Juneteenth celebrations, Father’s Day + more in Birmingham June 19-21

Birmingham, Birmingham Museum of Art, Oscar's Cafe, Father's Day
Father’s Day is June 21. Photo via the Birmingham Museum of Art

This weekend marks many important events. From Juneteenth celebrations to Father’s Day deals, here’s what’s happening in Birmingham June 19-21.

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Bold, all caps and bright yellow

Birmingham, Black Lives Matter, street mural, murals
Mighty rollers paint the “Black Lives Matter” street mural in Birmingham. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Over the past two days, artists and volunteers across Birmingham united with one goal: to bring Birmingham together for a future who’s time is now. With giant paint rollers and bold yellow paint, they completed a new street mural proclaiming “Black Lives Matter”—just in time for Juneteenth celebrations. Full story + video.

Deals for Dad

Birmingham, Father's Day
Dad summed up cookie-style. Photo via M.P. Dawson’s Mercantile’s Facebook page

This Sunday, June 21 is Father’s Day. No gift, no problem. We’ve got your back with these local deals and products from our Small Business Guide:

P.S. Sign up your business or non-profit organization!

Happy Juneteenth!

Today marks the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. There are many activities planned for the day ahead—check it out!

To mask or not to mask? That is the question.

Birmingham, masks
Kristina O’Quinn, Sherman Datcher and Larry O. Gay. Photo courtesy of Kristina O’Quinn

Though face masks have been mandatory in the City of Birmingham since May 1, in other local cities, it’s anything but. Why are masks such a big deal? Find out from Dr. Rachael Lee, MD and Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases at UAB.  

A man walks into a doctor’s office…ha!…just kidding

Sure, men do go to the doctor, but getting them there can be quite the uphill battle. How can you help the men in your life be proactive about their health? Physicians from Brookwood Baptist Health have some ideas. Full story.


Birmingham, Tropicaleo
Cuban sandwich for the win. Photo via Tropicaleo’s Instagram page

With summer in full gear, beaches and exotic locations may be on your mind. If you’re looking for an easy way to bring iconic island flavors to your plate, dig into our latest guide featuring 11 local restaurants serving up Latin American and Caribbean dishes. 

Splash like a fish

Summer’s in Birmingham are H.O.T., which can make leaving your air conditioned home a big N.O.T. Happily, visiting local splash pads is a great way to beat the heat while still soaking up some vitamin D. Here are 7 splash pads around Birmingham that are open for summer 2020. 

“You’re turning violet, Violet!”

Break out those buckets, blueberry season has arrived! For the sweetest, most pie-worthy berries around, check out these u-pick blueberry farms near Birmingham. 

Weekend Entertainment

Take your kid fishing day, Juneteenth events and more. Check it out in Now the Weekend—Video Edition. Keep scrolling for more things to do June 19-21. 

June 19: Virtual Quarantine Cat Film Festival @ Sidewalk Film Center. $12+. Tickets.

June 19: Leontyne Price La Forza del Destino – Virtual Event @ Opera Birmingham. 6PM. Tickets.

June 19: Birming-Q 1st Inaugural Citywide BBQ @ Eastlake Park. 10AM-8PM.

June 19: National Million People March for Justice @ Kelly Ingram Park. Noon. 

June 19: Dads + Donuts @ Pinspiration Birmingham. Noon & 5PM. $30. Register.

June 19: Cahaba Float Away Friday @ Cahaba Brewing Company. Noon-Midnight. 

June 19: Curbside Crawfish Boil @ A Social Affair. 4-7PM. $45. Tickets.

June 19: Juneteenth 2020 @ W C Patton Park. 4-7PM. RSVP

June 19: Juneteenth Pop Up @ 4th Avenue Business District. 4-8PM. 

June 19: Farmers Market @ Ross Bridge. 4-8PM. FREE.

June 19: Women’s March @ Legion Field. 5PM. 

June 19: Simone’s Kitchen ATL Food Truck Grand Opening/Food Truck Fridays @ 521 3rd Avenue West. 5-9PM. $5. Tickets.

June 19: Party @ Downtown Ensley Business District. 5-10PM. 

June 19: Pop Up Shop @ Radiant Scents Candle Company. 6PM. 

June 19: Dr. Angela Y. Davis honored with Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award – Virtual Event. 7PM. Register. FREE.

June 19: Sidewalk Starlite Drive-In: Love & Basketball @ The Summit. 7:30-10PM. $18.50. Tickets.

June 19-20: Live Big Shop Small Campaign @ Trussville Downtown. 8AM-5PM. 

June 20: The Market @ Pepper Place. 7AM-Noon. Pre-order.

June 20: Pepper Jelly Jam @ Crestwood Tavern. 9AM. FREE.

June 20: Virtual Rain Barrel Workshop @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 9:30-11AM. $5-$65. Register.

June 20: Pop Up Shop @ M.P. Dawson’s Mercantile. 10AM-3PM.

June 20: Caribbean Grocery Pop Up Shop @ This Little Market. 10AM-3PM. 

June 20: MFC Fathersday Bash @ Miami Cafe. 11AM-2PM.

June 20: Fantastic Flavors for Father’s Day @ Greystone Marketplace. 11AM-3PM.

June 20: Cahaba Saturdaze @ Cahaba Brewing Company. Noon-Midnight. 

June 20: Reggae Block Party @ Avondale Vape & Hookah Lounge. 3-11PM. FREE. Register.

June 20: Virtual Havdalah Nights: Havdalah & a Movie @ Temple Emanu-El. 7-10PM. 18+.

June 20: Sidewalk Starlite Drive-In: The Lego Movie @ The Summit. 7:30-10PM. $18.50. Tickets.

June 21: Father’s Day Country Bash @ Tin Roof. 1-4PM. $25. Tickets.

June 21: Juneteenth Blockparty @ EuphoriaBham. 4-11PM. 

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