01/01/2018 — 12/31/2018
2018 Birmingham Festivals
The variety of annual events nourishes the Birmingham vibe. Here are some of the festivals and events on the schedule for 2018:
Southern Voices Festival– February 20-24. Hoover Library. The celebration of writing, music and art attracts a full house each year to see and hear the works of noted Southern writers and artists.
Festival of Tulips– April 2-7. American Village. Stroll through row after row of colorful blooms, take photos, and picking flowers and bulbs to take home.
Alabama Asian Culture & Food Festival – April 7. Zamora Shrine Temple. Come meet people from different cultures, learn to understand cultural similarities and differences, sample many kinds of Asian food, observe a colorful origami peace mobile as well as an exhibit of the earliest known color photographs taken along the Burma Road in China, and have a lot of fun!
St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival– April 13-14. St. Elias Maronite Church. Now in its 18th year, the festival serves up the very best Lebanese dishes from baked kibbe to baklava.
16th Annual Gardendale Magnolia Festival– April 20-21. Gardendale Civic Center. Enjoy a midway carnival, 150 vendor booths, three stages of live entertainment, a pooch parade, a 5K run/fun run and much more.
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – April 20-22. Barber Motorsports Park. The only Indy Series event in the Deep South, this motorsports event draws tens of thousands of race fans every year.
Gumbo Gala– April 21. Sloss Furnace. This spicy event has grown into one of the city’s most popular cooking competitions. Proceeds benefit Episcopal Place, which provides affordable, independent living for seniors and disabled adults.
Magic City Art Connection– April 27-29. Linn Park. One of Birmingham’s largest festivals, this juried art show draws talent from around the country to show and sell paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography and more.
Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues Festival– April 28. Debardeleben Park in Historic Downtown Bessemer. Now in its ninth year, the festival takes place in the heart of downtown Bessemer, just west of Birmingham.
Feast of Saint Mark Italian Festival– April 28. Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. Come join us for a fantastic Italian food experience! Enjoy music, a fireworks extravaganza and a delicious Italian feast.
45th Annual Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival– May 4-6. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. The annual dulcimer festival features dulcimer craftsman and musicians from across the country. The festival features a dulcimer making class and beginning and intermediate dulcimer playing classes in the morning before the official stage festival in the afternoon.
Homestead Hollow Arts & Crafts Festival– May 11-13. Springville. See wood carving, blacksmithing, wood stove cooking, quilting, whiskey making at our original working still, tour our original cabins as they were built by the early settlers. Enjoy great food, music and children’s activities.
Do Dah Day Festival– May 19. Rhodes and Caldwell Parks. Benefitting animal rescue services, this is one of the city’s most wonderful and wacky events. Homemade floats and animals dressed in costume parade the streets of Highland Avenue.
Juneteenth Celebration– June. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The annual Juneteenth celebration, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, is presented by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Slicefest– June 16. 29th St. South outside Slicefest Pizza and Brewhouse. This day-long block party features local and regional music artists, craft beers and specialty pizzas.
Sloss Tech– July 13. Lyric Theatre. Held in conjunction with Sloss Music and Arts Festival, this is the Southeast’s preeminent technology festival.
Sloss Music and Arts Festival– July 14-15. Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Music fans rock to nationally-known and regional alternative bands on three stages. Southern Living magazine calls this event “one of the iconic Southern festivals.”
Secret Stages– August 3-4. Avondale. Secret Stages is a weekend filled with up-and-coming music from local, regional and national talent. Billed as a “music discovery festival,” the event takes place on stages throughout the Avondale area.
Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival– August 25. Historic 4th Avenue Business District, downtown Birmingham. Enjoy live music, spoken word and vendors at this year’s Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival! Free and open to the public, this event runs from 12 noon-10pm.
Sidewalk Film Festival– August 20-26. Downtown Birmingham Theatre District and other walkable locations. This showcase for independent film has gained wide notoriety in film and consumer publications for its tight organization, range of subject matter and good ol’ weekend fun.
Magic City Mac N’ Cheese Festival– September 9. Brookwood Village. The Magic City Mac n Cheese Festival is exactly what it sounds like: an incredible opportunity to get your Mac n Cheese fix. This year, the second of this festival, some two dozen local restaurants will descend upon Brookwood Village intent upon tempting you with their versions of this decadent southern delicacy.
Trucks by the Track– September 16. Railroad Park. Every year thousands of folks gather at Birmingham’s signature Railroad Park to sample culinary delights served up by our thriving food truck culture at Trucks By The Tracks. When we say there’ll be something there for everybody, we’re not just blowing barbecue smoke!
Saint George Middle Eastern Food Festival– September 29. St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church. With homemade Middle Eastern food, live music and dance, the sights and sounds will be reminiscent of a Middle Eastern wedding! Free admission.
Homestead Hollow Arts & Crafts Festival– September 28-30. Springville. See wood carving, blacksmithing, wood stove cooking, quilting, whiskey making at our original working still, tour our original cabins as they were built by the early settlers. Enjoy great food, music and children’s activities.
Fiesta– September 29. Linn Park. Alabama’s largest celebration of Hispanic culture is a colorful event in downtown Linn Park. Learn about the many Hispanic countries and their cultures through art, music food and dance. From tortas to tacos and jerk chicken to pupusas, this fest puts on the spread. Here, you’ll find Salvadorian, Caribbean, and Brazilian food, from warm plantains, tapiocas, and quesadillas, to tamales, and corn cups. You can almost smell the homemade tortillas cooking. Come hungry!
The 27th Annual Whistle Stop Festival– September 29. The Outlet Shops at Grand River, Leeds. Nothing makes us think “Alabama” better than fried green tomatoes. And if what you love about fried green tomatoes includes Fannie Flagg’s novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, well, then you might want to check out this local favorite held annually in the charming little downtown of Irondale just east of Birmingham.
The 9th Annual Cahaba River Fish Fry Competition & Festival– September 30. Railroad Park. Each year the Cahaba River Society hosts a catfish cook-off and festival that’s not only good for the planet, but also the palate! This event has become another staple in Birmingham’s dynamic food scene as culinary masters, old and new, battle it out for the top catfish cooking prizes.
Greek Food Festival– October 4-6. Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Begun in 1972, this widely popular festival embraces the Greek zest for living through food, music, dance and a market of souvenirs.
The Alabama Butterbean Festival– October 5–6. Pinson. This down-home gathering tempts you with butterbeans prepared in all sorts of ways, and then offers you one heck of a good time. In fact, if butterbeans aren’t your jam, you might want to come anyway for 12-hours of live music, carnival rides, food, petting zoos, pony rides, and who knows what else!
14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival– October 5-7. Barber Motorsports Park. It’s a motorcycle enthusiast’s dream! Enjoy three days of non-stop action and fun at Birmingham’s premier motorsports park!
Bluff Park Art Show – October 6. Bluff Park Community Center. Some of the finest artists in the country show at this annual event in the Bluff Park neighborhood of Birmingham.
Breakin’ Bread– October 14. Pepper Place. Come and enjoy a day filled with unlimited food sampling along with craft beer and wine, a makers’ market comprising of craftsmen from Pepper Place Market, a kid’s zone with special activities for children, live musical entertainment and more!
Dog Days at Discovery– October 27. Bring Fido out for some fun at the 2nd Annual Pet Fair event at Discovery United Methodist Church in the Hoover Trace Crossings area.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)- November 2. Pepper Place. In the Mexican tradition, the festival commemorates the deaths of loved ones through music and dance.
Moss Rock Festival – November 3-4. Moss Rock Preserve. This art festival is set in the beautiful surroundings of The Preserve in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover. Artists display and sell jewelry, pottery, paintings, glassware and folk art. Food and drink vendors are on site.
The 36th Annual St. Nicholas Slavic/ Russian Food Festival– November 3– 4. St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Brookside. The dishes are all prepared from recipes handed down from relatives and friends who immigrated to Brookside from Russia, Ukraine, and Slovakia. After having your borscht and borodinsky, you’ll want to enjoy a kolachie for dessert and take a tour of the remarkable St. Nicholas temple. You’ll find it a beautiful way to top off a fall full of festivals. Prijatnogo appetita!
Homestead Hollow Arts & Crafts Festival– November 9-11. Springville. See wood carving, blacksmithing, wood stove cooking, quilting, whiskey making at our original working still, tour our original cabins as they were built by the early settlers. Enjoy great food, music and children’s activities.
National Veterans Day Parade – November 11. Downtown Birmingham. Birmingham has the oldest and one of the largest Veterans Day celebrations in the country.