Montgomery is full of fine entertainment, exciting nightlife, stirring history, arts, and culture. Here are some of the locals’ favorites.
SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Montgomery hosts dozens of special events annually, including rodeos, concerts, fairs, festivals, sports games, races, and art shows – many at memorable historic venues. Some of our favorite events:
Jubilee City Fest (May) http://www.jubileecityfest.org/home.html
Dragon Boat Races and Festival (August)
Alabama National Fair (October)
Christmas Parade and Tree-Lighting (December)
Biscuits AA Baseball
Cheer for the Montgomery Biscuits at a baseball game in Riverwalk Stadium!
See over 600 different animal species from five continents all in this 40-acre zoo.
Catch local college football games and other athletic events here. This football arena downtown is currently undergoing renovations to add more indoor sports areas and state-of-the-art features.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
One of the top ten largest Shakespeare festivals in the world, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival offers theatrical productions, from Shakespeare to musicals, year-round.
Alabama Artists Gallery
It’s free to visit this gallery showcasing the work of Alabama artists in a variety of media.
One of just two professional ballet companies in Alabama, the Montgomery Ballet’s repertoire includes classic favorites and exciting new productions. Take advantage of their student discount, too.
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Explore one of the region’s most comprehensive collections of American artwork.
Montgomery Performing Arts Centre
This state-of-the-art facility in downtown Montgomery regularly features Broadway shows, concerts, operas, and dance performances.
The historic Capri Theatre is Montgomery’s independent cinema, offering classic, independent, and foreign films for the movie buff.
F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum
Tour the Montgomery home of the famous literary couple who defined the Jazz Age.
Alabama State Capitol
See the chamber where Southern leaders voted to start the Civil War by taking a guided or self-guided tour of the Alabama State Capitol building.
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
See where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., began preaching his message of justice and brotherhood at this important civil rights landmark.
Rosa Parks Library and Museum
Experience a re-enactment of the scene that began the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
The Hank Williams Museum
Hank Williams’ legendary musical career began in Montgomery, where he lived for many years and was finally buried. See his personal belongings, including his baby blue ’52 Cadillac in which he took his final ride, at the Hank Williams Museum downtown. You can also visit the Hank Williams Memorial, his burial place, in the Oakwood Annex cemetery.
Old Alabama Town
Experience six blocks of restored authentic 19th and 20th century homes and learn how early Alabamians lived and worked. Catch special events like the Alabama Book Festival in April.
First White House of the Confederacy
Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, lived in this historic home, built in 1835. Take a free tour to experience this piece of Civil War history.
Stroll along the shores of the Alabama River. The unique Riverfront Park hosts many concerts and special events at the outdoor amphitheater.
Harriot II Riverboat
Dine and dance to live music on board the Harriot II riverboat, or just relax as you enjoy a scenic cruise. The riverboat docks near the Riverwalk Amphitheater downtown.
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
Montgomery is a golfer’s paradise. Located in the heart of the famous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, three courses on the trail are located nearby. Montgomery and surrounding areas are home to several other challenging and scenic public and private courses, most open year-round.
W.A. Gayle Planetarium
Historic Oak Park houses the W. A. Gayle Planetarium, where you can see a show or get a tour of the night sky at sunset.
Montgomery abounds with shopping opportunities, from your favorite national chains to unique local boutiques.
Just down the street from AUM, you’ll find the Shoppes at Eastchase, with stores including American Eagle, Dillards and Target, and many casual and fine dining options, such as Panera Bread and Bonefish Grill.
At Eastdale Mall, you’ll find great shopping plus an indoor ice rink, movie theater, and more.
Find a variety of locally owned shops, from art galleries to clothing boutiques, along Mulberry Street in the quaint and historic Old Cloverdale Neighborhood.
Local food fans will want to visit the Hampstead Institute Downtown Farm, with its community planting beds, u-pick orchard, star-gazing hill, and many classes and events.
Montgomery State Farmers Market
Find a huge selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other local fare year round at the State Farmers Market.
Whether you are looking for a place to watch football with friends or relax while listening to live jazz, Montgomery has a lively nightlife scene.
Don’t miss the New Orleans-style Alley Entertainment District downtown, connecting Commerce and Tallapoosa Streets, full of trendy bars, restaurants, and shops. People-watch from the outdoor patio at the Alley Bar and then grab some authentic barbecue next door at Dreamland BBQ.
Downtown, enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz at La Salle Bleu & Sous la Terre.
In the Old Cloverdale neighborhood, the 1048 Jazz and Blues Club is a favorite spot to relax, with live music every night.
For the latest in entertainment happenings, check out RSVP Montgomery.
Also check out the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce's video, which captures the character of our unique city:
Learn more about the area’s many offerings at www.visitingmontgomery.com.