Top 10 Events of Alabama for August 2010 from the Alabama Tourism Department

Top Events for August 2010

Gulf
Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival
– Aug 5-8

Thurs.,
Aug 5, Evening of Poetry; Fri., Aug. 6, Jazz Music Workshop; Sat., Aug.
7, Jazz in the Square (Dauphin St.) with national, regional and local
bands; and Sun., Aug. 8, Jazz Jam Session

24th
Annual World’s Longest Yard Sale
– Aug 5-8

“America’s
Most Scenic Shopping Mall,” featuring more than 450 miles of yard sale
bargains stretching from Gadsden, Alabama, to Covington, Kentucky. Enjoy
scenic vistas, waterfalls and canyons, and meet friendly people along
the way.

Fairfield
Music Festival
– Aug 7

Celebrate the Year of Small
Towns and Downtowns with a variety of jazz, blues, R&B and gospel
music in Fairfield’s historic downtown.

Rickwood
Centennial
– Aug 18

Come out to this free event at
Rickwood this summer to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rickwood
Field, which opened on August 18, 1910!

Buckmasters
Expo
– Aug 20-22

More than 30,000 consumers and hunters
from around the country attend the expo. Activities include Buckmasters
Trophy Records Scoring and Display; Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World
Championship where the country’s best 3-D archers compete for cash,
prizes and the coveted title; and kids activities, including archery
shooting and laser shot hunting and target simulating.

Franklin
County Watermelon Festival
– Aug 20-21

This festival is
a celebration, a time for families and friends to gather and eat, play
and have fun. We offer a wide variety of activities to enjoy: watermelon
contests, car/truck/motorcycle show, antique tractor show, rides &
games for kids, 5K/1K Run, Kiwanis Bike Ride, arts & crafts and
fabulous food.

Stokin’
the Fire BBQ & Music Festival, 6th Annual
– Aug 20-21

At
the cornerstone of the two-day event is a world-class barbecue
competition, sanctioned by the prestigious Kansas City Barbeque Society.
The competition will feature more than 80 local amateur barbecue teams.
Each will compete for the braggin’ rights to the best Q in Birmingham.
The festival has something for everyone! In addition to the barbecue
battles, visitors can enjoy all-day headliner music at the Stokin’
stage, purchase barbecue from nationally acclaimed barbecue vendors,
enjoy global grilling demonstrations by chefs from some of Birmingham’s
best restaurants, and participate in a Sloss metal arts iron pour. Kids
also will have plenty of rib ticklin’ fun in the kids zone, with a
variety of free activities and entertainment under the water tower
stage.

Muster
on the Tallapoosa
– Aug 21

Living history at Horseshoe
Bend National Military Park. The 10th Annual Muster on the Tallapoosa
begins at 9:30 am. Features various activities during the day, including
living history camps of the Creek and Cherokee Indians and the
Tennessee Militia. Guest speakers offer insight into the Creek War. This
free event is a must for historians.

Killen
Founders Day
– Aug 27-28

Killen Park–Celebrate the 52nd
anniversary of the town of Killen with a parade, 5k run, artisans, food
vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, a working Colonial
village, Native American demonstrations, classic vehicles and fireworks.
Free. (256) 757-1158; www.visitflorenceal.com

Annual
Okra Festival
– Aug 28

Enjoy fresh vegetables, okra,
food, vendors, arts and crafts, music, and more.


Black Belt Folk Roots Festival
– Aug 28-29

Handmade
quilts, baskets and crafts, with blues on Saturday and gospel on Sunday.
Down-home cooking, soul food, fish and homemade ice cream. Children’s
tent with dancing, drumming, storytelling and face painting.

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