Events & Festivals
Back-When Day at the Arab Historic Village
April 24, 2021
Back-When Day is an annual event held on the last Saturday in April. Come hear the stories of what life was like way “back when.” Visitors will interact with volunteers as they demonstrate tasks that were necessary back in the early 1900’s to be a successful farming community; things like quilting, cornmeal-grinding, and black-smithing were certainly among the list of priorities.
Crafts will be provided for the children, and local groups will be performing Blue Grass and Ole’ Time Gospel Music. Country dinner plates will be sold and piled high with pulled pork, beans and greens, and all the fixins’. For information and announcements, be sure to “like” and “follow” us on Facebook.
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.
Marketing & Communications Administrator
740 North Main Street
Arab, Alabama 35016
Phone: (256) 586-8128
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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City of Arab, Alabama on Facebook
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Arab Historic Village on Facebook
Christmas in the Park on Facebook
Arab Parks & Recreation on Facebook
Downtown Arab Alabama on Facebook
Poke Salat Festival on Facebook
Arab Chamber of Commerce
Arab Customs & Classics Car Club
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 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!!
Community Fair at the Historic Village
September 11, 2021
The Arab Community Fair is an annual event held on the 2nd Saturday in September, and features vendors from all over the Southeast who come out to showcase their skills and trades. You’ll find unique hand-crafted jewelry, arts & crafts, hand-made soaps and home décor, hand-sewn quilts and scarves, vintage furniture, exquisite hand-blown glass, one-of-a-kind custom pottery, hand-stitched children’s clothing, and items you didn’t even know existed, but now simply can’t live without.
Food trucks fill the air with mouth-watering aromas of smoked chicken leg quarters, smoked sausage dogs, slow-cooked Boston butt, burgers and hotdogs, corn dogs, funnel cakes, and much more. Local businesses will be there giving away free merchandise, and some of them have a grand prize drawing at the end of the day. The kiddos can jump their little hearts out in the bounce houses, then enjoy an ice cold snow cone while getting their face painted. There are also live performances from local musicians throughout the day. For a Community Fair vendor application, click here.
For information and updates about the Arab Community Fair, visit us on Facebook.
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 merriment and magic. Brought to you by the City of Arab and Arab Parks & Recreation, Christmas in the Park is one of the most magical displays of holiday splendor 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 26th Annual Christmas in the Park holiday festivities get underway on November 26th with the “Lighting Ceremony” at 6:00 p.m., and there aren’t enough words to describe it. 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 2,000,000 lights set Arab City Park all aglow. AHS Band Director Ty Parker and the AHS Jazz Band bring 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 four 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, there’s a man by the name of Santa in the Park, too. Visitors come from near and far to stroll through Santa’s Village, an over-the-top display of merriment and holiday splendor. You’ll meet Mr. Claus himself, so don’t forget your camera… there are photo ops everywhere you look.
After meeting Good Ole’ Saint Nick, head on over to Phillips’ Blacksmith Shop and watch ‘em work ~ it’s really neat to watch ~ just before stopping
by Mrs. Lola Boyd’s 1890 Farmhouse for some cookie-decoratin’ and potato candy-makin’. Then make your way to Smiths’ Country Store to sip a cup of fresh hot cocoa and warm up…because just maybe, the most important stop you’ll make in Santa’s Village, will be the Smalley Grist Mill. Where else will you find a bag of fresh reindeer food to take home for Dasher and Dancer and the other seven reindeer? Those little guys need a snack after all that flying, too. Whew… I can’t even imagine.
All historic buildings will be open and adorned with holiday spirit, 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 admitted free.
For news and announcements, visit us on the Christmas in the Park Facebook page.