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SB NOTE: These suggestions are all made with social distancing and safety precautions in mind, and each event is subject to change depending on COVID in each location. Please look at websites and social media for updates, and check the most up-to-date CDC guidelines for the latest safety recommendations.

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The month of love has officially arrived, and the Magic City is ready to celebrate — safely, of course! From fun runs and romantic celebrations to virtual galas and wellness pop-ups, there’s a local event for everyone. So, grab your sweetie, BFF, family members or furry friends, and fall in love with Birmingham at one of these 15 local events!

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February sunsets in Birmingham are just as magical as these 14 events! Image: Rachel Callahan

15 Birmingham Events & Happenings: February 2021

Throughout February: Celebrate Black History Month

Birmingham and surrounding cities were important places in the history of fighting for equal rights and are filled with landmarks and educational opportunities. Bhamnow.com has compiled a comprehensive list of activities to celebrate Black History Month. Learn about activities at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, a reading program through the library, movies at Sidewalk Film Center, and more! bhamnow.com

Through February 6, 2021: Hello Sunshine HWC’s Healthy Food Funds 5K Fun Run

Through February 6, lace up your favorite pair of running shoes and follow your tried-and-true trail for Hello Sunshine HWC’s Healthy Food Funds 5K Fun Run, benefiting the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. This foodbank is essential to the state as it provides over 11 million meals each year. Registration is $25, and all proceeds help the food bank provide the community with healthy food options. runsignup.com

February 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2021: Yoga with The Pizitz

Find your inner peace this month. Each Tuesday evening in February, grab your yoga mat and head down to The Pizitz for a community yoga class. The class is free, but a reservation is requested to ensure only 25 people attend each session. Temperatures are taken before the class, masks are required before and after the class, and social distancing is enforced. The class runs from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in The Gallery. eventbrite.com

February 4, 2021: Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Class

Try your hand at a new skill this month. Make date night plans at a Valentine’s Day cookie decorating class! Located at On Tap Sports Cafe in Liberty Park, Shannon Lescarini of Whisk Confections helps you perfect the basics of sugar cookie decorating. Enjoy learning something new and leave with a delicious box full of festive cookies — it’s a win-win. The class is $45 and includes four cookies with icing and decorating supplies and one adult beverage. The class begins at 6:30 p.m. eventbrite.com

February 4, 2021: Virtual Jazz Cat Ball

What is typically the premier black-tie gala of the season is now moving to a new format – virtual! Support the Greater Birmingham Humane Society at their virtual event on February 4. With their Mardi Gras Party Package, participants will a tasty Mardi Gras dinner for up to 10 people, King cake, a  Hurricane drink kit with glasses, Mardi Gras beads and masks, and an entry for your chance to win $25,000! Additionally, there will be a silent auction for all to participate in. This annual fundraiser is essential to the success of the humane society. Dinner packages begin at $500. gbhs.org

February 5, 2021: ArtBLINK Virtual Gala

Make plans to kick off a new month by supporting an incredible cause in a new virtual format. Join the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB as it hosts the 36th Annual ArtBLINK Gala, a night dedicated to continuing its hard work in cancer research. Dinner for two and cocktails by Iz Catering, a virtual artist studio experience and an auction complete the beloved annual event. Dinner pick-up is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Independence Plaza parking deck, the pre-show starts at 6:30 p.m., and the virtual event kicks off at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $200. artblink.org

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February 5 – 7, 2021: Hearts of Rest Women’s Retreat

If you’re looking to refresh and recharge with a community of women, head out to beautiful Pursell Farms for its annual Hearts of Rest women’s retreat. This weekend is full of delicious meals, fellowship and hands-on experiences with some of the South’s most talented makers and creators, including Courtney Wright of Savor Style, Christina Brockman of Huckleberry Collective, Sally McKay of Sally’s Confections and many more. Reservations are now open, and packages start at $350. pursellfarms.com

February 10 – 12, 2021: Children’s Valentine Garden Kit at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Entertain your kiddos this Valentine’s Day and support your local gardens with an interactive garden kit from Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Each kit is wrapped with a festive ribbon and includes a clay pot with stickers, soil, flowering bulb, planting instructions and two paper hearts with seeds. Kits are $20 for Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens members and $25 for non-members. Pick-up for all kits is from February 10 to February 12 at the Gardens. bbgardens.org

February 13, 2021: Valentine’s Open House at The Mercantile by Miller

Celebrate the love of the season at The Mercantile by Miller’s Annual Valentine’s Open House event!  On Saturday, February 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., attendees are invited to shop for everyone they love at this special event. As a thank you, you’ll receive your very own Valentine’s gift bag with any purchase. Invite a friend and reserve your preferred shopping time slot here. themercantilebymiller.com

February 13, 2021: Mardi Gras Market at Ross Bridge Farmers’ Market

Laissez les bon temps rouler, Birmingham! If you’re in the mood for some Creole cooking, live entertainment and shopping from the best local merchants, make plans to attend the Mardi Gras Market at Ross Bridge Farmers’ Market. Enjoy food trucks and jazz music as you peruse booths from your favorite makers and creators. The market runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. facebook.com

February 19, 2021: 3rd Annual Our Hope International Gala

Lights, camera, action! Get dressed up for a night in Hollywood at the 3rd Annual Our Hope International Gala. This fun affair takes place at B&A Warehouse and features tasty food, an exciting silent auction and live music. Last year, this gala alone raised over $10,000 for the children and staff at Home of Hope, an orphanage in Jinja, Uganda. Masks are required, social distancing is encouraged, and all CDC guidelines are to be followed. Tickets are $40 each, and the event kicks off at 6 p.m. ourhopeinternational.com

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February 19, 2021: A Night Under the Big Top Virtual Event

The show must go on! Join Glenwood’s Junior Board at its premier event on February 19: A Night Under the Big Top. This year’s event is virtual, so dress up in your favorite dress, tux or pajama set and enjoy a silent auction, door prizes and spectacular fun — all from the comfort of your home. Proceeds from the event support children and families across Alabama impacted by autism spectrum disorder. The event begins at 8 p.m., and streaming is free. Upgraded tickets and sponsorships are also available for purchase. glenwood.org

February 20, 2021: Dancers Against Cancer Gala

On February 20 at Trussville Civic Center, make plans to attend a family-friendly charitable gala. Enjoy a delicious dinner, live and silent auctions, and a performance by local youth. Additionally, all proceeds are donated to local families fighting cancer, Dancers Against Cancer and the UAB Division of Neuro-Oncology. Tickets are $25, and VIP priority seating for a table of 10 can be purchased for $500. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. eventbrite.com

February 27, 2021: 29th Annual Virtual Red Nose Ball

The Red Nose Ball is back for its 29th year. Although this is the first time the ball is virtual, attendees can enjoy exciting auctions, an online photo booth, a live program and more. Traditionally, over 1,000 supportive locals attend the ball as it is Camp Smile-A-Mile’s largest annual fundraising event. The event begins at 6 p.m., and sponsorship packages begin at $2,500. smileamile.com

February 27, 2021: Fearless Fest: A Wellness Pop-Up

What is traditionally a two-day festival celebrating self-care and community is back and in a new, condensed format. Enjoy three classes at Fearless Fest that focus on movement, meditation, and connecting mind to body. The team at Fearless Fest has worked tirelessly to present Birmingham with a safe and healthy community experience. Held in the Urban Supply District behind Good People Brewing Company, Fearless Fest runs from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $49 and include access to all three classes. In the unfortunate circumstance of inclement weather, the festival will be presented via Zoom. eventbrite.com

Have a lovely and healthy February, Birmingham!

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