Panoply 2009

Published: Feb. 2, 2009 at 2:54 PM CST|Updated: Apr. 27, 2009 at 1:47 PM CDT
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The PANOPLY ARTS FESTIVAL has been a Huntsville Tradition since 1982!  Held the last full April weekend in downtown's Big Spring International Park, this three-day festival features presentations, demonstrations, fireworks, and FUN...while promoting THE ARTS...

PANOPLY, presented by Boeing, is The South's Most All-Embracing ARTStravaganza, offering the perfect family environment through activities children, teens, and adults can enjoy, from our "Global Village" (a doorway to our diverse international culture - a very rare regional opportunity) to FREE kids' hands-on activities to the "Official Alabama State Fiddling Championship," GEICO "Homegrown Talent Contest," Ten-Minute Playwright Competition, annual Choreography Competition, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc. Art Marketplace, First Baptist Church/First Missionary Baptist Church "Joyful Noise" tent, "Songwriter's Showcase," and MORE!

The Arts Council keeps PANOPLY fresh, while bringing back the favorites that festivalgoers love.  Back again is the popular Knology, Inc. "Get Rhythm" area with John Scalici-new make-n-take opportunities are to be found in the Kid's Art Yard-and also returning is the "Open Mike Night" in the Buffalo Rock Family Food Tent.   Watch for announcements of all-new features, as well!

Thanks our community and sponsors, 2008 topped out at 150,000 attendees-no wonder the Southeast Tourism Society ranks PANOPLY among their "Top Twenty Events" and Gov. Riley declared it one of Alabama's "Top 10 Tourism Events"!

The festival runs Friday, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. & Sunday, Noon - 8:00 p.m.  Want to know more?  Call (256) 519-2787 (ARTS) or visit

Then follow the excited crowds eagerly racing to an even bigger-and-better PANOPLY 2009-continuing to delight North Alabama, the Tennessee Valley, and the entire region-it's truly a spectacle for the mind's eye!