17 Not to Miss in Montgomery in 2017

The must-do events for 2017 in Montgomery, Alabama for locals and visitors.

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17 Not to Miss Events in 2017 in Montgomery, Alabama.

This list doesn’t come close to covering all of the amazing things there are to do in Montgomery, but in honor of the new year, here are 17 events that you really shouldn’t miss. Stay tuned for 17 MORE Not to Miss coming soon, and remember you can always find a complete calendar at www.visitingmontgomery.com.

EatSouth Workshops are a must do in 2017EATSouth Farm City Workshops
What: EATSouth encourages healthy lifestyles through education and sustainable food production in urban areas throughout the Southeast. Join them for a series of workshops exploring different techniques for bringing sustainable gardening to your urban home.
When: January 21, February 25, March 18, April 15, and May 20 at the EATSouth Downtown Farm
More information: http://www.eatsouth.org/home

IgniteMGM Pitch Competition is not to miss in 2017.

IgniteMGM Pitch Competition
What: IgniteMGM is a community pitch competition that brings together Montgomery’s creative community and awards grants to entrepreneurs and thinkers who want to contribute to Montgomery.
When: Saturday, January 28, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00p.m. at The Sanctuary
More information: http://www.ignitemgm.com/

Montgomery Half Marathon RunnersMontgomery Half Marathon
What: The Montgomery Half Marathon presented by Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montgomery, and 5K races are back for Saturday, March 11, 2017!
When: Saturday, March 11 at Riverwalk Stadium
More information: http://themontgomeryhalf.com/

Go Over the Edge with Hope Inspired Ministries in 2017Over the Edge
What: Go Over the Edge for Hope Inspired Ministries! Individuals and businesses will raise money for HIM in exchange for an opportunity to rappel off the 40 Four Building in downtown Montgomery!
When: Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1 at the 40 Four Building
More information: http://www.hopeinspiredministries.org/over-the-edge/

Thunderbirds at 2017 Airshow Heritage to Horizon Maxwell Air Show
What: Come join us in celebrating the Air Force’s 70th Anniversary during the Maxwell Air Force Base two-day Air Show and Open House, April 8-9, 2017.  Admission is FREE to the public.
When: Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Maxwell Air Force Base
More information: http://maxwellairshow.com/

Taco Libre is not to be missed in 2017.Taco Libre
What: Alabama’s Taco Festival!  Come enjoy a wide assortment of tacos from Alabama’s favorite local taco joints, restaurants, as well as food trucks from all over the state.
When: Saturday, April 29 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at The Yards at Western Rail
More information: http://www.lightninglinemgm.com/tacolibre/

Kress on Dexter Rennovation opens in 2017Opening of Kress on Dexter
What: The newly restored Kress Building will serve as a mixed-used space, integrating shopping, working and living, with modern functionality and historical charm.
When: Summer 2017
More information: https://www.facebook.com/Kress-on-Dexter-1005587759550102/ OR

Chris' Hotdogs will turn 100 in 2017.Chris’ Hotdogs 100th Birthday
What: Celebrate a Montgomery institution! Witness to many great moments in history, Chris’ Hotdogs on Dexter Avenue first opened in 1917. Their hotdogs have been enjoyed by the likes of Franklin D. Roosevelt (who would frequently ask for a box of the world famous hot dogs as his train stopped in the Montgomery’s Union Station), Harry Truman, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Presidents Bush 41 & 43, Jimmy Stewart, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Clark Gable, Tallulah Bankhead, Whoopi Goldberg, countless sports stars and every Alabama Governor since 1917.
When: May 1, 2017 at Chris’ Hotdogs
More information: http://chrishotdogs.com/about.html  OR http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/opinion/columnists/2016/08/08/100-years-hotdogs-100-years-history/88395886/

Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Memorial Day Pops ConcertJubilee Pops Concert
What: Join the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra as they kick-off the summer with the Jubilee Pops Concert. This outdoor concert is a FREE event and family friendly!
When: Friday, May 26 on the Alabama Archives and History Building Lawn
More information: http://www.montgomerysymphony.org/pops-concerts/

AFITC Conference in 2017 in Montgomery AlabamaAir Force Information Technology & Cyberpower Conference
What: The Air Force Information Technology & Cyberpower Conference brings together Air Force IT experts, prominent IT academics, and America’s best cybersecurity vendors for 3 days of exhibits, speakers, education, and discussion about the ways we can better defend America from cyber-attacks, advanced persistent threats, and proactively lead in this in this increasingly digital world. Why does it matter to the civilian non-cyber geek? Because the big thinking that goes on in MGM at this conference will not only shape the security of our entire nation, but this event and the Montgomery Internet Exchange puts us on the cyber map along with Austin and Kansas City.
When: August 28 – 30 at the Renaissance Montgomery
More information: http://www.afitc-event.com/

RiverJam and Brew FestRiverbend BrewFest & Riverjam Music Festival 
What: Enjoy craft, seasonal and specialty beers and ales from local, regional and nationally acclaimed breweries by day and two nights of music-filled fun by night at Montgomery’s scenic Riverfront Park.
When: Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 at Riverfront Park
More information: http://www.funinmontgomery.com/

Dragon Boat Festival Montgomery AlabamaMontgomery Dragon Boat Race & Festival 
What: Paddles Up! 70+ teams from Central Alabama and beyond will converge downtown at the beautiful Riverfront Park to paddle and party for a cause while in pursuit of the Grand Championship Trophy! The Festival benefits two local non-profits, Bridge Builders Alabama and Rebuilding Together Central Alabama.
When: Saturday, August 26 at Riverfront Park
More information: http://montgomerydragonboat.org/

ESPN Kickoff Classic in in Montgomery in 2017Montgomery Kickoff Classic
What: Open the college football season at historic Cramton Bowl. The game, to air on ESPN, will feature two of the current top-ranked FCS teams in nation, pitting Jacksonville State University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
When: Saturday, August 26 at Cramton Bowl
More information: http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2016/10/inaugural-montgomery-kickoff-classic-week-0-college-football-game-held-montgomery-ala/

Common Bond Brewers opens in Montgomery, Alabama in 2017Opening of Common Bond Brewing
What: Montgomery welcomes their first craft brewery! The brewery will include a taproom for beer tasting and packaged beer for sale. Common Bond Brews will eventually also be on tap in Montgomery restaurants and bars and available to purchase in stores.
When: Fall 2017, 424 Bibb Street
More information: http://commonbondbrewers.com/ OR

Zombie Walk and Prom Montgomery AlabamaMontgomery Zombie walk and Prom 
What: Zombies unite to fight hunger with the Montgomery Area Food Bank.
When: Friday, September 29 in Downtown MGM
More information: https://www.facebook.com/MontgomeryZombieWalkAndProm/

Montgomery River Walk Wine FestivalRiverwalk Wine Festival 
What: Enjoy an afternoon of wine tastings on the Riverfront, featuring 10 different distributors representing over 100 wineries.
When: Saturday, October 14 at Riverfront Park
More information: http://www.funinmontgomery.com/


ASU Turkey Day ClassicTurkey Day Classic
What: Join the Alabama State University Hornets in their classic rivalry game held on Thanksgiving Day.
When: Thursday, November 24 at the ASU Stadium
More information: http://www.alasu.edu


ESPN Camellia Bowl in Montgomery AlabamaRaycom Media Camellia Bowl 
What: Quickly becoming well-known for quality match-ups, close games, and amazing plays, this hometown bowl game between the Sun Belt Conference and the Mid-American Conference is not to be missed!
When: Saturday, December 16 at Cramton Bowl
More information: http://www.camelliabowl.com/

New Years Eve Friends in Montgomery, AlabamaNYE Countdown
What: Ring in the New Year with a New Year’s Eve Street Celebration in Downtown Montgomery!
When: Sunday, December 31 in Downtown Montgomery
More information: http://www.funinmontgomery.com/


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