9 ways to savor summer’s end in Birmingham: ice cream, brunch + more

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Photo via @bigspooncreamery

Summer is drawing to a close. Before it sizzles out for good, here are a few ways to savor it in Birmingham.

Get Arty at Art on the Rocks

Art on the Rocks. Photo by Birmingham Museum of Art

If you love art, music and drinks, Art on the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of Art is a must-attend.

Friday, August 9 will be your last chance this summer to check out this exciting event series, so don’t miss out!

More details.

Address: 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35203
Date: Friday, August 9
Time: 7-11PM
Price: BMA Members $15; Non-Members $25

Devour Some Ice Cream

Ice cream taco. Photo via Cream and Cones

Nothing screams summer more than ice cream. From Big Spoon Creamery to Cream and Cones, this cold, feel-good treat can be found all over the Magic City. 

For a look at some of the best ice cream shops around Birmingham, click here

Feast On Popsicles

Yummy lime pops. Photo via @steelcitypops

As summer sizzles out, what could be more tempting than a popsicle? There are so many local popsicle shops around town, too, with lots of amazing flavors to try.

My all-time fave is the lime from Steel City Pops. It offers just the right zing of sour and delicious. 

For more places and flavors to check out, click here

Drift Away to Paradise at the Thirsty Donkey

The Thirsty Donkey. Photo via Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

If your chance to visit a tropical paradise this summer has slipped away, venture over to the Thirsty Donkey in Avondale. Newly opened, this island-themed restaurant/bar offers a tropical island experience without the air fare!

Address: 4100 4th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35222
Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 4-9PM; Fri.-Sat. 11AM-9PM; Sun. 11AM-2PM

Head Underground to Pilcrow’s Cocktail Cellar

Mezcal Margarita and Huegel Margarita at Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar. Photo by Taylor Babington for Bham Now

Music of all genres, tequila and an edgy vibe. You can find it all at Birmingham’s underground bar—Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar. 

Want more? Here are five reasons to visit this exciting bar. 

Address: 2015 1st Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 4PM-Midnight; Fri.-Sat. 4PM-2AM

Check out Pilow’s next event—Pilcrow Summer DJ Series with DJ Savvy on Saturday, August 10 from 8PM-2AM.

Grab Dinner and a Show

Photo via The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show on Facebook

Make the most of those long summer nights with dinner and a show. One you won’t want to miss is The Dinner Detective—an interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is one experience you’ll never forget.

Check it out now through September at DoubleTree Birmingham.

Where else you can grab dinner and a show in Birmingham? Find out!

Check Out 7 Days of Films at Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival

Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival is back for its 21st year August 19-25.

So grab some popcorn and head inside where the air is cool and treat yourself to seven full days of films.

Click here for your guide to where and what will be on the big screen during the event.

Location: Downtown Birmingham. Exact locations vary throughout the event.
Date: August 19-25
Time: Varies
Price: $15+

Check Out the Dragon Boat Festival

Do you like dragons? What about boats? On Saturday, August 24, the two will merge together for Birmingham’s first ever Dragon Boat Festival at East Lake Park.

Along with an exciting dragon boat race, there will also be lots of family-friendly activities to enjoy. Some include:

  • 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.
  • Live music.
  • And more!

The event benefits Mitchell’s Place—an inclusive accredited preschool and outpatient clinic that specialized in improving the lives of children and their families affected by autism and other developmental disabilities.

Learn more.

Address: 8101 4th Ave N., Birmingham, Alabama 35206
Date: Saturday, August 24
Time: 8AM-1PM
Price: FREE admission

Indulge in Topgolf Birmingham’s Weekend Brunch Menu

Brunch is always fun, but when you pair it with a few games of Topgolf, it’s a whole lot more exciting.

Check out Topgolf Birmingham’s weekend brunch menu—available Saturdays from 8AM-2PM and Sundays from 9AM-2PM, now through September.

Address: 1111 24th St. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35234
Brunch Price: Varies
Golf Price Per Hour: Open-Noon $25; Noon-5PM $35; 5PM-Close $45

How are you savoring the end of summer in Birmingham?

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