Birmingham Events Calendar: September 16th – 23rd

Exciting things happening in and around Birmingham this week! Trucks by the Tracks at Railroad Park, Tigers for Tomorrow at Homewood Library, and LEGO Wars!!

Wednesday is Talk Like a Pirate Day! Celebrate with a free Doughnut at Krispy Kreme, if you go in and talk like a Pirate! Aargh!

Have a GREAT Week!


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

Sunday September 16th

Trucks By the Tracks – Railroad Park
The food truck phenomenon has taken Birmingham by storm! In an effort to support local food, music, and Railroad Park, the Junior Board of the Railroad Park Foundation is hosting the first annual Trucks by the Tracks event.  Join us for live music, entertainment, food trucks, and beverages.

Trucks by the Tracks is sponsored by Coca-Cola, B-Metro, Birmingham Mountain Radio, Vision Landscape, Alabama Furniture Market, State Farm and My Green Birmingham.
11am – 5pm

Bart’s Art Cart – Make a Pop Art Car – Birmingham Museum of Art
Stop by  to design your own sports car inspired by Andy Warhol and the Warhol and Cars: American Icons exhibit!

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


Monday September 17th:

Toddler TalesNorth Shelby Library
A story program for children and a caregiver. Stories, songs, finger plays and crafts make up a lively program designed especially for short attention spans. Best suited for ages 19 months to 3 years. Must Register
9:30am and 10:30am


Tuesday September 18th:

Family Fun Night – Springville Road Library
Join Mr. Justin for stories and songs about the library. Everyone will also design and create their very own Library Card Man!
All ages welcome.

Storytime – Homewood Public Library
Join us for the best part of your week with stories that make you laugh and songs that make you dance! Join us for the fun of it! All ages welcome. For large groups, a call to 332-6619 is nice.


Wednesday September 19th:

Aargh Matey! It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day! If you use proper pirate lingo at participating Krispy Kremes (both Hoover and 280 are participating) you’ll get one free original glazed donut. And if you dress up like a pirate, you’ll get a dozen original glazed donuts for free!

Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
Join us for Storytime as we read The Pout-Pout Fish. Find out why there is a permanent pout stuck on Mr. Fish’s face. There will also be a craft and a treat from the 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 September 20th:

Tigers for Tomorrow – Homewood Public Library
Join us as we welcome Sue Steffens, president of Tigers for Tomorrow, an exotic animal park and rescue preserve, which is home to over 100 animals. This program will provide an environmental educational program using live animals from the Legacy Living classroom. Join us for this family event, age appropriate for everyone.
6:30pm – 8pm

Talk Like A Pirate Day After Party – Homewood Library
Wear your best pirate gear and join swashbuckling Captain Chris for a seafaring good time.

Brookwood Live, StreetKar – Brookwood Mall
Join us on the street for great live music, family fun and dancing in the street. Feature musical talent is Flashbacks.
5pm – 9pm


Friday September 21st:

Storytime with NeNe – Whole Foods
NeNe is back and better than ever! Join Whole Foods most Fridays’ for storyday! There will be storyboards, songs and snacks!

Friday Night PE – Railroad Park
Friday Night P.E. is a mix of your favorite childhood games such as kickball, dodge ball, ultimate frisbee, musical chairs, Simon says and Red-light to help you burn calories and improve your health. This class is perfect for groups. So if you want to socialize, have fun, get heart healthy and celebrate the the inner kid in you try Friday Night P.E., the reason people say, T.G. I. F. This class is FREE thanks to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama!
6pm – 7pm


Saturday September 22nd:

Scaredy Squirrel: Be Prepared – Hoover Public Library
Scaredy Squirrel is coming down from his tree to talk about emergency preparedness. Bees and sharks are discouraged from attending. Call 444-7833 to register

Lego Wars – Vestavia Hills Library
We will have a different theme each month and our huge collection of Legos for you to use and create your Lego masterpiece! September’s theme is “Skyscrapers”and we will give out prizes for the best creation in different categories. Bring your creativity and build something! Intended for 2nd – 6th grade.

Bart’s Art Cart – Birmingham Museum of Art
Stop by in September to create a diorama (3-D scene) inspired by the Intimate Interiors exhibit!

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

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 Marley Goes to School. It’s the first day of school and guess who goes along with Cassie? We will make a craft and have something delicious from the Cafe.


Sunday September 23rd:


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: Rescue and The Last Reef

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

Dora and Diego, Let’s Explore Exhibit
Get ready for adventure with Dora and Diego at McWane Science Center in the new exhibit Dora & Diego—Let’s Explore! The exhibit features beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper, now in their own exhibit for children to explore as they learn and play along.

This new, interactive traveling exhibit, was created by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with Nickelodeon, and presented by the WellPoint Foundation.

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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