Situated in Pelham, just a few miles south of Birmingham, Oak Mountain is the state's largest outdoor music venue. Three tiers of seating make this 10,000-person space feel strangely intimate. The venue has hosted some of the biggest names in music, from Dave Matthews to John Mayer. Oak Mountain is best visited alongside the Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham, which celebrates local artists from Taylor Hicks to Ruben Studdard.
Minutes from the University of Alabama campus, this venue's acts have included Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker. The venue, nestled next to the Black Warrior River, picnic areas, and pavilions, is connected with the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk.
Every May, this state park is transformed into the venue for the Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival. Drawing crowds from across the state and beyond, the outdoor event blends the dulcet sounds of the historic string instrument with the heritage of the park, with memorable results.