This November 7th and 8th, more than 15,000 visitors are expected to attend the annual Moss Rock Festival at The Preserve in Hoover, AL. This year, the festival that celebrates innovation, imagination, and lots of creative fun, also marks its 10th year as Alabama’s premier eco-creative event.
Located at The Preserve, in Hoover, the Moss Rock Festival is set against the backdrop of beautiful autumn colors, giving visitors the chance to get outdoors to explore nature, eco ideas, art + design, and much more.
In honor of the 10-year milestone, we’ve put together a list of the Top 10 Moss Rock highlights and experiences you won’t want to miss at this year’s festival.
1. GREEN HOME GIVEAWAY
You don’t want to miss a visit to My Green Birmingham’s tent to meet our team and learn more about our sixth annual Green Home Giveaway, presented by Alabama Power, which launches Saturday, November 7th. Find out how to submit your home for entry this year and get details about the prize package for a green home makeover experience like no other, complete with valuable home upgrades, products, and services.
2. NATURE AREA
As a key component of the Moss Rock Festival, the Nature Area is a great place to reflect, learn, and take a step back to look at nature in a whole new way. Get inspired from nearly 20 exhibitors, including Red Mountain Park and Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, about the many different ways to explore and connect with our natural surroundings–all right here in Alabama. Don’t forget to enter the “Explore Birmingham’s Greenways” contest for a chance to win some cool prizes like zip-lining, a canoe trip for 4, t-shirts, and more. Just check out one of the festival’s 5 Greenway partners, take a selfie, tag your greenway location and use the hashtags #MossRockFest and #GreenwayBham.
3. ART + DESIGN
Enhance your visual senses by browsing the incredible selection of nature inspired artwork by more than 100 artists, all surrounding the Village Green space. All items are available for purchase and range from traditional art and media to handmade jewelry and furniture. Make sure to check out the new Tiny Home display to see what’s behind a Katrina devastated rebuild modeled around compact living in the new millennium.
Cafe By the Woods features a great assortment of delicious foods from local vendors including Saw’s Street Kitchen, Cantina on Wheels, Steel City Pops, and many more. Open all weekend long during festival hours, Cafe by the Woods leaves you no excuse to neglect your appetite! You can also explore other culinary options around the festival at several tasting events.
Watch as children’s imaginations come to life as they create projects of all kinds, simply by taking a cue from nature. Ten interactive workshops for kids, including fruit & veggie printmaking and crafting wearable animal features, make it fun to use nature as a launching point for creative projects.
When you’re ready to take a break from walking around, find a comfy spot on The Village Green to sit and enjoy listening to the sounds of live music performed on the Crescent Stage all weekend by a range of local talent.
7. UAB BLAZER’S BEST ROBOTICS
These kid created robotics will be another cool feature to see this year. Check out the incredible talents of future engineers and innovators as they merge design and technology and test their creations in a field competition course.
8. BEER GARDEN
Your visit to the festival wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Moss Rock Beer Garden. It’s especially worth a visit to the Moss Rock Beer Garden, however, to sample the more than 50 selections of craft brews from (17 from Alabama & 2 beyond state borders), and a range of bio-dynamic wines from Whole Foods Market.
Be impressed by a visit to the Planet Projects area and learn about the festival’s school outreach project this year to have students explore “Endangered Species” through creative recycling sculptures.
One of the newest features of the Moss Rock Festival is an area dedicated to the ever-evolving sustainability topics related to maintaining a healthy body, mind, and self. The SmartLIVING Market offers visitors access to fresh, organic, and locally made products, plus interesting choices for everyday living. Don’t miss a great new line of skin care products, Botaniko Skin, from Stone Hollow Farmstead, local raw wildflower honey from Garden Honey Bee, and stop by the Whole Foods booth for giveaways and fun recipe ideas.