11 events that will make your September awesome in Birmingham

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Don’t miss Vintage Market Day this September! Photo via Vintage Market Days of Birmingham Metro’s Facebook page

From in-person festivals to virtual luaus, we’ve rounded up the top events taking place around Birmingham this September. Trust us, you won’t want to miss out!

1. Birmingham Bound: Building Startup Communities with Brad Field & Chris Moody

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Tune in to Birmingham Bound: Building Startup Communities with Brad Field & Chris Moody on September 3, 2020. Photo via Big Marker

Make a date with your computer for this interesting and totally free virtual event taking place on September 3. Brad Field, author of the recently released book “The Startup Community Way” will join the virtual convo to discuss key principles from his book and how to apply them to build upon the current momentum of Birmingham’s startup community. RSVP to take part in the event.

Date: September 3
Time: 11AM-Noon
Price: FREE

2. Vegan Brews and BBQ

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Soul food cravings activated! Photo via Southern Fried Vegan’s Facebook page

Get ready to eat, y’all! Southern Fried Vegan—a hot food spot based out of California that does pop-ups around the US—brings soul food to Good People Brewing Company this September. On the menu—southern staples and sandwich specials, such as:

  • Fried Chicken
  • BBQ
  • Mac N Cheese
  • Jambalaya
  • And more!

Where: Good People Brewing Co. 114 14th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Date: Saturday, September 5
Time: 4-9PM

3. Virtual ZooRendezvous

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You’ll want to set up your own backyard luau for this event! Photo by Lee Vue via Unsplash

Grab a lei and show off how well you hula during The Birmingham Zoo’s first-ever virtual luau.

This online event is guaranteed to entertain you as you party Hawaiian style from the comfort of your home with:

  • Hula dancers
  • Fire performances
  • Music by Electric Avenue
  • Island drummers
  • And more!

There will even be an online auction. Click here to register or text LUAU to 76278 via your mobile device.

Date: ThursdaySeptember 10
Time: 6:45-8PM
Price: FREE
Join the event here

4. Fall Plant Sale

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Little green thumbs welcome, too! Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

September is the perfect time to spruce up your indoor or outdoor space with new wildlife. So make plans to attend Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ annual Fall Plant Sale. Here’s a look at last year’s event—boy was it filled with beautiful plants.

This year’s sale features lots of good stuff, including:

  • Trees + shrubs
  • Herbs
  • Native plants
  • Perennials

Where: Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
Date: Member Sale – Friday, September 11 | Public Sale – Saturday, September 12
Member Sale – 4-5:30PM | Public Sale – 8AM-Noon

5. 2020 Sickle Cell Virtual Walk of Central Alabama ONLINE event

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Sickle Cell Fundraising Walk 2019. Photo via Sickle Cell Foundation Birmingham’s Facebook page

Did you know September is National Sickle Cell month? Help the Sickle Cell Foundation Birmingham reach their goal of $50,000 by participating in the 2020 Sickle Cell Virtual Walk of Central Alabama on Saturday, September 12.

Sign up to raise funds or donate now.

Date: Saturday, September 12
Time: 8AM-Noon

6. Love, Linda

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“Love, Linda” takes you on a musical journey of love. Photo via Virginia Samford Theatre’s Facebook page

Prepare for a love story in Virginia Samford Theatre’s upcoming show “Love, Linda.”

This exciting show kicks off in the dawn of the roaring twenties and follows the story of Linda Lee Thomas—the southern beauty and driving force behind legendary songwriter Cole Porter.

Expect incredible music from Cole Porter throughout the show including beloved songs like “Night and Day”, “I Love Paris”, “In the Still of the Night” and “Love for Sale.”

Virginia Samford Theatre will check temperature checks at the door, require masks and keep the theatre at 50% capacity to allow for social distance seating.

Where: Virginia Samford Theatre. 1116 26th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Date: Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 27
Time: 7:30-9PM
Price: $15-$25

7. Vintage Market Days of Birmingham

If you love discovering unique items, this upscale vintage-inspired market is for you. Here’s a peek at what you’ll find during the event:

  • Art
  • Antiques
  • Clothing + jewelry
  • Home decor
  • Outdoor furnishing
  • And more!

Where: The Finley Center. 100 Ben Chapman Drive
Hoover, AL 35244
Thursday-Saturday, September 24-26
2-Day Pass – $11 | 3-Day Pass – $15 | Parking – $5 | Kids 12 and under – FREE

8. Trussville City Fest

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Pups are welcome at Trussville City Fest 2020. Photo via Cahaba Dog Park’s Facebook page

Fun awaits you at Trussville City Fest. From stage performances and kids’ activities to plenty of food, this year’s event will feature a variety of entertainment for you and the whole fam.

The festival will be set up along Main Street starting near the new entertainment district and ending at Trussville’s Veteran’s Park.

Where: Main Street, Trussville, AL
Date: Saturday, September 26
Time: 8AM
Price: FREE

9. Art Walk

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Nothing beats an art display. Photo by Mojtaba Ravanbakhsh via Unsplash

A shopping trip to The Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds is always fun, but it gets even more exciting on Saturday, September 26. On this special day they’ll be hosting an Art Walk. So while you shop, cool local art pieces will be displayed outside for viewing and purchasing.

Where: The Outlet Shops of Grand River. 6200 Grand River Pkwy, Leeds, AL 35094
Date: Saturday, September 26
Time: 10AM-5PM
Price: FREE

10. Revvin’ 4 Research Charity Motorcycle Ride 2020

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Past Revvin’ 4 Research Charity Motorcycle Ride benefiting Breast Cancer Research Foundation of AL. Photo via Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama

Get ready to rev that engine, Birmingham! On September 27, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama teams up with Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson for the annual Revvin’ 4 Research Charity Motorcycle Ride.

Riders will join a police-escorted ride followed by a boxed lunch. Social distancing will be expected, so be sure to wear a mask and keep a six foot distance.

Bonus: Pre-register by September 15 and receive a shirt, exclusive service discount from Heart of Dixie Harley Davidson and ensure contactless registration the day of the ride.

Where: Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson.  333 Cahaba Valley Pkwy N, Pelham, AL 35124
Date: Sunday, September 27
Time: Registration – 1PM | Motorcycle Ride – 2PM
Price: 1 rider – $35 | 2+ riders – $60

11. Cahaba River Fry-Down

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Cookie’ up tasty eats at 2019’s Cahaba River Fry-Down. Photo by Photo by Ron Abernathy via Cahaba River Society’s Facebook page

If you love cooking shows and support clean water, this is the virtual event for you, my friend.

This year, the Cahaba River Fry-Down benefiting the Cahaba River Society is hosting a virtual cook-off festival where chefs and teams submit demonstration videos of them preparing their favorite recipes for fish and side dishes. Each video is then viewed by professional judges in a variety of categories including:

  • Presentation
  • Best side dish
  • Most creative use of ingredients

Viewers then get to watch the demonstrations for FREE via the Fry-Down website, right from the comfort of your couch. Locals cooking on TV? Sounds like the perfect at-home event!

Have a fish dish that will wow a crowd? Register to compete by midnight on Saturday, August 29. Videos must be submitted by Tuesday, September 8. 

Donate to the cause and you’ll receive a complimentary Fry-Down Cookbook.

Date: Tuesday, September 29 – Sunday, October 4
Time: Noon-4PM
Price: Community Team – $50 to enter | Corporate Cook Team – $200 to enter | Viewers – watch for free!

What other events are taking place around Birmingham during the month of September? Let us know on social at @BhamNow on Facebook and Instagram, or @Now_Bham on Twitter.

Patience Itson
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