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September 30 - October 1, 2017 PorktoberQue - Dothan, Alabama
October 4-8, 2017
Live music featured every day at the Festhalle Market Platz. Authentic German meals, traditional German music, and some of the best craft beers in the south are available to all to experience and enjoy. Visit the entertainment Platz and the main stage for German Oompa Music at its best, or visit the beer gardens to wet your whistle while tasting one of the finest Alabama Craft Beers
October 6-7, 2017 - Alabama Butterbean Festival - Pinson, Alabama
Experience two relaxing, fun filled days with endless family activities...in a "Mayberry" setting! Miss Butterbean Pageant (including Mr. & Mrs. Dry Butterbean- for senior adults), butterbean and other food vendors, arts & crafts booths, live entertainment, dog pageant and fireworks.
October 7, 2017 Oktoberfest - Orange Beach, Alabama
Break out your lederhosen for the Flora-Bama’s Oktoberfest, because it's time to welcome the fall at our third annual Oktoberfest! Brats, sauerkraut, and a variety of German beer flow during this festival. German style musical acts perform while party goers chicken dance. The party will go all day and night at all three locations: Flora-Bama, Flora-Bama Yacht Club, & Flora-Bama Ole River Bar. Children are welcome during this family friendly event. After 6pm a modest cover will be charged for those 18 years and older.
October 7, 2017
Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor - Foley, Alabama
Alabama Festival of Flavor features one of Alabama’s greatest treasures, our abundant fresh, local fare. Guests can sample food prepared during cooking competitions, learn about traditional Southern recipe secrets from our locally famous chefs, attend a food and wine pairing or acquire tips on creating your own organic garden at home. Stroll through the streets of historic Downtown Foley exploring artisians and crafters or catch the relaxing sounds of regional jazz performers.
October 9-13, 2017 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
October 12-15, 2017 - 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival
Gulf Shores, Alabama
The Annual National Shrimp Festival is one of the nation’s premier outdoor festivals attracting 250,000 people, featuring over 300 vendors that offer fine art, arts & crafts, a retail marketplace, outdoor village, and of course, SHRIMP!! Two stages offer continuous musical entertainment while the little one’s attention is captured in the Children’s Activity Village where they create their own “art” and participate in other fun-filled activities. Attendance: 250,000.
October 14, 2017 Harvest Day Festival - Headland, Alabama
The month of October brings dusty fields full of tractors, the smell of freshly gathered peanuts and just maybe a smiling farmer or two so proudly awaiting the fruits of there labor to pull into the local co-op. These are all the signs that the annual Headland Harvest Day is just around the corner. That's right, we honor our bountiful crops and all the hard labor that goes into making it. The event is overflowing with arts and crafts, children's games and rides, the most wonderful food and entertainment this side of the Mississippi. So, if you are looking for a great way to spend a fun-filled day with family and friends you are sure to meet, please join us the 2nd Saturday of each October at Headland's very own Harvest Day.
October 19-21, 2017 The Conecuh Sausage Festival
Live local and regional music and entertainment all day, delicious food, and the Alabama BBQ Association Backyard Division BBQ Cook-Off! Alabama BBQ Trail Points will be awarded. Children’s Area with Rock Climbing Wall, Slides and Bounce Castle!
October 21-22, 2017 Alabama Gourd Show - Cullman, Alabama
We invite you to the Alabama Gourd Show. You are sure to enjoy the beautiful works of art made from gourds. It is a great place to buy a unique gift for that special someone on your list, and something special for yourself, as well. There are also plenty of raw gourds, supplies, and tools for purchases. Children can decorate their own little gourd to take home with them, absolutely free. The whole family will enjoy touring the fabulous ribbon competition exhibit room. Learn something new as gourd artists demonstrate their gourd art techniques, or take a class from an experienced gourd artist. We look forward to seeing you there!
October 27-November 5, 2017 Alabama National Fair
Midway rides, main stage entertainment, food, information and commercial booths, kids area, Cattle, Swine, Goat and Rabbit Competitions, etc.
October 28, 2017 Elberta German Sausage Festival - Elberta, Alabama
We're the original, and still the best! Twice a year, the last Saturday in both March and October. Join us at the German Sausage Festival for Elberta's famous German sausage & sauerkraut, plus continuous entertainment for adults and children, and over 200 arts & crafts booths. Other scrumptious foods will include German style filled cabbage, potato salad, goulash, red beans & rice, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn and peanuts. There will be baked goods as well as arts & crafts for sale at the festival. Carnival rides, polka, country, contemporary and German music will also be provided for entertainment. Attendance: 30,000.
October 28, 2017 Peanut Butter Festival - Brundidge, Alabama
Brundidge had two of the earliest peanut butter mills in the Southeast, the Johnston Peanut Butter Mill in the downtown area and the Louis-Anne Peanut Butter Company on the south edge of town. Both mills were at full production during the early 1930s and peanut butter was made continually in Brundidge until the 1960s. The Peanut Butter Festival gets underway at the crack of dawn with the 5K Peanut Butter Run and continues until dark catches us with non-stop entertainment, the Peanut Butter Recipe Contest, the Peanut Butter Kids Contest, old-time demonstrations, games and contests, the construction of Alabama's Largest PB&J Sandwich, exhibits, a George Washington Carver presentation, arts, crafts, food and everything peanut butter, the Nutter Butter Parade of nutty people and nutty things and a street dance under the stars.
October 28, 2017 Wine on the River World Tour - Mobile, Alabama
From 3pm-7pm at Cooper Riverside Park. Sample wine from national and international vineyards. With an “Around the World” theme focusing on cultural regions there will be wine and food for purchase in each selected area. Live music entertainment will be going throughout the evening to keep the fun going.
October 15, 2015 9th Annual Wine Festival at Five Rivers
Spanish Fort, Alabama
At the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, Alabama. Attendees will have an opportunity to sample a wide variety of wine and food selections, all donated by local restaurants, caterers and wine distributors, throughout the evening. In addition to food and wine, event highlights include live music from local favorite Phil Proctor and sunset cruises on the Delta. Additionally, two people’s choice awards are made to food vendor participants, based on votes cast during the event. The best overall caterer or restaurant is recognized with the “Best of the Fest” award and the “Taste of the Bay” designation goes to the best dish
October 4, 2014 L.A. Gumbo Festival 'Tailgate Edition'
Orange Beach, Alabama
When the best seafood chefs in the Southeast compete for the best pot of gumbo, we’re all winners. So come join us and taste all the amazing gumbo you can eat at the 2014 L.A. Gumbo Festival “Tailgate Edition,” featuring a slew of outdoor TVs screening all that day’s football action, celebrity chefs like Jim Smith and Martie Duncan tailgating right there with you, SEC-themed activities for the family, and the best darn gumbo you’ll ever find. Celebrate Gulf seafood this fall, and be sure to bring non-perishable food items for Habitat For Humanity and Island Mobile Pantry!
October 7-11, 2014 79th Jackson County Fair - Scottsboro, Alabama
Musical Entertainment and Family Fun nightly. Carnival Rides, Contests and Exhibits featured for Agriculture, Crafts, Food, Photography, Animals, 4-H Clubs, and much much more. Cattle Barn: Check out the Beef Cattle and Goat Shows. Tour the Individual Exhibit Building to see Feature Booths and view Crafts by Jackson County's own. Be sure to visit the businesses in the Commercial Exhibit building and on the Fairgrounds and register for prize drawings. Enjoy Kissel Rides and Shows on the Big Midway.
October 11, 2014 Baumhower’s ShrimpFest & Bar-B-Q
Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham, Alabama
At an Alabama State Park near you! Join Bob Baumhower, former Alabama lineman and proprietor of Baumhower’s Restaurant and The Compleat Angler, for Baumhower’s ShrimpFest & Bar-B-Q! Throughout the spring and summer, we’ll be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Alabama State Parks with plenty of fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood.
October 18, 2014 Southern Reinvention - Elkmont, Alabama
An event celebrating the South with special guests like Cooking Light magazine, designer Billy Reid, delicious food, entertainment, goats and more.
October 18, 2014 Syrup Sopping Day - Loachapoka, Alabama
Traditionally since the town's earliest days, Loachapoka farmers have made fine tasting syrup from sorghum and ribbon cane. On Syrup Sopping Day an estimated 15,000 people make an annual pilgrimage to Loachapoka to celebrate this heritage. Attendance: 15,000.
October 26, 2013 Wiregrass Heritage Festival - Dothan, Alabama
Learn how peanuts were harvested in the Wiregrass Region a half-century ago. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of cane grinding, syrup making, butter churning, basket weaving, soap making, and other traditional farm activities. Also, plenty of music and a wide variety of antique gas and steam engines will be on display.
October 6, 2012 Fall-n-Folsom - Marion, Alabama
CANCELLED FOR 2013. Visit the site of one of Alabama’s last active plantations, featuring structures dating back more than a century. Walk inside the general store, built in 1875, and step back into time with photographs and tools showing a family’s heritage for more than 190 years.
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