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  • May 1 - May 2
    Market Street Festival

    Columbus
    marketstreetfestival.com

    Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, this year’s festival, set in historic downtown Columbus, will host more than 225 arts and crafts vendors and a variety of food vendors. This two-day festival includes four entertainment stages, a car show, tractor display and a children’s area with two stages exclusively for them!
  • May 1 - May 2
    Main Street JazzFest 2015

    Murfreesboro
    minstreetjazzfest.net

    This free festival features local, regional and internationally known jazz artists. Families can enjoy some contemporary tunes while the little ones enjoy the children’s area and parents can shop and eat among the various vendors. The historic Rutherford County Courthouse is the perfect backdrop for this annual event.
  • May 1 - May 3
    Pensacola Crawfish Festival

    Pensacola
    fiestaoffiveflags.org

    Pirate Invasions, watercraft parade, Best Decorated Shrimp Boat contest, Blessing of the Fleet, Fireworks, Pageant, arts and crafts and more await you on Amelia Island. Come and enjoy all things…Shrimp! More than 25 local organizations offer up a variety of shrimp and other seafood delicacies in the food court.
  • May 1 - May 3
    8th Annual National Beaufort BoatBuilding Challenge

    Fernandina Beach
    shrimpfestival.com

    The 2015 festival will feature 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish. Cajun dishes such as red beans and rice, boudin balls, seafood gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya, and Cajun Pasta will also be available. Live entertainment and activities for all ages, will make it a day that all can enjoy! This year’s event will also include a Sunday morning gospel performance.
  • May 2
    Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

    Beaufort
    beaufortchallenge.com

    The North Carolina Boatbuilding Heritage Foundation organizes this annual challenge in hopes of maintaining an interest in wooden boatbuilding. Contestants have four hours to craft their boat before testing it in the water. Some of the proceeds of this event also go towards college scholarships for young adults to be trained in both traditional and modern boat building techniques.
  • May 2
    41st Annual Wooden Boat Show

    Beaufort
    ncmaritimemuseums.com/woodenboatchow

    This free event features a variety of small wooden boats, historic vessels, nautical crafts, educational activities, boat models, traditional skills demonstrations and displays. Model Boats, which range from 25” to 40”, are also a big draw with anywhere from 30-60 on display. The Beaufort waterfront serves as the perfect setting for this event with the North Carolina Maritime Museum and the Museum’s Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center located directly across the street.
  • May 2 - May 3
    The Cotton Pickin' Fair

    Gay
    cpfair.org

    Nestled in and around historic farm buildings and tree-lined grounds of the 185 year old Gay Family farmstead, are 350 juried artisans featuring pottery, weaving, basket making, blacksmithing, sculpture, woodcarving, folk art, and jewelry. Festival guests can also enjoy a complimentary shuttle ride to the Historic Red Oak Covered Bridge, built in 1840 by famous Master Builder, Horace King. It is his sole surviving bridge and has remained in continuous service for more than 175 years.
  • May 7
    Taste of Alpharetta

    Alpharetta
    awesomealpharetta.com

    Set in historic downtown Alpharetta, the event features more than 60 local restaurants. Attendees enjoy samples of appetizers, entrees and decadent desserts while enjoying live music, culinary competitions and family fun zones. Chefs from Alpharetta will also compete in six different categories some of which include “Best Dessert”, “Best Presentation” and “Best Booth”.
  • May 8 - May 9
    International Bar-B-Q Festival

    Virginia Beach
    vafest.org/pan

    Barbeque Heaven awaits you along the riverfront with hickory smoked beef, pork, mutton, chicken and 1,500 gallons of burgoo (a spicy stew).
  • May 8 - May 9
    Virginia International Pan Fest

    Owensboro
    bbqfest.com

    Set to the captivating sounds of steel pan music, PAN Fest takes one on a musical adventure with its unique songs and styles of the Caribbean. All performances are free to the public.
  • May 8 - May 10
    Artisphere

    Greenville
    artisphere.us

    Celebrating the visual and performing arts, Artisphere is comprised of 120 visual artists selling their works, an art demonstration stage that will include bookmaking, pottery, weaving and more, as well as local and regional singer/songwriters and craft activities for the kids. A full listing is available online.
  • May 9 - May 31
    Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

    Fernandina Beach
    aicmf.com

    World-class artists perform their classical music in intimate and historic settings on Amelia Island. This year’s finale will feature a Chamber Pops with everything from Bach to The Beatles.
  • May 14 - May 17
    Chesapeake Jubilee

    Chesapeake
    chesapeakejubilee.org

    This four-day event includes local and national music artists performing on one of the three stages, fireworks, an arts and crafts show, one of the largest 4-H Livestock Show and Auctions on the East Coast as well as carnival rides, cloggers, free arts and crafts for children and the world famous Chesapeake Jubilee-Kansas City Barbeque Society BBQ Cook-off. New this year is a Silent Disco (where guests dance to the same concert quality music via their own personal headphones).
  • May 15 - May 16
    SoulStock

    Decatur
    soulstock.com

    A free Christian Music Festival which also includes guest speakers. All ages enjoy a wonderful evening of contemporary Christian music making it a positive, family-friendly event for everyone.
  • May 15 - May 16
    33rd Annual Limestone Sheriff's Rodeo

    Athens
    limestonesheriffrodeo.com

    “The Biggest Outdoor Rodeo East of the Mississippi River”, this annual event includes more than 400 competitors from across the nation and helps raise funds for local law enforcement to purchase much needed equipment, including patrol cars, vests, training and more. The “Special Needs Rodeo” is held on Friday morning with over 450 participants with each receiving a t-shirt, sheriff’s star, meal and drinks. This outdoor rodeo also includes a parade, pageant and street dance for folks to enjoy all the while supporting the local community.
  • May 15 - May 16
    Poke Salat Festival

    Hartselle
    http://bit.ly/cotton-pickin-bbq-cook-off

    This FREE annual event has been held in historic Arab for more than 30 years. Live music, artists and a variety of food, including, Poke Salat, are available for all to enjoy!
  • May 15 - May 17
    Mainstrasse Village Maifest

    Covington
    mainstrasse.org

    Maifest brings the excitement of a street festival and mixes it with the historic neighborhood shops and restaurants in the village. Saturday has an exhilarating sidewalk chalk art contest. Additional elements include live music, arts and crafts, delicious food and dancing!
  • May 16
    Catfish Festival

    Scottsboro


    Catfish Plates for all and fishing for children up to age 12. Live entertainment as well as Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show. Additional food includes: Homemade ice cream, Snow Cones, Funnel Cakes, Hamburgers and Hot Dogs.
  • May 16 - May 17
    Cotton Pickin' BBQ Cook-off

    Jackson
    trailofhonor.org

    A BBQ Cook-Off for Professional and Backyard teams it is also a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) event. Awards are also given for best dessert, sauce as well as the People Choice Award thus giving attendees an opportunity to sample!
  • May 16 - May 17
    Trail of Honor

    Arab
    downtownarab.com/pokesalat

    A living history tribute to America’s Veterans, visitors enjoy historically accurate demonstrations of military life as well as reenactments beginning from the French and Indian War to today. Living historians also display uniforms, weapons, ammunition, rations and equipment from the era they represent. The event is free to attend.
  • May 21 - May 24
    Sumter Iris Festival

    Sumter
    irisfestival.org

    Celebrating its 75th Anniversary, the Sumpter Iris Festival is held at the Swan Lake Iris Gardens, featuring the famous Japanese Iris and all eight, known, species of swan in the world. The gardens also feature a variety of birds, waterfowl, and species of flowers and trees. New this year, the event’s parade will take place at night.
  • May 22 - May 24
    Florida Folk Festival

    White Springs
    floridafolkfestival.com

    Pay tribute to Florida’s land, people and diverse cultural heritage on the banks of the historic Suwannee River. One of the oldest state folk festivals in America, this event features more than 300 performances by Florida’s greatest folk and roots artists including musicians of: swing, folk, blues, gospel, country, Latin, jazz, bluegrass, Caribbean and zydeco music.
  • May 23 - May 24
    Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic

    Decatur
    alabamajubilee.net

    FREE to the public, this annual event features more than 55 hot air balloons from across the country. Together they compete in four races over a two day period. In between races an arts and crafts show, antique and classic car show, tractor show and live music, keep attendees entertained.

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