Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer for families all across the country, and nothing evokes summer in Alabama quite like a day spent on the lake. Kick off the summer at one of these events on our lakes this weekend:

Smith Lake Memorial Day Festival

Location: Smith Lake Park.
Time/Date: Saturday-Sunday, May 23-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free.
Description: Featuring craft and food vendors, country and bluegrass music, an ice cream-eating contest, a golf cart/bicycle parade and more, the Smith Lake Memorial Day Festival is fun for the whole family.

Mineral Springs Baptist Church Fishing Tournament

Location: Bozo’s Camp at Lay Lake.
Time/Date: Saturday, May 23, 5 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $100 for boat and fishing partner.
Description: Now in its 13th year, this tournament benefits the youth department’s missions and ministry at Mineral Springs Baptist Church and sports a $2,000 grand prize. Call (731) 612-6777 for more information.

RXR Music Fest

Location: Town Green at Russell Crossroads, Lake Martin.
Time/Date: Friday-Saturday, May 22-23, 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday May 24, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free.
Description: Enjoy delicious food and country-fried rock ’n’ roll at this free three-day festival.

Art on the Lake

Location: Children’s Harbor, Lake Martin.
Time/Date: Saturday-Sunday May 23-24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free.
Description: This decade-old art festival supports Southeastern artisans selling jewelry, sculpture, pottery and works on canvas, as well as Children’s Harbor, a nonprofit whose mission is “to provide camp, counseling and support services to children with long-term illness or trauma-induced diagnoses and their families.”

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