Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

All are welcome.

If you are interested in having your own event at the McDowell Camp and Conference Center in the future, please complete a Registration Request Form or contact us at; 205-387-1806.

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February 23, 2024 4pm - February 25, 2024 1pm

From Scratch weekend is the Alabama Folk School workshop series designed for true beginners. If you’re interested in learning a new instrument or craft, this is the weekend for you! This year’s offerings include classes with expert musicians, artists, and the return of beginner ceramics. With plenty of free time in the schedule you can take a hike, go canoeing, or pick a porch and rocking chair to relax; enjoying all Camp McDowell has to offer!

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April 12-14th, 2024

For mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, godmothers & special friends who are like mothers & daughters–this annual retreat is a special springtime weekend in lower camp perfect for reconnecting, relaxing, and enjoying the company of your family.

We will enjoy classic camp activities such as canoeing, hiking, arts and crafts, and a pasture party. The program for the retreat will be "Lift Up Your Hearts" led by the Rev. Sarah Smith Halloran.

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May 2, 2024 4pm - May 5, 2024 1pm

One of our most popular workshops is back with great bluegrass music classes and Gee's Bend quilting. This four-day workshop provides a truly immersive experience with a fun and enthusiastic community of musicians and artists.

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Open to entering 1st - 12th graders. Registration is now open!

Since 1923, Camp McDowell has been fostering a welcoming, Christian community in which an enthusiastic staff supports young people's growth and development of an abiding respect for each other and the world around them. At Camp McDowell we show the way the world could be through worship, learning, rest, and play in the beauty of God’s Backyard.

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July 28, 2024 - July 31, 2024

Join us for Youth Folk Camp – our only Alabama Folk School Workshop designed just for rising 5th-12th graders. Youth Folk Camp is a unique combination of summer overnight camp and folk school instruction in music, farming, craft skills, and more! Campers may choose one major and minor class for the workshop, all taught by experienced musicians and artists. Some experience with violin, guitar, or banjo is recommended for music class majors. Beginner students should select music classes as their minor.

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September 14, 2024 9am

Join us Saturday, September 14th for a sample of all the Alabama Folk School has to offer. Crafters, musicians, and true beginners alike, can find something to love at this event. Sign up for one of several day class options. Classes range in price from $100-150.00. Lunch with live music is included with each class tuition. Tuition also includes the majority of supplies needed.

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October 10, 2024 4pm - October 13, 2024 1pm

Quilters, basket weavers, and blacksmiths pursue their work in an encouraging atmosphere while music students fully immerse themselves in old-time classes, their days and nights filled with instruction from master musicians, jam sessions, and an instructor concert. Afternoon mini classes give all participants a chance to take part in learning something totally new.

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November 21, 2024 - November 24, 2024

Bring your personal projects and join us for a long weekend of focused time to rest and create. We'll provide all your meals, access to wifi, nature trails, quiet space to work and rest, and evening refreshments.

More information & registration coming in Summer 2024

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