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Affiliated Events (Handy Festival Extras)

The W.C. Handy Festival Steering Committee is honored to have the blessing of the Handy Family as we continue to pay homage to the "Father of the Blues" with the annual Festival.  This year we are pleased to support the family of William Christopher Handy during 2018 as they celebrate one hundred years of operation, making Handy Brothers Music Company one of the oldest family owned and operated businesses in the nation.

Please visit them on their web page:  

Added Attractions


Alabama Music Hall of Fame
617 Highway 72, Tuscumbia
9 am-5 pm Tuesday – Saturday
Admission $10 adults, $8 students & seniors, $7 children under 12 (group rates avialable)
256-381-5052 / 256-637-8513  

Belle Mont Mansion
Cook Lane, Tuscumbia
256-381-5052 / 256-637-8513

Cypress Moon Studios
1000 Alabama Avenue
Sheffield, AL 35660
For information, bookings and tours, call 256-335-6961
Find Us On Facebook at CypressMoonStudios
Tours are $10.00 for ages ten and over
Hours Monday-Saturday 11am to 3pm

FAME Studios
603 East Avalon Ave.
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

Florence Indian Mound & Museum
1028 South Court St.
Florence, AL 35630

Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
350 North Wood Avenue, Florence
Generations of Muscle Shoals Music archival information available
Curated by the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library Digital Archives

Florence-Lauderdale Tourism & Visitor Center
200 Jim Spain Drive (McFarland Park, Florence)
Free admission Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm
256-740-4141 or
W.C. Handy Festival Posters on Display!

Frank Lloyd Wright-Rosenbaum House
601 Riverview Drive, Florence
256-740-8899 or

Ivy Green, Helen Keller Birthplace
300 North Commons, Tuscumbia

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
217 E. Tuscaloosa St., Florence
Monday-Friday 9am-4pm with free admission
256-760-6379 or 256.760.6381
(See description below for more details)

Marriott Shoals Conference Center
10 Hightower Place, Florence
Daily audio of music recorded in the Shoals
Photo exhibition with interactive smartphone compatible descriptions

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
3614 Jackson Hwy.
Sheffield, AL 35660

Pope's Tavern Museum
203 Hermitage Drive, Florence

Red Bay Museum
110 Fourth St. SE, Red Bay
For more information: 256-356-8758 or

Sacred Way Sanctuary & Native American Interpretive Center
4409 Co. Rd. 200
Florence, AL 35663

Tennessee Valley Museum of Art: A Summer Adventure in Art!
Art Works: An Exhibition of Current Works by Tennessee Valley Art Association Member Artists
511 North Water Street, Tuscumbia
Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Weekdays Admission: $5.00 adults/ $3:00 Children/ Group rates available
Sundays Admission: Free

W.C. Handy Home & Museum
620 W. College St., Florence
For more information: 256-760-6434

Art Classes!

Tennessee Valley Museum of Art: Summer art classes starting July 9th

July 9th - 12th from 9 am until 4 pm
Class I for students entering grades 3 & 4 and Class II for students entering grades 5 & 6

July 9th - 11th from 10 am until noon
Class III for students entering grades 7-12

For more information regarding classes and to view registration form,
please visit our website at or call 256-383-0533

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, 217 E. Tuscaloosa Street in Florence presents: House and Home - An NEH on the Road exhibit

June 18 - August 9: The National Endowment for Humanities On the Road Exhibition, House and Home, sponsored by the City of Florence Department of Arts and Museums and the City of Florence Bicentennial Committee, travels to the area from the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. in partnership with the Mid-America Art Alliance to tell the story of American housing and neighborhoods. The NEH on the Road version of House & Home draws on themes originated by the National Building Museum to encourage visitors to explore how our ideal of the perfect house and our experience of what it means to “be at home” have changed over time. The exhibition includes domestic furnishings and home construction materials, photographs, “please touch” interactive components, and films. Together, the objects and images illustrate how transformations in technology, government policy, and consumer culture have impacted American domestic life. (Christi Britten, Program Coordinator, Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts)


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