, jewelry and metalwork.

12. 5th Annual Opelika Songwriters Festival

This May, the 5th Annual Opelika Songwriters Festival will feature over 80 shows in 7 venues throughout Downtown Opelika. PLUS—restaurants, bars, a distillery and an inn will become intimate listening rooms.

13. Hangout Music Festival

Hangout Music Festival
Hangout Music Festival. (Julia-Rae Hanson / The Bama Buzz)

Hangout Music Festival is always an unforgettable event and this year will be no different. Featuring over 50 artists and every genre, Hangout’s 2024 lineup is star-studded, including Lana Del Ray and Zach Bryan.

14. Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic

Hot Air Balloons
A hot air balloon festival? I’m in.(Miranda Shaffer / The Bama Buzz)

Over 40,000 people show up each year to Point Mallard in Decatur to attend Alabama’s largest and oldest hot air balloon festival, the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic.

This annual celebration features traditional and tethered balloon rides, a beautiful night glow display with over 50 balloons lighting up the sky, live music and a firework show.

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Callie Puryear
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