25 late summer/early fall festivals to look forward to across Alabama

Celebrate Native American culture at the Moundville Native American Festival. (Moundville Native American Festival)

As summer is winding down, we’re beginning to look ahead to leaves falling down, pumpkin spice lattes and of course, fun fall festivals. Read on to learn more and mark your calendars for 25 upcoming festivals across the state.

1. Sidewalk Film Festival—Birmingham | Aug. 22-Aug. 28

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Let’s all go to the movies. (Bham Now)

2. Southeast Alabama Highland Games—Daleville | Sept. 17

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  • What: A family friendly scottish/Celtic festival with athletics like throwing threes, weights and stones, kid’s activities, food + drink vendors, face painting, henna tattoos, huey helicopter rides from Friends of Army Aviation and more.
  • When: Saturday, September 17 | Gates open at 9AM, Welcoming Ceremonies and Benediction at Noon, followed by Parade of Tartans. Awards will be given at approx. 4:30-5PM.
  • Where: Culpepper Field, 290 Daleville Ave, Daleville, AL 36322
  • Price: $10 per adult, Free for kids 10 and under
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3. Homestead Hollow Harvest Festival—Springville | Sept. 23-25

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Shop through booths of handmade goods. (Homestead Hollow)
  • What: A country fair and arts festival featuring 150 arts and crafts exhibitors, food, children’s activities, old-time demonstrations and live entertainment. 
  • When: Friday, September 23-Sunday, September 25 | 9AM-5PM
  • Where: 1161 Murphrees Valley Rd, Springville, AL 35146
  • Price: $8 for adults, $6 each for groups of 20 or more, $4 for kids ages 3 to 12, free for ages 2 and under
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4. Furnace Fest—Birmingham | Sept. 23-25

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  • What: A three-day DIY punk rock festival featuring over 90 bands including headliners like Thrice, Alexisonfire, Midtown, New Found Glory.
  • When: Friday, September 23-Sunday, September 25
  • Where: Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Price: Single Day GA $109, 3-Day GA $289—buy tickets
  • Details

5. Pinhoti Fest—Sylacauga | Sept. 23-25

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  • What: A free, family friendly event to kick off the 2022-23 hiking season with vendors, live music, food trucks and speakers.
  • When: Friday, September 23-Sunday, September 25
  • Where: Noble Park, E 9th St, Sylacauga, AL 35150
  • Price: Free
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6. 2022 Freedom Fest—Orange Beach | Sept. 30-Oct. 2

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Who says America is only celebrated in July? (Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism)
  • What: An All-American red, white and blue celebration with a car show, concerts, special speakers, arts & crafts, children’s activities, food and more.
  • When: Friday, September 30-Sunday, Oct. 2 | 9AM-5PM
  • Where: The Wharf in Orange Beach (west end, adjacent to the movie theater), 23101 Canal Rd. Orange Beach, AL 36561
  • Price: Free
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7. Alabama Butterbean Festival—Pinson | Sept. 30-Oct. 1

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A celebration of the butterbean. (Alabama Butterbean Festival)
  • What: A fun festival honoring the popular southern side dish with entertainment, food, arts, crafts, a carnival and of course, plenty of butterbeans.
  • When: Friday, September 30-Saturday, October 1 | Friday 6-10 PM, Saturday 9AM-4PM
  • Where: 4325 Main Street, Pinson, AL 35126
  • Price: Festival admission is free, Carnival admission armbands: $20 each; Carnival tickets: $1 each or 12 for $10, 5K registration is $25 and includes T-shirt
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8. Shoals Fest 2022—Florence | Oct 1-2

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Get ready to enjoy your favorite artists. (Shoals Fest)
  • What: A 2-day music festival featuring popular indie/alternative artists like Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.
  • When: Saturday, October 1-Sunday, October 2, lineup schedule TBA
  • Where: McFarland Park, 200 James M Spain Dr, Florence, AL 35630
  • Price: 2-Day GA, $99.50; 2-Day VIP, $499.50—buy tickets
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9. Barber Vintage Festival—Leeds | Oct. 7-9

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The beautiful Barber Motorsports campus. (Barber Motorsports)
  • What: One of the most highly anticipated motorcycle events in the world, featuring a fan zone with food and entertainment, a swap meet with hundreds of vendors selling vintage motorcycles and parts, as well as the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club (VJMC) gathering.
  • When: Friday, October 7-Sunday, October 9
  • Where: Barber Motorsports Park, 6040 Barber Motorsports Pkwy, Leeds, AL 35094
  • Price: 3-Day GA, $65; Friday-Saturday GA, $45; Sunday GA, $35, kids 15 and under free with adult ticket—buy tickets
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10. Scottsboro BBQ Festival—Scottsboro | Oct. 8

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Who doesn’t love a festival all about BBQ? (Scottsboro BBQ Festival / Facebook)
  • What: A family-friendly festival celebrating all things barbecue, with a BBQ cookoff, vendors, cornhole tournament, dog parade, car show, beer garden and more.
  • When: Saturday, October 8th | 9AM-7PM
  • Where: Downtown Square, 102 E Laurel St, Scottsboro, AL 35768
  • Price: Free admission, registration required for dog parade, BBQ cookoffs, cornhole tournament
  • Details

11. 9th Annual Shoals Dragon Boat Festival—Florence | Oct. 8

Row your boat! (Shoals Dragon Boat Festival)

12. Alabama Mushroom Festival—Sylacauga | Oct. 8-9

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  • What: The 1st annual Alabama Mushroom Festival with vendors selling products of all kinds, forays led by professionals and enthusiasts, various classes and presentations, food and more.
  • When: Saturday, October 8-Sunday, October 9 | Gates open at 9AM
  • Where: 850 Boat Dock Lane, Sylacauga, AL 35150
  • Price: $25 per person at the gate (children under 12 are free) 
  • Details

13. Moundville Native American Festival—Moundville | Oct. 12-15

Learn more about Native American culture. (Moundville Native American Festival)
  • What: A festival with Native American performers, demonstrators and Living History teachers to celebrate Native American culture. The event features artists, craftsmen and educators from around the nation sharing their knowledge of Native American culture. Plus, kid’s activities, food + drinks and craft vendors.
  • When: Wednesday, October 12-Saturday, October 15 | 8:30AM-3PM Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30AM-5PM Friday and Saturday
  • Where: Moundville Archeological Park, 634 Mound State Parkway, Moundville, AL 35474
  • Price: $10 for adults, students and seniors. Pre-registered groups of 10 or more are $8 per person.
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14. Conecuh Sausage Festival—Evergreen | Oct. 13-16

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Gotta love Conecuh sausage. (Conecuh Sausage Festival / Facebook)
  • What: Love Conecuh sausage? You’ll want to go to this fun festival with over 100 arts & craft vendors, food vendors, a car show, a children’s area and booths selling delicious Conecuh sausage.
  • When: Thursday, October 13-Sunday, October 16 | Event times vary
  • Where: Evergreen Regional Airport, 14134 Hwy 84, Evergreen, AL 36401
  • Price: Free
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15. Mobile Latin Fest—Mobile | Oct. 14

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  • What: A festival celebrating Latin flavors, music and culture with food and arts & crafts vendors, live music, folkloric dances, among many other activities.
  • When: Friday, October 14 | 4-10PM
  • Where: Cathedral Square in Downtown Mobile, 300 Conti St. Mobile, Alabama 36602
  • Price: Free
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16. Jubilee Festival of Arts—Daphne | Oct. 15-16

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Shop from plenty of local and regional artists. (Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce)
  • What: Art, music and local cuisine meet southern charm at this annual festival set along the oak-lined streets of Olde Towne Daphne, featuring more than 130 local and regional artists. The festival also features the Jubilee Market for local food makers, entertainment, delicious food and kid’s art.
  • When: Saturday, October 15-Sunday October 16 | 10AM-5PM
  • Where: W.O Lott Park, 2000 Main Street, Daphne AL, 36526
  • Price: Free
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17. Kentuck Festival of the Arts—Northport | Oct. 15-16

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Support local artists. (Kentuck Art Center / Facebook)
  • What: A two-day festival featuring 260+ artists, live music, spoken word, activities for children, folk and contemporary craft demonstrations, food trucks and local craft brews.
  • When: Saturday, October 15-Sunday October 16 | Saturday 9AM-5PM, Sunday 9AM-4PM
  • Where: Kentuck Park, 3401 5th Street, Northport, Alabama 35476
  • Price: $10 single day pass, $15 weekend pass, kids 12 & under free—buy tickets
  • Details

18. Athens Storytelling Festival—Athens | Oct 18-22

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Learn more about the people around you. (Athens Storytelling Festival)

19. Alabama Renaissance Faire—Florence | Oct. 22-23

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Join in on the fun. (Alabama Renaissance Faire)
  • What: A thrilling event to educate about and celebrate the Renaissance. It’s family-friendly, with 100+ merchants and food vendors, performers from all over the country, delicious food, crafts and much more.
  • When: Saturday, October 22-Sunday, October 23 | 10AM-6PM and Sunday 12PM-6PM
  • Where: 217 E Tuscaloosa St. Florence, AL 35630
  • Price: Free
  • Details

20. 44th Annual Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival—Selma | Oct. 27

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Alabama author Kathyrn Tucker Windham started this storytelling event. (Dilcy Windham Hilley)

21. Moonstone Festival–Birmingham | Oct. 29

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  • What: A one-day festival celebrating women through music, art, and spirit. In addition to entertainment and vendors, Moonstone partners with nonprofits that advocate for women’s rights, POC, and the LGBTQIA+ community. Headliners this year include Clairo and Jenny Lewis.
  • When: Saturday, October 29 | Lineup schedule TBA
  • Where: Avondale Brewing Company, 201 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Price: GA $80, VIP $160—buy tickets
  • Details

22. The Original German Sausage Festival—Elberta | Oct. 29

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German sausage + sauerkraut is the perfect combo. (Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism)
  • What: Try Elberta’s famous “One With Two Without” German sausage & sauerkraut, plus continuous entertainment for adults and children with over 200 arts & crafts booths, carnival rides and polka, country, contemporary and German music.
  • When: Saturday, October 29 | 8AM to 5PM
  • Where: Elberta Town Park, 13052 Main St. Elberta, AL 36530
  • Price: Free
  • Details

23. Alabama Pecan Festival—Mobile | Nov. 4-6

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  • What: A family-oriented festival with a carnival atmosphere full of rides, food, face painting, arts and crafts and jewelry. Free grandstand events include a classic country and western show, a Sunday gospel show with topnotch entertainers and more.
  • When: Friday, November 4-Sunday, November 6 | Friday starting at 5PM, Saturday starting at 9AM, Sunday starting at 11AM
  • Where: W.C. Griggs Elementary School, 5055 Carol Plantation Rd. Mobile, AL 36619
  • Price: Free
  • Details

24. Muscle Shoals Songwriters Festival—Muscle Shoals | Nov. 4-5

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Walker Hayes at the 2021 Muscle Shoals Songwriters Festival. (Muscle Shoals Songwriters Festival)
  • What: Catch over 50+ songwriters performing across music venues in the Shoals. This year’s artist lineup features hit songwriters who have written songs for Kane Brown, Morgan Wallen, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Garth Brooks, and so many more.
  • When: Friday, November 4-Saturday, November 5 | Lineup times TBA
  • Where: Marriott Shoals Conference Center, 10 Hightower Pl, Florence, AL 35630
  • Price: Early bird tickets on sale now, weekend passes starting at $109—buy tickets
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25. Canyon Fest—Little River Canyon | Nov. 5

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  • What: Celebrate with live music, an animal show, nature and art activities, demonstrations, great food, local art, activities and fun at this signature festival designed to celebrate our canyon and the natural world.
  • When: Saturday, November 5 | 10AM-3PM
  • Where: 4322 Little River Trail NE Fort Payne, AL, 35697
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