Celebrate Indian culture in Birmingham at these upcoming events, including the Holi Festival of Colors

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The throwing of the colors during the Holi Festival. Photo via the Birmingham Museum of Art

Culture. Dance. Music. Food. Experience all this and more at these exciting—and colorful—Indian celebrations happening in Birmingham.

Holi Festival—the Indian Celebration of Color

Holi Festival in Birmingham. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art

Where: Birmingham Museum of Art. 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35203
Date: March 9
Time: 11AM-3PM
Price: FREE

On March 9, art, culture and magnificent colors come together for the ninth annual Holi Festival at the Birmingham Museum of Art. During the event, you’ll have the chance to learn about Indian culture while enjoying?

Pure joy at the Holi Festival in Birmingham. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art
  • Classic Indian and Bollywood-style dancing
  • Food from local Indian restaurants
  • Henna artists
  • Art making
  • And more!

Be sure to stay until the end of the festival because that’s when things truly get colorful! At 3PM, everyone at the festival will head outside to play Holi—the traditional throwing of powdered colors. This is definitely an event you’ll want to take part in!

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Take part in Indian and Bollywood-style dance at the Holi Festival. Photo via Birmingham Musem of Art

Here’s a closer look at the schedule:

  • Dance performances (Auditorium): 11AM-2PM
  • Art Activities (Main Lobby): 11AM-3PM
  • Henna (Lobby): 11AM-3PM
  • Veggie Biryani from Taj India (Cafe): 11AM-3PM ($5-Cash Only)
  • Throwing of the colors (Outside): 3PM


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IndiaFest 2018. Photo via UAB

UAB’s Alys Stephens Center brings Indian culture to the Magic City with IndiaFest—the celebration of Indian Arts and Culture. From March 9-April 22, this annual festival brings you dozens of events honoring Birmingham’s thriving Indian culture.

Events include:

  • A Holi celebration
  • Lectures
  • Films
  • Yoga
  • Performances by Grammy-winning artists

Here are just three of the many planned activities you can take part in during IndiaFest 2019:

Taste of India

What: Bollywood fusion/Bhangra dance competition
Where: UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. 1200 10th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35294
Date: Saturday, March 30
Time: 5:30-8:30PM
Price: FREE

Community Yoga

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Take part in different styles of yoga at UAB’s IndiaFest. Photo via UAB

What: Different forms of yoga taught by Birmingham-based yoga instructors.
Where: Rear Quad behind UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. 1200 10th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35294
Date: First 4 Mondays in April (April 1, 8, 15, 22)


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Enjoy live performances by Grammy-nominated artist Falu. Photo via UAB

What: Grammy-nominated, internationally recognized art performs.
Where: Alys Stephen’s Center-Engel Plaza. 1200 10th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35294
Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 7PM
Price: FREE

Holi Festival of Colors—Taj India

Where: Taj India. 2226 Highland Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35205.
Date: Sunday, March 24-Monday, March 25
Time: 5PM-10PM
Reservations: 205.939.3805

Magnificent colors for the Holi Festival of Colors. Photo via Taj India

March 24-25, Taj India is partnering with the Alabama Multicultural Organization to bring you the Holi Festival of Colors. Taj India is Birmingham’s oldest Indian restaurant that serves:

  • Exotic flavors
  • Healthful preparations
  • Fine ingredients like fresh meats, produce, herbs, delicate spices and homemade dairy products.
Inside Taj India in Birmingham. Photo via Taj India

During the Holi Festival of Colors, they will be offering:

  • An extended dinner buffet
  • Complimentary glass of wine
  • Desserts and music
  • Free henna by Blue Lotus Mehndi

What Indian festival are you most excited about? We want to know!

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