25 Birmingham events that will make your May amazing

Ferus Artisan Ales
Toast to the month of May. (Ferus Artisan Ales / Facebook)

From festivals to fundraisers, there are great things ahead for the month of May. To fill your planner with things to do, check out our roundup of the top 25 events taking place around Birmingham.

1. May Day Festival and Gem Show

What: A spring + summer shopping celebration with food vendors, art, performances + more. More info.
When: Sunday, May 1 | 2-6PM
Where: Ritual + Shelter, 2900 18th St S, Ste 110, Homewood, Alabama 35209
Cost: Free to attend

2. Wine Down with Red Mountain Park

Hop City
Drinks for a cause. (Hop City Craft Beer and Wine / Facebook)

What: A sampling event with 100+ different wines poured by knowledgeable wine industry reps, plus food trucks. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Red Mountain Park. Bonus: The first 100 tickets holders will receive a special Wine Down with Red Mountain Park wine glass. More info.
Sunday, May 1 | 1:30-4PM
Hop City Birmingham, 2924 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Cost: Pre-event $50 | At Door $60 | VIP $85

3. Weim & Cheese Fundraiser benefiting Weimaraner Rescue of the South

What: Weimaraner Rescue of the South’s 20 year celebration and fundraising event featuring a silent auction, live music, heavy appetizers + bar. More info.
When: Sunday, May 1 | 3-6PM
Where: Gabrella Manor, 8912 4th Ave S B, Birmingham, AL 35206
Cost: $50

4. La Bohème

What: Live “The Bohemian Life” in Opera Birmingham’s newest production La Bohème. This romantic and tragic story tells the tale of a group of friends in Paris as they search for love in the City of Light. More info.
When: Sunday, May 1 | 2:30PM
Where: Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, 800 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Cost: Adults – $25+ | Students – $10+

5. Trussville Makers Market

Makers Market
Makers markets are the best markets. (Wild Roast / Facebook)

What: A curated market featuring local artisans + their works. More info.
When: Sunday, May 1 | Noon-4PM
Where: Ferus Artisan Ales, 101 Beech St Suite111, Trussville, AL 35173
Cost: Free to attend

6. Birmingham Women in Technology Mixer

What: A London pub-style mixer hosted by Birmingham Women in Technology and featuring a double decker bus and networking opportunities.
When: Tuesday, May 3 | 5:30-7:30PM
Little London Kitchen, 162 Oxmoor Rd, Birmingham, AL 35209

7. May the Fourth Be With You—Star Wars Flash benefiting Make a Wish Foundation

Sanctum Tattoos and Comics
(Sanctum Tattoos and Comics / Facebook)

What: A fundraising event benefiting Make a Wish Foundation. Tattooo designs are available during the event and range from $100-$150. Availability is limited! Schedule your tattoo appointment by emailing sanctumtattoos@gmail.com. More info.
When: Wednesday, May 4
Where: Sanctum Tattoos and Comics, 4410 4th Ave S B, Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost: Free to attend | $100-$150 for tattoos

8. Bronze Valley Accelerator Pitch Night

What: A celebration of the Bronze Valley Spring 2022 cohort. The Showcase includes pitches from five early-stage startups. More info
When: Wednesday, May 4 | 5PM
Where: Biso Collective, 1301 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Register to attend

9. YWCA Allies

What: YWCA Central Alabama’s annual celebration of local men who stand with them as allies in their race toward gender and racial equity. More info.
When: Wednesday, May 4 | 6-8PM
Where: Avondale Brewing, 201 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost: Meal Ticket – $15 | Tickets
Register to attend

10. Black Belt Community Development Corporation Golf Tournament

(RTJ at Oxmoor Valley / Facebook)

What: The Black Belt Community Development Corporation’s first annual golf tournament. Expect a day of golfing, networking and fun. More info.
When: Friday, May 6 | 8:30AM
Where: Oxmoor Valley Golf Course, 100 Sunbelt Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35211
Cost: $120/player

11. The Planets with Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra

What: Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra closes out the 2021/2022 season by taking you on a journey to the stars via selections of Gustav Holst’s most iconic work. More info.
When: Saturday, May 7 | 2PM
Where: UAB’s Alys Stephens Center – Jemison Concert Hall, 1200 10th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294
Cost: Free
Register to attend

12. Donor Dash for Life 5K

run, 5K
Get ready to run. (Miguel A. Amutio)

What: A 5K celebration in honor of the donors, recipients, living donors, caregivers and all advocates of organ, eye and tissue donation. More info.
When: Saturday, May 7 | 9AM
Where: Veterans Park, 4800 Valleydale Rd, Meadowbrook, AL 35242 
Cost: $30

13. Baby Bird Shower

What: A celebration of spring with the arrival of baby birds at Alabama Wildlife Center. Enjoy cake, refreshments, bird-themed crafts and games, plus meet glove-trained education birds up close. More info.
When: Saturday, May 7 | 11AM-2PM
Where: Alabama Wildlife Center, 100 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124
Cost: Free after admission to Oak Mountain State Park

14. Mozart’s 40th Symphony & Brahms’ First Piano Concerto w/ Alabama Symphony Orchestra

What: A performance by Alabama Symphony Orchestra featuring iconic melodies of heart-sweeping passion. More info.
When: Friday, May 6, 11AM | Saturday, May 7, 7PM
Where: UAB’s Alys Stephens Center–Jemison Concert Hall, 1200 10th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294
Cost: $19-$38

15. Velocity Accelerator Demo Day

Innovation Depot
Join Innovation Depot for the 2022 Velocity Accelerator May 11. (Innovation Depot / Facebook)

What: A chance to learn about exciting company updates from the 2022 Velocity Accelerator cohort. Attendees have the opportunity to speak with the founders before and after the program. Food and drinks are provided. More info.
When: Wednesday, May 11 | 5-7PM
Where: Iron City Bham, 513 22nd St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Price: Free
Register to attend

16. CyberNow Summit

What: A three-day cybersecurity conference offering networking opportunities with cybersecurity experts, the chance to discover the latest tech trends and more. More info.
When: Wednesday-Friday, May 11-13 | Time varies by event
Where: Red Mountain Theatre Arts Campus, 1600 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Cost: Varies by event
Register to attend

17. Taste of Trussville

(Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce/Breanne Cook)

What: An evening of tasty samplings from some of Trussville’s best restaurants and bakeries as well as a cash bar and music from local DJ Rob Langford. More info.
When: Thursday, May 12 | 5:30-8PM
Where: Trussville Civic Center, 5381 Trussville Clay Rd, Trussville, AL 35173
Cost: Advance Tickets – $20 | Day Of – $30

18. 11th Annual Sozo Children Run for a Reason 5K

What: A family-friendly fundraising event benefiting Sozo Children featuring an in-person 5K as well as a virtual option. After the race, enjoy free donuts, corn hole and inflatables for kids, an awards ceremony + a short performance by The Sozo Children’s Choir. More info.
When: Saturday, May 14 | 9:30AM
Where: START: Sozo Trading Co, 4 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222 | FINISH: Avondale Brewery, 201 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost: 5K In Person – $35 | Virtual – $40 | Run for a specific child – $10 add on

19. Alabama Team Hope Walk benefiting Huntington’s Disease Society of America

What: A fundraising walk benefiting the Huntington’s Disease Society of America to help them improve the lives of people affected by HD and their families. More info.
When: Saturday, May 14 | 1PM
Where: Oak Mountain State Park, 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124
Cost: Walker – $30 | Super Star Walker – $50 | VIP Walker – $100

20. Do Dah Day

Birmingham, Do Dah Day, festivals, dogs, pets, animals
Dog costumes are a hit at Do Dah Day in Birmingham. (Do Dah Day)

What: A day devoted to The Magic City’s coolest dogs. Expect live music, face painting, hair weaving, craft making, bungee jumping, all the cute pups you can handle + more. Proceeds from the event benefit local animal charities. More info.
When: Saturday, May 14 | 11:01AM-6:01PM
Where: Cahaba Brewing Co, 4500 5th Ave S, Building C, Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost: Advance Tickets – $8 | Day Of – $10

21. Magic City Wine Fest

Birmingham, Magic City Wine Fest
Wine out. (Magic City Wine Fest)

What: Travel through different regions spanning the globe without leaving Birmingham as you sample wine and beer specific. Food from local restaurants will also be available for purchase. More info.
When: Saturday, May 14 | 6-9PM
Where: The Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
Cost: $20-$70

22. Jewish Food and Culture Fest

What: One of Birmingham’s most popular outdoor events featuring Jewish cuisine, live music, the Tickled Pink Petting Zoo, bounce houses, local vendors + more. More info.
When: Sunday, May 15 | 11AM-3PM
Where: Levite Jewish Community Center, 3960 Montclair Rd, Birmingham, AL 35213
Cost: Free to attend

23. ESBA Golf Tournament benefiting Easterseals of the Birmingham Area

What: A golf tournament benefiting Easterseals of the Birmingham Area. Get a hole-in-one and win $10,000! Prizes are also awarded to the first place and last place teams. More info.
When: Saturday, May 21 |
Where: Highland Golf Course, 3300 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205

24. Taco Fest

Taco’ bout tasty. (Birmingham Taco Fest / Facebook)

What: A scrumptious event featuring Birmingham’s top taco vendors and food trucks, music, children’s activities and art vendors. Proceeds benefit Bare Hands, Inc. More info.
When: Saturday, May 21 | 1-6PM
Where: Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost: Advance General Admission – $8 | Taco Pass/ EARLY BIRD Admission – $30

25. A Century in Symphony

What: Three free unique concerts with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra to commemorate them for 100 years of making music. More info.
When: Friday-Saturday, May 27-28, 8PM | Sunday, May 29, 6PM
Where: Railroad Park, 1600 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Cost: Free

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