More than 1,650 events including a major Star Wars exhibit at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and the first Indy Racing League competition in Alabama are featured in a calendar of events published by the Alabama Tourism Department. Several major anniversary celebrations are scheduled for the year including the 50th anniversary of the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” in Monroeville and the centennial of Birmingham’s Rickwood Field. The 96-page calendar has a city-by-city index of events and features a top ten list for each month. “We’ve made planning a trip to Alabama easier than ever,” said tourism director Lee Sentell.
The calendar also serves to kick-off the tourism agency’s campaign of the “The Year of Small Towns & Downtowns.” More than 200 communities across the state are participating in “Small Towns & Downtowns” by holding local homecomings. These events, known collectively as the Great Alabama Homecoming, are highlighted in the calendar.
The cover features Bellingrath Gardens and Trowbridge’s, a 1917 ice cream parlor in Florence. Travelers can pick up copies of the publication at each of the eight Alabama Welcome Centers, by calling 1.800.ALABAMA or by going online at www.alabama.travel.