Annual Events in Mentone


Rhododendron Festival -- Third Weekend in May

The Rhododendron Festival features artists and craftsmen displaying their handcrafted wares and live entertainment.  Potted rhododendron plants are always a sellout.  Usually the native flowing plants are at their peak in their array of beauty around the third weekend in May.  The lake on Little River above DeSoto Falls is a wonderful place from which to view the rhododendron and mountain laurel blooms.  There is a good variety of food for sale by several vendors.  

Fall Colorfest -- Third Weekend in October

Its hard to improve on Mother Nature's shows this time of year, but Mentone folks give it a shot!  Storytelling, sing-a-longs and dancing fill the crisp, cool air on Friday evening while children roast marshmallows around a huge bon-fire.  Saturday and Sunday are filled with live entertainment all day long, while local artists and craftsmen display their hand-crafted wares.  The Saturday afternoon parade and activities on Little River add to the festive atmosphere.  

Musical Mountain Christmas -- Time Announced Seasonally

Enjoy a Christmas Parade, choir singing and a Santa Clause party for the children.  Open house is often observed in many business establishments.

These events are sponsored by the Mentone Area Preservation Association (MAPA).  For more information, please send an email to


JulyFest Art and Music Festival -- Weekend after July 4th

Organized by the Mentone Area Arts Council, JulyFest features two days of arts and crafts, music by notable Alabama bands and artists, a pet parade and more.  For details, visit


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