8 of 15 Types of Alabama Recreational Facilities--Festivals

Alabama Festivals

Pepper Jelly Festival — Thomaston, Alabama

The Pepper Jelly Festival and Rural Heritage Day, commonly known as the Pepper Jelly Festival, is an annual festival held the last Saturday in April in the Black Belt town of Thomaston, Alabama. The festival is hosted at the Alabama Rural Heritage Center, which is located in the old home economics building on the former Marengo County High School campus that was redesigned and repurposed by Auburn University's Rural Studio. The Pepper Jelly Festival is a celebration of rural life and traditions in western Alabama. Formerly named Rural Fun Day, the event was renamed in recognition of the unique pepper jelly made at the Rural Heritage Center. The festival features music, homemade food, art, crafts, entertainment, and other activities that reflect the culture of a rural Southern way of life. The festival is historically the second-largest held every year in Marengo County, behind Christmas on the River in Demopolis.

Christmas on the River

Christmas on the River


Finale is the first Saturday in December


DemopolisAlabamaUnited States

Years active

1972 – present[1]


official website

Christmas on the River is a week-long annual Christmas festival held in Demopolis, Alabama. It features a week of events that culminate with a nighttime parade of boats lighted with Christmas-themed decorations on the Tombigbee Riverat Demopolis.[2] Attendance at the Marengo County festival averages about 40,000 people.[3]

The festival has been featured in various news channels which made Demopolis the fifth Ultimate Holiday Town in the United States according to A&E television.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival — Montgomery, Alabama

Spirit of America Festival — Decatur, Alabama

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