February has officially arrived, and Birmingham is ready to celebrate the season and all that it has to offer. From romantic festivities and chocolate tastings to fun-filled galas, there’s a local event for everyone on this list. So, grab your sweetie and fall in love with the Magic City at one of these 13 events!
14 Birmingham Events & Happenings: February 2023
Throughout February 2023: Celebrate Black History Month
Birmingham and its surrounding cities were important places in the fight for equal rights, and today, they are filled with landmarks and educational opportunities. In honor of Black History Month, you can visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute or historical sites like Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, or take a day trip to nearby Alabama landmarks such as the Edmund Pettus Bridge. For even more Black History Month events, visit birminghamal.gov.
Through February 4, 2023: Birmingham Winter Restaurant Week
Participate in Birmingham’s tastiest event! Enjoy a multi-day celebration of local Birmingham restaurants featuring deals throughout town for all budgets. Participating restaurants include BLUEROOT, Slice Pizza & Brew, Roots & Revelry, Sol Y Luna, and more. To see a complete list of menus and participating restaurants, visit bhamrestaurantweek.com.
Through February 4, 2023: Hamilton
Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway music, Hamilton takes the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and creates a revolutionary musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. Performances take place Monday through Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m.; and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets begin at $149. bjcc.org
February 3 – 5, 2023: Hearts of Rest Women’s Retreat
If you want to refresh and recharge with a community of women, head 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 speaker Jenessa Wait. Plus, participate in creative workshops like jewelry making, floral designing, building grazing boards, and more! Packages start at $1,100. pursellfarms.com
February 4, 2023: 38th Annual ArtBLINK Gala
Make plans to kick off a new month by supporting a great cause. Join the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB for the annual ArtBLINK Gala — a night dedicated to continuing its hard work in cancer research through dinner, cocktails, and gorgeous artwork. The gala kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the Kirklin Clinic, and tickets begin at $200. artblink.org
February 10, 2023: The Phoenix Ball
Birmingham’s premier winter charity gala is back! The Phoenix Club of Birmingham welcomes guests to an exciting evening filled with live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails to celebrate the achievements and continuing mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama. Tickets begin at $75, and the event starts at 8 p.m. at Iron City Birmingham. eventbrite.com
February 10, 2023: Valentine’s Day Chocolate Tasting
Don’t miss Honeycreeper Chocolate’s seated Valentine’s Day chocolate tasting. The evening includes curated craft chocolates, beautiful bouquets, and a bag of goodies to take home. The knowledgeable Honeycreeper Chocolate staff walks you through the featured chocolate selections and then leaves you to enjoy the flavors at your own pace. Feel free to bring your own wine, as a cork service is free. Tickets are $75, and seatings begin at 5:30 p.m. eventbrite.com
February 10 & 11, 2023: Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony
Transport yourself to Italy with this one-of-a-kind symphony performance. Serving as a musical postcard that documents Mendelssohn’s travels through Italy’s bustling cities and rolling hills, the concert also features Alabama Symphony Orchestra trumpet player, Ryan Beach. Tickets begin at $10, and showtimes are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, February 10, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 11. alabamasymphony.org
February 10 – 12, 2023: Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend
The Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend has become a Birmingham tradition and is one of the South’s most notable running events. Race options include a half marathon, marathon, marathon relay, and 5K (Note: Registration for the kids’ fun run is closed.). Registration starts at $40, and prices increase after Friday, February 10. Races begin at 7 a.m. at Linn Park. mercedesmarathon.com
February 18, 2023: Birmingham Camellia Society’s Camellia Plant Sale
While the Birmingham Botanical Gardens typically hosts the annual Camellia Show this time of year, subfreezing temperatures have damaged many of the local camellia plants. To help replace the blooms, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Birmingham Camellia Society are hosting a plant sale. The event begins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public. bbgardens.org
February 18, 2023: 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 21 – 25, 2023: Southern Voices
Sponsored by the Hoover Public Library, Southern Voices is a five-day festival celebrating art, music, and writing. This year’s special guests include authors Elin Hilderbrand, Robin Peguero, Sarah Penner, and more. Start times vary based on the event. While some events are free to attend, others require an entry fee. To see the complete festival schedule, visit hooverlibrary.org.
February 23, 2023: Dermatology & Laser of Alabama’s Spring Open House
Saddle up for an anti-aging showdown at Dermatology & Laser of Alabama’s Spring Open House! Don’t miss your chance to save with incredible offers on bestselling aesthetic treatments and skincare products. Enjoy 15% off Sofwave, CoolSculpting, HydraFacial, JetFusion, Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins, PRP, SkinCeuticals, and so much more! Join Dermatology & Laser of Alabama on Thursday, February 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a fun night of event specials, after-hours shopping, live music, demonstrations, drinks and light bites, and exclusive giveaways. birminghamskin.com
February 25, 2023: Dancers Against Cancer Gala
Make plans to attend this family-friendly charitable gala at the Trussville Civic Center. 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 $20, and the event runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. eventbrite.com
Have a love-filled February, Birmingham!
To see even more great events, visit our Happenings calendar.