10+ events you won’t want to miss this August in Birmingham, including the Sidewalk Film Festival

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Art on the Rocks. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art

Ready to get your August pumping? Check out these must-attend events happening around Birmingham.

Beers for Alz

Photo via Heart of Alabama Walk to End Alzheimer’s Facebook

Help support the Alabama Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association on August 1 during this free event at Birmingham District Brewing Company.

While there:

  • Chill with friends
  • Eat some tasty food
  • Sip a few drinks
  • Learn about and register for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s taking place on September 29

Learn more.

Date: August 1
Time: 5:30-8:30PM
Birmingham District Brewing Company. 2201 2nd Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233

Sloss Tech

View from the back of the stage at the 2018 Sloss Tech “Level Up Birmingham” panel. Photo by Sloss Tech via Facebook

Sloss Tech is back again this year for another exciting day filled with entrepreneurs who’ve succeeded in taking their businesses to the next level.

If you’re a tech, innovator, entrepreneur, social media marketer or marketing professional, this event is for you!

Find out more.

Date: August. 2
Time: 8AM-5PM
Location: Lyric Theatre. 1800 3rd Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203.
Price: $199-$1500

Journey of Hope

United Ability Journey of Hope honoree Ed Robinson. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

United Ability will host their annual celebration, Journey of Hope, this August 3. This year’s honoree will be Ed Robinson—longtime board member and President of HRH Metals in Moody, Alabama.

The event will also feature a musical performance by Brian King Joseph, a finalist from season 13 of America’s Got Talent.

Read more.

Date: August 3
Time: 7PM
Location: UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. 1200 10th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35294
Price: $50-$75

Art on the Rocks

Art on the Rocks. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art

Art. Live music. Drinks. We must be talking about Art on the Rocks!

August 9 is your last time this summer to find out what makes this annual Birmingham Museum of Art event so stellar, so be sure to attend!

Art on the Rocks. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art

Here a peek at what to expect:

  • Exhibition Opening: Barbie: Dreaming of a Female Future
  • Artist Demo by Chris Davis
  • Beats by JD Love Deluxe
  • And more!

Date: August 9
Time: 7-11PM
Location: Birmingham Museum of Art
BMA Members–$15; Non-Members–$25

L’Chaim 2019

The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center will be holding their annual fundraiser, L’Chaim, this August. L’Chaim (“to life”) is a celebration honoring Alabama’s Holocaust survivors and their families.

The event will also include special musical entertainment from The Magic Shtetl Klezmer Band and a dessert reception following the program.

Date: August 18
Time: 2:30-4PM
UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Jemison Concert Hall. 1200 10th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35294.

Sidewalk Film Festival

Movie buffs get ready, it’s almost time for the 21st Annual Sidewalk Film Festival.

During this exciting yearly event, Downtown Birmingham will transform into an exciting production of films, parties, food and special events.

Someone pass the popcorn!

Date: August 19-25
Location: Historical Theatre District, Birmingham, AL 35203
Day Pass $30+; Weekend Pass $85+; VIP Pass $245+; Sat. Night After-Party $25 pre-Fest/$30 week of Fest

Dragon Boat Festival

You hear that? It’s the beat of dragon boats gliding into Birmingham for our city’s first ever Dragon Boat Race and Festival.

Benefitting Mitchell’s Place, an inclusive accredited preschool and outpatient clinic that specializes in improving the lives of children (and their families) affected by autism and other developmental disabilities. 

During this exciting event, expect:

  • Dragon boat races.
  • A kids zone with face painting, a rock wall and paddle boarding.
  • The Merchants Market featuring a variety of local vendors providing everything from art to food.
  • Music from Birmingham Mountain Radio.

More info.

Date: August 24
Time: 8AM-1Pm
East Lake Park. 8101 4th Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35206
FREE Admission

Dinner in the Streets

Share dinner under the stars with 150 of your closest friends during Dinner in the Streets—one of the most unique events to ever hit the streets of Birmingham.

Your ticket will include:

  • Appetizer & Social Hour
  • Dinner
  • Live Music

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Salvation Army’s daily feeding programs and marketplace food pantry.

Date: August 15
Time: 6-8:30PM
1st Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35212 (between Railroad Park and Regions Field).

Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest

Birmingham, Ghost Train Brewing Co.
Photo via Ghost Train Brewing Co.

Baked. Smoked. Fried. If you love chicken wings then the Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest is for you!

Centered around a chicken wing cook off, this exciting event benefits The Literacy Council’s programs—adult literacy, family literacy, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and GED preparation.

Along with pounds upon pounds of chicken wings, enjoy:

  • Live music from local bands
  • A kid’s zone for youngsters
  • Tasty brews from Ghost Train Brewing Co.

Feeling competitive? Register a team and take part in the cooking contest. 

Date: August 17
Time: 1-5PM
Ghost Train Brewing Company. 2616 3rd Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
$15. Price increases to $20 after August 10.

Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival

2018. Photo via Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival

Attend the Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival for incredible live music, food and march and so much more on August 24.

This is a family-friendly event, so be sure to bring the whole crew!

Enjoying jazz at the 2018 Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival. Photo via Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival


  • Ragan Whiteside
  • Eric Essix
  • Selina Albright
  • Gary Motley
  • Domenions
  • LP-Like Paul

Date: August 24
Time: 5:30-6:30PM
Historic 4th Ave Business District, Downtown Birmingham (between 16th St. and 18th St.)
Price: FREE

2nd Saturday Downtown Trussvegas

Photo via Viva Trussvegas on Facebook

Vegas takes over Trussville during Trussvegas on August 10. And this is sure to be one event you won’t want to miss!

During the fun event, impersonators will hit the stage for some wowing entertainment. You’ll also have the chance to meet them and have your picture taken.

Also during the event, there will be:

  • Food trucks
  • The award-winning Beale Street Band
  • And more!

Be sure to bring along blankets or chairs and enjoy the show!

Date: August 10
Time: 6-10PM
Location: Next to Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Trussville.
Price: FREE

Beers, Bands and Bullies

Birmingham, Bama Bully Rescue
Photo via Bama Bully Rescue

Do pit bulls turn your heart to mush? Then join Bama Bully Rescue for their 9th Annual Beer, Bands and Bullies music festival at Avondale Brewing Company.

Bands include:

  • Sarah Lee Langford
  • Results of Adults
  • Kyle Kimbrell

Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome, so be sure to bring your pooch!

Date: August 10
Time: 4-9PM
Avondale Brewing Company. 201 41st St. S., Birmingham, AL 35222.

Which August event are you looking most forward to?

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