Boom Days Heritage Celebration is a Fort Payne Tradition

Boom Days Heritage Celebration has been a September tradition in Fort Payne for the past 13 years attracting locals and visitors to the historic downtown area for free family-friendly fun. Set for September 14-15, 2018, Boom Days is a tribute to the town’s manufacturing heritage, celebrating its unique beginnings nearly 130 years ago and honoring its rich cultural past with events that tie the history to the present, great historical artifacts and music covering all musical genres from more than two dozen acts on seven different stages.

The two-day event kicks off with blues phenom Jake Castro and Hotel California “A Salute to The Eagles” rocking the Main Stage on Friday night followed by a day of music, art and heritage on Saturday, Sept. 15. The streets and parks will be filled with arts and crafts, artists and artisans as well as numerous food vendors serving everything from gator on a stick and barbeque to cotton candy and snow cones. There will be plenty of activities for the kids ranging from animal rides to bouncy houses and even a zip line, rock climbing wall and bungee trampolines.

Over two dozen acts will perform on seven stages with the event culminating with Neal McCoy and Restless Heart. This year also features performances by American Idol alumni Tristan McIntosh and southern rockers Them Dirty Roses.  All music is presented for free. For a complete lineup, visit

New to 2018 is the theatrical production Granny Dollar and the Trail of Tears written by Eddie McPherson. Performances will take place throughout the day at the historic Fort Payne Opera House. Boom Days will also feature the Third Saturday Cruise-in, Alabama Bicentennial Celebration, The Joe Underwood Gospel Singing and many more activities.

For more information including a schedule of events, go to or call 256.996.1635.

During the late nineteenth century, Fort Payne experienced a huge coal and iron boom, and in the twentieth century, a boom in textile manufacturing led to the city’s one time claim of “Sock Capital of the World.”  As a nod to its manufacturing heritage, the mountaintop town hosts the Boom Days Heritage Celebration.