12 spring festivals including the first Magic City Mimosa Festival

It’s mimosa o’clock! (Mimosa Crawl Birmingham / Facebook)

After a gray and chilly winter, we’re all in need of some warm sunshine and time outdoors. Get ready to celebrate, because spring festivals are underway! From the Patton Creek Art Festival to the first ever Magic City Mimosa Festival, here’s the list of must-attends coming up around the Greater Birmingham Area this spring.

March 2023 Events

1. 19th Annual Chili Cook-Off

The Exceptional Foundation
Get ready for the annual Chili Cook-off benefiting The Exceptional Foundation. (The Exceptional Foundation / Facebook)

What: Chow down on deletable chili at this family-friendly event benefiting The Exceptional Foundation. From all-you-can-eat chili to live music and a kids’ zone, a good time will be had by all. More info.
When: Saturday, March 4 | 10:30AM-3PM
Where: Brookwood Village, 614 Brookwood Village, Mountain Brook, AL 35209
Cost: $15

2. BBQ Fest

What: On Saturday, March 18, all of Bham’s best barbecue trucks set up shop at Ghost Train Brewing for a day of good eats + live music from DJ Coach. Some food trucks to expect include Fat Charles, Rodney Scott’s + Black Box BBQ. More info.
When: Saturday, March 18 | 1-5PM
Where: Ghost Train Brewing Co, 3501 1st Ave S, Ste 101B, Birmingham, AL 35222
Cost: Free admission

April 2023 Events

3. Grill to Build BBQ Competition & Festival

What: Want to help build homes in the community without lifting a hammer? Attend Habitat for Humanity’s 12th annual BBQ Competition & Festival on Saturday, April 11. As grill teams compete for the best ribs, chicken + brisket, you’ll get to sample it all and vote for your fave. Live music + kids’ activities are also part of the day’s event. More info.
When: Saturday, April 1 | 11AM
Where: Habitat ReStore, 7952 Crestwood Blvd, Irondale, AL 35210
Cost: $10+

4. Patton Creek Art Festival

What: Love supporting local? Don’t miss this exciting event featuring 50 fine artists + master craftspeople showcasing original + unique art. More info.
When: Saturday, April 8 | 9AM-5PM
Where: 4445 Creekside Ave, Hoover, AL 35244
Cost: Free admission

5. Spring Wine Festival 2023

Corbin Farms Winery
Time to taste-test! (Corbin Farms Winery / Facebook)

What: Love wine? You’ll want to take a short drive to Calera this April for the annual Spring Wine Festival at Corbins Farms Winery. This fun-filled day includes local vendors, food from local eateries like Wasabi Juans + Waffle Stop, live music from Skylar Wallace and Matt Broach, grape stomping + lots of wine. More info.
When: Saturday, April 15 | 11AM-6PM
Where: Corbin Farms Winery, 800 County Road 87 Calera, AL 35040
Cost: Advance tickets: Adults – $27, Kids under 21 – $8 | Day of Festival: Adults – $30, Kids under 21 – $10

6. Magic City Mimosa Festival

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Cheers to mimosas! (Patience Itson / Bham Now)

What: Raise those champagne flutes, it’s time to toast to the very first Magic City Mimosa Festival taking place this spring. Here’s what’s bubbling up at this upcoming event: bottomless mimosas, food from local restaurants, live music + more. *Must be 21+ to attend. More info.
When: Saturday, April 22 | Noon-6PM
Where: Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd St N, Birmingham , AL 35222
Cost: $20

7. Gardendale Magnolia Festival

What: Loads of fun await you at the Gardendale Magnolia Festival this April. Enjoy a variety of activities and entertainment like carnival rides, a car show, live music, food vendors, arts + craft booths and kids’ art classes. Also on the agenda—a cookie eating contest + a pooch parade. More info
When: Friday, April 21, 5-10PM | Saturday, April 22, 10AM-5PM
Where: Gardendale Civic Center, 857 Main St, Gardendale, AL 35071
Cost: Free admission

8. Grand RiverFest

What: Hop on over to The Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds for this one-day festival marketplace featuring arts, crafts, fashion, food, face painting, balloon art, bounce houses + more. More info.
When: Saturday, April 29 | 11AM-5PM | Rain Date: May 6
Where: The Outlet Shops of Grand River, 6200 Grand River Blvd E, Leeds, AL 35094
Cost: FREE

9. Magic City Art Connection | Corks & Chefs

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Distinguished Artist Ann Trondson at the 2022 Magic City Art Connection. (Bham Now)

What: From stunning art to scrumptious food, Magic City Art Connection is an event you’ll fall in love with year after year. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s planned: 175 local + national artists, live performances, Imagination Festival for Kids, special exhibitions, cafes + lounges, PLUS Corks & Chefs (separate ticket required to attend). More info.
When: Magic City Art Connection: Friday, April 28, Noon-6PM, Saturday, April 29, 10AM-6PM, Sunday, April 30, 10AM-5PM | Corks & Chefs: Saturday, April 29-Sunday, April 30, Time: TBD
Where: Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd St N, Birmingham , AL 35222
Cost: TBD
Tickets available March 2023

10. Bob Sykes BBQ & BLUES Festival

What: A skip from Birmingham at Bessemer’s DeBardelon, attend this annual festival for family-friendly activities, food, beer + wine, local vendors and live music. More info.
When: Saturday, April 29 | Noon-8PM
Where: DeBardeleben Park, 1623 2nd Ave N, Bessemer, AL 35020
Cost: $20 online | $25 day of event | Kids 8 + under – Free with ticketed adult

11. Heights Hangout

What: Head to Cahaba Heights for the ultimate hangout this spring. There will be a kids’ zone, drinks, popup shops + local vendors. Prince cover band Purple Madness headlines the event. Proceeds help keep Cahaba Heights beautiful through landscaping, etc. More info.
When: Sunday, April 30 | 2-7PM
Where: Heights Village, 3138 Cahaba Heights Rd, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243
Cost: $10

May 2023 Events

12. Magic City Wine Fest

Birmingham, Magic City Wine Fest
Travel the world without leaving Birmingham. (Magic City Wine Fest / Facebook)

What: You can during travel the world during this fun-loving event, and you don’t even have to leave Birmingham. Back for its sixth year, Magic City Wine Fest lets you sample wine and beer specific to an array of regions spanning the globe. You’ll also enjoy live music and the beautiful surroundings of Railroad Park. More info.
When: Saturday, May 13 | 6-9PM
Where: Railroad Park, 1600 1st Avenue N, Birmingham, AL 35223
Cost: $20-$85

BONUS Spring Event

Love dogs? Be on the lookout for upcoming details on Do Dah Day—a must-attend annual event for all local pups and their owners.

Interested in more spring festivals? Check out what’s ahead in Huntsville and across the state.

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