Summer has arrived and things around here are really heating up! Here are the coolest events going on around town this month.
Vulcan’s 110th 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 1, Vulcan Park and Museum will host a festive outdoor community celebration offering fun activities for the whole family in celebration of the BIG GUY’s 110th Birthday! $5 admission will be charged for all those 5 and up and includes admission to the party, Vulcan’s Observation Tower, Museum and a special exhibition in the Linn-Henley Gallery. For more information visit visitvulcan.com.
Birmingham Art Crawl
The Birmingham Art Crawl is a monthly happenning bringing people to the cultural and historical Central City area known as Birmingham’s Historic Loft District and showcases Birmingham’s deep and energetic pool of creative talent. Art Crawl takes place the first Thursday of every month from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., rain or shine. Venues stretch across Central City of downtown Birmingham including galleries, restaurants and bars, downtown businesses and more. Art Crawl is a great way to meet local artists and performers, buy and appreciate their work, and be part of the rapidly growing art scene in Birmingham. An estimated 2,500 art enthusiasts will attend each month to support around 50 local artists. For more information visit birminghamartcrawl.com.
June 5 – 7
Steel City Jazz Festival
Empowerment Inc. presents the First Steel City Jazz Festival to be held at Birmingham’s beautiful Linn Park featuring over 25 national smooth jazz recording artists. This great family event will bring jazz enthusiast from all over the country to Birmingham, Alabama. Patrons of the festival are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, small tables and coolers for the day, as well as candles for the night performances; transforming Linn Park into an ambient outdoor jazz concert. For more information visit www.steelcityjazzfest.org.
Zac Brown Band at Oak Mountain Theater
Three-time Grammy winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band have become one of music’s most heralded acts. The band’s three platinum-selling albums “Uncaged” (Atlantic/Southern Ground), “You Get What You Give” (Atlantic/Southern Ground) and “The Foundation” (Atlantic Records/Home Grown/Big Picture) have together sold over six million copies and produced a historic series of ten #1 hit singles. On the road, the group performed for over 1.3 million fans in 2013 with 70+ headline dates and more than a dozen major festival appearances. The band’s latest project ‘The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1″ is out on Southern Ground on December 10, 2013. For more information visit www.zacbrownband.com.
June 6 – 7
Magic City Brewfest
The 8th Annual Magic City Brewfest presented by Free the Hops returns to Sloss Furnaces June 6th from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. and June 7th from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Magic City Brewfest is a weekend dedicated to learning about craft beer and sampling the best that Alabama has to offer. There will be over 200 beers from over 75 breweries available including many rare, specialty, and cask ales. For more information visit www.magiccitybrewfest.com.
Bluegrass and Burgers
Join The Red Barn for the 7th Annual Bluegrass and Burgers! This event is free and open to the public. There will be food provided by Rusty’s Bar-B-Q, art activities provided by ArtPlay, and outdoor education acitivies provided by Cahaba Riverkeeper. Plus, the whole family can enjoy live music by Banditos, a horse parade, face painting, games, and more. Come spend an afternoon at the barn with your family and learn more about what they do at The Red Barn! For more information visit www.theredbarn.org.
Slice Pizza & Brew celebrates their Birmingham community with the 3rd annual SliceFest Music Festival presented by Birmingham Budweiser. This year’s event brings New Orleans funk band, GALACTIC, to headline one of Birmingham’s favorite block parties. Proceeds from this event to benefit Alabama Forever. For more information visit www.slicefest.com.
This annual free, family-oriented cultural festival is presented by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and will feature music, food vendors, contests, free admission to BCRI galleries and other special activities. The festivities start at 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Kelly Ingram Park. For more information visit www.bcri.org.
June 7 – 8
Alabama Symphony Orchestra Concerts in Railroad Park
Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra is excited to play a free series of concerts in Birmingham’s Railroad Park! Enjoy music under the stars with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Program information is available on the ASO website. Visit www.alabamasymphony.org.
VIVA Health Starlight Gala: Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangersfeaturing Edie Brickell
The Viva Health Starlight Gala is Birmingham’s crown jewel of performing arts events. This annual engagement benefits the programs and education initiatives of UAB’s Alys Stephens Center and ensures the center continues to provide our community the very best in arts entertainment. This year ASC proudly presents an innovative musical duo: Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell. The ensemble will perform songs from their new album Love Has Come for You. The performance will showcase original material performed by Martin and Brickell, along with the unique hybrid of bluegrass and comedy that Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers have been delighting audiences with at their sold-out, critically acclaimed shows. For more information visit www.siteline.vendini.com.
Art on the Rocks
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Art On The Rocks, the summertime series featuring the best of Birmingham culture, with music, food, drinks, performances, activities and, of course, art! Art on The Rocks began in 2005 as a way to expose visitors to the Museum’s internationally acclaimed art collection in the heart of downtown. For more information visit www.artsbma.org/events.
June 13 – 15
The Rick and Bubba Outdoor Expo
The Rick and Bubba Outdoor Expo is a weekend experience designed for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. The B.J.C.C. will be a destination Father’s Day weekend for all things hunting, fishing, and outdoors! Join Rick and Bubba and the top outdoor retailers and organizations for autograph and photo sessions with country music stars and outdoor personalities all under one roof! For more information visit www.rickandbubbaoutdoorexpo.com.
Celebrate the vibrant, festive spirit of the Caribbean during Caribbean American Heritage Month. There will be music, food, vendors, dancing and lots of island spirit so come early and stay late for the street dance! Held at Linn Park from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information visit cacaowebmaster.wix.com/home.
Oscar’s Father’s Day Brunch
Celebrate Dad! Enjoy delicious, locally-grown dishes from Oscar’s seasonal brunch menu in the beauty and comfort of the Museum with your family and friends. Space is limited. To make reservations, call 205-328-7850 or visit www.artsbma.org.
Art from the Heart
Studio by the Tracks will hold the 25th Annual ART from the Heart, a silent and live auction benefitting the free art classes offered by the studio to emotionally conflicted children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other mental illnesses. This event will be held at B & A Warehouse. For more information visit studiobythetracks.org/events.
Chefs for the Cure
Chefs for the Cure is an exclusive tasting event that features an array of gourmet cuisine from some of Birmingham’s finest chefs. Each chef will bring his or her unique flavor, style, and fare to their station at The Club. Enjoy signature dishes while bidding on silent auction items throughout the evening! While tasting delectable dishes, guests will peruse the silent auction items that are sure to have something for everyone — from vacations, to packages from local merchants and activities to do in and around the Birmingham area, we guarantee you won’t be able to bid on just one thing. Tickets are $100 per person or 2 for $175. For more information visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NCAlabama.
June 20 – 22
2014 Alabama State Games
The Alabama Sports Festival Foundation (ASF Foundation) was founded in 1982 at the request of the United States Olympic Committee. In addition to developing Olympic-style State Games for Alabama’s youth showcasing the tradition and ceremony of the International Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the ASF Foundation serves as a statewide mentor organization for teaching our youth the importance of academics, healthy lifestyles and good citizenship. The State Games is the largest amateur multi-sporting event in the state. The Alabama Sports Festival Opening Ceremonies will be held June 20, 2014 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena. For more information and to view a complete schedule of all the events visit alagames.net.
Cocktails on the Farm
The second annual Jones Valley Teaching Farm Cocktails on the Farm will feature local food, drink, and music. Chefs from Hot & Hot Fish Club, Paramount, Carrigan’s, Little Donkey, Octane, Knife Party, and more will be serving small summer plates; eight bartenders will be crafting cocktails inspired by the summertime; and JVTF will present an interactive display of JVTF’s Good School Food program. Your ticket purchase includes food and two drink tickets, with additional tickets available for purchase at the event. All proceeds will help JVTF grow their Good School Food program to three additional schools, reaching all five schools in the Woodlawn area and a total of six Birmingham City Schools. $35 and include food and 2 drink tickets. For more information visit www.stayclassy.org.
Local vendors, local tunes, local art and local brews. Enjoy the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, by celebrating Birmingham at LOCAL, a free community event put on by the Alys Stephens Center’s Junior Board. Browse tents and enjoy produce from local farmers markets including Pepper Place Market and West Homewood Farmers Market. For more information visit www.siteline.vendini.com.
19th Annual Rickwood Classic
Since 1996 the Birmingham Barons have traveled back to historic Rickwood Field once a year to celebrate Birmingham’s rich baseball past. The home of the Birmingham Barons from 1910-1987, Rickwood Field is America’s oldest in-use ballpark. The Friends of Rickwood, a non-profit organization, have helped preserve the timeless relic and part of the proceeds from each year’s Classic goes towards improvements and upkeep on the stadium. This year’s classic will celebrate the Roaring Twenties, a decade that saw the Barons capture two Southern Association titles and set numerous attendance records at Rickwood Field. For more information visit rickwoodclassic.com.
Be sure to see our Happenings page for more fun things to do all month long: styleblueprint.com/birmingham/happenings.