15 April events you won’t want to miss in Birmingham

Mitchell's Place, Funky Fish Fry
Funky Fish Fry. Photo via Mitchell’s Place’s Facebook

Ready to make the most of your spring? From food and music to shopping and fundraisers, here’s what’s happening in Birmingham during the month of April. 

1. Hack-It Classic

Show off your golf skills during the Hack-It Classic at Topgolf this April. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Whether your golf game is amateur or pro, play your way during the Rotaract Club’s 12th annual Hack-It Classic.

Registration includes:

  • 3 hours of competition
  • Food
  • 2 drink tickets
  • Swag bag

All proceeds from the event benefit Rotary International’s COVID-19 and vaccine-related charitable efforts.

When: Saturday, April 3 + Saturday, April 10
Where: Topgolf Birmingham, 1111 24th St N, Birmingham, AL 35234
Price: $85-$450

2. Bohemian Serenade Concert with Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Alabama Symphony Orchestra always impresses the ears. Photo via ASO

This spring, Alabama Symphony Orchestra is hosting Spring Serenades, for free. Friday-Sunday, April 9-18, watch and listen to the Bohemian Serenade Concert with Conductor Carlos Izcaray.

When: Friday-Sunday, April 9-18
Where: Virtual
Price: FREE

Watch here

Also, catch the Cinematic Strings with Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s virtual concert, Friday-Sunday, April 23-May 2

3. Funky Fish Fry

Mitchell's Place, Funky Fish Fry
Funky Fish Fry. Photo via Mitchell’s Place’s Facebook/Taken before COVID-19

Did you know April is Autism Awareness month? In support of children and adults affected by autism in Birmingham, the Junior Boards of the Autism Society and Mitchell’s Place are hosting their annual Funky Fish Fry. Expect food, drinks and music. 

Safety precautions: all patrons are required to wear a mask upon entering and when moving throughout the venue.Social distancing rules and regulations must be followed at all times. 

When: Saturday, April 10, 11:30AM-5PM
Where: Avondale Brewing Co, 201 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
Price: General Admission – $10 | To-Go Ticket – $15 | Single Ticket – $25 | 2 tickets – $40 | Donation – $20

4. Woodlawn Street Market

Woodlawn Street Market, Rev Bham
Check out local vendors at the Woodlawn Street Market. Photo via Rev Bham’s Facebook

From cool local crafts to tasty treats, visit the Woodlawn Street Market on April 10. Here are just some of the vendors you’ll discover during this beloved urban market:

  • Bemele Candles
  • Camel’s Creations
  • I Got Good Wood
  • The Sweet Life
  • Wild Honey Flower Truck

Safety precautions: masks, reduced vendors and one-way foot traffic.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming 2021 Woodlawn Street Markets: June 12, August 14,  October 16, December 12

When: Saturday, April 10, 10AM-4PM
Where: Woodlawn,
Price: FREE

5. Dark Star Orchestra

Dark Star Orchestra
Dark Star Orchestra is the Grateful Dead cover band you won’t want to miss. Photo via Dark Star Orchestra’s Facebook

On Thursday, April 15, enjoy the outdoors and live music at Avondale Brewing Company with Grateful Dead cover band Dark Star Orchestra.

Safety precautions: Reserved seats are sold in groups of four or eight. When attending event, arrive at your designed time and remain in your assigned pod. Masks and social distancing are required.

When: Thursday, April 15, 6PM
Where: Avondale Brewing Co, 201 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222

6. End Heroin Bham 16.6 Challenge benefiting Addiction Prevention Coalition

Addiction Prevention Coalition
Previous End Heroin Bham Walk in Birmingham. Photo via Addiction Prevention Coalition’s Facebook/Taken before COVID-19

Stat: According to the CDC, 16.6 is the current rate of death by overdose in the state of Alabama. 

To reduce this number and the stigma surrounding Substance Use Disorder, Addiction Prevention Coalition is hosting the virtual End Heroin Bham 16.6 Challenge.

Join the challenge by committing yourself to 16.6 miles, reps, minutes, laps, etc. of running, walking, swimming, meditation or anything you’d like to do to bring awareness to Substance Use Disorder and Overdose in Alabama. 

When: April 16-30
Where: Virtual/Anywhere
Price: $10-$35

7. Honda Indy Grand Prix

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama 2018
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama 2018. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Prepare for the fast and furious. This April 16-18, race to Barber Motorsports for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst. This signature event on the INDYCAR circuit features a 2.38-mile road course with 17 turns and 80 feet of elevation.

When: Friday-Sunday, April 16-18
6040 Barber Motorsports Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35094
Adults – Friday $20, Saturday $35, Sunday $45 | Kids 15 and under – FREE | Onsite Parking – FREE

8. Annual Mutt Strut: Dog-Friendly 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Birmingham, Hand in Paw, Mutt Strut, Homewood Central Park
A glimpse of a previous Mutt Strutt. Photo via Hand in Paw’s Facebook page/Taken before COVID-19

Grab your pup and join Hand in Paw for the 11th annual Mutt Strutt: Dog-Friendly 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. This year’s event will be virtual, so run or walk at your leisure at any location you choose.

Unsure where to get your move on? Hand in Paw is providing several dog-friendly race routes across Birmingham and even curating music playlists to make your virtual race experience a total blast!

Registered participants receive:

  • Swag bag
  • Race day T-shirt
  • Doggie bandana

When: Saturday, April 17, 7-10AM
Where: Virtual
Price: 5K – $30 | 1 Mile Fun Run – $25

9. Magic City Art Connection

Moss Magic
Find amazing work by Celeste Amparo Pfau. Photo via Magic City Art Connection

Magic City Art Connection—one of Birmingham’s most popular art festivals—returns this April. Held at a new location at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, expect:

  • Artists + vendors
  • Food trucks
  • Imagination Festival for kids (Saturday + Sunday only)
  • And more!

When: Friday-Sunday, April 23-25, Gates open daily at 10AM
Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, 20 32nd Street North, Birmingham, Alabama, 35222
Price + Tickets: TBA (To Be Announced) here

10. Corks & Chefs

Magic City Art Connection, Corks & Chefs
Magic City Art Connection. Photo via Bham Now

Taking place during Magic City Art Connection is Corks & Chefs. Showcasing the best local restaurants, wineries, breweries, bars and seminars, it’s the ultimate event for any Birmingham foodie or socialite.

Safety precautions include:

  • Masks on when moving about the venue
  • Masks off only while eating + drinking
  • Social distancing + reserved patron tables
  • One-way traffic through venue with updated tasting station setup and line queuing.

When: Saturday-Sunday, April 24-25, Gates open daily at 10AM
Where: Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, 20 32nd Street North, Birmingham, Alabama, 35222
Price + Tickets: TBA (To Be Announced) here

11. Final Toast: A Final Exam Kickoff Party

Urban Supply
Hurry to the Final Toast at Urban Supply April 24, 2021. Photo via Urban Supply’s Facebook

Are you a student whose put in the hard work during finals? Relax and celebrate the end of the spring semester during Final Toast—a DJ and Instagram party. Expect food, games, energy drinks, gift bags and more.

When: Saturday, April 24, 7PM
Where: Urban Supply, 1301 1st Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35233
Price: FREE

12. Glow on the Green

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham, Glow on the Green
Glow on the Green happens April 2021. Photo via Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham’s Facebook

Step up to the tee this April during Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham’s 7th Annual Glow on the Green. Held at Highland Park Golf Course, this one-of-a-kind event features 18 holes of golf, dinner and lots of fun.

When: Friday, April 30, 4:30-10PM
Where: Highland Park Golf Course, 3300 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205
Single Golfer – $150

13. Red Shoe Run 2021: Rockin’ 5K

Birmingham, Red Shoe Run, Ronald McDonald House Charities
Team excitement after 2017 Red Shoe Run. Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities/Taken before COVID-19

Lace up your favorite sneakers and hit the pavement for the Red Shoe Run 2021: 5K. This beloved fundraiser benefits the guest families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities.

This year’s run will feature a socially-distanced start line for the in-person 5K and 1 mile fun run as well as a virtual option where you can raise funds and awareness wherever you are. Masks will be required for all participants.

When: Saturday, April 24, 7:30AM-Noon
1830 29th Ave S, Homewood, AL US 35209
Price: $20

14. A Night at the Oscars Gala

Mitchell's Place, A Night at the Oscars
A Night at the Oscars. Photo via Mitchell’s Place’s Facebook

This April 24, Mitchell’s Place honors kids and families dealing with autism during the A Night at the Oscars Gala

This year’s 15th annual event will be both virtual and in-person.

To attend virtually, opt for a COVID-friendly ticket which includes:

  • To-go meal
  • Swag bag
  • Access to live stream auction

To attend in-person, purchase a ticket below. Safety precautions include masks, temperature checks and a limited number of guests.  

When: Saturday, April 24, In person – 6PM | Virtual – 6:30PM
Where: The Theodore, 3211 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222
Price: $200

15. Strawberry Day

holmestead farm strawberry 15 April events you won’t want to miss in Birmingham
So yummy. Photo via Irene Richardson for Bham Now

Friday, April 30 is Strawberry Day at Ross Bridge Farmers Market. At this admission-free event, shop local vendors, grub on food trucks and listen to live music by The Divines. 

When: Friday, April 30, 4-8PM
Ross Bridge Farmers Market, 2080 Grand Ave, Birmingham, AL 35226

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Patience Itson
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