Alabama Tourism Dept. names Top 10 events for 2015

Published: Jan. 3, 2015 at 5:56 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 11, 2015 at 5:56 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL - The Alabama Tourism Department is releasing its top 10 events for 2015 ranging from the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March to the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores and the Iron Bowl in Auburn.

The top 10 events in chronological order are "Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe" at the Huntsville Museum of Art, the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March in Selma/Lowndes/Montgomery, the 50th Anniversary of the Eufaula Pilgrimage in Eufaula, the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, the Alabama Barbecue Hall of Fame Kickoff in Birmingham, the Barbasol Championship in Opelika. Major events late in the year are the Moundville Native American Festival in Moundville, "Come Home It's Suppertime" Folklife Play in Brundidge, Bellingrath Magic Christmas in Light in Mobile and the Iron Bowl in Auburn.

The state tourism department selects the top 10 events based on significant anniversaries and the uniqueness of the event. The events listing is featured in the 2015 Alabama Vacation Guide and Calendar of Events that will be available at state welcome centers and local tourism bureaus the first week of January.

You can find more details about each event in the Tourism Department's Top 10 list here:

Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe, Huntsville Museum of Art, Feb. 15-Apr. 26
Celebrating the golden age of painting in Europe during the 17th and 18th century. www.hsvmuseum.org

50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, Selma/Lowndes/Montgomery, Mar. 5-9
Weekend of events commemorating of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. www.dreammarcheson.com

Eufaula Pilgrimage- 50th Anniversary, Eufaula, Apr. 10-12
Eufaula hosts Alabama's oldest tour of homes and has more than 700 structures listed on the National Register. Each spring the city of Eufaula opens its doors to share this historical wealth. www.eufaulapilgrimage.com

Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, May 15-17
Weekend music festival featuring an impressive lineup of bands and musicians performing on the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores. www.hangoutmusicfest.com

Alabama Barbecue Hall of Fame Kickoff
Honoring barbecue restaurants in the state that have been in operation more than 50 years. www.ilovealabamafood.com

The Barbasol Championship, Opelika, July 13-19
A new PGA TOUR tournament sponsored by Barbasol will debut in 2015 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika. www.rtjgolf.com

Moundville Native American Festival, Moundville, Oct. 7-10
Experience live cannon fire, the lives of Creek and Cherokee Indians, hunting camps and demonstrations of traditional skills of the early 1800s. www.moundville.ua.edu

"Come Home It's Suppertime" Folklife Play, Brundidge, Nov. 5-14
Alabama's Official Folklife play featuring depression-era stories of life in the rural south. The play will be celebrating its 20th season. www.piddle.org

Bellingrath Magic Christmas in Light, Mobile, Nov. 27-Dec. 31
Stroll through the gardens with more than three million twinkling lights in over 928 custom designed set pieces in 13 scenes. Tour the Bellingrath Home decorated in its holiday finery. www.bellingrath.org

Iron Bowl, Auburn, Nov. 28
The Southeast's biggest college football rivalry pits two SEC powerhouses, Auburn University and the University of Alabama, against each other for the next year's bragging rights. www.auburntigers.com

The 2015 Alabama Vacation Guide and Calendar of Events will be available the first week of January at the eight state welcome centers, local tourism bureaus and online at www.alabama.travel.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Tourism Department release