2023 Police vs. Fire Charity Basketball Game!

APD v AFD Basketball Game

Main Street Anniston invites you to join the Anniston Fire Department and the Anniston Police Department as they go head to head in a charitable basketball game.

Admission is $5 at the door and all proceeds benefit the Anniston City Schools Annual Back to School Bash!

Doors open at the Anniston Aquatic Center at 11am. We will have the concession stand operating so bring some extra cash for hotdogs and drinks.

Don’t forget to support your favorite team by wearing RED for Anniston Fire and BLUE for Anniston Police!

Saturday Alive!

AM&G Logo

Join us for a guest favorite – Saturday Alive! Each month we’ll discuss a new topic and introduce you to several of our animal ambassadors. There is always something fun to learn at the Anniston Museums and Gardens!

This program is included with daily admission and free for members.

43rd annual Heritage Festival: 43 Years of Poetry Celebration

AM&G Logo

This February, we invite the community to the 43rd annual Heritage Festival! Celebrate Black History Month with us all day by encouraging our community’s youth during the oration competition, enjoying a special choir performance, shopping African-inspired vendors, and touring the Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum! Festival Coordinator Georgia Calhoun declared this year’s theme as 43 Years of Poetry Celebration. Food vendors will be on-site with delicious food options available for purchase. This community event is perfect for people of all ages!

Register your child to compete in the 43rd annual Heritage Festival Oration Competition. Download the registration form and email it to swoolmaker@annistonal.gov or visit Anniston Museum of Natural History. This special event provides children from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 the opportunity to develop public speaking skills and strengthen their love for reading, writing, and poetry. Review the Oration Competition Application for details. Registration forms are due by end of day Saturday, February 11, 2023. All oration competition participants receive $10.00, a participation ribbon, and a one-year Family Membership to the Anniston Museums and Gardens. Monetary prizes and ribbons are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place of each category during the Awards Ceremony.

To become a 43rd annual Heritage Festival sponsor, please contact Sarah Woolmaker at swoolmaker@annistonal.gov or call 256-237-6261. Thank you for your support!

Interested in becoming a vendor at the 43rd annual Heritage Festival? Contact Angie Dothard at adothard@annistonmuseum.org or call 256-237-6766. Vendor space is limited. Vendor fee is $40 per business and includes an 8-foot table and two chairs.

Creature Feature

AM&G Logo

Did you know that the Anniston Museums and Gardens is home to a variety of live reptiles, mammals, and birds? Make plans to join us in the exhibit halls on the second Saturday of each month between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to meet and learn about one of our animal ambassadors. You never know who will be featured!

This program is included in museum admission and free for members.

Wild About You! Family Valentine’s Dance

AM&G Logo

We are WILD ABOUT YOU at the Anniston Museums and Gardens! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us on Friday, February 10, from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Enjoy a fun family night filled with dancing, singing, sweets, and more! Chow down on pizza, chicken fingers, fruits and veggies, and satisfy your sweet tooth. Music will be provided by Acosta Entertainment. Anniston Museum of Natural History’s exhibit halls will be open, so you can Explore Your World, meet live animal ambassadors, and make new museum memories!

Tickets are SOLD OUT!

Little Explorers A to Z Preschool Class

AM&G Logo

Children ages 3½ to 5, along with a parent or caregiver, are invited to join our Education team each Tuesday as we encourage curiosity, exploration, and learning through play with stories, activities, and crafts about the natural world. Following the program, parents and caregivers are encouraged to explore the museum with their child and learn more about the day’s topic in the exhibit halls. A new topic will be explored each week and animal ambassadors will drop in periodically to help out!

This program is included in museum admission and free for members.
*Younger siblings are welcome, but all activities are geared toward older preschool aged children.

Sunday Fundays for the Kids!

Sunday Fundays at The Centers-2

Every Sunday this month we will be providing educational fun, games, activities, and structure for the kids at one of our city community centers! 

Here is the monthly schedule for our February Fundays:

Sunday, Feb. 5th | Wiggins Center | 2PM – 4PM
2202 W 17th St, Anniston, AL 36201

Sunday, Feb. 12th | South Highland | 2PM – 4PM
229 Allen Ave, Anniston, AL 36207

Sunday, Feb. 19th | Carver Center | 2PM – 4PM
720 W 14th St, Anniston, AL 36201

Sunday, Feb. 26th | Hodges Center | 2PM – 4PM
3125 Spring Valley Rd, Anniston, AL 36207

For more information contact our Parks & Recreation Department at: 256-236-8221.

2023 Shamrockin’ 5K Color Run or Walk!

Shamrockin 5K 2023

Join Main Street Anniston for the annual Shamrockin’ 5K Color Run & Walk! Hosted in Historic Downtown Anniston, participants will make their way along a visibly marked course, and through color stations as they progress through the race. Whether you walk or run, we promise you will have a blast!

First 50 registrations receive an event t-shirt and swag bag. DAY OF REGISTRATION INCREASES TO $30.

Registration link: https://runsignup.com/Race/AL/Anniston/Shamrockin5KColorRun

21st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast & Youth Participation Day!

Martin Luther King Jr Day

We hope that everyone will join us at the Anniston City Meeting Center (1615 Noble Street, Anniston, AL 36201) at 9:00 AM on Monday, January 16, 2023 as we celebrate the life, legacy, and lasting impact of Dr. King through our MLK Breakfast & Youth Participation Day! 

This year’s theme is: “Never Lose Hope!” Our guest speaker will be Saks High School Graduate, Kimberly Houzah. 

All city and county school students are invited to participate in this event and the school with the most participation will be given an award! 

Please note the following important information for this event: 

All registered volunteers will need  to be present at the Anniston Meeting Center at 8:00 AM. There will be a sign-in table for all participating city and county school students. 

For more information on this uplifting event, please contact Patricia Pickens at: 256-231-7630.

We would also like to thank the following sponsors for making this event possible: The Calhoun County Commission and Commissioner Fred Wilson, State Representative Barbara B. Boyd, Pandoras Art & Social Club, the Iota Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the Pan Hellenic Council of Calhoun County, and the Zeta Mu Sigma (alumni) Chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Carver Center’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off!

Carver Chili Cook Off 2023

Carver Community Center’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off is scheduled for Saturday, January 14, 2023 starting at 1PM and ending at 3PM inside the gymnasium. To sample all chili, the cost is $2. To purchase a bowl of chili, the cost is $5.

If you would like to be a chili contestant please contact Carver Community Center at 256-231-7630 and ask for Recreation Leader Derwin Perry by Monday, January 9th. 

All contestants must meet at Carver Community Center on Monday, January 9th at 6:00 PM for an informational meeting. Judges will vote for the best chili.

Come out and enjoy!