5 reasons you should attend Birmingham Artwalk, Sep. 10-11

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Mark your calendars now. Photo via Birmingham Artwalk

Birmingham Artwalk is back, and trust us—you don’t want to miss this. On Friday, September 10 from 5-10PM and Saturday, September 11 from 10AM-6PM, you can celebrate everything that makes Birmingham magical in a free two-day arts festival. Keep reading for 5 reasons you’ll want to add Birmingham Artwalk to your calendar.

1. Birmingham Artwalk is a FREE two-day art festival

Birmingham Artwalk
It’s time to close down the streets to celebrate art in Birmingham. Photo via Birmingham Artwalk

Is there anything better than a fun weekend exploring Birmingham? A weekend that combines exploring Birmingham with supporting local artists—for FREE. At Birmingham Artwalk, you’ll be able to see artists’ work in existing businesses and residential buildings. There’s easy access to surrounding businesses for a day of art, food and exploring local businesses. That means Birmingham Artwalk is a win for patrons, artists *and* business owners.

This year, Birmingham Artwalk is in a new location in the shady streets of 20th Street between 1st Avenue North and 3rd Avenue North, so you can still check out downtown Birmingham’s diverse businesses while gaining a new perspective on the beloved event..

  • What: Birmingham Artwalk
  • When: Friday, September 10 5-10PM | Saturday, September 11 10AM-6PM
  • Where: 20th Street from 1st Avenue North to 3rd Avenue North
  • Price: FREE

2. Support local artists

Whether you make it or enjoy it, Birmingham’s arts scene is truly inspiring. At the Artwalk, you can explore and purchase work from over 100 visual artists, with options ranging from paintings to jewelry. Here’s a glimpse at a few of the artists whose work will be on display:

  • Catherine Mae Beaton: Catherine is a Birmingham-based artist whose mixed media works have been shown internationally.
  • Michelle Carter: Michelle of Short & Stout Pottery creates ceramics that are as beautiful as they are useful.
  • John Heath: John and his wife carve wood relief pictures mainly focusing on animals, birds and religious themes.

3. Enjoy fun for the whole fam with live music + kids’ activities

Artwalk KidZone
Your child’s artistic journey starts now. Photo via Birmingham Artwalk

Nothing’s better than an event the whole family can enjoy, right? There’s truly something for everyone at this year’s Artwalk.

Jam out to music in the streets throughout the event, and make sure to bring kids along on Saturday for the Artwalk KidZone. From 10AM to 6PM in front of Bistro Two Eighteen, children can create “make and take” arts and crafts—the perfect activity for the budding artist in your family.

4. Dig into delish food at Eat in the Streets

Eat in the streets at Artwalk
Art + food = the perfect weekend. Photo via Birmingham Artwalk

As a major foodie, I love any chance I can get to try new restaurants and eat something tasty. Birmingham Artwalk is partnering with Eat in the Streets to close off 20th Street and turn it into one big dining room. Grab a bite from one of the restaurants in the area like Trattoria Za Za, Bistro Two Eighteen or Paramount, then join your friends for an evening of outdoor dining surrounded by art.

5. Sip on refreshing drinks

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Cool off with a Muchacho while you enjoy the art. Photo via Birmingham Artwalk

Looking for a cool cocktail or local beer? Check out a few of the options you can savor while you browse the local art. The John Daly Remix is calling my name!

  • Craft beer: Avondale Mosey Lager, Good People Muchacho, Avondale Brunch Punch & Good People IPA | $5
  • John Daly Remix: Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Red Diamond Peach Tea & Lemonade | $7
  • Tito’s All American Lemonade: Tito’s Handmade Vodka & Lemonade | $7
  • Tito’s All Time Favorite: Tito’s Handmade Vodka & Liquid Death Sparkling Soda | $7

Plus, you can visit the Red Diamond “Sweet Ride” for complimentary coffee and tea. Looking for a nonalcoholic beverage? Birmingham Artwalk’s featured alcohol-free choice, Liquid Death, will be the perfect refreshment.

What are you looking forward to most at Birmingham Artwalk? Tag @BhamNow + @bhamartwalk on Instagram and let us know!

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