Birmingham’s food scene soars this weekend + more happenings

Giggle box activated. It must be time for the weekend. Photo via @cats_of_instagram

Outdoor dining is trending as Birmingham Restaurant Week kicks off, Friday August 14. But there’s much more happening around the Magic City. Here’s what’s happening this weekend, August 14-16.

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Don’t-Miss Deals

New deals have rolled into our Small Business Guide. These 5 are sure to make your weekend G.R.E.A.T:


Bonus Deals:

  • Swing by The Pizitz for a punch card before August 31 for a chance to win The Pizitz Experience Package. Details here
  • August means class is back in session for many schools around the greater Birmingham area. To thank all of the amazing teachers out there, local companies are offering deals on food, classroom supplies + more. Check out these sweet deals


Haven’t signed up your business or nonprofit? Now’s the time! 

Magic City Happenings

Prepare to Dine 

Birmingham, Bay Leaf Modern
Photo via Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine Bar’s Facebook page

Friday, August 14 kicks off the 11th annual Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW), presented by Spire. For 18 days (Aug. 14-31), over 60 participating restaurants, food trucks + bars across the Birmingham metro area will offer special lunch and dinner menus at set price points of $5 to $50 per person. From casual hangouts to fine dining, you can try a little bit of everything. Many restaurants are even offering family-style meals, to-go cocktails + cocktail kits. Find out who’s participating.

A New Perspective

On the market in Gardendale. Photo via RealtySouth

I bet you’re pretty tired of those same four walls you’ve been staring at for months during quarantine. Now’s the perfect time for an exciting change of scenery. The first step—checking out these open houses taking place this weekend, August 14-16.

Taking it to the Streets with Eats

As more local restaurants continue to reopen, outdoor dining has become the latest trend around Birmingham. Thanks to a new ordinance passed by the Birmingham City Council Transportation Committee, businesses are now allowed to extend service outside. I don’t know about you, but I could always use some extra elbow room. Full story.

Eyes on the Big Screen

Sidewalk Film Festival takes place Aug. 24-30. Photo via Sidewalk Film

Social distancing can’t stop the Sidewalk Film Festival from wowing Birmingham’s biggest film lovers. This year, the event will be held at the Grand River Drive-In in Leeds, August 24-30—and it’s going to be AMAZING! Tickets available now. Use discount code BHAMNOW15 for 15% off. 

Oh-So Tantalizing

Thai Red Curry. Photo via NORI Thai and Sushi Birmingham’s Facebook page

Does the savory, earthy blend of curry make you swoon? This spotlight on where to find delicious curry dishes around Birmingham will drive your taste buds wild! Dig in here.

A Paw-Some Cause

Birmingham, Hand in Paw
Delivered right to your window. Photo via Hand in Paw

Friday, August 14 marks a new and totally paw-some fundraiser benefiting Hand in Paw (HIP). The event is called Tail-Waggin’ Takeout, and trust me, it’s the “ultimutt” experience. Ticket-goers simply drive up, show their event ticket and are provided supplies for a make-your-own cocktail kit. And yes, pups will definitely be tagging along for the drive-thru fun. 

Though tickets to the event are sold out, you can still support Hand in Paw by donating here

Sculpture Rezone

Birmingham, Brad Morton
“Seminar” at the Altamont School. Photo via Bham Now

Birmingham is home to many iconic works of art, but do you know who created them? One is the talented and very successful Brad Morton who built the modern, giant nuns at St. Vincent’s Hospital, the teacher and students at the Altamont School + more. After 40 years in his studio property on the Rotary Trail, Morton’s packing up and moving his work to a different area of the city—including The Thomas Project. Full story.

Weekend Entertainment

Is it just me or does it feel like we’ve always worn masks? New normal indeed. Now go grab yours before heading out.

Check out more events in Now the Weekend’s Video Edition

Don’t forget, Birmingham Restaurant Week (BMR), presented by Spire, kicks off Friday, August 14 and runs to August 31. Details here

Friday, August 14

Fish Fry FryDays @ Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens. 11AM-2PM. $10. Curbside only. 205.780.5656.

Fallen Apart Beer Release @ Ferus Artisan Ales. 11AM-11PM. 

Carpano Vermouths @ LeNell’s Beverage Boutique. 5:30-7:30PM. 

Free Friday Flicks (Aladdin) @ Veterans Park (Hoover). 6:30PM. FREE.

Earthbound’s 20th Anniversary @ Avondale Brewing Co. 7-11:45PM. 

Clay Barker with Jacob Jackson @ Zydeco. 7:30PM. 18+. $5. Tickets.

Captain Midnight Band @ Ghost Train Brewing. 8PM.


Saturday, August 15

Fairytales and Frogs: The Royal March @ The Birmingham Zoo. 10-10:30AM. General Admission. Tickets.

Saturdays in the Gardens Webinar: Arrange Flowers Easily via Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 10-11AM. $10. Register.

Caribbean Grocery Pop Up Shop @ This Little Market. 10AM-5PM. 

Soul Food Saturdays @ Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens. 11AM-2PM. $10. Curbside only. 205.780.5656.

Mojito Bar @ Simply Infused Olive Oil. 11AM-3PM.

Camepsino’s 1st Birthday Rum Tasting/National Rum Day @ LeNell’s Beverage Boutique. 1-3PM.

Beats & Ball Games @ Tin Roof. 1-4PM. 

Plant Bus Pop-Up @ Cahaba Brewing Co. 2-5PM.

Release Party @ Slag Heap Brewing Co. 3PM. 

Saturday Market @ Unity Market. 4PM. 

Manic Vision @ Avondale Brewing Co. 7-10:30PM. FREE.

The Bham Black Pride Show “Through The Decades” Online Event. 8:30-10PM.


Sunday, August 16

Yoga for the Lilies @ Cahaba Brewing Co. 11AM-Noon. $10. Tickets

National Rum Day @ Tin Roof. Noon-3PM. 

Post Brunch Boogie Down @ Tin Roof. 1-4PM. Reservations.

Bham Black Pride in the Park @ Avondale Park Historic District. 6-9PM. 


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