8 unique festivals in Alabama this September

Crush Wine And Food Festivals In Alabama
Who wants to go wine stomping in Huntsville? (Crush Wine and Food Festival / Facebook)

September is just around the corner, which means football season and (hopefully) cooler temperatures in Alabama. But it also means fall-time festivals are kicking off. Here are eight unique festivals in Alabama you need to check out this month.

1. Tinglewood Festival—Montevallo

Tinglewood Festival
(Tinglewood Festival / Christopher Jones / Facebook)

In Montevallo’s Orr Park, you’ll find 50+ beautiful tree carvings that inspired the city’s annual Tinglewood Festival. This free event, celebrating its fifth year in 2023, features all things wood—live wood carving, woodworking vendors, a wooden boat race and a whittling contest. The creativity and skill will blow you away.

2. Boom Days—Fort Payne

Boom Days Fort Payne Alabama
Boom Days in Fort Payne draws in huge crowds each year. (Boom Days / Facebook)

Fort Payne’s annual Boom Days is one of the biggest events in North Alabama, and it was named the state of Alabama’s Event of the Year in 2015. At Boom Days, you’ll hear live music (from multiple stages), marvel at the exhibits, and enjoy wine tastings. Plus, there’s a children’s area and free train rides—the whole family is in for fun.

3. Foothills Festival—Jasper

For two days in September, downtown Jasper is flooded with festival-goers. The annual Foothills Festival is a free two-day event that brings the Jasper community together to enjoy local food and craft vendors, as well as live music. This year’s lineup includes The Marshall Tucker Band, Scott Stapp, Tonic, Vertical Horizon and many others.

4. Montgomery Oyster Festival

Oyster lovers, this one’s for you. While many festivals on this list have long histories, this will be the very first Montgomery Oyster Festival. There will be cooking demonstrations from local chefs, including Eric Riveria from Vintage Group, Jason McGarry from Central and Amber Bonds from Funky Forte.

P.S.—Did you know Alabama’s oyster industry just got a big boost?

5. Depot Days Festival—Hartselle

Depot Days City Of Hartselle
Depot Days in Hartselle is a huge community event. (City of Hartselle – Local Government / Facebook)

Depot Days, which pays homage to the railroad industry’s impact on North Alabama, is Hartselle’s biggest event of the year. The free, family-friendly event features live music, a tractor engine show, children’s activities, food and craft vendors and a car, truck and motorcycle show.

6. Crush Wine + Food Festival—Huntsville

Crush Wine And Food Festival
(Crush Wine and Food Festival / Facebook)

Crush Wine + Food Festival is quickly becoming one of the most highly-anticipated events in North Alabama—especially for foodies. We’ve got the full scoop on this year’s festival, which will include wine + spirits, celebrity chef tastings, grape stomping, a silent disco and more.

7. Mule Day—Winfield

In 2023, the city of Winfield, Alabama, will celebrate the 49th Annual Mule Day—the first of which happened in September 1975. Headlining this event is a huge car show, but there’s lots more to Mule Day—live music, a parade, activities, vendors and more.

8. Southeast Alabama Highland Games

Southeast Alabama Highland Games
This Scottish festival in Daleville, Alabama, is incredible. (Southeast Alabama Highland Games)

The Southeast Alabama Highland Games is a Scottish and Celtic festival featuring family clans, food vendors, live music, athletic events, entertainment for the whole family and more. It’s an amazing experience.

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Sarah Gronberg
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