Festival of the Cranes

 Jan. 9-10/DECATUR – Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Over 20,000 Sandhill cranes along with 20 or more Whooping cranes, spend the winter at the Refuge. Events include viewing the cranes up close, birding workshops and nature walks, kid’s activities, sponsor booths, live raptors, and much more! Presented by the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association and the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Futral Artifact Show

 Jan.9/OPELIKA – Show will have multiple vendors with different Indian Artifacts. There will be display cases, pipes, bowls, spears, arrowheads, clothing, jewelry, books, educational displays, etc. Pre Columbian, Civil War relics, Fossils, & related Artifacts are allowed. There will be a Flint Knapping Demo during the show. There will also be a raffle & refreshments. Please check the Announcements page at for more info closer to the date of the show. If you have any questions while at the show, then just look for anyone wearing a “Futral Artifact Show” Staff t-shirt. 8 am to 3 pm. Admission: $2.00 Donation* Children under 12 are free

 Winter Restaurant Week (BRW)

Jan. 14 – 31/BIRMINGHAM – Premier Culinary and Beverage event with NEW Curbside, To-Go and Delivery options available from participating restaurants, bars and food trucks. The traditional Dine-In option for BRW will be available for most businesses but with safety precautions, such as socially distanced seating, disposable table items, mask requirements and more. To-Go Cocktails, Cocktail Kits and Family-Style Meal options will also be offered on BRW menus this year. Normally a 10-day event, BRW 2020 is now an 18-day event. From fine dining to down-home cookin’, food and drink lovers with a taste for adventure can enjoy special lunch or dinner 2 and 3-course, prix-fixe menus ranging from $5 to $50 per person – making it easy and affordable for everyone to enjoy a taste of Birmingham’s diverse dishes and drinks. Whether you’re trying something new or enjoying a longtime favorite, BRW makes it easy and affordable for everyone to get a taste of Birmingham’s acclaimed culinary and cocktail culture. >MORE

Martin Luther King Celebration & Services

Jan 18/SCOTTSBORO – Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at St. Paul AME Church Scottsboro and co-sponsored by the Scottsboro Boys Museum & Cultural Center feature special guests. Services beginning at 10:00 am. Info: Sheila Washington 256-609-4202

Mardi Gras in Mobile

Jan 23 – Feb 16/MOBILE – Mobile is not only recognized as celebrating the first known American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 (yes, even before New Orleans), but also as home to “America’s Family Mardi Gras.” Delighting both young and old from around town and across the nation, this magnificent celebration lasts more than two and a half weeks and culminates on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent. For weeks, the streets of downtown Mobile are filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands, brilliantly colored floats and, of course, crowds of parade-goers. The floats are glowing spectacles manned by masked riders festooned in satin and sequins and armed with crowd-pleasing “throws” such as beads, MoonPies, doubloons and candy. Mardi Gras must be experienced to be fully understood, and Mobile is the perfect place.