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From the Alabama Department of Tourism.
Tourism Department today released its top 10 events for 2013. The list includes
events in Mobile, the Shoals, Birmingham, Huntsville, Wetumpka, Gulf Shores and
The top 10
events are Mardi Gras in Mobile, the W.C. Handy Music Festival in the Shoals,
the statewide Alabama Restaurant Week, the 200th Anniversary of Fort
Mims in Tensaw, the Magic City Class Football weekend in Birmingham, the 50th
Annual Bluff Park Art Show in Hoover, National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores,
Barber Vintage Festival in Birmingham, Galaxy of Lights in Huntsville and
Christmas on the Coosa in Wetumpka.
department comes up with the list each year and selects the top 10 based upon
significant anniversaries, unique events and those with large attendance.
Nearly 1,900 events are scheduled around the state for 2013.
the Top 10 Events of 2013 that are listed in the tourism department's annual
vacation guide/calendar of events:
Mobile, Jan. 26-Feb. 12
known as home to "America's Family Mardi Gras." The celebration lasts for more
than two and a half weeks and culminates on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent.
The streets are filled with marching bands, floats and crowds of parade goers.
Masked riders in costume toss "throws" of beads, moon pies, doubloons and candy
into the crowd. www.mobilebay.org
Handy Music Festival, the Shoals area, Jul. 19-28
(Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia and Muscle Shoals) is home to a weeklong
celebration honoring Florence native, W.C. Handy, "Father of the Blues." More
than 200 events take place including concerts, plays, art exhibits and picnics.
statewide, Aug. 16-25
second year, restaurants around the state, including many featured in the
popular brochure "l00 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die," invite diners
to experience the culinary scene of Sweet Home Alabama. Participating restaurants
will offer special fixed-priced menus for lunch and/or dinner and other
specials throughout the week. www.Alabama.travel
Mims Massacre 200th Anniversary, Tensaw, Aug. 30-
begins on the actual anniversary date of the attack on Ft. Mims with a memorial
and dedication service on Friday when descendants of survivors, historians, and
state and local dignitaries gather to "Remember Fort Mims." Visitors will
experience a living history encampment with settlers, militia and Redstick
Creek Indian re-enactors, arrowhead and artifact displays, demonstrations of
early crafts such as basket weaving and flint napping, period music, and Indian
crafts. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. www.fortmims.org
City Classic Weekend, Birmingham, Oct. 25-26
A&M University Bulldogs of Huntsville and the Alabama State University
Hornets of Montgomery meet annually in Legion Field for this traditional
football rivalry featuring exciting half-time band action. This is the largest
black college football rivalry in the country. www.themagiccityclassic.com
Annual Bluff Park Art Show, Hoover, Oct. 5
The art show
is celebrating 50 years and is always held on the first Saturday in October.
artists and enjoy seeing and purchasing their works of art in a beautiful
wooded park setting. www.bluffparkartshow.com.
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Gulf Shores, Oct. 10-13
nationally recognized outdoor festival features more than 300 vendors that
offer fine art,
crafts, a retail marketplace, children's activity village, 10k/5k run, live
entertainment, and of course, shrimp. Thurs.–Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 10
a.m.–5 p.m., www.nationalshrimpfestival.com.
Birmingham, Oct. 11-13
motorcycle race takes place at Barber Motorsports Park just outside Birmingham.
The event features road racing, motocross, cross country events, an air show, a
swap meet with more than 250 vendors, a fan zone and more. www.barbervintagefestival.org
of Lights, Huntsville, Nov. 28-Dec. 31
month-long event is a magnificent two-and-a-half-mile long holiday light
extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. Special exhibits
include a holiday village, dinosaurs, wild animals, a magical twinkling icicle
forest, garden scenes, animated snowmen and the twelve days of Christmas.
5:30–9 p.m., www.hsvbg.org
on the Coosa,
Wetumpka, Dec. 14
This is a
Christmas extravaganza with arts and crafts, parade, food, quilt show, classic
car show, entertainment and activities on the Coosa River culminating with a
spectacular fireworks exhibition at dusk. www.wetumpkachamber.com