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2016 Calendar of Events for DeKalb County Alabama

DeSoto State Park’s Calendar of Events offer Campfire Talks, Classes, Demonstrations, Guided Interpretive or Fitness Hikes, Guided Tours and Workshops, facilitated by park personnel & many guest speakers. Most programs are free, or charge a small supply fee. More info: www.alapark.com/DeSoto-State-Park-Events or find DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama on Facebook.

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,
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the VFW Fairgrounds. 18th Street North, Fort Payne. Call the DeKalb County  Cooperative Extension for more information at 256-845-8595.

Rainsville Farmers Market  every Thursday, weather permitting. 4 p.m. Rainsville City Park. Opens June 23

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. 

Open October and November 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.  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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June 1 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

June 2 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

June 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.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 4 Movin For Mainstreet 5K/Fun Run The Fort Payne Main Street will be hosting a 5K Fun Run. This will be a fundraiser for Main Street. Race begins at 8 a.m. at the Fort Payne Coal & Iron Building. Prizes will be awarded. 256-997-7481

June 4 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 $38 per ornament 256-523-3188

June 4 Great Outdoors Day Enjoy a fun filled day in the great outdoors! Join Alabama State Parks staff and volunteers for this great event showcasing all the many ways that adventures can be had in the Great Outdoors! Come out to enjoy the park with demonstrations, live animal education programs, info tables, guided fitness & nature hike and much more! 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. DeSoto State Park Picnic Area. $2 per vehicle for parking. No entrance fee for event. Great for all ages! 256-997-5025

June 4 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo 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

June 4 DeKalb County Fiddlers' Convention Come and enjoy the 108th Anniversary of the DeKalb Fiddlers’ Convention. Held at the Rotary Pavillion in downtown Fort Payne. Registration starts at 11a.m. with contests at noon. Proceeds go to benefit the BWAC and Fort Payne City Schools Arts in Education Program. Admission is $10, Children 10 and under are free. 256-845-2224

June 4 13th Annual Latino Festival Live Mariachi band, pony rides, face painting, authentic Mexican to Tex-Mex food vendors and so much more.  Northeast Alabama Community College campus. Free Admission; 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  256-638-4418  

June 4 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

June 6 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.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 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.  256-997-9577

June 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 12 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 7 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.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 8 Canyon Center Creative Kids Days: Canyon Bugs & Plants Adventures in Nature Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and neighbors to creatively learn about animals, plants, bugs, and more with JSU Field Schools. Your children (ages 5-10) will want to attend ALL of these hands-on outdoor adventures! (Parents/Guardian remain with kids) Canyon Center (Meet in lobby; programs on Path to Learning and Orchard) $5 per child (to cover cost of supplies); pre-registration required. 10 a.m. to Noon 256-782-5697

June 10 Knot Class & Application Introduction and instruction to essential knots and their application for camping, rappelling, rock climbing, outdoor survival, and other applications.  1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 11 - 12 Dixie Long Riders Mounted Shooters Association Competition MSA competitions at the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville.  Free admission for spectators.  256-638-1650

June 11 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. Minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  Reservations are required. 256-523-3188

June 11 ‘Creek Kids’ Watershed Workshop Experience a view of Little River’s watershed and how it connects to the rest of Alabama and our oceans. Many species of fish and aquatic invertebrates, including some types of crayfish, mussels, and snails, live only in Alabama. Participants have a good chance of observing some species only found in certain Alabama streams & rivers; they will learn about the impacts of dams on waterways, & learn how pollution moves through aquatic environments. Participants should bring a lunch/snacks/water, clothes & footwear suitable for the river.  DeSoto State Park 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required, 256-997-5025

June 11 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 11 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

June 11 Powell Vegas 5th Annual Back-Woods Festival Come enjoy a day of live music, food, horse shoe tournament, inflatable’s for the kids, prizes, face painting, dunking booth and more. All proceeds go to the Joe Lee Griffen Hope Lodge in Birmingham, AL. For those of you who are not famiiar with the Hope Lodge, it is a place for cancer patients and a family member to stay free of charge if you live two hours or more outside of the Birmingham area. They also provide transportation to the hospital providing treatment. Rainsville City Park; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 256-717-7441

June 11 Blue Grass on the Rim Jacksonville State University presents the premiere Canyon Concert Blue Grass on the Rim at Little River Canyon. Enjoy bluegrass performers play authentic mountain music, guaranteed to resonate with die-hard bluegrass purists as well as followers of folk, country, rhythm & blues and rock & roll. You’ll hear bluegrass talent from around the country. Doors open at 5 p.m. – so arrive early and bring lawn chairs, blankets, family and friends, to sit before the new Canyon Concert outdoor stage adjacent to the beautiful Little River Canyon National Preserve. Food vendors will be on hand along with on-site restrooms and the other comforts of home. Advanced Tickets are $12, Day of the show $20 and kids under 12 are free. 256-782-5697

June 13 - 16 Outdoor Survival Camp One World Adventure offers children ages 7-13 an opportunity to learn valuable and empowering wilderness skills. Camp activities include hiking, exploration, bushcraft, nature awareness and more for your son or daughter. Hiking, exploration, animal tracking, shelter building, primitive survival skills, summer fun, and so much more are all part of your child's exciting summer camp activities with One World. Call to register. 256-634-8370

June 13 Zip Line & Sky Swing 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 adventure.   10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  256-997-9577

June 14 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. True Adventure Sports. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 15 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. to 1 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 15 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.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 16 - 17 Serious Skills Series: Splash and Pour: Wild Watercolor Class  Taught by artist Starr Weems. Participants in this 2 day workshop will learn the basics of watercolor pouring, an exciting painting technique that involves coating the paper with drawing gum and applying a controlled watercolor spill. This process is both carefully planned and spontaneous, and provides a depth and glow that isn’t possible by other methods. Working from field sketches and photographs, participants will create vibrant watercolor paintings to take home. Previous experience is not required. Many materials will be provided, and participants will receive an additional supply list upon registration. Participants might bring a portable camp chair for outside work (optional) Starr Weems is an Alabama artist who specializes in watercolor pouring. Her paintings have been exhibited at Kentuck Museum and Huntsville Museum of Art (among others), and her work has been featured in various publications throughout the Southeast. She holds a M.Ed. from Auburn University and has been teaching for 15 years.  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. DeSoto State Park, Class will meet at the Nature Center, next to the Country Store. $45 supply fee. Space is limited. Class is for teens to adult. Pre-registration required by May 27th. Call Brittney Hughes at 256-997-5025

June 16 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

June 16 MidTown "Wine" Down  Midtown Cafe & Grill features a night with drinks, a buffet of complimentary hour d'oeuvres, live music and door prizes for the ladies. Come out and catch up with old friends or wine down from a hectic week at work. Every Thursday night 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-273-6112

June 17 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo 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

June 17 Night Sky Swing Adventure This is an adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy the thrill of the swing. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure.  Meet at True Adventure Sports  7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 17 DeSoto State Park Campfire Talk: Spiders! Join us for a fun campfire talk in the great outdoors! Join Alabama State Park Ranger Mark Jackson to learn about common spiders of Northeast Alabama & how to identify the beneficial spiders from the ones that are dangerous to humans. Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground. Free to the Public; Great for all ages! 256-997-5025

June 18 8th Annual Freedom Fest 5K & 10K Don't miss the area's largest fun run/walk. Registration and starting of race is at Broadway Baptist Church in Rainsville. For online registration, contact info and more, visit the website www.racesonline.com Race begins at 8 a.m.

June 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.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery. Reservations Required $135 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

June 18 DeKalb Public Lake Grand Re-Opening DeKalb Lake is a 120 acre lake located 1 mile north of Sylvania. The area has public restrooms, two covered fishing piers, pavilions and a boat ramp. Jon boats, electric motors and batteries are available to rent. Camping facilities are available with electricity and water. A daily fishing permit is needed for each angler age 12 and older. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

June 18 Serious Skills Series: Finger Weaving Workshop The Serious Skills series is a variety of classes and workshops that provide opportunities to discover a hidden talent or learn a new skill for personal enrichment. Classes are open to local residents, overnight guests and park visitors. Fingerweaving is a Native American art form used mostly to create belts, sashes, straps, and other similar items through a non-loom weaving process. Some patterns and color combinations were originally restricted to certain societies or clans, while others were available for general use by all. Belts, sashes, leg bands, capes, gun straps, even dresses, shirts, and pants were created by the sometimes intricate patterns and methods. Learn the basics of this old craft with a long history with instructor Keena Graham. She will demonstrate and teach the 3 styles of finger weaving: the "four" method, cardboard loom weaving, and the "three columns" method. Students will be asked to work on a project using one of the methods. DeSoto State Park Nature Center next to the Country Store All materials will be furnished. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  $10 supply fee per person. Workshop is limited to 12, so pre-registration is required. Call 256-997-5025

June 18 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.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 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  

June 18 DeSoto State Park Campfire Talk: Snakes Alive! Join us for a fun campfire talk in the great outdoors! Learn about the different snake species of NE Alabama, both venomous & nonvenomous; & learn how to tell the difference between the two! Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. 8 p.m to 9 p.m. DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring. Free to the Public; Great for all ages! 256-997-5025  

June 20 - 23 Adventure Day Camp This camp builds self-esteem and skills in all things adventurous! Activities range from rappelling, rock climbing, kayaking, and thrill seeking hikes. Children will gain valuable knowledge about the importance of preserving our abundant recreational opportunities. Led by trained and certified outdoor instructors.  One World Adventure. 256-634-8370

June 20 Poisonous Plants of Alabama Class This class is a brief overview of many poisonous plants in Alabama. There are many types of poisonous plants, learn how to spot them and what to do if you are affected by them. True Adventure Sports Training Center. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 21 - 24 Canyon Camp for Children Hands-on environmental education, outdoor fun, arts and exploration of the natural world abound in this camp. These camps leave children begging for more JSU Field School fun! Children learn all about Little River Canyon National Preserve and DeSoto State Park…the river, the plants and the animals! These camps fill quickly so register early. Fee includes lunch and supplies.  Ages 6 - 9 years. Little River Canyon Center (and some off-site travel) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Drop off starts at 7:30 a.m. $150 per participant; pre-registration required 256-782-5697

June 21 Rock Climbing Adventure 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

June 22 Canyon Center Creative Kids Days: Canyon Culture and Heritage Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and neighbors to creatively learn about animals, plants, bugs, and more with JSU Field Schools. Your children (ages 5-10) will want to attend ALL of these hands-on outdoor adventures! (Parents/Guardian remain with kids) Canyon Center (Meet in lobby; programs on Path to Learning and Orchard) $5 per child (to cover cost of supplies); pre-registration required. 10 a.m. to Noon 256-782-5697

June 22 Rock Climbing Adventure 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

June 23 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 23 The 3rd Annual Singing with the Stars Student talent competition plus concerts by The Canyonland Vocal Band, and the Ryan Watkins Band. Held at the Bevill Lyceum at NACC.  Tickets are $15 for age 18 and up, $8 for age 5-18. Sponsored by the DeKalb County Children's Advocacy Center. 6 p.m. 256-638-4418

June 23 Talking With the Tide Join in a great night of food, fun and fellowship. Get a chance to talk with former players from the University of Alabama.  Event will be held at First United Methodist Church Life Center.  Tickets are $20 per person and 12-under are $10. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the DeKalb Co. Alumni Chapter of University of Alabama Scholarship Fund 256-845-6944

June 24 - 26 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 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.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  True Adventure Sports.  10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 24 Jeff Cook Fan Appreciation Daze Show Come enjoy Jeff Cook and the All Star Goodtime Band for their annual fan appreciation concert. Concert held at DeKalb Theatre in downtown Ft Payne. Doors open at 5 p.m. and show starts at 6:30 p.m. Get tickets now and pick up at the door. $20 each 256-845-2286 ext 7

June 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

June 25 Rainsville Freedom Fest Enjoy fun for the whole family. Activities include the Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, live entertainment, festival food, arts & crafts and other vendors, free swimming at the city pool.  Rainsville Freedom Fest will be at the Rainsville City Park and Tom Bevill Enrichment Center. Admission is free.  The festival will conclude shortly after nightfall with a big fireworks show. Check back for entertainment lineup and other details. 256-638-7800

June 25 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 12 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 25 Little River Arts Council Free Concert Come enjoy a night of great music with a free concert from Strung Like A Horse and more. Sponsored by the Little River Arts Council. Rotary Pavilion in downtown Fort Payne. 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

June 25 Fandemonium On The Farm Join Country singer Randy Owen for a fan day concert to be done on his farm. You must be a member of his fan club to attend. Tickets are $20 and you can sign up for membership that day.  Gates open at 11 a.m. and concert is at 5 p.m.

June 27 - 30 Art and Nature Camp This camp brings children closer to nature with guided forest exploration, nature art and craft creation, woodland legends— teaching natural ecology of our hidden landscapes and unique habitats. Led by artists, naturalists, and art educators, the camps explore the connection of art and nature. One World Adventure. 256-634-8370

June 27 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.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 28 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 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.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

June 30 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.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

July

July 1 Independence Day Celebration in Fort Payne The City of Fort Payne invites you to a wonderful celebration at the Fort Payne Sports Complex. Gates open at 5pm with free popcorn & soft drinks (while supplies last), inflatables, live entertainment by Dr. Rob & Curtis Strange at 6:15pm and the Russell Gulley Band at 7:30pm. BBQ, shaved ice and more will be available. A fantastic fireworks display will begin at 9pm. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the show. Additional parking is available at Heil parking lot for $2 or 2 canned goods - All proceeds go to local charities. 256-845-1524

July 1 - 2 DeSoto State Park Independence Day Celebration DeSoto State Park offers its annual star-spangled celebration with a parade, homemade ice cream social, and a flag making contest. Make your own homemade flag to be judged in this fun contest. All ages are welcome to participate! Materials & flag-making rules will be available at the campground pavilion in DeSoto State Park's Improved Campground starting Wednesday, June 29th. Flags MUST be turned in no later than 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 2nd. The Independence Day Parade begins at DeSoto’s Lodge and makes it way to DeSoto’s Campground, just in time for the Homemade Ice Cream Social in the Campground Pavilion. Guests are welcome to bring their own favorite recipe for homemade ice cream to share while enjoying summer’s favorite treat. 3 p.m. is parade and 4 p.m. is ice cream social. 256-997-5025

July 1 Splish & Splash Pool Party Join the fun at our Annual Splish & Splash Pool Party at DeSoto State Park! Cool off in our Olympic-size pool, play pool games, watch a movie in the great outdoors, enter for door prizes, & eat home-made ice cream! $1 per person.  6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 256-997-5025  

July 2 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 $38 per ornament 256-523-3188

July 2 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 2 Stars and Stripes Celebration Please join us for an Independence Day Celebration with food, games, fireworks, music and more. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy. Crossville Town Park. 4 p.m. 256-528-7121

July 2 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

July 4 33rd 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 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 5 Zip Line & Sky Swing 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 adventure.   10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  256-997-9577

July 5 - 7 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.  256-997-9577

July 8 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

July 9 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo 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

July 9 Serious Skills Series: Native American Pottery Workshop Hosted by DeSoto State Park. The Serious Skills series is a variety of classes & workshops of various subjects that provide opportunities to experience a new hidden talent or to learn a new skill for personal enjoyment. Classes are open to locals, overnight guests, & park visitors. Join expert potter Tammy Beane to learn how pottery was made on Lookout Mountain thousands of years ago and create your own pinch pot style pottery. Clay is provided as well as bone needles and paddles to make designs on your pots. Workshop is make & take, a handout will be provided on the firing techniques discussed in the workshop. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. 3 p.m. DeSoto State Park CCC Pavilion in the picnic area.  $10 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited in each class. Fee due day of workshop. 256-997-5025

July 9 Hats Off Magic Show Here’s your chance to see a fun-filled family oriented magic show. You will laugh, be amazed and leave feeling perhaps magic truly does exist. Event will be held at the DeKalb Theatre in downtown Fort Payne. 6 p.m. You can buy your tickets at www.universe.com/hatsoffmagicshow

July 11 – 14 Outdoor Survival Camp One World Adventure offers children ages 7-13 an opportunity to learn valuable and empowering wilderness skills. Camp activities include hiking, exploration, bushcraft, nature awareness and more for your son or daughter. Hiking, exploration, animal tracking, shelter building, primitive survival skills, summer fun, and so much more are all part of your child's exciting summer camp activities with One World. Call to register. 256-634-8370

July 12 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.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 13 Canyon Center Creative Kids Days: Canyon Wildlife Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and neighbors to creatively learn about animals, plants, bugs, and more with JSU Field Schools. Your children (ages 5-10) will want to attend ALL of these hands-on outdoor adventures! (Parents/Guardian remain with kids) Canyon Center (Meet in lobby; programs on Path to Learning and Orchard) $5 per child (to cover cost of supplies); pre-registration required. 10 a.m. to Noon 256-782-5697

July 13 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

July 14 Treasure Hunt Adventure Do you enjoy trying to solve riddles and clues?  This 5-hour adventure will take you deep into the heart of a 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

July 15 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo 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

July 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.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery. Reservations Required $135 per person. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  256-523-3188

July 16 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 16 Picnic in the Park Come enjoy a great afternoon of food, fellowship and entertainment at Geraldine Town Park.  Food, Fun and a whole lot more! 12 p.m. 256-659-2122

July 16 Third Saturday Downtown Cruise-In 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

July 18 – 21 Adventure Day Camp One World offers your child an opportunity to learn valuable and empowering skills. Camp activities include rock climbing, rappelling, kayaking, bushcraft, nature awareness and more for your son or daughter.  Call to register. 256-634-8370

July 18 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 19 Back to School Bash Immunization Clinic School shots given for all ages up to 18. No appointment needed. Please bring a copy of shot record and insurance card (BCBS/Medicaid) 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. DeKalb County Health Department. 256-845-1931

July 19 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo 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

July 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

July 21 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

July 21 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.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 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.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  True Adventure Sports.  10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 22 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.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 22 Campfire Talk: Salamanders of Alabama Join us for a fun campfire talk in the Great Outdoors! Hidden among the nooks and crannies of the outdoors is a treasure trove of interesting creatures, and salamanders are one of them. There are over 40 of these secretive creatures in Alabama. Join Jacksonville State University’s Dr. George Cline and learn what species we have here in Alabama and how to identify them. Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center) 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Free & open to the Public; Great for all ages! 256-997-5025

July 23 Rock Climbing Adventure 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

July 23 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.  True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 23 Campfire Talk: Voices of the Night, Frog Calls of Alabama Join the one-and-only, “Dr. Frog” George Cline from Jacksonville State University for an unforgettable evening of romance and songs from the amphibian voices of the season. 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. DeSoto State Park's Campfire Ring in the Campground Free & open to the Public & Great for all ages! 256-997-5025 

July 25 - 28 Art and Nature Camp This camp brings children closer to nature with guided forest exploration, nature art and craft creation, woodland legends— teaching natural ecology of our hidden landscapes and unique habitats. Led by artists, naturalists, and art educators, the camps explore the connection of art and nature. One World Adventure 256-634-8370

July 30 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE AL.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 30 Poisonous Plants of Alabama Class This class is a brief overview of many poisonous plants in Alabama. There are many types of poisonous plants, learn how to spot them and what to do if you are affected by them. True Adventure Sports Training Center. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-9577

August

August 4 - 7 30th 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 20 Third Saturday Downtown Cruise-In 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

August 27 12th 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  

August 27 Music On The Mountain Held in the Tom Bevill Lyceum and on the grounds at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC), this will be a fun day filled with local artist booths, food vendors and inflatables for outdoor activities. Festival will start at 6 p.m. 256-638-4418 ext 248 

September

September 5 Ider Mule Day 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 17 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 17 16th 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.

September 17 Third Saturday Downtown Cruise-In 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

September 23 - 24 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

September 26 – October 1 The 61st Annual DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair Rides on the midway, great food, live entertainment, livestock exhibits, agricultural displays, awards, and so much more. Held at the VFW Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5 p.m. 256-845-4752

October

October 8 5th Annual Little River Canyon Half Marathon The Little River Canyon Center will host its 4th annual “Little River Half Marathon.  Little River Canyon Center: 8 a.m. $50 fee; pre-registration required. 256-782-5697

October 15 – 16 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 mentonecolorfest@gmail.com

October 28 - 30 Spookapalooza! 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

October 28 Native American Folk Tales & Mask Making Join storyteller Renee Simmons Raney, Director of Conservation (Georgia - Alabama Land Trust) & author of ‘Calico Ghosts’ for this fun program. Renee will be telling the story of Brother Leaf and will be hosting a mask making activity for kids of all ages! 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. DeSoto State Park Campground (campground gate will be open to the public) Free & open to everyone. 256-997-5025

October 29 Spookapalooza Pumpkin Carving Contest DeSoto State Park is glad to host the 5th Annual Spookapalooza Pumpkin Carving Contest! Entries will be judged on overall appearance, creativeness, neatness, and originality. Entries can have any theme or design, i.e., Halloween, nature, fall season, etc. All ages may enter contest. Entries must be turned in no later than 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 29th.  Winners will be announced at the Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground, 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 29th DeSoto State Park, All entries will be on display during DSP’s Spookapalooza festivities. Entries may be picked up at the DSP Country Store on Sunday, October 30th. Free and Open to all ages. Call 256-997-5025

November

November 5 8th 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 12 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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