Memorial Day events, festivals return to Alabama

May 20, 2021


Memorial Day events, festivals return to Alabama

(Montgomery, AL) Although the pandemic is not over, festivals and events are starting to make their way back across Alabama, bringing entertainment and family fun to Memorial Day weekend and the first weekend of June. Celebrations include the Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic (Decatur), LuLuPalooza music event (Gulf Shores), fireworks and entertainment at OWA (Foley) and a special Memorial Day tribute at American Village (Montevallo).

Rocket City Trash Pandas v. Birmingham Barons, Huntsville – May 25-30

What’s Memorial Day without America’s favorite pastime? In their inaugural season, the Rocket City Trash Pandas are hosting the Birmingham Barons for a six-day home series. The Trash Pandas begin their Memorial Day celebrations with a salute to the military on Thursday, May 27.

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20th Annual Coalfest, Brilliant – May 28-29

Named in honor of the town’s mining origins, Brilliant’s Coalfest offers live bands, food, arts and crafts, children’s attractions and a motorcycle ride. Performers include Paul Thornton, River Dan Band, the Kerry Gilbert Band, Jordan Denton Band, Handshake Promise and Lloyd Moses. The Coalfest Car Show is welcoming registrants with $20 for the first vehicle and $10 for the second. All proceeds from the car show will benefit the Brilliant School System.

For more information, call 205-465-2281.

Russell Crossroads RXR Fest, Alexander City – May 28- 29

Located three miles north of Lake Martin’s Kowaliga Bridge on Highway 63, the small “commercial town” of Russell Crossroads hosts RXR Fest each Memorial Day. This year’s lineup includes the Bank Walkers, the Big Stitch, Adam Hood and Carolina Story. Festivities take place from 6:30 to 9:30 both evenings.

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Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic, Decatur – May 29-30

For more than 44 years, the Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon classic has been one of the must-see events each Memorial Day weekend. Set at Point Mallard Park, the event features hot air balloons, live music, a balloon glow, antique cars and tractors, motorcycles, arts and crafts, fireworks and other family fun with activities on the ground and in the air. Admission to the Alabama Jubilee is free.

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Memorial Day Weekend Celebration, Foley – May 29-30

OWA has announced a full weekend of events, activities and entertainment throughout Memorial Day weekend. A patriotic fireworks show will light up the sky at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 29. Arrive early and spend the day at OWA, the entertainment destination of Coastal Alabama. Purchase a Day Pass to the amusement park for family-friendly thrills. Non-Rider entry to The Park is always free for those that wish to not participate in the attractions. The Memorial Day event is free to attend, and all activities are complimentary for guests.

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Lucy Buffett’s LuLuPalooza Summer Kick Off, Gulf Shores – May 29

LuluPalooza is back for Memorial Day weekend. This festive waterfront hangout offers casual eats and drinks, plus beach activities & nightly live music. The Summer Kick Off event features bands Highway, Redfield and Flow Tribe. Revel in family fun with live music, food and fun at the beach. Music begins at noon on Saturday.

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Smith Lake Park Memorial Day Festival, Cullman – May 29

Memorial Day festivities at Smith Lake Park in Cullman includes arts and crafts, putt-putt golf, food vendors and live music. Entertainment begins at 9:30 a.m. with George Scherer, followed by Zach Austin and Kaydee Mulvehill. Make it a full weekend of celebration and bring your tent to camp at the park or enjoy the park’s beach area. It’s also opening day at the Smith Lake Park swimming pool, where you can swim, or rent kayaks, canoes or paddle boards. Admission to the park is free. Putt-putt golf, pool access and rentals are additional fees.

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Memorial Day at the American Village, Montevallo – May 31

American Village remembers the fallen and salutes veterans and those currently serving our nation in the Armed Forces. Services in the Chapel are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The day’s events include musical tributes, historical reenactments and wreath laying ceremonies. Experience the National Veterans Shrine and Register of Honor and learn how you can pay tribute to the veterans in your family. Admission is free.

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Montgomery Biscuits v. Biloxi Shuckers, Montgomery – June 1-6

The Montgomery Biscuits return to Riverwalk Stadium to take on the Biloxi Shuckers from June 1-6. On Saturday night, June 5, hear your favorite ’90s music and see your favorite clips between innings while enjoying food and drink options inspired by the 1990s. Stay post-game for a fireworks display.

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Rocket City Trash Pandas v. Chattanooga Lookouts, Huntsville – June 1-6

Beginning June 1, the Trash Pandas are back in action when they welcome the Chattanooa Lookouts to Toyota Field in Huntsville. On Friday, June 4, enjoy the brilliant lights and vibrant colors of the fireworks spectacular.

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42nd Annual Hank Williams Festival, Georgiana – June 4-5

Alabama country music legend Hank Williams lived in Georgiana as a young boy where his childhood home is preserved as a house museum. Each year, the museum and town pay tribute to Williams’ legacy with a festival showcasing live music acts, arts, crafts and food vendors. T.G. Sheppard will headline Friday’s festivities, and Mark Wills will be the main feature on Saturday.

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North Alabama African Heritage Festival, Tuscumbia – June 4-5

Explore African art and fashion, culture, crafts and food. Events include drumming and dance demonstrations, live music featuring rhythm and blues groups and gospel choirs, folk storytelling and activities for children. Now in its 20th year, the North Alabama African American Heritage Festival takes place at the Willie Green Recreation Park in Tuscumbia. The festival begins at 5 p.m. on Friday with “Music on the Lawn.” Weekend entertainment includes the Come Up Band, 4BE and gospel musicians Donna Carroll, Rev. Chris Neloms, and Rev. Shaine Rainer and Family Affair. The Uhuru African Dancers, Exodus Reggae Band and Midnighters Band round out the lineup on Saturday.  In addition to performances, attendees can expect vendors with traditional and cultural food and clothing and children’s games. Admission is free.

For more information call 256-335-2911.

The Alabama Tourism Department works to inspire consumers and facilitate travel to and within Alabama while leveraging increased involvement by the private sector. An appointed board of industry advisors connects the department with tourism businesses and organizations throughout the state. Tourism is a key sector of the state’s economy, historically attracting 28 million tourists who spend $16.8 billion in leisure and hospitality sales and employing more than 200,000 full and part-time workers. The industry represents 7 percent of Alabama’s private sector employment. Leisure and hospitality also generates in excess of one billion dollars of the state’s sales tax revenues.

Contact: Andi Martin, Public Relations Manager

Alabama Tourism Department, 334-242-4537