Great food and live entertainment highlight Labor Day celebrations across Alabama. Events include everything from the 80th anniversary of the Coon Dog Cemetery Labor Day Celebration in Cherokee to the annual Moon Pie eating contest in McCalla.
You don’t have to wait until Monday either. Some festivals take place over Labor Day weekend, including: the Sweet Tater Festival in Cullman, the St. William Church Seafood Festival in Guntersville and the Shoals Area Labor Day Festival in Tuscumbia. Families can also enjoy live music at Lake Martin in Eclectic or take a trip to Scottsboro for Art in the Park.
The Alabama Tourism Department give you a breakdown of those events and more here:
Coon Dog Cemetery Labor Day Celebration (Cherokee)
Sept. 4 at the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard. Celebration of “Troop”- the first coon dog buried at the cemetery. More than 300 graves freshly decorated. Live bluegrass music, buck dancing, liar’s contest. BBQ and drinks are available. Free admission. Learn more here.
Sweet Tater Festival (Cullman)
Sept. 3-4 at Smith Lake Park. Featuring arts & crafts along with food vendors, sweet potatoes, music, a car show and lots of family activities. Free admission. Learn more here.
Battle for Decatur (Decatur)
Sept. 2-3 at Point Mallard Park. Civil War reenactment featuring more than 100 authentically clad re-enactors with mock battles each day at 2 p.m. 800-232-5449. Free admission. Learn more here.
Labor Day Weekend Concert (Eclectic)
Sept. 3 at the Amphitheater on Lake Martin. Hear great music during the final event of the summer concert series with The Bank Walkers, Rexton Lee, Ashton Sheppard and James Otto. 256-397-1019. Admission charged. Learn more here.
St. William Catholic Church Seafood Festival (Guntersville)
Sept. 2 at Civitan Park on Lake Guntersville. A drive-thru opens at 7:30 a.m. for purchasing quarts of gumbo and boiled shrimp. Dine-in opens at 10:30 a.m. for Creole-style gumbo, Cajun boiled shrimp, boiled crawfish, catfish dinners and barbecue chicken dinners. 256-582-4245. Free admission. Learn more here.
Caribbean Day at the Park (Huntsville)
Sept. 3 at Stoner Field Park. Caribbean culture, cuisine and lifestyle festival. Arts & crafts, Caribbean board games, arts and crafts, live reggae band and dancing. 256-606-6878. Free admission. Learn more here.
Annual Labor Day Celebration & Moon Pie Eatin’ Contest (McCalla)
Sept. 4 at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. Featuring games, food and Moon Pie eating contest. 205-477-5711. Admission charged. Learn more here.
Section Labor Day Festival (Section)
Sept. 4 at the Section Community Park. Day-long musical entertainment, homemade ice cream, BBQ, horseshoes, dominoes and a street dance. 256-228-3280. Free admission. Learn more here.
Art in the Park (Scottsboro)
Sept. 3 at King-Caldwell Park. More than 150 artisans and craftsmen participate in this juried show and offer their works for sale. Children’s activities, food and live entertainment. 256-259-1056. Admission charged. Learn more here.
Shoals Area Labor Day Festival (Tuscumbia)
Sept. 4 at Spring Park. This is the oldest Labor Day event in Alabama. A parade at 11 a.m., prizes, food and live music. 256-383-0783. Free admission. Learn more here.
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