5 events that will make you fall in love with springtime in Oxford, MS, this Apr. 22-May 26

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I want to drive to Oxford in that car. Photo via Visit Oxford MS

Now that Spring has sprung, our neighbors in Oxford, Mississippi are ready to welcome visitors with open arms and a host of events. Pop-Up Oxford Spring Edition, is taking place from April 22 to May 16. We’ve got highlights of what you can expect. Check out Visit Oxford MS’s website to start planning your trip now.

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American Airlines adds summer nonstop flight from the Magic City to the Magic Kingdom

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American Airlines is adding a summer nonstop flight to Orlando. Photo via Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Facebook page

Break out your Mickey Mouse ears Birmingham! American Airlines is launching a new summertime  nonstop Saturday service between Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) and Orlando International Airport (MCO).

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9 stylish Birminghamians share the fashion trends you’ll see all spring

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Wide-leg jeans and matching sets should be on your radar. Photo via (L-R) Aliscia Marie, Jess Lanier for Molly Green, Randall Porter

Wide-leg jeans, monochromatic sets and casual touches in each outfit. Everywhere you look, you’ll see different styles blooming in Birmingham. After a year of only dressing up for Zoom calls, I needed some style inspiration. I reached out to local fashion-forward folks to get their input on the Birmingham fashion trends we can expect this season.

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The Market at Pepper Place, Mountain Brook coffee shop + MORE opening in Bham

Time to stock up on your local fruits, veggies, baked goods and more. Photo via The Market at Pepper Place’s Facebook

Things are heating up in The Magic City. The Market at Pepper Place is open for the season, new restaurants are being added to our foodie bucket list and local favorites are reopening their doors. Here’s what’s new in Birmingham.

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5 beautiful waterfalls within driving distance of Birmingham

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Look at that rainbow in this beautiful view of Desoto Falls. Photo via DeKalb County Tourism and Heather Harkins Photography

Yes, living in Birmingham provides us the luxury of hanging out at rooftop happy hours in the city and experiencing local talent at music festivals; however, did you know that we also have some unique waterfalls to explore within miles of the city? So if you were thinking you had to book a plane ticket to witness multiple cascading waterfalls, we’re here to tell you that you were wrong. Respectfully, of course! Here are five of the most beautiful waterfalls within driving distance of Birmingham.

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Chez Fonfon is open for indoor dining, and what’s next for Bottega & Highlands

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Cameron Westbrook and Pardis Stitt at the entrance of Chez Fonfon.

This week, on Instagram Chez Fonfon announced they are reopening for indoor dining. We got so excited, we rushed over to Five Points South to get an update from Pardis Stitt, on the Stitt family of restaurants – Chez Fonfon, Bottega’s and of course the James Beard Award- winning Highlands Bar & Grill.

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Get empanadas from these 9 local spots for National Empanada Day April 8

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Pa’que Ronald has a nice dining spot outside their food truck for you to enjoy. Photo via Pa’que Ronald’s Facebook

National Empanada Day is Thursday, April 8. Indulge in these delicious, flakey hand pies when you visit one of these local Birmingham restaurants. Celebrate in Birmingham by getting empanadas from one (or several) of these nine local restaurants.

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5 spots in Birmingham to enjoy deep dish pizza

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I celebrate all kinds of pizza. Photo via Tortugas Pizza’s Facebook

Want an excuse to eat pizza? Today is your lucky day because it’s National Deep Dish Pizza Day. Keep reading to discover five spots that serve the thickest and belly-satisfying slices in Birmingham. Psst! You’ll also learn how to join in on the deep-dish pizza challenge at Basil’s Pizza and Bar.

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Birmingham’s new dating app will set you up with your next first date

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Find your next date with Set Me Up. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Finding your next date is hard enough, and current dating apps with their constant stream of pointless conversations don’t make it any easier. Now, the Birmingham-based app Set Me Up is changing the dating game and making first dates fun.

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5 spring kayaking adventures in and around Birmingham

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Photo by Keith Bozeman, Kayak at sunset at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge near Decatur, Alabama. Courtesy of the Alabama Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

The weather is heating up, which means it’s time for outdoor adventures. We’ve previously told you why Birmingham is a paddler’s paradise, and now we’re back to let you know how you can get in on it.

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MURAL ALERT: Birmingham’s new murals at Tropicaleo and Crestwood Tavern [PHOTOS]

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The view of the mural from the park next door is exactly what the owner Blake had in mind. Photo via Cheyenne Trujillo for Bham Now

Two new murals just popped up off of Crestwood Boulevard. You can find these additions at Tropicaleo and Crestwood Tavern. Keep reading to find out more about Birmingham’s newest murals.

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Enjoy a bonanza of April events at McWane packed with robotics, caves + more

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Robotics for the win. Photo via McWane Science Center

Move like a robot. Venture into an underwater cave. Watch a movie on a mega IMAX screen. There’s just one spot in Birmingham where you can do all of these things and it’s at McWane Science Center. For adventure and discovery for all ages and stages, check out these events happening only at McWane this April. Purchase your tickets in advance.

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7 ways to enjoy Virtual Vacation Day in Birmingham

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Learn more about the history and culture of Birmingham with these virtual vacation ideas. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum’s Facebook

A year into the pandemic, and I think we’re all looking forward to taking an in-person vacation. While the vaccine efforts are ramping up, it’s still safest to keep your vacay virtual. Keep reading to see seven ways to enjoy a Birmingham virtual vacation.

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