29 local events for an August full of WOW

people dancing at sidewalk
Dancing at Sidewalk Film Festival 2021. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

As August speeds into our rearview mirror, it’s time to plan for a month to remember. From out-of-this-world exhibits to amazing fundraisers you’ll be excited to support, here’s what’s ahead for the Greater Birmingham Area.

1. The Lost World of Dragons Exhibit

The Lost World of Dragons
The Lost World of Dragons runs through August. (McWane Science Center)

What: An immersive exhibit that explores the histories of dragons and the cultures that celebrate them. Discover life-size animatronic dragons, learn about dragon mythology, invent your own dragon stories by creating unique, stop-motion animated videos and more. More info.
When: All month
Where: McWane Science Center, 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Cost: Included in general admission | Kids under 2 – Free
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2. West Homewood Farmers Market And National Night Out

West Homewood Farmer's Market
Ready for summer produce? (West Homewood Company and Farmer’s Market / Facebook

What: It’s the City of Homewood’s National Night Out event with kids’ activities, farmer’s market goods, food trucks, dinner booths + more. More info.
When: Tuesday, August 2 | 5-8PM
Where: West Homewood Farmers Market, 160 Oxmoor Rd, Birmingham, AL 35209
Cost: Free admission

3. Tea and Tarot

What: A fun event for tarot card readers. Bring your cards for practice! More info.
When: Friday, August 5 | 6:30-7:30PM
Where: Books, Beans, and Candles MS, 1620 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Cost: Free

4. Art on the Rocks

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Celebrate arts and culture. (Birmingham Musem of Art)

What: It’s one of the biggest art parties in Birmingham with the best of the city’s creative community. Enjoy live music, DJs, an interactive mural + concert by Grammy-winning artist Eric Bellinger. More info.
When: Friday, August 5 | 7-11PM
Where: Birmingham Museum of Art, 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203
Cost: Early Bird – $35 | General Admission – $40
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5. Summer Bash Fundraiser benefiting Morgan’s Closet

What: A fundraiser with raffles on gift baskets and gift cards from local businesses. Proceeds from raffle tickets benefit Morgan’s Closet. More info.
When: Thursday, August 11 | 3PM
Where: Cahaba Brewing Co, 4500 5th Ave S Building C, Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost: Free admission | Raffle tickets – $5

6. KIDS Korner benefiting YWCA Central Alabama

KIDS Korner
Ryan O’Connor + Aleeyah Gibbons KIDS Korner 2021. (YWCA Central Alabama)

What: YWCA Central Alabama’s annual fundraiser benefiting its Child Development Center. Expect food, drinks, a specialty cocktail by Queen’s Park, music, fireworks + more at Regions Field. More info.
When: Thursday, August 11 | 6-9PM
Where: Regions Field, 1401 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Cost: Single – $85 | Couple – $150
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7. Books, Bands & Brews benefiting The Literacy Council of Central Alabama

What: A fundraising event benefiting The Literacy Council of Central Alabama’s mission of improving lives through literacy education. The event includes laugh, libations + Birmingham’s own singer-songwriter Taylor Hollingsworth + Nashville-based rock band The Prescriptions. More info.
When:
Friday, August 12 | 7-10PM
Where:
Avondale Brewing Co, 201 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost:
Advance – $15 | At door – $20 | VIP – $50 (includes admission, 2 drinks + access to an exclusive VIPI lounge + VIP concert seating.
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8. Fairy Tales & Frogs Day

What: Fairytales come to life during this magical event at The Birmingham Zoo. Dress up in your favorite costumes while you meet and take photos with royal characters—and even some frogs! More info.
When: Saturday, August 13 | 10AM-2PM
Where: The Birmingham Zoo’s Henley Park, 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
Cost: Included in general admission
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9. Breast Cancer Research Foundation Alabama Disc Golf Goes Pink 

Breast Cancer Research Foundation Alabama
Get your disc golf on for a good cause. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

What: Hit the golf course and help save lives during this PDGA-sanctioned disc golf tournament benefiting Breast Cancer Research Foundation Alabama. All funds raised stay in Alabama and fund life-saving breast cancer research. More info.
When: Saturday, August 13 | 7:30AM
Where: Oliver Park, 9758 AL-25, Calera, AL 35040 | George W. Roy Recreation Park, 2465 2nd Ave, Calera, AL 35040
Cost: $45 registration fee
Register

10. Mason Musical Festival

Mason Music
(Mason Music / Facebook)

What: A celebration of 10 years of Mason Music inspiring + teaching students to be passionate about playing music. Expect national, regional + local artists, food trucks, student performances, yard games + an education class. All proceeds from the event benefit the Mason Music Foundation—a nonprofit dedicated to providing scholarships for music lessons to families who qualify for financial assistance. More info.
When: Saturday, August 13 | 1PM
Where: Avondale Brewing Co, 201 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost: $25+
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11. Picasso Pets benefiting Hand in Paw

What: Hand in Paw‘s 21st annual signature auction, this event helps bring Animal-Assisted Therapy to those who need it. This year’s theme is “Secret Garden Party” and will feature a chic cocktail reception, a live auction on paintings by prominent local artists and a seated dinner. More info.
When:
Saturday, August 13 | 6-10PM
Where: The Harbert Center, 2019 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Cost: $250
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12. Deebs Days

What: A two-day music festival with acts including Brass Against, The Mountain Grass Unit, The Talismen with Little Raine Band and more. More info.
When: Friday-Saturday, August 19-20 | 5:30-11PM
Where: Avondale Brewing Company
Cost: $50-$150
Tickets

13. Jurassic Quest

What: One of the world’s largest dino events with life-size animatronic dinosaurs for the whole family. More info.
When: Friday-Sunday, August 19-21 | Friday-Saturday 9AM-8PM, Sunday 9AM-6PM
Where: The BJCC, 1 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Cost: $19-$36
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14. Mitchell’s Place Dragon Boat Race & Festival

Birmingham, Mitchell's Place, Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat Festival. (Mitchell’s Place)

What: The 2nd annual Dragon Boat Race and Festival benefiting Mitchell’s Place. This family-friendly event features dragon boat races across East Lake Park, a kids’ zone, food trucks, a merchants market, music and a Bloody Mary contest (new this year!). More info.
When: Saturday, August 20 | 8AM-3PM
Where: East Lake Park, 8101 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35206
Cost: Free admission

15. Bham Pig Roast benefiting ¡HICA!

What: The inaugural Birmingham Pig Roast benefiting ¡HICA! Enjoy good barbecue, celebrate local Latino communities and try Lagerveza, a special brew by Cahaba Brewing Company. More info.
When: Saturday, August 20 | 8AM-3PM
Where: Cahaba Brewing Co, 4500 5th Ave S, Building C, Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost: $20
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16. Made Market – Birmingham Summer Market

What: An exciting shopping event featuring local vendors selling unique, high-quality items that are handmade and always on-trend. More info.
Where: Saturday, August 20 | 10AM-5PM
Where: Events at Haven, 2515 6th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Cost: Free Admission 

17. Beer, Bands & Bullies

Bama Bully Rescue
(Bama Bully Rescue / Facebook)

What: Bama Bully Rescue‘s 11th annual event. Expect live music, cold beer from Ferus Artisan Ales and socializing with fellow bully-loving locals. More info.
When: Saturday, August 20 | 4-9PM
Where: Ferus Artisan Ales (Trussville), 101 Beech St Suite111, Trussville, AL 35173
Cost: Free admission
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18. Journey of Hope

What: A magical night filled with inspiration and entertainment featuring families served by United Ability. This year’s honoree is Christopher Biggins—a newly third-ranked golfer with a disability in the world, a beneficiary of United Ability services and a member of the United Ability Junior Board. More info.
When: Saturday, August 20 | Cocktails – 5:30PM, Show – 6PM
Where: Red Mountain Theatre Arts Campus, 1600 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Cost: Free to attend. Donations accepted.
Tickets (Available August 1)

19. Bham Hip Hop Art Show #2

What: A hip hop art show featuring vendors, artists and DJ Gap. More info.
When: Saturday, August 20 | 6PM
Where: True Story Brewing Company, 5510 Crestwood Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35212
Cost: Free admission

20. “Weird Al” Yankovic: The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour with Special Guest Emo Philips

What: Weird Al’s long-anticipated return to the concert stage—this time with his non-parody material. More info.
When: Saturday, August 20 | 8PM
Where: Alabama Theatre, 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Cost: $46.50
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21. Arty Party 2022

What: Birmingham AIDS Outreach’s 35th anniversary celebration with featured artist “The Tin Man” AKA Charlie Lucas. More info.
When: Sunday, August 21 | 2PM
Where: B&A Warehouse, 1531 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

22. 24th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival

Sidewalk Film Festival 31 29 local events for an August full of WOW
Sidewalk Film Festival 2021. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

What: An annual film festival that showcases the intriguing work of more than 250 talented filmmakers. More info.
When: Monday-Sunday, August 22-28 | Time varies by film/activity
Where: Downtown Birmingham’s Historic Theatre District, 1821 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Cost: General Admission – $10 | More ticket options
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23. Snail Mail

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Snail Mail. (Secret Stages / Facebook)

What: A live concert with Snail Mail—American Indie Rock solo project of singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan. More info.
When: Friday, August 26 | 8PM
Where: Saturn, 200 41st St S, Birmingham, AL, 35222
Cost: $23
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24. 2022 Alabama Writers Cooperative Conference (AWC)

What: An annual conference providing writers access to essential resources, from must-knows about book reviews to how to create TV pilot proposals. More info.
When:
Friday-Sunday, August 26-28 | Time varies by activity
Where: Emmet O’Neal Library, 50 Oak St, Mountain Brook, AL 35213
Cost: $20-$175
Register

25. 2nd Annual MGB Culture & Community Fest

What: The Modern Green Book is back with its 2nd annual MGB Culture & Community Fest. Discover black vendors, listen to live music, see classic cars and enjoy great food and drinks. Proceeds from the event benefit TheMGB Foundation Grant Program. More info.
When:
Saturday, August 27 | Noon-8PM
Where: Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, 20 32nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost: $8-$65
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26. Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival

Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival
Festival performers play their hearts outs on stage. (Taste of 4th Avenue, Inc.)

What: After a two-year hiatus, the 4th Avenue Jazz Festival returns to Birmingham’s Historic 4th Avenue Business District. Expect the soulful sounds of local and nationally-recognized artists, vendors and more. More info.
When: Saturday, August 27 | Noon-8PM
Where: Historic 4th Avenue Business District, 1500 – 1900 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Cost: Free admission

27. Make a Wish Volunteer Summit

What: A day of learning and inspiration is for individuals over the age of 18 who are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer for Make-A-Wish Alabama, as well as those who are already active volunteers. More info.
When: Tuesday, August 27 | 8:30AM-3:30PM
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park, 8 Perimeter Park S, Birmingham, AL 35243
Cost: Free
Register

28. 16th Annual Fairy Tale Ball

What: The 16th anniversary of Childcare Resources’ Fairy Tale Ball returns with a magical evening filled with a silent auction, interactive activities with fairy tale characters and superheroes and more. More info.
When: Saturday, August 27 | 5:30-8:30PM
Where: Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel, 1000 Galleria Cir, Birmingham, AL 35244
Cost: $50-$250
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29. Dinner in the Streets

What: The return of Dinner in the Street with The Salvation Army Greater Birmingham’s Echelon Junior Advisory Board. This year, the event has partnered with Michael’s Restaurant and will include musical performances by international touring and recording artist, Clinton Babers. Save the date and wear RED—The Salvation Army’s signature color. More info.
When: Tuesday, August 30 | 5:30PM
Where: Michael’s Restaurant, 1525 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Cost:$40
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