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.
The games bring together thousands of amateur student athletes every June for the honor of competing in over two dozen sports and over 100 events ranging from archery to wrestling. The festival begins with a gala opening ceremony parade complete with music, lighting of the cauldron and the procession of athletes.
- Burnt Corn Creek Park Brewton, AL 36426 in BREWTON, AL
The annual carnival-style celebration of the blueberry features arts and crafts along with shows highlighting classic cars, motorcycles, magicians and live entertainment. Children have many activities from which to choose: waterslide, obstacle course, petting zoo and face painting, to name a few. The ubiquitous blueberry is available in a large selection of foods, including ice cream, and cookbooks are available for sale with recipes for blueberry dishes.
The play, The Miracle Worker, is performed each weekend between June and July on the beautiful grounds of Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, by professional actors in authentic dress from the era. The play is reminiscent of a Broadway production.
Named for W.C. Handy, known locally as the "Father of the Blues, the festival brings music lovers of all ages together for a 10-day celebration and the pleasure of hearing over 100 artists. The celebration also features athletic competitions, art shows and various exhibits along with numerous traditional cuisine offerings.
- Theatre District, Downtown Birmingham in BIRMINGHAM, AL
This annual film festival takes place in the historic Theatre District at seven different venues and brings together independent filmmakers who showcase their work and diverse, passionate filmgoers who descend on the city to experience true Southern hospitality. The two groups have the opportunity to fraternize with one another as they move from one film to another and during meals, field trips and parties.
- Athens State University, Athens in ATHENS, AL
Fiddlers come from all over the country every year to this North Alabama town to compete in 18 different categories for the coveted trophy and prize money. Children compete in separate categories. The winner is awarded the title "Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddle Champion."