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.
- 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.
- Arab City Park Arab, AL 35016 in ARAB, AL
The annual Alabama music event features numerous artists providing street performances in the downtown region of the community. The festivities include an auto show, an ice cream eating contest, fun runs and specially designated children's zones.
Every year in the middle of May, Alabama hosts the colossal three day music event enjoyed by thousands on the white, sandy gulf shores. Fans rock out with their favorite artists in front of four different stages. The extensive line-up appeals to all ages and ranges from celebrity performers to local artists.
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.