Leap into March! 5 ways to celebrate that extra day in Birmingham

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Photo via @ghost_train_brewing’s Instagram page

Leap year comes just once every four years. Here are some ways to celebrate that extra day on Saturday, February 29 in Birmingham.

1. Let Out Your Whimsical Side

If you’re looking to let out that creative side, you won’t want to miss these art events happening on leap day.

Eccentricities: A Leap Year Art Bash—Sloss Docks

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Photo via @mcacartbash on Instagram

Feeling “extra?” Extra awesome that is. Get ready to flaunt it during Eccentricities: A Leap Year Art Bash.

This unique contemporary art festival is hosted by Magic City Art Connection and is a benefit series that reinvents spaces around Birmingham into a unique one-night party.

During the event:

  • Bid silent-auction style on works of art from festival exhibitors, local artists and collectors.
  • Discover unique, interactive installations and spaces created by local artists.
  • Munch on culinary bites from top Birmingham chefs and restaurants
  • And more!

Where: 3221 1st Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35222
Date: Sat., Feb. 29
Time: 7-10PM
General Admission Tickets: $25 Advance | $30 at Door
Portrait Tickets: $50 Advance | $60 at Door
VIP Tickets: $125 Advance | $135 at Door

Visit the Birmingham Museum of Art

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Stroll the BMA. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art’s Facebook page

Want even more art in your life? Cram in as much as you can on leap day with a trip to the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Roam freely throughout the museum or check out the 17th annual Eivor and Alston Callahan Asian Art Lecture Series: “Flora in the Arts of India” from 6:30-7:30PM.

Address: 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35203
Leap Day Hours: 10AM-5PM
Price: FREE

2. Hit up Birmingham’s Bar Scene

Leap year means an extra day of beer for all you brewski fans. Lucky for you, Birmingham’s bar scene is hopping with parties, drink specials and more. Here’s where to go on February 29.

Periodic Beer Bash—The Lumbar

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Photo via The Lumbar’s Facebook page

Get those atoms charged, Birmingham. The Magic City’s most scientific bar—The Lumbar—is hosting their Periodic Beer Bash on February 29. During the event, expect:

  • Snacks
  • $2-$5 beer menu
  • Classic rock music

Where: 212 29th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Date: Sat., Feb. 29
Time: 4PM-Midnight

Leap Day Party—Tin Roof

Make leap day one to remember by partying at Tin Roof. Bring your crew for a night of:

  • Drinks
  • Live music from the Deputy 5 Band
  • Music from DJ Bangerz

Bonus: the first 25 people to flash an I.D. with a February 29th birthday score a $25 gift card to Tin Roof. Turns out it pays to only have a birthday every four years.

Where: 2709 7th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Date: Sat., Feb. 29
Time: 5PM

The Midnight Effect Leap Night Dance Party—Mom’s Basement

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Photo via Mom’s Basement’s Facebook page

Ready to bust a move? Dance the night away at The Midnight Effect Leap Night Dance Party at Mom’s Basement. You can expect:

  • Jams from DJs Geisha, Memorexx and PanzerSoldat
  • Giveaways at midnight
  • And more!

Sorry, youngsters. Only those 21+ and up can attend this party. 

Where: 4411 3rd Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35222
Date: Sat., Feb. 29
Time: 8PM-2AM

Leap Day Party—Ghost Train Brewing Co.


Food. Drinks. Music. What more could you ask for on leap day? 

Where: 2616 3rd Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Date: Sat., Feb. 29
Time: Noon-Midnight

A Night with String Theory—Trim Tab Brewing Co.

There’s loads of fun to be had this leap day at TrimTab Brewing Company

Where: 2721 5th Ave S., Birmingham, Al 35233
Date: Sat., Feb. 29
Time: 8-11PM
Price: FREE

Alternate Universe: A Leap Day Soiree

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Photo via Paper Doll Bar’s Facebook page

Leap day have you feeling weird? Then let your alter-ego loose and dance, dance, dance.

DJ Tony Rodio will be at Paper Doll Bar on February 29 with one goal: to take you on a musical journey to another galaxy and dimension.

Expect interesting sounds and beats such as:

  • Jungle rhythms from South Africa
  • French ElectroPop
  • Gypsy-inspired Balkan grooves
  • German Electro-dance
  • And more!

Where: 2320 1st Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Date: Sat., Feb. 29
Time: 9PM-1AM

Leap Day Celebration—Nana Funks


Ain’t no party like a Nana Funks party cuz a Nana Funks party don’t stop.

Head to Birmingham’s fave spot to pull an all-nighter for a leap day celebration

Drink specials include:

  • Smirnoff Zero Sugar Watermelon & Mint
  • Smirnoff Zero Sugar Strawberry & Rose
  • Smirnoff Zero Sugar Cucumber & Lime

No cover for those born on February 29. Rock on party animals.

Where: 708 29th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Time: 8PM-6AM
FREE for those born on Feb. 29

3. Get Your Giggles Flowing

If you’re going to get an extra day in February, I say spend it laughing. Can you honestly say you don’t love the chuckles?

One Year Anniversary VIP Show—Birmingham Improv Theatre

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Photo via Birmingham Improv Theatre’s Facebook page

Spend 2020’s extra day with lots of laughs. Birmingham Improv Theatre will be hosting their one-year anniversary VIP show with a special performance by Positively Funny Improv and other local improv troupes. 

Where: 2208 7th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Date: Sat., Feb. 29
Time: 7:30-10:30PM
Price: $25-$50

4. Adopt a Pet

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Photo via Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s Facebook page

Pets are said to make you live longer. So what better day to adopt a pet than on that extra day in 2020.

Whether you want a cuddly cat, a spunky pooch or an adorable guinea pig, there are so many animals in Birmingham in need of a forever home.

Here are just a few of the many local shelters and rescues around Birmingham:

You can also sign up for our newsletter and receive info every Monday through Friday of animals up for adoption.

5. Visit Birmingham’s Many Parks

In need of some Vitamin D? Head outdoors this leap day and visit one of Birmingham’s many parks.

This is a perfect option for those with kids, too. Suggest a game of leap frog to them for the ultimate leap day activity.

How will you be spending your leap day 2020? Let us know @bhamnow.

Patience Itson
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