Weekend events in Birmingham Jan. 17-19 including BrickFair AL LEGO Fan Expo

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You’re never too old for LEGO. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Looking for plans this weekend? From LEGOS to guitars, here’s what’s taking place in Birmingham January 17-19.

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Featured Events

Your Favorite Room

A cozy living room space makes a home. Photo via RealtySouth

I’m currently wrapped up in creating the perfect cozy living room at my house. Want to design your own? Step 1: Find the right space. These open houses will help you. 

Go Tell It On The Mountain

Photo via Birmingham Civil Rights Institute on Facebook

Here’s a list of events taking place over MLK weekend in Birmingham. Psst! Admission is FREE at the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum on Monday, January 20.

One of the Coolest Exhibits Around

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Play the world’s largest guitar at Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World. Photo via the National GUITAR Museum

Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World hits McWane Science Center on Friday, January 17. You’ll have the chance to strum the world’s largest playable guitar, explore guitars of all ages and types, some even from famous musicians and so much more! Whether you’re an experienced rocker or have never touched a guitar in your life, this is truly an exhibit for everyone! Check out the exhibit daily until May 10. Buy your tickets in advance.

Okay, you caught me. I love (and play) guitar. Inner rocker? Maaaybe.

Celebrate the Right to Vote

Right or Privilege? gives biographies of several prominent Alabama suffragettes. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Join Vulcan Park & Museum for their latest exhibit beginning January 17. Right or Privilege? Alabama Women and the Vote celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemoration. 

“And then there was suffrage, which is a good thing but it sounds terrible.” — Phoebe Buffay, Friends

Talent Explodes From the Stage

Photo courtesy of ASO

From a Stringmaster Cello Concerto to a Romeo and Juliet Overture, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra will have you hooked by the very first note.  Discover performances taking place January 17-18. Tickets. Use discount code  SYMPHONYNOW  for 15% off tickets.

Check Out ‘dem Bricks!

Cute kid, cool LEGO ship. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

BrickFair Alabama LEGO Fan Expo is back for its eight year in Birmingham, January 18-19. This is the largest LEGO convention in the country, so expect some wow-worthy creations. Grab your tickets and leggo! 

At the mention of these colorful bricks, very parent in Birmingham who’s endured the crunch of a LEGO beneath bare feet just put their shoes on.

Get Buzzing For Spring Now

What beauties–plants and cat. Photo via Botanica on Facebook 

Want a new hobby that will get you outdoors and introduce you to a wonderful community of people? Then sign up for Saturdays in the Gardens with the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This five-week course will even provide you with do-it-yourself tips and tricks for flower arranging from local leading florist Dorothy McDaniel.  The first class is already sold out! Hurry and register for the next events in this gardening workshop. 

Behind the Mask 

The 5th annual Lyric Masquerade Ball benefiting the Alabama and Lyric Theatres is this Saturday, January 18. Expect live music, heavy hors‘doeuvres, open bar tastings and more. Tickets.

Fancy ballgowns and masquerade masks? Adulting is rad.

Why Can’t Life be Free?

Food delivery fees make you cringe? Then get it FREE when you order from Waitr. Use discount code  BHAMNOW  to score the deal.

In 3…2…1… 

It’s time for Now the Weekend – Video Edition.  

All Weekend Long—January 17-19

Find out how the guitar works at Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World at McWane Science Center. Photo via the National Guitar Museum

Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World @ McWane Science Center.$8-$20. Tickets.

Right or Privilege? Alabama Women & the Right to Vote Exhibit @ Vulcan Park & Museum. 10AM-6PM. FREE-$6.

Friday and Saturday—January 18-19

BrickFair Alabama LEGO Fan Expo @ The BJCC. 10AM-4PM. Adults $14, Kids (3 and under) FREE. Tickets.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Cello Concerto @ UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. 7PM. $24+. Tickets. (Discount code  SYMPHONYNOW  for 15% off tickets.)

Salsa Social @ Saturn. 9PM-1AM. 18+. $10. Tickets

Saturday and Sunday—January 18-19

From Page to Stage: “Bunnicula” @ East Lake Library. 2:30-3:30PM. Ages 7-12. FREE. Register

Friday—January 17

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Check out the band at Iron City, Jan. 17. Photo via The Molly Ringwalds on Facebook

Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Coffee Concert: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet @ UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. 11AM. $19+. Tickets

Lustau Sherry Tasting @ LeNell’s Beverage Boutique. 5:30-7:30PM. 

Space of a Day LIVE @ DanielDay Gallery. 7:30-11PM. 

Bmb 280 Emo Prom Night @ Black Market Bar & Grill. 8PM-2AM. 

The Molly Ringwalds @ Iron City. 8PM. $17-$20. Tickets.

Ice Station Zebra with Wannu? @ Ghost Train Brewing Co. 8-11PM. 

Get Sideways LIVE @ Tin Roof Birmingham. 9PM-Midnight. 

Funk You & Slow Tribe @ Saturn. 9PM. 18+. $15. Tickets.

Saturday—January 18

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Photo via Lakeview Bham’s Facebook page

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

2020 MLK Day 5K Drum Run @ 4th Ave Historic District. 7AM-10AM. $30. Register.

Wildlife Program: Turtle Talk @ Ruffner Mountain. 10-11AM. FREE. Register.

2020 Birmingham March for Life @ Brother Bryan Park. 10:45AM-1PM. FREE.

Serve Day @ Linn Park. 11AM-Noon. FREE.

ArtPlay Family Day: The Joys of Japan @ ArPlay. Noon-3PM. FREE.

BAEMG Meeting @ East Village Arts of Birmingham. 2-5PM. FREE.

Margarita Crawl @ Various Locations. 2-8PM. $19.99-$109. Tickets.

Kudzu Live @ Avondale Brewing Co. 3PM. 

Onesie Bar Crawl @ Various Locations. 4PM-10PM. $25. Tickets

5th Annual Lyric Masquerade Ball @ Alabama Theatre. 7-11PM. $40-$75. Tickets.

Bal Masque XII @ Boutwell Auditorium. 7PM-2AM. $35-$60. Tickets

The Black Jacket Symphony Performing Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy” @ The BJCC. 8PM. Tickets.

The Stolen Faces @ Workplay Theatre. 8-11PM. 

17th Anniversary Birthday Bash @ Innisfree Irish Pub. 8PM-2AM.  

Jon Worthy & the Bends, The Jake Gibson Band @ The Upsidedown Plaza. 9PM-Midnight. 

Sunday—January 19

Fiestas De La Sanse @ Tropicaleo. Noon-4PM. 

Birmingham Pink Bride Wedding Show @ The BJCC. Noon-4PM. $12-$15. Tickets.

Vodka & Vegans @ Bizarre: The Coffee Bar. 1-3PM. FREE.

BourbonHam 2020 @ Haven. 2PM. $60. Tickets.

3rd Sunday Jazz Night @ Brennan’s Irish Pub. 6-9PM. FREE.

Open Jam Night @ Crestwood Tavern. 6-10PM. FREE.

Marco Benevento @ Saturn. 8-11PM. $15. Tickets.

Upcoming Events

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Look at this future UAB Blazers star! Photo via UAB Athletics Facebook page

Jan. 20-May 10: Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World @ McWane Science Center.$8-$20. Tickets.
Jan. 20-Jan. 2021: Right or Privilege? Alabama Women & the Right to Vote Exhibit @ Vulcan Park & Museum. 10AM-6PM. FREE-$6.
Jan. 23-26th: Silent Sky @ Birmingham-Southern College. Jan. 23-25, 7:30PM | Jan. 26, 2:30PM. $10-$15. Tickets.
Jan. 23-Feb. 9: Cabaret @ Virginia Samford Theatre. Thurs.-Sat. 7:30PM, Sunday 2:30PM. $20-$40. Tickets.
Jan. 25: 4th Annual Little Blazers Baby Race @ Bartow Arena. 2PM. $10+. Tickets. (Discount Code FAMILY for $40 4 pack.)
Feb. 14-16: Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend @ Boutwell Auditorium & Railroad Park. Expo and Packet Pickup – Fri., Noon-7PM & Sat., 8:30AM–6PM; Runs – Sat., 8AM & 10AM; Relay – Sun., 7:30AM. $35-$275. Register.
Feb. 29-March 1: Fearless Fest @ Practice Works. 9AM-6PM. $75-$127. Tickets.

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