4 things you must do before Labor Day. PLUS a special Birmingham deal to get you there.

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BBVA Field sunsets are unmatched! Photo via Birmingham Legion FC on Facebook.

As the sun sets on another Birmingham, AL summer, there’s still time for one last hoorah. You know Bham Now is here to make this easy. We’ve pulled together the 4 ‘must-do’ places to check out before Labor Day weekend. Birmingham City School employees, be sure to read till the end for a special deal just for you compliments of Adamson Ford.

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11 Birmingham area neighborhood parks to visit when you need to get OOO (Out of Office)

Rhodes Park in Birmingham’s Southside. Photo by Samantha Moats for Bham Now

Written by Samantha Moats

Let’s be honest: It’s challenging to stay focused at the office during these sunny, summer months. Fortunately, the Birmingham area is brimming with great neighborhood parks, perfect for the short OOO break you need to take a deep breath, spark inspiration, and soak up some vitamin D – so don’t forget the sunscreen!

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What is the Great Alabama 650? Learn about the longest single-state river trail race in the U.S. happening this fall

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Photo via the Alabama Scenic Rivers Trail Facebook page

Move over Talladega Superspeedway,  the state of Alabama has got another 500 plus mile race.  The Great Alabama 650 – an adventure style paddler race is scheduled to launch this fall. Continue reading “What is the Great Alabama 650? Learn about the longest single-state river trail race in the U.S. happening this fall”

Looking for an adventure? Check out The Alabama Beta, a race that begins and ends in Birmingham

The Alabama Beta participants. Photo by Fran Gunn (@franniegetyourgunn) and courtesy of The Alabama Beta

48 hours. 144 challenges across the state. The team with the best beta wins. Intrigued? Read on for more information about Alabama’s adventure race, The Alabama Beta. It starts in Birmingham October 4, 2019.

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Alabama Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association hosting event at Birmingham District Brewing Co. on August 1st.

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Photo via Heart of Alabama Walk to End Alzheimer’s Facebook

The Alabama Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Planning Committee is throwing Beers for Alz, a free event on August 1st from 5:30-8:30PM at 20 Midtown hosted at Birmingham District Brewing Co. Read on to learn more about the event.

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Floating the Cahaba, road tripping and more. Your definitive guide to staying cool this summer in Birmingham

These building’s definitely look cool, but that’s not the cool we’re talking about. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

It’s hot, Birmingham. We know. To help y’all beat the heat and still participate in all the fun, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to staying cool this summer in Birmingham—including happy hours, road trips and floating local rivers!

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5 Tips for cyclist’s safety in Birmingham.

Photo by @pepperplacebham on Instagram

In light of the recent tragedy that happened on July 12, we decided to compile a list of tips on how to stay safe for local cyclists.

Bikes are definitely a big thing in Birmingham and pretty much everyone has ridden a bike before. But most people don’t follow correct bike safety before taking one out for a ride.

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Years in the making: Birmingham’s Clairmont Avenue Walking Trail is officially open

Ribbon Cutting at the Clairmont Avenue Walking Trail on July 13, 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham’s Clairmont Avenue Trail in the Crestwood South Neighborhood officially opened this morning with a ribbon cutting, speeches by local leaders and music by the Crestwood Community Band.

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Looking to beat the Birmingham heat? Here are 7 ways to cool off at the river this summer—tubing, kayaking and more!

Photo via North Alabama Canoe and Kayak on Facebook

Whether you’re looking for a canoe adventure or a relaxing float on an inner tube, cooling off at the river is some of the most fun you can have during a Birmingham summer. We’ve got five places to check out within two hours of downtown. Keep reading to find your next weekend expedition!

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5 summer camps at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens– including a family camp that you’re not going to want to miss

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Summer camp smiles! Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Summer’s in full swing here in Birmingham. But don’t fret— you still have time to sign up for these fantastic summer camps at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. If you find yourself asking, “Is it time to go school supply shopping yet??” You’re in luck— no matter their age or interests, the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens probably has a summer camp option that your kiddos (and you) will get excited about. 

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Electric scooters may be coming (back) to Birmingham, thanks to new legislation

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Bham Now team member Wade Cline scooting to his next meeting. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now.

If you were driving around Birmingham in 2018, you may have seen someone zipping around on an electric scooter. This novelty transportation method was available in Birmingham for a few months in 2018- until it wasn’t. Now, a new piece of legislation might have these scooters zipping back to Birmingham.

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Need outdoor design inspo? Tips + tricks from John G. Wilson of Birmingham-based Golightly Landscape Architecture

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John at the door of his office at Forge. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Get to know John G. Wilson, a Forge member, Birmingham native and landscape architect with Golightly Landscape Architecture. See pictures of his gorgeous designs, and find out where the name Golightly comes from (*Spoiler Alert: It’s not Breakfast at Tiffany’s). Plus, three essential questions to ask before hiring a landscape architect!

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10 reasons every post-grad should move to Birmingham

Here’s a picture of me walking across a stage, shaking hands with my university’s President (hey Dr. Bennett), and being handed the most expensive piece of paper I’ll ever hold. I had no idea what I was doing with my life starting the next morning. Can you see the joy and fear mixing in my eyes?

I graduated from college in May 2019. Starting approximately June 1, 2018, I was asked this question over, and over, and over again. You know the one: “So, what’s next?” Now, this was certainly well-intended and asked out of genuine curiosity. However, for a senior in college with no clue what they’re doing for spring break, much less with the rest of their lives, it can be a bit panic-inducing. College students, post-grads: have no fear! I’ve got your answer to the dreaded question right here- keep reading to find out!

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