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Suggested travels plans to Lookout Mountain 

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.

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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April 1 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

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

April 2 - 3 Northeast Alabama Cutting Horse Association Competition Enjoy the team cutting competition. At the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville. 256-638-1650

April 2 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. All materials will be furnished. Class is for ages 12 to adult. DeSoto State Park Nature Center. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $20 supply fee. Pre-registration required; class number is limited to 10. 256-997-5025

April 2 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

April 2 Mentone Spring Cleanup Day Those wishing to volunteer for litter pick-up should meet at the Mentone Inn parking lot. Electronic recycling will take place at Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A dumpster will be in front of town hall. There will be a community lunch at the Mentone Inn following the pick-up. Those wishing to volunteer/donate for lunch, please call 256-996-0169

April 2 DeKalb Shrine Club 3rd Annual Motorcycle Ride This will be an escorted ride with a meal included following the ride. Meet at the Rotary Pavillion in downtown Fort Payne. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and kickstands up at 11 a.m. $20 per bike. This ride is to help benefit the Alhambra Shrine activities. 256-630-1246

April 2 Book signing with John Dersham John Dersham will be at the Book Shelf for a book signing. 11:30 a.m. 256-844-8663 

April 2 Night Sky Swing Adventure This is an adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy the thrill of the swing at night. 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

April 2 Still Kickin Come enjoy a great night of music and food. Still Kickin will be at the Mid Town Café & Grill in downtown Fort Payne. Make your Reservation now to ensure a table. 8:30 p.m. 256-273-6112

April 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

April 4 Scrabble Club at Kamama’s Come enjoy the game of scrabble. Will be the first Monday of each month. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 256-634-3001

April 4 Drawing Landscape Miniatures Drawing from Miracle Pottery's Tree House overlooking the mountainside. Max Mitchell will share techniques to bring to life the impressions of the Look Out Mountains woods in small form. Supplies included. $60 per person. 1 p.m. to 3 :30 p.m. 256-635-6863

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

April 5 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

April 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. 10 a.m. 256-997-9577

April 6 Desiree Million at the Abbey Come enjoy vocals and keyboard original blues songs by Desiree Million. Ticket price includes coffee and dessert. 10 tickets available per show. The Abbey is located in Mentone. Show time 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 256-251-3780

April 7 Bird House Making Bird Houses are as different as the people making them. Usable, this keepsake won’t sit on a shelf or in a cabinet. The finished bisque ware bird house can be stained, painted or left just as it is. Supplies included (includes firing your finished piece of work). Miracle Pottery’s  new "Hands on Art Learning Center. $60 per person. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. All ages can participate together and end up with a wonderful keepsake. 256-635-6863  

April 7 RadioVisions with OutLaw Country Bert Newton Doors Open at 6 p.m. with artist reception. Fort Payne Coal and Iron Building in the Historic Opera Block, Downtown Fort Payne.  Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at door.  For reservations call 256-979-1910 or for more information contact Russell Gulley 256-845-0203

April 8 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

April 9 Run for Uganda 5K Rainsville Community Church hosting a 5K to raise money to benefit their missions team and the digging of wells in Uganda. You can contact Rev. Jeff Sayre for registration information or register online here.  Entry fee is $20 before March 26th and $25 March 27 thru day of race. Rainsville Community Church. 8:30 a.m. 256-601-9236

April 9 Outdoor Survival Adventure Learn the fundamentals of survival through this hands-on day long class held in a beautiful location. Sign up for a fun and informative 8 hour adventure, with a survival expert and certified naturalist who covers survival kits, fire, shelter, water purification and rescue. You will come away with knowing how to be prepared and have the confidence to implement outdoor skills during any emergency situation.  Ages 14 to adult.  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. DeSoto State Park Picnic area.  Please call Angie Shugart at 256-634-8370 or email  to pre-register and reserve your spot in the class

April 9 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

April 9 Taste of the Mountain and Art Auction Join us for a night of great food creations provided by Mentone Area Restaurants and for amazing artwork for auction by Moon Lake Elementary School students and local artist friends of MERF.  Don’t miss out on a special evening that celebrates and supports all of MERF’s programs enriching Moon Lake students, Mentone senior citizens and the community. Moon Lake Elementary School Gym.  Table of Eight is $200 and Single ticket is $30.   Purchase tickets in advance at Mentone Market or from MERF at merf.mentone@gmail.com or 256-634-4673  

April 9 Kamama Music Series Come and enjoy music with Jim Connor. Kamama stage and seating provide the audience an intimate listening experience where live music can be fully appreciated. Reservations encouraged. Dinner at 5:30 and Music starts at 7 p.m. 256-634-3001  

April 9 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

April 10 Cystic Fibrosis BBQ Benefit Help find a cure for Emma and Eli and all others with Cystic Fibrosis. Lunches includes BBQ, baked beans, bread, dessert and tea, all for only $7. Dine in and enjoy live music or carry out. The Barnyard at Fisher Crossroads 11 a.m. until the food runs out. 256-996-2461

 April 11 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

April 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

April 13 Desiree Million at the Abbey Come enjoy vocals and keyboard original blues songs by Desiree Million. Ticket price includes coffee and dessert. 10 tickets available per show. The Abbey is located in Mentone. Show time 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 256-251-3780

April 14 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 14 The DeKalb County Master Gardeners Presents “Treasures of the Park” This is bring your lunch and learn program about treasures in our State Parks.  Drinks will be available, so just bring your lunch and enjoy learning. Drinks will be provided. The Coal and Iron Building on the corner of Gault and 5th Street NW. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

April 14 Meet the Artist Rick Sanders Come and meet Rick Sanders. His most recent realistic paintings are based on his travels in the Southeast, mostly around Lookout Mountain and surrounding areas in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. Although his oils are created from photos he's taken in these areas, there is more than just realistic representation inherent in his paintings. They have a presence that draws the viewer in the same way one would be drawn in to the actual natural landscape represented. Kamama’s in downtown Mentone. 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 256-634-3001 

April 15 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 per person.  Pre-registration required. 256-782-8010

April 15 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 15 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

April 16 Relay for Life 5K Color Fun Run In Collinsville Collinsville High School along with the community is sponsoring a 5K Color Fun Run for Relay for Life. Cost is $10 per participant and  First 100 to register and pay will receive a free t-shirt! Entry forms must be turned in to Claire Chandler at Collinsville School by Monday April 11th. We will take registration the day of, but there may not be any t-shirts left. Participants should arrive at 8 a.m. to register and receive their number. The 5K will kick off at 9 a.m.

April 16 Collinsville Annual Duck Race Come and enjoy some fun with blow ups for kids, food fun & entertainment. All proceeds are benefitting Collinsville Parks & Recreation. Collinsville Town Park. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  256-524-2135

April 16 Discover DeKalb Music Big Wills Arts Council and the Fort Payne Middle School presents a musical showcase for Middle and High School students. Workshop participants will be eligible to participate in performance opportunities, recoding project, and skills development workshops throughout the year.  A public performance will be a the Third Saturday Sunset in downtown Fort Payne. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 256-979-1940 or 256-845-0203

April 16 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

April 16 Serious Skills: Steel  Barn Quilt Workshops Barn quilts are beautiful pieces of art, found all over the country, usually mounted on barns or other buildings. Barn quilts are usually painted in geometric patterns, derived from traditional cloth quilt blocks. Steel quilts are very similar, expect the block is hand cut from reclaimed barn tin, and tacked to a plywood base surrounded by old barn lumber. Join artist Nathan Winkler of The Steel Quilt Company for an opportunity to express your own creativity  while building your own 1 ft. x 1 ft. steel quilt square to hang at home or give to someone special. Spaces are limited, so sign up today! Meet at the CCC Pavilion in the Picnic Area. $50 supply fee (all materials supplied) Brown bag lunch available for $10. Adults only Pre-registration required by April 13th. Payment due at pre-registration. 2 workshop times available. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-5025

April 16 - 17 Billy Berry Benefit Roping Competition Please come out and support this event. All proceeds go to Billy Berry and his family. At the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville. 256-638-1650

April 16 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

April 16 Kamama Class Series with Lydia Randolph A painting class is figure drawing & painting of toulouse-lautrec will be led by Lydia Randolph. Fee is $60 and includes all supplies. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call Kamama’s to sign up. 256-634-3001

April 16 Book Signing with Nanta Nusgra Author Nanta Nusgra will be at the Book Shelf for a book signing.  1:30 p.m. 256-844-8663 

April 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

April 16 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 18 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 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

April 19 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

April 20 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 20 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

April 21 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

April 21 RadioVisions with Jacob Stiefel Doors Open at 6 p.m. with artist reception. Fort Payne Coal and Iron Building in the Historic Opera Block, Downtown Fort Payne.  Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at door.  For reservations call 256-979-1910 or for more information contact Russell Gulley 256-845-0203

April 20 Desiree Million at the Abbey Come enjoy vocals and keyboard original blues songs by Desiree Million. Ticket price includes coffee and dessert. 10 tickets available per show. The Abbey is located in Mentone. Show time 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 256-251-3780

April 21 - 24 & 28 – May 1 “Big Fish” Northeast Alabama Community College Theatre presents “Big Fish”.  All seats are reserved, and all tickets are $5 each. Call 256-638-4418 for more information

April 22 - 23 National Trapping Association Southeast Regional Show At the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville. 256-638-1650

April 22 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 22 Tack Auction  The Hillbilly Saddle Club in Fyffe will be hosting its annual tack auction to benefit St Jude Children’s Hospital. The auction will beging at 6:30 p.m. There will be concessions. 256-623-3276 or 256-899-4295

April 22 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 23 38th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day The pancake day is sponsored by Fort Payne Kiwanis.  Held at the FPHS cafeteria. All You Can Eat for $5.  6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 256-845-6218

April 23 Fyffe First Baptist Church 5K Run/Walk Join First Baptist Church for the 2nd Annual “Send Me” 5K run/Walk. This is fundraiser for a mission trip. Cost to enter is $20 (guaranteed t-shirt) if signed up by April 8th. Cost after that date is $25. Race day registration is 7 a.m. Door prizes will be given before awards ceremony. 256-996-5872 or 256-630-8356

April 23 Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale This is an event sponsored by the DeKalb County Master Gardeners Club.  There will be plants on sale, such as shrubs, annuals, perennials, and more. The sale will be at the VFW Building in Fort Payne. This is a fund raiser for our donation to Auburn Horticultural Scholarships. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

April 23 St Jude Trail Ride & BBQ Supper The Hillbilly Saddle Club will be hosting its annual ride and BBQ plate supper to benefit St Jude Children’s Hospital. The ride will start at 8 a.m. and the plate supper will start at 4 p.m. Please come and help support this great cause. 256-623-3276

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

April 23 Spring Festival & Bicycle Parade The event will showcase artist, local musicians & vendors. In addition, we will hold a comfort food cook-off! There will be family friendly activities and music will fill the air, on what we hope will be a fine spring day. We would like to invite you to help us create a great event for the community and best of all, there is no charge to set up your booth! Hosted by One World Adventure. Rotary Pavilion in downtown Fort Payne. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 256-634-8370

April 23 – 24 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 5 p.m. 256-845-7140  

April 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

April 23 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 11 a.m. $5 per person; pre-registration required. 256-782-5697 

April 23 Breast Cancer Benefit Bike Ride For Dani Smith Wilkie Riding through it for Dani Smith Wilkie. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and kickstands up at Noon. Fort Payne Pavilion Park. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and music by Kevin Woods and the Starnded Band after the ride. All proceeds go to help find medical treatments. 256-630-0749

April 23 DeKalb County Tornado Community Memorial Ceremony A special event dedicated to honoring those who lost lives on April 27, 2011. DeKalb Schools Coliseum, Rainsville. 1 p.m. 256-717-3355 or 256-717-7256

April 23 Kamama Music Series Come and enjoy music with Danika Holmes & Jeb. Kamama stage and seating provide the audience an intimate listening experience where live music can be fully appreciated. Reservations encouraged. Dinner at 5:30 and Music starts at 7 p.m. 256-634-3001  

April 25 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

April 25 Beginning Wheel Class-Miracle Pottery Experience a fun and memorable evening to share with friends and family. Turn pots for yourself, learn the technique used to make all the wonderful pottery you see featured at Miracle Pottery. Founder, Valinda Miracle will lead the class. Supplies included (includes firing your finish piece) Participants need to bring a few old towels or rags for laps and hands, apron if desired.  4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  $60 per person. Group rates are available for six or more of 20% discount. 256-635-6863

April 26 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

April 26 - 30 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 26 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

April 26 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

April 27 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

April 27 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

April 27 Desiree Million at the Abbey Come enjoy vocals and keyboard original blues songs by Desiree Million. Ticket price includes coffee and dessert. 10 tickets available per show. The Abbey is located in Mentone. Show time 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 256-251-3780

April 28 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

April 29 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

April 29 Southlander Come enjoy a great night of music and food. Southlander will be at the Mid Town Café & Grill in downtown Fort Payne. Make your Reservation now to ensure a table. 8:30 p.m. 256-273-6112

April 29 Kamama Music Series Come and enjoy music with Loree Brownfield. Kamama stage and seating provide the audience an intimate listening experience where live music can be fully appreciated. Reservations encouraged. Dinner at 5:30 and Music starts at 7 p.m. 256-634-3001

April 30 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

April 30 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

April 30 The ‘Unfinished Bridge’ Trail Work Day The ‘Unfinished Bridge” is one of several  unfinished works of stone in the DeSoto State Park area that was started by the Civilian Conservation Corps(CCC) in the late 1930s. In this area there was going to be a highway that went directly from DeSoto State Park to May’s Gulf (now called Little River Canyon) which was never finished due to the CCC being disbanded in 1942. This particular bridge is located on state land off of Road 5 in the Little River Wildlife Management Area, and the trail leading to it is in need of being cleared out.  The trail itself has a few trees down, as well as many smaller pine trees and brush that need to be cut along the way. Once down to the bridge itself we hope to cut out some of the smaller trees eventually, so that this beautiful bridge will not be taken over and will be easier to access. Some equipment, gloves, & refreshments provided, may bring bug spray, sunscreen, plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks/lunch, sturdy shoes. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at DeSoto State Park’s Lodge 256-997-5025

April 30 & May 1 Tennessee Cowboy Mounted Shooters Competition MSA competitions at the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville.  Free admission for spectators.  256-638-1650

April 30 Fifth Alabama Brass Band and Sacred Harp Singers Come enjoy some great music. DeKalb Theatre downtown Fort Payne.  2 p.m. Free Admission.

April 30 Friends of the Depot Silent Auction & Gala Hosted by Fort Payne Depot Museum & Altrusa of Fort Payne/DeKalb. All proceeds go to the Fort Payne Depot Museum, Inc. Fort Payne Coal and Iron Building. Tickets can be purchased at Depot Museum & Brown's Cleaners for $25 per ticket. There will be entertainment by After Class Band and refreshments will be served. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

May

May 5 RadioVizions with Blues & Rock by Chris Simmons RadioVisions is a series of musical "House Concerts" that are produced before a live audience for syndication to radio networks. Artist reception-6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. The Fort Payne Coal and Iron Building-501 North Gault Ave. $10 donation, includes an artist receptions at 6 p.m. Due to limited seating, reservations are suggested. 256-979-1910 or 256-845-0203

May 6 - 7 Wildflower Saturday Springtime at DeSoto State Park is truly beautiful, with wildflowers & trees blooming around every corner. Join DeSoto State Park staff & guest speakers for a wonderful weekend of learning about the many species of blooming plants found on Lookout Mountain. Choose to stay the whole weekend, or just come for the day to enjoy the hikes and programs. Weekend starts off with a welcome social and guest speaker program on Friday night, a day full of hikes to choose from and a guest speaker on Saturday night. More information on speakers and schedule of programs will be added closer to time. DeSoto State Park Lodge. Free & open to everyone, no pre-registration required (groups over 10 please RSVP). For any info needed, call 256-997-5025  

May 6 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

May 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

May 7 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. 9 a.m. 256-523-3188

May 7 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. 9 a.m. 256-638-1650

May 7 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

May 7 Canyon Fiesta! Come to this annual tradition and fun day at the Canyon Center which celebrates Hispanic culture with games, arts and crafts, music, door prizes, nature education programs and more!! Hosted by JSU Field Schools at Little River Canyon Center. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free & open to everyone, donations accepted. 256-845-3548

May 7 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.   11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  256-997-9577

May 7 Butterfly Release Tigers For Tomorrow will have their Butterfly release in the Legacy Butterfly Garden. (next to Tiger Amelia) 1 p.m. Included in the cost of general admission. 256-524-4150

May 8 Mother's Day Tour Come spend Mother’s Day with Tigers For Tomorrow. There will be a special tour for the cost of general admission for our moms. 2 p.m. Cost for General admission is $15 adults and $7.50 for children ages 3-11.No reservations needed. 256-524-4150

May 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

May 9 Drawing Landscape Miniatures at Miracle Pottery Drawing from Miracle Pottery's Tree House overlooking the mountainside. Max Mitchell will share techniques to bring to life the impressions of the Look Out Mountains woods in small form. Supplies included. 1 p.m. $60 per person. 256-635-6863

May 10 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

May 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 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

May 12 - 15 18th 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 www.discoverlookoutmountain.com

May 12 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

May 13 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

May 13 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

May 14 Relay for Life 5K Fun Walk/Run Join the team at GH Metal Soultions for a Relay For Life fun run and walk. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.  All ages are welcome. 8 a.m. GH Metal Solutions. 256-273-0263 or 256-273-0096

May 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 $38 per ornament 256-523-3188

May 14 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

May 14 Book Signing with Huntsville Dentist Dr. Hilda Lee This book chronicles Dr. Lee’s personal struggle with binge eating disorder—her secret out-of-control eating, her shame, her remorse, and how she shed emotional burdens far heavier than the weight she lost. It offers hope and practical guidance to others who suffer as she did. Dr. Lee will be at the Book Shelf for a book signing.  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 256-844-8663 

May 14 8th 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 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

May 16 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

May 17 - 19 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

May 17 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

May 19 - 21 American Saddle Bred Association of Alabama Show At the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville

May 20 – 21 Spring Vintage Pickin Barn Sale Shop from some of the best vendors from around the South! Vintage marketplace featuring: Farmhouse • Primitives • Rustic Junk • Industrial •Shabby & French Country • Repurposed goods and more. There will be live music and local food vendors! Priority Pickin' Passes for both days are $15 for private 3-hour shopping day of the event from 9 a.m. to Noon. General admission tickets are $6 per day and sale runs from noon to 5 p.m.

May 20 Miss Rhododendron Pageant Mentone Area Preservation Association presents the Miss Rhododendron Pageant 2016. The categories for the pageant are as follows: Baby Miss 0 – 3; Tiny Miss 4 – 6; Mini Miss 7 – 9; Pre-teen Miss 5th grade – 7th grade; Teen Miss 8th grade – 11th grade and Miss 12th grade. (Receives a scholarship from NACC) The Pageant will take place at the Mentone Community Church Family Life Center at 6 p.m. Email rhododendronfestival@gmail.com or come by Dekalb Tourism office to get an application.

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

May 21 - 22 Mentone Rhododendron Festival It’s that time of year again--Rhododendrons are flourishing, and the festival is here! Lots of wonderful things are lined up for the 34th annual Rhododendron Festival including music at the Mentone Inn Pavilion from the “Best Local Band in DeKalb County” and the Fort Payne High School Group that has stolen the talent show most of their high school years along with local acts on the Brow Park Pavilion for two days. Boat rides and the Miss Rhododendron Beauty Pageant are back along with lots of vendors, activities, and delicious festival food--as well as the Friday night fish fry and Saturday night chicken wings. New this year is the Rhododendron 5K Dash from Mason Park to the Brow presented by One World Adventure.  rhododendronfestival@gmail.com

May 21 1st Annual Rhododendron Dash Start your Rhododendron festivities with the 1st annual Rhododendron Dash in Mentone! Walk, jog, run or race! All ages are invited to participate. Pre-registration is encouraged. Forms must be received by Friday May 13th for T-shirt order deadline. The Race is a 5K course along county road 648 and county road 89 in Mentone. Sign in & Race Day Registration begins @ 7:30am Saturday morning at Mason Park, adjacent to Mentone Town Hall. Registration closes @ 8 a.m. and race begins at 8:30 a.m. Pre Registration fees are $30 Adult & Teen; $25 Child (5-12) & Seniors (65 - older); Day of Race $35 for everyone. Race ends at Brow Park with awards immediately following race under music pavilion. Awards will be given in each category! 256-634-8370

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

May 21 Medicinal Plants and Alternative Medicines This workshop is designed for the adult homesteader/ prepper to make alternative medicinal salves, tinctures and liniments. This program will be presented by Darryl Patton, well-known herbalist and, in fact, author of “The Southern Herbalist.” JSU Field Schools at the Little River Canyon Center. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $20 per person; pre-registration required. 256-845-3548

May 21 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

May 21 Book Signing with John C. Bush Authur John C. Bush will be signing his Civil War novel at The Book Shelf.  He is a retired Presbyterian Minister. 3:30 p.m.  256-844-8663 

May 21 Southern Gospel Concert featuring The Anchormen and The Sharps A great night of music.  Tom Bevill Enrichment Center in Rainsville; 6 p.m. 256-638-7800

May 21 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

May 23 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. 256-997-957

May 24 National Tourism Day Celebration We invite you as a business or an individual to join us for our celebration or just a visit.  10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 256-635-6522

May 24 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

May 25 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  2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-9577

May 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

May 27 The Steeldrivers in Concert Grammy Award winning Bluegrass group The Steeldrivers will grace the stage at the historic Dekalb Theatre in Fort Payne. Show at 7 p.m. Reserved seating is available. www.eventbritecom

May 28 - 29 Northeast Alabama Cutting Horse Association Competition Enjoy the team cutting competition. At the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville. 256-638-1650

May 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

May 30 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

May 31 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

May 31 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

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 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 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 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 Rin at Little River Canyon. Enjoy top 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 4 pm – 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. 256-782-5697

June 13 - 16 Outdoor Survival Class 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 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 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 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 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 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

July

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 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 Independence Day Celebration in Fort Payne The City of Fort Payne invites you to a wonderful celebration with free hot dogs, soft drinks, American flags, live entertainment, and a fantastic fireworks display. Event takes place at the Fort Payne High School football stadium and begins at dusk. 256-845-1524

July 11 – 14 Outdoor Survival Class 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 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 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

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 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 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

October

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

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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