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W.C. Handy Music Festival

Live Music

W.C. Handy Music Festival 2021!

The Music Preservation Society, Inc., and the W.C. Handy Festival Steering Committee announce its 2021 WC Handy Music Festival. It is scheduled to take place July 23- August 1, 2021, throughout northwest Alabama. The W.C. Handy Festival is presented each year to honor the memory of Florence native musician W.C. Handy, known internationally as "The Father of the Blues", and to pay tribute to the legacy and contributions of Shoals area music.

Check the website for the latest lineup of events.

Glenn Wheeler

Ages Event is Appropriate For

Appropriate for all ages

Each year in July, the city of Florence and the Shoals area pay tribute to the “Father of the Blues” and Florence-native W.C. Handy with a ten day family-friendly festival. The W.C. Handy Music Festival offers a variety of events including live musical performances, street parties, art exhibits, and more.

Over 200 activities and musical events are planned for the W.C. Handy Music Festival with activities taking place each day and night during the ten-day festival. Activities include a street strut and parade, songwriter showcases, a car and truck show, a three-state bike ride, and great jazz and Blues music featuring popular local performers can be heard throughout the Shoals at local eateries, malls, parks and other establishments.

W. C. Handy presented to the world the sounds of rhythm-and-blues, jazz, and soul with famous tunes such as “St. Louis Blues,” “Memphis Blues,” and “Beale Street Blues”. He was born in Florence, Alabama on November 16, 1873. Today, his home located at 620 West College Street is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for tours.


Admission varies per event