01/01/2019 — 12/31/2019
The variety of annual events nourishes the Birmingham vibe. Here are some of the festivals and events on the schedule for 2019:
Birmingham Winter Beer Festival– February 2. Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex North Exhibition Hall. With an emphasis on beer appreciation, the Birmingham Winter Beer Festival is a place to learn about craft beers.
Religious Arts Festival– February 3-10. Independent Presbyterian Church. Everyone is invited to this free festival at Independent Presbyterian Church celebrating the art and music in worship. There will be a flower arranging workshop, community drum jam for the family, a music clinic, as well as concerts and lectures.
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.
Alabama Coffee Fest– February 23. Cahaba Brewing Company. Specially curated roasters and coffee shops share with you unique beans and flavor profiles with live entertainment. This is a fun environment for true coffee enthusiasts with a strictly limited ticket capacity.
MortgageBanc Chili Cook-Off– March 2. Brookwood Village. Chill out and eat some chili at the 15th annual MortgageBanc Chili Cook-Off benefitting The Exceptional Foundation. Enjoy live music, beverages, a kid-zone and all the chili you can eat! Mmm!
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama– April 5-7. Barber Motorsports Park. The only Indy Series event in the Deep South, this motorsports event draws tens of thousands of race fans every year.
2019 Funky Fish Fry– April 6. Avondale Brewery. Listen to funky music while you chow down on fried catfish and cold beverages. A kid friendly event with face painting, inflatables, a rock wall and sensory-friendly stations.
Girls Inc. Cajun Cook-Off– April 6. Railroad Park. Sample such Cajun dishes as gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boys, shrimp and grits and bread pudding prepared by cook-off competitors. Event benefits Girls Incorporated of Central Alabama.
St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival– April 26-27. St. Elias Maronite Church. Now in its 18th year, the festival serves up the very best Lebanese dishes from baked kibbe to baklava.
Magic City Art Connection– April 26-28. Linn Park. Birmingham’s largest art festival spotlights 200 juried, fine artists from around the country in all mediums alongside Corks & Chefs: A Taste of Birmingham, Imagination Festival workshops for kids, two performance stages, a cafe and more.
Corks & Chefs: A Taste of Birmingham– April 27-28. 12-3 pm each day. Linn Park. Taste, Sip & Repeat. The 22nd annual tasting is an explosion of flavors, and the place where the culinary arts are paired with wine, craft beer, spirits and cocktails at the 36th Magic City Art Connection festival in Linn Park. Up to 12 talented chefs showcased each day alongside beverage sampling and seated seminars, guided tastings and demos.
16th Annual Gardendale Magnolia Festival– April 26-27. 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.
Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues Festival– April 27. Debardeleben Park in Historic Downtown Bessemer. Now in its 10th year, the festival takes place in the heart of downtown Bessemer, just west of Birmingham.
45th Annual Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival– April 28- May 5. 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.
Gumbo Gala– May 4. 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 anddisabled adults.
Homestead Hollow Arts & Crafts Festival– May 10-12. 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.
Great Southern Beer Fest– May 11. Railroad Park. With the South truly emerging as the next craft beer frontier, the Great Southern Beer Festival combines craft beer from across the Southeast, country rock, and Southern food with a dash of soul.
Magic City Wine Fest– May 11. Birmingham Zoo. Come join us from 5:30pm to 8:30pm as we travel through several different regions spanning the globe. Attendees will be able to drink wine and beer specific to certain regions. Restaurants will also have food available for purchase. The World Tour will be held at the lovely Birmingham Zoo.
Do Dah Day Festival– May 17- 18. 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.
8th Annual Slicefest– June 1. Lakeview District. 29th St. South outside Slicefest Pizza & Brewhouse. Birmingham’s favorite pizza party is back! This day-long block party features local and regional music artists, craft beers and specialty pizzas.
Annual Caribbean Food and Music Festival– June 1. Bessemer. Starting at 11am and ending at 8pm the festival promises non-stop entertainment featuring steel band music, Reggae and Soca artists, line dancers and even hula hoop for the young and young at heart so come show off your dancing skills, you just might win a prize.
Juneteenth Celebration– June 15. 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.
Secret Stages– August 2-3. 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.
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.
Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival– August 24. 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.
Homestead Hollow Arts & Crafts Festival– September 27-29. 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 28. 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 28th Annual Whistle Stop Festival– September 28. 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 10th Annual Cahaba River Fish Fry Competition & Festival– October 6. 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– Exact date TBD. 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 4-5. 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!
15th Annual Barber Vintage Festival– October 4-6. 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 5. 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 20. 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– Exact date TBD. Bring Fido out for some fun at the 2nd Annual Pet Fair event at Discovery United Methodist Church in the Hoover Trace Crossings area.
Moss Rock Festival – November 2-3. Moss Rock Preserve. This eco-creative festival in the Birmingham suburn of Hoover explores Nature, SmartLIVING, Art + Design and features 100 juried artists & makers, a smart living market & sweetery, hikes and outdoor activities, the Beer Garden craft tasting event, music, food, kids studios, and other special design features like tiny homes.
Beer Garden: Craft Tasting Event– November 2-3. Moss Rock Preserve. Moss Rock Festival’s Craft Tasting Event spotlights a diverse selection of craft brews from Birmingham, the state of Alabama, and beyond including a cask garden, homebrewers, some bio-dynamic wines, tasty beer snacks, football games of the day on screen, live music, and Alabama’s premier eco-creative fall festival to explore.
The 37th Annual St. Nicholas Slavic/ Russian Food Festival– Exact date TBD. 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 8-10. 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.