Alabama’s Top 10 Events from the Alabama Tourism Department. Oh, and they missed at least one: Selma’s Tale-Tellin’ Festival on Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11 (and don’t miss the River Market Day on the 11th).
Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention
Athens; Oct. 3-4
Music lovers and musicians from more than 30 states come together for one of the largest fiddlers convention in the nation. Competition in 18 categories, more than 150 booths, food, arts and crafts.
AMP Energy 500 Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega; Oct. 3-5
Weekend featuring the ARCA RE/MAX Series 250 race on Fri., Oct. 3, Mountain Dew 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Sat., Oct. 4 and AMP Energy 500, race four in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Sun., Oct. 5.
BayFest Music Festival
Mobile; Oct. 3-5
An outdoor music festival in Alabama’s historic Port City on Mobile Bay. More than 100 national, regional and local musical acts. Scheduled performers include Kid Rock, Nelly and Wynonna.
Alabama National Fair
Montgomery; Oct. 3-12
Midway rides, main stage entertainment, food, information and commercial booths, kids area, livestock and other competition, family faith day, etc.
National Shrimp Festival, 37th Annual
Gulf Shores; Oct. 9-12
Delicious food, fine arts and crafts, children’s art village, live entertainment (local and national acts), sand sculpture contest, and more.
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Grand Opening
Tuskegee; Oct. 10-12
A weekend of Tuskegee Airmen history, entertainment, food, vintage aircraft displays, and celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the legislation establishing the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site as a unit of the National Park Service.
Southern Wildlife Festival
Decatur; Oct. 18-19
Nationally recognized art show and sale featuring more than 100 wildlife artists and photographers.
Magic City Classic
Birmingham; Oct. 25
Legion Field Annual football rivalry featuring Alabama A&M University Bulldogs of Huntsville against the Alabama State University Hornets of Montgomery.
Alabama Pecan Festival
Mobile; Oct. 31 – Nov. 2
Live entertainment, arts and crafts, food, carnival rides, children’s talent show, Jet/Hank Williams songwriters and talent contest, charity bakeoff.
National Peanut Festival, 64th Annual
Dothan; Oct. 31 – Nov. 9
Livestock exhibits, competitions, crafts, food preservation, recipe contests, entertainment, carnival rides, pageants and a parade where the street is covered with peanuts.