Downtown Arab Alabama

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Welcome to Downtown Arab. An area rich in heritage and history, Arab is located atop of Brindlee Mountain in beautiful North Alabama. With many unique shops and businesses and several quaint diners, Downtown Arab is an experience waiting to be discovered.

Poke Salat Festival Arab Alabama

The 35th Annual Poke Salat Festival will be held in
Downtown Arab on Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18, 2019

2019 Vendors

Schedule of Events & Information

Be sure to thank all of our event sponsors!

Jerry Damson Ford Sponsor

    Otelco Sponsor
  Arab Dental Arts sponsor   Warehouse Discount Groceries Sponsor     Fine Things Sponsor     Arab Lumber & Supply Sponsor

Exciting Things Are Happening Downtown

What's New

With the ongoing revitalization project in Downtown Arab, there is no better place to do business than right along Main Street.

Coming Soon: 4 Knights Coffee Company.

Visit the Downtown Directory for a list of Downtown Businesses

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What's Happening

Poke Salat
The 35th Annual Poke Salat Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 17 & 18, 2019. This annual event fills the streets of Downtown Arab with artisans and crafters, entertainment, a children's play area and a Bluegrass Band Competition.

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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.

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An ongoing revitalization project is taking place in Downtown Arab.

The Downtown Area was recently designated a local Historic District.

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.

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 November.

The market brings a number of local farmers selling locally grown produce.

To register to for the market, please  contact Pam Hayes 256-586-6793, or

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 welcome.

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.





Come Discover Downtown Arab

Downtown Arab's Retail Trail

Downtown Arab Retail Trail

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