Juneteenth, Father’s Day + more good times in Birmingham, June 18-20

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Ready to celebrate Father’s Day? Photo by Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash

Get pumped, Birmingham, because this weekend is dedicated to celebrating. First up is Juneteenth on Saturday, June 19, followed by Father’s Day on Sunday, June 20. Not to mention, June is PRIDE month, which means yet another reason to have a GOOD TIME. There’s no time to waste, your weekend plans for June 18-20 await you below.

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5 Birmingham cocktail + coffee carts bringing summer fun to you

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A party coming your way. Photo by Kristen Pender Photography for Magic City Mini Bar

This summer, mobile cocktail and coffee carts are rolling into Birmingham. Whether you want to book a cocktail cart for a special event or support budding new local businesses at area farmers’ markets, don’t miss these “pour-table” pit stops.

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Celebrate Juneteenth in Birmingham with beloved traditions + new events all weekend

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Photo via Bham Black Pride

June 19 is more than just a date, it also marks Juneteenth—an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the US. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate this important day, mark your calendar for these events happening in Birmingham.

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Celebrate Father’s Day with 7 local gift ideas + 1 giveaway

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1 giveaway coming your way. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

We love finding reasons to celebrate our fathers and father figures in our life. Luckily, Bham Now has your Father’s Day covered with seven locally-made gift ideas ranging from fun family experiences to gift cards that show team spirit. Pick up a Father’s Day card and check out one of these gift ideas for the best dad ever.

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Find fresh blueberries this summer at these 4 u-pick farms close to Birmingham

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We couldn’t be any happier that it’s almost blueberry season. Photo via Joanna Kosinska

Move over strawberries, it’s the blueberries’ time to shine. Everyone loves a nice, fresh blueberry—especially when you can pick it off the vine. If you don’t know where to start or want to try something a little different from your local grocery store, we’ve compiled a list of u-pick blueberry farms near Birmingham just for you.

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Ready, set, go! Lace up for these 8 summer races within 2 hours of Bham

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Time to bust out your running shoes. Photo via Crisis Center Inc.

Runners, joggers and walkers, get ready because Birmingham has a full calendar of summer races. From your classic 5K fundraisers to intense trail runs, there’s a race for everyone of every athletic level.

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These 4 locally made seasonings will add a kick to your next meal

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Get ready for some mouthwatering spices and seasonings, all made in and around Birmingham. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

What’s better than supporting local businesses and making a good meal? We’ve got the scoop on four spices and seasonings made right here in the Birmingham area that will up your spice rack game.

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5 best places in Birmingham to get your next summer crawfish boil

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Nothing says summer in the South like a crawfish boil! Photo via Red Mountainn Crawfish.

For me, summer is synonymous with sitting around a table with friends, elbow-deep in crawfish, potatoes and corn-on-the-cob. If you want the real Southern crawfish boil experience, traditional spicy Cajun flavoring is the way to go. You can always steam up your own crawfish boil at home, but I prefer to keep it simple and pick up a bag of crawfish—potatoes and corn included—from one of these Birmingham Cajun seafood spots. Just make sure you do it soon—the local crawfish season will be through by mid-June!

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5 reasons Birmingham families are flocking to Gulf Shores now

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Pure fun only found at the beach. Photo via Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism

As the world reopens around us, summer vacations are eagerly being planned. The first place on my family’s travel list—Gulf Shores, Alabama. From sandy white beaches to a never-ending list of activities, it’s the ultimate place for young families to vacation. And we’re not alone. Find out why Birmingham families are flocking to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and why yours should, too.

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Craving a staycation? We’ve got you covered with 9 unique Airbnbs in Birmingham, starting at $49/night

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Concerts downstairs and a cool hangout upstairs. Photo via Airbnb

Things are heating up and we’re ready to head on our next adventure. Luckily, we don’t need a passport or plane ticket thanks to these 9 Airbnbs in Birmingham that’ll make you feel like you’re seeing the city through a whole new lens.

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7 of the oldest congregations in Birmingham, across 6 major religions

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“My house shall be a house of prayer for all people.” Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Continuing Bham Now’s series of “Birmingham’s oldest” in celebration of the Magic City’s 150th birthday, we’re talking about the oldest houses of worship across six major world religions. Keep reading to learn more about Birmingham’s oldest faith centers and as part of it, the area’s religious history.

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10 ways to celebrate PRIDE month this June

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Rainbow Margs from The Lumbar in Birmingham. Photo via The Lumbar’s Facebook

June is National Pride Month and Birmingham is dusting off its rainbow flags, dousing itself in glitter and joining together to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community. From fundraisers to parties, here’s your guide to PRIDE in The Magic City.

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Need Memorial Day plans? Check out these 14 events in Birmingham

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The tournament is a perfect place to bring your baseball loving kiddos this Memorial Day Weekend! Photo via SEC Baseball Tournament

Memorial Day Weekend is coming up soon, and Birmingham has a packed schedule. With concerts, cookouts, memorials and outdoor fun, you have plenty of ways to spend the long weekend. Keep reading to find your long weekend plans.

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