6 can’t-miss Memorial Day weekend events including a Salsa Showdown—May 26-28

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All the chips and dip you can handle. (Salsa Showdown)

It’s a great weekend for events in Birmingham, so we’ve got you covered with everything happening around town. Don’t miss out on Memorial Day weekend activities like a Salsa Showdown, art market and more.

Weekend Events

Birmingham, Salsa Showdown, Cahaba Brewing Company
Salsa Showdown at Cahaba Brewing Company in Birmingham. (Salsa Showdown)

1. Symphony in the Summer

  • What: Join the Alabama Symphony Orchestra for three free concerts this Memorial Day weekend. Friday and Saturday include favorite classics, while Sunday will host a Family Fun Night. 
  • When: Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 | 7:30-9:30PM
  • Where: Railroad Park
  • Cost: Free admission

2. PD54

  • What: Stop by Paper Doll Bar for a fun disco night with music like 80’s, Italo-Disco, Synth-Pop and more curated by Tony Rodio.
  • When: Friday, May 26 | 7:30-9:30PM
  • Where: Paper Doll Bar
  • Cost: Free admission

3. The 12th Annual Sidewalk Salsa Showdown

  • What: The best amateur and professional chefs in the region come together during this annual cooking competition. You can also help choose the winners in the categories of best salsa, queso, quac and specialty dip.  Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Educational and Outreach programs for the Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema.
  • When: Saturday, May 27 | 2-6PM
  • Where: Cahaba Brewing
  • Cost: Advance – $20 | Day of – $25 | Kids 5 + under – Free
  • Tickets

4. City Walk Bham Art Market

  • What: Visit this market in downtown Birmingham filled with local arts and crafts. You’ll also experience family-friendly fun and hear local music and have your pick of great food trucks.
  • When: Saturday, May 27 | 1PM
  • Where: City Walk Bham (Next to the skate park)
  • Cost: Free admission

5. Memorial Day Weekend at the Birmingham Zoo

  • What: In honor of the holiday, all veterans, active and retired military, including their dependents (up to six) receive FREE admission to the Birmingham Zoo throughout Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29, with proof of valid military identification.
  • When: Saturday, May 27-Monday, May 29 | 9AM-5PM
  • Where: The Birmingham Zoo
  • Cost: Free admission with valid military identification | General Admission – $14.95+

6. Uptown Sunday Comedy feat. Mo Williamz

  • What: See this high energy comedian at Uptown Jazz Lounge. Mo Williamz has joked with other popular names like Michael Collar, Sheryl Underwood, Matt Williams and more. You’ll be rolling on the floor in laughter when you see him live.
  • When: Sunday, May 28 | 4PM
  • Where: Uptown Jazz Lounge
  • Cost: $10-$15
  • Tickets

Looking Ahead

Funky Food Truck Festival
A vendor and patrons at last year’s Funky Food Truck Festival at Cahaba Brewing. (AIDS Alabama)

Funky Food Truck Fest

  • When: Saturday, June 3 | 1-5PM
  • Where: Cahaba Brewing
  • Cost: Free admission


Shrek The Musical

Vulcan’s 119th Birthday Bash

  • When: Sunday, June 4 | Noon-4PM
  • Where: Vulcan Park & Museum
  • Cost: Adults – $10 | Kids (5-12) – $6 | Kids 4 and under – FREE
  • Tickets

Need ideas for events up north? Check out these in Huntsville.

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Lauryn Stinson
Lauryn Stinson
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