25 May events in Birmingham, including Do Dah Day—plan now

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Good times in one photo. Photo via Facebook

May is here and events are picking up speed. Plan for an exciting month with these local events popping in Birmingham.

1. Stars Fell on Alabama

What to Expect: a never-before-seen virtual Spring Serenades concert series with Alabama Symphony Orchestra. More info.

When: Now-Tuesday, May 16, 24-hour streaming
Where: Virtual
Price: FREE
Donate here
Watch here

2. Pre-Launch Event: BOMBINGHAM A Day of Reckoning

What to Expect: a virtual pre-launch Facebook live event with author Earl Muir. Meet the author, ask questions and win prizes. More info.

When: Tuesday, May 11, 6:30PM
Where: Virtual
Price: FREE
Watch via Facebook live

3. Red Mountain Theatre Parkside Concert Series

Red Mountain Theatre
Check out Red Mountain Theatre Company’s new Arts Campus on Highand Ave in Birmingham. Photo via Red Mountain Theatre’s Facebook

What to Expect: two weekends of notable concerts on the stages of Red Mountain Theatre Company to celebrate their new Arts Campus on Highland Ave. More info.

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, May 13-June, 7:30PM + 8PM
Where: Red Mountain Theatre, 2130 Highland Ave 2nd floor, Birmingham, AL 35205
Price: $10
Tickets

4. Birmingham Heart Walk with American Heart Association

What to Expect: a virtual Move More Challenge to raise funds and awareness for the American Heart Association. More info.

When: Thursday, May 13-Saturday, June 12
Where: Anywhere
Price: FREE to participate | Fundraising requested
Register

5. Storybook Adventure Hunt

What to Expect: a unique outdoor scavenger hunt with Birmingham Children’s Theatre that sends you on a journey to find your favorite storybook characters at different locations around Birmingham. Scavenger hunt clues are sent via email the day of the event. More info.

When: Saturday, May 15, 9:30AM-12:30PM
Where: Around Birmingham
Price: $25 per family
Tickets

6. 15th Annual Spring Scramble 5K

What to Expect: a 5K road race (+ optional Virtual 5K) hosted by UAB Pediatrics Residency Program and Children’s of Alabama. Proceeds from the event benefit the Coat of Arms. Enjoy music, games and raffle prizes after the race. More info.

When: Saturday, May 15-Saturday, 22, 5-7PM
Where: Trak Shak Homewood, 2839 18th St S, Birmingham, AL 35209
Price: UAB/Children’s of AL Employees – $25 | General Public – $30
Register

7. Cahaba Lily Festival Virtual

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The beautiful Cahaba Lily. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

What to Expect: a virtual festival celebrating the blooming of the Cahaba Lily—an aquatic plant native to the Birmingahm area. More info.

When: Saturday, May 15
Where: Virtual via YouTube
Price: FREE
Watch here

8. Pelham Palooza

What to Expect: local live music and vendors, food trucks and Kidszapalooza with rides, games and more. More info.

When: Saturday, May 15, 10AM-4PM
Where: The Trails at Pelham Park
Admission: FREE

9. Creek Bank Festival

What to Expect: live music, kids’ activities, Creek Bark Dog Pageant, food and shopping vendors, 5th Annual Cruising the Creek Car Show and more. More info.

When: Saturday, May 15, 10AM-4PM
Where: Leeds Memorial Park, 1159 Montevallo Rd SW, Leeds, AL 35094
Admission: FREE

10. Do Dah Day

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Doggie smiles during Do Dah Day in Birmingham. Photo via @dodahday

What to Expect: live music, cute animals, food, vendors and more. Proceeds benefit local area animal shelters. More info.

When: Saturday, May 15, 11AM-6PM
Where: Cahaba Brewing Company, 4500 5th Ave S, Building C, Birmingham, AL 35222
Price: $5 in advance | $8 at the gate
Tickets

11. Don’t Rock the Jukebox

What to Expect: a honky-tonkin’ good time with Birmingham 90’s country cover band Don’t Rock the Jukebox. More info.

When: Saturday, May 15, 6:30-10:30PM
Where: Ferus Artisan Ales, 101 Beech St, Trussville, AL 35173
Admission: FREE
Register

12. The Market at Pepper Place

Time to stock up on your local fruits, veggies, baked goods and more. Photo via The Market at Pepper Place’s Facebook

What to Expect: AL farmers, local vendors and more. More info.

When: Saturday, May 15, 22 + 29, 7AM-Noon
Where: Pepper Place, 2829 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Admission: FREE

13. Opera Shots

What to Expect: a pop-up concert and street party with Opera Birmingham on Birmingham’s Second Avenue North in front of The Collins Bar.

Guest artists include: Savannah Bracewell, Chris Farley, Alie B. Gorrie, Dylan Hughes, Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, Emily Jaworski Koriath, Samuel Robertson, Macy Rowland, Joylyn Rushing, Allison Sanders, Jonathan Michael Smith, and Angela Yoon, accompanied by Christy Vest on piano.

Performances include selections from: The Barber of Seville, La Bohème, Tosca, Carmen, Hamilton, A Little Night Music, La Rondine, Into the Woods, Porgy and Bess, South Pacific and more.

Food and beverages available for purchase at The Collins Bar.

More info.

When: Sunday, May 16, 2-4:30PM
Where: The Collins Bar, 2125 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Price: FREE
Donate

14. Building Alabama Reinvestment (BAR) 2021 Virtual Conference

What to Expect: a virtual conference with Building Alabama Reinvestment (BAR) with training sessions, dynamic speakers and experts as they help guide the needs of nonprofits and bridge the gaps with financial institutions. More info.

When: Tuesday, May 18, 9-11:30AM
Where: Virtual
Register

15. Zoo Brews: Drafts at a Distance

Birmingham Zoo
Zoo, Brews at the Birmingham Zoo. Photo via The Birmingham Zoo

What to Expect: a stroll through The Birmingham Zoo while enjoying an amazing selection of beverages from the finest specialty brews and wines across Alabama and the southeast. Food trucks will also be on site and the Zoo’s Wild Burger Restaurant will serve light concessions—all for an additional cost. Nonalcoholic beverages will also be available. Ages 21+ only. More info.

When: Friday, May 21, 5-8PM
Where: The Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
Price: Designated Driver – $15 | General Admission – $35
Tickets

16. Grieg’s Holberg Suite Virtual Concert

What to Expect: soft and enchanting music from Alabama Smyphony Orchestra in a never-before-seen virtual Spring Serenades concert series. More info.

When: Friday, May 21-Sunday, May 30, 24-hour streaming
Where: Virtual
Price: FREE
Donate to ASO
Watch here

17. Songs On The Sand 

What to Expect: an outdoor concert by the lake with food trucks, beverages and live music. Bands include: The Swingin Medallions, Telluride, The Tams, The Coasters and The Drifters. More info.

When: Friday, May 21, 5-11PM
Where: Oak Mountain State Park, 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124
Price: $50
Tickets

18. Mardi Gras Reclaimed

What to Expect: a virtual fun run, golf tournament, dinner + drinks, plus live music from The Beatlads—all benefiting Easterseals. More info.

When: Saturday, May 22
Where: Virtual Fun Run – participate anywhere May 17-22 | Golf Tournament, Highland Golf Course, 3300 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205
Price: Fun Run/Walk/Crawl – $25 | Golf Tournament (1 Golfer) – $130 | Golf Tournament (1 Golfer) + Fun Run $145 | Golf Tournament (Team of 4) – $500 | Golf Tournament (Team of 4 + Fun Run) – $560
Register

19. Silhouette Artist Edward Casey

What to Expect: former top-selling artist with Walt Disney World, Edward Casey, creates handcut classic silhouettes. More info.

When: May 23, 1-4PM
Where: Pottery Barn Kids at The Summit, 300 Summit Blvd, #102, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243
Price: Admission – $10 | 1st Silhouette – $35 | Additional copies – $15
Tickets

20. Birmingham Barons Baseball

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Birmingham Barons pitcher Matt Foster. Photo via Birmingham Barons

What to Expect: baseball games at Regions Field with the Birmingham Barons. Check out the full schedule featuring promotional days like:

  • Superhero night
  • T-Shirt Tuesdays
  • Thirsty Thursays
  • Family Sundays
  • And more!

When: Dates + Times Vary Throughout May
Where:
Regions Field, 1401 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Price:
Tickets

21. Comedy Open Mic

What to Expect: entertainment and laughs from local comedians of all kinds and experience levels. More info.

When: Monday, May 24, 5-7PM
Where: The Fig Tree (Cahaba Heights), 3160 Cahaba Heights Rd, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243
Price: FREE

22: Preserve Farmers Market at Preserve Way (Hoover)

What to Expect: a community event supporting local farmers, artisans and more. Food trucks will be on site. Live music from Sutton Smith. More info.

When: Thursday, May 27, 4-7PM
Where: The Preserve, 616 Preserve Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35226
Admission: FREE

23. Ross Bridge Farmers Market

What to Expect: a community event supporting local farmers, artisans and more. Food trucks will be on site. Live music from Kat Fowler. More info.

When: Friday, May 28, 4-8PM
Where: Ross Bridge Farmers Market, 2080 Grand Ave, Birmingham, AL 35226
Admission: FREE

24. Aj Beavers + the Band

A.J. Beavers
A.J. Beavers. Photo via A.J. Beavers Music’s Facebook

What to Expect: live music from local musicians AJ Beavers, Macey Taylor, Mark Kimbrell and Michael Shackelford. All ages welcome. More info.

When: Saturday, May 29, 5:30-9:30PM
Where: Ferus Artisan Ales, 101 Beech St, Ste 111, Trussville, AL 35173
Price: FREE

25. Mega Car Show

What to Expect: muscles, classics, imports, exotics and bikes all on display. More info.

When: Saturday, May 29, 2-5PM
Where: Gardendale First Baptist Church, 940 Main St, Gardendale AL 35071
Price: FREE

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