9 fantastic weekend events including the Iron Bowl—Nov. 25-27

University of Alabama
We bet all of Alabama will be watching the Iron Bowl this Saturday. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

There’s just ONE more sleep until one of the best days of the year. Whether you’re looking to stay cozy and decorate for Christmas or head to fun events around Birmingham, here are the happenings you won’t want to miss in The Magic City, November 25-27.

It’s football time, y’all

  • The Iron Bowl
    • When: Saturday, November 26 | 2:30PM
    • Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium

Bite-sized news

We can’t wait to see Rod Wave at the Legacy Arena. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)
  • Bringing back an icon: The famous Velma’s restaurant and bar is returning to Trussville in 2023.
  • Rock out: You won’t want to miss the chance to see rapper and singer Rod Wave perform in Birmingham on Monday, December 5.

9 weekend events in The Magic City

Birmingham Squadron
It’s that time of year again to cheer for the Birmingham Squadron. (Nathan Watson / 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. Turkey Science

  • Why go: Thanksgiving is more than just food—discover the science behind our favorite dishes with these family-friendly exhibits.
  • When: Wednesday, November 23 & Friday, November 25 | 9AM-5PM
  • Where: McWane Science Center, 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Cost: Included in general admission to McWane
  • Buy tickets

3. Breadbox Presents: Friendsgiving

  • Why go: Bring your best pals to rock out to Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia tributes + sip on delicious cocktails and craft beer.
  • When: Friday, November 25 | 8PM-Midnight
  • Where: Cahaba Brewing Company, 500 5th Ave S Building C, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Cost: $10

4. ¡HICA! Tamales Sale

  • Why go: Not only are these tamales absolutely scrumptious, but they are also a Latin Christmas tradition that goes back for centuries. All proceeds are helping ¡HICA!’s mission of empowering Latinos within Alabama.  
  • When: Online order Saturday, November 26-Sunday, December 11 | Pick up Wednesday, December 14-Thursday, December 15, 8AM-6PM
  • Where: ¡HICA!, 117 Southcrest Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209
  • Order

5. Birmingham Squadron vs Austin Spurs

  • Why go: Grab your crew + a hotdog to cheer on The Magic City’s very own basketball team.
  • When: Saturday, November 26 at 12PM | Sunday, November 27 at 3PM
  • Where: Legacy Arena, 1898 9th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Cost: Varies by seat
  • Buy tickets

6. Saturn’s Colossal Iron Bowl Clash

  • Why go: Whether you say Roll Tide or War Eagle, this is the place to watch Alabama’s most-anticipated football game of the year + chow down on free pizza and snacks.
  • When: Saturday, November 26 | 1:30PM
  • Where: Saturn, 200 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Cost: Free admission

7. Punk Rock Art Show

8. Community Caroling & Tree Lighting

  • Why go: ‘Tis the season for festive lights, Christmas carols, hot chocolate, cookies and a special visit from Santa.
  • When: Sunday, November 27 | 4:30-6PM
  • Where: Historic Trussville Mall, 360 N Chalkville Rd, Trussville, AL 35173
  • Cost: Free admission

9. Holiday Tree Lighting Block Party

  • Why go: Join Mayor Randall Woodfin for an evening of Christmas cheer, including vendors, food trucks, free concerts + Christmas tree lighting.
  • When: Sunday, November 28 | 4-8PM
  • Where: Birmingham City Hall, 710 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Cost: Free admission

Looking Ahead

live nativity
Bring your family to watch a live nativity at Experience Christmas. (Asbury United Methodist Church)

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Selah Vetter
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