Birmingham Events Calendar: May 13th – May 20th

We hope you are enjoying your Mother’s Day and spending some quality time with your family!

We’ve got a pretty busy week in the Magic City! Tails in the Trails will be going on at the Birmingham Zoo, we’ve got our big movie event this Friday with Brookwood Medical Center. If you weren’t able to claim a ticket before they were gone, don’t worry, we might just have a few to giveaway!

You’ve got Do Dah Day, Family Fun Day at the Birmingham Museum of Art and so much more! Have a great week everyone!

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

Sunday May 13th:

Happy Mother’s Day!
We hope you are afforded the opportunity to have a little down time today! Relax and enjoy your day!

Bart’s Art Cart – Birmingham Museum of Art
Design a teacup just in time for Mother’s Day!

Visit Bart’s Art Cart in the main lobby to explore great art and create some art of your own with the help of our Teen Volunteers. Each month highlights a different gallery and features a new art activity. Learn how to look at art with your child. Stop by and make art with Bart!


Monday May 14th:

Holy Inappropriateness! We couldn’t find any special events happening in the ‘Ham today. Make sure to check our list below for fun exhibits happening daily at our local attractions.


Tuesday May 15th

Holy Inappropriateness! We couldn’t find any special events happening in the ‘Ham today. Make sure to check our list below for fun exhibits happening daily at our local attractions.


Wednesday May 16th:

Storytime – Gardendale, Martha Moore Library
Stories, silly songs, and fun with Ms. Lucy & Ms. Molly! All ages welcome!!

Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
Join us as for Storytime as we read Bear’s Loose Tooth. Find out what happens when Bear has his first loose tooth. There will be a craft and a treat from our Cafe.

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.


Thursday May 17th:

Tails in the Trails – Birmingham Zoo
The Birmingham Zoo’s Junior Board will hold its 2nd annual spring event, Tails in the Trails, on May 17th from 5:30 to 9pm in Trails of Africa. Guests can enjoy live music, food, cocktails and animal encounters while viewing the elephants on exhibit. To purchase tickets for Tails in the Trails, call 205.879.0409. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Presenting Sponsor – DonohooAuto
Bulwagi Sponsor – Avondale Brewery
Callee Sponsors – O’Neal Steel | Swatek, Azbell, Howe & Ross
Ajani Sponsors – Amari Law Firm | Goodfellas Gaming | Ray & Poynor Properties | Saks Fifth Avenue | StoneRiver Company
Tails Sponsors – EMJ Metals | Maynard, Cooper & Gale


Friday May 18th:

Brookwood Medical Center and BirminghamMommy Movie Event – Carmike Summit
We hope to see you out for the premiere of “What to Expect When Your Expecting”
Tickets that you have claimed through EventBrite will be available at our Will Call table set up in the lobby of the Carmike Theater.
We will have swag for the first 100 to arrive as well as a chance to win some great door prizes.
Movie Starts at 7pm, make sure to arrive in plenty of time to redeem your ticket and get your refreshments!


Saturday May 19th:

Bart’s Artventure Grand Opening – Birmingham Museum of Art
Free and open to all ages. There is something for everyone!

Join Bart the Art Bat for the grand opening of Bart’s ArtVenture! Cheer Bart on as he cuts the ribbon and opens the doors. Be among the very first to explore the cutting-edge technology and art making opportunities. Step into one of the Museum’s masterpieces via green screen technology. Make an abstract painting with your body on a giant digital canvas. Feast on Bart Cake, make cool art projects, follow Bart on a new Museum adventure.
10am – 5pm

Family Fun Day – Birmingham Museum of Art
The Museum and the Indian Cultural Society hosted over 700 visitors for Bart’s Asian Adventure: A Day of Color a celebration of the Indian Holiday, Holi in March. Musicians, performers, and artists from the Indian community filled the day with activity and ended it all with lots of color, of course!
10am – 5pm

Do Dah Day – Caldwell Park
DO DAH DAY is Birmingham’s 34-year-old music festival.

The South’s craziest parade kicks off at 11:01 a.m. on the streets of Highland Avenue in Birmingham’s Southside. Then, spend the day in Caldwell and Rhodes Parks with friends, pets, arts & crafts, kid’s activities, and a lineup of great bands. Oh yes, we have plenty of food and beverages, and collectible Do Dah Day t-shirts.

All proceeds benefit local animal charities.

Tarrant Five Mile Creek Festival – Tarrant Public Library
An all new kidzone stage with carnival rides and inflatable games, live music on the main stage, food, and arts and crafts. Also a hamburger easting contest provided by Hamburger Heaven.

Festival takes place in downtown Tarrant at the corner of Hwy 79 and Ford Avenue.

Schedule of Events
10am Opening Ceremony
10:15 Magic City Diamonds & Gems Drill Team & Drum Squad
10:30 Brandon Bush
11:00 Peanut
12:00 Good Morning Lucy
1:00 Telluride
2:00 Jen Moody Band
3:00 Phil Stacey
4:00 Kryst Lyke

Clay May Days – Clay Community Center
LOTS OF FUN with TOP NOTCH entertainers and events planned for the whole family. NO ENTRY FEE – FREE PARKING. Clay May Days is the annual city-wide family festival held in Clay.

First class Arts and Crafts Vendors from all over the South and in Alabama and locally from Clay will be exhibiting the finest merchandise! Come take a look!

Children’s Activities with live entertainment and Carnival Rides! YUMMY FOOD is exactly what you will get! After a stroll visiting the vendor booths, sit down near the stage and enjoy the music and dancers while you relax.
9am – 4pm

Saturday Market – Pepper Place
Re-open again for the season! Pepper Place Saturday Market brings the best local growers, food producers and artisans to you each Saturday morning. Rain or shine!
7am – Noon

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 for Storytime as we read Stars. We will find out how you can make your own star and there will be a treat from the Cafe.


Sunday May 20th:

Bart’s Art Cart – Birmingham Museum of Art
Design a teacup just in time for Mother’s Day!

Visit Bart’s Art Cart in the main lobby to explore great art and create some art of your own with the help of our Teen Volunteers. Each month highlights a different gallery and features a new art activity. Learn how to look at art with your child. Stop by and make art with Bart!


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: Born to Be Wild, & Flying Monsters.

The Tornadoes of April 27th – Looking Back — Moving Forward, a new exhibit at McWane Science Center, reflects on the experiences of the April 27th, 2011 storms. The exhibit shares personal stories from those who experienced the devastation of the storms firsthand, while emphasizing the importance of tornado preparedness and explaining the science behind tornadoes.

Photos and stories from The Birmingham News help tell the story of the storms and the affect they had on survivors, volunteers, and the community as a whole. Students from Daniel Payne Middle School also help tell the story of their school and community through photos and artifacts from the storm for the exhibit. UAB students worked with the children from Daniel Payne Middle School to create short documentaries that can be seen in the exhibit as well.

In addition to sharing the personal stories from that day, the goal of this exhibit is to inform the community about how to prepare for extreme weather conditions, explaining the science of tornadoes and stressing awareness.

With vivid displays, the exhibit allows visitors the opportunity to learn about the scientific side of tornadoes. Graphics within the exhibit illustrate tornado formation and anatomy, educating visitors on how such extreme weather conditions develop. Additionally, the exhibit displays statistics and disputes common myths concerning the destructive storms.

Guests can watch live video from the storms that rolled across our state on April 27th, 2011, including the
weather forecasts from that day and actual images of the tornado as it made its way through our area provided by FOX6 WBRC. The exhibit is located in the City Gallery on Level 2 of the museum this summer.

Be Ready Alabama Exhibit Presented by:
The Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

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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