Opera Shots, Sidewalk Film Festival + more August 28-30

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Rain-boot ready. Photo via @luluthelab2020

Weekend entertainment is picking up the pace around Birmingham. From Opera Shots and to apple picking, check out what’s happening August 28-30.

Catch a Flick—There’s Still Time!

Birmingham, Sidewalk Film Festival
Don’t worry, concessions will still be available for your movie snack. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

It’s been a week of bright lights and inspiring films during the 22nd annual Sidewalk Film Festival at the Drive-In. There’s still plenty of time to catch a flick (or 2 or 3) before the event wraps up on Sunday, August 30. So get your tickets and head to the big screens before they go dark. Save 15% on tickets with discount code BHAMNOW15

It’s So yummy in My Tummy

Birmingham, Birmingham Restaurant Week
Photo via Birmingham Restaurant Week’s Facebook page

There are just a few days left to score amazing deals on food + drinks during Birmingham Restaurant Week. Over 60 restaurants, food trucks + bars are participating in this year’s scrumptious event, so hurry and get your grub on—the last day to indulge is Monday, August 31.

A Journey of Hope

Shep and clinic staff Opera Shots, Sidewalk Film Festival + more August 28-30
United Ability staff, Shep and Dr. Law. Photo courtesy of United Ability

Boot up your computer and grab a front-row seat for a special night with United Ability. On Saturday, August 29 at 6:30PM, they’ll be hosting a Journey of Hope 2020 “at home” where they’ll honor staff and pay tribute to the memory of United Ability’s longtime CEO Dr. Gary Edwards. Show your support for United Ability—donate now.

“I’m not throwing away my shot!”

Opera Birmingham is breaking down the stereotypes of opera with their annual casual pop-up series Opera Shots. The concert is set to feature members of the Opera Birmingham chorus + surprise guest artists in an open-mic-style concert of the greatest hits of opera + musical theatre. Don’t miss your shot! Grab a lawn chair, cooler + face mask and attend the event Sunday, August 30 from 5-6PM in the Opera Birmingham parking lot. Admission is FREE.Sponsored by:

How do ya like them apples?

Birmingham, Scott's Orchard, apple picking
Photo via Scott’s Orchard’s Facebook

Okay, so that may be one of my all-time favorite lines from Goodwill Hunting, but it’s also the perfect segway into Bham Now’s latest apple-picking guide. It includes 4 orchards just a drive away from Birmingham + the easiest apple galette recipe EVER. It’s sure to make you say “How do ya like them apples?”

Patio Living

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So pretty! Photo via RealtySouth

Is kitty seeking a new catio? Find the perfect patio for you and fluffy during these open houses August 28-30.

The Moonshiniest of Places

Birmingham, Oak Mountain State Park
Mountain longleaf pine at Oak Mountain State Park. Photo courtesy of Oak Mountain State Park

Do parks make you grin? Follow along with naturalist Lauren Muncher in our first installment on Alabama State Parks. First up is Oak Mountain State Park—once dubbed the moonshiniest place in Alabama.

Comfort for the Win

Birmingham, Gus Mayer, loungewear
Photo via Gus Mayer’s Facebook page

I’ve been dreaming of the day loungewear would be trending. Now, it’s finally here. I basically live in yoga pants and hoodies, after all. For comfort, style and the perfect fit, check out these five shops selling high-end loungewear in Birmingham that’s so luxurious, you’ll never want to put on real clothes again. 

The Dreamiest Location

Birmingham, The Pizitz
We’re ready to move in after seeing the rooftop pool. Photo via Arlington Properties

Ever wondered what it would be like to live at The Pizitz in Downtown Birmingham? Wonder no longer because we have the top five reasons why you should. Instant access to The Pizitz Food Hall is my personal fave. Can you blame me?

Health Professionals in Lights

UAB Light Show Heroes Opera Shots, Sidewalk Film Festival + more August 28-30
Thank you to healthcare professionals digital light show projected on the wall at UAB Hospital by Diversified, a national digital technology provider. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Did you see the light show displayed at UAB Hospital the evening of August 26? To show Birmingham’s appreciation for our healthcare professionals who have worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic, a 67-foot high digital “thank you” was projected onto the wall of Quarterback Tower. Photos + videos here.


Weekend Entertainment

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Don’t forget—Alabama is still under a statewide mask ordinance. In fact, they are now required until October 2.

All Weekend, August 28-30

Sidewalk Film Festival @ Grand River Drive-In. Movies start at 8PM. Priced per car. Tickets

Birmingham Restaurant Week @ Participating Locations. 

The Pizitz Food Hall Punch Card @ The Pizitz. 11AM-8PM.

Friday, August 28

Fish Fry FRYdays @ Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens. 11AM-2PM. $10. To order, call 205.780.5656.

The Pizitz Food Hall Punch Card @ The Pizitz. 11AM-8PM.

Bob Marston & Rough Grass @ Cahaba Brewing Co. 7-10PM. 

Fri-YAY @ Inspiration. 5-8PM. $5. Register.

Farmers Market @ Ross Bridge. 4-8PM. 

Family Fridays: The Wonderful World of Wildflowers @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 4-6PM. $30 (1 adult + child). $10 extra for additional family member. Register.

Saturday, August 29

The Market @ Pepper Place. 7AM-Noon. FREE.

Record Store Day (RSD) Drops @ Seasick Records. 8AM.

5th Annual Cruising The Creek Bank Car Show @ Leeds Memorial Park. 8AM-3PM. 

Introduction to Plant Soil Relationships @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 8:30AM-12:30PM. Members – $80, Nonmembers – $100. Register

Campaign Sign Recycling Collection @ Homewood Community Center. 10AM-2PM. 

Pop Up @ The Modern House. 1-3PM. 

Harahorn & Mahon Gins @ LeNell’s Beverage Boutique. 1-3PM. 

Celebrating The African Diaspora @ Ferrill African Wear. 4PM. 

Market @ Unity Market. 4-7PM.

Journey of Hope “at home” via United Ability Virtual Event. 6:30PM. Donate.


Sunday, August 30

Cereal Killer Brunch @ Black Market Bar & Grill (Hwy 280). 11AM-3PM.

Opera Shots @ Opera Birmingham (parking lot). 5-6PM. FREE.

Widespread Panic “Never Miss a Sunday Show” @ Avondale Brewing Co. 7PM. 


Cool Deals for Cool You

Weekend deals are here for you. We have over 600 local deals waiting for you in our Small Business Guide. Don’t wait around! Here are 3 to grab right now: 

Haven’t sign up your business or nonprofit yet? Better jump on it! 


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