20 August events you won’t want to miss around Birmingham

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Birmingham, Birmingham Restaurant Week, Harvest Brunch
Birmingham Restaurant Week. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

From music festivals to fundraisers, plan now for these must-attend August events around Birmingham.

1. Art After 5: Afrofuturism in the Magic City

What: a celebration honoring Afrofuturism in the Magic City, inspired by iconic artist + Birmingham native, Sun Ra. More info.
When:
Friday, August 6 | 5-9PM
Where:
Birmingham Museum of Art
Price: FREE

There's nothing better than discovering new music. Photo by Josh Weichman for Secret Stages
There’s nothing better than discovering new music. Photo via Josh Weichman for Secret Stages

2. Secret Stages Festival

What: a two-day music discovery festival featuring over 50 bands performing on Birmingham stages. Schedule. LineupMore info.
When: Friday August 6-7
Where: Avondale Neighborhood, 2nd Ave S + 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
Price: $35-$100
Tickets

3. Zane Lamprey’s Laughs & Drafts Brewery Tour

What: well-known personality in the ‘travel and drink space’ takes his third standup comedy tour to Birmingham. More info.
When: Sunday, August 8 | 6PM
Where: Birmingham District Brewing Company, 2201 2nd Ave S, #102, Birmingham, AL 35233
Price: General Admission – $25 | VIP – $40
Tickets

Birmingham, Birmingham Restaurant Week, Harvest Brunch
Red Diamond serving up delicious tea at Birmingham Restaurant Week’s Harvest Brunch. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

4. Birmingham Restaurant Week

What: Birmingham’s premier culinary and beverage event that aims to support local restaurants and provide individuals the opportunity to enjoy the South’s most vibrant culinary destination. More info.
When:
Thursday-Sunday, August 12-29
Participating locations and menus

5. Picasso Pets

What: Hand in Paw celebrates 25 years during the 20th annual signature auction, Picasso Pets. More info.
When:
Saturday, August 14 | 6-10PM
Where: Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, Autograph Collection, 2655 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
Price: $250
Tickets

Birmingham, Hammerfest
Chase the rainbow. Photo via Bruno Event Team

6. Birmingham Hammerfest – Fueled by BOLT 24

What: USA CRITS D1 professional cycling teams from across the US race through the streets of Pepper Place in downtown Birmingham. Amateurs, juniors + hand-cyclists will also participate. More info.
When:
Saturday-Sunday, August 14-15 | 2:55-9PM
Where: Pepper Place, 2829 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Register

7. Woodlawn Street Market

What: Shop local vendors and Birmingham businesses in the heart of Woodlawn. Find art, jewelry, clothing, food + more. More info.
When: Saturday, August 14 | 4-8PM
Where: 55 Place, Birmingham, AL 35212 | You can also shop vendors online.
Price: FREE Admission

McWane Science Center, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Donnie’s Lab. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle event. Photo via McWane Science Center

8. McWane Has Turtle Power

What: an exciting exhibit for fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Visiting ninjas-in-training (you!) will master new skills in teamwork, collaboration and problem-solving as they work they way through interactive puzzles, mazes and obstacles. More info coming soon.
When: Saturday, August 14-January 2022 | Wednesday-Friday 9AM-5PM, Saturday 10AM-5PM, Sunday Noon-5PM
Where: McWane Science Center, 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Price: Varies
Tickets

9. Journey to Africa LIVE Dance Production

What: a culturally rich expression of African wisdom passed down from generation to generation portrayed artistically through live performance. More info.
When:
Saturday, August 16 | 6PM
Where: Virginia Samford Theatre, 1116 26th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Price: $15 | Kids 12 and under – FREE
Tickets

10. Kids Korner benefiting YWCA of Central Alabama

What: a fundraising event with music, food, games + more. Proceeds benefit YWCA Central AL’s Child Development Center. More info.
When:
Thursday, August 19 | 6-9PM
Where: Regions Field, 1401 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Price:
Single – $75 | Couples – $125
Tickets

11. Reed Foundation Junior Board Charity Golf Tournament

What: a night of golf, prizes, a hole-in-one competition, dinner & drinks + more in support of GI Cancer. More info.
When:
Thursday, August 19 | 6PM
Where: Topgolf Birmingham, 1111 24th St N, Birmingham, AL 35234
Price: Patron – $40 | Individual – $75
Tickets

The Modern Green Book
Check out The Modern Green Book, the host of TheMGB Culture & Community Fest. Photo via The Modern Green Book

12. TheMGB Culture & Community Fest Honoring Juneteenth

What: Festival honoring the new federally recognized Juneteenth holiday. More info.
When: Saturday, August 21 | Noon-10PM
Where: Legion Field Stadium
Price: $5-$8
Tickets

13. Birmingham Summer Makers Market

What: discover unique, handmade, on-trend items from local vendors. More info.
When: Saturday, August 21 | 10AM-5PM
Where: Haven, 2515 6th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Price: Admission – FREE

14. Back to Hogwarts at McWane Science Center

What: a day of spell casting science.
When: Saturday, August 21 | Wednesday-Friday 9AM-5PM, Saturday 10AM-5PM, Sunday Noon-5PM
Where: McWane Science Center, 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Price: Varies
Tickets

15. L’Chaim 2021

What: Celebration honoring the life of Phyllis Grusin Weinstein, a visionary civic leader in Birmingham’s Jewish + general communities. Special guests: Wolf Blitzer. More info.
When:
Sunday, August 22 | 3-4:30PM
Where: Red Mountain Theatre (1600 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233) + Live Online.
Price: Donations accepted.

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

16. Sidewalk Film Festival

What: annual film festival taking place in Birmingham’s Historic Theatre District. More info.
When:
Monday-Sunday, August 23-29
Where: Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema,
Price: Weekend Pass – $85 | VIP Pass – $245
Tickets

17. Birmingham MiniFest

What: a festival-style event highlighting art, music and community. More info.
When: Friday, August 27-28 | 5:45PM-2AM
Where: Cahaba Brewing Company, 4500 5th Ave S, Building C, Birmingham, AL, 35222
Price: $20 | ($5 additional charge at the door for anyone under 21)
Tickets

Birmingham, Magic City Wine Fest
Photo via Magic City Wine Fest

18. Magic City Wine Fest

What: taste wine + beer from regions across the globe. Restaurants on site will offer food for purchase. A portion of every ticket benefit The Birmingham Zoo. More info.
When:
Saturday, August 28 | 6-9PM
Where: The Birmingham Zoo
Price: General Admission – $49 | VIP – $79
Tickets

19. Battle of the Bands

What: music, a food truck village, cash bar + live entertainment as local bands battle to see who’s best. More info.
When:
Saturday, August 28 | 6PM
Where: Trussville Civic Center, 5381 Trussville Clay Rd, Trussville, AL 35173
Register to participate
Price: Admission – FREE

smiles, kids running 5K
Smiles abound on the R(un) for One 5K. Photo via Lifeline Children’s Services

20. R(un) For One 5K

What: a multi-state race where communities from across the US run on the same day with one common goal: to provide for the needs of unadopted children around the world. More info.
When: Saturday, August 28 | 1-4PM
Where: Veterans Park, 4800 Valleydale Rd, Birmingham, AL 35216
Price: 8AM 5K – $30 | 1 Mile Fun R(un) – $15
Register

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