Colbert County Tourism & Convention Bureau

Annual Events + Festivals

Huff ‘N’ Puff on the Bluff 15K & 5K

March 13, 2021

Sheffield Rec. Center, 2901 19th Ave., Sheffield, presented by The Junior League of the Shoals and Tennessee River Athletics Club (TRAC). Registration/packet pick-up is Friday 4-7pm or Saturday 6:30-7:30am. Race times: 15K begins is 8am, 5K begins at 8:30am. Costs for 15K: $30 if registered by Feb. 28, $35 until March 13, $40 on site. Costs of 5K: $15 until March 12, $20 on site. Awards will be held in the Sheffield Recreation Center gym at 10:30am. More race information and course maps are available on www.huffnpuff15k.com


Recall LaGrange Annual Civil War Reenactment

May 1, 2021

In 1861, recruitments were trained at the LaGrange Military Academy for enlistment in the 35th Alabama Infantry Regiment. This Civil War reenactment commemorates the 1863 Union forces destruction of LaGrange College-Military Academy, known as the “West Point of the South”. This event is hosted by the LaGrange Living Historical Association, the 27th Alabama Infantry Regiment and the Providence Living History Re-enactors. Event activities include: Cemetery Drama, Civil War camp drills and demonstrations, Blue Grass music, and food vendors. Events on Friday will include educational activities for kids. Period arts & crafts will be on display and for purchase.

Admission: Free
For more information: 256-383-0783   Vendor contact: 256-446-9324
www.lagrangehistoricsite.com


Muscle Shoals Street Rod Festival

June 5, 2021

This annual festival features one of the largest antique and street rod car shows in Alabama. Over 300 gleaming street rods and vintage classics dating from 1972 and older will be on display in beautiful Spring Park in Tuscumbia. Come join us on the first Saturday in June.

Admission: Free
Spring Park - 1 Spring Park Rd., Tuscumbia
For more information call 256-383-0783.


North Alabama African Heritage Festival

June 4-5, 2021

Come explore African art and fashion, culture, crafts and food at the annual African Heritage Festival. This cultural event is always held on the first weekend in June. It features traditional drumming and dance demonstrations, live music with rhythm & blues, gospel choirs, folk storytelling, and activities for the children.

Willie Green Center - 609 S. East St., Tuscumbia, AL
Admission is free.
For more information call 256-383-0783.


Walking Tours of Sheffield and Tuscumbia

April 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2021

Each Saturday in April, free guided walking tours of historic districts take place in Sheffield and Tuscumbia. Led by knowledgeable guides, the historic tours travel past structures that date prior to the Civil War. Tuscumbia boasts one of the state’s best collections of antebellum structures and Sheffield offers Victorian and Craftsman-style homes and structures.

Admission is free.
For more information call 256-383-0783.


“The Miracle Worker” Alabama’s Official Outdoor Drama

June 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26 and July 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, & 17, 2021

Authentic costumes, stage sets, and absorbing acting are in store for you during the annual presentation of William Gibson’s play, “The Miracle Worker.” The two-hour play is performed in an outdoor theatre and dramatizes the efforts of teacher Anne Sullivan to open the world of communication to 7-year-old, blind and deaf Helen Keller, “America’s First Lady of Courage.” This is a STS* Top 20 and ABA* Top 100 event. This annual performance is held every Friday & Saturday, June to mid-July, 8pm. Gates open at 7pm, concessions available.

300 N. Commons W., Tuscumbia
General admission is $10.00 and Reserved admission is $15.00.
For more information and reserve tickets call 256-383-4066 or visit www.helenkellerbirthplace.org  


Helen Keller Festival

June 24-27, 2021

This popular festival pays tribute to America’s “First Lady of Courage” with four days of activities: parade, fine art & crafts show, food vendors, art exhibits, Keller Kids, staged musical entertainment, history programs, tours, and two performances of “The Miracle Worker Play.” This is a STS* Top 20 and ABA* Top 100 event.

This annual festival is held on the 4th weekend in June (Thurs-Sun) in beautiful downtown Tuscumbia & Spring Park.

Most events are free with an admission charge to the evening concerts. For more information call 256-412-7346, 256-383-4066 or visit www.helenkellerfestival.com


Saddle Up for St. Jude

July 15-17, 2021

Horseback trail riding, auction, wagon rides, roping demonstrations, headliner concerts and much more mark this two-day charitable event. This horse-related event benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and is the largest in the Southeast. This is a STS* Top 20 event and is held on the 3rd weekend in July. 2021 Headliners include: Thursday - Shenandoah, Friday - T. Graham Brown, and Saturday - Clint Black.

Gardiner Farm
1 Underwood Road
Tuscumbia, AL
Admission: donations of $20 Thursday, $20 Friday, and $35 Saturday, or $50 for 3-day pass. 
For more information call (256) 383-0783 or visit Saddle Up for St. Jude - Facebook Page or www.saddleup4kids.org 

256-446-5392 or 1-800-282-7436


W.C. Handy Music Festival

July 23 - August 1, 2021   Various Event Locations

In tribute to the “Father of the Blues,” the area comes alive for a full week with music performed day and night in auditoriums, parks, restaurants, and other venues.

STS* Top 20 and ABA* Top 100 event.
Last full week in July.
Free & ticketed events.

For more information call 256-766-7642 or visit www.wchandymusicfestival.org.


Labor Day Events

September 6, 2021

Cherokee

The Coon Dog Labor Day Celebration is held at the world’s only Coon Dog Cemetery. Over 300 coon dogs have been laid to rest in this once popular hunting camp known as Freedom Hills. Enjoy “old time” bluegrass music, buck dancing, local barbecue, and a liar’s contest. This is an STS* Top 20 event. Celebration times are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

4945 Coondog Cemetery Road
Cherokee, AL
Admission is free.
256-383-0783

Tuscumbia

Labor Day in Spring Park, Tuscumbia, is celebrated annually with a parade, live music, the traditional political speeches and a beauty contest. This is the nation’s oldest labor union celebration. Free event. 


“Oka Kapassa” – Return to Cold Water American Indian Festival

September 9-11, 2022

This festival commemorates Native American Heritage in Northwest Alabama as the Nations journey back to “recollect” Tuscumbia hospitality that was shown during the early 1800’s. Experience aspects of authentic culture showcased in storytelling, dancing, music, arts & crafts and a torch-lighting ceremony. This festival is celebrated each second Friday and Saturday in the month of September. This is a STS* Top 20 event.

Spring Park - 1 Spring Park Rd., Tuscumbia
Admission is free.
For more information visit www.okakapassa.org

*2021 Festival has been canceled.


Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride

Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride From Chattanooga, TN to Waterloo, AL

September 18, 2021

This annual motorcycle ride pays respectful tribute to the celebrated route once taken by the Cherokee Indians. Included in this ride are American Indian pow-wows and various activities such as drumming and dancing, vendors in Waterloo and many stops all along the Trail of Tears. This is held each year on the 3rd Saturday in September and offers free live entertainment.

Admission is free.
For more information visit al-tn-trailoftears.net


TVAA'S Winter Art Market

 

November 27- December 23, 2021

Winter art market photoFind the perfect gifts for your loved ones at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art's Winter Art Market. 35+ local and regional fine artists will have booths in the market, selling works varying from paintings and pottery to jewelry, baskets, and scarves. A wide range of price points will be available, so whether you’re looking for small stocking stuffers or elaborate gifts, the market will have special, one-of-a-kind treasures.

Tennessee Valley Museum of Art
511 N. Water Street
Tuscumbia, AL  35674
256-383-0533

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for TVAA members. Admission is also free for education, healthcare, and first response workers, as part of our Arts for the Frontline program sponsored by Bank Independent and E.S. Robbins.

 

 


11th Annual Dickens Christmas Feast – Downtown Tuscumbia, AL

December 10, 2021

The Dickens Christmas Feast  Tuscumbia Depot Roundhouse, Tuscumbia. 6:30 p.m.  Holiday dinner with the characters of Charles Dickens Classic, A Christmas Carol.  Advance ticket purchase necessary. (Part of “It’s a Dickens Christmas Ya’ll” Festival)  Sponsored by Tuscumbia Retail Development. More information and Ticket purchase 256-383-9797 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


11th Annual “It’s a Dickens Christmas Ya’ll” – Downtown Tuscumbia, AL

December 11, 2021

Along downtown streets, Tuscumbia. Holiday festival reminiscent of the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol” with horse-drawn, carriage rides, snow falling, music, arts & crafts and food vendors.  Admission charged for some event. Sponsored by Tuscumbia Retail Development. More information: 256-383-9797

Christmas at Ivy Green

Saturday, December 12th - Enjoy the Christmas at Ivy Green tour which is located at 300 North Commons West in Tuscumbia, AL. The historic birthplace and home of America’s First Lady of Courage, Helen Keller, will be adorned with beautiful live holiday decorations. This event is sponsored by the Council of Local Garden Clubs. For information contact 256-383-4066 or www.HelenKellerBirthplace.org