Huntsville Fall Festivals – Fall 2021 AL Events

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.

Depot Days Festival - Hartselle, AL - Sep 18 to 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.

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.

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!

Hokes Bluff CityFest - Hokes Bluff, AL - Sep 25 to 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 to Sep 25, 2021
Arts and carfts, food, car and bike shows, entertainment, and more

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.

Shoals Fest - Florence, AL - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
Music festival at McFarland Park, with VIP packages available

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.

Mentone Fall Colorfest - Mentone, AL - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2021
Live entertainment, arts/crafts, parade, storytelling and other activities.

Alabama Renaissance Faire - Florence, AL - Oct 23 to 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 to 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

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.