Birmingham Events Calendar: June 2nd – June 9th

Summer Reading is in full swing! Make sure you stop by your local library to get signed up, it’s a great way to keep the kids busy this summer as well as keeping them fresh on what they learned this past school year!

The Barons will be back home this Friday for a weekend full of fun at the ball park, Summer Movies are going strong and one of our favorite stores, Earth Fare will be celebrating it’s 1 year Anniversary on Sunday!

Have a great week!

It’s Not Our Fault if Your Kids are Bored!

Sunday June 2nd:

Vulcan’s Birthday Bash
Make plans to attend the BIGGEST birthday bash in Birmingham! Vulcan may be the world’s largest cast iron statue, but he still needs help blowing out his birthday candles! On Sunday, June 2, Vulcan Park and Museum will host a festive outdoor community celebration offering fun activities for the whole family! Admission will be charged and includes admission to the party, Vulcan’s Observation Tower, Museum and a special exhibition in the Linn-Henley Gallery. Log on to for additional party details.
$3 all ages 5+.
4 and under and Vulcan Members are FREE!
noon – 4pm

Summer Reading Kickoff – Vestavia Library
The “Dig Into Reading” program in the Children’s Department at the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest will begin with a huge Kick-off party at the library. There will be face painting, ice cream, an Egyptian Mummy Tomb Mystery, digging for gold and gemstones, and Dr. Magical Balloons, a zany storyteller who uses balloon sculptures – and willing audience members – as his story props. Everyone who signs up for the summer reading program that day will get a special goodie bag filled with coupons and treats courtesy of the generous merchants in the area.
2pm – 4pm


Monday June 3rd:

Tot Time with Ms Eve – Avondale Library
Storytime for 2-4-year-olds with a caregiver. Includes stories, songs, and craft. 24-hour advance registration required.


Tuesday June 4th:

Afternoon Movie – Emmet O’ Neal Library
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. (Rated G)

Be sure to check out our other Tuesday afternoon movies for preschoolers, going on all summer long at the Emmet O’Neal Library.

Summer Reading Kickoff – Gardendale Martha Moore Library
Come help us kick off this year’s summer reading with a fun-filled concert for all ages featuring well-known singer/entertainer Roger Day!

Summer Reading Kick Off – Barnes and Noble Summit
Come help us kick off a super Summer of Reading! We will have games, stories and refreshments. Pick a new book, get your reading log and get started!

Hippo Adventures – Birmingham Museum of Art
Meet at the Information Desk outside Bart’s ArtVenture! Join us for a new in-gallery family experience! Children aged 3 – 8 and their adult companions are invited to join Museum educators to explore Hip, Hippo, Hooray!, discover activities that make looking at art fun and exciting, and create new family memories about art and hippos.

No reservations required. Hippo Adventures are also available by appointment for groups of 10 or more children aged 3 – 8. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 205.254.2964.

Dinoman – Hoover Public Library
With magic, mayham and magnificent props, the audience takes a trip to the Mesozoic Era.
In The Library Theatre
10:30, 1:30 and 6:30


Wednesday June 5th:

Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
Join us as we read I Love My Mommy by Giles Andreae. We will also read Giraffes Can’t Dance!

Family Story Time with Mr MacNorth Shelby Library
Storyteller Extraordinaire – Come join Mr Mac and his musical storytime complete with puppets! All Ages, no registration required.

Dinoman – Hoover Public Library
With magic, mayham and magnificent props, the audience takes a trip to the Mesozoic Era.
In The Library Theatre
10:30 and 1:30


Thursday June 6th:

Dinoman – Hoover Public Library
With magic, mayham and magnificent props, the audience takes a trip to the Mesozoic Era.
In The Library Theatre
10:30 and 1:30


Friday June 7th:

Birmingham Barons – Regions Park
vs JAX – Friday Night Fireworks

We Dig Magic with Larry Moore – Southside Branch Library
Oh the places you’ll go, the stories you’ll hear, and the magic you’ll see when Larry Moore is near. Join Magic Man Larry for a program filled with stories and tricks that are bound to leave you wanting Moore.


Saturday June 8th:

Birmingham Barons – Regions Park
vs JAX – Mini Bat Giveaway

Black Creek Arts Festival – Black Creek Park, Fultondale
Third Annual Black Creek Arts Festival at Black Creek Park.  This is a Juried Art show with more than $400 in prize money given. The judging begins at 9:00 am. Download the app here. Artists you can pay online here.  BUT we ask that you mail in your application. More than 40 artists have participated in the past.  We will have musical entertainment and children’s arts activities.
10am – 2pm

Bart’s Art Cart – Birmingham Museum of Art
This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart! June is for Animals // Hippo mania is still going on at the BMA!

Family Storytime – Emmet O’Neal Library
Bring the entire family and join Mr. Mac for stories and music each Saturday morning.
10:30 a.m.

Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
Join us as we read I Love My Mommy by Giles Andreae. There will be a craft and we will have something yummy from the Cafe.


Sunday June 9th:

Birmingham Barons – Regions Park
vs JAX – Salute to Armed Forces

March of the Penguins – Hoover Public Library
The Hoover Public Library will show the documentary March of the Penguins. Free and open to the public.

Jazz in the Park – Avondale Park
We encourage everyone to bring blankets, coolers, food, small TV trays and votive candles to enjoy the concert. Food vendors are available.

Absolutely no Grills are allowed while attending Jazz in the Park®. Failure to abide by this rule will be enforced by concert organizer and police.

Seating: There is ample seating available in Avondale Park amphitheatre. Parking is located on streets near the venue. Please secure your vehicle as concert organizers and venue are not responsible for stolen property.

Smoking: Jazz in the Park® is promoting a smoke-free event this summer. Please be considerate of your non-smoking colleagues.
6pm – 9pm

Earth Fare’s 1 year Anniversary Celebration
Earth Fare, the healthy supermarket in Riverchase near the Galleria Mall, is turning one! Stop by 12-3 pm for great food, fun and festivities the whole family will enjoy. Enjoy free samples, giveaways and so much more, as well as special appearances by Steel City Pops and other local food trucks. Organic wine samples will be available from Sundown Wines.

Come hungry! We will have the grill ready with all natural antibiotic and hormone free burgers and sides. Because, you and your family are better than fast food.  Like us on Facebook for more details – @EarthFareBirmingham.


Local Attractions Open Daily!

McWane Science Center:

McWane Science Center’s IMAX® Dome Theater puts you in the center of the action by projecting breathtaking quality images onto the 5-story-tall dome screen and delivering intense surround sound through almost 3 tons of speakers and subwoofers.
Now Showing: Flight of the Butterflies, Titians of the Ice Age

Unearthing Alabama’s Ice Age – through December 31st, 2013
McWane Science Center is home to Alabama’s second largest natural history collection. Made up of over 500,000 specimens and objects pertaining to the natural history of the state, this important collection focuses on the preservation, education, and research of Alabama’s rich biodiversity and paleobiodiversity. One of the more significant subsets of the collection is Alabama’s largest collection of Late Pleistocene faunal remains – or Ice Age fossils.

Made up of nearly 10,000 cataloged specimens, the McWSC Pleistocene collection contains a unique diversity of fauna that not only includes those native to North America, but migrants to the state from both South America and the Old World. This collection includes mammals, both extant and extinct, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fishes, and botanical remains collected from both cave and stream localities in the state. Extinct mammals represented in the McWSC collection include mammoths, mastodons, giant beavers, saber-toothed cats, giant armadillos, tapirs, peccaries, and giant ground sloths.

This spring, visitors will have an opportunity to view some of the fossils in the collection with a new exhibit titled — “Unearthing Alabama’s Ice Age.” This exhibit will not only highlight many of the Ice Age animals from the McWane Science Center Collection, but will highlight and dispel many of the common misconceptions surrounding the Ice Age in the state. The goal is for visitors to have a better understanding and appreciation for this time in Alabama. For example, guests might learn that Alabama was on average only five degrees colder than today, glaciers did not reach farther south than southern Illinois or that all the Ice Age animals did not go extinct at the end of the Ice Age. While the largest animals, such as mastodons, giant ground sloths, and saber-tooth cats died out, nearly all the animals that are living in Alabama today were also around in the Ice Age.

The Unearthing Alabama’s Ice Age Alabama display is located in the City Gallery on Level 2 of the museum. It is included in the cost of admission to the museum and free to members.

Birmingham Zoo:

Lorikeet Aviary – Our Lorikeet Aviary has more birds than ever! Zoo guests can feed these exotic birds every day. You and your family will see these birds’ behavior as they eat nectar out of your hand.
Weekends 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

PELICAN FEEDING – A great way to see our pelicans in action is to witness them eating their favorite treats near the pelican boardwalk.

RHINO ENCOUNTER – Embark on an African adventure and experience one of the world’s most extraordinary animals, the Southern White Rhino. Watch from only feet away as our zookeepers engage in hands-on interaction with the animals inside their African-themed exhibit. Don’t miss this exciting encounter with one of the largest mammals on the planet!
Weekdays: 3pm – 3:30pm
Weekends: 11:30am – Noon & 3pm – 3:30 pm

GIRAFFE FEEDING – This up close and personal animal encounter is a memory you and your family will have for a lifetime.
Weekday: 11am – Noon
Weekends: 10am – 11am  & 2pm – 3pm

Vulcan Park and Museum:

Vulcan is the world’s largest cast iron statue; made of 100,000 pounds of iron and 56 feet tall, he stands at the top of Red Mountain overlooking the city of Birmingham. But, Vulcan is more than a statue. Vulcan Park and Museum features spectacular views of Birmingham, an interactive history museum that examines Vulcan and Birmingham’s story, and a beautiful public park for visitors and locals to enjoy. With an official information center that is operated by the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Vulcan Park and Museum serves as the first stop for visitors to the Birmingham area!

Railroad Park:

Railroad Park is a 19 acre green space in downtown Birmingham that celebrates the industrial and artistic heritage of our great city. Situated along 1st Avenue South, between 14th and 18th Streets, the park is a joint effort between the City of Birmingham and the Railroad Park Foundation. Hailed as “Birmingham’s Living Room,” Railroad Park provides a historically rich venue for local recreation, family activities, concerts, and cultural events, while connecting Birmingham’s downtown area with Southside and UAB’s campus.

Southern Museum of Flight:

Earn Your Wings – Bring your little pilot and soar above the clouds in our little pilots room. Kids enjoy building aircrafts, flying kites, and more.
Museum Open Tuesday – Thursday
9:30am – 4:30pm

Do you have or know of an event you would like to have added to our weekly calendar? Please email us at, subject line “Events Calendar” – We would love to hear from you!

** All information listed on our calendar is subject to change without notice to us or you… We do our best to keep the information accurate and will always update as soon as we learn that something has changed. It’s always best to double check with the event via their website or a quick call,  especially when weather can impact the event.

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