28 things to do in Birmingham in September, including Artwalk, the Cahaba River Fry Down, the Norwood Craft Bazaar and Vulcan After Tunes

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Friends enjoying their Cahaba beers at Alabama Outdoors for Party on the Porch. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

Get out your calendars, Birmingham: September is kicking off the fall season with a packed calendar. Here are 28 things to do in Birmingham this month.

If you thought August was a blast, you’re in for a treat this month. With events ranging from craft fairs to food festivals and everything in between, I can guarantee you won’t be bored in September!

Labor Day Brunch Crawl @ Lakeview Birmingham (September 1)

Grab your friends for the biggest day party in Birmingham. Participating restaurants include Moe’s Original BBQ – Lakeview, Tin Roof, Bird’s Bar and Pizza, Sidebar, Innisfree Irish Pub, Sky Castle and Cookie Destiny. Join the crawl for food and drink specials starting at 12 pm and wrapping up around 8 pm. You won’t want to miss this. 

32nd Annual Labor Day Festival @ Our Lady of Lourdes Church (September 3)

Check out the Labor Day festival from Our Lady of Lourdes for barbecue, games, arts and crafts, a silent auction and more.

Home School Day @ McWane Science Center (September 3)

Is your child home schooled? If so, bring him or her to the McWane Science Center for a full day of fun and interactive activities! This is a great way to get involved in the Birmingham home school community and it happens on the first Monday of every month.

The Coosa Riverkepers are going all out with a farm to table dinner at the Clubhouse on Highland. Photo via Coosa River on Facebook

Cheers To The Coosa! @ Clubhouse on Highland (September 6)

Attend a farm-to-table dinner benefiting the Coosa Riverkeeper with local brews, spirits and a dinner from Chef Miguel A. Figueroa. This event is sure to be fun, delicious and of course, charitable! This is a great way to give back to the community and support Birmingham’s great ecology while enjoying a fantastic dinner. Read more here.

Use this map to navigate this month’s Artwalk in the Birmingham Loft District. Photo via Artwalk on Facebook

Artwalk @ Downtown Loft District (September 7)

This month’s edition of the artwalk is sponsored by Urban Standard and will be all throughout the downtown loft district. Come by to support local art and for great community. Check out the map for all the artwalk spots.

Party On The Porch @ Alabama Outdoors in Homewood (September 7)

This month’s Party on the Porch at the Homewood Alabama Outdoors benefits the Homewood City Schools Foundation. Stop by food trucks, beer, and live music. This month’s vendors include Cantina on Wheels, Big Spoon Creamery and Cahaba Brewing. Live music by The Yellow Dandies. See you there!

The Norwood craft bazaar will showcase local makers and creatives. You won’t want to miss it! Photo via Norwood Craft Bazaar on Facebook

Norwood Craft Bazaar (September 8)

This neighborhood bazaar is hosted by members of the community and local businesses. Bring the family for this fun shopping event.

Imagine this scene, but you’ve got a beer in one hand and some barbecue in the other. Oh yeah. Photo via Cahaba Brewing on Facebook

BBQ At The Brew @ Cahaba Brewing Co. (September 8)

This event is hosted by Cahaba Brewing and Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School. This event is a barbecue cook-off, but there will also be live music, specialty brews and TVs for college football. 100% of the proceeds from this event go to the high school.

Late September still counts as summer, right? It does at the McWane! Come out for the Maker Fair on September 8. Photo via McWane Science Center on Facebook

Maker Fair @ McWane Science Center (September 8)

Spend the day crafting, building, inventing, designing, tinkering, and engineering. Learn a new skill and showcase your creativity with other local makers.

2nd Annual Magic City Mac ‘n’ Cheese Festival @ Brookwood Village (September 9)

Get ready to carb-load with some of the best macaroni and cheese from across the city. Stop by for tastings of the best mac ‘n’ cheese in Birmingham, as well as cocktails, kid’s activities, live music and more. There will also be a variety of local vendors.

7th Annual Pooches On The Patio @ Vino Gallery and Bar (September 12)

Vino Gallery and Bar is one of Birmingham’s premier Italian and Greek food restaurants, and for one night only, your pup can enjoy it too! Bring your pup and also meet adoptable dogs from the Greater Birmingham Humane Society while you sip on a specialty cocktail like the Pooch Potion Martini. The event begins at 5:30 and ends at 8:30.

Jan Hunter and the cast of Hello Dolly! rehearse for their upcoming performances. Photo via Virginia Samford Theatre on Facebook

The Virginia Samford Theatre Presents: Hello Dolly! (September 13-30)

You know it, you love it, now go see it locally! Hello Dolly! will be performed at the Virginia-Samford Theatre for 7 days. Come out to see Birmingham actors perform the classic musical!

Southern Exposure Film Screening @ The Altamont School (September 13)

Attend a showing of the Southern Exposure films to learn all about Alabama’s environment. These short documentaries highlight and appreciate Alabama’s natural resources and critical environmental issues.

Portugal. The Man is coming to Avondale Brewing! Get your tickets soon! Photo via Red Bull

Concert: Portugal. The Man @ Avondale Brewing (September 13)

You may know Portugal. The Man from their hit “Feel It Still,” but head over to Avondale Brewing to check out what more they have to offer! This is sure to be a fun-filled night and a fantastic performance. 

Land Aid @ Avondale Brewing (September 14)

Join the Freshwater Land Trust for its 10th Annual Land Aid event. The event will feature music by Will Stewart as well as Avondale brews and a chance to win great prizes, including a $100 gift card to Alabama Outdoors.

Trucks By The Tracks @ Railroad Park (September 16)

Starting at 11 a.m., come out to experience Birmingham’s best food trucks. This is a family-friendly event featuring live music, great food and Good People Brews. This year’s Trucks by the Tracks event is sponsored by American Family Care. 

Birmingham Sci-Cafe @ John’s City Diner (September 18)

Join other science fanatics for trivia, presentations and games. This is a great way to interact with scientists and researches from all over Birmingham. This event is held every third Tuesday.

Third Friday In Forest Park @ Downtown Forest Park (September 21)

Walk through the quaint and quirky Forest Park neighborhood during this fun monthly event. Stop in for drinks, treats, art sales and fun community! Neighborhood businesses participating include Zoe’s Vintage, Naked Art Gallery, Little Savannah Restaurant and Bar, Shoppe and Kind Roots Yoga.

Vulcan seems to fit right in with the NY Skyline… Photo via ASO

ASO: Birmingham Does Broadway @ Samford University Wright Center (September 21)

Attend this event to hear Alabama entertainers perform the best of Broadway! The concert will feature beloved composers Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Schwartz and more. Check it out at the Samford University Wright Center starting at 7 p.m.

Concert: The Decemberists @ Iron City Bham (September 21)

Birmingham Mountain Radio presents The Decemberists at Iron City Bham! Come out to jam with this great indie rock band.  

Global Mala @ Railroad Park (September 22)

Global Mala is a yoga event in celebration of The International Day of Peace. It is presented by Sweet Om Alabama and Railroad Park. This is an annual event in which participants will do 108 sun salutations. Birmingham yoga teachers will be there to assist those attending, and this event is for yogis (and non-yogis) of all levels! This event is free and open to the public, and will be held on the West Lawn of the park.

Midici Pizza Opening @ Midici in Lane Parke (September 22)

Midici, The Neapolitan Pizza Company, is opening its first Birmingham location in the Lane Parke district of Mountain Brook. Expect great pizza, drinks and fun giveaways!

The Vulcan After Tunes are a can’t-miss event of the fall! Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum on Facebook

Vulcan Aftertunes @ Vulcan Park and Museum (September 23)

Los Colognes and Duquette Johnson will be kicking off the 14th annual fall concert series at Vulcan Park and Museum. Bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy cool tunes and craft brews on Birmingham’s front porch.

St. George Middle-Eastern Food Festival @ St. George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church (September 27-29)

3 days full of authentic Middle-Eastern food, dancing and live music. Immerse yourself in the Middle-Eastern culture and community at this fun event! Attend the festival, and if you can’t make it, place a delivery order so you can taste the delicious food.

1st Ever Bratoberfest @ Brat Brot (September 28 and 29)

This will be Brat Brot’s first ever Bratoberfest, and you won’t want to miss it! The authentic German biergarten in the Lakeview District has been open since the Spring, and Birmingham can’t get enough. A Two-Day General admission ticket to Brätoberfest is only $20 and includes two days of live music, entertainment, contests, and fun for the entire family! Buy a ticket here.

Fiesta 2018 is sure to be a hit! Photo via Fiesta Birmingham on Facebook

Fiesta! @ Linn Park (September 29)

Head over to Linn Park for the 16th Annual celebration of Hispanic culture and heritage! Journey through 20 represented countries and visit all the villages — there will be family village, cultural village, community village and health and wellness village. Enjoy live music, authentic food and dancing!

Just some of the great dishes that were featured at last year’s Fry-Down. Can’t wait for this year! Photo via Cahaba River Society on Facebook

Cahaba River Fry-Down @ Railroad Park (September 30)

Attend the 9th Annual Cahaba River Fry-Down hosted by the Cahaba River Society for a catfish cook-off. The Fry-Down is the Cahaba River Society’s largest fundraiser and always draws a large crowd.

21st Annual Symphony 30 Picnic @ The Birmingham Botanical Gardens (September 30)

Symphony 30’s picnic is a family-friendly event benefitting the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Head over to the gardens to experience world-class musicians and food from Jim ‘n’ Nicks. Brings your kids and let them have fun in the “Kidzone” with crafts and other fun activities while you relax in the garden. 

Interested in something a little more active? Check out our guide to Birmingham-area runs happening in September. 

We’ll see you out and about this month! Happy September!

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