Get out and enjoy these 15 charity events in Birmingham

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Photo via Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama’s Facebook page

Want to support a great cause? Then mark your calendar for these upcoming charity events taking place in Birmingham this March and April.

1. Annual Opera Gala

Dress up for an evening out during the Annual Opera Gala on Friday, March 13.

The event features:

  • Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
  • A concert of opera favorites featuring the cast of Cinderella
  • Silent and live auctions
  • A seated dinner

Proceeds benefit Opera Birmingham.

Where: The Florentine. 2101 2nd Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Date: Fri., March 13
Time: 6PM
Price: $200+
Tickets: 205.322.6737

2. Pink Palace Casino Night

Birmingham, Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama
Now that’s fancy. Photo via Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama’s Facebook page

Feeling lucky? Then hit the tables at the Pink Palace Casino Night on Saturday, March 14.

This Vegas-style event offers exciting casino games like:

  • Blackjack
  • Poker
  • Roulette
  • Craps
  • Slot machines

You’ll also have the chance to win awesome prizes.

Here’s what your ticket includes:

  • Hors d’oeuvres from Kathy G.
  • Complimentary beer and wine (cash bar is also available)
  • $500 in gaming money
  • Live entertainment from II da Maxx.

Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.

Where: Soireé Event Gallery. 2132 Lorna Ridge Ln., Birmingham, AL 35216
Date: Sat., March 14
Time: 7-10:30PM
Price:
$100
Tickets

3. AirWave Block Party + Riverkeeper Benefit 

Birmingham, AirWave
Rock out for clean water. Photo via AirWave’s Facebook page

Be a champion and rally for Birmingham’s rivers and streams during the AirWave Block Party + Riverkeeper Benefit on Saturday, March 21.

At this daylong block party, there will be all sorts of entertainment, including:

  • Live music
  • Local artists
  • Food trucks
  • Beer from Good People Brewing Co.
  • And more!

Proceeds benefit local nonprofits like Black Warrior, Cahaba and Coosa Riverkeepers.

Where: Good People Brewing Co. 114 14th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Date: Sat., March 21
Time: 1–10PM
Price:
FREE

4. The Alabama Coffee Fest

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Photo courtesy of Alabama Coffee Fest’s Facebook page

Don’t miss your chance to attend the buzziest event in the Magic City—The Alabama Coffee Fest.

Taking place on Sunday, March 22 in Birmingham’s Five Point South’s Entertainment District, there will lots to discover, including:

  • Coffee vendors
  • Coffee tasting sessions
  • Pastries from local bakeries
  • Live music
  • And more!

Proceeds benefit the Alabama Multicultural Organization.

Where: 5 Points Entertainment District. Magnolia Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Date: Sun., March 22
Time: General Admission 10AM-2PM | VIP 9AM-2PM
Price: General Admission $10 Advance, $20 At Door | VIP $50 Advance, $60 At Door
Tickets

April 2020

5. A Touch of Red: American Red Cross Gala

Birmingham, American Red Cross of Alabama
Toughen up and support American Red Cross of Alabama. Photo via American Red Cross of Alabama’s Facebook page

On Friday, April 3, join philanthropic, social and corporate leaders from across Alabama to show support for the American Red Cross during A Touch of Red: American Red Cross Gala.

This must-attend event features:

  • Signature drinks
  • Silent and live auctions
  • Live music and dancing
  • Dinner
  • 2020 Touch of Red Honorees and Champion for Change presentation

Proceeds benefit programs and services of the American Red Cross of Alabama.

Where: Grand Bohemian. 2655 Lane Park Rd., Birmingham, Alabama 35223
Date: Fri., April 3
Time: 6-11PM
Price: Single $150 | Couple $265 | Table $1500
Tickets

6. 10th Annual Girls Inc. Cajun Cook-Off

Birmingham, Girls Inc. of Central Alabama
Birmingham girls are strong, smart and bold. Photo via Girls Inc. of Central Alabama’s Facebook page

Inspire girls in Birmingham to be strong, smart and bold during the 10th Annual Girls Inc. Cajun Cook-Off.

Here’s what you can expect during this family- and pet-friendly event:

  • Cajun cooking competition
  • Live dance performance from Girls Inc. students
  • Kids activities–face painting, bouncy house and games
  • And more!

Proceeds benefit Girls Inc.

Where: Railroad Park. 1600 1st Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Date: Sat., April 4
Time: 11AM-2PM
Price:
$20 Advance | $25 At Door | Kids 12 and under – FREE
Tickets

7. Red Shoe Run 2020: Rockin’ 5K

Birmingham, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama
Getting that run on. Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

Celebrate family, fundraising and awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama during the Red Shoe Run 2020: Rockin’ 5K on Saturday, April 4. This year’s theme is rock ‘n roll.

In 2019, the Red Shoe Run raised $89,000—enough to care for 65 families. Help them crush this amount this year and participate. Here’s how:

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama
Rock ‘n roll in your running gear. Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

Stick around after the run/walk for a family-friend block party featuring:

  • Kids activities
  • Food trucks
  • Vendors
  • Special guests
  • And more!

Race awards will be given to:

  • Top individual fundraiser
  • Top fundraising team
  • Most spirited team
  • Largest team

Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama.

Where: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama. 1700 4th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Date:
Sat., April 4
Time:
5K Walk/Run 8-11AM | 1 Mile Run/Walk & Red Shoe Snoozer 8:10-11AM
Price:

5K Walk/Run: $25 | $30 after April 3
1 Mile Run/Walk: $25
Red Shoe Snoozer: $25
Register

Funky Fish Fry

Birmingham, Irondale, Mitchell's Place, Funky Fish Fry, autism
Kid play. Photo via Funky Fish Fry’s Facebook page

It’s time to get funky, y’all. On Saturday, April 4, support Mitchell’s Place and the Autism Society of Alabama during the 11th annual Funky Fish Fry.

This family-friendly event offers:

  • Catfish from Ezell’s Catfish
  • Beer from Avondale Brewing Co.
  • Live music
  • Kids’ Zone fun

Tickets include entry to the event plus a plate of food and a brew.

Proceeds benefit Mitchell’s Place and the Autism Society of Alabama.

Where: Avondale Brewing Co. 201 41st St. S., Birmingham, AL 35222
Date: Sat., April 4
Time: 11:30AM-4:30PM
Price: $10 | Children 12 and under – FREE

8. The abiliTEE Golf Classic

Birmingham, United Ability
Step up to the tee. Photo via unitedability.org

Looking for a charity event that lets you be active outdoors? Then check out The abiliTEE Golf Classic. Hosted by United Ability, this event lets you play golf on one of the most beautiful courses in Birmingham—Robert Trent Jones at Oxmoor Valley—all while supporting children and adults with disabilities. It’s a win-win.

In addition to a four-person scramble tournament, there will be:

  • On-course contests
  • Beverages
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Gift bags lots of goodies

Proceeds benefit United Ability.

Check out these upcoming United Ability events:

Where: Robert Trent Jones Oxmoor Valley Golf Course. 100 Sunbelt Pkwy., Birmingham, AL 35211
Date:
Thurs., April 16
Time:
8AM-2PM
Price:
$175 – Individual Player | $600 – Team of 4
Register

9. St. Elias Food & Culture Fest 

Birmingham, St. Elias Food and Culture Fest
Don’t miss the fun at the St. Elias Food and Culture Fest. Photo by @ghosseinmarie on Instagram

Where can you find food, culture and tons of fun? At the 22nd annual St. Elias Food & Culture Fest, of course.

This family-friendly event is the perfect event to:

  • Enjoy Lebanese delicacies (baked kibbee and baklava anyone?)
  • Watch traditional dance performances (Don’t shy away. Join in!)
  • Bid on a variety of unique offerings in a silent auction.
  • Follow along guided and self-guided church tours
  • And more!

Proceeds benefit local and national charities such as The Exceptional Foundation.

Where: St. Elias Maronite Church. 836 8th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Date: Fri.-Sat., April 17-18
Time: 10AM-9PM
Price: FREE

10. Mutt Strutt

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Now that’s a mutt strut. Photo via Hand in Paw’s Facebook page

Fluff up that fur and let out a howl. Mutt Strutt is back on April 18 for its 11th annual event.

What makes this event so pawsome?

  • You can compete for awards and win great prizes.
  • You’ll discover cool local vendors.
  • You can grab a bite from local food trucks.
  • It’s a great opportunity to get some exercise.
  • It’s full of fun activities for the whole family.

Best of all, you can meet some of Birmingham’s cutest pups as they strut their stuff.

Proceeds benefit Hand in Paw.

Where: Homewood Central Park. 1632 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood, AL 35209
Date: Sat., April 18
Time: 5K – 8AM | 1 Mile – 8:30AM | Awards Ceremony – 9AM
Price:
5K – $30 | 1 Mile – $25
Register

11. Gumbo Gala

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It’s gumbo time. Photo via Episcopal Place’s Facebook page

Want some comfort in a bowl? Find it during Episcopal Place‘s 15th annual Gumbo Gala.

During the event:

  • Sample delicious gumbos from chicken and sausage to seafood and oyster.
  • Cheer on teams as they compete for sought-after titles, trophies and bragging rights.
  • Listen to live music by Margeaux and the Cat’s Meow
  • Let out some energy at the Kids’ Zone
  • Shop local vendors
  • Order meals from local food trucks
  • And more!

Pets are welcome, so bring them along for a day of fun.

Proceeds benefit Episcopal Place.

Where: Episcopal Place. 1112 26th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Date: April 18
Time: 11AM-2PM
Price: $20
Tickets

12. CahabaQue BBQ Cook-Off

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Piggy with a pug. Feel the humor. Photo via @cahababrewing on Instagram

Oink! This April, make plans to attend the 8th annual CahabaQUE BBQ Cook-Off at Cahaba Brewing Company.

During this tasty event, teams will compete for the coveted title of best barbecue. Trophies and bragging rights will be awarded to top teams. While you eat, enjoy craft beer and live music.

Want to prove your skills at the grill? Gather your cook team and sign up.

Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.

Where:: Cahaba Brewing Co. 4500 5th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35222
Date: April 18
Time: 1-5PM
Price: General Admission $15 In Advance, $20 At Gate | VIP $50 | Kids 10 and under – FREE

13. Magic City Art Connection

Birmingham, Magic City Art Connection, Corks & Chefs, Linn Park
Get artsy. Photo via Magic City Art Connection’s Facebook page

Art and food join forces this April for the ultimate festival—Magic City Art Connection.

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  • 185 juried artists from the state, region and around the country
  • Dance performances by local talent
  • Kids art experiences
  • Live music
  • And more!
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Enjoy drinks at Corks & Chefs. Photo via Magic City Art Connection’s Facebook page

While checking out all the art, be sure to head over to the Corks & Chefs tent (additional ticket required!). Here you’ll discover incredible culinary bites and drinks from some of Birmingham’s talented chefs and restaurants. Bon appétit.

Proceeds benefit Magic City Art Connection.

Where: Linn Park.
Date: Fri.-Sun., April 24-26
Time:  Fri.-Sat. 10AM-6PM | Sun. 10AM-5PM
Price: 

MCAC: $10-$15 (Kids 15 and under – FREE)
Corks & Chefs: General – $45 Advanced, $55 At Door | VIP – $70 Advanced, $80 At Door
Tickets

14. Pink Up the Pace & Dolly Dash

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Running for the win. Photo via Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama’s Facebook page

Get ready for a whole lot of pink, Birmingham. Because April 25 marks the third annual Pink Up the Pace 5K & Dolly Dash.

Hosted by the Junior Board of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama, this exciting excite offers:

  • A 5K race and fun run
  • Activities for the whole family
  • Food and drinks
  • Live music
  • And more!

Bonus: registered race participants score a Pink Up the Pace T-shirt plus more cool swag.

Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.

Where: Crestline Field. 32 Vine St., Mountain Brook , AL 35213
Date: April 25
Time: 3:30PM
Price: Adults (13+) – $30 | Kids (3-12) – $20 | Kids 3 and under – FREE

15. Dining Out for Life

Birmingham, Moss Rock Tacos & Tequila
Dine with a friend. Photo via Moss Rock Tacos & Tequila’s Facebook page

Join AIDS Alabama and some of Birmingham’s best restaurants for the 11th annual Dining Out For Life event on Thursday, April 30.

By simply dining out on this specific day, you’ll be helping raise awareness and funds for HIV services. How easy could it be to support a great cause?

Here’s a peek at some of the amazing restaurants participating in the event:

Proceeds benefit AIDS Alabama.

Where: Various Locations.
Date: Thurs., April 30
Time: 7AM-10PM

Which charity events are you helping support this March and April in Birmingham? Let us know on social @bhamnow.