Memorial Day Weekend in Alabama

Memorial Day is a federal holiday on which we commemorate those Armed Forces service members who died defending our freedom. Over the extended weekend, May 27th – 30th, a number of festivals, events, and shows across the state of Alabama will take place, giving you the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the sweet smell of liberty. Here are a few happenings you might want to keep in mind:


Old School & Blues Festival – Huntsville, ALimgres

The Old School & Blues Festival is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this Memorial Day Weekend. Head out to the Huntsville Dragway on Saturday to catch some soul-filled tunes and don’t forget to prepare for hot weather.




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Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Festival – Decatur, AL

If you have never seen dozens of hot air balloons suspended in midair within the same square mile, then the Hot Air Balloon Festival on Saturday and Sunday is your chance. Your feet might even have the opportunity to leave the ground, as some balloon owners will give free rides to spectators.




Blue Star Salute Memorial Day Celebration – Montevallo, ALamerican village

Looking for an event more themed to the essence of Memorial Day? On Monday, the American Village in Montevallo is hosting the Blue Star Salute, featuring costumed historical interpreters, military equipment displays, and even a speech portraying General Douglas MacArthur. Live music and food will also be available for this great all-around Memorial Day event.


fort morganFort Morgan Memorial Day Tribute – Gulf Shores, AL

Similar to the Blue Star Salute, the Fort Morgan Memorial Day Tribute will also feature historical interpreters. The interpreters will wear military uniforms from the fort’s Civil War occupation period as they guide tours of the historic grounds. Artillery and small arms displays will take place, as well. Don’t forget to drop by the beach when you leave!




Montgomery Biscuits vs. Jackson Generals – Montgomery, ALbiscuits

Make a Memorial Day weekend trip to the capital city to see its beloved baseball team battle it out on the diamond. The Riverwalk area where the stadium is located offers many other attractions that could make it a fun trip, including a Blues Cruise in the Alabama River.



Whatever you decide to do this Memorial Day weekend, be sure to gear up beforehand at an Alabama Outdoors store near you (or online at


Festival Essentials

Gear up for festival season! Summer is around the corner, and that means the arrival of festival season. Whether you’re headed to Hangout, Bonnaroo or Sloss Fest, be sure to make a pit-stop by any Alabama Outdoors or shop online to grab your festival essentials.

ENO Hammock

An ENO hammock is your go-to item for relaxation before, after, or in between shows, and can even serve as an impromptu bed! The convenient, portable hammock comes in SingleNest and DoubleNest sizes, easily shared with friends. Customize your hangout space with Festy Flags, light it up with battery powered Twilights Camp Lights and the Moonshine Lantern—it dims, changes color and even has a strobe setting to keep the party going all night. Don’t forget the straps!

Patagonia Baggies


Whether you plan to swim or keep dry, Patagonia Baggies are your go-to short option. Waterproof and comfortable, Baggies come in an array of colors and lengths for men, women, boys and girls.

Water Bottle


Stay hydrated in the Alabama heat with a Nalgene water bottle. Save money by bringing your own (empty) water bottle to fill up at the festivals!

Trucker Hat


Shield yourself from the sun with a new trucker hat. The Patagonia P-6 Logo  features a traditional ball-cap fit with organic cotton bill and crown and a polyester mesh back to keep you cool. The 6-panel design and a pliable bill provide all-day comfort, and snaps in back make sure you’re well-adjusted.


Chaco Sandals


Don’t forget to grab some Chaco sandals before hitting beach! Keep your feet cool and supported while you move with ease, and hook them onto your backpack when you want to go barefoot. With easily-adjustable no-fuss straps, Chaco sandals are the go-to festival shoe.

Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro


Keep the music going between sets with the portable, wireless, and Bluetooth speaker. The speaker’s rugged design makes it water-proof and drop damage resistant. The handheld device also features a powerbank and a flashlight, making it your go-to festival item!


Make this festival season the best yet with gear from Alabama Outdoors. Products available in stores or online while supplies last. (Limited quantities available. Selection varies by location; see store for details.)