Living In Montgomery County
Montgomery County boasts a wealth of entertaining activities — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Stroll through the grand gardens of Jasmine Hill, or visit one of the many museums highlighting the area’s history in the civil rights struggle. Enjoy the competition of the Montgomery Dragon Boat Race and Festival or the cuisine of the Riverwalk Wine Festival. And don’t miss the mix of grace and athleticism of the Montgomery Ballet.
Residents of Montgomery County have dozens of annual events, festivals and community gatherings at their fingertips.
Hosted by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the annual Flimp Festival in early May celebrates art, entertainment, food and family activities. Browse art created by professionals and make some of your own. The museum provides chalk and parking lot space so students and adults can transform the pavement into a chalk gallery. The festival also has a treasure hunt in the rotunda, where participants search for answers to clues about artwork in the museum’s galleries.
Montgomery Dragon Boat Race and Festival
Held in Riverfront Park in late August every year, the Montgomery Dragon Boat Race and Festival attracts nearly 10,000 spectators. More than 60 teams race long, ornately decorated boats down a stretch of the Alabama River to raise money for Bridge Builders Alabama and Rebuilding Together Central Alabama. The festival also has live music and entertainment, vendors, exhibits, a children’s village and more.
In March, the Montgomery Marathon in downtown Montgomery features fitness, food and fun. Runners can choose from the traditional marathon, half-marathon or a 5K run and walk. For children, there’s a 1-mile fun run and the Mayor’s Challenge, a nine-week training program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade that ends with a 1-mile race. By the end of their training, children will have run the equivalent of a half-marathon.
River Bend Brewfest and River Jam
The River Bend Brewfest in Riverfront Park in May highlights more than 70 regional and national craft beers and microbrews. Following an afternoon of brews, River Jam kicks off and plays into the night. The free live music and entertainment fills two stages with pop, Latin, jazz, blues, country and rock.
Riverwalk Wine Festival
Enjoy an afternoon of wine on the water at the Riverwalk Wine Festival in October, when distributors represent more than 100 wines at the downtown Montgomery Riverfront in company with food vendors and live music. When the festival ends, take a sunset wine cruise up the Alabama River on the Harriott II Riverboat.