Events may look a bit different this August, but there are several happenings, both in-person and virtual, that are worth exploring. With so many outdoor activities, fundraising events, virtual runs, auctions and more, your social calendar is about to be jam-packed with local celebrations. Soak in every last minute of summer at any or all of these fun events. Here are 14 Birmingham events taking place in August. Enjoy!

Birmingham events in August

Enjoy a socially distant, fun-filled August with these 14 Birmingham events!

14 Birmingham Events and Happenings: August 2020

Through August 2, 2020: Diamonds Direct Summer Show

Diamonds Direct Birmingham has announced its Summer Designer Showcase! Presenting an assortment of acclaimed bridal designers, this jewelry showcase is set to be Birmingham’s trunk show of the year. Enjoy 20% off almost the entire store, excluding certified diamonds and some price-protected lines. It’s the perfect time to shop everything from tennis bracelets and fashion pieces to beautiful wedding bands! In light of COVID-19, the showroom has sanitization stations, routine cleanings and limited occupancy so you can better shop for the perfect piece for yourself or a loved one. diamondsdirect.com

Through August 4, 2020: Summer Spectacular Sale at Kendra Scott

Who doesn’t love a great sale? Kendra Scott is hosting their Summer Spectacular Sale featuring their deepest discounts yet. Now through August 4, shop in-store or online with Kendra Scott and enjoy up to 70% off markdowns. During this event, you buy more and save more! Buy 2, get an extra 30% Off, buy 3, get an extra 40% off, buy 4+, get an extra 50% off. Although the holidays are still far away, this is the perfect time to stock up on gifts for your favorite gals. kendra scott.com

August 7 & 8, 2020: St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival

Named one of Birmingham’s top food festivals, St. Elias is hosting its annual Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival on August 7 and 8! Enjoy two days of traditional Lebanese dishes like baked kibbeh, 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’s items, gift certificates and more! Food is available via takeout or drive-through only. stelias.org

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. The Arc of Central Alabama presents Be-YOU-tiful Birmingham, a silent auction and virtual fashion show featuring models with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 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

On August 14 from 5 to 7 p.m., head to Hand in Paw for a fun spin on your date night plans. After canceling their largest yearly fundraiser, Picasso Pets, Hand in Paw created Tail-Waggin’ Takeout. This unique takeout event includes an appetizer, a bottle of wine, tasty cookies for humans and dogs, and a cocktail kit! Tickets are sold per couple for $100. Purchase a premium ticket for $200 to receive all the above plus a chance to win a glass sculpture by Sherri Van Pelt, a basket with special Hand in Paw gifts, and an early pick-up option. Bring your pup and support this great cause! handinpaw.org

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 Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW) features tons of your favorite local restaurants. For 18 days, participating restaurants 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 per person, depending on the participating restaurant. New this year are to-go options, cocktail kits, and food trucks!  bhamrestaurantweek.com

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August 15, 2020: Summer Shindig at Old Baker Farm

Summer may be coming to a close, but the fun doesn’t have to stop! Enjoy a family-friendly shindig at Old Baker Farm from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 15. See gorgeous sunflowers, pet farm animals, dance to live music, chow down on Food Truck Row, and end the night with a spectacular fireworks show. Tickets are $10 per person, and children under 2 are free. oldbakerfarm.com

August 20 – 23, 2020: 31st Annual Art From The Heart Virtual Auction

The 2020 Art From the Heart art auction, Studio By The Tracks’ biggest fundraiser of the year, is going virtual. The highly-anticipated auction features paintings, ceramics, fabric art, handmade jewelry and photography from both artists that attend their program as well as creators from around the world. This year’s art auction is free and accessible to everyone with internet or a cell phone signal; however, advanced viewing tickets can be purchased for $20. Watch for additional information on Studio By The Tracks’ Facebook and Instagram as well as in their email newsletter. studiobythetracks.org

August 22 & 23, 2020: Save the O’s Virtual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Take to the streets on August 22 or 23 and head out on a 5K or 1-mile fun run in memory of Lori Johnson and the thousands of women who have lost their lives to ovarian cancer or are currently battling this terrible disease. For $25, participants receive a t-shirt, a teal ovarian cancer ribbon, and the chance to support life-changing research. runsignup.com

August 24 – 30, 2020: 22nd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival

Birmingham’s most anticipated film celebration returns in a new format. Head to The Grand River Drive-In at The Backyard of the Outlet Shops of Grand River to view hundreds of films in a variety of genres — all from the comfort of your vehicle. Attendees can view films on four different screens throughout the property each night. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and films begin at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $47 per car. sidewalkfest.com

August 28-29, 2020: Spiffy Design Warehouse Sale

It’s time again for the fan favorite Spiffy Design warehouse sale! Join the team at Spiffy on August 28 and 29 and shop some amazing pieces for up to 75% off. You cannot beat these incredible deals on gorgeous pieces for your home. The event runs Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. spiffy-staging-design.com

August 29, 2020: 6th Annual St. Jude Field of Dreams Gala

Make a difference in the lives of St. Jude’s patients this August at the 6th Annual St. Jude Field of Dreams Gala. Head to the Grand Bohemian Hotel at 6 p.m. for a night full of celebrating the courageous patients and families of St. Jude’s. Individual tickets are $175, and tables of 10 are $1,500. Donations are also welcomed. stjude.org

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August 29, 2020: Just A Call Away Virtual 5k and Fun Run

The Crisis Center is hosting the Thomas E. Jernigan Foundation’s Just A Call Away 5K and Fun Run virtually on August 29. Runners of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. In addition to the virtual option, an in-person race is also being held at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Simply arrive any time between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. to run your race. Registration is $30 for the 5K or $20 for the Fun Run. Proceeds 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: Virtual Fairy Tale Ball

Escape the everyday and get dolled up for a fun night at home with the virtual Fairy Tale Ball, benefiting Childcare Resources. This dreamy, family-friendly virtual event 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

Safely enjoy the new month, Birmingham!

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