Add these 22 lively events to your Summer Bucket List

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Take a break from the sun with a summer musical! (Bham Now)

Looking to have fun this summer, Bham? Check out our list of top 22 events below.

1. Shrek The Musical—June 2-25

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Shrek The Musical. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Start summer off right at Shrek The Musical for a night filled with laughter. The performance will be happening all month long, make sure to grab your tickets now to get great seats!

2. RIDEBHM Beginning of Summer Jam—June 3

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Don’t forget your helmet. (RideBHM)

Grab your bike and get outdoors with RideBHM at their Summer Jam kick-off. Practice your tricks on their new airbag and enjoy a day full of riding.

3. Family Fun Day at the Southern Museum of Flight—June 3

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Free family fun! (Southern Museum of Flight)

Enjoy a day of family fun building airplanes and helicopters. Families can explore the museum’s collection of vintage jeeps, Harley Davidson Motorcycles and cars. Thats not all, other activities such as a scavenger hunt, photo booth, video games and face painting will be available.

4. Funky Food Truck Festival—June 3

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Funky Food Truck Festival. (AIDS Alabama / Facebook)

Enjoy a funky afternoon at Cahaba Brewing with some of Birmingham’s best food trucks. Shop unique items from local artisans, vendors and pop-up shops! 

5. Vulcan’s 119th Birthday Bash—June 4

Party time. (Vulcan Park and Museum)

Party down and help celebrate Vulcan’s birthday. Enjoy an afternoon full of Blue Bell Ice Cream, prize wheels, basketball, soccer games, corn-hole, face painting and much more! Don’t be late, the first 500 kids to enter the event will receive a special Vulcan swag bag.

6. Zoo Brews—June 10

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Signature event! (Birmingham Zoo)

Zoo animals, brews and wine, what else could you ask for? Experience the Zoo’s wild animals while enjoying fantastic breweries from all over Alabama and the southeast.

7. Juneteenth in The Magic City Festival—June 18

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Festival fun. (Juneteenth In The Magic City 2023)

Bring friends and family together for a day full of celebration in honor of Juneteenth. Get ready for culture, food trucks, music, fireworks + more.

8. United Way of Central Alabama’s Centennial Celebration—June 24

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100 years! (Bham Now)

For 100 years, United Way of Central Alabama has been connecting local people with nonprofits to make our community a better place to live. Now we get to help them celebrate! Come out to City Walk for live music from Moon Taxi, local food and more.

9. Charcuterie Class and Wine Tasting—June 25

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Yum. (Bon Vivant Noir + Say Cheese Birmingham)

Summertime calls for a night of sunsets, charcuterie and wine. Bon Vivant Noir has partnered with Say Cheese Birmingham to help you learn the secrets behind crafting the perfect charcuterie board and how to pair it with a glass of wine.

10. Vulcan Park & Museum’s Thunder on the Mountain—July 4

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Thunder on the Mountain 2020. (Nathan Watson)

Experience one of Alabama’s most extravagant Independence Day traditions by viewing some of the most colorful and spectacular fireworks right here in Birmingham to honor of those who have fought for our country’s independence.

11. So So Spiffy July Shopping Shindig—July 14-15

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Lauren peruses the rugs at the So So Spiffy Shopping Shindig. (Bham Now)

Shop ’till you drop at Spiffy’s summer warehouse sale. Spiffy’s has a curated collections of rugs, sofas, chairs, dining tables, accessories and more that will be up to 60% OFF!

12. Birmingham Punk Rock Flea Market—July 15

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Support local vendors + buy some unique pieces. (Punk Rock Flea Market / Facebook)

Check out the Punk Rock Flea Market for vintage music, oddities, art, collectors items, records and more. There will be OVER 50 vendors participating from all over the southeast.

13. Peter Pan at Virginia Samford Theatre—June 15-July 2

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Peter Pan, Virginia Samford Theatre. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Spend an afternoon at the Virginia Samford Theatre experiencing a live theatre production. Journey back in time and watch your favorite characters from Peter Pan come to life.

14. Otey’s Fest—July 15

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Lively pub. (Harry Long / Otey’s Tavern)

Nothing beats a summer night filled with live music, local beer, cocktails and a cookout!

15. Mason Music Fest—July 29

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Rock-on. (Mason Music)

Mason Music is celebrating over 10 years of inspiring and teaching students to be passionate about playing music. Come enjoy food trucks, student performances, yard games and an incredible lineup of local and regional musicians while supporting a great cause.

16. Alabama Theatre Summer Movie Series—Fridays and Sundays in July

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Spend the weekend at the Alabama Theatre. (Bham Now)

Looking for a family outing in the city? Get out of the sun at Alabama Theatre and enjoy one of your favorite classical movies such as Grease Sing-AlongThe Mummy and  Remember the Titans.

17. Art on the Rocks—August 4

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Luminarts at Art on the Rocks. (Birmingham Museum of Art)

Get ready for the best of Birmingham’s creative community to gather at the Birmingham Museum of Art for an exciting night of entertainment. The popular event will have live music, DJs, an interactive mural and much more.

18. Books, Bands, and Brews—August 17

Help raise money to support the Literacy Council of Central Alabama’s mission of improving lives through literacy education at Saturn. Local band Crimson Cabins and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Tristen Gaspadarek will be taking the stage and ticket profits will benefit the mission of improving the lives of adults and their families as they learn how to read, write, and speak English.

19. Homewood Library Foundation Block Party—August 19

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Neighborhood block party! (Homewood Library)

Come out to Homewood Public Library’s block party for some family-friendly fun. Enjoy cold beverages and food from local sponsors while supporting your neighborhood library.

20. Sidewalk Film Festival—August 21-27

Film lovers from all over the world come to Birmingham for Sidewalk. Photo via Sidewalk's Facebook
Film lovers from all over the world come to Birmingham for Sidewalk. (Sidewalk Film Festival Facebook)

Venture over to the Theatre District of Birmingham to experience the arts by watching films and documentaries at theaters and auditoriums around town.

21. Birmingham Barons baseball games—summer evenings

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Cheers to summer! (Bham Now)

Cheer on the Birmingham Barons one evening at a ball game.

  • When: Monday-Sunday evenings throughout the summer, dates and times vary depending on the game
  • Where: Regions Field, 1401 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Cost: $10-20
  • Tickets: Buy online or at the doors
  • Theme Nights: Sunday Family Day/Kids Run the Bases | T-Shirt Tuesday | Wet Nose Wednesday | Thirsty Thursday | Friday Night Fireworks
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram

22. Story time at the Gardens—Fridays

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Southern Living Garden. (Bham Now)

Need an activity to do with your preschooler? Enjoy reading stories in a peaceful garden space at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Looking for more fun this summer? Check out all the concerts happening in June.

Lauren Perry
Lauren Perry
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