"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. For carnival rides and games, tickets are required. Tickets can be purchase at ticket booths near activities. All shopping and dining options are cash.
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. During the festival, downtown restaurants are planning on rolling out the red carpet. We promise you won't leave hungry! Link here for a comprehensive list of area restaurants.
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Coldwater Mountain Bike Trails
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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!
Bicycle Rodeo (1200 block)
Learn cycling skills and safety precautions. Bring your own bike or use one of ours. All ages. Presented by Boy Scouts of America, Choccolocco District.
Graffiti Wall (10th & Noble)
A giant wall is waiting for you to make your mark. Presented by Main Street Anniston.
Kids in the Kitchen (900 block)
Learn to grow and prepare nutritional foods. Presented by the Junior League of Anniston.
Public Safety Zone, 1100 block
Live! From the Museum! 1200 block (presented by the Anniston Museum of Natural History
Life-size chess game, 1200 block (presented by Model City Chess Club)
Pop's Playground (900 block)
Noble Street Art Market
Paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry, furniture and more by local artists. Hosted by Nunnally's Noble Gallery & Frame. Link here to a list of participating artists.
Cowbells clanging keep cyclists cycling! Link here for an entry form to participate in this wacky art project.
Alabama Makers' Market
Take a break from the action and chill with the tribe in Pop's Playground. Dude as well as kid friendly--for dads in charge of the tribe! Located on the 900 block near outdoor dining options and live music.
Rock Climbing Wall
Live Music Block Stages
Pocket stages on the 900, 1000 and 1200 blocks of the festival feature local and regional acoustic musicians. Link here to a list of participating musicians!
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.
Home Depot Make-n-Take Station
Assemble a kit to create a toolbox or a sailboat, then take it with you!
Kids in the Kitchen
Plant a tomato, mix your own trail mix and more! Presented by the Junior League of Anniston-Calhoun Co.
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.
Colgate's Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® dental van
Presented by the Junior League of Anniston-Calhoun Co. Free dental health screenings for children in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Link here for details.
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! LINK HERE to a list of participating downtown restaurants.
LOUISIANA SOUTHERN NIGHT
Alabama's oldest pub, The Peerless, is offering an authentic Louisiana craw fish boil on Atlanta Ave.
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. LINK HERE for a list of participating vendors.
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.