The Depot Days Festival rolls into Hartselle each year in September, bringing a day of free family-friendly fun and entertainment to the historic depot and downtown area. Hosted by the Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce, the Depot Days Festival is a tribute to the railroad industry and its contribution to Hartselle and the North Alabama region. In addition to the one-day celebration, there are additional activities planned in the week leading up to the event.
The Depot Days Festival gets underway at 8 a.m. and lasts all day until the music stops. Along with live music, the annual event offers a car, truck and motorcycle show, an art show, crafts, a tractor and engine show, and a variety of fun and games for children.
Also on Saturday, the College Street Players presents the Great Bank Robbery re-enactment at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center and runners take to the streets for the Half-Marathon, a partnership between the Depot Days Festival and the Hartselle Kiwanis Club.
Additional activities held leading up to the annual event include the Depot Days Pageant at the Sparkman Civic Center and the Lions Club Zombie Chase 5K run with obstacles and mud, a community worship service, “Down Memory Lane” program at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center and a musical program in the Hartselle High School auditorium.