Each year in June, the town of Tuscumbia pays tribute to one of its heroic natives with a six-day celebration attracting thousands of visitors from across the country. The annual Helen Keller Festival offers a variety of family-friendly events including a parade and street party, a car and truck show, live music, arts and crafts, sporting activities, and cemetery tours while celebrating the life of Helen Keller and her remarkable achievements in overcoming a world of silence. All activities take place in Spring Park in downtown Tuscumbia unless otherwise noted.
The annual event is centered on the Helen Keller Festival Market featuring handcrafted items, original artwork, local boutiques and activities for children on the North Bank of Spring Park. From noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, festivalgoers can shop for original works of art and reproductions by artists from across the Southeast. For children, the Imagination Station offers fun, creative hands-on activities. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., children can create their own works of art with a little imagination and some unexpected materials to take home as a souvenir. Additional activities include a car and truck show in downtown Tuscumbia, a five mile and one mile fun run, a golf tournament, live music and guided walking tours of downtown Tuscumbia.
Tours to the Historic Glencoe Cemetery, resting place of Keller family members is offered daily Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Helen Keller Festival Parade and Street Party is set fort 6 p.m. on Thursday. Local businesses will keep their doors open late and special vendors will fill the streets.
For a complete schedule of events, map of downtown Tuscumbia, or more information, visit www.helenkellerfestival.com.
Daily tours of Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, are also offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission charged). The home is located at 300 North Commons Street West in Tuscumbia. Live performances of William Gibson’s world-famous drama, The Miracle Worker, will be offered on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. on the grounds of Helen Keller’s birthplace (admission charged). For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Helen Keller Home at 256.383.4066 or 888.329.2124.