Colbert County Tourism & Convention Bureau

Annual Events + Festivals

Huff ‘N’ Puff on the Bluff 15K

March 10, 2018

The 15-k course is a challenging but scenic run along the banks of the Tennessee River by Riverfront Park and through historic downtown Sheffield Alabama. The course map and elevation profile are available on the Huff 'N’ Puff website at There is a strict 2 hour time limit for the 15-k. Overall, Masters, and Age/Gender medals will be awarded to 1st-3rd place in each division. This is an annual event presented by the Junior League of the Shoals and Tennessee River Athletics Club (TRAC). All proceeds from the race will benefit local community organizations and projects of the Junior League of the Shoals.

More information is available at

Recall LaGrange Annual Civil War Reenactment

May 4-6, 2018

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

Muscle Shoals Street Rod Festival

June 2, 2018

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.

African Heritage Festival

June 2, 2018

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 Saturday in June. It features 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 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018

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 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, July 6, 7, 13, 14, 2018

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 6:30pm and include a tour of Ivy Green.

300 N. Commons W., Tuscumbia
General admission is $10.00 and Reserved admission is $15.00.
For more information call (256) 383-4066 or

Helen Keller Festival

June 21-24, 2018

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) 383-0783 or visit

Saddle Up for St. Jude

July 20-21, 2018

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 Fri & Sat in July.

Gardiner Farm
1 Underwood Road
Tuscumbia, AL
Admission: donations of $35.00 for Friday and $20.00 on Sunday
For more information call (256) 383-0783 or visit Saddle Up for St. Jude - Facebook Page or
Event Coordinator: Jimmy King, (256) 446-5392

W.C. Handy Music Festival

Various 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

Labor Day Events

September 3, 2018


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


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.

For more information call (256) 383-0783.

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

September 7-8, 2018

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 call (256) 383-0783 or visit

Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride

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

September 15, 2018

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 call (256) 383-0783 or visit

A Plantation Christmas, Belle Mont Mansion

December 2, 2018

One of Alabama’s most distinguished mansions is opulently decorated for Christmas when “the Old South” is recreated with period Christmas music, vintage ballroom dancing and refreshments. This is an STS* Top 20 event that occurs annually on the first Sunday in December from 1pm-5pm.

Belle Mont Mansion
1569 Cook Lane
Tuscumbia, AL 35674
Admission is $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for ages 6-12 and age 5 and younger are free.
For more information call (256) 381-5052

Trees of Christmas, Tennessee Valley Museum of Art

December 2-24, 2018

Community groups and local individuals fashion a holiday extravaganza by decorating 12-foot live trees using unconventional techniques and surprising materials to tell their creative stories in these annual holiday presentation.

Tennessee Valley Museum of Art
511 North Water Street
Tuscumbia, AL 35674
Museum hours are Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00-3:00pm
Admission is $5.00 and free on Sundays
For more information call (256) 383-0533 or visit

Dickens Christmas, Ya’ll – Downtown Tuscumbia, AL

December 7-8, 2018

Scrooge, Marley and all the familiar faces from Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, will return to Tuscumbia on December 7-8 to join merchants and townspeople in presenting the signature Christmas festival “It’s a Dickens Christmas, Y’all.” In its eighth year, the event adds a festive touch to the season and brings a hint of “Merry Ole England” to the historic Alabama town. Costumed characters will stroll the streets all day on Saturday, December 8, when most of the activity will take place.

The Dickens Christmas Feast will kick off the festivities, on Friday evening, December 7. A Victorian English Christmas dinner with a Southern twist will be served up by Chef Alan Phillips, Red Clay Epicurean, at 7:00 p.m. in the Roundhouse at the Tuscumbia Railway Depot, 204 West Fifth Street. The evening will include entertainment by characters from A Christmas Carol, directed by Darren Butler. Advance tickets are required for the feast and may be purchased for $25 at Fiddledee D! Call 256-383-9797 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Saturday’s December 8th schedule then pulls out all the stops! This downtown experience, with carolers and costumed Victorian characters (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), is free. Expect to find snow falling on Main Street. Pride and Clyde the Clydesdales will again be on hand to give carriage rides. An additional horse and period buggy will offer two-person rides through the historic district. An outdoor holiday market will be filled with arts and crafts and food vendors, and the shops of Tuscumbia will offer their own holiday specials.

Performances throughout the day will be presented by The Nutcracker Victorian Ballroom Dancers, brass and string ensembles, vocalists, children’s dance groups and others. Watch for appearances by Santa Claus and Father Christmas, his earlier English counterpart.

Saturday, December 8th - 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 about admission, contact 256-383-4066 or