Events & Festivals

Back-When Fair

Back When Day and Arab Community Fair have been combined and will be held each year on the last Saturday in April.  Come hear the stories of what life was like way “back when” and join in on all the Community Fun with vendors, food, entertainment and more! Visitors get to interact with volunteers as they demonstrate tasks that were necessary back in the early 1900’s to be a successful farming community; quilting, grinding cornmeal and black-smithing were certainly among the list.

In the 1935 Hunt School, you’ll get a glimpse of what it was like to go to school “back when.” Then you’ll need a break, so stop by Smiths’ Country Store and try your luck at a game of Checkers (against an opponent that’s been playing the game for decades).

Deadline for Vendors to Register is April 15, 2021.

Back When Fair Application


Easter Egg Hunt *

Thompson-Eidson Soccer Complex
201 Plaza Drive
Arab, Alabama 35016

In the spring before Easter, the annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place at the Thompson-Eidson Soccer Complex.  This event is sponsored by Arab Parks & Recreation and the Arab Chamber of Commerce.

Movies in the Park *

In the summer, there are three free movies played as part of our Movies in the Park summer movie series. One of the movies featured is a Dive-In Movie shown at the Arab City Pool, so you can watch it from your float in the cool, cool water! The summer movie line-up is announced each year in the spring, and is sponsored by Arab Parks & Recreation and the Arab Chamber of Commerce.

* For information and announcements about either one of these events, click here.

Poke Salat Festival
May 15, 2021

The Poke Salat Festival in Downtown Arab is held each year in May, and features artisan demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, children’s games and inflatables, a petting zoo, live entertainment, bake sales, the Side Dish Showdown, Pet Parade, and so much more.

The Street-Corner Bluegrass Competition is held on Saturday, and features bluegrass music throughout the day. The Arab Junior High and High School Art Departments are there creating original custom artwork all along the streets. There is also an Open-Mic stage, a Children’s Costumed Fun Run, and the Buck-dancing Expo and Competition.

Arab Customs & Classics Car Club Cruise-In

The Arab Customs & Classics Car Club Cruise-ins are held every 4th Saturday from April through September in Historic Downtown Arab. There is no Entry Fee. All Makes & Models are welcome!

Door Prizes will be given away, and there will be games, live music, food trucks, and so much more! For more information, visit them on Facebook.

SugarFest 2021

SugarFest is an all-day event held each year on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend at Arab City Park. The morning begins at 8:00 a.m. with the Sugar Rush 5K certified course run that leads into our Marketplace Arts and Crafts juried vendors show and delicious offerings from the many food trucks that also begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m. or whenever the last customers leave.

The Miss SugarFest Pageant, for ages 12 and under, begins at 9:00 a.m. and is held in the Hunt School House located at the Historic Village. The Sweetie Pie kids area for ages 12 and under, features inflatables, slides, a petting zoo, playground and games. The Sugar High area for ages 12 and above, features a 30’ rock climbing wall, mechanical bull, and a sticky wall to name just a few of the fun and thrilling attractions. The pool and splash pad will be open all day and FREE to enter, as well!

Bags fly at 12:30 for our professional corn hole tournament that will also feature a $5K cash prize for the winners and not to be ignored – there will be an amateur division with a $500 cash prize. There will be delicious food and drinks, along with adult beverages available for purchase. The Classic Car Cruise In begins at 4:00 p.m. and is sure to have you traveling down memory lane.


As we transition into late afternoon/early evening, SugarFest After Dark heats up. Beginning at 4:00 p.m. our first band takes the stage. Food trucks will be on hand to provide a late afternoon snack or even dinner, as well as adult beverages available for purchase. Two more regionally and nationally known bands are on hand at 6:30 and 8:30  respectively……and THEN, if ALL THAT still isn’t enough – top it all off with the area’s largest and most spectacular fireworks show that is sure to knock your socks off!!

For information about this spectacular event, or to find out how you can be a vendor, or a volunteer, visit The Sugarfest, or “like” and “follow” them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.

Christmas in the Park
November 26th – December 31st

Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, Arab City Park is transformed into Christmas in the Park, a festive and over-the-top display of holiday magic. Brought to you by the City of Arab and Arab Parks & Recreation, Christmas in the Park is one of the most magical displays you’ll find anywhere in the State. Thousands will travel to Arab just to stroll through this enchanting wonderland, where frame-worthy photo ops are literally everywhere you look.


 The 27th Annual Christmas in the Park holiday festivities get underway on November 26th with the “Lighting Ceremony” at 6:00 p.m. It’s one of the best things you’ll experience all year.

Special guests do the honors as crowds gaze in awe when more than two million lights set Arab City Park all aglow. The AHS Jazz Band brings the holiday feels with jazzy renditions of everyone’s holiday faves, and carolers wander along the paths adding unexpected moments of bliss with their acapella harmonies. Stroll along the illustrious park trails every night for six weeks, beginning November 26th through December 31st.  Admission is free.

To see photos posted by the park-goers before you, or to share your own new memories, just “like” and “follow” us on Facebook, and use #ChristmasINTHEParkArab. You’ll also get updates and announcements regarding weather and closings.

Santa in the Park @ Arab Historic Village
Nov. 26-27 | Dec. 3-4 | Dec. 10-11 | Dec. 17-18

Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, the magic of the holidays comes to the Arab Historic Village. For four consecutive weekends, and in conjunction with Christmas in the Park, Santa at the Village will run every Friday and Saturday night. Visitors come from near and far to stroll through Santa’s Village, an over-the-top display of holiday joy. You’ll meet Mr. Claus himself, so don’t forget your camera!

After meeting Saint Nick, head on over to Phillips’ Blacksmith Shop and watch ‘em work on reindeer shoes! Then, stop by Mrs. Lola Boyd’s 1890’s Farmhouse for a peek in Santa’s bedroom. After that, head on over to the Smalley Grist Mill for a bag of fresh reindeer food to take home to Dasher and Dancer and the other seven reindeer!

All historic buildings will be open and filled with people making holiday history, so come capture the spirit of Christmas this season at the Arab City Park and the Arab Historic Village. Santa’s Village is open from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., weather-permitting, starting November 26-27, and continuing December 3-4, December 10-11, and December 17-18. Admission for Santa in the Park is $6 per person. Children under 2 are free admission.

For news and announcements, visit us on the Christmas in the Park Facebook page.

Arab City Hall

740 North Main Street
Arab, Alabama 35016

Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone (256) 586-3544
Fax (256) 586-9711

Mission Statement

The City of Arab has a mission to foster and sustain a living environment that cultivates progressive awareness and the acceptance of diverse cultural differences, while maintaining a wholesome family atmosphere.

The mission also includes an improved quality of life through economic growth and development, continuously seeking ways to increase revenues, and the ongoing expansion of local Infrastructure.