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LaGrange College Site
This annual event remembers LaGrange College, “West Point of the South,” and the destruction of the school and village by Union forces during the Civil War. Reenactment, living history encampments, funeral drama, music, crafts and food. 1st Sat in May. Free. (256) 446-9324 www.Recall-LaGrange.00me.com
Muscle Shoals Street Rod Festival
1 Spring Park Rd., Tuscumbia A show of over 200 gleaming street rods and classics dating from 1972 and older. 1st Sat. in June. Free. (256) 383-0783
African Heritage Festival
Willie Green Center
609 S. East St., Tuscumbia Event provides an opportunity to explore African culture – art, fashion, craft, music, dance, food. 1st Sat. in June. Free. (256) 383-0783
Walking Tours & Trolley Tours
Each Saturday in April, Free Guided Walking Tours of historic districts take place in Sheffield and Tuscumbia. Led by knowledgeable guides, the tours travel past structures that date prior to the Civil War. Tuscumbia boasts one of the state’s best collection of antebellum structures and Sheffield offers Victorian and Craftsman-style homes and structures.
Trolley Tours of historic Tuscumbia are offered through public notice. These tours travel through the historic residential district and offer a “porch and parlor” tour of one house. Admission. (256) 383-0783
“The Miracle Worker” Alabama’s Official Outdoor Drama
300 N. Commons W., Tuscumbia
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 dramatizes the efforts of teacher Anne Sullivan to open the world of communication to 7-year-old, blind and deaf Helen Keller. STS* Top 20 and ABA* Top 100. Friday & Saturday, June to mid-July, 8pm. Admission. (256) 383-4066 www.helenkellerbirthplace.org
Helen Keller Festival
Downtown Tuscumbia & Spring Park
This popular festival pays tribute to America’s “First Lady of Courage” with four days of activities: parade, fine art & craft show, art exhibits, Keller Kids, staged musical entertainment, history programs and tours, two performances of “The Miracle Worker Play.” STS* Top 20 and ABA* Top 100 event. 4th weekend in June (Thurs-Sun). Most events are free. (256) 383-0783 www.HelenKellerFestival.com
Fourth of July Celebrations
The town of Cherokee celebrates with an Independence Day Festival that includes children’s games, bingo, food, street dance, music and fireworks. The Florence Spirit of Freedom Celebration offers musical entertainment, food and a big fireworks show.
Saddle Up for St. Jude
Gardiner Farm, Tuscumbia
Horseback trail riding, auction and headliner concerts mark this two-day event. STS* Top 20. 3rd. F & Sa in July. Donations. (256) 383-0783. See us on Facebook.
W.C. Handy Music Festival
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. (256) 766-7642 www.wchandymusicfestival.org
Labor Day Events
The Coon Dog Labor Day Celebration is held at the world’s only Coon Dog Cemetery. Enjoy “old time” bluegrass music, buck dancing, barbecue, and a liar’s contest. STS* Top 20. Labor Day. Free. (256) 383-0783 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. (256) 383-0783
“Oka Kapassa” – Return to Cold Water American Indian Festival
1 Spring Park Rd., Tuscumbia Native American Culture is showcased in story telling, dancing, music, art and crafts and a torch-lighting ceremony. Over a dozen American Indian tribes return to their southeastern homeland. STS* Top 20. 2nd Friday & Saturday in Sept. Free. (256) 383-0783. www.okakapassa.org
Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride
From Chattanooga, TN – Waterloo, AL
American Indian pow-wow and activities such as drumming and dancing, vendors in Waterloo, with stops all along the ride. 3rd Saturday in September. Free. (256) 383-0783 http://al-tn-trailoftears.net/
A Plantation Christmas
Belle Mont Mansion
1569 Cook Lane, Tuscumbia One of Alabama’s most distinguished mansions is opulently decorated for Christmas when “the Old South” is recreated with period music, dancing and refreshments. STS* Top 20. 1st Sunday 1-5pm in Dec. Admission. (256) 383-0783
Trees of Christmas
Tennessee Valley Museum of Art
511 N. Water St., Tuscumbia During December, two spacious galleries are filled with the sights and scents of Christmas, displaying towering live fir trees, lavishly decorated with themes. Museum hours. Admission. (256) 383-0533 www.tvaa.net
Dickens Christmas Y'all
Downtown Tuscumbia in various locations. Holiday festival reminiscent of the holiday classic "A Christmas Carol," carriage rides, snow falling, music, arts and crafts vendors. Sponsored by Tuscumbia Retail Development. Admission for some events. 2nd Saturday in December. (256) 383-9797
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