The W.C. Handy Music Festival


wchandyMusicians that have performed in the Handy festival include Roberta Flack, Dizzy Gillespie, and the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band. WC Handy was a well known composer at the turn of the 20th century, nicknamed the Father of teh Blues.”
The festival takes place iin the middle of July every year.

For those 2 nights in July Florence comes to life in an event that encompases local businesses, shops, restaurants, etc..

The festival has won a multitude of awards from diverse National Geographic Traveler, USA Today, Southern Living.

Trail Of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride 2014


Florence will once again be a passing point along the route of this year's Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride. Florence is the last major destination before the culmination of teh trip in Waterloo. The year's ride is the 20th consecutive year that the ride has been running for and is expected to bring together one of the largets group of riders that have ridden it in recent years. The event will take place September 20th. We'd like to remind all participating riders of the importance of wearing a DOT or SNELL approved motorcycle helmet on the journey. To find out more information about the history, or schedule of the annual ride, please visit the official site of the motorcycle ride organizers.

First Fridays in Florence


This two day, yearly festival attracts hundreds of artists, sculptors, and craftspeople in general is in mid-May.. It includes a gallery exhibition as well as extending into the Wilson Park where artists from Alabama and the neighboring states are shwcasing and selling their wares, paintings and art pieces. You can find more information about it on the official arts festival website: arts

Cozy Accomodations in Florence, Alabama



Cedar Nest

Cedar Nest is a tree house tourist apartment in the center of Florence, Alabama. This quaint one bedroom apartment has a standard layout including a queen sized bed, a living room, kitchen, bathroom with a claw foot tub. There arw two quaint balconies that overlook the tress in the garden below. The apartment is outfitted with hi-speed wifi as well as international phone service.

Comfort Suites Florence

Located by the Tennesee River in a quaint part of Florence, the Comfort Suites is the perfect place if you are looking to enjoy your stay in a place with lots of included amenities and services such as a fitness facility a jacuzzi and indoor pool,. Guest Parking, Sattelite Tv and free Internet access, free breakfast, local calling.. Carpeted rooms., Include all the amenities you could possibly need for a comfortable and productive stay. Onsite Laundry

Some of the local attractions include golfing on the Blackberry Trail, Wilson Lake, and the W.C. Handy Museum and Library.