Happenings in the River Region

There’s always something happening in the River Region!

For a list of museums and historic spots, check out Know the Community.

January – March

Hank Williams Memorial Celebration

Visit Hank’s grave for a wreath-laying ceremony at 10 a.m., then return to the Hank Williams Museum for black-eyed peas and live music. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission charged. (334) 262-3600.

Saturday Jam Sessions

Hear local musicians play the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month at the historic Rouse House. Musicians, bring your acoustic instruments and join the fun! Free. (888) 240-1850. www.oldalabamatown.com.

Mardi Gras at Auburn University Montgomery

AUM stages a Mardi Gras celebration with a parade, food, fireworks and more. (334) 244-3000.

Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration in Prattville

This annual parade ends with music and food. (334) 358-0297. www.prattvilleal.gov.

Black Heritage Tours

Celebrate Black History Month with heritage tours, including guided tours of the Ordeman House Slave Quarters (on its original site). 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Admission charged. (888) 240-1850. www.oldalabamatown.com.

Jewish Food Festival & Treasure Market

This festival features Jewish specialties: hot beef brisket plate, corned beef on Jewish Rye, fresh Challah bread and other Jewish pastries, plus the Treasure Market. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. (334) 262-3314. www.templebethor.net.

Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo

This event features bull riding and livestock shows. Admission charged. (888) 2RODEO2. www.bamabeef.org.

Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic

For over 60 years, Montgomery has hosted this collegiate tennis tournament featuring teams from all over the country. (334) 240-4051. www.bluegraytennis.com.

April – June

Fountain City Arts Festival in Prattville

Fun-filled day of hands-on experiences and demonstrations by artists, musicians and dancers from the greater Southeastern United States. (334) 358-0297. www.prattvilleal.gov.

Alabama Book Festival

More than 50 nationally recognized writers and book professionals converge for readings and discussions. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Free. (888) 240-1850. www.oldalabamatown.com.

Walk of Life

This 5K run/walk and Kid’s Dash through downtown Montgomery is a day of family fun that helps the Joy to Life Foundation provide free mammograms to the medically under served in Central Alabama. (334) 281-5093. www.joytolife.org.

Second Saturdays

Every second Saturday in April through August, the entire city as well as visitors are invited to Riverfront Park for a day full of family-friendly fun! The fun includes live entertainment, interactive activities for kids, various food & drink vendors and adult libations at the SandBAR at the Silos. www.funinmontgomery.com.

Battle of Selma Re-enactment

The Blue and Gray clash once again in this Civil War battle in mid-April on Battlefield Park. (800) 45-SELMA. www.battleofselma.com.

Earth Day Safari

This fun and educational field trip features an endangered species scavenger hunt, Earth Day trivia game and live animal presentations at the Montgomery Zoo. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission charged. (334) 240-4900. www.montgomeryzoo.com.

Prattville CityFest

This weekend event kicks-off with a concert on Friday night and has plenty of food and musical entertainment for the weekend. (334) 365-7392. www.prattvillecityfest.com.

Flimp Festival

Let your imagination, creativity and good humor run rampant at the Flimp Festival with art activities, music and a variety of entertainment throughout the day. (334) 240-4333. www.mmfa.org.

Kid Fishing Rodeo

This fun-filled day at Pratt Park is for kids through age 15. www.outdooralabama.com.

Hearts and Souls of Dixie

The annual performance of the Alabama River Region Ballet is held each April at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. (334) 356-5460. www.riverregionballet.com.

Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic

The Navistar LPGA Classic is a multi-million dollar event featuring the full field of professional LPGA golfers playing at the Senator Course at the Capitol Hill location of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Prattville. (800) 949-4444. www.rtjgolf.com.

July – September

Alabama in the Movies

Kick back, relax, and enjoy seeing the state of Alabama on the big screen! The Alabama Department of Archives will be showing a free movie every Thursday night in July that was filmed or set in Alabama. www.archives.alabama.gov.

Montgomery Lagoon Park Kid Fishing Event

This fun-filled fishing day at Lagoon Park is for kids. www.outdooralabama.com.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series

The Montgomery Jazz Federation and Old Alabama Town sponsor this series of three or four concerts featuring jazz and blues acts. (334) 240-4500.

Broadway Under the Stars

Held in the early fall at the Blount Cultural Park lakeside, this concert by the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra features Broadway show tunes and pop classics. (334) 240-4004. www.montgomerysymphony.org.

October – December

Alabama National Fair

Each October, Garrett Coliseum is buzzing with live musical acts, a circus, pig racing, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, food booths, carnival rides and games. There also are exhibits and competitions of art, photography, flowers, livestock and food. (334) 272-6831. www.alnationalfair.org.

Spinners Pumpkin Patch

This arts and crafts festival is held one weekend each October at Spinners Park in Prattville. The event features more than 100 arts and crafts exhibitors, 8K and one-mile fun run, children’s activities and more. (334) 365-7195. Free.

Camellia Bowl

NCAA sanctioned Division I college football bowl game plays in December at the Cramton Bowl. Announced in August 2013, the game is owned and managed by ESPN Regional Television and the game features teams from the Sun Belt Conference and the Mid-American Conference.

Zoo Boo

The Montgomery Zoo celebrates Halloween in late October with nightly attractions for the kids leading up to Halloween night. Visitors can enjoy haunted train rides, costumed characters, candy and more. (334) 240-4900. www.montgomeryzoo.com.

Mistletoe Market

This annual event features more than 40 vendors offering everything from clothing, jewelry and accessories to home décor, gift baskets and more. (334) 365-5486. www.prattville.com.

Junior League Holiday Market

The Garrett Coliseum comes alive with the Christmas spirit as the Junior League offers holiday gifts and decorations to raise money for the civic group. (334) 288-8816. JLMontgomery.org.

Pike Road Arts & Crafts Fair

This annual festival is held the first Saturday in November at the historic Marks House in the Pike Road community. This event brings over 11,000 people and features arts and crafts, antiques and children’s activities. (334) 281-6303. www.pikeroadartsandcraftsfair.com.

Turkey Day Classic

Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the ASU Stadium, this college football game features Alabama State University Hornets and Miles College. www.bamastatesports.com.

Frontier Days at Fort Toulouse

For one week each November, Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park in Wetumpka comes alive with costumed re-enactors portraying life as it was at a 1750s French fort. See soldiers, settlers, Native Americans, frontier-era traders and performers. (334) 567-3002.

Holiday Light Festival

From late November to early January, the Montgomery Zoo is aglow with large holiday light sculptures of animals, live performances of holiday music, train rides, pictures with Santa and more. (334) 240-4900. www.montgomeryzoo.com.

Montgomery Christmas Parade

The parade begins at the steps of the state Capitol and ends at Court Square. Schools and civic groups participate. Free. www.montgomeryal.gov.

Christmas on the Coosa

Held at Gold Star Park and the Wetumpka Courthouse Veranda, the main event is the parade of decorated boats at night along the Coosa River. Other highlights of the festival include arts and crafts, a street parade, classic cars, quilts and a fireworks show. (334) 567-1313. www.cityofwetumpka.com.

Glenn Miller Annual Concert

Held at the Montgomery Davis Theatre, the event features the Band of the Air Force Reserves playing classics from the Big Band era as well as holiday favorites. (334) 241-9567.

Living Christmas Tree

This event features the First Baptist Church choir, in Christmas tree formation, singing traditional Christmas tunes. (334) 834-6310.

Montgomery Symphony

Orchestra’s Holiday Pops Concert held at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, this concert is the holiday highlight for the Orchestra’s season. (334) 240-4004. www.montgomerysymphony.org.

The Nutcracker

Held at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, the event is the traditional favorite performed by Alabama River Region Ballet and School. (334) 356-5460. www.riverregionballet.com.