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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.
Working with the City of Arab, the  Downtown Association is in the process of a revitalization project that has seen a huge growth of business in Downtown in recent months.
Start your visit at the Tuttle Thompson Park at the corner of Hwy 69 and Main Street, where you can see the statue of our city's founding father, Tuttle Thompson. Our town is named in honor of his son Arad Thompson. (Even though the post office misspelled it and named us Arab). Continue your visit by strolling the sidewalks where many merchants display their wares in weekly sidewalk sales, have a seat on one of the many benches and visit a while.. we'd love to meet you! 
Downtown Arab hosts many events throughout the year including our Annual Poke Salat  Festival, the farmers market, and a monthly Sidewalk Stroll of businesses and local artist in conjunction with the City's Car Cruise-In, during the summer and early fall months.
Visit our Downtown Directory to see a listing of the businesses located in Downtown Arab.

Come... Discover Downtown Arab. 

Downtown News: 

Scarecrows on Main!

It's time to start planning your scarecrow! Once again, we will be covering Main Street with Scarecrows for the Month of October. You can start working on yours now! 

Scarecrows can be themed to your group or business. 

Blue Ribbons will be awarded in 5 categories:

  • Best Themed Scarecrow

  • Best Traditional Scarecrow

  • Most Whimsical Scarecrow

  • Best Youth Scarecrow (12 & under)

  • Crowd Favorite

Scarecrows will start going up on September 24th (spaces to hang your scarecrow will be assigned) and will remain up through November 1st. 

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The Main Event

The Arab Downtown Association presents The Main Event, a free Summer Concert series. 

Concerts are held on the third Thursdays of June-September. The stage is located at the corner of Main Street and 1st Ave NW, right by the gazebo! Concert goers need to bring a lawn chair. Dinner, desserts, and drinks are available at Carter's Coffee Cafe and Sonic Drive-In, just get it "to go" and bring it with you. Coolers are welcome, but no alcohol please. 

The Next Main Event: 

The Main Event - Outdoor Concert Series in Downtown Arab, presents: Helen Keller's Ukulele 
Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 pm. This FREE concert will start immediately following the 
Homecoming Parade, set out your chairs, walk over and watch the parade, then return for the concert!

Here's a link to a video - just to give you a taste of what's in store with Helen Keller's Ukulele:

Vendors that would like to be placed on our contact list for next year's festival, please email your information to pokesalat@gmail.com

Downtown Arab's Retail Trail
  A map view of the specialty shops and eateries in Downtown Arab. Plan your next trip! In addition, Downtown hosts a variety of service businesses including hair salons, barber shops, watch repair,  jewelry repair, dog grooming services, doctor offices, law offices and more. 


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Historic District
Did you know that Downtown Arab has been proclaimed an Historic District? Watch for many changes coming to support the historic designation, with new signage, old fashioned light poles, repaved parking lots with new lighting added, opening of the new public bathrooms and more! 

33rd Annual 

Poke Salat Festival

May 19-20 2017

mark your calendars now! 

ADA Meetings

Do you want to make a difference in Downtown Arab? We have a meeting on the second Monday of every month at 5:10 pm  and have membership opportunities for Downtown businesses and also for our neighbors in community  that want to help promote, support and work on the revitalization of  Downtown Arab. Call 256-586-0345 for more information

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