15 FREE outdoor festivals + events to look forward to this summer

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Railroad Park is hosting several fun + free events this summer. (Bham Now)

Ready for some fun in the sun without breaking the bank? Check out these fun-filled outdoor festivals and events coming up with free admission. Read on for details and mark your calendars.

1. A Century in Symphony Family Fun Day–Sunday, May 29

  • What: Enjoy the jubilant conclusion of A Century in Symphony with this free concert that has a little something for everyone, including an appearance from Concertmaster Daniel Szasz and a Memorial Day tribute.
  • When: Sunday, May 29 | 6PM
  • Where: Railroad Park, 1600 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Details

2. Party on the Porch–Friday, June 3

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Grab your friends and get ready for a porch party. (Lauren Bedford / Bham Now)
  • What: Give back to the community and raise environmental awareness with local musicians, breweries, food trucks and artisans. Enjoy kid’s activities, a dog-friendly atmosphere, corn hole, giveaways and more.
  • When: Friday, June 3rd | 6-8PM
  • Where: Alabama Outdoors Homewood, 3054 Independence Dr, Homewood, AL 35209
  • Details

3. African Heritage Festival—Saturday, June 4

  • What: Celebrate the vibrant traditions of African cultures at this family-oriented festival featuring food, games, art activities, dance, music and more. Plus, stroll through the Birmingham Museum of Art’s African art galleries.
  • When: Saturday, June 4 | 10AM-2PM
  • Where: Birmingham Museum of Art, 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Details

4. Funky Food Truck Festival—Saturday, June 4

The Current is one of the food trucks that will be at Cahaba Brewing for the Funky Food Truck Festival.
Catch The Current at the Funky Food Truck Festival. (Cecilia Wood / Bham Now)
  • What: Come together to enjoy your favorite local food trucks including local beer, artisans and pop-up shops. Admission is free, but optional donations to AIDS Alabama are encouraged. Proceeds from this event benefit AIDS Alabama.
  • When: Saturday, June 4 | 1-5PM
  • Where:  Cahaba Brewing Co, 4500 5th Ave S Building C, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Details

5. L.A.R.P with the Everliving Woodsfolk–Saturday, June 4

6. Trussville Movie on the Mall–Friday, June 10

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What spells summer better than an outdoor movie? (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)
  • What: Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a free family movie night on the historic Trussville mall. Make plans to get there early for the best seating.
  • When: Friday, June 10 | Movie begins at dusk.
  • Where: The Historic Mall in Trussville, 225 Parkway Drive, Trussville, Al 35173
  • Details

7. Caribbean Food and Music Festival–Saturday, June 11

  • What: Join in on a vibrant family-friendly celebration of Caribbean culture with great food, music, dancing and a parade.
  • When: Saturday, June 11 | 11AM-8PM, Parade at Noon
  • Where: DeBardeleben Park, 1623 2nd Ave N, Bessemer, AL 35020
  • Details

8. PrideFest–Sunday, June 12

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Happy Pride, Birmingham. (Birmingham Public Library Blog)
  • What: A fun-filled pride celebration with entertainment for the entire family with vendors, food trucks, kid’s activities and local and national entertainment.
  • When: Saturday, June 12 | 11AM
  • Where: Linn Park, 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Details

9. Hot Rod Power Tour–Wednesday, June 15

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Vroom vroom. (Hot Rod Power Tour)
  • What: An exhilarating day for auto enthusiasts with hot rods, customs, classics, trucks and muscle cars all in one show. Plus, vendors, live entertainment, giveaways and more.
  • When: Wednesday, June 15
  • Where: Hoover Met Complex, 5508 Stadium Trace Pkwy, Hoover, AL 35244
  • Details

10. Magic City Summer: Get Moving at Railroad Park–Thursday, June 16

11. Backyard Boogie–Saturday, June 18

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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. (Bham Now)

12. Montevallo Arts Festival–Saturday, June 18

13. Cars and Coffee—every Saturday

14. A Dab Of This and A Dab Of That 3rd Year Celebration—Sunday, June 26

15. Small Business Vendor Classic–Saturday, July 30

  • What: Enjoy the 2nd annual Small Business Vendor Classic featuring tons of local small businesses, vendors and food trucks.
  • When: Saturday, July 30 | TBD
  • Where: Legion Field, McLendon Park, 400 Graymont Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35204
  • Details

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