Shoals Storytelling Festival

The Shoals Storytelling Festival, listed as a Top Twenty Events in the Southeast, began in 2011 as the Front Porch Storytelling Festival, was originally hosted on the campus of the University of North Alabama (UNA) in Florence, a city on the banks of the Tennessee River in northwestern Alabama. In 2017, the Festival moved to the historic Shoals Theatre in downtown Florence, and was renamed The Shoals Storytelling Festival, acknowledging its home in “the Shoals,” an area made up of the four cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. The Quad Cities is an area rich in history, stories, and music. It’s the birthplace of Helen Keller and W. C. Handy, and the site of FAME Studios and the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.

For 2022, the Festival will be held at the Shoals Theatre – 123 N Seminary St. – Florence, AL 35630 from May 19th through May 21st. As you plan your visit to join us this year please check out our venue at, and learn more about our historic and culturally rich area at

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