Find an Alabama fall festival to attend in 2021. Our events calendar for September, October and November has things to do across Alabama, including activities in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery and Mobile. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.
At this point we have checked for 2021 dates on all festival events. Some websites had not been updated at all for this year, but where a date was available or a cancellation confirmed, we've updated our listing. We'll keep looking for new events to add, and we'll be working on updating Halloween and Thanksgiving events as well. We hope you find a fantastic event near you, enjoy!
All events showing 2021 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19, weather/natural disasters, or other reasons. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Riverfest Barbecue Cook-off - Decatur, AL - Aug 27 to Aug 28, 2021
Over 70 professional and amateur BBQ cooking teams compete for prizes. Held the third Saturday in September, this barbeque cook-off at Ingalls Harbor is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and attracts competitors from across the country. Selected as a top ten tourist event in the State of Alabama, festival goers can expect live, nationally known musical acts, children’s activities, and award winning barbeque.
Seafood Festival - Guntersville, AL - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2021
For 2021: drive through or dine in, with cajun boiled shrimp by the pound, hot or frozen gumbo by the quart, (and more for dine in) available until they sell out! Normally: The Saint William Seafood Festival has been ongoing for over 45 years. You are going to love the Cajun boiled shrimp, Gumbo, chicken and catfish dinners. It began in 1971 under the leadership of the late Father Patrick Murphy. The festival has continued as the primary fundraiser for the church. The Seafood Festival is now at the Foley Center on Gunter Avenue.
Sweet Tater Festival - Cullman, AL - Sep 5 to Sep 6, 2021
This must-attend event traditionally says “goodbye to summer” and simultaneously welcomes the autumn season into Cullman County. The cost is only $5.00 per person. The Sweet Tater Festival will feature live entertainment, a wide range of delicious food vendors, a broad spectrum of over 100 arts and crafts vendors, and of course, sweet taters (sweet potatoes) in just about EVERY format, taste, and style you can imagine. You can also expect various arcade rides, inflatable bounce houses and other kid-friendly activities as well as adult door prizes opportunities for everyone who attends. A reporter on AL.com called this the greatest event south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Foothills Festival - Jasper, AL - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2021
Free live music concert and local vendors at Courthouse Square in downtown Jasper.
Monte Sano Art Festival - Huntsville, AL - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
Enjoy handmade artwork amidst the natural beauty of the state park. A tradition in Huntsville, Alabama for more than 15 years. Feature more than 140 of the region’s finest artists in an array of wonderful media. Local food trucks and musicians throughout the park. Always a highlight of the fall arts calendar.
Depot Days Festival - Hartselle, AL - Sep 18, 2021
Features a pageant, zombie chase, live music concert, half marathon, art show, tractor show, bike show, local foods and lots of arts and crafts. The Depot Days Festival is is always held the third Saturday in September. In 2018 the estimated attendance was over 19,000. The week consists of the history of Hartselle, community worship service, choral concert, a movie in the park, and a night at the market. This is a fun family event with no admission costs. On Saturday there is a tractor show, car show, live entertainment, tons of vendors, an art competition, and more.
Bike MS Tour de Beach - Gulf Shores, AL - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
Bike MS is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared with new friends and old.
North Alabama State Fair - Muscle Shoals, AL - Sep 21 to Sep 26, 2021
One of the largest annual events in North Alabama with attendance of approximately 80,000. It started in 1935. Agricultural, industrial, cultural, and commercial exhibits are on display, with fun for the whole family!
Middle Eastern Food Festival - Birmingham, AL - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2021
Celebrate almost 40 years of the Saint George’s annual festival. Lots of great food and fun.
Homestead Hollow Arts & Crafts Festival - Springville, AL - Sep 24 to Nov 14, 2021
2021 dates – There are two weekends of fun this fall, September 24-26 and Nov 12-14, 2021. Homestead Hollow festivals feature hand made, hand decorated arts and crafts as well as antique/vintage goods. Talk to the pioneer demonstrators of the old time days to see wood carving, blacksmithing, soap making, wood stove cooking, quilting, and whiskey making. Tour original cabins built by the early settlers. Visit the apiarist and learn about bee keeping. Relax by one of the many streams and listen to live local entertainment all day. Enjoy great food from the food court, bbq, funnel cakes, fried pies, ice cream, beans, greens, footlong corn dogs and more! Children’s activities include wagon rides, bunny jump, moonwalk, and face painting.
Fort Rucker Oktoberfest - Fort Rucker, AL - Sep 24, 2021
Traditional German food including bratwurst, schnitzel, German beer and other traditional food will be served. Sonnenschein Express will play live German music. Keg-tossing competition, plus kid-friendly activities will include crafts, inflatables and a pumpkin patch. Admission is free. Be sure to also take part in the Volksmarch.
Hokes Bluff CityFest - Hokes Bluff, AL - Sep 25, 2021
Bands, carnival rides, food and retail vendors plus carnival rides, car show, and pancake breakfast.
Blountsville Harvest Festival - Blountsville, AL - Sep 25, 2021
Arts and carfts, food, car and bike shows, entertainment, and more
Cullman Oktoberfest - Cullman, AL - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2021
The Cullman Oktoberfest is Cullman’s annual celebration of German heritage and one of North Alabama’s largest and most anticipated events each year. During Oktoberfest, the entire Cullman community and surrounding areas come together to enjoy a multitude of fun activities, including a biergarten, an arts & crafts show, wagon rides, live German music, kids’ activities, a wiener dog race, and so much more. Since 1982.
Alabama Butterbean Festival - Pinson, AL - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
A free family event for fans of the yummy legume. One of the state’s largest festivals. It features live local entertainment, food and non-food vendors (arts and crafts, local organizations), carnival rides, petting zoo, pony rides, and plenty of fun for people of all ages. There is a huge firework show on Friday night at approximately 9:30. Friday hours are 6-10 and Saturday is 9-4.
St. Florian Oktoberfest - St. Florian, AL - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
The small town celebrates its rich German heritage with its Oktoberfest celebration complete with music, artisans, children’s activities, an antique tractor and engine show, and of course German food!
Boaz Harvest Festival - Boaz, AL - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
Features include an antique car show, over 400 arts and craft vendors, food, pageant, pie eating contest, live music entertainment, fun run and so much more.
Moody Oktoberfest - Moody, AL - Oct 2, 2021
An annual arts and craft festival which takes place the first Saturday in October in Moody. The festival features live entertainment on two stages, arts and craft vendors, food, pony rides, inflatables, and fun for all ages.
Irondale Whistle Stop Festival - Leeds, AL - Oct 2, 2021
A free event with live music and arts/crafts.
Shoals Fest - Florence, AL - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
Music festival at McFarland Park, with VIP packages available
Alabama Coastal BirdFest - Fairhope, AL - Oct 6 to Oct 9, 2021
Great for birders of all experience levels, with lots of workshops, speakers, trips, conservation Expo, and more. Various venues across Baldwin and Mobile counties will host, and workshops will be held at Five Rivers Delta Center.
National Shrimp Festival - Gulf Shores, AL - Oct 7 to Oct 10, 2021
Fresh from the Gulf seafood during this four-day event that attracts over 300,000 people. More than 80 hours of musical entertainment featuring a lineup of national, regional and local acts with blues, Motown, southern rock, jazz, zydeco and country. 50 local and regional vendors have food lining the boardwalk at the public beach with mouth-watering delights. 200 pounds of shrimp per day will be prepared by some of the area’s best chefs in their award-winning recipes and given away for people to sample at different tasting times that will be posted on the outside of the sponsor tent. Activities this year include Outdoor World and Singing for Scholarships. Families can enter the Annual Sand Sculpture Contest on Saturday. Kids can take part in the Children’s Activity Village, including face-painting, karaoke and much more. Runners and walkers can enter the 10K and 5K races. Art lovers will have almost 200 booths of fine art and arts and crafts vendors.
Headland Harvest Day Festival - Headland, AL - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2021
Held at downtown square it has arts and craft vendors, car show, live entertainment, food vendors and lots of games and rides.There is also a 5K.
Harvest Run 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run - Headland, AL - Oct 9, 2021
5k is a level course through downtown Headland and residential areas with water stations and snacks at the end, with awards ceremonies following. Part of the Harvest Festival that weekend.
Thorsby Swedish Fest - Thorsby, AL - Oct 9, 2021
Enjoy the beauty pageant, car show, viking run, and parade.
Shoals Dragon Boat Festival - Florence, AL - Oct 9, 2021
Traditional Hong Kong style dragon boat racing at McFarland Park.
Butler Fest - Butler, AL - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
Barbecue events sanctioned by Memphis Barbecue Network and Alabama Barbecue Association. Businesses show their town spirit with a parade of decorated pigs announcing the event. Children of all ages can have fun at the carnival beginning Friday. Over 75 food and craft vendors will be set up around Courthouse Square beginning Friday morning. Saturday kicks of with a 5K run, 2 mile walk, and Kid’s Fun Run. After the barbecue winners are announced on Saturday, the streets shut down for a dance.
Alexander City Oktoberfest - Alexander City, AL - Oct 9, 2021
Enjoy vendors, food, entertainment, and tons of fun activities for the kids, plus a car show!.
Birmingham Greek Festival - Birmingham, AL - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2021
It’s one of Birmingham’s most highly anticipated events and a true cultural experience. Home to the seventh oldest Greek Orthodox parish in the United States. Besides delicious Greek cuisine, you’ll enjoy live Greek music, Greek dancing by the youth, and a warm, spirited atmosphere. As thousands of returning patrons can attest, you will leave a devoted fan. If you want to pick up lunch or dinner for the co-workers or family, remember the take out option. The festival’s offers both drive-thru and walk-up lines. The Cathedral architecture is breathtaking so don’t miss the chance to take a guided tour on an ongoing basis. Free parking is located in the former Liberty National parking deck one block away located between 20th street and Richard Arrington Blvd. The event is free admission and food items are individually priced. The Greek Market Place has imported food, icons, fine jewelry, art, and much more. Proceeds from the festival will benefit local mission work and charities. Since 1972.
Alabama Gourd Show - Cullman, AL - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2021
Gourd Round Up with this annual event featuring art and craft made with gourds.
Boll Weevil Fall Festival - Enterprise, AL - Oct 16, 2021
Some say that the statute in Enterprise is the only one in the world dedicated to an insect pest. The destruction of the cotton crop led to greater agricultural diversity and prosperity. Take in vendors and local shops, live music, local community performers, food, and kids activities including a costume contest for kids up to 12!
Eastern Shore Jubilee Festival - Daphne, AL - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2021
This festival celebrates the fine arts culture of the area. You’ll experience art in many forms: culinary art, fine art, kids’ art, performance art and an eclectic mix of talent we call Southern Makers.” They also welcome amateur and professional chefs seeking to qualify for the World Food Championships! It is also one of the few places in the world to experience the natural phenomenon of a jubilee.
Kentuck Arts Festival - Northport, AL - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2021
Nationally and internationally acclaimed folk artists present their works – over 270 artists to explore – plus food vendors, live music, children’s activities and more
Evergreen Sausage Festival - Evergreen, AL - Oct 16, 2021
A bbq cook-off and arts/crafts event. Local and regional live music all day. Children’s area with slides, bounce castle, rock climbing wall, exotic petting zoo including pony rides and camel rides. Admission is free. There will be a small fee for the animal attractions.
Mentone Fall Colorfest - Mentone, AL - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2021
Live entertainment, arts/crafts, parade, storytelling and other activities.
Oktoberfest at Luna’s Eat and Drink - Orange Beach, AL - Oct 17, 2021
German food selections as well as polka music, stein hoisting, games and more
Covered Bridge Festival - Oneonta, AL - Oct 23, 2021
An event to celebrate the covered bridge capital of Alabama. It has been going on for more than 30 years.
Alabama Renaissance Faire - Florence, AL - Oct 23, 2021
30,000 to 40,000 visit Wilson Park for this event with a medieval/renaissance theme, beautiful fall foliage and free admission. The official Renaissance faire of Alabama is family-friendly and educational with no admission charge or alcohol, and has been held since 1987. There is a feast the preceding weekend.
Out of the Darkness Walk - Florence, AL - Oct 24, 2021
Join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss
Greater Gulf State Fair - Mobile, AL - Oct 29 to Nov 7, 2021
A fair for residents of South Alabama, Northwest Florida and Southeast Mississippi that was started in 1955 by the Mobile Jaycees.
Bernard Blues & BBQ - Cullman, AL - Oct 30 to Oct 31, 2021
The festival offers a wonderful variety of handmade arts and crafts as well as live musical performances throughout the weekend. It features a Southern menu of hickory smoked pulled pork, barbeque ribs, chicken wings, Johnsonville brats, hamburgers and hotdogs plus all the fixings. Funnel cakes, strawberry waffles, and fried apple and peach pies will top the list of desserts. As part of this event, St. Bernard Prep will give away over $10,000 in cash prizes at the conclusion of the show. – free parking and $5 admission.
Elberta German Sausage Festival - Elberta, AL - Oct 30, 2021
A bi-annual fundraiser that benefits the Elberta Volunteer Fire Department. The festival is held on the last Saturday of March and last Saturday of October. The fire department sells nearly 6,000 pounds of sausage and boasts nearly 30,000 visitors each festival. The festival is located in the Town Park in Elberta, AL. The park is right off of US HWY 98 at Chicago St. They have over 200 booth spaces and over 100 arts and crafts vendors. Admission is FREE!
MSL Songwriters Festival - Florence, AL - Nov 5 to Nov 6, 2021
Over 70 songwriters from all over the United States will be performing at four venues across the Shoals area
National Peanut Festival - Dothan, AL - Nov 5 to Nov 14, 2021
The nation’s largest peanut festival celebrates the harvest. One-quarter of the U.S. peanut crop is harvested within 75 miles of Dothan.
World Food Championships - Orange Beach, AL - Nov 5 to Nov 9, 2021
An international cooking competition with top chefs and home cooks taking home prizes of approximately $300,000. Elite Qualifiers include PorktoberQue and Atlanta’s Burger Wars.
Fairhope Veterans Day Parade - Fairhope, AL - Nov 6, 2021
Parade typically start at 10 a.m. with start/destination at the Fairhope Civic Center. Leading the parade will be Fairhope’s Veteran of the Year. The celebration continues in Henry George Park where a sunset prayer service will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial, Tears of Sorry, Tears of Joy.
Fairhope Film Festival - Fairhope, AL - Nov 11 to Nov 14, 2021
National Veterans Day Parade - Birmingham, AL - Nov 11, 2021
Our military veterans are still honored with a parade at the home of the first Veterans Day. In 1945, a World War II veteran from Birmingham, Alabama had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans. It was Raymond Weeks of Birmingham, who led a delegation to Washington, DC urging then-Army Chief of Staff General Dwight Eisenhower to create a national holiday that honored all veterans. Weeks led the first National Veterans Day Parade in 1947 in Alabama, and continued the tradition annually until his passing in 1985. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation formally establishing November 11th as Veterans Day.
Oka Kapassa Native American festival - Tuscumbia, AL - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2022
A two day gathering celebrating the culture and traditions of Native Americans in Spring Park.
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Porktoberque - Dothan, AL - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
Enjoy barbecue, beer and live music at this Oktoberfest celebration and BBQ competition in Dothan. Also offering car shows, kids activities, polka party, Biergarten, collectible steins, accordion music and lederhosen.
Tavern Fest - Montgomery, AL - Oct 5, 2018
Peanut Boil Festival - Luverne, AL - Aug 28 to Sep 2, 2019
The Crenshaw County Shrine Club has been boiling and bagging peanuts for this event since 1970. It has been called the World’s Largest Peanut Boil. They sell from the start date until they sell out.
Redstone Arsenal MWR Oktoberfest - Huntsville, AL - Sep 12 to Sep 15, 2019
The annual four day Oktoberfest in the middle of September hosted by the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare & Recreation at Redstone Arsenal is open to the public. Enter through Gate 10 on Jordan Lane/Patton Road. Admission is $14-17 depending on day and includes parking, carnival rides and other entertainment. Hours are posted on their website.
Auburn University Oktoberfest - Auburn, AL - Sep 21, 2019
Feature traditional German fare, beers from breweries across the U.S., a selection of German wines and live entertainment. The popular Homebrew Alley competition will also be returning with the chance for the winning brewer to have their homemade creation served on tap throughout the fall at A·T and Piccolo. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning August 1st. Oktoberfest attendees will get to choose from more than 100 beers from local craft breweries and national brand favorites. Select German wines will be up for sampling as well. German staples like bratwurst and pretzels will be available to purchase separately. Live music and TVs showing college football games will be set up throughout the festival.
International Festival of North Alabama - Huntsville, AL - Sep 21, 2019
Enjoy the International cuisine, food trucks, live music, kids activities, open air market and more. Held at the UAH Fitness Center. The one-day family friendly event features cultural performances, the parade of nations and an international open air market, showcasing international food vendors, crafts and arts, and food trucks. There will be free activities for children and college students. Festivities begin at 9 a.m., with a ribbon cutting and the Parade of Nations.
Alabama Craft Beer Festival - Florence, AL - Sep 21, 2019
Opening with a pre-party at the Brewery on Friday night, the Alabama Craft Beer Festival continues full force on Saturday in Downtown Florence! Main Street plays host to a number of events, including a Penny Beer Garden
Shoals Oktoberfest - Florence, AL - Sep 28, 2019
Singin’ River Brewing Company oktoberfest, with stein-hoisting, weiner dog races, food, music and more!
Fall Frenzy - Rogersville, AL - Sep 28, 2019
Music, vendors, food, cruise-in and more!
Alabama Frog Level Festival - Fayette, AL - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
Held in Downtown Fayette sponsored by the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce. Non-stop music starting at 4 PM on Friday. Saturday includes Cruise in Car Show and Frog Jumping contest. Also has arts and crafts and food vendors.
Birmingham Oktoberfest - Birmingham, AL - Oct 5, 2019
This one day is packed with a variety of deliciously cold beers, German food, live music, and an abundance of games and Oktoberfest themed activities! While there used to be a three day Oktoberfest in Birmingham hosted by the local German club, FDSK, it shifted to a one day festival after Das Haus closed, and moved to Railroad Park in 2017 while picking up sponsor Birmingham Sports and Social Club.
Plantation House Restaurant Oktoberfest - Millbrook, AL - Oct 25, 2019
During the month of October, Renateâ€™ Lindsey, a classically trained chef from Germany, will be serving a German buffet every Friday night at her restaurant. Traditional favorites such as pork schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerkraut, red cabbage and apples, spaetzle, apple strudel and other delicious items will be featured.
Fairhope Tree Lighting Celebration - Fairhope, AL - Nov 21, 2019
Con-Fuzion - Muscle Shoals, AL - Aug 15 to Aug 16, 2020
Multi-genre comic con and pop culture fest in Muscle Shoals, AL featuring celebrity guests and more!
Madison Street Festival - Madison, AL - Oct 3, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Annual event in historic downtown Madison. Do not miss the morning parade, car show, expo area, arts and craft vendors, food, and Kid’s area.
Alabama Cotton Festival - Eclectic, AL - Oct 10, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Vendors will line Main Street with a wide variety of delectable food and unique wares, as local dancers strut their stuff, ‘Bama’s best bands play live and lovely ladies vie for the coveted tiaras of Alabama’s Cotton Queens. The festival also features a variety of contests, including a car show, photography and art contests and the annual taste-off to see who can bake the best Sweet Treat.
Alabama Frontier Days - Wetumpka, AL - Nov 6 to Nov 9, 2020
This event demonstrates life in the South in the 18th and early 19th Century.
Mobile International Festival - Mobile, AL - Nov 21, 2020
Annual event that promotes understanding, acceptance, friendship, and appreciation for the rich diversity of the world’s cultures. Enjoy music and dance performances, sample food from around hte world, learn about and meet people from over 70 countries, and more.
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