Top 10 Events of Alabama for October 2009 from the Alabama Tourism Department

BayFest Music Festival, 15th Annual
Mobile; Oct 2-4
An outdoor music festival in Alabama’s historic port city on Mobile Bay. More than 125 national, regional and local musical acts, featuring everything from country and classic rock to jazz and gospel.

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention
Athens; Oct 2-3
Music lovers and musicians from more than 30 states come together for one of the largest fiddlers’ conventions in the nation. Competition in 18 categories, plus more than 150 booths, tasty treats, and arts and crafts.

Moundville Native American Festival, 21st Annual
Moundville; Oct 7-10
Celebrate the lifeways of Southeastern American Indians with some 26 earthen pyramidal mounds serving as a backdrop. Festival features a living history encampment, demonstration arbors, children’s area, arts and crafts, music, dance, storytelling and food.

National Shrimp Festival, 38th Annual
Gulf Shores; Oct 8-11
Delicious food, fine arts and crafts, children’s art village, live entertainment (local and national acts), sand sculpture contest and more.

Plantasia! Fall Plant Sale
Mobile; Oct 15-18
Thousands of plants, including camellias, azaleas, hydrangeas, herbs, roses, bog plants, vines, tropicals, perennials, natives and rare plants.

Kentuck Festival of the Arts
Northport; Oct 17-18
Nationally recognized for its quality and diversity, Kentuck Festival of the Arts celebrates a variety of artistic styles, from folk to contemporary arts as well as traditional crafts. 250+ artists, educational crafts demonstrations, quilters, potters, basket makers and a variety of music. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wiregrass Heritage Festival
Dothan; Oct 24
Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of century-old Wiregrass harvesting, including cane grinding, syrup making, butter churning, basket weaving, soap making and more. Music and a wide variety of antique gas and steam engines on display.

AMP Energy 500 Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega; Oct 30-Nov 1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying on Fri., Oct. 30; Mountain Dew 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Sat., Oct. 31; and AMP Energy 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sun., Nov. 1.

National Peanut Festival, 65th Annual
Dothan; Oct 30-Nov 7
Livestock exhibits, competitions, crafts, food preservation, recipe contests, entertainment, carnival rides and much more.

68th Annual Magic City Classic
Birmingham; Oct 31
Annual football rivalry featuring Alabama A&M University Bulldogs of Huntsville against the Alabama State University Hornets of Montgomery.

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