Gardendale Magnolia Festival is presented each year at Gardendale Civic Center. 2014 will be the 13th Annual. Proceeds benefit college scholarships for local high school seniors. Starting in 2012, two regional/local charities are chosen each year to promote and benefit. April 19th is our 2nd Annual 5K Run. This year, our featured charities, Miracle League and Just Keep Smiling will benefit from the 5K sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings. We were named in the Top 10 events in April in the 2010 and in May 2012 Alabama Tourism's Calendar of Events. We have approximately 20,000+ visitors. We work with many civic organizations, schools, and churches including the chamber of commerce, Rotary club, Gardendale Arts Council, and AEGIS.
We call the festival The Total Family Experience because it provides activities and entertainment for all ages. Children can enjoy the carnival experience, ride ponies, and fish for catfish while mom can get her shopping fix with almost 200 arts and crafts/business booths. Dad can enjoy the Classic Car Show and grandparents will tap their foot to the beat of blue grass bands as well as other genres on three stages of live entertainment. The whole family will enjoy the Pooch Parade, eating contests, and satisfy their appetites with fried Oreos, roasted corn, Philly cheese steaks, Teriyaki chicken on a stick, Greek gyros, or sip on a tall glass of fresh squeezed lemonade. Free parking. Free admission.