Mentone’s Annual ‘Colorfest’ this Weekend! (Full Schedule)
October 18, 2017
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Mentone’s Annual ‘Colorfest’ this Weekend! (Full Schedule)

PHOTO: Sign near the old Mentone Springs Hotel, showing festival-goers where to go at last year’s Colorfest. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)

Contributed by John Dersham, Executive Director, DeKalb County Tourism 

MENTONE, Ala. — A two-day celebration filled with free family fun atop Lookout Mountain welcomes the arrival of autumn, cooler temperatures and Mother Nature’s fabulous display of colors. Set for October 21-22, 2017, Colorfest brings together art, music, food and other activities, offering an exciting fun-filled weekend of entertainment for families to enjoy. Hosted by the Mentone Area Preservation Association (MAPA), the annual event has been a Mentone tradition for decades.

On Saturday morning, gates open at 9 a.m. to a display of handmade arts and crafts from approximately 90 talented artists and craftsmen. Vendors will be along North Cool Street on Mentone’s western brow, as well as at the site of the old Mentone Springs Hotel. 

One of this year’s new features is the Kid Stop areas with activities and games so children and parents can take a break from browsing and have some family fun. Watch for the signs along the brow on N. Cool Street and at the old hotel site. On Saturday, carriage rides around the festival area and pony rides at the old hotel site will be available. Enjoy tossing a witch’s hat, mini golf, face painting and more.  (Note: A nominal fee will be charged from some of the activities.)

While the annual event focuses on the artisans and their handmade works of art, live music will keep festivalgoers dancing and entertained throughout the weekend. The following schedule is subject to change.

Saturday, October 21st

  • 10 AM Richard Schrei (Native American flute)
  • 11 AM Loree Brownfield accompanied by Craig Hendricks (New age classical)
  • 12 PM Curtis Strange and Dr. Rob (Electric soul)
  • 1 PM  Jess Goggans (Mountain rock-infested blues, funk, and soul)
  • 2 PM  Clare Donohue, Stephen Powers and RT Bolden (Jazz)
  • 3 PM  The Vegetators (Hillbilly banjo bluegrass)
  • 4 PM  Ryan Keef (Acoustic soul)

Sunday, October 22nd

  • 11 AM Larry Joe Hall (Sojouner soul)
  • 12 PM John Lathim and Michelle Young  (Celtic)
  • 1 PM James Loy Roberts, Lisa Crow and Jordan Brown
  • 2 PM Terry Hutcheson (Southern Folk Americana)
  • 3 PM Campfire Girls (Southern satirical sisters)

At 2 pm, the Paws for the Cause Pet Parade hits the streets. Line up is at the Safe Haven Pet Rescue booth (Booth 56), and costumed pets will make their way down Cool Street to the hotel site stage where awards will be given for best costume, most original costume, pet owner look-a-like, best pet trick and judge’s choice. Registration fee is a minimum donation of $10 to Safe Haven Pet Rescue.

Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring their appetite. During Colorfest, MAPA is proud to present Taste of Mentone, featuring Mentone’s local restaurants. Wildflower Café and Plowshares Bistro will serve up their specialties at Brow Park, as well as at their regular locations. Other local restaurants participating in the Taste of Mentone directly from their locations include the Green Leaf Grill, Mentone Market, Lookout Outpost, and the Cones of Mentone. The volunteer fire department will be selling their famous barbecue at Brow Park, and there will be numerous other food vendors set up in various places at the festival.

Festivalgoers can also take part in the huge scavenger hunt throughout the town to win prizes, support local farmers at the Mentone Farmers Market at Town Square and enjoy a stroll through Scarecrow Holler and admire all of the creatively-crafted scarecrows (located between North Cool Street and the hotel site).

Special activities are also lined up on Friday night with music at the Town Square. From 6 to 9 p.m., the public is invited to enjoy an evening of music, chili, cornbread and hot apple cider served by Fontana Stinson. Slated to perform are Jerry Bloom and Friends.

Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Brow Park is located off of Alabama Highway 117, north at the caution light in Mentone. Admission is free and all activities are held rain or shine. For more information, visit  

In addition, festivalgoers can enjoy the brilliant colors of the changing riverbanks with a scenic pontoon boat ride on Little River. The boat will leave from DeSoto Falls about every 45 minutes and travel up river before returning. Each ride costs $15 and should last around 30 minutes. Hours of operation are Friday, October 20th from 1 p.m. to dusk, Saturday, October 21st from 10 a.m. to dusk and Sunday, October 22nd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (All dates and times are weather permitting.) Kayak and canoe rentals are also available with launch times at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost is $30 for a three hour rental of a kayak and $45 for a three hour rental of a tandem kayak or canoe.

25th Anniversary of Little River Canyon National Preserve

  • Join us for the fun! Saturday, Oct. 21st for hikes, tours, free food, and live wildlife demonstrations! 10:30 – Live Birds of Prey Show Noon – Celebration Picnic with Dulcimer Band 1:00 – Special Presentations about Little River Canyon N.P. history and formation of the park 1:00-2:00 – Anniversary Cake! 3:00 – JSU Steel Drums

3rd Saturday Sunset Cruise In-Fort Payne

  • Don’t miss the fun of sunset in downtown historic Fort Payne for great entertainment;
    STILL KICKIN-N-SOUTHLANDER-RYAN KEEF-RUSSELL O’DELL-BARNEY-TIQUANDO PERFORMANCES, food, drinks and classic cars. This event has proved to be a classic event in downtown each 3rd Saturday from April thru October each year.

For more information on additional things to do in and around DeKalb County, contact DeKalb Tourism at 888.805.4740 or visit

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