11 fabulous February events including Sundance Film Festival in Birmingham

Sidewalk Film
Photo via Sidewalk Film’s Facebook

February is right around the bend and Birmingham is ready with lots of events. Before you ask—yes, we chose the ones that provide adequate space to social distance, etc. Here’s what’s happening.

1. Sundance Film Festival: Birmingham

Birmingham, Sidewalk Film Festival
Grab your snacks and enjoy the show. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Did you hear the news? Sidewalk Film + Cinema is an official satellite screen partner for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. That means you can view all the incredible films being shown right here in Birmingham. Find out what’s playing.

View health + safety guidelines.

When: January 28 – February 3 | Movie times vary
Where: Sidewalk Cinema, 1821 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203 | Sidewalk Starlite Pop-up Drive-In, 1801 1st Ave. N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Price: $15

2. Black Tech Takeover

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Photo via @bhamblacktechies

Prepare for tech, tech and more tech during the Black Tech Takeover this February. Presented by Birmingham Black Techies, this three-day digital conference features:

  • 12+ hours of content
  • Engaging panels
  • Expert speakers
  • Connections with companies
  • Live Q&A
  • Networking & Community

Stay in the know—text “TAKEOVER” to 205.352.9164 for updates soon the conference.

When: Feb. 3-5
Where: Virtual
Register here

Take part in the 2021 ArtBLINK Gala on Feb. 5. Photo via ArtBLINK Gala’s Facebook event page

February 5 marks the 36th annual ArtBLINK Gala—and this year, it’s going virtual for the very first time. The online event will feature:

  • Virtual artist studio experiences throughout the week leading up to the event.
  • Special messages from O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Dr. Barry Sleckman and honoree Mr. George Wheelock III, as well as our featured survivor, physicians, researchers, board members and artists.
  • Bidding on auction items will remain open all weekend.
  • Opportunity to win a one-on-one experience with a local artist.
  • Option to choose a special ArtBLINK dinner for two from Iz Catering to enjoy at home.

When: February 5, 6:30-7:45PM
Where: Virtual
Price: To Watch, Free | Dinner for Two, $200
Watch the event here

4. Wild About Chocolate Fundraiser for AL Wildlife Center

Alabama Wildlife Center's Facebook
Support wildlife in Birmingham. Photo via Alabama Wildlife Center’s Facebook

Alabama Wildlife Center’s (AWC) annual Wild About Chocolate Gala is changing things up this year with a virtual silent auction.

Your support helps AWC:

  • Care for Alabama’s injured and orphaned native birds in order to permit their return to the wild.
  • Provide conservation education to people of all ages to heighten awareness and appreciation of Alabama’s native wildlife resources.

When: February 8-12, 8AM-7PM
Where: Virtual
View the silent auction here

5. Galentine’s Brunch

Birmingham Zoo, giraffe, animals
Watcha talkin’ bout? Photo via The Birmingham Zoo’s Facebook

Grab your besties and head to the Birmingham Zoo for its first-ever Galentine’s Day Balcony Brunch.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Pre-plated brunch entrée with specialty waffles, served by catering staff
  • Mimosas with a bottle of champagne at every table
  • Ambassador animal meet and greet

After brunch, continue the day venturing around the Zoo to see your favorite animals and take a ride on the Red Diamond Express Train (all included in event price).


  • Must be 21+, ID required
  • Masks required
  • No children allowed including infants

Know before you go—view safety guidelines here.

When: February 13, 10:30AM-Noon
Where: The Birmingham Zoo Terraces & Balcony, 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
Price: $200 per table (up to 4 guests) | $50 per additional guest | $15 for additional bottle of champagne

6. Mardi Gras Market at Ross Bridge Farmers Market

Ross Bridge Farmers Market
There will be more than fruits and veggies at the Mardi Gras Market. Photo via Ross Bridge Farmers Market’s Facebook

If you love Mardi Gras and farmers markets, this is the event for you, my friend. The Mardi Gras Market at Ross Bridge Farmers Market will feature creole food trucks, a live jazz band and local shopping, so grab your beads and prepare for fun.

When: February 13, 1-5PM
Where: Ross Bridge Farmers Market, 2080 Grand Ave, Birmingham, AL 35226
Price: FREE

7. Fat Tuesday Crawfish Boil

The Backyard, Leeds, Grand River Drive-In
Have you been to The Backyard in Leeds yet? Photo via Grand River Drive-In

Looking to celebrate Fat Tuesday? Head to The Backyard in Leeds for a Fat Tuesday Crawifsh Boil on February 16.

Here’s what to expect:

  • $2 Draft Beer
  • Live Music
  • Crawfish Platters
  • And more!

Event link coming soon.

When: February 16, 4-8M
Where: The Backyard,
Price: Free

8. A Night Under the Big Top

Love the circus? Enjoy it from your very own living room during A Night Under the Big Top benefiting Glenwood Inc and the children and families touched by autism and other mental health concerns. .

During the virtual event, you’ll discover:

  • Circus Fun
  • Heart-warming Stories
  • Silent Auction
  • Door Prizes
  • And more!

When: February 19, 8PM
Where: Virtual
Price: Watch for Free | Ticket Packages range from $75+

9. Birmingham Advertising Awards

American Advertising Awards
The Birmingham ADDY’s are Feb. 26, 2021. Photo via AAF Birmingham/Taken before COVID-19

February 26 marks the return of the American Advertising Awards—the American Advertising Federation’s award ceremony that celebrates the sharpest and most creative minds in advertising.

This year’s event will be virtual with hosts bringing you the live action from the Alys Stephens Center.

Participate by submitting entries for who you think should WIN BIG by January 29. Here’s everything you need to know.

When: Feb. 26 | Virtual Cocktails, 6PM | Virtual Ceremony, 7PM
Where: Virtual
Price: Watch for Free | Submissions, $30-$110
Tickets Coming Soon

10. Red Nose Ball

Photo via Smile-A-Mile’s Facebook

Smile-A-Mile’s largest and longest-running fundraiser. The Red Nose Ball, is going virtual this year. Your participation will help bring awareness and raise funds for those in Alabama affected by childhood cancer.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Silent Auction + Premier Auction
  • Virtual Photo Booth
  • Live Program

When: February 27, 6PM
Where: Virtual
Watch the event here

11. Virtual Hello Sunshine HWC’s Healthy Food Funds 5K Fun Run

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Sign up for the Virtual Hello Sunshine Healthy Food Funds 5K Fun Run and keep smiles bright Photo via Community Food Bank of Central Alabama on Facebook

Get outside and make a difference during the Virtual Hello Sunshine HWC’s Healthy Food Funds 5K Fun Run
This “safe for all” event benefits the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, providing funds for healthy food choices.

When: Sat, January 30 – Sat, February 6, 2021
Where: Virtual
Register here

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Patience Itson
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