The Alabaster CityFest is an annual free music, arts & crafts and children's festival held since 2003 at Municipal Park in Alabaster. The first festival commemorated Alabaster's semi-centennial. It is held the first weekend of June.
The 2013 festival was held Saturday, June 1. Severe weather threatened in the afternoon and evening, delaying some events and impacting attendance. Event organizer Adam Moseley estimated attendance at over 55,000. The festival featured musical performances from former Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk and country music star Josh Turner.
The 2012 festival was held June 2 and headlined by country music group Lonestar. It also featured a performance by alternative rock group Everclear, plus other bands, such as Vallejo, Deputy 5, and 2Blu and the Lucky Stiffs. In addition, there was a car show and a Kids Fest area featuring games and pony rides. Approximately 70,000 people attended, beating the record set in 2010.
The 2011 festival was held June 4 with country music star Craig Morgan headlining. Regions Bank was the title sponsor. Approximately 55,000 people attended, with the reduction over the previous year attributed to high temperatures around 100 degrees, 10-15 degrees higher than normal.
The 2009 festival was held on June 6 and featured a "kid's wellness" theme with field day activities. Headline performers were Terri Clark, Tonic, Act of Congress, Kevin Derryberry, The White Oaks, Michael Warren, Ryan Kinder, BHM, Pure Accident, SideCar and Sanchez Tanniehill. Attendance of 50,000 was reported.
The 2008 festival was held on June 7 with Tracy Lawrence and Sister Hazel headlining. Sweet Water Jade and The Drive Home also appeared. Early estimates of attendance were about 36,000. The "KidsFest" area with craft and music activities for children was expanded. Classic and antique cars were displayed and more than 100 food and craft vendors were on hand. Though admission is free, public funding, corporate sponsorship and sales of raffle tickets and t-shirts make the festival profitable. Proceeds support a therapeutic recreation program offered by the Alabaster Park and Recreation Board.
The 2007 CityFest was held on June 2, starting at 9:00 AM, with Diamond Rio and the Gin Blossoms headlining the main stage. Michael Warren also appeared. About 36,000 people attended. 2007 marked the first CityFest to be organized by the Arts Council, which received $75,000 in funding from the city and additional funds from sponsors.
The 2006 CityFest was held on June 3, starting at 9:00 AM. The musical acts included Joe Nichols, Foghat, and Michael Warren. Other events included a Classic Car Show, and a bike ride benefiting Salvation Army Youth Services.
The 2005 CityFest attracted 20,000 people to Municipal Park on June 4. Julie Roberts headlined the festival.
The crowd for the inaugural CityFest, held on the occasion of the city's 50th birthday, was about 8,000.
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- Plott, Bill (June 8, 2008) "Alabaster CityFest another success; organizers credit focus on children, music." The Birmingham News
- "Travis Tritt to headline Alabaster CityFest 2010." (March 5, 2010) Shelby County Reporter
- "CityFest draws 55,000 attendees." (June 7, 2011) Shelby County Reporter
- "2012 CityFest draws record crowd." (June 5, 2012) Shelby County Reporter
- "Despite rain delays, CityFest records large attendance." (June 4, 2013) Shelby County Reporter
- Alabaster CityFest website