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The Dekalb County Tourist Association welcomes you to Lookout Mountain Alabama


         


Suggested travels plans to Lookout Mountain 

2014 Calendar of Events for DeKalb County Alabama

Every Weekend beginning in May through the Autumn months - Nature Programs & Guided Hikes at DeSoto State Park - Frogs, creepy crawlers, mountain life, Trail of Tears, flower and bird watching, are just a sampling of what you will learn by state park naturalists and Jacksonville State University Field School staff. Printed brochures of all programs are available by calling 256-782-5697.  Programs are held every Friday and Saturday night at the DeSoto State Park Pavilion and begin at 8 p.m. In the event of rain, programs are moved to the Nature Center. 256-845-0051

True Adventure Sports - Call to plan your adventure today at DeSoto State Park, the Little River Canyon National Preserve and other Lookout Mountain locations.  Outdoor gear, rock climbing, rappelling, wild cave tours, camping, kayaks, clothing and shoes.  Guided trips. Lessons available and team building. Snacks available.  Now renting scooters! Weather info & Tourist info. Email 256-997-9577

Every Saturday Collinsville Trade Day Come to historic town of Collinsville and experience the largest outdoor markets in the south.  We have more than you could possibly see on a Saturday, so plan to come back again and again.  When you get here you will find all kinds of antiques, collectibles, children's toys and clothes, work clothes and boots, fishing gear, fresh fruits and vegetables, furniture, tools and whole lot more.  Collinsville is located on US Highway 11 halfway between Gadsden and Fort Payne, Alabama.  We are located 3 miles from I-59.

Every Saturday & Sunday I-59 Flea Market in Valley Head. Featured on Turner South's JUNKIN', this indoor/outdoor event takes place each Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Individual booths Located at Exit 231 off of I-59. 256-635-6899

Third Saturday Sunset Event Every Third Saturday of the month from May to October you can come out and enjoy an afternoon of family fun activities in downtown Fort Payne. This public event will include food, live music, a car show, and more from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-996-3857

Open 7 days a week...Alabama Fan Club & Museum in Fort Payne DeKalb County is home of the Country Music Group of the Century, Alabama.  This museum houses the group's many awards and achievements, along with collections from their youth.  Don't forget to purchase Alabama memorabilia at the souvenir/gift shop.  Located at 101 Glenn Blvd. SW in Fort Payne. Call for information at 256-845-1646.

Open Wed., Thurs., & Fri...Fort Payne Depot Museum 5th and Gault Ave. across from Fort Payne City Park. Railroad memorabilia, Dioramas handcrafted back in 1913, Indian artifacts, local history and more! Publications of our local Landmarks Historical Society are available for purchase.  (256) 845-5714.

Year Round...Shady Grove Dude Ranch Horseback Riding and Saddle Rock Golf Course. Alabama's ONLY Dude Ranch is located in Mentone on Lookout Mountain, just off County Rd. 165. 256-634-4344.

December 15... Ski Season Opens Weather Permitting.  Cloudmont Ski Resort.  Call for information 256-634-4344.

Mid-June to Mid-September Weather permitting...DeKalb County Farmers Market every Tuesday & Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the VFW Fairgrounds. 18th Street North, Fort Payne. Call the DeKalb County  Cooperative Extension for more information at 256-845-8595.

Every fourth Saturday from January to October Little River Canyon Center River Rhythms Nature & Art Family Fun Program Join Jacksonville State University’s Canyon Center staff, partners and volunteers  of the month for fun nature programs including hikes, crafts, games, nature talks, activities and more.  There is a different program each month. 1 pm - 3 pm; No Fee, For more information, please call Renee Morrison at 256-782-5697.

Registration is going on now for One World Adventure's Summer Day Camps! This is a great way for children to stay active during the summer while learning about the great outdoors. Our camps are perfect for ages 2-13! We even have activities each Friday night for teens. Locations are convenient for most everyone in the Fort Payne, Valley Head, Mentone, and Lookout Mountain areas. Spaces are limited so Call 256-634-8370 with questions or visit our website for dates and pricing info. 

September 20 - November 2 Down on the Farm  Make memories with your family that will last a lifetime. You'll experience hours of enjoyment including a relaxing tractor pulled hayride to the 30 acre pumpkin patch.  Get lost in our 6 acre corn maze.  Enjoy petting and feeding our animals.  Pack a picnic lunch or order from our snack bar.  We look forward to seeing you.  Tuesday - Thursday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 256-638-6200 or 256-899-6227

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March 2 Celestial Navigation This two-hour class is a basic introduction to navigation by the stars. Learn how to navigate without the use of a compass or GPS with the same rules used for almost six thousand years. Meet at True Adventure Sports. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 3 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  Headlamp and enthusiastic guide included. Meet at True Adventure Sports. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 4 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 6 - 7 Rainsville Lions Club 30th Annual Rodeo The Rainsville Lions Club will be hosting its annual rodeo at the NEAL Agri Business Center. The rodeo will consist of bareback riding, team roping, barrell racing and bull riding. Admission for adults is $12, children $7 & children 5 & under free. 256-638-1650

March 6 Rock Climbing Adventure Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.   10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  256-997-9577

March 7 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 7 Mad Science & Crazy Art Mad science days may include chemical magic, special effects, bubbling potions, slimes, high-bouncing balls, while the crazy art days will include a mix of science into art for some crazy but beautiful artistic creations with buttons, strings, recycled materials, dirt paint and more!  Kids ages 6-10 can put their hands into mad science and crazy art experiments hosted by the Canyon Center Gift Shop First Saturdays every ODD month. Little River Canyon Center; 11 a.m. to Noon; $5 per child 256-782-5697

March 10 GPS Basic Training and Navigation Class Part 1 Learn how to use a map, compass, and a handheld GPS. Learn basic navigation and how to pinpoint a location for quick return, or quick rescue. Also learn how to search by waypoints or coordinates. True Adventure Sports    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  256-997-9577

March 11 Treasure Hunt Adventure Do you enjoy trying to solve riddles and clues?  This 5-hour adventure will take you deep into the heart of Manitou Cave.  You will have to solve and follow each clue in order to find the next one, and ultimately the Treasure!  TAS 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 12 The DeKalb County Master Gardeners Presents “Gardening in Small Places ” This is bring your lunch and learn program about raised  bed gardening.  Drinks will be available, so just bring your lunch and enjoy learning and getting ready for Spring. The Coal and Iron Building on the corner of Gault and 5th Street NW. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

March 12 Rock Climbing Adventure Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.   2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  256-997-9577

March 12 - 14 Krazy Kudzu Follies This event offers you the opportunity to see community leaders take the stage to perform random acts so silly they leave the audience breathless with laughter.  Sponsored by the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce and held at the DeKalb Theatre. 6 p.m.  Tickets are $15 per person or 2 for $20.  256-845-2741 

March 13 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  Headlamp and enthusiastic guide included. Meet at True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 14 - 21 Finders Keepers Spring/Summer Consignment Sale You will find gently used, good quality name brand children and adult clothing and shoes, home furnishings, electronics, books, toys, furniture and more, all at great prices. Sign up NOW to become a consignor!  Will be held at the VFW Fairgrounds. Special pre-sale hours for consignors. Call for more details! 256-632-2420

March 14 Blow Your Own Ornament Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of our glass artists.  No reservations are needed, it is on a first come, first serve basis.   For this we welcome people of all ages (at least 5 years old). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cost is $35 per ornament 256-523-3188

March 14 Basic Pine Needle Basketry Class Learn the basics of pine needle basketry, an old craft with a long history. Join DSP staff and volunteers to learn the basic steps to making a coiled basket from longleaf pine needles. Each participant will learn the basic skills of pine needle basketry and take home their very own creation. The art of coiling baskets is universally common to indigenous peoples. Coiling is the technique of creating baskets and art from pine needles and was a part of pre-Columbian Native American crafts. Today, pine needle baskets and art are made primarily for decorative purposes. All materials (pine needles, thread, and small center for basket) will be furnished. Class is for ages 12 to adult. DeSoto State Park Nature Center (Next to the Country Store). 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Central Time Zone). Fee: $20 supply fee - Payable to DeSoto State Park. Pre-registration required; class number is limited to 10. 256-997-5025

March 14 Homemade Bow Drill Set & Practice Bow Drill Class Everything you need will be supplied to make your own bow drill set; Participants may bring their own full tang or rat tail knife A few knives will be available on a first come first serve basis. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. DeSoto State Park Picnic Area $20 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, 256-997-5025

March 14 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 14 Night Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 16 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 18 Creative Journaling The awesome Lydia Randolph will be teaching this fun class at Alice Circle! She will provide supplies but bring a journal and your favorite supplies markers/paint/glitter & more). Limited space is available so hurry and sign up!! 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 256-996-1181

March 20 – 22 Home & Garden Expo
Enjoy dozens of displays featuring products for home improvement, gardening, housewares, recreation, etc. Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center. Free admission. 256-638-1650

March 20 Rock Climbing Adventure Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.   10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  256-997-9577

March 20 Night Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 21 Paperweight Class This class is designed for those who really just want see what molten glass is all about.  Feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass into you own design.  It is ultimately about the experience, some experimentation and a couple nice paperweights to take home or to the office to show your friends.  Class size at the largest will be five students so everyone has adequate time at the bench working.  There will be material provided before the class for you to review and become familiar with concerning safety and basic glassblowing vocabulary.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery. Reservations Required $135 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

March 21 Woodcarving Class This bushcraft class will teach you the skill of woodcarving with a lesson on knife safety and proper use. You will learn how to make your own camping utensils and a walking stick.  Desoto State Park Picnic Pavilion; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  $45 per person, Ages 12 and up. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited. Register by calling 256-634-8370

March 23 – 27 Spring Break Tours At Tigers For Tomorrow An exciting Spring break line up! Visitors can get an up close visit with the animals in The Legacy Living Classroom and even feed the animals at the animal contact area while waiting for the tour to begin.  Regular tour prices discounted during this special time.  The tour is just $10 for children ages 3-11 and $15 for those ages 12 and above.  All children under 3 are free!  On the tour you will learn about the predators we share our world with, their instincts and behaviors as well as why they are here at Untamed Mountain.  Bring your camera as tour guests will be allowed to take photos, but no videos will be allowed during this time. NO CELL PHONE USE IN PRESERVE please.  Please also wear closed toed shoes or sneakers this is a 1 ½ hour walking tour are recommended.  1:30 p.m. NO RESERVATIONS are needed and for more info please call 256-524-4150

March 23 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 24 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 25 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  Headlamp and enthusiastic guide included. Meet at True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 26 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 26 Homemade Salve-making Class Join Robert Wilson from Seven Pines Survival for a basic class about salve-making with native plants. This class is centered towards using Plantain, a common ‘weed’ that has many benefits, and useful for making ointments for bug bites, sunburn, psoriasis, & poison ivy rashes. Robert will teach about the properties of this wonderful ‘weed’, and show how to make a simple salve that you can take home.  DeSoto State Park Contry Store. Free & open to everyone. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. 256-997-5025

March 26 Kamama Music Series Come and enjoy music with Larry Grisham of the Beat Daddy’s. Kamama stage and seating provide the audience an intimate listening experience where live music can be fully appreciated. Adm. is $10 and seating is limited. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Dinner at 5:30 and Music starts at 7 p.m. 256-634-3001

March 27 - 28 Geraldine 28th Annual Quilt Show This 2-day event will be held at the Geraldine Homemaker’s Building and will offer beautiful handmade quilts of all designs.  Show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 27 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 28.  Admission is $5 per person.  For more information, call 256-659-6678

March 27 Orienteering Class Basic yet essential skills for survival navigation are brought to you in map reading, compass reading, and topography.  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 28 Sculpt Your Own Flower Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass?  It’s all about hands on experience in a safe and fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. There is a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  Reservations are required. 256-523-3188

March 28 Blacksmith Forging Demonstration with Walter Howell Locally & nationally-known craftsman Walter Howell will demonstrate this interesting artform of usefulness & beauty. See raw materials become works of art using this age-old method of heating & shaping metal known as forging.  Some of Walter’s finished pieces of art will be available for purchase.  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  DeSoto State Park Country Store & information Center. Free & open to everyone.  256-997-5025  

March 28 Appalachian Broom-Making Demonstration with Lenton Williams Locally & nationally-known craftsman Lenton Williams will demonstrate the interesting art form of making hand-tied brooms & brushes in the Appalachian style. Lenton uses raw materials such as natural broom corn and handles to fashion useful & beautiful pieces of art.  Some of Lenton’s finished pieces will be available for purchase.   DeSoto State Park Country Store 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free & open to everyone.  256-997-5025

March 28 Paddle Trip on Little River National Park Ranger Larry Beane will lead a paddle trip in the backcountry part of the preserve on Little River. This section of Little River is known for easy paddling with class one and two rapids.  This trip is scheduled to last all day. Larry will include stops along the way to learn about safety and special resources in the park.  Paddlers will need to bring their own kayak/canoe, paddle, life preservers, food, water, hat and sunscreen.  The water will probably be cold, and the weather may be cool too, so plan your clothing accordingly.  A dry suit, wetsuit, splash jacket, and warm change of clothes may be needed, depending on weather, especially on the early trips.  The park is planning to provide free shuttle service for these events.  Little River Canyon National Preserve 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Free; Space is limited for each trip so please call the National Park Service office at 256-845-9605  

March 28 Early Spring Walk in DeSoto State Park One of the most beautiful times of the year at DeSoto State Park! Join DSP staff on an easy meandering walk along the ADA-Accessible Azalea Cascade Boardwalk Trail to see early blooming-species of plants along Laurel Creek & Azalea Cascade.  Free to the public; pre-registration not required. (we ask that groups larger than 5 RSVP)  Great for all ages! Pets welcome on leash.  Meet at Country Store & Information Center at DeSoto State Park. 10 a.m. to Noon 256-997-5025

 March 28 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 28 Bunny-Palooza: Spring Fest for Children Celebrate the season by visiting the Bunny Factory (where children are magically transformed into bunnies and learn all the basics: how to hop, decorate eggs, and more enchanting fun)! Children’s Spring Art Show, storytelling, music, baby animals, bunny games, egg hunt with prizes, fairy tales and fairy houses workshop…a day your little bunny will NEVER forget! Little River Canyon Center 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Free and open to everyone. Some programs may have limited space so pre-registration is encouraged 256-782-5697

March 28 – 29 Backpacking 101 An early spring backpacking class. A great class for beginners. Topics on the backpacking essentials, camping items to choose and use, fire building, cooking, and more! Check in 2 p.m. on Saturday and check out 12 p.m. on Sunday.  DeSoto State Park Nature Center; $110 per person - includes all equipment and food. Ages 12 and up. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited. 256-634-8370

March 30 – April 3 Spring Break Tours At Tigers For Tomorrow An exciting Spring break line up! Visitors can get an up close visit with the animals in The Legacy Living Classroom and even feed the animals at the animal contact area while waiting for the tour to begin.  Regular tour prices discounted during this special time.  The tour is just $10 for children ages 3-11 and $15 for those ages 12 and above.  All children under 3 are free!  On the tour you will learn about the predators we share our world with, their instincts and behaviors as well as why they are here at Untamed Mountain.  Bring your camera as tour guests will be allowed to take photos, but no videos will be allowed during this time. NO CELL PHONE USE IN PRESERVE please.  Please also wear closed toed shoes or sneakers this is a 1 ½ hour walking tour are recommended.  1:30 p.m. NO RESERVATIONS are needed and for more info please call 256-524-4150

March 30 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

March 31 Crochet Class at Alice Circle Join us for a crochet class at Alice Circle from 5 p.m. to 7p.m. $20 per person and includes all supplies. 256-605-0726

April

April 1 Enchanted Botany Join Brittney M. Hughes, for this botany trip to “The Pocket” on Pigeon Mountain. Excellent photo opportunities of unique and beautiful plants. Easy to moderate short hike.  Meet at Little River Canyon Center to shuttle to site. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $10 pp.  Pre-registration required. 256-782-8010

 April 1 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 2 Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 3 Mountaineering Adventure This 4-6 hour adventure starts with a rappel into a low light maze where we will stop and anchor part of the way down the rock wall and travel on the rock face mountaineering style to get to our main destination.  True Adventure Sports 10 a.m. 256-997-9577

April 3 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 4 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 4 Basic Survival Class A good first course for someone new to bushcraft and survival. It's designed to teach you the most important and practical skills of bushcraft and survival in the Southern Appalachian region Golden Rules of Survival, Clothing, Kits, Kit mentality and the bare essentials, Shelter, Fire, Water, Rescue. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (bring bag lunch and personal water bottle) Desoto State Park Primitive Group Campsite 2. $65 per person ages 12 and up. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited. 256-634-8370  

April 4 DeSoto Scout Trail Hike It is a wonderful time to get out there & enjoy the scenery on the DeSoto Scout Trail! For those not familiar with the DST, it connects 2 of the finest parks in the State: Little River Canyon National Preserve and DeSoto State Park. The trail follows the West Fork of Little River and traverses a varied terrain of ridges, valleys, rock formations, rocky plains, and sandy stretches. See original rockwork from the Civilian Conservation Corps era, wonderful views of Little River, and several wet-season waterfalls along the way.This will be a moderate to strenuous hike along rocky terrain. This hike will be mostly in the DeSoto State Park section, with rugged, mountainous terrain and some steep inclines. Meet at Country Store & Information Center; 10 a.m. to roughly 4 p.m. 4 to 5 miles. Free and open to the public. 256-845-0051

April 4 RTI's Community Easter Egg Hunt Your children can have their picture made with the Easter Bunny. There will be separate hunts for different age groups up t o 11 years of age, free face painting, and golden prize eggs. Held at the RTI Building. 1 p.m. 256-638-7800

April 6 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 6 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 7 - 9 High Adventure Trip This is a 3 day adventure including a Wild Cave Tour, Rock Climbing, An Extreme Night Hike and end with a relaxing canoe trip.  Price includes all activities, attractions, permits, fees, gear, and guides.   $137 per person. 256-997-9577

April 7 – 9 Spring Break Tours At Tigers For Tomorrow An exciting Spring break line up! Visitors can get an up close visit with the animals in The Legacy Living Classroom and even feed the animals at the animal contact area while waiting for the tour to begin.  Regular tour prices discounted during this special time.  The tour is just $10 for children ages 3-11 and $15 for those ages 12 and above.  All children under 3 are free!  On the tour you will learn about the predators we share our world with, their instincts and behaviors as well as why they are here at Untamed Mountain.  Bring your camera as tour guests will be allowed to take photos, but no videos will be allowed during this time. NO CELL PHONE USE IN PRESERVE please.  Please also wear closed toed shoes or sneakers this is a 1 ½ hour walking tour are recommended.  1:30 p.m. NO RESERVATIONS are needed and for more info please call 256-524-4150

April 7 Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 10 - 12 The Courage Worship Event This is going to be a worship event like never before.  The Courage mission is to heal the broken hearted, to remember the forgotten, to bring hope to the hopeless and courage to the weak.  Courage Worship event is designed to create this environment for a constant 72 hours. There will be dozens of Christian Bands, Solo Artists, and Speakers. Hope you can join us. Twilley Fields in Dogtown. 256-997-9577

April 10 Rock Climbing Adventure Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.   2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  256-997-9577

April 10 Paint & Praise For A Purpose Let your inner artist out and join us for a painting class instructed by Lindy Vizzinia, Marcie Davis & Marilyn Taylor. You will be painting a canvas art to take home.  Event is sponsored by ladies of the First United Methodist Church with proceeds going to missions and ministries. Tickets are $25 per person. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets available at church office or by calling 256-845-1141 or 256-996-1250

April 10 Wine Tasting & Auction Fundraiser There will be a wine tasting, appetizers, live music and auction that will be going on to help raise funds for Fort Payne to become an official Main Street Alabama City. Held at Vintage 1889 at 6 p.m. 256-845-3380

April 11 Mid South Paint Horse Show Come and enjoy a day of it! You can see the horses work and the beauty that each one has in color and talent. Held at the Northeast Alabama Agri Business Center in Rainsville. 8 a.m. 256-638-1650

April 11 Run for Uganda 5K Rainsville Community Church hosting a 5K to raise money for Uganda. Registration forms are available at Straight Up Barber Shop in Rainsville, or register online here. Visit the Run for Uganda Facebook page 8:30 a.m. 256-638-7793  

April 11 Blow Your Own Ornament Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of our glass artists.  No reservations are needed, it is on a first come, first serve basis.   For this we welcome people of all ages (at least 5 years old). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cost is $35 per ornament 256-523-3188

April 11 Earth Day At Little River Canyon Center Join Jim Lacefield, author of “Lost Worlds In Alabama” for an interpretive tour of Little River Canyon rim habitats. Little River Canyon Center 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. $5 per person; pre-registration required. 256-782-5697 

April 11 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 11 Learning to Look, Looking to Learn, Wild and Wackie Discoveries Join Heather Montgomery, nationally renown children’s nature author, for this family friendly hike where you become an explorer and make your own wild discoveries in the forest. 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. $5 per adult and $3 children 12 and under. 256-782-5697

April 11 Merfs Taste of the Mountain and Art Auction Come support the MERF House and have some fun! Tickets purchased by April 5th are $30 per person or $200 per table of 8.  Moon Lake Gym  6 p.m. 256-634-4673

April 11 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  Headlamp and enthusiastic guide included. Meet at True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 12, 13, 15, 18 & 19 Hope Puppets Present “Beauty & the Least” Come enjoy a fantastic puppet show with a great story. First Baptist Church of Rainsville. Times are April 12th at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. April 13, 15, & 18th  at 6 p.m. & April 19th shows will be at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Free Admission 256-638-3141

April 13 Rock Climbing Adventure Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.   10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  256-997-9577

April 14 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

April  16 - 19 & April 23 - 26  “Into the Woods” Northeast Alabama Community College Theatre presents “Into the Woods”.  Call 256-638-4418 for more information

April 16 - 18 Annual Spring Lions Club/Library Book Sale The DeKalb County Library and the Fort Payne Lions Club will be hosting their annual book sale. It will be in the Iron & Coal Building in downtown Fort Payne. It is on the corner of 5th Street NE and Gault Ave.

April 16 GPS Basic Training and Navigation Class Part 1 Learn how to use a map, compass, and a handheld GPS. Learn basic navigation and how to pinpoint a location for quick return, or quick rescue. Also learn how to search by waypoints or coordinates. True Adventure Sports    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  256-997-9577

April 17 Mountain Bike Tour This tour explores some beautiful trails and paths atop Lookout Mountain or Sand Mountain. Come have an enjoyable ride without the fear of getting lost. This three hour tour includes a mountain bike rental, instruction, and a guide for safety, direction, and information. Meet at True Adventure Sports 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 17 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  Headlamp and enthusiastic guide included. Meet at True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 18 Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative’s 75th Annual Meeting

April 18 Dentistry From The Heart Dr. Mark Wilson and Dr. Tim Fiquett are pleased to host their second annual Dentistry From The Heart.  This event will provide free dental care to local residents who could not otherwise afford it. so individuals seeking treatment are encouraged to arrive early. Services will be provided based upon a first come, first serve basis. Patients must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid ID. Also, they should bring with them a list of medications. Drs. Wilson and Fiquett and their team of hygienists, dental assistants and volunteers will provide patients with a free extraction, filling or cleaning. They will care for as many patients as possible during the above hours. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their office located at 110 23rd Street NW, Fort Payne. Registration will begin at 7 a.m.  256-273-4368

April 18  Mentone Community Church Spring Indoor Yard Sale and Pancake Breakfast  The Church youth is hosting a yard sale and pancake breakfast to help raise funds for their mission trip to Falmouth Jamaica.  “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!” Please come help support the youth by shopping for some of your own treasures and enjoying some freshly made pancakes.  If you had rather turn your “trash” into someone else’s “treasures” and would like to make a donation, please contact the Church. Pancake breakfast and Yard Sale will begin at 8am in the Life Center.  90 Summerville Road, Mentone. 256-634-4210

April 18 Paperweight Class This class is designed for those who really just want see what molten glass is all about.  Feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass into you own design.  It is ultimately about the experience, some experimentation and a couple nice paperweights to take home or to the office to show your friends.  Class size at the largest will be five students so everyone has adequate time at the bench working.  There will be material provided before the class for you to review and become familiar with concerning safety and basic glassblowing vocabulary.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery. Reservations Required $135 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

April 18 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 18 Third Saturday Sunset Event You can come out and enjoy an afternoon of family fun activities in downtown Fort Payne. This public event will include food, live music, a car show, and more from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 256-996-3857

April 18 Night Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577  

April 20 Afternoon Rock Climb Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about in the afternoon with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed. TAS   2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 20 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  Headlamp and enthusiastic guide included. Meet at True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 21 Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon Enjoy a catered lunch, gift bags and entertainment. Several door prizes will be given away. Held at the First United Methodist Church Life Center.  Sponsored by Altrusa International of Fort Payne. Lunch at Noon 256-638-7800  

April 21 Bouldering Adventure – Atop Lookout Mountain Come experience first-hand what bouldering is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. We will climb on some of the best boulders atop Lookout Mountain. No prior climbing or bouldering experience is needed.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 22 Mountain Bike Tour This tour explores some beautiful trails and paths atop Lookout Mountain or Sand Mountain. Come have an enjoyable ride without the fear of getting lost. This three hour tour includes a mountain bike rental, instruction, and a guide for safety, direction, and information. Meet at True Adventure Sports 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 22 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 23 Treasure Hunt Adventure Do you enjoy trying to solve riddles and clues?  This 5-hour adventure will take you deep into the heart of Manitou Cave.  You will have to solve and follow each clue in order to find the next one, and ultimately the Treasure!  TAS 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 24 Night Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 25 DeKalb County 2015 March for Babies Join the March of Dime for the 2015 March for Babies. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and Walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Fort Payne City Park. You can register online at www.marchforbabies.org or call 256-585-6243

April 25 Sculpt Your Own Flower Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass?  It’s all about hands on experience in a safe and fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. There is a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  Reservations are required. 256-523-3188

April 25 -26 Gun and Knife Show This event will be held at the DeKalb County VFW Fairgrounds in Fort Payne. It will house 350 tables of rifles, shotguns, handguns, knives, edged weapons, modern & antique weapons, and related items. Admission is $5 per person and children under 12 are free with an adult.  Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 256-845-7140

April 25 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 25 Treasure Hunt Adventure Do you enjoy trying to solve riddles and clues?  This 5-hour adventure will take you deep into the heart of Manitou Cave.  You will have to solve and follow each clue in order to find the next one, and ultimately the Treasure!  TAS 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 27 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 28 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 28 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 28 – May 2 Spring Carnival This annual Spring Carnival is fun for the whole family!  It is sponsored by the DeKalb County VFW and will be held at the VFW Fairgrounds.  The gates will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Saturday, May 2, gates will be open from 2 p.m. to close.  Price is $10 per person to ride from open to close each day.  Food Concessions will be available.

April 29 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

April 29 GPS Basics Training and Navigation Class Part 2 You will learn to find a beacon placed in the woods as a SAR attempt while knowing your position, and the position of your teammates. True Adventure Sports 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  256-997-9577

May

May 1 – 3 & 8 – 9 Plainview Bear Theatre presents "Joseph and the Amazong Technicolor Dreamcoat"  This spectacularly fun musical of the Biblical story of Joseph, Jacob's favorite son, and his multicolored coat. Fort Payne Opera House; May 1, 2, 8 & 9 at 7 p.m. and May 2, 3, & 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. 256-638-3510

May 2 Hustle For Heroes 5K Run/Walk Please join the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary in their 1st Annual Hustle for Heroes 5K Run/Walk. Celebrate those who fought for our country with a run through the city of Fort Payne. Open to all; runners and walkers All proceeds go toward the construction of the Patriots Memorial Park. The race begins and ends behind the Rotary Pavilion in Fort Payne. It is an out and back course that goes along Williams Avenue, around the VFW Fair grounds and the Alabama Walking Park. $20 Pre-registration and $25 Race Day Registration from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Register by April 18th to guarantee a t-shirt. Race Begins promptly at 8 a.m. 256-996-3090

May 2 23rd Annual Wildflower Saturday Wildflower Saturday is an annual 1-day event held in DeSoto State Park atop Lookout Mountain. Springtime at DeSoto State Park is truly beautiful, with wildflowers & trees blooming around every corner. Join DeSoto State Park staff & volunteers for a wonderful day of learning about the many species of blooming plants found on Lookout Mountain. Trail Maps & Wildflower Checklists can be found at the Lodge, Country Store and Nature Center. All hikes are free to the Public and no registration required!  9 a.m. - 1st Hikes of the Day 11:30 a.m. - Lunch(on your own)  1 p.m. - 2nd Hikes of the Day 3 p.m. - 3rd Hikes of the Day 7:15 p.m. - plant presentation at Lodge 256-997-5025

May 2 Mad Science & Crazy Art Mad science days may include chemical magic, special effects, bubbling potions, slimes, high-bouncing balls, while the crazy art days will include a mix of science into art for some crazy but beautiful artistic creations with buttons, strings, recycled materials, dirt paint and more!  Kids ages 6-10 can put their hands into mad science and crazy art experiments hosted by the Canyon Center Gift Shop First Saturdays every ODD month. Little River Canyon Center; 11 a.m. to Noon; $5 per child 256-782-5697

May 9 Blow Your Own Ornament Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of our glass artists.  No reservations are needed, it is on a first come, first serve basis.   For this we welcome people of all ages (at least 5 years old). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cost is $35 per ornament 256-523-3188

May 9 Canoeing Class Learn your basic canoeing strokes during this safe 4 hour instruction. You and your partner will each learn to manage the steer and the bow so your canoe excursions are fun and successful. Bring a bag lunch and personal water bottle. Snacks are provided.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. DeSoto Falls,  $65 per couple or $35 per person and we will pair you with someone. For ages 12 and up. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited. 256-634-8370

May 9 7th Annual Cody Renfroe Rod Run/Poker Run Come spend the day looking at Vintage, Street Rods, Hot Rods, Motorcycles & Tractors. This car show is in memory of Cody Renfroe. There will be kid entertainment, great food and more. All proceeds go to Crossville Volunteer Fire Department.  Crossville City Park. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-659-8352 or 256-302-3637

May 14 – 17 17th Annual US 11 Antique Alley Yard Sale Follow the scenic U.S. Highway 11 from Meridian, MS to Bristol, VA for more than 500-miles of yard sales! Explore charming historic communities and downtown districts like the 1889 boom town district of Fort Payne, Alabama. 888-805-4740 & 877-871-1386

May 15 - 17 Mentone Rhododendron Festival A bonfire and delicious local food always gets this event off to a great start, and this year we are excited to announce the return of the Miss Rhododendron Pageant on Friday night at 6pm. Enjoy an event that highlights the best of Mentone! Local musicians, arts of all mediums, horse drawn carriage rides, a children's festival with rides, games and activities, ponies, sidewalk chalk art contest, a cow train, and a "Taste of Mentone" are some of the things you can expect for this year's festival. 256-845-3957 Email  

May 16 Paperweight Class This class is designed for those who really just want see what molten glass is all about.  Feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass into you own design.  It is ultimately about the experience, some experimentation and a couple nice paperweights to take home or to the office to show your friends.  Class size at the largest will be five students so everyone has adequate time at the bench working.  There will be material provided before the class for you to review and become familiar with concerning safety and basic glassblowing vocabulary.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery. Reservations Required $135 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

May 23 Sculpt Your Own Flower Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass?  It’s all about hands on experience in a safe and fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. There is a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  Reservations are required. 256-523-3188

June

June 18 - 21 Alabama Band Fan Appreciation Weekend Fort Payne's own Country music group ALABAMA invite you to their Fan Club & Museum and weekend activities throughout DeKalb County. Tour the Fan Club, attend an autograph session, enjoy concerts, and much more. 800-557-8223

June 20 7th Annual Freedom Fest 5K & 10K Don't miss the area's largest fun run/walk. There will be hundreds of dollar in cash prizes for the winners in several age categories, plus dozens of valuable door prizes to be given away. Early registration through June 14, 2014 is $25; after June 14 it is $35. The first 400 to register will receive a dri-fit t-shirt and race bag. Registration and starting of race is at Broadway Baptist Church in Rainsville. For online registration, contact info and more, visit the event page. 8 a.m

June 27 The Crossroads Freedom Fest Come and enjoy the family fun at Rainsville City Park.  There will be music, food, inflatables, and a big fireworks show to end the day. 3 p.m. 256-638-7800

July

July 4 32nd Annual Sand Mountain Potato Festival Sand Mountain is well known for its rich diversity of agricultural products, including potatoes. Celebrate our heritage with live music, arts and crafts, entertainment, games and fireworks. Event begins at 10 a.m. and culminates with a beautiful fireworks display. 256-657-6282

July 4 Mad Science & Crazy Art Mad science days may include chemical magic, special effects, bubbling potions, slimes, high-bouncing balls, while the crazy art days will include a mix of science into art for some crazy but beautiful artistic creations with buttons, strings, recycled materials, dirt paint and more!  Kids ages 6-10 can put their hands into mad science and crazy art experiments hosted by the Canyon Center Gift Shop First Saturdays every ODD month. Little River Canyon Center; 11 a.m. to Noon; $5 per child 256-782-5697

July 10 – 12 & 17 – 19 “The Foreigner” Northeast Alabama Community College Theatre presents “The Foreigner”.  Call 256-638-4418 for more information

July 18 - 19 Julyfest in Mentone The Mentone Area Arts Council is pleased to host the 2015 Julyfest. The two-day event will have the prestigious juried arts and crafts show featuring the works of about 50 talented artists and craftspeople who specialize in oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, photography, sculptures, wood art, rustic furniture, pottery, iron work, basketry, fiber and wearable art, and jewelry. The juried show will be held under the trees in Mason Park where visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll as they shop for one-of-a-kind art.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  256-634-4836

July 20 - 24 Summer Youth Workshop at NACC This workshop consist of five days of intense theatre curriculum. Open for Kids ages 10 – 15. Registration begins in May. 256-638-4418

August

August 6- 9 29th Annual World’s Longest Yard Sale Travel the scenic byways of America for more than 450-miles of yard sales and unique treasure finds. Follow the Lookout Mountain Parkway from Gadsden, Alabama to Chattanooga, TN for the southern portion of the sale. Connect with the U.S. Highway 127 in Chattanooga for the remainder of the route to Hudson, MI. 888-805-4740   

 August 22 11th Annual Fyffe UFO Day Hot Air Balloon Rides showcase this unique family outing! Arts and crafts, children’s games, food vendors, antique tractors, live entertainment, street dance and much more make this event fun for the whole family. 10 a.m. 256-623-2222

September

September 5 Mad Science & Crazy Art Mad science days may include chemical magic, special effects, bubbling potions, slimes, high-bouncing balls, while the crazy art days will include a mix of science into art for some crazy but beautiful artistic creations with buttons, strings, recycled materials, dirt paint and more!  Kids ages 6-10 can put their hands into mad science and crazy art experiments hosted by the Canyon Center Gift Shop.  Little River Canyon Center; 11 a.m. to Noon; $5 per child 256-782-5697

September 7 Ider Mule Days This annual event showcases Sand Mountain’s rich agricultural heritage. Enjoy a parade of mules, horses, carriages, antique tractors and more. A horse pull, mule pull, antique tractors and cars, arts and crafts, food, children’s games, and so much more make this day one you won’t want to miss. Event takes place in the town of Ider and begins at 9:30 a.m.  256-657-4184  

September 19 Boom Days Heritage Celebration This annual art and musical event displays citizens of Fort Payne taking a second look at their past and the heritage passed down to them through the arts and crafts of our area.  Many events will take place the week prior to the celebration on Saturday. The Boom Days Heritage Celebration will feature many of these facets in the presentation of musical performances as well as art displays in City Park.  10 a.m.  256-845-1524  

September 19 15th Annual John Benge Commemorative Motorcycle Ride We welcome you to join us as we ride in commemoration of DeKalb County's Cherokee Indian Heritage and all Indian Nations who were forced to walk on the Infamous Trail of Tears.  The ride is strictly voluntary and you Ride at Your Own Risk. The John Benge Ride is in remembrance of those who walked this trail and brings awareness to this tragedy. 256-845-3957 or 888-805-4740  

September 26 – 27 Collinsville Annual Quilt Walk Stroll through the beautiful historic Victorian homes of downtown Collinsville and view some of the most wonderfully handcrafted quilts you have ever seen. Hours are Friday Noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 256-524-3296

October

October 17 – 18 Mentone Colorfest Come and enjoy the Fall season at the annual Mentone Colorfest. This event is filled with arts, crafts, great food, live entertainment and much more. It is held at the scenic Mentone Brow Park and downtown Mentone on Saturday and Sunday. Email

October 30 - November 1 Spookapalooza! Weekend At DeSoto State Park Fun for the entire family…snacks, treats, costumes, and excellent slap-yourknee-&-shiver storytelling! Join us here at DeSoto State Park for a weekend of fun events guaranteed to run shivers up and down your spine! Movies, treats, games, storytelling & more are in store during this popular annual event. All events are free to the public & great for all ages! 256-997-5025

November

November 7 7th Annual Canyon Fest: A Celebration of Arts and Nature Little River Canyon Field School and Interpretive Center want you to come and enjoy live music, nature and arts activities, arts demonstrations and sales, great food, vendors, children's activities and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 256-782-5697

November 7 Mad Science & Crazy Art Mad science days may include chemical magic, special effects, bubbling potions, slimes, high-bouncing balls, while the crazy art days will include a mix of science into art for some crazy but beautiful artistic creations with buttons, strings, recycled materials, dirt paint and more!  Kids ages 6-10 can put their hands into mad science and crazy art experiments hosted by the Canyon Center Gift Shop.  Little River Canyon Center; 11 a.m. to Noon; $5 per child 256-782-5697

November 7 Collinsville Historic Turkey Trot Join us for food, fun and games. An antique car and tractor show, turkey shoot, cake walk, and historic “turkey toss” from the roof of a building make this an event fun for all ages. Sponsored in part by the Collinsville Historic Association. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 256-524-2788

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