Mark your calendars for these 8 virtual events in Birmingham

Sunsets over the Magic City’s vibrant skyline never get old. Photo via @bhamnow on Instagram.

As we continue to practice social distancing, more virtual events keep popping up to keep our community connected. Learn how to make cocktails from home just like the experts, join your friends for a virtual game night, find the perfect camp for your kids, and more with these 8 virtual events happening in Birmingham.

1. Home Cocktails Like a Pro with Comedienne Joy 🍸

Comedienne Joy wears many hats–TV host, food blogger, and host of the popular Bham Eat Drink Ride Food Tour. To add to the list of her many trades, in the last couple of weeks Joy has teamed up with local bartenders to create #JoyApproved cocktails.

Each installment features tutorials with guests like Fitz Bailey, Samantha Ferguson aka bartender Barbie, and Carla Irene from Cahaba Brewing Company, making new recipes for various occasions–and of course Joy’s witty jokes. Tune in to her facebook page to catch her next home cocktail recipe.

2. Virtual art camps with ArtPlay held June 15th – July 31st 🎨 🎭

Calling all aspiring young actors and future Rembrandts–ArtPlay is presenting various camps in musical theatre and visual arts that students can take part in from home:

  • Virtual Musical Theatre Camp B with music from “Disney’s Frozen, Kids”
  • Ages 9-14
  • June 15-26, Mon-Fri 9AM-3:30PM
  • Cost: $320
  • Virtual Musical Theatre Camp C, “ArtPlay Master Camp”
  • Ages 12-18
  • July 6-24, Mon-Fri 9AM-4PM
  • Cost: $450 

Discovering the Visual Arts Camp offers classes in drawing, sculpture, crafts, painting, & more:

  • Discovering The Visual Arts Camp 1
  • Ages 7-12
  • June 22-26, Mon-Fri 9AM-3PM
  • Cost: $200 (supplies included)
  • Discovering The Visual Arts Camp 2
  • Ages 7-12
  • July 13-17, Mon-Fri 9AM-3PM
  • Cost: $200 (supplies included)
  • Discovering The Visual Arts Camp 3
  • Ages 7-12
  • July 27-31, Mon-Fri 9AM-3PM
  • Cost: $200 (supplies included)

Register here. For more information contact heath-mix@uab.edu.

3. Virtual magic camp July 6th-31st ✨

Kevin Spencer, master of illusion, demonstrating a magic trick for campers over zoom. Photo via alysstephens.org.

This free virtual magic camp is for students ages 9-18 with disabilities. Every Monday participants will learn 2-3 magic tricks as well as engage in a group meeting every Friday for campers to get to know each other. At the end of the camp, students will present a magic show for friends and family to show off the tricks they learned.

It’s been shown that children and adults with disabilities benefit from learning and performing magic tricks–the “Healing of Magic” program is taught by UAB Occupational Therapy students well-versed in the impact of learning magic for these students. Interested? Contact Lauren Edwards at laurenme@uab.edu.

4. Junior Civitan Dance-a-Thon Virtual Prom June 26th 💃

Civitan International is Birmingham-based and provides volunteers with an array of clubs that support individuals with developmental disabilities. The Dance-a-Thon is an annual Junior Civitan fundraiser in support of these individuals. This year it has been adjusted to a Dance-a-Thon virtual prom.

Dancers must raise $50 for the cause in order to participate. Spread the word to your friends and put on your dancing shoes–tune in online from 6-8PM. Learn more about the event, including how to register and donate here.

5. Birmingham Virtual Game Night 🃏

Compete virtually against other Birmingham locals any night of the week. Photo via eventbrite.com.

Gather your friends (from their respective homes) and join together in a free virtual game night. Virtual games include trivia, charades, “let’s draw” (Pictionary with a twist), trivia about you, and drinking games. The software is available through the summer, so any night can be game night. Choose from a range of dates and register here.

6. Virtual Cocktails & Connections –  June 16th + July 23rd 🍹 🖥

Network After Work Virtual Networking gives individuals the chance to connect with business owners, entrepreneurs, and other career-minded individuals from the comfort of their homes–all while enjoying their drink of choice. Claim your $10 ticket for June 16th here + July 23rd here.

7. Coffee with Jessica ☕️

Tune in to this weekly Monday meeting hosted by Create Birmingham’s Director, Jessica Moody, via zoom. This virtual session helps local artists, nonprofits, small businesses, and entrepreneurs begin their week over coffee and brainstorming. Participants will share their recent experiences and discuss how to continue to develop their ideas, organizations, and businesses in each one-hour session. Click here for more info + the link to join.

Sessions will be held:

  • June 15th – 9am to 10am
  • June 22nd – 9am to 10am
  • June 29th – 9am to 10am
  • July 6th – 9am to 10am

8. Live from the SCAC BBT streams for Manna Ministries 🎶

Tune in every Thursday at 7PM to watch local musicians jam to benefit the Shelby County non-profit, Manna Ministries. Previous live streams feature members of the group 2Blu and an acoustic Led Zeppelin session with Allen Barlow, Jon Campbell, Chris Kozak, and Mark Lanter–the next installment on June 18th will include John Scalici and Rob Alley playing free form jazz and funk grooves, catch it here.

Manna Ministeries feeds over 800 families each month in Jefferson, Chilton, and Shelby counties. All of their Food Sharing comes from Publix, Aldi, Foodland, Little Caesars, and donations from people around the community. Click here to give a donation.

What other virtual Birmingham events are going on? Tag us on social @BhamNow and let us know!