Held annually in downtown Fort Payne as a tribute to its manufacturing heritage, Boom Days Heritage Celebration is a family-friendly event offering an incredible lineup of music, a children’s entertainment area, arts and crafts, exhibits and more.
The two-day event kicks off Sept. 20th with live music from 6 to 10 p.m. A day of music, art and heritage is planned for Saturday, Sept. 21st. The streets and parks will be filled with arts and crafts, artists and artisans as well as numerous food vendors serving everything from gator on a stick and barbeque to cotton candy and snow cones. There will be plenty of activities for the kids ranging from animal rides to bouncy houses and even a zip line, rock climbing wall and bungee trampolines.
Over two dozen acts will perform with the two-day event culminating with Diamond Rio who will take the stage at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21st. All music is presented for free. For a complete lineup, visit https://boomdays.com/music-lineup/.
Festivalgoers are invited to catch one of four special theatrical productions at the Fort Payne Opera House on Sept. 21st. Written and directed by Eddie McPherson, Phantom of the Opera House is the comical ghost story detailing the history of the Fort Payne Opera House as the story unfolds. Performances will take place at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Admission is free
During the late nineteenth century, Fort Payne experienced a huge coal and iron boom, and in the twentieth century, a boom in textile manufacturing led to the city’s one time claim of “Sock Capital of the World.” As a nod to its manufacturing heritage, the mountaintop town hosts the Boom Days Heritage Celebration. In 2015, it was named Event of the Year by the Alabama Tourism Department during the 2015 Alabama Tourism Awards.