15 fun things you’ve never tried in Birmingham that you need to in 2022

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Have you been to the Linn-Henley Research Library? Photo by Matthew Nibblett for Bham Now.

Make 2022 your year by doing fun things you’ve never tried around Birmingham. Keep reading to get all the deets.

1. Birmingham Rage Room

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Smash your new year’s expectations. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Need to smash away any end-of-year anger you may be harboring? Release that rage by heading over to the Birmingham Rage Room. It’s a fun and great way to relieve stress by breaking, smashing and raging—you’ll also wear safety gear provided by them.

2. Try a painting class

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Getting ready for class. Photo via Studio By the Track’s Facebook page

Embrace your inner artist by signing up for a painting class. Try these exciting art classes around Birmingham:

  • Improve language skills, music, writing, photography and calligraphy at the Samford Academy of the Arts.
  • Create a work of art with step-by-step instructions at Sip N Stokes. Grab a friend and a glass of wine and get to painting!
  • The gallery Studio By the Tracks offers asrt classes for adults on the spectrum.

3. Birmingham City Brew Tour

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Get in Bham, we’re going brew hopping. Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

You’ll love Birmingham City Brew Tour, the Magic City’s ultimate craft beer experience. Tap into this tour as they drive into the history and taste of Birmingham craft beer.

4. Ghost Tour

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Wolfgang Poe, owner of The Birmingham Historic Touring Company. Photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

Calling all history and spooky story lovers! If you’ve never tried Birmingham’s Ghost Walk, then this year is your time to discover the mysteries of this city. This 90-minute tour covers churches, historic buildings and mysterious murders. Get spooked, Birmingham.

5. Cemetery Tours at Oak Hill

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Sunrise at Oak Hill Cemetery. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Learn a little bit about the 150 historic years of Birmingham by booking a cemetery tour. Every Saturday Oak Hill offers a public tour, so you can learn the rich history of our buried past.

6. Hang out at Birmingham Public Library Archives

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Embrace the dark academia aesthetic the Linn-Henley Research Library. Photo by Matthew Nibblett for Bham Now.

If you’ve never tried exploring the archives with friends at BPL, then now is your chance. Learn about Jewish history, LGBTQ+ life and labor movements that occurred in Birmingham.

Birmingham libraries need your support and visiting the archives is a great way to sustain the libraries.

  • Location: Central 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 9AM-6PM
  • Website

7. Art gallery opening

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Visit AEIVA in 2022. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The art scene in Birmingham stays winning. Visit one—or all—of Birmingham’s art galleries. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Scott Miller Project on Morris Avenue brings art from all over the US so we can experience a wide range of passionate art. They recently featured Rosoe Hall’s Jerusalem Heights, a creative commentary on being Black in America
  • Not only does UAB’s AEIVA feature student works, but riveting pieces from all over. Check out what their exhibits are on display now.
  • Art Alley features local and regional artists. You can find anything from abstract paintings to unique scultptures.

8. Cooking class

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Cooking classes: Italian Edition. Photo via Cooking with Culture.

Spice up your kitchen skills with these local cooking classes around Birmingham. Eat something you’ve never tried before!

  • Cooking with Culture offers authentic Italian dishes for you to perfecr.
  • Serve up a Sushi platter with Birmingham Sushi classes.

9. (small batch) tastings

Birmingham foodies, this one is for you. (small batch) offers an innovative tasting experience where you can try some of the best foods in Birmingham. Reserve a ticket for 2022.

10. The World Games

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World Games mural at Oak Mountain State Park. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now.

The moment we’ve all been waiting for: the World Games will finally open this summer 2022. Check out the 14 venues in Birmingham, then grab your ticket to the most accessible sporting event ever.

  • Location: Birmingham, AL
  • Hours: July 7-17, 2022

11. Legion Game

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Meet your bucket list goal. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now.

Make your way to the new Protective Stadium to watch your fave soccer team Hammer Down opponents. Grab your tickets for Legion FC’s 2022 season.

12. Squadron Game

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Birmingham Squadron’s first home game at the newly-renovated Legacy Arena. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Add visiting the new and improved Legacy arena to your bucket list, especially if you’ve never tried going to a Squadron game. Support Birmingham’s newest professional basketball team in 2022. Squad up!

13. Golf at Cinderella’s Story

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Swing into things you’ve never tried before. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now.

Play a round of golf at Avondale Brewery’s Cinderella Story. Book your tee time with a small group of friends and putt the night away. Did we mention they’ll be snacks and beer?

14. UAB Football at the NEW Protective Stadium

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Blaze on. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

If you didn’t make it to a UAB football game this year, you still have time to get a ticket for their 2022 season. The best part—the new Protective Stadium is home to the Blazers, so celebrate a good game and a new stadium.

15. Drag shows

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Christmas is a drag. Photo via AIDS Alabama

If you’ve never experienced the fabulous time that’s a drag show, then add this to your 2022 bucket list. Watch these girls slay the house down at these various events:

  • You may know this RuPaul drag queen as the pickle queen, but this year she’s coming to the Lyric Theatre serving up American Woman.
  • Every year AIDS Alabama puts on a Christmas drag show. Don’t miss this fabulous wonderland show.
  • Support local drag queens at Al’s on Seventh every Friday night. Follow their Facebook for all the deets.
  • Keep up with Central Alabama Pride to stay updated on all the events.
  • Tropicaleo sometimes hosts a Dine N Drag event. Follow their Facebook to keep up with any other drag events they might have.

What’s on your bucket list? Let us know by tagging us @bhamnow.

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Summer Guffey

Art enthusiast and expert on all things tea.

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