25 events + ways to have fun in Birmingham this summer

The World Games
The world is meeting Birmingham this summer. (The World Games 2022)

Birmingham, can we get a woohoo for the first day of summer? Now that yesterday officially marked the beginning of this fun and relaxing season, here are 25 events and things to add to your bucket list to celebrate the summer in Birmingham.

1. McWane Science Center’s The Lost World of Dragons—opens in June

The Lost World of Dragons
The Lost World of Dragons opens June 18. (McWane Science Center)

No matter the age, it’s fair to say we’re all fascinated by dragons. Bring your family and bring out your inner kid with this fun and exciting exhibit, The Lost World of Dragons, at the McWane Science Center.

2. Birmingham Animal Clinic Grand Opening—June 25

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Birmingham + our furry friends are getting a treat with this grand opening. (Bham Now)

We love our furry friends just as much as we love summer, so now’s the perfect time to check out the Birmingham Anomal Clinic’s grand opening. Including a tour of the facilities, food, adoptions and more, it’s safe to say this will be a “pawty” to kick off the summer.

3. Sara Sells Sale Event—June 25

You may have just finished your spring cleaning, so it’s time to fill your home with new decor and furniture. We’ll let you in on a secret—there’s a big sale coming to Birmingham. Head on over to Sara Sells sale for up to 60% off of retail prices.

4. Vulcan Park & Museum’s Thunder on the Mountain—July 4

Vulcan Fireworks
Thunder on the Mountain is the place to be on the fourth. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

There’s no better way to celebrate this red, white and blue holiday in Bham other than at our city’s iconic park. With music and fireworks lighting up the city sky, the Vulcan Park and Museum’s Thunder on the Mountain is the best way to join the festivities. Can’t make it to the event? Don’t worry—WBRC Fox 6 will have a live stream of the event.

5. The World Games 2022 Birmingham—July 7-17

The World Games
World Games mural at Oak Mountain State Park. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

If you’ve followed us for a while, you know we’ve been pumped up for The World Games since we’ve heard they’re coming to The Magic City. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will bring the most unique and fun sports to Bham, and we’ll get to meet people from all over the world.

6. Cinderella at Red Mountain Theatre—July

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Make sure you add Red Mountain Theatre to your agenda this summer (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Enjoy this beloved fairytale at Red Mountain Theatre during the month of July. With a new and exciting twist, you and your family can’t miss this show.

7. So So Spiffy Shopping Shindig—July 8-9

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Visit So So Spiffy for all your home decor. (Bham Now)

Your favorite monthly warehouse sale is coming back this summer. Get ready to shop to you drop for furniture and home goods at this sale.

8. Iron City concerts—throughout the summer

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We love Iron City concerts. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

We love to rock out at Iron City Bham—and so should you. The venue has a whole host of concerts lined up this summer, so get ready to sing, dance and groove.

9. Alabama Theatre Summer Movie Series—Fridays and Sundays in July

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Head over to the Alabama Theatre to cool off. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

With summer comes the Bham heat that’s hot as blue blazes. But don’t worry—Alabama Theatre is playing some of your favorite classic movies inside to help you cool off. With a lineup including “Wizard of Oz,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “The Sound of Music,” this is an event for the whole family.

10. The Market at Pepper Place—Saturday mornings

Market at Pepper Place
Time to stock up on your local fruits, veggies, baked goods and more. (The Market at Pepper Place / Facebook)

Do you have a hankering for some fresh, summer peaches or tomatoes? The Market at Pepper Place has fresh, local produce and more every Saturday morning—you can even check the weekly vendors online to know what yummy goods you’ll be able to bring home from this farmer’s market.

11. Barons Blood Drive with American Red Cross—July 19-20

Baseball and a blood drive may be an unlikely duo. But if you donate blood with American Cross, you can get a free t-shirt and two tickets to an upcoming Barons’ game. Talk about a home run.

12. OnCentive Presents: Salute to our Heroes—July 21

OnCentive and Hire Heroes USA are partnering together to support our troops. This good cause will include live music, food, drinks and a silent auction.

13. Diamonds Direct Summer Showcase—July 22-24

It’s time to bling out, Birmingham. At Diamonds Direct Summer Showcase, you can look at your newest accessories and even score a discount.

14. Open House Public Workshop for Re-Vision Linn Park—July 26

Birmingham wants to hear from you. Do you have any ideas of what Linn Park should be like? Head on over to the open house public workshop to see what’s in store for this historic area and to share your opinions.

15. Birmingham Museum of Art’s Art on the Rocks—August 5

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Get ready for a night of fun at Art on the Rocks. (Birmingham Museum of Art)

The biggest art party of the season is a must-go-to event. Join the Birmingham Museum of art to celebrate the arts with a concert by Grammy-winning artist Eric Bellinger, DJs, an interactive mural and more fun ways to experience the arts.

16. YWCA Kids Korner—August 11

Summertime brings back memories of what it means to be a kid. YWCA Central Alabama wants to bring out your inner kid with its Kids Korner fundraising event, including games, foods and drinks that will make you remember your childhood.

17. Mason Music Fest—August 13

Mason Music Fest
Cheers to live music with The Brook & The Bluff. (Mason Music Fest)

Live music, beer and supporting a good cause? Sign us up! Mason Music Fest will feature co-headliners The Brook & the Bluff and Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. Other performers include Gatlin, Lady Legs, Shaheed and DJ Supreme and Jahnah Camille. All proceeds will go to the Mason Music Foundation to help fund music lesson scholarships.

18. BCRFA Disc Golf Goes Pink—August 13

Disc golf just got a new color. But even better than pink is how this fundraiser will fund life-saving breast cancer research in Alabama.

19. Mitchell’s Place Dragon Boat Race & Festival—August 20

Mark your calendars—East Lake Park is the place to be on August 20. With a dragon boat race, kid’s zone, music, food trucks and more, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

20. ¡HICA! Bham Pig Roast—August 20

Celebrate the Latino communities in Bham with good barbeque with ¡HICA!. Bring your family and friends, but, most importantly, bring your appetite.

21. Sidewalk Film Festival—August 22-28

The movies come to life at Sidewalk Film Festival. Photo via Sidewalk's Facebook
The movies come to life at Sidewalk Film Festival. (Sidewalk Film Festival / Facebook)

What’s a better way to experience Bham than watching movies around town? The Sidewalk Film Festival is a fun way to experience and appreciate the arts by watching films and documentaries at theaters and auditoriums around The Magic City.

22. Alabama Symphony Orchestra-season starts in September

As summer introduces a new season, so does the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Keep your eyes out for the performances to come in the month of September.

23. McWane After Dark—August

McWane isn’t just for kids—it’s also for adults. This science center will turn into a speakeasy for adults 21+. Grab a drink, dance to live music and explore the museum at McWane After Dark.

24. Birmingham Barons baseball games—summer evenings

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The perfect family night. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Spend a summer evening in the most Americana way possible: a Birmingham Barons‘ baseball game. This is a sign to take the family or a few friends out to a Baron’s ball game.

25. Trussville City Fest—September 10

Trussville is the place to be on September 10. With a farmer’s market, kid’s area, art walk, music and more, it’s a perfect way to mark the end of summer with your family.

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Selah Vetter
Selah Vetter
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