Music Events & Festivals August
Two things Alabama has always excelled at? Playing music and throwing parties. So naturally we host several of the nation’s hottest music festivals. Rock out on the beach or bask in the blues – whatever your favorite, we’ve got your festival.
Athens Cruise In
March 05, 2011 to October 01, 2011
From March to October, downtown Athens is full of antique vehicles on the first Saturday nights. Some businesses will stay open late and three restaurants will be open for delicious food. A DJ will play 50s and 60s tunes.
Singing on the Square
March 18, 2011 to September 16, 2011
256-232-5411 | tourathens.com/events-attractions
A free concert is held every third Friday night from March to September on the east side of the Limestone County courthouse. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the live entertainment.
Pepper Place Saturday Market
April 16, 2011 to December 17, 2011
205-802-2100, ext. 230 | pepperplacemarket.com
Visit our region’s farming families at the Pepper Place Saturday Market. They grow vegetables and flowers, bake breads and cookies, cakes and pies, tend the bees, and drive into the Lakeview District of Birmingham to sell the fruits of their labors. In addition to farmers, bakers and beekeepers you can enjoy local musicians on two stages while sipping a fresh cup of coffee or enjoying a light breakfast.
Concerts by the River
May 02, 2011 to September 05, 2011
256-341-4818 | decaturparks.com
Concerts by the River is a free concert series that offers a wide variety of musical styles in a family-friendly setting. Sponsored by the City of Decatur Parks and Recreation Department, the concert series begins the first Monday in May with concerts being held each Monday until Labor Day. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets.
May 10, 2011 to August 16, 2011
334-705-5560 | www.opelika.org/
Tuesday evening beginning May 10, the Opelika Parks and Recreation Department will host a free outdoor concert at at Municipal Park. This 14-week concert series offers a wide variety of musical entertainment including gospel, jazz, R&B, oldies, country, big band swing, folk and community band music.
Summer Dance Camps
June 01, 2011 to August 10, 2011
205-987-7234 | grebeldance.com
Summer Dance Camps for ages 3 and up, in the Oak Mountain State Park area. Classical ballet instruction will be offered by Stevan and Deborah Grebel and guest artists.
First Financial Bank Concert Series
June 01, 2011 to August 01, 2011
205-481-4750 | alabamaadventure.com
Alabama Adventure will host the First Financial Bank Concert Series on weekends through out the summer. Artists vary each weekend. Guests will enjoy the theme and water park with a concert that evening, all included in the price of admission.
Jazz in the Park Birmingham
July 03, 2011 to September 04, 2011
205-616-1735 | magiccitysmoothjazz.com
Jazz in the Park Birmingham is a mission driven event that provides access to the arts for everyone. Free and open to the public, Jazz in the Park Birmingham will feature performances by local jazz enthusiasts.
Music in the Park
July 11, 2011 to August 08, 2011
256-905-4400 | walw.org
Music in the Park is a five-week series of live open air music events featuring artists from throughout North Alabama. The event features bluegrass, gospel, folk, jazz and more in a shady, lawn chair or blanket setting.
July 14, 2011 to August 07, 2011
205-324-2424 | redmountaintheatre.org
Get swept away to 1960s Baltimore, where the ’50s are out – and change is in the air! The winner of eight Tony Awards with songs that will have you singing along, like “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” “Big, Blonde and Beautiful,” “Nicest Kids in Town,” and “Welcome to the 60’s,” don’t miss this larger-than-life Broadway musical hit that will make you dance and make you dream!
Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Festival
August 04, 2011 to August 07, 2011
251-473-5020 | gcehjazzfest.com
Join us for four unforgettable days. An Evening of Poetry; jazz music workshop; Jazz in the Square (with national, regional and local bands; and a Jazz Jam Session are all planned.
The Exact Center of the Universe
August 04, 2011 to August 06, 2011
Union Springs, AL
334-738-8687 | reddoortheatre.org
Described by The New Yorker as “an amiable comedy about a classic Southern dragon-lady mother, sharply written and flawlessly elegant that poignantly evokes the passing years.” Each performance will be preceded by a seated dinner.
Albertville City Festival 2011
August 05, 2011 to August 06, 2011
256-891-8202 | cityofalbertville.com
This festival will kick off with a Movie Under the Stars and will be followed by a fun run and a 5K, arts & crafts, food vendors, children’s activities, and car show. Albertville will celebrate the Year of Alabama Music with an Albertville Idol contest and local and nationally known entertainment.
Abalabip! Concert Gulf Shores
August 06, 2011
LuLu’s at Homeport Marina, 200 East 25th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 967-5858 | www.oxfordamerican.org/news-events/events/2011/aug/06/abalabip-gulf-shores-alabama/
Experience ABALABIP!, a series of Oxford American concerts spotlighting Alabama music.
Abalabip! concert series continues with the final concert of the year in Tuscaloosa on September 10. Check the calendar entry on for date and city for more information.
Sizzling Summer Concert
August 06, 2011
256-212-1479 | lmat.org
Join us for late summer fun at The Amp, the Lake Martin Amphitheater.
DeKalb County Fiddlers Convention
August 06, 2011
Fort Payne, AL
The event is sponsored by the Big Wills Arts Council in Fort Payne, Alabama to support its local arts. It also aims to continue the preservation of a musical heritage that includes a tradition of sacred harp, old time fiddle music, southern gospel and convention style singing, and country music from the classic hillbilly style of The Louvin Brothers to the sound of today’s supergroup, “Alabama.”
Jerry Salley and Larry Cordle at the Capri Theatre
August 07, 2011
1045 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106
334-262-4858 | alabamarootsmusic.com/
The Alabama Roots Music Society presents two Grammy-nominated songwriters to perform a selection of their hit songs recorded by some of country’s greatest artists. 3 p.m. at the Capri Theatre.
Cocktails in The Gardens
August 11, 2011
205-414-3965 | bbgardens.org/cocktails
Thursday, August 11 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Hill Garden at Birmingham Botanical Gardens Birmingham’s favorite garden party celebrates its fifth year, bringing live music from local artists to the area’s most beautiful happy hour setting. Cocktails, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and networking are the on the agenda at each of the events.
BAAM! Birmingham Arts and Music Festival
August 12, 2011 to August 14, 2011
205-540-7385 | baamfest.com
Birmingham Arts and Music Festival (BAAM!) is a weekend-long festival celebrating Birmingham’s rich music and cultural arts scene. BAAM! will take place in a number of venues throughout the Greater Birmingham area and will offer patrons of all ages an unforgettable experience. Programs will include live music from all genres, all ages and all walks of life.
August 13, 2011
Littleville , AL
Join us for great entertainment, arts and crafts, a car and truck show, and a spectacular fireworks show.
Stokin' the Fire BBQ Festival
August 20, 2011
Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, AL
205-324-1911 | slossfurnaces.com
This national historic landmark will host its 7th annual world-class BBQ competition, with more than 80 teams competing for the braggin’ rights to the best Q in Birmingham. You can also enjoy art demonstrations by the Sloss Furnaces metal arts staff, live music, Cajun dancing, children’s activities and BBQ sampling during the People’s Choice competition.
Downtown Music Fest
August 20, 2011
Dothan Civic Center, Dothan, AL
334-615-3175 | www.DownTownMusicFest.com
Downtown Music Fest is an event started by Terry Collins and friends to help bring more awareness about ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) also known as Lou Gerhig’s disease by raising funds to help in the research of the disease.Featuring Atlanta Rhythm Section with a special appearance by Billy Joe Royal.
The Johnny Shines Blues Festival
August 27, 2011
Blues festival will honor the late singer Johnny Shines. Performers will include his daughter, Caroline Shines, and other blues artists. The festival will support the Johnny Shines Foundation, which strives to promote the blues in schools and gives scholarships to students studying the blues.
Black Belt Folk Roots Festival
August 27, 2011 to August 28, 2011
Community festival will feature blues, gospel, storytelling, handcrafts, jewelry, downhome food, barbecue, fish, chicken, cake, pies and homemade ice cream. Special activities also will be held for children.
Yard Party for Art
August 27, 2011
334-794-3871 | wiregrassmuseum.org
An outdoor concert will feature rock ‘n’ roll bands, dining and more.