Attention, all you residents in and around T-Town! You have five fantastic festivals coming up in May and June. At some, your patronage supports local charities. At others, you’ll learn something new about Tuscaloosa. Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss out!
Alabama Folk Fair
You are sure to leave the Alabama Folk Fair with a treasure or two! Local craftspeople will sell their wares, with a background of live music. Door prizes will be awarded. Special activities are planned for children, and plenty of food will be on hand. Your ticket purchase supports the Bessemer Hall of History Museum in Birmingham.
Be sure to enter the drawing for the double wedding ring quilt. Its colorful pattern is exquisite! Entwined circles dance across a white background. The comforter measures 90″ x 90″, fitting a queen-size bed. Tickets cost $10, with the proceeds donated to the museum. Buy your raffle ticket in advance from the museum or at the church on event day. The drawing is slated for May 6th at 3:00 pm, but you needn’t be present to win. Sheila Franklin, the blanket’s donor, will present her collection at the fair, along with a quilting demonstration.
The Bessemer Hall of History Museum is housed in the restored depot of the Alabama Great Southern Railroad in Bessemer. The museum’s collection includes fascinating photos, newspapers, clothing, and books. Also on display are Native American artifacts, 1800s furnishings, farm tools, antique machinery, and a model railroad. Special events and exhibits are held year-round. Learn about Bessemer’s history as a manufacturing, mining, and mill town. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm, and admission is free.
Dates – May 5-6, 2017, 9am-4pm both days
Location – Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Family Life Center, McCalla
Admission – Adults – $5, Children – Free
Birmingham Funk Fest
Birmingham Funk Fest is part of a countrywide music tour is presented by renowned artists, along with food and merchandise. The 2017 lineup includes:
- Erykah Badu
- Kenny “BabyFace” Edmonds
- Goodie Mob
- Comedian J J
- DJ Traci Steele
The event is described as a backyard BBQ, with thousands of family and friends. Funk Fest originated in Mobile. Now in its 20th year, the tour attracts music fans from around the world. Showcasing several genres, it’s regarded as one of the best outdoor music festivals in the state. Funds from the tour are earmarked for student scholarships.
Date – May 6th, 2017, 3pm-11pm
Location – Legion Field, Birmingham
Admission – Age 6 and above – $42 for General Admission (upper-level stadium seating). Children age 5 and younger – Free
Springville Alabama Spring Festival
At the 2017 Springville Arts and Crafts Festival, you’ll time-travel back to pioneering days. You’ll see demonstrations of soap making, wood carving, quilting, blacksmithing, and wood stove cooking. Take a tour of original log cabins, and learn about beekeeping from the apiarist. The food court will serve classic festival fare. For children, there’s a moonwalk, bungee jumping, face painting, and wagon rides. Browse through the General Store for homemade food and gifts. Relax by a stream, and enjoy live local entertainment. This event is recreational and educational!
Dates – May 12th-14th, 2017, 9am-5pm each day
Location – Homestead Hollow, Springville
Admission – Adults – $8. Children ages 3-12 – $4. Children age 2 and under – Free. Parking is free.
2017 Rock the South
Your attendance at Rock the South 2017 supports local charities. Over the past six years, $400,000 have been raised. Patients undergoing treatment also benefit. Serenading you will be:
- Luke Bryan
- Sam Hunt
- Brett Eldredge
- Dustin Lynch
- Cody Jinks
- Chris Janson
- Maren Morris
- High Valley
- Riley Green
- Muscadine Bloodline
- Dee Jay Silver
Bring a blanket and chairs for general admission. VIP and Platinum seating is now sold out. However, gigantic LED screens ensure you’ll have a bird’s eye view!
Rock the South began in 2012, to commemorate surviving the devastating tornadoes of the prior year. That April, four days of storms killed 300 residents, hurt 2,775, and left $10.8 billion in property damage. Musicians soothed the wounds and uplifted spirits. The tradition of community outreach continues. Buying a ticket includes a wristband for admission to the second day, so hang on to that wristband. Note that food, beverages, and pets are not permitted. Onsite will be 25 food and beverage vendors, including sales of liquor and beer. Most vendors will only accept cash. ATMs will be stationed throughout the festival grounds, including inside the Main Gate. Only severe weather cancels this event.
Dates – June 2nd-3rd, 2017, Noon-12am both days
Location – Heritage Park, entrances at Lee Avenue and Olive Street, Cullman
Admission – Age 3 and older – $89. Children age 2 and under – Free. Parking – $40
Bring the family to Alabaster CityFest 2017, a premier outdoor music festival! The event includes children’s activities, craft vendors, festival merchandise, and food. The KidsFest area offers rides, inflatables, arts and crafts, a dog show, building workshop, science and magic shows, music, and healthy eating demonstrations. Bring along blankets and chairs.
At the Cruise-In Car Show, from 9:00 am-2:00 pm, you can enter a unique vehicle for the chance to win a prize. The first 35 entrants receive official CityFest T-shirts. The fee to register a vehicle is $10. As part of the People’s Choice Awards, you can vote for your favorite vehicle. Also, every hour, door prizes will be distributed!
Do you know a high school senior who’s an aspiring artist? If so, encourage them to apply for a college scholarship. The Alabaster Arts Council is awarding three $1,000 grants to Alabaster students in public or private school. Applicants must plan on attending college in the fall of 2017, majoring in music, performing arts, or visual arts.
Date – June 3rd, 2017, 9am-6pm
Location – Alabaster Municipal Park
Admission – Free, including public parking
Although some of these events share the same dates, you can still partake of each one. Celebrate the privilege of life in and around Tuscaloosa, Alabama as the City of Champions truly is one of the best places to live on earth!