Find an Alabama fall festival to attend in 2018. 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.
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Alabama Frontier Days - Wetumpka, AL - Dec 30 to Nov 10, 2018
This event demonstrates life in the South in the 18th and early 19th Century.
Tavern Fest - Montgomery, AL - Sep 30, 2016
Humphrey’s Oktoberfest - Huntsville, AL - Oct 15, 2016
St. Mary’s Home Young Leader’s Society Oktoberfest - Mobile, AL - Oct 27, 2016
Annual event featuring live music, silent auction and 40+ beers.
Harriott II: Oktoberfest Cruise - Montgomery, AL - Sep 23, 2017
Alabama Frog Level Festival - Fayette, AL - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2017
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 + crafts and food vendors.
Peanut Boil Festival - Luverne, AL - Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2018
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.
Seafood Festival - Guntersville, AL - Sep 1, 2018
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 on the shores of Lake Guntersville at Civitan Park.
Sweet Tater Festival - Cullman, AL - Sep 2 to Sep 3, 2018
This must-attend event traditionally says â€˜goodbye to summerâ€ and simultaneously welcomes the autumn season into Cullman County. The cost is only $5.00 per person. Last yearâ€™s Sweet Tater Festival drew upwards of 8,500 visitors, with attendees coming in from all parts of the State of Alabama and from across the United States. 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 7 to Sep 8, 2018
Free live music concert and local vendors at Courthouse Square in downtown Jasper.
Oka Kapassa Native American festival - Tuscumbia, AL - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2018
A two day gathering celebrating the culture and traditions of Native Americans in Spring Park.
Bernard Blues & BBQ - Cullman, AL - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
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.
Redstone Arsenal MWR Oktoberfest - Huntsville, AL - Sep 13 to Sep 16, 2018
The annual three or 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.
Riverfest Barbecue Cook-off - Decatur, AL - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
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.
Monte Sano Art Festival - Huntsville, AL - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2018
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 regionâ€™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 15, 2018
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 2017 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.
North Alabama State Fair - Muscle Shoals, AL - Sep 18 to Sep 23, 2018
One of the largest annual events in North Alabama with attendance of approximately 80,000. It started in 1935.
International Festival of North Alabama - Huntsville, AL - Sep 22, 2018
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 9:30 a.m., with a ribbon cutting and the Parade of Nations.
Hokes Bluff CityFest - Hokes Bluff, AL - Sep 22, 2018
Bands, carnival rides, food and retail vendors plus carnival rides, car show, and pancake breakfast.
Middle Eastern Food Festival - Birmingham, AL - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2018
Celebrate 36 years of the Saint George’s annual festival. Lots of great food and fun.
Homestead Hollow Arts & Crafts Festival - Springville, AL - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
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. There are two weekends of fun this year, September 28-30 and Nov 9-11, 2018.
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.
Fort Rucker Oktoberfest - Fort Rucker, AL - Sep 28, 2018
Fort Rucker will be celebrating its 14th Oktoberfest on the Festival Fields from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Bratwurst, schnitzel, German beer and other traditional food will be served. Sonnenschein Express will play live German music. Kid-friendly activities will include crafts, inflatables and a pumpkin patch. Admission is free.
Western Food and Wine Festival - Birmingham, AL - Sep 28, 2018
Wine tasting and food at the Birmingham Zoo – over 500 wines and 45 food vendors, plus seeing the animals, riding the carousel, shopping wines, and more. Proceeds go to local organizations including the zoo.
Harvest Run 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run - Headland, AL - Sep 28, 2018
A level course through downtown Headland and residential areas with water stations and snacks at the end, with awards ceremonies following.
Eastern Shore Jubilee Festival - Daphne, AL - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
30th annual. 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. A jubilee occurs when oxygen levels in the water are diminished causing fish, shrimp, crab and other seafood to come to the surface in abundance.
Alabama Craft Beer Festival - Florence, AL - Sep 29, 2018
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, live music and block party, plus a few VIP exclusive events such as the Bacon Crawl and BBQ Block Party!
Irondale Whistle Stop Festival - Leeds, AL - Sep 29, 2018
A free event with live music and arts/crafts.
Oktoberfest at Luna’s Eat and Drink - Orange Beach, AL - Sep 30, 2018
Alabama Coastal BirdFest - Fairhope, AL - Oct 3 to Oct 6, 2018
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.
Cullman Oktoberfest - Cullman, AL - Oct 3 to Oct 6, 2018
The annual week long celebration of Oktoberfest in Cullman was cut down to an action packed 5 days in 2015. It is an annual event starting on the first Saturday of October since 1982, became famous initially for its absence of alcohol sales. In October 2011, after voters passed a referendum allowing alcohol sales in Cullman, this Alabama Oktoberfest opened its first biergarten. In 2013, the Alabama Craft Biergarten at the Cullman Oktoberfest will have German style craft beers made by Alabama brewers such as Straight to Ale Brewing and Blue Pants Brewery. There’s a car show at Depot Park. The crowning of Miss Oktoberfest happens on the first weekend as well. The last day of the event brings the wiener dog races, bratwurst eating contest, 2nd annual charity bedrace, third annual BBQ Challenge with world class barbeque chicken, pork ribs, pork and beef brisket, and the Oktoberfest 10K, 5K and 1 Mile fun run. The event concludes with the Burgermeister Ball. Music includes selections from Wolfgang Mortz and Terry Cavangh and the Alpine Express, among TBA acts. Cost: Events at the Festhalle and the Cullman County Museum are usually free. Events sponsored by other organizations may have an admission fee.
Birmingham Greek Festival - Birmingham, AL - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2018
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 Butterbean Festival - Pinson, AL - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
A free family event for fans of the yummy legume. One of the stateâ€™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.
Boaz Harvest Festival - Boaz, AL - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
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.
Plantation House Restaurant Oktoberfest - Millbrook, AL - Oct 5 to Oct 26, 2018
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.
Moody Oktoberfest - Moody, AL - Oct 6, 2018
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.
Auburn University Oktoberfest - Auburn, AL - Oct 6, 2018
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.
St. Florian Oktoberfest - St. Florian, AL - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
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!
Shoals Oktoberfest - Florence, AL - Oct 6, 2018
Singin’ River Brewing Company oktoberfest.
Madison Street Festival - Madison, AL - Oct 6, 2018
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.
Birmingham Oktoberfest - Birmingham, AL - Oct 6, 2018
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.
National Shrimp Festival - Gulf Shores, AL - Oct 11 to Oct 14, 2018
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.
Butler Fest - Butler, AL - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018
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.
Headland Harvest Day Festival - Headland, AL - Oct 13, 2018
Held at downtown square it has arts and craft vendors, car show, live entertainment, food vendors and lots of games and rides.
Alabama Cotton Festival - Eclectic, AL - Oct 13, 2018
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.
Alexander City Oktoberfest - Alexander City, AL - Oct 13, 2018
Thorsby Swedish Fest - Thorsby, AL - Oct 13, 2018
30th annual. Enjoy the beauty pageant, car show, viking run, and parade.
Blountsville Harvest Festival - Blountsville, AL - Oct 13, 2018
Arts and carfts, food, car and bike shows, entertainment, and more
Evergreen Sausage Festival - Evergreen, AL - Oct 18 to Oct 21, 2018
A bbq cook-off and arts/crafts event. Local and regional live music all day. Childrenâ€™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.
Alabama Gourd Show - Cullman, AL - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
Gourd Round Up with this annual event featuring art and craft made with gourds.
Kentuck Arts Festival - Northport, AL - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
Nationally and internationally acclaimed folk artists present their works.
Mentone Fall Colorfest - Mentone, AL - Oct 20, 2018
Live entertainment, arts/crafts, parade, storytelling and other activities.
Greater Gulf State Fair - Mobile, AL - Oct 26 to Nov 4, 2018
A fair for residents of South Alabama, Northwest Florida and Southeast Mississippi that was started in 1955 by the Mobile Jaycees.
Boll Weevil Fall Festival - Enterprise, AL - Oct 27, 2018
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!
Elberta German Sausage Festival - Elberta, AL - Oct 27, 2018
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!
Covered Bridge Festival - Oneonta, AL - Oct 27, 2018
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 27 to Oct 28, 2018
30,000 to 40,000 visit Wilson Park for this event with a medieval/renaissance theme, beautiful fall foliage and free admission. Since 1987.
National Peanut Festival - Dothan, AL - Nov 2 to Nov 11, 2018
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 7 to Nov 11, 2018
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 Film Festival - Fairhope, AL - Nov 8 to Nov 11, 2018
Fairhope Veterans Day Parade - Fairhope, AL - Nov 10, 2018
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.
National Veterans Day Parade - Birmingham, AL - Nov 11, 2018
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.
Fairhope Tree Lighting Celebration - Fairhope, AL - Nov 15, 2018
Mobile International Festival - Mobile, AL - Nov 17, 2018
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.
Jefferson Christian Academy Annual Heritage Festival – Irondale, AL – October 17, 2015
Families can enjoy a variety of entertainment such as carnival rides, huge inflatables, live music, arts and crafts vendors, informational booths, pony rides, games, and more! Several food choices will be available, as well as tremendous values in our silent auction. 10 AM to 3 PM.
Buttahatchee River Fall Fest – Hamilton, AL – October 31, 2015
Taste of Huntsville – Huntsville, AL – Oct 15, 2015
This 40-year old event offers an all-you-can-eat venue for trying food from some of the best restaurants in the area.
Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival – Selma, AL – Oct 9-10, 2015
Falkville Fall Festival – Decatur, AL – October 10, 2015
Fall Festival, Car & Tractor Show – Rogersville, AL – October 8, 2015
Fall Festival at Oak Mountain State Park – Pelham, AL – Oct 3, 2015
Opp Fest – Opp, AL – Oct 30-31, 2015
Montgomery Tavern Fest – Montgomery, AL – October 9, 2015
Fairhope Wine Festival – November 19, 2015
Fairhope Holiday Stroll – November 20, 2015
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