7 hot weekend events including an exciting Dragon Boat Race—August 18-20

Dragon Boats Race and Festival
Dragon Boat Race. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Read, set, weekend! Here are the coolest events you won’t want to miss, from a fun casino night to an awesome local art market. Read below for your weekend plans.

Weekend Events

KIDS Kasino
Kids Kasino benefits YWCA’s Child Developmental Center. (YMCA)

1. So So Spiffy Shopping Shindig

  • What: Shop ’till you drop at Spiffy’s summer warehouse sale for curated collections of rugs, sofas, chairs, dining tables, accessories and more—all up to 60% OFF!
  • When: Friday, August 18, Noon-6PM | Saturday, August 19, 10AM-4PM
  • Where: Spiffy Staging & Design
  • Cost: Free admission

2. Mitchell’s Place Dragon Boat Race & Festival

  • What: Mitchell’s Place Dragon Boat Festival brings the most fun and unforgettable experience to the Birmingham area! There will be a great boat race, food, kids’ activities, all while helping to raise awareness for early intervention and autism spectrum disorder.
  • When: Saturday, August 19 | 8AM-2PM
  • Where: East Lake Park
  • Cost: Festival – free admission
  • Donate here

3. KIDS Kasino benefiting YWCA’s Child Developmental Center

  • What: Get ready to go all-in for KIDS Kasino benefiting YWCA Central Alabama’s Child Development Center. At this event, you’ll be supporting an amazing cause and playing exciting casino games.
  • When: Saturday, August 19 | Childcare begins at 5:30PM, Event 6-10PM
  • Where: YWCA Gymnasium
  • Cost:
    • General Admission: $75 per person. Includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, 2 complimentary drinks + $500 play money.
    • High-Roller/VIP: $100 per person. Includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, 2 complimentary drinks, an exclusive lounge with a bar and games + $1,000 play money.
    • Raffle tickets: available for direct purchase at the event for $25 per ticket.
  • Tickets

4. Birmingham Pig Roast

  • What: The ¡HICA! Junior Board presents the inaugural Birmingham Pig Roast—an event that brings together Alabama’s passion for good barbecue and the rich Latino communities in Birmingham.
  • When: Saturday, August 19 | 2-6PM
  • Where: Cahaba Brewing Company
  • Cost: $20
  • Tickets

5. Latinos Con Onda Anniversary Party

  • What: Latinos Con Onda is one of Birmingham’s most fun and inclusive experiences. This year’s event will celebrate their fourth anniversary with an exciting lineup of musicians, food, art and more from all over the world.
  • When: August 19 | 4-10:30PM
  • Where: Avondale Brewing Company
  • Cost: $20
  • Tickets

6. Journey of Hope

7. CityWalk Bham Art Market

  • What: Get a taste of the town at this monthly celebration of local art, music and food. There will also be safe and inclusive family-friendly activities for kids.
  • When: Saturday, August 19 | 1-7PM
  • Where: CityWalk Bham
  • Cost: Free admission

Looking Ahead

Babypalooza 2023

Arts Block Party

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Lauryn Stinson
Lauryn Stinson
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