10 spectacular events to look forward to this weekend—Nov. 18-20

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It’s LIT at The Birmingham Zoo. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

It’s almost the weekend, y’all. Whether you’re looking to cherish the last moments of fall or counting down the days until Christmas, there is an abundance of fun events in The Magic City, November 18-20.

It’s football time

  • UAB vs LSU
    • When: Saturday, November 19 | 8PM
    • Where: Tiger Stadium

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There’s nothing better than fresh chocolate chip cookies. (Crumbl Cookies)
  • Shop ’til you drop: Stop by these 5 amazing spots for Small Business Saturday on November 25.
  • Time for a sweet treat: Crumbl Cookies is coming to Lane Park—yum!

10 weekend events in The Magic City

Just one of the many locomotive experiences at the Magic of Model Trains. (Mack McCollum / Bham Now)

1. Glow Wild

  • Why go: Take the whole family on a stroll around the zoo to look at jaw-dropping wild animal and sea life lantern creations light up the night.
  • When: Select nights from Wednesday, November 16-Monday, January 16 | 5-9PM
  • Where: Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
  • Cost: Prices vary on times/dates
  • Buy tickets

2. Junior League of Birmingham’s Market Noel

  • Why go: Get your holiday shopping done now + see the Big Guy himself at a brunch and special Milk and Cookies with Santa event.
  • When: (Preview Noel) Wednesday, November 16 at 7-10PM | Thursday, November 17 at 10AM-9PM | Friday, November 18 at 10AM-10PM | Saturday, November 19 at 9AM-5PM
  • Where: The Finley Center, 5508 Stadium Trace Pkwy, Hoover, AL 35244
  • Cost: $15 general admission | $55 Preview Noel
  • Buy tickets

3. Diamonds Direct Holiday Showcase

4. West Side Story Symphonic Dances

  • Why go: Experience the fan-fave West Side Story like never before + the world premiere of the Hammond Organ Concerto by Birmingham native Brian Raphael Nabors.
  • When: Friday, November 18-Saturday, November 19 | 7PM
  • Where: Jemison Concert Hall, 1200 10th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Cost: Varies by seat
  • Buy tickets

5. Magic of Model Trains

  • Why go: Back for its 17th consecutive year, the Magic of Model Trains takes viewers of all ages on a thrilling journey with a dozen unique displays of model trains.
  • When: Saturday, November 19-January 2023 | General business hours
  • Where: McWane Science Center, 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Cost: Included in general admission to McWane
  • Buy tickets

6. Native American Heritage Festival

  • Why go: Celebrate Alabama’s rich Indigenous cultural history with food, storytelling, dance performances, demonstrations from Indigenous makers, gallery tours, art-making activities + more.
  • When: Saturday, November 19 | 10AM-2PM
  • Where: Birmingham Museum of Art, 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Cost: Free admission
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7. Studio by the Tracks Holiday Open House

  • Why go: Find one-of-a-kind artwork from over 15 local makers + chow down on yummy food from local vendors.
  • When: Saturday, November 19, 10AM-3PM | Sunday, November 20, 11AM-3PM
  • Where: Studio by the Tracks, 301 20th St S, Irondale, AL 35210
  • Cost: Free admission

8. The Sound of Music Ballet

  • Why go: Experience the beloved film The Sound of Music on stage as the von Trapp family’s story is told through incredible choreography.
  • When: Saturday, November 19 | 2PM & 6PM
  • Where: Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, 800 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Cost: $20 for adults | $10 for children ages 2-12
  • Buy tickets


  • Why go: Start your night off right with a silent auction + tasty food. Then, watch incredible contemporary dance performances and dance your heart out to music from a DJ.
  • When: Saturday, November 19 | 6:30-10PM
  • Where: Harvest Roots Ferments, 4420 4th Ave, Ste B, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Cost: $25
  • Buy tickets

10. Mason Music’s Battle of the Bands

  • Why go: Watch talented, young performers rock out on stage for the title of “best band.”
  • When: Sunday, November 20 | Doors open at 12:30PM | Performances begin at 1PM
  • Where: Iron City, 513 22nd St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Cost: $5

Looking Ahead

It’s Christmastime in Trussville. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

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