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Welcome to the official website of the W.C. Handy Music Festival!

 Make plans now to attend this year’s W.C. Handy Music Festival,
July 21st through 30th, 2017.


PLEASE NOTE:

The Music Preservation Society/
W. C. Handy Music Festival
Office has moved!

We are now located at:
409 N. Court Street
Suite #11
(Downstairs)

Florence AL 35630

Become a
"Friend of the Festival"!


The Music Preservation Society Inc., which sponsors the W. C. Handy Music Festival every year, is a 501 c(3) non-Profit organization. We are heavily reliant on gifts, donations and grants to organize and present the Festival annually. As a Friend of the Festival you can help ensure that this event continues uninterrupted for years to come. Please click on the PayPal button below and contribute today.
All donations are 100% tax deductible.


Handy Festival concessions are available by calling 256-766-7642, or 256-394-8674.
T-shirts and hats can also be found at:


Florence Lauderdale Tourism Office
McFarland Park
200 Jim Spain Drive
Florence, AL 35630
256-740-4141


W.C. Handy Home & Museum
620 W. College Street
Florence, AL 35630
256-760-6434


Ye Olde General Store
219 North Seminary street
Florence, AL 35630
256-764-0601


Counts Brothers Music
713 Waverly Avenue
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
256-383-7454


Discount Dan's
1010 East Second Street
Sheffield, AL
256-386-1153



Please checkout our updated 2017 schedule.

The DaDooRunRun! (Something for everyone including the 5K Run and Family Fun Walk)

A Tri-State Bike Ride through Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee!

The traditional Street Strut Parade!

Determined, the play about life of William Christopher (W.C.) Handy!

Courting the Blues Parade!

Exhibits! Car, Truck, and Bike Shows! Music History Discussions!

...and the best music performed in the place once known as the "Hit Recording Capital of the World"

Check back here for dates and times!


The Music Preservation Society, Inc. proudly presents its annual ten-day series of events designed to preserve, promote, and present the music of northwest Alabama (also known as the "Shoals" area). The W.C. Handy Music Festival was named in honor of William Christopher Handy, the "Father of the Blues", who was born in 1873 in Florence, Alabama. The award-winning W. C. Handy Music Festival has been held each year since 1982 and has been recognized, among other honors, as:

  • The Alabama Department of Tourism Top 10 Event
  • Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event for July, August, September
  • Geo-tourism Map Guide to Appalachia Featured Site
  • Top 100 American Bus Association Event in North America

Two of the Shoals area's greatest assets are our rich musical heritage, and the natural beauty that surrounds us. Keeping outdoor events litter free allows us to showcase both of these assets. The objective of the N Harmony with Nature initiative, launched during the 2011 W. C. Handy Music Festival, was to promote environmental stewardship by reducing litter and waste, and emphasize the value of recycling. The initiative was a tremendous success and was designated as the top project for Northwest Alabama Resource, Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) and for the State of Alabama.

Our goal is to build on the success of the previous W. C. Handy Music Festivals by promoting the reduction of litter and waste, not only for our outdoor events, but also for indoor events. We are asking all of our Festival attendees, including members of our community, and visitors to our area, to help us in our efforts by disposing trash in the marked bins that will be provided at most events.

For more information about N Harmony with Nature, visit www.nharmonywithnature.org.

DID YOU KNOW?

Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 38 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water!

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