Montgomery is adding to its reputation as one of the newest must-see travel destinations in the South. Located only 3 hours drive away from Atlanta, Montgomery makes for the perfect weekend family trip. The city is located on the banks of the Alabama river and offers something for everyone. The vibrant city just announced a diverse line up of events for the 2017 – 2018 calendar year. These must-do Montgomery events are worthy of a weekend trip from Atlanta and perfect for the whole family.
14 Montgomery Events That Are Worth a Weekend Trip From Atlanta
Montgomery Restaurant Week, August 11-20, 2017
Coinciding with Alabama Restaurant Week, this culinary celebration gives visitors the opportunity to discover new restaurants, dishes and drinks. Featuring amazing deals at some of Montgomery’s best restaurants.
Buckmasters Expo, August 18-20, 2017
The Montgomery Convention Center hosts a 3-day expo for the deer hunting industry with over 300 exhibitors from around the country. Kids activities, live concerts, demonstrations and lots of special guests will be featured.
Montgomery Dragon Boat Festival, August 26, 2017
Over 60 teams from Central Alabama and beyond converge on Riverfront Park in downtown Montgomery to compete in this fundraiser which culminates in a dragon boat race. Off the water, browse various goods from local exhibitors and artists. Live music and food from local vendors will also be featured. Don’t miss the inaugural Gun Island Chute SUP CUP standup paddleboard competition on the Alabama River!
Broadway Under the Stars, September 7, 2017
The 31st annual Broadway Under the Stars concert will be held lakeside at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The Montgomery Symphony will perform Broadway classics as attendees relax on blankets and lawn chairs at this free yearly concert celebration.
Riverwalk Wine Festival, October 14, 2017
Over 100 wineries offer tastings, making the most of Montgomery’s beautiful riverfront park on an early fall afternoon. The event is made complete with live music, food vendors, and discounts on on-site wine purchases.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, December 16, 2017
Named for Alabama’s state flower, this college football bowl game annually features a matchup between top teams from the Sun Belt Conference and the Mid-American Conference at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. The game is televised live on the ESPN family of networks.
Anniversary of Hank Williams’ Death, January 1, 2018
The native of Montgomery was the first country music superstar and one of the most important songwriters of the 20th century. Each year, his grave hosts a ceremony to commemorate his fascinating life on the anniversary of his death. This year will mark the 65th anniversary of the musician’s passing.
Montgomery Half Marathon & 5K, March 10, 2018
This annual race takes runners through some of Montgomery’s most beautiful neighborhoods and past many of the city’s most famous landmarks. Featuring live entertainment for both racers and supporters, the Montgomery Half Marathon is one of the top road races in the South.
Taco Libre sponsored by Modelo, April 2018
Alabama’s Taco Festival features a wide assortment of tacos of the state’s favorite local taco joints, restaurants and food trucks, along with plenty of refreshing beer and margaritas and live regional bands. The event is held at “The Yards at Western Rail” a 40-acre venue in a reclaimed train shed and yard.
Alabama Book Festival, April 2018
Since 2006 this event has welcomed book lovers to Alabama’s premier literary event. Thousands of people gather for author readings, book signings, writing workshops and more.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival Spring Repertory Season, April 25 – May 6, 2018
Each spring this surprising theatrical find nestled in the exquisite 300-acre Blount Cultural Park achieves a rarely attempted feat – professional repertory theatre featuring Shakespeare and the classics. This year’s season includes Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Nightalongside the classic based on Alabama’s own Helen Keller, The Miracle Worker.
Flimp Festival, May 2017
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts hosts this family-friendly festival which invites folks to Blount Cultural Park for a wide range of art-related activities.
River Jam, May 2018
Every May, music lovers converge on downtown Montgomery to attend this free two-day event which showcases over 10 live bands. Concerts take place at Riverfront Amphitheatre and Union Station Train Shed.
Riverbend Brew Fest, May 2018
Montgomery’s Annual Riverbend Brewfest features live music, local food vendors and a large selection of local, regional and nationally renowned craft, seasonal, specialty and micro-brewed beers.
For more information on planning your family visit to Montgomery, Alabama go to visitingmontgomery.com
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