Cullman ranks No. 3 on USA Today 10Best list for Best Small Town Cultural Scene

Cullman Oktoberfest 2022 Senior Day was held at the Festhalle on Thursday, Sept. 29, with live music, dancing, bingo and lunch provided. (Cullman Tribune file photo)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The city of Cullman has been ranked No. 3 on USA Today’s 10Best list of Best Small Town Cultural Scene for 2024. This is the first time Cullman has been recognized in a 10Best list by USA Today, marking the city’s emergence as a cultural hub worth exploring.

Mayor Woody Jacobs expressed his delight at this significant achievement, stating, “Being ranked third by USA Today is a remarkable accomplishment for our city and a testament to the vibrant cultural scene that thrives within our community. Cullman has long been a hidden gem, and this recognition shines a spotlight on our rich heritage, diverse attractions and thriving cultural events.”

Cullman’s cultural scene is as diverse as it is dynamic, with a flourishing community, renowned festivals, and a deep appreciation for heritage and tradition. From world-class festivals to culinary delights to historical tours, Cullman offers something for every cultural enthusiast.

USA Today described Cullman: “Situated between Birmingham and Huntsville is this small town that’s full of personality. Here you’ll find one-of-a-kind attractions like the Ave Maria Grotto, a 4-acre park featuring over 100 miniature reproductions of world-famous religious structures, including St. Peter’s Basilica. Other interesting cultural attractions include the Cullman County Museum, 4D Farm, and the Highway Pickers Antique Mall & Flea Market.”

Jacobs continued, “This recognition is not just about our past achievements; it’s about the promising future that lies ahead. Cullman’s cultural scene is continuously evolving, thanks to the passion and creativity of our residents and the unwavering support of our community. We are committed to building upon this success and ensuring that Cullman remains a cultural destination for years to come.”

The City of Cullman extends its gratitude to USA Today for this prestigious acknowledgment and to all those who have contributed to shaping Cullman’s vibrant cultural landscape.

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