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If you’ve been around Alabama, you may have already heard about the Gardendale Magnolia Festival. But do you know what this festival is all about? Did you know that this fun-filled festival is held each year for a good cause? Well, if you don’t yet, better read on to learn more and you’ll be surprised.

What is Gardendale Magnolia Festival?

A spring celebration that takes place annually during weekends at the Gardendale Civic Center, Gardendale Magnolia Festival is one of those much-awaited spring events in the area.


Year after year, the Gardendale Magnolia Festival provides locals with an economical, family-friendly experience while promoting local business and culture. What makes this festival even better is that it awards college scholarships to local high school seniors, as well as provides support to local charities.


The festival highly promotes volunteerism and they believe that teaching children the importance of it at an early age is a must. In fact, every year, the festival recognizes two Volunteers of the Year – one student and one adult. Isn’t that awesome?

Check out this video of a recent festival event:

What to expect at the Gardendale Magnolia Festival?

Expect a fun-filled carnival experience at the Gardendale Magnolia Festival that is perfect for everyone. The organizers even call the event “The Total Family Experience” because it provides activities and entertainment for all ages in a family-friendly environment.


Children will certainly have fun with a lot of rides to choose from. They can even take free art classes while moms can get their shopping fix in with 150+ arts and crafts/business booths. Of course, the festival does have something for dads too. They can watch and enjoy the Classic Car Show while the whole family will surely dance to the beats of bluegrass bands, as well as other genres on three stages of live musical entertainment.


The festival also features a pooch Parade to rival Do Dah Day, eating contests, and a lot of yummy foods like fried Oreos, funnel cake, shrimp po’boys, Philly cheese steaks, kettle corn, and Cajun pistolettes. Tired and thirsty? Sip on a tall glass of fresh squeezed lemonade! Try them all if you can. We promise this local festival won’t disappoint.


With all the above amazing and fun activities, you may wonder how much would the admission cost. Well, it’s FREE! So mark your calendars as this year, the Gardendale Festival is scheduled on April 26-27. See you there!


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