23 Birmingham area festivals and events to look forward to this spring

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Ross Bridge Spring Fling Market coming soon in March. (Ross Bridge Farmers Market on Facebook)

Looking forward to sunnier days ahead? So are we. From fried chicken to face painting, we’ve got plenty of fun-filled events that you need to mark on your calendar. Keep reading for all the details.

1. Bham Be Brunchin

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. Catch the 90s R&B vibes and sip on a mimosa. (Jacob Blankenship/Bham Now)
  • What: A 90s R&B themed brunch with music by JayDott, Soul Food buffet, champagne specials, a cash bar and more.
  • When: Sunday Feb. 20th | 12-4PM
  • Where: The Pizitz Food Hall, 1821 2nd Ave N #3112, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Ticket price: Starting at $40—buy tickets here

2. Mom’s Basement Mardi Gras Chicken Parade

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Who doesn’t love a good parade? (Mom’s Basement on Facebook)
  • What: Enjoy live jazzy music from Chad Fisher and His Brass Band and free fried chicken at the 3rd annual Mom’s Mardi Gras Chicken Parade. The parade will start at the new Ghost Train location and end at Cahaba Brewing, with an after party at Mom’s Basement.
  • When: Sat. Feb. 26th | Parade starts at 6PM; After party goes until 2AM.
  • Where: Parade starting at the new Ghost Train Brewing location—3501 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Ticket price: Free
  • Note: Looking to strut your stuff in the parade? Email chickens@momsbham.com for float details.

3. Vintage Market Days in Birmingham

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With over 90 vendors, you’re bound to find your next fave treasure. (@vintagemarketdaysofbhammetro on Instagram)
  • What: An all-indoors market featuring over 90 dealers with unique vintage & antique goods, handmade treasures, clothing & jewelry and much more.
  • When: Thurs.-Sat. March 3-5th | 10AM-4PM
  • Where: The Finley Center—5508 Stadium Trace Pkwy, Hoover, AL 35244
  • Ticket price: Starting at $11, Children 12 and under admitted free of charge—buy tickets here. Cash and credit card accepted at the gate. Once purchased, your ticket is good for re-entry into the event all weekend.

4. North Arts Council Spring Arts and Crafts Show

  • What: A free arts and crafts show featuring over 80 booths filled with handmade goods—this show features handmade arts and crafts only.
  • When: Fri. March 11th | 9AM-6PM
  • Where: Gardendale Civic Center
  • Ticket price: Free admission and free parking

5. Ross Bridge Spring Fling Market

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Views from the Ross Bridge Farmers Market. (Ross Bridge Farmers Market on Facebook)
  • What: A free community event supporting local farmers, artisans & more with live music, food trucks, local shopping and free kid’s activities.
  • When: Saturday March 19th | 1-5PM
  • Where: 2101 Grand Ave, Hoover, AL 35226
  • Ticket price: Free admission

6. Carol’s Trunk Show: Pop-up Sip and Shop

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Sip on your favorite District brew while supporting local. (Bham Now)

7. Magic City Fried Chicken Festival

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We love us some fried chicken here in Bham. (Eugene’s/Champ Creative Co.)
  • What: Judges and the audience will vote for the best chicken in the Magic City, while you enjoy local vendors, live music, food trucks and of course, plenty of fried chicken. Event proceeds go to C.A.S.E.D, a nonprofit that provides educational after school programming to local youth.
  • When: Sat. March 19th | 1-5PM
  • Where: Good People Brewing
  • Ticket price: $7-10 Purchase tickets here

8. Corbin Farms Winery Spring Wine Festival

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Wine lovers—this ones for you. (@corbinfarmswinery on Instagram)
  • What: A come-and-go style wine festival with local vendors, food trucks, live music, grape stomping, food and wine from CFW and some great gear to help kick off spring in the South.
  • When: Sat. April 9th | 11AM-8PM
  • Where: Corbin Farms Winery—800 County Road 87 Calera, AL 35040
  • Ticket price: Tickets are $24 for adults (21+) or $7 for children(<21)—buy tickets here. Ticket prices will increase day of to $30 for adults and $10 for children
  • Ticket Info-Adult tickets include a drink ticket, grape stomp ticket, Corbin Cash (valid towards any purchase made with the winery on 04/09/22) and several other items in a Corbin Farms tote bag. Kid’s tickets include a grape stomp ticket and a free soft drink.

9. Cahabaque

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All event proceeds fuel lifesaving breast cancer research. (Bham Now)
  • What: Join Cahaba Brewing Co. and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama in this annual BBQ cook-off. Guests can try all-you-can-eat samples from each team’s BBQ offerings and vote for their favorite while enjoying craft beer and live music.
  • When: Sat. April 9th | 1PM
  • Where: Cahaba Brewing Co.—4500 5th Ave S Building C, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Ticket price: Tickets on sale March 1. GA tickets are $15 in advance for ages 11+. Price increases to $20 at the gate. Children 10 & under are free. 
  • VIP Tickets ($50) include access to the Redmont Distillery VIP Lounge, early entry to the event beginning at 12 PM (first dibs on the ‘que!), private bathrooms (no need to wait in line), swag bag, and beer and liquor tastings throughout the day (while supplies last).

10. Darterfest at Avondale Brewing Co.

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Event proceeds support the Southern Environmental Center and their programs at Turkey Creek. (Bham Now)
  • What: Support and celebrate the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve with live music, food and drinks, kid’s activities, and more. Current music guests include Faith Apostolic Choir and DJ Rob, with food from Eugene’s Hot Chicken and Avondale Burger Co.—more to come.
  • When: Sun. April 10th | 12-5PM
  • Where: Avondale Brewing Co.—201 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Ticket price: Advance GA tickets are $10, and advance VIP tickets – which include food and drinks from Luna and prime indoor seating – are $50. Tickets will be $15 for general and $60 for VIP at the door. Purchase here.

11. Back Forty’s Outdoor Day

  • What: Join Back Forty Beer Co. for a day of fun dedicated to spending time outdoors. Enjoy vendors, live music and of course, plenty of beer. More details to come.
  • When: Saturday April 16th | Doors open at 11AM, Live music from Early James 3-6PM, Event ends at 6PM
  • Where: Back Forty Beer Co
  • Ticket price: Free admission

12. Gardendale Magnolia Festival

  • What: The Annual Gardendale Magnolia Festival is an award-winning family friendly event with over 150 vendors, two stages of live entertainment, a dog parade, midway-style carnival, car show, free kid zone, petting zoo and more.
  • When: Fri. April 22-Sat. April 23
  • Where: Gardendale Civic Center
  • Ticket price: Free admission and parking

13. Magic City Art Connection

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Support local artists at MCAC. (Bham Now)
  • What: Come out for the 39th year of Magic City Art Connection, presenting around 150 fine artists from the region and around the country to visitors hungry for art, culture, creativity, entertainment, food and fun. All mediums, styles and price points will be represented.
  • When: Fri. April 22-24
  • Where: Sloss Furnaces-20 32nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Ticket price: $10 advance tickets, $12 at gate. Kids 15 and under free. Purchase here.

14. Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues Fest

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Sit back, relax and enjoy the blues and BBQ. (Bob Sykes BBQ)
  • What: Bring a chair and a picnic blanket to set up a spot and enjoy live blues music and Bob Sykes BBQ. Plus, there will be plenty of vendors, drinks and family fun.
  • When: Sat. April 30th | 12-8PM. Gates open at 11AM.
  • Where: DeBardeleben Park—1623 2nd Avenue North Bessemer, AL 35020
  • Ticket price: General Admission tickets are $20 in advance; $25 day of festival. Purchase here.

15. Episcopal Place Gumbo Gala

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Who has the best gumbo? You be the judge! (Gumbo Gala)
  • What: Gumbo Gala is the annual fundraiser for Episcopal Place, where 40 cook teams battle it out to determine who has the best gumbo in Birmingham. This friendly competition draws thousands of guests every year with free samples, live music and beverages.
  • When: Sat. April 30th
  • Where: Cahaba Brewing Co.
  • Ticket price: $20—purchase tickets here. Consider making an additonal donation to Episcopal Place.

16. Do Dah Day Festival

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Dress up your pup for Do Dah Day. (Do Dah Day)
  • What: Do Dah Day is an annual festival that rasies money for local animal shelters. Bring your four-legged friends and party with pups, live music, food trucks and vendors. More information to come.
  • When: May 2022—date TBD
  • Details: Ticket prices and location have not yet been confirmed for 2022. Keep an eye out for updates on their website and Facebook!

17. Trussville Makers Market

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The market will take place at Ferus Artisan Ales in Trussville. (Jacob Blankenship/Bham Now).
  • What: The first ever Trussville Makers Market will feature local artisans and their works. More details to come soon.
  • When: Sun. May 1st | 12-4PM
  • Where: Ferus Artisan Ales—101 Beech St Suite 111, Trussville, AL 35173
  • Ticket price: Free admission

18. Homestead Hollow Festival

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Rope making at Homestead Hollow. (@homesteadhollow on Instagram)
  • What: Homestead Hollow features fine arts, one of a kind handmade crafts, pioneer demonstrations, whiskey making, cabin tours, live music, delicious food, kid’s events and much more.
  • When: Sat. May 13-15th | 9AM-5PM
  • Where: Homestead Hollow—1161 Murphrees Valley Rd Springville, AL 35146
  • Ticket price: Ages 2 and under—free; Ages 3-12—$5; Adults—$10; Adult groups of 20 or more—$6 each

19. Helena’s Buck Creek Festival

What: This family-friendly annual event raises funds that go right back to the Helena community with crafts, children’s activities, great food, fabulous music and tons of vendors.
When: Fri. May 13-14
Where: Helena Amphitheater Park—4151 Helena Rd, Helena, AL 35080
Ticket price: Free admission

20. 5th Annual Magic City Wine Fest

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Get your wine on. (@magiccitywinefest on Instagram)
  • What: The Magic City Wine fest offers beer and of course, wine selections, from different regions across the globe. Taste around the world while supporting the Birmingham Zoo.
  • When: Sat. May 14th | 6-9PM
  • Where: The Birmingham Zoo
  • Ticket price: Non-drinking guests $20, General admission $49 including admission, a free souvenir wine glass, a passport brochure, and a donation to the Birmingham Zoo. $79 VIP—Purchase tickets here

21. 2022 ALBC Crawfish Boil

  • What: Head over to Ghost Train Brewing for the 3rd Annual Alabama Bourbon Club Crawfish Boil. They will have crawfish from Craw Daddy Dave, beer from Ghost Train, Boston Butts and a bourbon bottle share table.
  • When: Sat. May 14th | 6-9PM
  • Where: Ghost Train Brewing—2616 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Ticket price: General admission $70—100% proceeds go to Crohn’s and Colitis. Buy tickets here.

22. Druid City Arts Festival

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Two days of celebrating local artists. (Druid City Arts Festival)
  • What: DCAF features artists of several different mediums with the goal of educating, engaging, and inspiring both youth and adults about the arts and humanities within the Tuscaloosa community. There will be two days of art, music, food and fun.
  • When: Fri. May 20-Sat. May 21 | Fri. 5-9PM, Sat. 10AM-5PM
  • Where: Government Plaza—Downtown Tuscaloosa
  • Ticket price: Free admission

23. Pelham Palooza

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Get in on the fun. (Pelham Palooza)
  • What: Pelham Palooza in the Park features fun for the whole family—including your pups. Walking trails, a dog park, live music, food trucks, vendors and fun kid’s activities are all part of the event.
  • When: Sat. May 21st | 10AM-4PM
  • Where: Trail system at Pelham Recreation Center
  • Ticket price: Free admission and parking

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