There’s a lot going on here in my neck of the woods. If you are a reader of my blog, I hope you’ll consider attending one or more of these events I’m going to try to experience myself…


Sept. 4: Doug Jones at Northeast Alabma Community College

Sept. 5: Fort Payne Art and Business Crawl. Begins at 4 pm Central at the Fort Payne Coal & Iron Building in Downtown Fort Payne. Katrina Barclay will perform. Then attendees will proceed on to the Boom Town Makers Market, where local artists will be on hand to talk about their works at the Art in the Alley event. After that, the event moves on to a local wildlife photography gallery, Untamed, then finish up at the 33 restaurant. The event is put together by FineTune Events and Enrichment, with plans to do this monthly with different stops to show love to businesses along the downtown strip. Donations are not required but accepted to enrich downtown merchant areas and public spaces.

Russell GulleySept. 5: Radiovizions presents “My Muscle Shoals” by The Russell Gulley Band. It is described as Russell’s Tribute to the Muscle Shoals of the 1970’s, the second heyday that saw the Birth of Southern Rock. The performance features personal stories, original songs, as well as Russell’s Personal Favorite Songs by his Muscle Shoals Heroes. Joining Russell on stage is his brother Dennis Gulley on bass and vocals, Daryl Burgess on percussion/drums, and Kenne Kramer on guitar. The show starts at 7 pm Central at the DeKalb Theatre. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

True Blue DeKalb Youth RallySept. 7: True Blue Youth Rally and FREE Concert at the DeKalb Theatre. Presented by the DeKalb County Democratic Club. Performers will include local musicians Judy Nicole Kirby, Dakota Wright, Jared Cushen, Stuart Douglas, and Maty Croxton (performing an Elton John tribute). Food trucks will be present, snow cones, and the City of Fort Payne will have alcoholic beverages available to anyone 21 and older.

Sept. 10: DeKalb County Democratic Club Regular Monthly Meeting at the Fort Payne Coal & Iron Building at 5:30 pm.

Sept. 10: Ryan Keef Presents Courtyard Concerts: Heritage Night

Ryan Keef

Ryan Keef

Throughout the year, a very talented musician named Ryan Keef has been putting together “Courtyard Concerts” in Fort Payne every 2nd and 4th Tuesday. These live shows are in the courtyard next to the beautifully restored DeKalb Theatre (or inside the theatre, depending on the weather). DeKalb County (home of the country music superstars Alabama) has a surplus of talented local musicians, and these guys and gals come together and play a free concert for everyone! It’s a great excuse to blow off some mid-week steam, enjoy a cold beer and meet some cool people in the community. We are really fortunate to have something regular like this that enhances the quality of life for those of us living in small town Alabama.

Sept. 14: Boom Days Beauty Pageant for ages zero to 18 years of age. Begins at 11 am at the Fort Payne City Auditorium. Presented by Crowning Star Events.

Sept. 19: A Tribute to Eric Clapton featuring David Lusk. All seats are General Admission $15. Adult beverages will be available for purchase.

Fort Payne Boom Days Festival
Sept. 20-21: Boom Days Heritage Festival in downtown Fort Payne.
Musical Performers will include:

Main Stage:
jacob Stiefel

Fort Payne City Park:

Coal & Iron Building:

DeKalb Theatre:

An After-Party is planned at 9 pm at the 33 restaurant.

There will also be non-musical activities like events at the Fort Payne Opera House and the Depot Museum Tour and Diaorama Folk Art Exhibit, Hosiery Museum Tours, Quilt Show, Model Train Exhibit, plus Authors in the Park, a 50’s Block Party, Wine Tasting, Art Hunt, Book Sale, Pancake Breakfast, and a 5K Run.

Learn more about Boom Days at Please go by the schedule there since I am not one of the organizers and things are subject to change.

county fair

Sept. 23: The 2019 DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds in Fort Payne. Hosted by the VFW Post 3128.

Sept. 24: Ryan Keef Presents Courtyard Concerts: Songwriters Night


Oct. 10: Ryan Keef Presents Courtyard Concerts: The Beatles

Oct. 12: Mountain Town Hop Fest from 2-6 pm. Fort Payne’s first craft brewfest, with beer samples from over 30 breweries in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. General Admission is $30. Children under 15 are free to enter. Young Adults 16-20 must by a $5 Designated Driver ticket. Presented by Alabama Beer Promotions. See more info on our website at

Oct. 13-Nov. 23: Fall Foliage in Little River Canyon National Park. When will the leaves change in Alabama? We can’t know precisely, but here’s a handy tool to help you plan excursions when fall foliage should be at its most spectacular. See the 2019 Fall Foliage Map.

Oct. 22: Ryan Keef Presents Courtyard Concerts: Pop Music


Nov. 12: Ryan Keef Presents Courtyard Concerts: The Eagles

Nov. 26: Ryan Keef Presents Courtyard Concerts: Elvis


Dec. 10: Ryan Keef Presents Courtyard Concerts: Blues Night

Dec. 14: Ryan Keef Presents Courtyard Concerts: Courtyard Community Christmas

Photo 2019 Steven Stiefel / Stiefel Creative

Blog 2019 Steven Stiefel | Stiefel Creative

Boom Days Heritage Festival
Fort Payne, Alabama, 201 5th Street Northeast,Fort Payne,Alabama-35967
Starting on
September 21, 2019
Ending on
September 22, 2019
The Fort Payne Boom Days Heritage Celebration honors Fort Payne’s rich cultural past with events that tie the history to the present.
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