Wine Down with Red Mountain Park

Support Red Mountain Park while tasting wines at Hop City Craft Beer and Wine Birmingham!

Enjoy discovering and sampling an ample variety of wines from multiple distributors. You’ll be able to buy or order your favorites on site. Food trucks will also be present at the event. This event is a new fundraiser put on by the Red Mountain Park Junior Board in partnership with Hop City. Proceeds from ticket sales go to support Red Mountain Park operations.

General Admission tickets are $50 pre-event and $60 at the door. If you’d like to beat the crowds and be among the first to taste and purchase the wines, VIP Early Access tickets are available for $75.

Tickets are available at rmpwinedown.swell.gives.

New study says Bham is the 9th worst city for active lifestyles. Here’s why we disagree.

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Black People Run, Bike, and Swim is changing the way Birmingham views exercise. Photo via Jerri Haslem

ABC News 33/40 published an article on a WalletHub study saying that Birmingham ranks as the ninth worst city to live in for an active lifestyle. Yikes. However, no one knows working out in Birmingham better than us. So what makes Birmingham a good city for active lifestyles? Read on to find out.

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15 things you never knew about our city—just in time for Birmingham Day

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Our favorite birthday to celebrate and our favorite city to call home. Photo via Railroad Park on Facebook

Today is a very special day—Birmingham’s birthday! On December 19, 1871, the beautiful city of Birmingham was incorporated by the state of Alabama. To celebrate Birmingham Day, we’re sharing 15 things you might not know about the Magic City.

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5 spots to FALL in love with the changing leaves in Birmingham, including Oak Mountain State Park

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Is there anything prettier than a scenic drive in the fall? Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

You heard it here first, folks. Fall is the prettiest time to enjoy the beauty of some of Birmingham’s best parks. If you want to see the changing leaves in all their glory, there is no better time than now—so, we rounded up five of the best spots to see the changing Fall landscape in Birmingham.

We hopped in a new 2020 GLE350 for our drive out to Oak Mountain. Check out the inventory at Mercedes-Benz of Birmingham to learn more.

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6 mountain biking trails to check out in Birmingham, including Oak Mountain State Park

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Perfect weather + beautiful Birmingham trails = your weekend plans. Photo via Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers

Temperatures in the 60s, nothing on our to-do lists until Monday morning, and plans that involve social distancing—sounds like the perfect time to go mountain biking. If you’re looking for a great bike ride, keep reading for awesome mountain biking trails in Birmingham. Plus, check out different groups for fellow mountain bike lovers!

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Bham budget cuts to nature preserves and green spaces highlight need for region wide support

Birmingham Mountain High Hikers at Ruffner Mountain. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

According to longtime supporters at Ruffner Mountain, in 2020, more people will have walked the popular and beloved nature preserve’s trails than at any time in its 43 year history.

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Birmingham’s Grasselli community: Haskell Hideaway + local schools getting national recognition

Hit the trails early to make sure you beat crowds waiting to get their chance to walk the rope bridge. Photo via Vulcan Wiki

As part of Bham Now’s neighborhood series, we’re taking a look at Birmingham’s Grasselli community. It’s home to an award-winning culinary arts program and a university that partnered with the tech giant, Apple, to expand coding education opportunities throughout the state. Lastly, there’s a local fashion designer that you’ll want to keep on your radar.

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Exploring Birmingham’s Southwest community + 2 must-try local restaurants

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Have you been to Tip Top Grill? Photo via their Facebook page

As part of Bham Now’s neighborhood series, we’re taking a look at Birmingham’s Southwest community. Southwest has a lot to offer and some of your favorite places may be in this community without you even knowing.

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Look at Birmingham’s urban wildlife with Michelle Reynolds (PHOTOS + art)

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Michelle Reynolds where she’s happiest. Photo via Bob Farley

If you love the natural world and its creatures, you need to know Michelle Reynolds. Among other things, she’s a regular explorer of Birmingham’s urban wildlife, often posting gorgeous photos of her surprising discoveries so the rest of us can armchair travel with her. Keep reading to find out what I learned during our Q+A.

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Love nature? Learn how to support 5 of Birmingham’s beautiful parks!

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View from Hawk’s View Overlook at Ruffner Mountain. Photo via Ruffner Mountain on Facebook

The Magic City has no shortage of beautiful views—but one of the most unique perspectives are at our local parks. Check out these ways to support our beautiful nature preserves!

If you can’t make it out to one of Alabama’s parks right now, many of them are going virtual—learn more!

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Today is Birmingham Day! The Magic City was established 148 years ago on December 19, 1871

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The Vulcan statue watches over Birmingham. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum

Happy 148th birthday Birmingham!

On this day, December 19th, 1871, the city of Birmingham was incorporated by the state of Alabama. In 1925, the Birmingham City Commission officially adopted December 19th as Birmingham Day.

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Red Mountain Park was once a sea of stumps? Explore 200 years of landscape changes in Alabama

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Aerial photo of the what is today Red Mountain Park in the 1900s. Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Park

When I was in the 4th grade, I took my first Alabama history class. Without fail, each day, the teacher outlined Alabama on the chalkboard–the rectangular box with the “high heels” that is Baldwin and Mobile counties. At the end of each class, she would wipe away that outline of the state.

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