Tanner is located in Limestone County, Alabama and it is an unincorporated community along the Tennessee River, close to the city of Athens and Huntsville.
Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area includes the county of Limestone, and Decatur is the largest city in the area of Tanner, located only few minutes away by car from Tanner, Huntsville and Athens.
There are several big annual events taking place in Decatur, one of them is held every October - Alabama Charity Championship Horseshow, featuring the top American Saddlebred, roadster and Hackney horses competing in 4 days of contests, fun and festival.
A free festival and very well suited for families with children is the Daikin Japanese Festival held each year in May, an annual celebration of Daikin America's Japanese heritage. The event takes place at the Morgan County Fairgrounds and it includes hot-air balloon rides, Japanese cultural displays, live entertainment and art contests.
Hartselle Depot Days is a celebration of the railroad history and its benefits to the area which takes place on the third Saturday in September, every year. The event features merchant sales, a wide selection of tasty concessions, street dance, live bands, truck - motorcycle - and antique tractor shows and many other fun and entertainment opportunities.
Riverfest Barbecue and Music festival is well known for its barbecue competitions and it takes place on the same Saturday as Hartselle Depot Days, at Ingalls Harbor. The festival is famous not only locally, but it is also a top ten tourist event in the state.
One of the biggest free Independence Day celebrations in Alabama is the Spirit of America Festival taking place every year on the 4th of July at Point Mallard Park. The festival is full of live stage entertainment, unique demonstrations, booming fireworks, talent shows, family games but also the crowning of Miss Point Mallard and presentation of the famous Audi Murphy Patriotism Award.
Labor Day Weekend brings annually the Battle of Decatur, a Civil War Reenactment, held at Point Mallard Park. The event commemorates Decatur's 4-day battle in October 1864 and it is free to attend.
Cook's Natural Science Museum, located at 412 13th St., Decatur, is free to visit and it shows an extensive assortment of exotic insects, animals, minerals, coral in over 2,000 exhibits and artifacts. The museum is one of the South's finest of its kind and besides the wildlife exhibits and displays of species, it provides also a 64-seat auditorium used to show natural science films.
For shopping, you may try the Historic Shopping District featuring antiques specialty stores and galleries, all located along tree lined streets of Decatur and Hartselle.
Take a cruise on Tennessee River from Ingalls Harbor with the twin deck Pickwick Belle riverboat whether you're just enjoying the view of the surroundings or plan a special event and need a spectacular venue for it.