Do Dah Day or the Cahaba Lily Festival? Dogs or lilies… a tough decision

Do Dah Day Birmingham
Do Dah Day is today! Photo via Katie Shaddix

It’s Saturday morning in May.  That means you have a choice of two long-running festivals in the Birmingham region.  Which one do you choose?

Do Dah Day or the Cahaba Lily Festival.  

Whichever one you choose – please send your favorite photos from either event to Bham Now at (put Do Dah Day or Lily in the subject line)    Dogs or lilies.  Make it fun!

Here is info about these legendary events.

Do Dah Day

Established in 1979, Do Dah Day has become one of Birmingham’s longest running continuous events. Held in the heart of the “dog crazy” Highlands Park Neighborhood, the event has raised more than $1.5 million for Jefferson County animal shelters over the 18 years.

Do Dah Day is kid friendly
Do Dah Day is kid friendly. Photo via Katie Shaddix
That’s right $1.5 million.

There is food, beer, bands, children’s activities and most importantly pets of all shapes and sizes.  It is truly an original Birmingham event.


Cahaba Lily Festival

Cahaba Lily Festival

For more than two decades people throughout the state of Alabama have taken the trek to West Blocton, Alabama to celebrate the Cahaba River’s most recognizable flower – the Cahaba Lily.

Lily Festival – Are You Ready ? from Lily Festival on Vimeo.

Each year the program begins in the morning (roughly 9 am) with indoor presentations by various nature/wildflower groups. Botanist Larry Davenport, an expert on the lilies, presents an informative presentation about the lilies. Lunch is served just before attendees go to the river for viewing the lilies. Later in the afternoon, The Cahaba Lily Center hosts a Story Telling event later in the afternoon.

Here is the agenda and the address to the Cahaba Lily Center –

1012 Main St, West Blocton, AL 35184

There is no registration fee for the Cahaba Lily Festival. Donations are accepted to cover the cost of the lunch. T-shirts, caps, artwork and various nature-related crafts will also be available from attending vendors for those interested.

Cahaba lily

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See you at Do Dah Day!! Photo via Katie Shaddix



Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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