9 festivals to attend this September in Birmingham, including Oktoberfest

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Photo via Whistle Stop Festival on Facebook

September is here, which means it’s time to get festive! Check out these must-attend festivals taking place this month in Birmingham.

ASAN’s Graze: Birmingham

Get ready to eat! Photo via Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network on Facebook

Fresh local food calling your name? Then don’t miss Alabama Sustainable Agriculture’s 5th Annual Graze: Birmingham.

  • Sample eats from 17 local farmer-chef pairs.
  • Listen to music.
  • Plug into the local foodie scene.

Learn more.

Address: Avondale Brewing Co. 201 41st St. S., Birmingham, AL 35222
Date: Sun., Sept. 8
Time: 5-8PM
Price: Price is on a sliding scale. Suggested price: Adults $45; Kids $10.

Jewish Food and Culture Festival 

Cooking up festival goodies. Photo via Levite JCC of Birmingham

The Levite JCC of Birmingham will be live with fun and excitement during the Jewish Food and Culture Festival on Sunday, September 8.

Open to the community, the festival will feature:

  • When Pigs Fly Kosher BBQ Cook-Off
  • Food
  • Live music
  • Kids Activities
  • And more!
The tasty menu! Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Address: Levite JCC of Birmingham. 3960 Montclair Rd., Birmingham, AL 35213
Date: Sun., Sept 8
Time: 11AM-3PM
Price: Free Admission


Octoberfest 2018. Photo via Cahaba Brewing Co. on Facebook

Celebrate October early during Oktoberfest at Cahaba Brewing Company with:

  • Lots of drinking
  • Specialty Bavarian menu items by Maggie’s Farm
  • Live music from Oompa-Calypse, Cody Howell and Margeaux and The Cat’s Meow

There will also be some competitions:

  • Men’s Stein Hoist (4PM)
  • Women’s Stein Hoist (4:30PM)
  • Best Dressed Dog (All Day)

Free pretzel necklaces are available while supplies last. Get one before they’re gone!

Address: Cahaba Brewing Co. 4500 5th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35222
Date: Sat., Sept. 14
Time: Noon-Midnight
Price: Free Admission

Crush Wine and Food Festival

Photo via Crush Wine & Food Festival

In need of a weekend getaway? If you enjoy wine, live music and food, you’ll love the Crush Wine and Food Festival taking place in Huntsville September 25-28.

During this exciting event, enjoy:

  • Over 150 wines from all over the world
  • Live music
  • Grape stomping
  • High-end dinners from acclaimed chefs
  • Food trucks
  • And more!
Crushing it! Photo via Homegrown on Facebook

Distance from Birmingham to Crush Wine and Food Festival: 1 hour 30 minutes.

For more info, find it here.

Address: Homegrown. 313 Franklin St., Huntsville, AL 35801
Date: Wed.-Sun., Sept. 25-29
Time: Wed. 6-8PM; Thurs. 6-8:30PM; Fri. 5:30-8:30PM; Sat. 5-8:30PM; Sun. 11AM-2PM
Price: Varies by ticket package

Saint George Middle Eastern Food Festival

Photo via Saint George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church on Facebook

You’ll want to carve out some time to experience the three-day Saint George Middle Eastern Food Festival in Birmingham.

There will be all sorts of cool things to soak up during this three-day festival. Check out:

  • Food
  • Live Arabic band Adel Aldaoud
  • Arabic dancing
  • Hand-carved olive wood from the Holy Land
  • Icons, religious articles and books
  • Stained glass by Mary Aiken
Photo via Saint George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church on Facebook

The menu is pretty dope, y’all. From sandwiches to full dinners, side items, pastries, ice cream and drinks, there is something for everyone. 

I’m definitely interested in Booza—Arabic ice cream. Mmm!

Address: Saint George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church. 425 16th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Date: Sept. 19-21
Time: 10AM-9:30PM
Free Admission

Fiesta Bham 2019

Discover food and more during Fiesta Bham 2019. Photo via Fiesta on Facebook

It’s time to fiesta during the 17th annual Hispanic Cultural Festival. 

Hosted by Fiesta, this family-friendly event brings cultural awareness to Birmingham through the best art, music, dance and food from many Hispanic countries. 

The festival also helps raise money for the Fiesta Scholarship awards for Hispanic students. 

Celebrate many Hispanic countries during Fiesta Bham 2019. Photo via Fiesta on Facebook

Address: Linn Park. 710 20th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Date: Sat., Sept. 28
Time: Noon-8PM
Price: $10. Kids 12 and under – FREE

Whistle Stop Festival

The City of Leeds will be hosting one of their most exciting events of the year this September—the Whistle Stop Festival.

Free admission and family-friendly, this event features:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Food
  • Vendors
  • And more!

Address: The Outlet Shops of Grand River. 6200 Grand River Pkwy., Leeds, AL 35094
Date: September 28
Time: 2PM
Price: FREE

Tinglewood Festival

Orr Park, Montevallo, AL. Photo by Patience Itson for Bham Now

Have you ever been to Orr Park in Montevallo? Seriously, get in your car and drive there right now! It’s one of the coolest spots near Birmingham with a beautiful creek, wood bridges, kids play equipment and lots of greenery. Swoon!

My favorite trees at Orr Park in Montevallo, AL. Photo via Patience Itson for Bham Now

It’s also known for its unique and totally cool tree carvings.

The perfect time to check them out is during the Tinglewood Festival on Saturday, September 7. 

The festival was inspired by local artist Tim Tingle who has carved faces and creatures into the dead parts of living cedar trees at Orr Park since 1993.

So much talent. So much hilarity. Photo via Tinglewood Festival on Facebook

This all-day event features:

  • Chainsaw wood carvings (crafted on-site and auctioned off)
  • Live music
  • Cars by the Creek Car Show (18th annual)
  • Demonstrations from 40+ woodworking artists
  • Kids activities
  • Tim Tingle’s Whittling Contest
  • And more!
I spy a dragon. Photo via Tinglewood Festival on Facebook

Address: Orr Park. 277 Park Dr., Montevallo, AL 35115
Date: Sat., Sept. 7
Time: 10AM-10PM
Price: FREE

AL Multicultural Street Fair

Enjoy the AL Multicultural Street Fair at The Pizitz this September. Photo via Alabama Multicultural Organization on Facebook

Experience the cultural diversity and heritage of Alabama during the AL Multicultural Street Fair. This exciting family-friendly event will showcase local talent and artistry through:

  • 30+ vendors
  • International foods
  • Drinks
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Performances

Address: The Pizitz. 1821 2nd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Date: Sept. 29
Time: Noon-5PM
Price: $8-$30

What other festivals are going on this September in Birmingham? Let us know!

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