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The information below reflects the 2023 event. Sign up for our mailing list to get monthly updates on the cigar box guitar music scene in Huntsville, including updates on the 20th event coming in 2024! If you are looking to contact the Festival organizers, click here.


For Kids...


The mission of the world's longest-running cigar box guitar festival is "make a joyful noise," and as part of that mission we aim to inspire youngsters throughout our community to make music. Children's entertainer and PBS TV personality Steve Trash will kick off the Festival with a music and magic performance, then, families can pick up a grab-and-go activity kit to build five recycled instruments during the Festival or at home. Stations will be available to build these instruments throughout the early afternoon. Then, kids will be invited on stage with Steve Trash for the Junior Junk Jam later in the afternoon.

Activity kits are available for just $5 and include the supplies to build 5 recycled instruments and the opportunity to win a junior cigar box guitar. Proceeds go to support music and arts education in North Alabama schools via the Microwave Dave Music Education Foundation and Arts Huntsville's Creative Launchpad.

Buy activity kits at the Cigar Box Guitars booth on the water tower lawn. 


For Everyone...

  • Food and art specials from the various studios throughout Lowe Mill A&E. Watch this page for a complete list.

  • Open Studio Night from 5:00-7:00pm where the doors will be open to all 161 studios.

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