Arts & Culture in Jasper, AL
From colorful artwork and fun festivals to fascinating historic places and beautiful outdoor venues, Jasper features a wide variety of cultural attractions the whole family can enjoy.
Art, Crafts and Outdoor Fun
The Walker County Arts Alliance is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage and enhance artistic expression in Jasper and Walker County through a series of community events, cultural programs and school projects.
One of the most successful community arts projects sponsored by the Arts Alliance is the 50-Mule Team Public Art Project, a tribute to the county’s rich mining history. Stop by the Arts Alliance’s downtown Jasper location and pick up a “Mule Map,” which features the locations of colorfully painted fiberglass mule statues.
The Arts Alliance also sponsors Art in the Park, a one-day event held in Jasper’s Gamble Park every spring that celebrates arts and crafts, music, dance and culture. Spend the day viewing unique artwork, tasting local food and enjoying live music or theatrical productions.
Sponsored by the Historic Downtown Jasper Merchants Association, the Heritage Festival, held in October each year, pays tribute to the town’s past through historic photographs, images and displays. Live music performances, art and crafts exhibits and kid’s activities are also part of the event.
Take a short ride to Sumiton and enjoy the day at the Frog Festival. Held on Main Street the first Saturday in October, this lively annual festival features arts and crafts, great food, rides for the kids and even an antique car show.
Museums, Historic Sites and Outdoor Venues
Discover the state’s coal mining past at the Alabama Mining Museum in Dora. Located in a gymnasium built in 1935 by the federal Works Project Administration, the museum vividly portrays the stories of the people and communities involved in the mining industry from 1890 to 1940. See a variety of artifacts and exhibits, including a 1900s-era train, mining cars, post office and single-room school. The museum is open for school groups and tours. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead for an appointment as the museum is closed on certain days. Call 205-648-2442 for details.
The Carl Elliot House Museum in Jasper chronicles the life of Carl A. Elliot Sr., a U.S. congressman from 1949 to 1964 who fought for racial equality, better education and quality of life for Alabama residents. View personal photographs, handwritten correspondence, campaign brochures and much more as you wend your way through Congressman’s Elliot’s personal residence.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, the First United Methodist Church of Jasper is one of the state’s most dazzling examples of Beaux Arts neoclassical architecture. Distinctive features, like white Georgian marble, a mahogany interior and an art glass interior dome make this church a real standout.
If you’re searching for a scenic place for a wedding or private party, look no farther than Huckleberry Farm in Jasper. Hold your event outdoors or in the farm’s opulent barn, and enjoy a host of luxury services available on-site, including carriage and limousine rides, lavish floral designs and delicious five-star cuisine.
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