After being stuck indoors during the cold rainy months, getting out and getting some fresh air is always welcome! Fortunately, Birmingham has a lot of options for festivals and family fun going on around town.
Here’s a run down of the ones we always look forward to!
Spring Festivals and Activities in Birmingham
The Exceptional Foundation Chili Cook Off:
March 2nd | Brookwood Village, Macy’s Parking lot
Live music, all the chili you can eat, beverages, and a kidzone make this an event for the entire family.
• $10 – Early Bird General Admission
• $15 – Gate Price General Admission
• $20 – General Admission + $25 worth of FREE BONUS eGift Cards
Mt Laurel Spring Festival:
April 6th | Town of Mt Laurel
Shop the vibrant street fair, savor dishes from the best local food trucks, and enjoy a day strolling the idyllic streets of one of Birmingham’s best neighborhoods.
St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival:
April 26th & 27th | St. Elias Maronite Church
St. Elias has been a pillar of the Lebanese community in Birmingham since 1910. As the parish grew, so did its impact, including the creation of its food and cultural festival in 1999. For the last 20 years, the festival has provided 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.
18th Annual Gardendale Magnolia Festival:
Activities and entertainment for all ages in a family-friendly environment. Children can enjoy the carnival experience, ride ponies, and take free art classes while mom can get her shopping fix with 150+ arts and crafts/business booths. Dad can enjoy the Classic Car Show and grandparents will tap their foot to the beat of blue grass bands as well as other genres on three stages of live entertainment. The whole family will enjoy the Pooch Parade, eating contests, and satisfy their appetites with fried Oreos, funnel cake, shrimp poboys, Philly cheese steaks, kettlecorn, Cajun pistolettes, or sip on a tall glass of fresh squeezed lemonade.Free admission. Carnival armbands, Ponies, petting zoo extra.
Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues Festival:
Presented by The City of Bessemer and Bob Sykes Bar B Q. The event will combine the best of blues music and legendary Bob Sykes Bbq at the beautiful DeBardeleben Park located in historic downtown Bessemer. You can expect to hear talented award winning local and national blues musicians. Be sure to bring a chair or blanket and set-up your spot for the day.
Magic City Art Connection:
The 36th annual show and Birmingham’s largest arts 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
Adult $10 (entry all 3 days)
Student: $5 (entry all 3 days) – Door Only (Student ID required)
Kids 15 & under Free
$5 All Day. Happy Hour 4:00pm – 6:00pm (Friday Only)
Creek Bank Festival:
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.
Do Dah Day:
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 Rhodes Park!No admission charge for spectators and attendees. Fee to enter parade.