Martin Luther King Day Parade & Program – On this national holiday, a parade in downtown Monroeville precedes an informative program exploring some facet of Dr. King’s Legacy.
To Kill A Mockingbird Production – Group Tickets (10 or more) and tickets for museum members go on sale for the annual To Kill A Mockingbird production by “The Mockingbird Players.” Contact Monroe County Heritage Museum, 251-575-7433.
Annual Black History Program – The Annual Black History Program includes an educational program of singing, dancing and dramatizations by various groups and individuals. Hours and location, TBA.
Genealogy Workshop – The Genealogy Workshop at Monroe County Heritage Museum, in its 9th year, is an informative workshop with Samford University’s Elizabeth Wells, Special Collections Librarian. It is a much-heralded annual event. 9am-3pm. Sponsored by MCHM, 251-575-7433.
Heart to Heart Health Fair – Sponsored by Monroe County Hospital, the Heart to Heart Health Fair is a community health fair offering free blood pressure and other screenings, as well as discounted rates for certain additional screenings. It also includes many vendors offering tips on diet and exercise programs and general wellness. This is a very anticipated annual event, always certain to draw a crowd. Hours, generally 7am-Noon. Contact Monroe County Hospital, 251-575-3111.
Heritage Arts Festival on Historic Downtown Square – Sponsored by the Mary Jerald Gardner Study Club, this event transforms the downtown square into a wonderland of crafts, quilts, woodworking, soul food and fine art. A fashion show, gospel music and ethnic dance performances are also featured. Arrive early and spend the day! 8am-4pm. Contact Doris Crook, 251-575-3359.
Chamber of Commerce Membership Dinner Meeting – This annual event celebrates the Chamber’s accomplishments and offers guest speakers, business exhibits, door prizes, silent auction, catered reception and dinner. Monroeville Community House, 271 Park Drive, date TBA. Contact Chamber of Commerce, 251-743-2879.
To Kill A Mockingbird Play – To Kill A Mockingbird tickets for general public go on sale at 8am. Call the Monroe County Heritage Museum at 251-575-7433.
Alabama River Festival – Celebrating Creek/Seminole traditions, with an 1812 frontier camp, river music and culture at the only river museum on the Alabama River. Travel back in time. Music, visits with Indians and frontiersmen, demonstrations and food are all available. Admission charged. Located at Claiborne Lock & Dam, 31 Issac Creek Road, Franklin. Contact Monroe County Heritage Museum, 251-575-7433.
Annual Re-Opening Day, Rikard’s Mill – The annual re-opening of this restored 1845 gristmill. Enjoy barbecue, demonstrations and the covered bridge gift shop. The way things used to be! Admission charged. Located at 4116 Highway 265, Beatrice. 9:00am-4:00pm.
National Hospital Week – Join the staff of Monroe County Hospital in celebrating the finest in rural healthcare. This is an event that also celebrates Monroeville’s quality healthcare community. Join in the fun, call Monroe County Hospital at 251-575-7433.
Peddlin’ For A Cure – Benefiting the American Cancer Society, Good Friday event. Annual 100-mile bike ride to raise money for cancer research. The bike ride always leaves from Lee Motor Company on Monroeville’s downtown square at 7:00am. For information please contact Philip Allen or Fred Kelley.
Annual Relay For Life Survivor Banquet – Located at Monroeville Community House, 271 Park Drive, Monroeville. Contact Eleanor Stabler, 251-743-2785.Mockingbird 8K/Family Fun Day – Last Saturday in April; 8K starts at 8am; 1-mile Fun Run at 9am; Family Fun Day at 10am. Located at the Monroeville Area YMCA, 2197 South Mount Pleasant Avenue, Monroeville. Contact the Y at 251-575-9622; entry fee.
Annual Citywide Spring Clean-Up – “Don’t Drop It On Alabama!” 3rd week of April, all materials are supplied by Alabama PALS. Contact Citywide Coordinator, Ryan Lowell, 251-575-2084.
To Kill A Mockingbird Production – Annual performances by “The Mockingbird Players” sponsored by Monroe County Heritage Museum. This is Monroeville’s signature event, entering its 22nd year in 2012. Monroeville as the hometown of Nelle Harper Lee and “Alabama’s Literary Capital” hosts thousands of visitors annually for the play. It commences in April with Young Audience Series, and goes well into May for its Thursday-Sunday performances on Monroeville’s historic downtown square. Thursday-Saturday performances at 7pm; Sunday performances at 5pm. Tickets and information, Monroe County Heritage Museum, 251-575-7433.
Fishing For Fun Day at Whitey Lee Park – This annual free fishing day is sponsored by the City of Monroeville and offers free morning fishing for children 15 and under in the park’s beautiful five-acre lake. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be provided. Rods, reels and other equipment will also be provided. Contact Monroeville Parks and Recreation at 251-575-5535.
Cotton Patch Festival – The Cotton Patch Festival is a grand celebration in historic Uriah. Arts and crafts, food, fun, entertainment, antique tractor display and more. Cash prizes for the four best exhibitors. Contact Patricia McCullers at the Uriah Arts Council, 251-862-2279.
Monroe County Relay For Life – This overnight program is designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. Held at Monroe County High School’s Football Complex, 6pm-6am. Contact Eleanor Stabler.
Alabama Writers Symposium – Hosted by Alabama Southern Community College. Always the first weekend in May. Opening night reception on Thursday night immediately preceding. Two days of author readings, panel discussions, book signings and literary entertainment. The Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer and the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Literary Scholar will be presented at the Friday and Saturday luncheons. Admission charged to some events, some events free. Contact Donna Reed, Alabama Southern, at 251-575-8226; www.ascc.edu.
Monroe County’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program – This annual program showcases a talented group of Monroe County high school juniors and offers several thousand dollars in a scholarship competition for college admissions. Held in Nettles Auditorium, Alabama Southern Community College, 2800 South Alabama Avenue. Contact Kathy Stuckey, 251-789-2685.
History Adventure Camp For Children – Sponsored by Monroe County Heritage Museum. Members’ children entering the 1st-5th grades can enjoy an exciting journey into the past, visiting the many historical sites of the county. Admission charged, which includes a daily snack and lunch on Friday. Nonmembers may attend also, premium charged. Contact the museum at 251-575-7433.
Saturday Walking Tours – Sponsored by the Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. Every Saturday morning at 10am visit the downtown square for a guided walking tour of the downtown. This includes information on places relating to To Kill A Mockingbird and historic information on area buildings. Local personalities serve as tour guides—great stories are part of the program! To sign up, call the Chamber at 251-743-2879. No charge for these tours.
Annual City 4th of July Celebration – Sponsored by City of Monroeville, call 251-575-2081 for details.
To Kill A Mockingbird Teacher Workshop – Sponsored by Monroe County Heritage Museum, 31 North Alabama Avenue, Monroeville. Time: TBA. Program helps teachers understand relationship of Monroeville to Mockingbird. Call the museum for information, 251-575-7433.
City Sales Tax Holiday – First weekend in August. Back to school celebrations and sales.
Kiwanis/Monroe County Fair – Held the second week of October, Tuesday-Saturday, this annual event is much enjoyed by area residents of all ages. Funds raised go toward community projects. Held at the Monroeville Factory Stores Complex, Drewry Road, Monroeville.
Beatrice Sausage Festival – Visit the town of Beatrice for this annual celebration, fun for all ages! Enjoy some Monroe Sausage, recipe contest, fun and games. 10am-2pm. Contact Elizabeth Moseman, 251-789-2242.
Cane Syrup Making Day At Rikard’s Mill – Held the first Saturday in November and sponsored by Monroe County Heritage Museum, this day celebrates the making of cane syrup. Come eat biscuits and see a 19th century mule-driven cane mill in action. Other food also available, as well as other exhibits. Held at 4116 Highway 265 North, Beatrice. Contact 251-575-7433.
Mockingbird Market – Sponsored by Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. A retail extravaganza featuring a variety of vendors, entertainment and refreshments. Opening night features “A Taste of Monroeville,” entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Chamber’s marketing fund. Market hours are 10am-6pm Friday; 10am-2pm Saturday; Market Preview Party is 6pm-9pm. Admission charged. Held the second Thursday in November through the second Saturday in November at Monroeville Community House, 271 Park Drive, Monroeville. Contact the Chamber, 251-743-2879.
Pioneer Days At Rikard’s Mill – Sponsored by Monroe County Heritage Museum. Demonstrations of skills and crafts from the past, such as blacksmithing, mules grinding sugar cane and corn milling in the 1845 water powered gristmill. Candlemaking and cooking demonstrations. Admission charged. Held at 4165 Highway 265 North, Beatrice. Contact the Museum, 251-575-7433.
Peterman Station Arts & Crafts Festival – Held at the Peterman Train Station and sponsored by Peterman Historical Society, this is Monroe County’s oldest continuously-held festival. It is located five miles north of Monroeville in the old railroad town of Peterman and features over 125 vendors, music, food and plenty of children’s activities. Always the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Contact Alice Chandler, 251-564-2260.
Monroeville Christmas Parade – Always the first Saturday in December. Sponsored by Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Square, Monroeville, 10:00 am, this is an old-fashioned Christmas parade, complete with floats, marching bands, Pets on Parade, Costumed Characters and Santa Claus. Contact the Chamber, 251-743-2879; www.monroecountyal.com.