50 weekend events, including Market Noel, Sister Hazel and a beer tasting + the NEW ICE SLIDE OPENS!

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The fun is in the smile! Photo via Magic Ice USA on Facebook

It’s a huge weekend in Birmingham! From Market Noel and Santa Paws to beer tastings and the new ice slide opening, here’s what’s happening in the Magic City November 22-25.

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Featured Events

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

Photo via Greater Alabama MLS

There may be some rain hovering over Birmingham this weekend, but don’t let it get you down. Just grab your rainboots and umbrella because you won’t want to miss these open houses taking place around Birmingham this weekend.

A Never-Ending To-Do List

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Kids enjoy outdoor play at Mitchell’s Place. Photo via Mitchell’s Place

If your holiday to-do list is as lengthy as mine, you’re in need of a way to keep up that energy! Here’s how: purchase a bag of Royal Specialty Holiday Coffee. Just a few sips and you’ll be ready to conquer that list! Even better—you’ll be supporting Mitchell’s Place, an accredited preschool and outpatient clinic in Irondale that strives to improve the lives of children and families affected by autism and other developmental disabilities. Use discount code  COFFEE  for 15% off your purchase of two bags or more!


You’ll Need Shade For All This Dazzle

Photo via Diamond’s Direct

Adults know the best gifts often come in the smallest packages. This year, fill them with sparkling diamonds and jewels. Friday-Sunday, November 22-24, Diamond’s Direct will be hosting their Winter Showcase. You won’t want to miss on this dazzling event!

Stretch Those Shopping Muscles

Birmingham, Market Noel
Market Noel is a great way to get + give all at the same time. Give back to the community, and get your holiday shopping started early for once! Photo submitted

Get your stretches in now and prepare to shop ’til you drop during Market Noel happening the weekend in the Finley Center at the Hoover Met. Taking place Friday-Saturday, November 22-23, you’ll have the chance to shop over 100 local and national vendors selling everything from fashion and home decor to holiday items and gourmet food. Tickets.

All Aboard the Adventure Train

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Trains are fascinating for all ages. Photo via McWane Science Center

The holiday season comes alive at McWane Science Center on Saturday, November 23. Take a slide down the “ice” slide, zoom through the sky on the biplane, watch in wonder at all the trains at the 14th annual Magic of Model Trains exhibit, plus more!


Toss Some Bags, Eat Some Food, Win a… Boat?!

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Musicians at Kampfire for the King. Photo via King’s Home

Saturday, November 23, make plans to attend the 13th annual Campfire for the King event benefiting King’s Home. Expect a Cornhole tournament, kid-friendly activities, good food, unique bands and more—like a boat giveaway! 

It’s All For You

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Sister Hazel is live at Iron City Bham on Saturday, November 23. Photo via Iron City Bham on Facebook

If you’re old enough to remember the late 90s, you can probably still sing every single word of All For You by Sister Hazel. Thanks to my junior high guitar teacher, I can not only sing the song, but play it for memory on the guitar. Consider it the one cool party trick I have up my sleeve. 😉 Well get ready to sing like it’s 1997, because Sister Hazel will be at Iron City this Saturday, November 23. Grab your tickets now!

It’s time for The Big Pitch

No, I’m not talking about baseball. The Big Pitch I’m referring to is REV Birmingham’s biggest entrepreneur-focused event that showcases Birmingham’s up-and-coming small business owners. Get your tickets and check out the event this Saturday, November 23 from 1-4PM at one of Birmingham’s latest downtown retail spaces, Upswing.


You’ll Want More, More, More!

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Giving back has never been so easy with Waitr’s Share Thanksgiving. Photo submitted

Craving Thanksgiving food and other tasty dishes? Satisfy your tummy and your wallet with free food delivery via Waitr. Friday, November 22 is the last day to grab this delicious offer. Use discount code  BHAMNOW  to score the deal! 

This Thanksgiving, Waitr is partnering with Birmingham restaurants to deliver fresh, hot and free meals to families in need. Learn more about this annual Share Thanksgiving campaign

Roll ‘Em!

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Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Missing those friendly Bham Now faces in Now the Weekend’s video edition? Then check out the latest.


All Weekend Long—November 22-24

Opening of Ice Rink and Ice Slide @ Railroad Park. Fri.-Sat. 10AM-10PM; Sun. 11AM-PM. Price Varies. 

1776, The Musical @ Samford University, Harrison Theatre. Fri.-Sat. 7:30-9:30; Sun. 2:30-4:30PM. $5-$20. Tickets.

Winter Showcase @ Diamonds Direct. Fri.-Sat. 10AM-8PM; Sun. Noon-6PM. 

Market Noel @ Finley Center at Hoover Met. Fri. 9AM-9PM; Sat. 9AM-5PM. $15. Tickets.


Friday and Saturday—November 22-23

Birmingham, Santa, The Summit
Santa heads to The Summit this weekend! Photo via The Summit on Facebook

Holidays at McWane featuring Magic of Model Trains @ McWane Science Center. General Admission-Price varies. Tickets.

Visit Santa @ The Summit. Noon.

Saturday and Sunday—November 23-24

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Who can say no to penny mimosas? Photo via Tropicaleo on Facebook

ASOF Charity Classic @ Chelsea Community Center. 8:30AM-5PM. 

Brunch with Penny Mimosas @ Tropicaleo. 11AM-5PM. 

Friday—November 22

Captain Midnight Band Pre P-Groove Pre Party @ Ghost Train Brewing Co. 7:30-10:30PM. 

Amy Pleasant: The Messenger’s Mouth Was Heavy @ Birmingham Museum of Art. 6-7PM. 

Paper Thin @ Terrific New Theatre. Fri.-Sat. 8-10PM; Sun. 2:30-4:30PM. $25. Tickets.

2019 Blue Jeans and Baskets Bash @ Firehouse Shelter. 6:30-9:30PM. $75. Tickets.

Loft Show @ MAKEbhm. 7PM. $7. 

Perpetual Groove @ Saturn. 9PM. $20. Tickets.


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Taste those hops. Photo via Piggly Wiggly Dunnavant Valley on Facebook

Beer Tasting @ Piggly Wiggly (Dunnavant Valley). 4:30-6:30PM. 

BamaLand Live @ DanielDay Gallery. 8-11PM. $10.

Love Rat, Results of Adults, Red Harp @ The Nick. 10PM. 21+. $10. Tickets.

Beaujolais Wine Tasting @ LeNell’s Beverage Boutique. 5:30-7:30PM. FREE.

Birmingham Bar Trot @ Lou’s Pub. 4-7PM. 

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Cats, art, what more could one ask for? Photo via Paul Cordes Wilm on Facebook

Convergence: New Works by Paul Cordes Wilm @ TrimTab Brewing Co. 6-10PM. 

Wine with Patrick + Little London Kitchen @ Hop City. 5-7PM. 

Singing Santa’s Arrival Celebration @ Brookwood Village. 5-9PM. 

Retail Appreciation Night @ Hollywood Feed (Lee Branch). 5-7PM. 

Verragio Bridal Show @ Diamonds Direct. Fri.-Sat. 10AM-8PM; Sun. Noon-6PM. RSVP.

The Mixer (A Social Networking Event) @ Bizarre: The Coffee Bar. 7-11PM. 

Saturday—November 23

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Check out Upswing in Downtown Birmingham, AL. Photo by Hannah Chambley

The Big Pitch @ The Pizitz. 1-4PM. $25. Tickets.


10th Annual Kampfire for the King @ King’s Home (Chelsea Campus). 8:30AM-2:30PM. $40. Register

The Big Pitch @ Upswing. 1-4PM. $15-$25. Tickets.

The Market @ Pepper Place. 7AM-Noon. FREE.

Saturday Football Tailgate @ Avondale Brewing Co. 10AM-10PM. FREE.

Nick Wayne @ Tin Roof. 8-9:30PM. FREE.

Hyderbad Dum Zone Indian Food Truck @ Hop City. 11AM-8PM. 

White Denim @ Saturn. 9PM. 18+. $16-$18. Tickets.

Mental Health Magic: Managing Mental Health During the Holidays @ Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. 1-3PM. 

4th Saturday Serve @ Kelly Ingram Park. 9AM. FREE.

ArtPlay Family Day: See the Sea with Rain Fish @ ArtPlay. Noon-3PM. RSVP: 205.975.4769.

Sister Hazel @ Iron City. 8-11PM. $25-$30. Tickets.

November Birthday Party @ Brown Derby. 7PM-2AM. 

Pre-Thanksgiving Bowl Party @ Nana Funks. 8PM-5AM. No cover until Midnight.

A Glass of Wine and A Book: Birmingham Edition @ Bizarre: The Coffee Bar. 3-6PM. FREE. RSVP.

Tina Turner Tribute with Opening Act Rick James Tribute @ WorkPlay. 8-11PM. $20. Tickets.

Drawing Workshop with Vance Wesson @ Alabama Art Supply. 10AM-4PM. $100. Register: 205.322.4741.

Native Plants and Birds @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 8:30AM-12:30PM. $40-$50. Register.


Sunday—November 24

Birmingham, Little London Kitchen
Photo via Little London Kitchen on Facebook

Santa Paws @ The Summit. Noon-4PM. Register.

Pet Photos with Santa @ Sheppard’s Pet Supply. 11AM-3PM. $15.

Sunday Lunch with Little London Kitchen @ Hop City. Noon-6PM.

Shamsgiving @ The Red Shamrock Pub. 4PM.

Sober Sunday Tastings @ LeNell’s Beverage Boutique. Noon-9PM. FREE.

Photo Slam @ Avondale Park. 10AM-1PM. FREE.

Fourth Sunday Brunch @ Redmont Hotel. 10:30AM. 

Reggae Giving @ Alabama Sports n Daiguir Bar. 10PM-4AM. 

Upcoming Events

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A peek inside Toad’s kitchen in A Year with Frog and Toad. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Dec. 1: Festival of Trees @ The Pizitz. Noon-5PM. FREE.
Dec. 4: Impact Leadership Conference @ Church of the Highlands at Grants Mill. 9AM-Noon. $70-$110. Register.
Dec. 5: Holiday Open House Events @ Mountain Brook Village. Times Vary. FREE.
Dec. 7: Handel’s Messiah @ Alys Stephens Center (Jemison Concert Hall). 7PM. $39+. Tickets
Dec. 7, 14, 15 & 21: A Year with Frog and Toad @ Birmingham Children’s Theatre. 2:30PM & 7:30PM. $10-$20. Tickets
Dec. 11: Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ The BJCC. 7:30PM. $47.50. Tickets


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