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.
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 www.mentoneArts.org.
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