Event Schedule

Juried Art and Demonstrators: 9th Street North: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, noon – 6 p.m. Sunday. A unique opportunity to purchase items from more than 60 of the most talented artists and craftsmen in the Southeast. See demonstrations by a soap maker, folk-art wall artist and glass artist.

Entertainment on Outdoor Stage: 9th Street North and Parkway Drive
Saturday, Sept. 18

9:30 a.m. Jim Aycock Singer/storyteller
11:00 a.m. Shelby Duke Singer
12 noon Elizabeth Vander Kamp Storyteller
1:00 p.m. Steve Shafer Singer/country, gospel
2:00 p.m. Science Bird Folk music
4:00 p.m. Act of Congress Newgrass music
5:00 p.m. The Dill Pickers Folk music

Sunday, Sept. 19

1:00 p.m. Ricky Christian Gospel music
2:00 p.m. Abby Parks Folk music
3:00 p.m. G 2:20 Band Christian band
4:00 p.m. Legendary Pineapple Skinners New Orleans jazz

Folk Café on 9th Street South off Parkway Drive: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, noon – 6 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy a large variety of ethnic and regional food, including home-cooked meats and vegetables, and barbeque and smoked turkey, as well as homemade ice cream, funnel cake, kettle korn and lemonade. Don’t miss the alligator on a stick!

“Listen to that Cold Steel Ring” on the grounds of Leeds Historic Depot on Thornton Avenue at 9th Street : 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. This original play about the life and times of John Henry, the “steel-drivin’ man” has been a favorite with past festival-goers. Get a seat early, because we expect standing-room-only crowds once again.

Student Art Exhibit at Leeds Historic Depot: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, noon – 6 p.m. Sunday. An exhibit of artwork featuring John Henry by students at Leeds High School, Leeds Middle School and Leeds Elementary School.

Tours of Leeds Historic Depot: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, noon – 6 p.m. Sunday. Visit Leeds Historic Railway Depot, named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Inside the depot, see the ongoing restoration of an operating telephone and telegraph system similar to that used by the railroad in the early- and mid-1900s, along with vintage railroad artifacts from the Leeds area. Also on display are diagrams of an educational railroad exhibit to be housed in the depot.

Train Show at the Livery, across Thornton Avenue from the Leeds Historic Depot: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, noon – 6 p.m. Sunday. Members of the Mid-South Chapter of the Historic Railway and Locomotive Society will display and swap railroad artifacts, collectibles and model trains.

Downtown Merchants Sidewalk Sal on Parkway Drive: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday. Unique and eclectic shops throughout downtown Leeds feature designer clothing for children and adults, unusual gifts and home items.

Activities for Children

  • On the Outdoor Stage at 9th Street North and Parkway Drive: Children’s music – songs and storyteller – featuring Jim Aycock: 9:30 a.m. Saturday
  • At Kids Korner at 8th Street North off Parkway Drive:
    • Mosaic classes sponsored by Camp McDowell Folk School in Navuoo: 1-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, ages 12 and up only. (Reservations required. Call 699-1892)
    • Pottery instruction sponsored by Earthborn Studios : 10: a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 4 – 5 p.m. Saturday.
    • Wooden whistle carving: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
    • Gardening lessons sponsored by the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Education Dept.:
      9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday.
    • Racing Turtles (paper crafts): 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
    • Corn Shuck Dolls: Saturday 9 a.m. – noon and 3-6 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.
    • Origami (Japanese paper folding): Saturday 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
    • The Tortoise Lady – Lee Ann Christenson: 9-11 a.m. Saturday and 4-5 p.m. Sunday. Walk, pet and have your picture taken with Frankie, a 75-lb. Sulcata land tortoise.
    • Games and recreational fun sponsored by Covenant Bank: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
    • Games and prizes sponsored by the Leeds Fire Department: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. Sunday.

Farmer’s Market – 8th Street South: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and noon – 6 p.m. Sunday. Large assortment of fresh, homegrown vegetables and baked goods for sale.

Tours of Historic Homes in Leeds: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, noon – 6 p.m. Sunday. Includes the Bass House Museum at 1129 Montevallo Road and Rowan Oaks Historic Home at 1900 Montevallo Road.

Farmer’s Market – 8th Street South – 10-a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and noon – 6 p.m. Sunday. Large assortment of fresh, homegrown vegetables and baked goods will be for sale.

Antique Car Show at 1st Avenue and 6th Street South: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday.