Plan your visit around one of our top annual events, festivals, or holiday celebrations. See what’s happening throughout the year.
Helen Keller Festival
Cancelled 2020 due to COVID-19
Every June, honor Helen Keller’s memory and lasting impact in Tuscumbia with a weeklong celebration, including a street festival, parade, film screenings and more.
July 4th moved to November 11th due to Covid 19
Head to McFarland park in Florence to celebrate Independence Day with free fireworks over the Tennessee River. Enjoy festivities throughout the afternoon, capped off with fireworks around 9 pm.
W.C. Handy Music Festival
A weeklong tribute to W.C. Handy a.k.a “The Father of Blues,” this July festival features more than 300 events and live performances.
A local tradition since 2009, this August festival gathers the best in music, food, fashion, and art for a creative celebration. Don’t miss one of the top events in the Shoals.
Florence Wine Fest
This March festival is one of the area’s top foodie events featuring wine tastings, VIP parties, and cuisine from acclaimed chefs.
St. Patrick’s Day
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Florence with plenty of parties and of course green beer.
Arts Alive - May 1, 2020
This free May festival takes place in downtown Florence and features a juried display of painting, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, and photography from both local and national artists and crafters.
Honor the fallen on Memorial Day in Florence and the Shoals. With multiple ceremonies and events throughout the area.
Labor Day Weekend
Honor workers at the Labor Day celebration in Tuscumbia featuring a parade, car and truck show, and more family-friendly fun.
Trail of Tears Ride
A commemorative motorcycle ride and Native American Pow-Wow with vendors of handmade Native American goods, food, and family-fun.
Shoals Dragon Boat Festival
Cheer on teams of competing paddlers racing traditional Hong Kong-style dragon boats down the river.
North Alabama State Fair
A local favorite for more than 84 years, don’t miss one of the most popular events in Northern Alabama. Held in September, the North Alabama State Fair features live entertainment, food vendors, rides, family activities, agricultural exhibits, and more.
St. Florian Oktoberfest
Did you know that German immigrants settled St. Florian in the late 1800s? Fete the arrival of autumn with a traditional Oktoberfest in St. Florian City Park featuring food, live music, and more.
Alabama Renaissance Faire
Held in Florence on the fourth weekend in October, this family-friendly event attracts more than 30,000 visitors throughout the weekend.
Halloween in Florence and the Shoals features ghost tours, haunted houses, and many special events. Find out about all the best Halloween activities here.
Christmas & Holidays
Celebrate Christmas with a tree lighting, holiday parade, light boat parade, and tons of family-friendly events to get into the holiday spirit.
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve in the Shoals is a blast. Celebrate with live music, parties, fireworks, and more.
Celebrate the “Father of the Blues” and Florence, AL native, W.C. Handy.
Music, food, fashion and art combine for a hot summer weekend celebration in Florence, AL.
Remembering Helen Keller and celebrating her legacy with music, art, and activities.
Get inspired by the dozens of talented artists and makers at Arts Alive.
This October, travel back in time at the Alabama Renaissance Faire.
Feel the Rhythm
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