11 things to do this weekend April 30-May 2 including a strawberry festival

Queen's Park, Port Cobbler
Queen’s Park, Port Cobbler. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The weekend is here and there’s so much to do. With festivals, food trucks and more, read on for how to spend April 30-May 2 in Birmingham. Psst! Play it safe—check safety precautions before venturing out and about. 

This Weekend in the Magic City

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Make your garden grow

The perfect plants await you at the Annual Spring Plant Sale at Aldridge Gardens. Find yours Friday, April 30 from 9AM-5PM and Saturday, May 1 from 8:30AM-Noon. Admission is FREE.

Going, going, gone!

The Birmingham housing market is booming! Check out New Listings this weekend and find your home sweet home. 


The Pizitz is partnering with Color Bham and local Birmingham mural artist Marcus Fetch to install a new courtyard community mural. Join them on Saturday, May 1 between 11AM + 5PM for the Color Bham Community Mural event at The Pizitz and help further beautify the city.

We ❤️ Homewood

May kicks off with a POW with We Love Homewood Day on Saturday the 1st. The day gets a running start with a 5K, followed by a colorful Chalk Art Show by Homewood Rotary Club, games and rides at Central Park, a parade and street dancing. More details.

Spice up your weekend

The annual MortgageBanc Chili Cook-off benefiting The Exceptional Foundation is back—and it’s spicier than ever before. Taking place Saturday, May 1 from 10:30AM-3PM at Brookwood Village (Macy’s upper parking lot), enjoy live music, a kid zone and ALL THE CHILI you can eat! Tickets are $15. (Kids 12 and under are FREE.) 

This food truck is 🔥

Alabama’s first Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck is taking up permanent residence in the Magic City. Devour everything from lobster tacos to lobster grilled cheese when you visit the truck at Cahaba Brewing Company on Saturday, May 1 between 5PM + 9PM. Get a peek behind the famous food truck here.

It’s ‘berry’ delicious!

Mark your calendar for the sweetest event of the season—the Cullman Strawberry Festival on Saturday, May 1 from 10AM-9PM at Festhalle Farmer’s Market + Depot Park. This ‘berry’ delicious event offers it all including farmers market, kids’ carnival, baking competition, food vendors, live music, strawberry eating contest, strawberry bucket hoisting contest, corn hole tournament and more. Admission is FREE. 

Stop, watch + listen

Support Alabama Waldorf School in the virtual AW Fest livestream watch and listen party on Saturday, May 1 from 5-7PM. This radio-style benefit concert pulls out all the stops with food, drinks, a silent auction and music performances from 10 artists. Some on the list: Paul Janeway of St. Paul & the Broken BonesWill Stewart and Sarah Lee LangfordTickets are $15.

Hammer Down!

On Saturday, May 1 at 6:30PM, Birmingham Legion takes to the field in the season opener against Indy Eleven. Grab your tickets now

1st Sunday happenings

Get your eat on this Sunday, May 2 during the First Sunday Food Truck Tour at The Preserve in Hoover. From Noon-5PM, expect tasty food, vendors and entertainment. Admission is FREE. 

Sippin’ on cloud wine

Discover and sample beaucoups of wine (and food trucks!) at Hop City during Wine Down with Red Mountain Park on Sunday, May 2 from 1-4PM. Proceeds from ticket sales support Red Mountain Park operations. Tickets are $60. Buy now

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Coming Up Next Weekend

Mercedes Benz Gardens
We’re blooming with great vibes, thanks to our new plants from Sweet Peas Garden Shop! Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

🔸 Friday, May 7: Live Trivia Nights @ Grand River Drive-In (Leeds). 7-9PM.

🔸 Saturday, May 8: Mother’s Day Market @ Cahaba Brewing Co. Noon-5PM. FREE. 

🔸 Sunday-Saturday, May 9-15: Virtual Run for a Reason 5K benefiting Sozo Children @ Sozo Children. $30-$35. Sign up.

🔸 Saturday-Sunday, May 8-9: Spring 2021 Native Plant Sale @ Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Sat. 10AM-4PM, Sun. Noon-4PM. FREE.

For even more going on this weekend in The Magic City, check out Now the Weekend—Video Edition.

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Patience Itson
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