Explore Shelby County
Discover all about Shelby County, Alabama
You’ll find this interesting! The county got its name from Isaac Shelby, who was a true hero in the Revolutionary War’s King’s Mountain Battle. Quite an impressive title! But that’s not all. Shelby was actually the very first governor of Kentucky. He even turned down a second term as governor just so he could fight in the Indian wars.
Early History of Shelby County
When it comes to the county’s first courthouse, it was quite a rustic affair. Made entirely of logs, it was situated in Shelbyville, Alabama. Although Shelbyville is no longer around, people believe it was actually located within the modern-day city of Pelham. In 1820, Shelbyville was chosen as the county seat, and a gentleman named Thomas Amis Rogers, who happened to be Alabama’s first Secretary of State, built the county’s first courthouse.
As of 2010, the population of Shelby County reached 195,085 residents. The 2010 census reaffirmed that Shelby County maintained its position as the fastest-growing county in the state of Alabama throughout the previous decade in terms of percentage growth. Remarkably, Shelby County has held this distinction as Alabama’s fastest-growing county in every decade since 1970. The county’s consistent growth over the years is a testament to its ongoing appeal and desirability as a place to live and thrive.
Explore the Arts in Shelby County
There is a rich history of art in Shelby County with murals, outdoor art, galleries, classes and more.
Immerse yourself into history with museums and collections found only in Shelby County.
Going on a hunt for a hidden gem or something you never even knew you needed is such a thrill. We have antique shops rich with history and fabulous flipper finds.
Main Street Alabama
Shelby County is proud to have three designated towns apart of Main Street Alabama. The charm of these communities is next to none with quaint shops, art, history, and murals.
Find one of a kind shops scattered throughout Shelby County, tucked away in some of the most charming towns. Unique gifts, home decor, clothing and more paired with the southern charm of locally owned and operated shops.
Shop ’til you drop!
From locally owned shops in smaller communities to big box retail to meet your everyday needs, Shelby County, Alabama has what you want!
in Shelby County
From local community events to regional sporting events, and concert headliners, Discover Shelby is the go to place for the very best events near you.
Tickets: Adults $15.00 (6 & up) Children 5 & under Free
Harpersville Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 30, 2023. We have decided to move up our annual celebration in hopes to have prettier weather to celebrate Harpersville. We would be so delighted if you would join us. Our theme for 2023 is Welcome Home – Celebrating the achievements of Harpersville natives.
September 30th - October 31st
Weekdays 3-5PM ~ Saturday 9AM -5PM ~ Sunday 1-5PM
2nd Annual Discover Shelby Fest 2023 - September 30th, 11am-7pm
Don't miss this one-of-a-kind festival that features local wineries, great music, food trucks, art vendors, and a hometown atmosphere in the beautiful town of Columbiana, Alabama!
The festival is FREE with the opportunity to buy a wristband in order to sample all the local wines. Pre-sale wristbands are $20 and $25 on the day of the event.
We also offer a VIP Experience that includes your sampling cup to sample the wine, a catered lunch and dinner, and access to the Grande Hall for game day on the BIG SCREEN! These pre-sale tickets are $50 and $65 on the day of the event. There is limited space for VIP, so get your tickets soon!
Every Saturday And Sunday
Alabama's premier "ag"venture farm and event venue.
Offering the Birmingham, AL metro with 10 acres of outdoor entertainment for the whole family to enjoy!
Experience enchanting melodies under the open sky at Music in the Park in Pelham. Join us for unforgettable evenings filled with live performances by talented artists, creating a harmonious atmosphere in the heart of nature. Bring your friends and family, and let the music carry you away at this delightful community event.
Each year, Helena’s Buck Creek Festival presents an exciting lineup of local and regionally-acclaimed, family-friendly artists. Professionally-produced live shows are scheduled throughout the duration of the festival.
BUMP has taken the opportunity to raise money for The Alzheimer's Association while bringing exposure to our beloved trails and sport. The event will take place Oct 7th 2023, from 8am to 5pm at Oak Mountain State Park, rain or shine! Participants will complete a 17.6 mile loop around the Red Trail at Oak Mountain as many times as they can.
Join Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers this fall at stunning Oak Mountain State Park for their first ever Bike-A-Thon benefitting the Alzheimer's Association: The Longest Day. Don't miss a day of fun, biking, grilled cheese sandwiches, and support for an amazing cause! The event will take place Oct 7th 2023, from 8am to 5pm at Oak Mountain State Park. Participants will complete a 17.6 mile loop around the Red Trail at Oak Mountain as many times as they can starting and ending at the Cedar Pavilion.