Lots of food, music, dancing and just plain fun coming to the ‘ham over the next couple of months, all guaranteed to help you get out and enjoy Springtime. The only problem you’ll have is trying to figure out how to fit them all in!
Spring Festivals in Birmingham
The Exceptional Foundation Chili Cook-Off
Brookwood Village (Macy’s End)
Saturday, March 3rd 10:30 – 3pm
This is a fun, quirky, outdoor party offering good food, drink and friends at a “come as you are” event. This event has developed a loyal following across a diverse audience base. There seems to be an engaging atmosphere that you can’t quite put your finger on — a unique camaraderie exists amid the tongue in cheek, yet somehow serious, competition between teams who vie for the judges’ and public’s approval in hopes of taking home a trophy for their particular chili recipe. While the sponsors and their teams focus on winning the chili contest, the more than 10,000 attendees from across the Birmingham area wander amid decorated booths enjoying Good People beer, tasting chili and listening to live music at one of the year’s first outdoor events.
Tickets can be purchased on the website or at The Exceptional Foundation location prior to the event for a $10 donation per ticket. The day of the event, tickets can be bought at the entrance for a $15 donation per ticket. Children 12 and under are FREE.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Saturday, March 17th 10am – 4pm
This year’s festival will be brought to you in partnership with the Birmingham Sister Cities Commission.
Further scheduling and guests will be announced later, so stay tuned for more information! Times are currently subject to change.
Mt. Laurel Spring Festival
Town of Mt. Laurel
Saturday, April 7th 10am – 3pm
This festival offers you the opportunity to shop our vibrant street fair, listen to music, savor dishes from
the best local food trucks, and enjoy a day strolling the idyllic streets of one of Birmingham’s
Girls Inc Cajun Cook-Off
Saturday, April 7th 11am – 2pm
Enjoy live music, a kid zone, and Cajun favorites such as gumbo, jambalaya and shrimp and grits prepared by more than 20 cook-off competitors. Event benefits Girls Inc. of Central Alabama, which inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold!
Tickets are $25 for adults and FREE for kids 12 and under! Tickets can be purchased now at www.bhamcajuncookoff.com.
Alabama Asian Cultures and Food Festival
Zamora Shrine Temple
Saturday, April 7th 10:30am – 4pm
Come and enjoy delicious foods from different Asian countries. Shop at our Asian bazaar. Enjoy performances by fantastic Asian artists. Visit our Asian cultural heritage booths – be sure to meet the Consul General for Indonesia! Bring the children…there are fun activities for them, too!
General Admission – $10.00 for Adults at the door ($9 online); $7.00 for Others and Special Guests at the door (6$ online); Free for children ages 12 and under. NOTE: General Admission can be purchased online at these discounted prices, until the day of the festival. On the day of the festival, General Admission can only be purchased at the regular prices at the ADMISSIONS Table. General Admission for “Others and Special Guests” refers to Teenagers ages 13-17, Active military, Veterans, College students, and Irondale zip code 35210 residents with valid ID.
St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival
Elias Maronite Church
Friday, April 13th 10am – 9pm
Saturday, April 14th 10am – 9pm
This festival provides Birmingham with delicious food and a fun, family friendly environment. Since the festival began, it has been important to us to give back to the Birmingham community. We donate a quarter of the money earned to many local charities, including Camp Smile-A-Mile, the Jimmie Hale Mission as well as many others.
Admission: FREE! Prices for food will range from $3.00 a la carte spinach pies to plates of food for $12.00 and up. Prices will range from $2.50 for most desserts to $20.00 for a dessert sampler. Debit and Credit cards Accepted!
Gardendale Magnolia Festival
Gardendale Civic Center
Friday, April 20th 5pm – 10pm
Saturday, April 21st 10am – 5pm
A Total Family Experience! Three stages free, live entertainment, 150 vendor booths, midway carnival, pooch parade, car show, free art classes, 5K run, 20+ food vendors, 5K run, free kid zone. Free parking and admission.
7th Annual Feast of Saint Mark Italian Festival
Saint Mark the Evangelist Church
Saturday, April 28th 3:30pm – 10pm
Italian food, bands, kid’s activities, fireworks finale
Adult Tickets purchased by March 15 include a $5 FOSM2018 Bonus redeemable the day of the Feast! Children Tickets (ages 6 -12) $10. Ages 5 and under FREE! Ticket price includes: Admission and Italian Food Experience
Saturday, April 21st 11am – 2pm
Join Birmingham’s best Professional and Backyard Gumbo chef’s as they compete for the bragging rights to the title of Birmingham’s Best Gumbo. Enjoy great music, a kids zone, incredible gumbo and a great time all for a great cause.
Visit gumbogala.com for information about tickets and team registrations.
Magic City Art Connection
Friday, April 27th 10am – 6pm
Saturday, April 28th 10am – 6pm
Sunday, April 29th 10am – 5pm
The 35th annual show and Birmingham’s largest festival will transform Linn Park with its blast of fresh artistic talent, sights, sounds, tastes, and aromas. #MagicCityArt spotlights 200 artists both locally and nationally and mixes in music, dance, kids art experiences, sculpture installations, plus food, special tastings & more.
Advance Weekend (3 day) Pass $10 / Day Pass $5 – Gate Only / Kids 15 & under free
Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center
April 1 – April 30th
Events and Times vary visit website for more detail
The Center is proud to collaborate with our UAB campus family and art partners in the Birmingham community to bring you an entire month of events honoring the vibrant Indian culture in Birmingham. From Holi celebrations to lectures and from visual art workshops to performances, there will be so many opportunities in April to immerse yourself in Indian culture. Events will take place at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Abroms- Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Department of Art and Art History, and UAB’s Campus Green, as well as non-campus locations as Taj India, the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Zamora Shrine Temple. Join us and our community partners as we celebrate this thriving community within our great city.
Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival
Tannehill State Park
Saturday, May 5th 9am – 4pm
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. The festival is great fun for everyone, especially anyone who plays an acoustic stringed instrument and enjoys traditional music. Handcrafted dulcimers, instruction books, dulcimer CDs and cassettes are available for purchase.
Birmingham International Street Fair
May 5th 10am – 4pm
A day to celebrate the many cultures who contribute to the vibrancy of Brmingham. We explore other cultures through food, music, dance and art. Find out more at http://
Creek Bank Festival
Leeds Memorial Park
Saturday, May 19th 10am – 5pm
The Creek Bank Festival is held in May each year hosted by the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce at the Leeds Memorial Park. Join us for fun and fellowship for a full day of festivities with plenty of shopping at arts and craft booths, a full schedule of entertainment, and food provided by food vendors.
Admission is Free
Do Dah Day
Saturday, May 19th 11am – 6:30pm
Do Dah Day is a annual event held along Birmingham’s Highland Avenue with all monies raised donated to charities that benefit animals in the Birmingham & Jefferson County area.
Parade starts at 11:01 AM along Highland Avenue and Festivities begin at 12:01 PM in the parks!
No admission charge for spectators and attendees. Fee to enter parade.
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