Check out these 8 weekend events in The Magic City including McWane’s 25th Birthday—July 7-9

Engineering Week. (McWane Science Center)

Get ready for the weekend, Bham! We’ve got lots of upcoming events, from cool fundraisers to brewery battles, so read on for all the deets.

Weekend Events

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
(Birmingham Botanical Gardens)

1. St. Owsley: A Modern Tribute to Jerry Garcia

  • What: With thunderous bass, soaring leads, grooves of steel and improvisation that borders on insanity, St. Owsley not only wants to play the songs you know and love, but to also elevate and take them to the next level through new sounds and directions enveloped by a truly one of a kind experience.
  • When: Friday, July 7 | 10-11:30PM
  • Where: The Nick
  • Cost: $7
  • Tickets

2. McWane’s 25th Birthday Celebration

  • What: Slip on those party hats, Bham, because McWane Science Center turns the big 25 this July. They’ll be celebrating all summer long with brand new experiences, must-see movies, a don’t-miss party and more.
  • When: Saturday, July 8 | 10AM-4PM
  • Where: McWane Science Center
  • Cost: Included in price of general admission
  • Tickets

3. Vulcan Vault

  • What: Join a fun Polevault in the Plaza at the first ever street vault in Central Alabama. Elite and up and coming athletes will be competing, including the Men’s 2023 NCAA Outdoor Polevault Champion, Kyle Rademeyer and Nationally ranked Female, Alina McDonald. There will be food and beverages available for purchase in the plaza and from local businesses including SOHO Social and Social Taco.
  • When: Saturday, July 8 | 8AM-10PM
  • Where: Rosewood Hall
  • Cost: Free admission

4. Tanabata Festival

  • What: Celebrate this wonderful Japanese festival honoring the alignment of two stars normally separated by the Milky Way. Hosted in partnership with the Japan-America Society of Alabama and the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, they invite you to hang a special wish on tanzaku (colorful paper strips) in their Japanese Garden.
  • When: Saturday, July 8 | 9AM-Noon
  • Where: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
  • Cost: Free admission

5. Mom’s Basement Vintage Market

  • What: Browse through tons of local vintage vendors at this market to find exclusive and one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry, home decor and more.
  • When: Saturday, July 8 | Noon-6PM
  • Where: Mom’s Basement
  • Cost: Free admission

6. The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks, and Curls

  • What: Celebrate National CROWN Day in collaboration with interculturalist & naturalista Bettina Byrd-Giles. This vibrant event seeks to honor the CROWN Act of 2022, a crucial legislation that prohibits discrimination based on hair texture, style or hairstyle, underlining the significance of such discrimination as illegal under existing federal law.
  • When: Saturday, July 8 | 5-8PM
  • Where: Birmingham Museum of Art
  • Cost: Free admission
  • Register

7. Studio By The Tracks’ 34th Annual Art From The Heart Fundraiser

  • What: Art From The Heart is back for its 34th year. This annual fundraiser supports Studio By The Tracks, a studio and gallery for adult artists on the autism spectrum. Enjoy art, food, wine and fun.
  • When: Sunday, July 9 | 5:30-8PM
  • Where: B&A Warehouse
  • Cost: $85-$160
  • Tickets

8. Battle of the Breweries

  • What: Watch as 11 of Birmingham’s breweries face-off in a sumo wrestling competition for the ultimate Battle of the Breweries trophy. Plus, proceeds will support Magic City Wellness Center.
  • When: Sunday, July 9 | 2PM
  • Where: Hi-Wire Brewing
  • Cost: $5
  • Tickets available at door

Looking Ahead

Diamonds Direct
Don’t miss the Diamonds Direct’s Summer sale. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Diamonds Direct Summer Showcase

  • When: Friday, July 14-Saturday, July 22
  • Where: Diamonds Direct
  • Cost: Free admission

So So Spiffy’s Shopping Shindig

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Lauryn Stinson
Lauryn Stinson
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