"We attended the festival last year and plan to do so again this year. The whole family, even the dog, had a great time!"
PLAN FOR FUN!
Kids, tail-gaiting, well-behaved dogs (on leashes), coolers, lawn chairs and bicycles are all welcome. There's plenty of room around the course to set up a canopy and watch the action in style.
Note: Attending the Noble Street Festival and Sunny King Criterium is FREE; fees are charged for certain activities and events at the festival.
City-owned parking lots are abundant in the downtown historic district and parking is free. The festival map indicates areas for parking. In addition, local businesses offer their parking lots to visitors during the festival. Look for signs as you enter the downtown area.
HISTORY LIVES HERE!
Anniston began in the late 1800'S as a company town. Its commercial architecture is a diverse mix of neo-classical, art deco and post modern styles. Many of the old buildings are undergoing facade improvements.
NSF is held along the 900 to 1200 blocks of Noble Street, home to locally-owned retail and service businesses, restaurants and lofts. Side streets and alleys offer more local flavor including the State's oldest pub, arts and heritage trails, public murals, and the Freedom Riders National Monument. The downtown district is on the National Register of Historic Sites.
While in Anniston, enjoy a range of creative cuisines, from fresh Thai to classic Italian to farm-to-table to beans-n-greens at the oldest pub in Alabama. We promise you won't leave hungry!
During the festival, downtown dining establishments plan to roll out the red carpet to visitors! Check back for details and deals closer to the event.
Link here for a comprehensive list of area restaurants.
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Coldwater Mountain Bike Trails
Photo: Joshua Benefield
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Mellow Mushroom Mad Dash
A foot race to the finish! Ages 12 and younger, $7/child. Winners receive medals and photographs on the winners podium. Enter here.
YMCA Bike Race
Bicycles on the mark and go! Grade 6 and below, $7. Grades 5-6 ride the .7 mile race course. Winners receive medals and photographs on the winners podium. Bring a bicycle and helmet (required). Enter here.
Four blocks of family fun! Carnival rides and games, art making stations and demos, exhibits and more!
Learn cycling skills and safety precautions. Bring your own bike or use one of ours. All ages. (pending)
A giant wall is waiting for you to make your mark.
Kids in the Kitchen
Learn to grow and prepare nutritional foods. Presented by the Junior League of Anniston.
Public Safety Zone
Natural History Museum
More to come!
Pop's Playground (see below)
Check back soon for more!
Noble Street Art Market
Paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry, furniture and more by local artists. Hosted by Nunnally's Noble Gallery & Frame. Check back soon for an artists' roster.
An exhibit of cycling-themed art on display at CATALYST.
Alabama Makers' Market
Unique crafts by Alabama artisans are featured in this market-- everything from candles to cutting boards to furniture. Hosted by Simply Shabby. Check back soon for a list of vendors.
Take a break from the action! Visit Pop's Playground for a game of corn hole or lawn darts. Dude as well as kid friendly--for dads in charge of the tribe! (pending) Located on the 900 block near outdoor dining options and live music.
Live Music Block Stages
Pocket stages on the 900 and 1200 blocks of the festival feature local and regional acoustic musicians. Check back closer to the festival for a line-up of talent!
Public Safety Zone
Check out the latest technology and equipment being used by law enforcement, emergency responders and the military.
Live! From the Museum!
Alabama's indigenous animals are on exhibit for you to learn more about them and how you can help maintain their environments. Presented by the Anniston Museum of Natural History.
This quirky exhibit of artist-designed cowbells will have the race course ringing with fun! Want to enter? Link here for details and entry form.
More exhibits to come. Check back soon for updates.
Spots along the festival route where Fido can rest his spots, have a cool drink and re-group!
Downtown Anniston's locally-owned restaurants await you on the 900 block of Noble Street. Enjoy unique local cuisine from Thai curry to Italian ravioli to the some of the best burgers in town-- all while dining al fresco!
LOUISIANA SOUTHERN NIGHT
Alabama's oldest pub, The Peerless, is offering an authentic Louisiana craw fish boil after dark on Atlanta Ave. Check back soon for a link to tickets.
Beers & Gears
A selection of beers will be served at pop-up pubs along the festival route. Presented by the City of Anniston.
Festival food vendors offer everything from specialty coffees to organic Popsicles to all-American hotdogs.
The Noble Street Festival offers something for everyone! While cyclists compete in the Sunny King Criterium, you can experience the heart-pounding action of a professional road race while enjoying local culture.
*A portion of the proceeds from the crit and festival are donated each year to Relay for Life.