Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the events in Birmingham slow down. In fact, they’re just getting started! With so many concerts, fundraising events, galas, festivals and more, your social calendar is about to be jam-packed with local celebrations. Soak in every last minute of the hot weather and long days at any or all of these fun Birmingham events. Here are 19 happenings and events for August. Enjoy!
18 Birmingham Events and Happenings: August 2020
August 7 & 8, 2020: St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival
Named one of Birmingham’s Top Food Festivals to put on your 2020 calendar, Saint Elias will host its 22nd Annual Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival on August 7 and 8! Enjoy two days of Lebanese dishes like baked kibbe, lemon chicken, grape leaves and spinach pies, participate in the St. Elias Cedar 5K Run, or browse through the silent auction for great gifts and prizes such as catered Lebanese dinners, vacation packages, collector items, gift certificates and more! Friday lunchtime delivery will be available by placing orders online for any delivery over $100 to the Southside or Downtown area. stelias.org
August 8, 2020: Woodlawn Street Market
August 10-15, 2020: Be-YOU-tiful Birmingham Virtual Fashion Show
Be an essential part of changing the face of beauty in Birmingham and beyond. Arc of Central Alabama presents Be-YOU-Tiful Birmingham, a virtual fashion show featuring models with intellectual and developmental disabilities and a silent auction benefitting Arc of Central Alabama. From August 10 until August 15, show your support for this amazing cause and score some great auction pieces along the way! givesmart.com.
August 14, 2020: Tail-Waggin’ Takeout
August 14 -30, 2020: 22nd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival
Birmingham’s most anticipated film celebration returns for another fabulous festival. Hundreds of films in a variety of genres will be presented at this year’s 22nd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival. Attendees are encouraged to explore new, independent cinema in 10 venues across Birmingham’s historic Theatre District, including the iconic Alabama Theatre and Lyric Theatre. Sidewalk Film Festival tickets range from $30 to $245. sidewalkfest.com
August 14- 31, 2020: Birmingham Restaurant Week
Calling all foodies! The Magic City’s favorite restaurant celebration is back and better than ever for another year of cuisine appreciation. Adhering to CDC guidelines and regulations, this year’s 11th Annual Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW) will still feature tons of your favorite local restaurants. For 18 days, participating restaurants will have delicious and discounted menu options, ideal for sampling and tasty enough to entice attendees to explore all of Birmingham’s eateries. This is a great way to explore the booming food industry in the ‘ham. Restaurant Week menus range from $5 to $50 depending on the participating restaurant. New this year will be to-go options, cocktail kits, and food trucks! bhamrestaurantweek.com
August 15, 2020: Indie Green Food Festival
August 15, 2020: Summer Shindig at Old Baker Farm
August 20-23, 2020: 31st Annual Art From The Heart Virtual Auction
The 2020 Art From the Heart art auction, which is Studio By The Tracks biggest fundraiser of the year, will be held completely online. They will have work from the artists that attend their program alongside amazing pieces from artists around the country. The auction will have items including paintings, ceramics, fabric art, handmade jewelry, photography and more. This year’s art auction will run for four days, be accessible to everyone with internet or a cell signal, and you will be able to access the auction for free! They’ll be sharing more details on their Instagram, Facebook and email newsletter. Please join Studio By The Tracks for their 2020 Art From The Heart virtual event. When you do, you’ll be helping them carry their mission to grow, support, and make the creative community more inclusive.
August 22, 2020: Mitchell’s Place 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Race & Festival
August 22, 2020: Save the O’s Virtual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
August 29, 2020: 12th Annual Baby Steps Memorial Virtual Run
August 29, 2020: 11th Annual Bark & Wine
August 29, 2020: 6th Annual St. Jude Field of Dreams Gala
August 29, 2020: Ride of Love 2020
August 29, 2020: Just A Call Away Virtual 5k and Fun Run
The Crisis Center will host its 6th Annual Thomas E. Jernigan Foundation Just A Call Away 5K and Fun Run virtually on August 29. Runners of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. The day will begin at 8 a.m., and registration is $30 for the 5K or $20 for the Fun Run. Proceeds will benefit the Crisis Center, which serves the unmet needs of people experiencing a personal crisis or mental health issues. So, lace up your sneakers and head out to run for a great cause! runsignup.com
August 29, 2020: Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival
The Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival returns for its 17th year. Don’t miss live performances from Ragan Whiteside, Eric Essix, Selina Albright, Gary Motley and more. Head down to 4th Avenue North between 18th and 16th street on August 29 to be apart of all the fun the festival has to offer. There will be plenty of local food trucks to keep you full and booths from vendors to peruse. Performances begin at 4 p.m. and the event is free to the public. 4thavenuejazz.org
August 29, 2020: The Bell Center’s 12th Annual Tailgate Challenge
Football season is almost here! Celebrate the return of fall with The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs at their 12th Annual Tailgate Challenge. Attendees will enjoy tailgating fare made by various competing teams, music, kid-friendly activities and good old-fashioned team rivalry. Local celebrity judges will be handing out prizes to the best of the best. Come out to The Bell Center on August 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an afternoon of food and fun! Tickets are $15 for adults, and children 12 and under get in free. Sponsorship packages are also available. thebellcenter.org
August 29, 2020: Virtual Fairy Tale Ball
Escape the everyday and get dolled up for a fun night at home at the virtual Fairy Tale Ball benefiting Childcare Resources. This dreamy, family-friendly virtual events features a dance party, a virtual meet and greet with fairy tale characters, a magic show, candy, a royal crown and more! The family virtual ticket is $100 and the child virtual ticket is $50. Sponsorships are also available. ccr-bhm.org
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