Top Events for May 2011 from the Alabama Tourism Department

62nd Annual Blessing of the Fleet – May 1
For
the 62nd annual “Blessing of the Fleet,” Alabama’s Gulf Coast fishing
and shrimping communities will come together to offer prayers for a
bountiful harvest, the safety of the boating vessels and the people on
board. The celebration includes a boat parade, an arts and crafts
festival, a gumbo cook-off, a street parade and a quilt raffle.

Regions Tradition Golf Tournament – May 3-8
Buy
your tickets for the 2011 Regions Tradition today! You will not want
to miss out on the first of the five majors on the PGA Champions Tour.
Come and see golf legends like Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Tom
Watson, Fred Funk, Corey Pavin and Tom Lehman as they take on one of the
country’s finest golf courses, Shoal Creek. Tournament proceeds will
benefit Children’s Hospital of Alabama.

25th Annual Prattville CityFest – May 6-7
Celebrate Prattville with an arts and crafts show featuring food, fun and a free concert Fri. 7-11 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Russell Cave 50th Anniversary Celebraton & Native American Festival – May 7-8
Bring
your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy storytelling, dance performances
and living history demonstrations, including pottery making, Cherokee
encampment, flute music and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Courage Under Fire: The 1961 Burning of the Freedom Rider Bus in Anniston – May 14-15
See
more than 60 photographic panels depicting the May 14, 1961 attack by
violent segregationists on the first Freedom Ride. Taken by a local
newspaper photographer, the images flashed around the world and helped
ignite national and international outrage at the treatment of
African-Americans in the South, eventually forcing the federal
government to take stronger action in dealing with segregationist
resistance.

Pepper Place Saturday Market – May 14-8
Visit
the central region’s farming families at the Pepper Place Saturday
Market — they grow vegetables and flowers; bake breads, cookies, cakes
and pies; keep bees and harvest honey and drive into the Lakeview
District of Birmingham to sell the fruits of their labors every Saturday
morning. Enjoy local musicians on two stages while sipping a fresh cup
of coffee or enjoying a light breakfast. Birmingham’s best chefs host
cooking demonstrations every Saturday at 9 a.m. Market runs 7 a.m.-noon.

The YellaWood Johnny Mack Brown Western Festival – May 14
Featuring
the largest collection of Johnny Mack Brown memorabilia in the country,
the festival includes Johnny Mack Brown movies plus roping shows,
re-enactments, arts and crafts, Western-themed vendors, bluegrass music
and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Jubilee Cityfest – May 20-21
Bruno
Mars with Janelle Monae and the Hooligans in Wondaland take the stage
at Alabama’s largest family music festival followed by the fireworks
spectacular, Bama’s Big Bang. The fun continues on Saturday with Bama’s
Big Run, Bama’s Big KidsFest and Jubilee’s BrewFest.

Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Festival – May 28-29
A
free hot air balloon festival featuring more than 60 pilots from across
the U.S., food vendors, commercial vendors, antique car and tractor
show, and arts and crafts. Balloons launch early in the morning and late
in the afternoon. 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

22nd Annual North Alabama “Down Home” Blues Festival – May 28
Designed
to preserve and promote a true American art form, the 22nd annual “Down
Home” festival is an outdoor celebration with emphasis on new and
legendary soul and blues artists. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.

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