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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
9 am - 4 pm Thursday - Saturday; 1 - 5 pm Sunday
Admission charged (groups of 10 or more)
256-381-5052 / 256-637-8513  

Frank Lloyd Wright-Rosenbaum House
601 Riverview Drive, Florence
10 am - 4 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 1 - 4 pm Sunday
Admission: $8 adults/ $5 students, seniors (62+), groups of 10 or more
For group reservations call 256-740-8899

Ivy Green, Helen Keller Birthplace
300 North Commons, Tuscumbia
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Saturday with last tour starting at 3:45 pm / closed Sunday
Admission: $6 Adults, $5 military & seniors, $4 college students, $3 children ages 5-18, free kids under 5

Pope's Tavern Museum
203 Hermitage Drive, Florence
10 am - 4 pm Tuesday - Saturday
Admission: $2 adults/ .50 children under 12

W.C. Handy Home & Museum
620 W. College St., Florence
10 am - 4 pm Tuesday - Saturday
Admission: $2 adults / .50 children under 12
256-760-6434   Website

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
217 E. Tuscaloosa St., Florence
9 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday
Admission: Free

Red Bay Museum
110 Fourth St. SE, Red Bay
1:30 pm - 4 pm Tuesday and Thursday (and by appointment)
Special Music Exhibits
Admission: $5 adults / $2 groups & students
256-356-8758 or


Tennessee Valley Museum of 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


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


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


Florence-Lauderdale Tourism & Visitor Center
200 Jim Spain Drive (McFarland Park, Florence)
Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm
Muscle Shoals Musical Heritage Exhibit
Free admission


Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
217 East Tuscaloosa Street- Florence
Mostly Blues - Art With a Musical Flair, Exhibition July 3 – August 3
Includes Entries from the official W.C. Handy Music Festival Design Competition
Monday-Friday 9am-4pm / Saturday July 25 10am-12:30pm
Free admission
See press release below!

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts presents Mostly Blues, a soulful exhibition of paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed media pieces by area artists that visually interpret and pay homage to the power of music.  Invited artists from Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale counties have distinct interpretations that celebrate this area’s ties to the music world. This Mostly Blues exhibit will feature artwork by Ree Shannon, Rachel Wakefield, Martha Beadle, Marianthe Snyder, Taylor Dockery, Eric Freshour, The Shoals Artist Guild, Krena Poole, Helen Allman, Brian Dean, Lane May, Terry McGee, Mark Chamblee, Tara Bullington, Shannon Wells, Josh Johnston, Tim Stevenson, Jonathan Cain, Tabatha Jarmulowicz and more! 

The annual exhibit, Mostly Blues, began in 1994 to honor W.C. Handy, the “Father of the Blues.” Please visit to see music-themed fine art, folk art, and design which will fill the art center’s main gallery as we gear up for the annual W.C. Handy Music Festival. 

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is located at 217 E. Tuscaloosa St. and is open, free of charge, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This event is sponsored by the Florence Department of Arts and Museums. For more information, contact Christi Britten at 256-760-6379.


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