With the ongoing revitalization project in Downtown
Arab, there is no better place to do business than
right along Main Street.
Visit the Downtown Directory for a list of Downtown
The 36th Annual Poke Salat Festival will be held on
Friday and Saturday, May 15 & 16, 2020. This annual
event fills the streets of Downtown Arab with artisans
and crafters, entertainment, a children's play area and
numerous staged events and contests.
The Main Event
Bring the family, and join your friends and neighbors at
the Main Event - Town Socials and Decades Dances. Held
the 3rd Thursdays of August and September, and the last
Saturday of October each year.
An ongoing revitalization project is taking place in
The Downtown Area was recently designated a local
The City received a grant that funds a project to
update the sidewalks and streetscaping along Main
Street, making Downtown more handicap accessible and
giving the area a facelift with new gardens, benches
and old fashioned street lighting placed throughout
Downtown Farmer's Market
Located at 307 N. Main Street, the Downtown Farmer's
Market is open on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9am-3pm, April through
The market brings a number of local farmers
selling locally grown produce.
To register to for the market, please
Cost of Freedom Museum
The Cost of Freedom Museum, located in the former
Arabian Theater building, 135 N. Main Street, has
displays from every war the United States has been in,
with guided or self guided tours available. Donations
Tuttle Thompson Park
Located at the corner of Hwy 69 and Main Street, the
park and statue are a tribute to the City's founder,
Stephen Tuttle Thompson. A tale that the local's
love to retell is how Stephen Tuttle Thompson chose the
name Arad for our town, naming it after his own son,
Arad Thompson. When the paperwork was sent to
Washington, along with other choices Bird and Ink, the
clerk thought Arad was a typing error and changed it to
Arab, incorporating the City and setting up the first
post office as Arab, Alabama.
1883 Northern Methodist Cemetery
Also located in the downtown area, is the historic 1883
Northern Methodist Cemetery. Grave sites
include the City's founder, Stephen Tuttle Thompson's,
along with those of a number of Confederate Veterans and
one Union Captain. One woman buried there was born
during the War of 1812 and lived under 21 presidents.
This is the only cemetery in Marshall County to be
included in the Alabama Historic Register of Cemeteries.