The 10 Best Fall Festivals in Alabama!

Alabamians are ready to welcome fall with open arms, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a fall festival. Cooler weather makes the outdoors more enjoyable (and tolerable), providing the perfect backdrop for pumpkin picking, apple bobbing, hayrides, and other fun fall activities. Catch all the family-friendly action at these 10 best fall festivals in Alabama. 

1. Cullman Oktoberfest, Cullman, AL

It just isn’t fall without Oktoberfest, and Cullman hosts one of the best in the state. Each year, thousands of guests visit the five-day event, getting their fill of German beer and cuisine while enjoying live music. The event also includes the Miss Oktoberfest pageant, car show, 5K and 10K races, and dozens of crafts and food vendors to complete the experience. It’s the perfect way to say “Guten tag!” to fall!

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2. Alabama Renaissance Faire, Florence, AL

This two-day event is a step back in time—actually, make that several steps back in time. For over 30 years, this festival has delighted its attendees with medieval flair. Guests can purchase tickets to a round table feast, complete with entertainment befitting of the time period. Flashy costumes and fancy masks are encouraged, but not required.

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3. Boaz Harvest Festival, Boaz, AL

A Boaz tradition for nearly 50 years, this weekend-long festival is chock full of traditional festival delights, including an antique car show, Miss harvest festival pageant, rides and inflatables for kids, and plenty of vendors to ensure you won't leave empty handed. There's also a Moon Pie eating contest that is not to be missed.

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4. Birmingham Greek Festival, Birmingham, AL

Can you say “Opa!”? As one of the city’s oldest food festivals, this highly anticipated three-day event will leave you filled with food, culture, and knowledge. Admission is free, and guests can purchase individual food plates and souvenirs. If you can’t hang out at the festival, you’ll be glad to know they offer a “drive through” service that lets you place your order and have it delivered to your car.

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5. Auburn University Oktoberfest, Auburn, AL

Auburn University is brimming with tradition, and its famed Oktoberfest is no exception. This single day event gives its visitors a taste of the best in German beer and food, alongside live music and the ever-popular Homebrew Alley competition. Also on site are more than 100 brews from local craft breweries—if you love beer, your day will be made!

6. PorktoberQue, Dothan, AL

Following German tradition of holding Oktoberfest as close to the beginning of October as possible, this three-day festival combines the best of barbecue and German culture. Here you can expect some of the beer and barbecue in the state, along with plenty of live music and lederhosen to round out your evening.

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7. Alabama Cotton Festival, Eclectic, AL

This festival combines all the fan favorites into a single event: delicious food, live music, car show, contests, bake offs, dancers, and a friendly competition to see who will be crowned the next Cotton Queen. It’s laid back, family-friendly, and best of all, you can enjoy free admission!

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8. National Shrimp Festival, Gulf Shores, AL

As one of the state’s largest annual events, there’s always much to look forward to here. Four days and three stages of live music await visitors, in addition to a sand sculpture contest, art exhibits, and shrimp cooked just about any way you want it.

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9. Conecuh Sausage Festival, Evergreen, AL

There’s something for the whole family at this delectable festival. Aside from featuring some of the tastiest sausage and barbecue in the state, the festival also offers plenty of attractions: rock climbing walls, kiddie rides, bounce houses, slides, petting zoo, pony and camel rides, and dozens of arts and crafts vendors.

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10. Elberta German Sausage Festival, Elberta, AL

The only downside of this one-day event is that it only lasts one day. Once you taste the scrumptious German sauerkraut and sausage, you’ll wish you had more time to enjoy it. The festival is a fundraiser for the volunteer fire department, which means you’ll be contributing to a good cause while you enjoy the attractions.

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