July in Alabama means juicy watermelon, markets stocked with fresh produce and a lively food scene with something for everyone. Make the most of your summer with these food events across the state – from barbecue to baked goods and a whole lot of Alabama flavor in between.
Art of Alabama Food, Orange Beach (July 2-August 9)
Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with 36 dishes that represent the authentic array of food available throughout the state. Make your way through the display of mouthwatering photographs of dishes listed in the Alabama Tourism Department’s brochure 100 Dishes To Eat in Alabama Before You Die.
Grand Bay Watermelon Festival, Grand Bay (July 3-4)
Celebrate this summertime treat with all the free watermelon you can eat along with arts, crafts, entertainment and the crowning of the winner of the Miss Grand Bay Watermelon Pageant. Children will enjoy a special area designated for the younger crowd, making this bash an ideal event for the entire family.
Sand Mountain Potato Festival, Henagar (July 4)
This area in northern Alabama is well known for its rich diversity of agricultural products, including potatoes. Celebrate that heritage with live music, entertainment, games, inflatables, a horseshoe tournament and more. The night ends with a spectacular fireworks display.
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Fourth of July Festival, Homewood (July 4)
Alabama’s oldest barbecue festival celebrates its 65th year with 5,000 pounds of smoked meat, a $5,000 raffle, a rummage sale, live entertainment and more. Festival proceeds will go to the church and its school, as well as a handful of local charities.
Mac Johnson Farmers Market Day, Montgomery (July 12)
Celebrate Alabama farmers during State Farmers Market Day in Montgomery. Shoppers can purchase produce and other products from local farmers and vendors, as well as enjoy live music. Activities are available for kids too.
Hot BBQ, Cool Blues, Tuscumbia (July 17)
Enjoy plenty of local barbecue and blues music all day in downtown Tuscumbia. Sponsored by Tuscumbia Retail Development, there is no shortage of delicious local flavor and live music at this event, making it an evening destination for groups of all ages.
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