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The 20th Annual Gardendale Magnolia Festival is an award-winning, family-friendly event held at the Gardendale Civic Center complex. Our mission is to provide visitors with an economical, family-friendly experience while promoting local businesses, tourism, local arts and culture, and volunteerism in the greater Gardendale area. We have over 150 vendors, 2 stages of live entertainment, a pooch parade, midway-style carnival, car show, free kid zone, petting zoo/pony rides and more!

We are known for our high quality food vendors. Gardendale Magnolia Festival was featured on Cooking Channel’s Carnival Eats. Each year, the festival awards at least 10 ($1,000) college scholarships to area high school seniors and supports local charities. Gardendale Magnolia Festival has been named Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events, Birmingham Parent Magazine Family Favorite, and Alabama Tourism’s Top 10 Events for April-June (twice).

Volunteerism is highly promoted and rewarded at the Gardendale Magnolia Festival. We believe in teaching children the importance of volunteering at an early age. The festival recognizes two Volunteers of the Year- one student and one adult. The Gardendale Magnolia Festival, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit. The city of Gardendale is our Presenting Sponsor.

Mt. Olive Rd is now Rocket Way

Map/General Information

Gardendale Civic Center – 857 Main Street – Gardendale, AL 35071

Location: Gardendale Civic Center, Gardendale First Baptist Church, Gardendale High School (Corner of Mt. Olive and Main Street).

Free Parking and Admission

Parking available at Gardendale High School, Civic Center,
In front of Gardendale First Baptist Church Lifeway Center

The Magnolia Express golf cart shuttles run all day Saturday.

Festival Handicap parking at Civic Center parking lot while available.
Other parking lots have established blue paint spots.

Dogs are allowed on leashes. They poop, you scoop!

Hotel Accommodations

RV Park

Brookside Greenway Park for RV’s