As one of the battlegrounds of both the Civil War and the civil rights movement, Alabama is filled with historical sites and monuments to the giants of America's struggle with equality. Visitors can also enjoy the natural beauty of the state's sandy white beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, and adventurous individuals can enjoy exploring some of the state's numerous caverns.
- Gardendale Civic Center 857 Main Street Gardendale, AL 35071 in GARDENDALE, AL
This spring celebration takes place every year for two weekend days at the Gardendale Civic Center. The carnival like atmosphere includes rides, live entertainment and traditional foods along with eating contests, fun runs and plenty of activities for the kids. The festivities begin with a fireworks display and continue with car shows, pooch parades and a large variety of musical entertainment spread across four stages.
- St. Bernard Prep School 1600 St. Bernard Drive, SE Cullman, AL 35055 in SE CULLMAN, AL
Located at the scenic St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School campus, the annual event ushers in spring every April with over 100 artisans and craftsmen displaying their talents. Guests have the chance to purchase items and see dozens of live demonstrations covering every craft imaginable. The location also promises vendors serving a selection of beverages and food.
- Big Spring International Park Huntsville, AL 35801 in HUNTSVILLE, AL
Held each year during the last full weekend in April, the Panoply Arts Festival is supported by more than 2,000 volunteers. With its unusual roster of events, such as a fiddling contest and songwriter's competition, it is ranked one of the top 20 events in the region by the Southeast Tourism Society. This festival has something for everyone: art, competitions, dancers and a "Global Village featuring cultural pavilions from six different cultures.
- Battlefield Park, Selma in SELMA, AL
One of the largest re-enactments of the Civil War in Alabama, the Battle of Selma marks the event by the firing of cannons and a full weekend of food, music and demonstrations from the era. You will see the infantry and the cavalry as they go to battle. A period military ball is held in one of the great antebellum homes during the weekend where all attendees must dress in period costume.
- Foley Sportspark 18507 Highway 98 West Foley, AL 36535 in WEST FOLEY, AL
For two weekend mornings in the middle of June, the skies over West Foley fill with rainbow colors, as over 50 hot air balloons take flight. Thousands arrive and gaze in awe at the unusual sight. Festivities continue throughout the days with live entertainment, friendly competitions, animal displays and activities for all ages.
- Rhodes and Caldwell Parks Birmingham, AL 35203 in BIRMINGHAM, AL
Do Dah Day is an annual parade and music festival held to benefit animal shelters in Jefferson County. People come from all over the United States with their pets to participate in the festival for a day of fun. Proud dog owners dress their pooches in outrageous outfits and enjoy a day filled with music, food and a parade.