Happy birthday Alabama! Here’s where you can celebrate the state’s Bicentennial in Bham on Dec.14.

Kids celebrate the bicentennial in Birmingham.
Celebrate good times, come on! Photo via Alabama 200.

For 200 years old, our state doesn’t look a day over 135. Alabama became the nation’s twenty-second state on December 14, 1819.

Do you know what that means? This Saturday we’re all invited to Alabama’s birthday party! Check out all the places in Birmingham where you can commemorate the big day.

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Do you have the same music taste as our team? See who we listened to most in 2019!

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Despite what this looks like, we’re not all laughing at Content Producer Nathan Watson. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

If you’ve looked at even one Instagram story in the past week, chances are it was someone sharing their 2019 Spotify Wrapped. Depending on who you follow you probably saw Lizzo a few times. Actually—I don’t know who you follow, but I can still guarantee you saw tons of Lizzo.

So, how does your music taste match up to Bham Now’s? Take a peek at some of the team’s favorite music of 2019!

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AT&T announces it will expand 5G coverage to Birmingham. (Update)

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AT&T Believe Birmingham initiative launched at Bush Hills Academy on August 2, 2019. Photo via Day 22 Films, LLC.

Update Dec.13, 2019: The coverage is now live in Birmingham. Birmingham-area consumers and businesses are now among the first in the country with access to AT&T 5G.

2020 isn’t going to be exactly how the creators of the Jetsons imagined it, but Birmingham is getting closer to that vision. In the following weeks AT&T will launch its faster generation of mobile communication in several new areas, including the Magic City.

So, what does this mean for Birmingham? Keep reading to see how 5G is going to shape our city and push it toward the future of technology .

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Secret Stages is set for Aug. 7 + 8. Look at Birmingham’s festival through the decade!

Sammus at the Birmingham Festival.
Sammus is an underground rapper who came all the way from Philadelphia for 2018’s Secret Stages Festival. Photo via Secret Stages by Tyler Woods.

For nine years, Birmingham residents have been pretty bad about keeping a secret—and we won’t stop spilling for year ten. Secret Stages, a favorite under-the-radar Magic City music festival, announced it will take place August 7 and 8 of 2020.

Check out all that Secret Stages has done in the past 10 years, and where some of the artists are now!

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Birmingham native, Jordan Fisher, lands LEAD role in Tony-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Birmingham native Jordan Fisher
I too like getting dressed up and standing next to a ladder. Photo via Jordan Fisher’s Facebook.

There are a lot of reasons to be proud of Birmingham, and one on top of the list is Jordan Fisher! The Birmingham native turned superstar began his career right here, and just like our city, it only continues to grow.

If you haven’t already met Jordan, this is the perfect time to get acquainted with him now that he’s landed the lead role of Evan in “Dear Evan Hansen.” For only 25 years old, he has an impressive resume. Thanks for giving us another way to brag about how awesome Bham is, Jordan!

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Got leftover food from your catered party? Let Second Servings donate it back to the community!

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Every catered party you attend this season gives you an opportunity to give back. Photo via Ashley Mac’s.


Do you really need that huge serving of chicken kabobs your coworker insisted you take home from the office holiday party?  This season, instead of letting leftovers live rent free in the back of your fridge, consider donating them to Second Servings, a Junior League of Birmingham initiative.

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50 Birmingham nonprofits to consider for Giving Tuesday and beyond.

A Birmingham nonprofit volunteers at the VA Medical Center.
YWCA Central Alabama dedicates its efforts to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting justice for everyone. Photo via the YWCA’s Facebook.

At Bham Now, we partner with a LOT of local companies in the Birmingham area.  Bham Now’s audience (that’s you!) says they appreciate the connection with local businesses and the products they offer. And, we also partner with nonprofits.  As one of the highest giving regions in the country, nonprofits make Birmingham special.

Here are a few featured Birmingham nonprofits, and don’t forget to check out the list at the end for more ways to give! If you’d like to see your nonprofit here, partner with Bham Now by emailing hello@bhamnow.com to see how you can become involved!

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5 tips you need to know to keep your Birmingham pets warm this winter!

I know it took a lot of purr-suasion to get this cat into a Santa costume. Photo via Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s Facebook.

The unpredictability of Alabama weather doesn’t just affect you, but all those Birmingham pets we love to to show off. When chilly weather hits, grab an extra sweater for yourself and your four-legged friends.

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Here’s a peek at “Collection,” a movie filmed in Highland Park!

A shot of the movie filmed in Birmingham.
Highland Park is a hot spot for filmmakers this year ! Photo via Paris Topazi.

Don’t be surprised when you see a familiar Birmingham landscape in the background of an upcoming movie next year. The thriller—“Collection”— wrapped up filming around Niazuma Avenue this month.

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Five Birmingham karaoke spots that will have you singing a happy tune this holiday season

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#TBT to the McWane Science Center’s “Party Like It’s 1998” karaoke shindig. Photo via McWane Science Center

What better way to avoid those political arguments at holiday dinners this season, than by singing through them? Okay, this isn’t a musical so maybe it won’t be that easy. But, you can relieve the tension afterward at these five Birmingham karaoke bars.

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Birmingham businesses present winning ideas at The Big Pitch.

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It’s hard not to get excited hearing about all the growth in Birmingham thanks to hard-working business owners! Photo via REV Birmingham’s Facebook.

If you don’t have a favorite Birmingham business yet, you will after hearing about the winners of The Big Pitch! REV Birmingham organized a competition awarding Birmingham startups a total of $50,000 plus professional-services prize packages.

The innovative buzz of Birmingham continues to build through these businesses!

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3 Birmingham wine experts create the perfect gift guide

Wine bottles lined up at a Birmingham wine shop.
I don’t know much about football, but I can tell you this is a great starting lineup. Photo via Golden Age Wine.

Wine—a gift as old as time, but how do you know which kind is best for different holiday parties? Three Birmingham wine experts fill us in on bringing the right choice to the table this holiday season.

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Birmingham bunnies hop to the occasion

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WARNING: this article features images of adorable bunnies. Photo via Alabama Rabbit Rescue’s Facebook.

Birmingham, beer and bunnies have a lot more in common with each other than you might think. To see how, I sat down with Connie Cowan from the Alabama Rabbit Rescue at their event “Brews for Bunnies” — hosted by TrimTab Brewery.

If any of those three words above interest you, keep reading to learn more about the local nonprofit.

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Thinking about renting your Birmingham home on Airbnb? See what you need to know beforehand!

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Suzy’s UAB Apartment currently lists at $65/night. Since it’s located right in Five Points South she could double that price come the 2021 World Games! Photo via Airbnb.com.

You have the chance to make some dough if you list your Birmingham home on Airbnb. With major events like the 2021 World Games and big businesses setting up shop here, the city is a hub for tourism.

But before you hit up T.J. Maxx for decor, let’s look at what opening up your home entails.

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My first impressions after one week in Birmingham

A corner of the Pizitz building.
If you look hard enough into the second floor window of The Pizitz , you can see me drinking my 6th cup of coffee for the day. Photo via Irene Richardson for Bham now.

I may be a Tuscaloosa gal, but no one feels at home in the Magic City until the barista at Revelator lets you stay in the shop an hour after it closes. After one week of living like a local, here are my thoughts.

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