Highly anticipated Magic City Art Connection happening April 26-28 at Linn Park. Win tickets!

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Prints for days at MCAC! Photo Submitted

On April 26-28, Linn Park will transform into something magical. Birmingham’s largest city center arts festival, the Magic City Art Connection (MCAC), will bring together artists from around the country, local musicians & performers, chefs and other Birmingham tastemakers for its 36th year in Linn Park. Find out how you can win tickets (or grab them now) and get an inside look at the festival.

What to Expect?

This year’s MCAC will bring in 200 juried fine artists from around the country, and all mediums, styles and price points will be represented. One of the reasons this festival is so unique is because it is an all-encompassing experience. There will be music and dance on two different stages, art-making at workshops and parades for kids, large scale art installations, food and drink at Corks & Chefs and So. Much. More.

All smiles for a sunny day and art in the park. Photo submitted

Who Will Be There?

You can expect to see A LOT of art from a mix of local, regional and national artists. This year’s Featured Artist is John Lytle Wilson, a Birmingham-based artist known for his colorful paintings of animals and robots. (You’ve probably seen his iconic 30 foot high mural of a caped robot on the side of a downtown condo building on Morris Avenue.)

“My paintings stem from my interest in the power of images. From advertising and product design to museum pieces and iconography, we have long used imagery to attract, convert, and sell…I choose animal and robot imagery as stand-ins for traditional human subject matter. These also allow me to explore issues such as consciousness, free will and mortality.”

John Lytle Wilson
Have you seen John Lytle Wilson’s Robot mural on Morris Avenue? Photo via JohnLytleWilson.com

Magic City Art Connection is honoring Amy Pleasant as the 10th Birmingham recipient of its Distinguished Artist award! According to her artist statement, her “work includes painting, drawing, and ceramic sculpture, all exploring the body and language through repetition.” Pleasant is also a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow—one of three southern winners—and will be featuring an exhibition of her ceramic work at the festival!

The minimal ceramic piece of my dreams *heart eyes* by Amy Pleasant. Photo submitted

And Don’t Miss the Music & Performances

You’ll find live music on the Centre Stage on Saturday from 11AM-4PM, and Sunday from 11AM-2PM. More acts are still being booked, and the lineup is looking good. Keep an eye on their website for updates! Here’s who you can expect to see so far:

Friday, April 26

Lunch Session with The Audiovore

Saturday, April 27

  • 11AM – Startle the Heavens
  • 12PM – Little Girl
  • 1PM – The Yellow Dandies
  • 2PM – Clay States
  • 3PM – Legal Limit
  • 4PM – Rebecca Egeland
  • 5PM – Shaheed & DJ Supreme

Sunday, April 28

  • 11AM – Calliope Pettis
  • 12PM – cnida
  • 1PM – MUAD (Modular Units of the Analog Domain)
  • 2PM – RAMKID
  • 3PM – etc. (Extemporaneous Theatre Company)
Don’t miss Startle the Heavens playing at 11AM on Saturday! Photo Submitted

More performances will be happening on the Backyard Productions Stage with 20 acts lined up so far. Keep an eye on their website for updates! Here are some acts you can expect to see:

Saturday

  • 10:30AM-12PM: Sycamore Moves, Jasmine Dance Ensemble, Aziza’s School of Middle Eastern Belly Dance, Fast Track Dance Group
  • 12:45-2:35PM: ASFA Dept. of Dance, The Mad Hatter Dance Company, Natyananda: Dance of India
  • 2:35-5:10PM: The Dance Foundation, Notinee Indian Dance, Dala Tribal Dance Company, MosaicoFlamenco, Tiny Montgomery
The performance lineup looks SO. FUN. Photo Submitted

Sunday

  • 11:00AM-1:20PM: Aastha’s Bollywood, IAm Greatness, Urban Singers / Chloe Hamrick & Johnny Stumpff, Automatic Slim Blues Band
  • 2:30-4:20PM: ASFA Jazz Ensemble, Kudzu feat. Heidi Stoeckley & Alessia Lovreglio, Swallowtail Dance

Now Let’s Hear About the Food + Drinks…

Park Place Cafe

The Park Place Cafe, located at the southern end of Linn Park will be free and open to all during the weekend! Some of their features will include City Bowls, Steel City Pops, Taco Morro Loco, Porky’s Pride and more.

Hanging out at the Park Place Cafe! Photo Submitted

Corks & Chefs: A Taste of Birmingham

There will be plenty of food experiences at the festival. But if you want to step into a taster’s paradise, Corks & Chefs is the place for you at MCAC. It takes place under a 300-foot tent on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 of the art festival’s 3 day weekend! There will be food samples from some of Birmingham’s best restaurants like Ocean, Roots & Revelry, and The Essential, plus wine, craft beer and even cocktail tastings from local favorites like The Atomic, Paper Doll, The Collins, and Queens Park!

Currently drooling. Photo Submitted

Dates, Times and Tickets

  • The festival will be from 10AM-6PM on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, and 10AM-5PM on Sunday, April 28.
  • Visit the site to order Festival tickets in advance.
  • Early Bird Tickets: 3 Day Weekend Pass – $10 – ends Sunday, April 14
  • Advance Tickets: 3 Day Weekend Pass – $13 – ends Thursday, April 25
  • Adult 1 Day Tickets at Gate will be $10
  • Student 1 Day Tickets at Gate will be $5
  • Adult 3 Day Tickets at Gate will be $15
  • Kids 15 & under get in FREE
  • TGIF ADMISSION SPECIAL sponsored by Birmingham Park and Recreation: Adult TGIF Day Ticket $5 (Friday Only)
Wishing this Skittles painting was real. Photo Submitted

How to Win 🎟️’s

We’re giving away three pairs of weekend gate passes! *cue the confetti* Look for the MCAC post on our Instagram and follow the rules in the caption. We’ll announce the winners on all social channels Monday at noon. Good luck!

Plan on going? Let us know what you’re looking forward to on social @BhamNow!

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