and the surrounding area offers something to do year round. Special events range from a jazz festival to fishing tournaments and fireworks displays. The following is a partial list of some of the exciting special events in the Goodwater region.
Lake Martin is a very popular place for fishing tournaments. Most tournaments are held at the Wind Creek State Park on the north end of the lake, near Alexander City, where a weigh-in station is located on site. Occasionally, small club tournaments are held at the Kowaliga Creek boat ramp on Highway 63. Lake Martin is a very popular tournament lake because most anglers find it relatively easy to catch fish; however, the fish are generally small and winning weights are lower compared to other Alabama reservoirs.
Annual Events in Alexander City:
Sarah Towery Art Colony on Lake Martin
Jazz Festival – Central Alabama's most celebrated event, featuring nationally recognized jazz and blues artists. Free admission at the Lake Martin Amphitheater and Strand Park. This free, two-day event is usually held in June and has been an annual tradition for over 15 years.
Oktoberfest – Annual fall festival that features unique gifts, musical entertainment, a variety of food vendors, custom car & truck show and children's activities.
Russell Concert & Lecture Series
Hometown Christmas Parade – Downtown Alexander City. One of Alabama's largest parades with elaborate floats, dancing groups, marching bands and Santa Claus.
East Central Alabama Kiwanis Fair
Adelia M Russell Public Library Art Show
Lone Eagle's Pow Wow at Wind Creek State Park
Camp Smile-A-Mile (Children's Harbor)
Russell Lands 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks (Lake Martin
First Friday – Shop, dine and discover downtown Alexander City during extended hours each first Friday of the month, all year long. Enjoy music, shopping specials and featured events.
Alexander City Farmer's Market – free admission. Local growers exhibit and sell their fresh produce, fruit and flowers. Exhibitions by local chefs, arts and crafts demonstrations. Every Saturday June 1 thru October 1, 7 – 11 a.m.
Christmas in the Park
Artillery Demonstration (Horseshoe Bend National Military Park)
Re-enactment of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend - (Horseshoe Bend Military National Park)