We’ve been waiting on pins and needles, planning beach trips and busting out our flip-flops, and summer is finally here! The stress of the school year is a thing of the past, so take a deep breath and get ready for days of relaxing in the sun. June offers plenty of fabulous events, so check out our roundup, mark your calendars and get ready to sip some craft brews, enjoy live music, shop artisans’ goods and taste creations from local chefs at this month’s festivals, fun runs and concerts!
June 1, 2016: 21st Annual Rickwood Classic
Don’t miss out on one of baseball’s best events at historic Rickwood Field on the first afternoon in June. Not only is this an exciting match-up between the Birmingham Barons and defending Southern League Champions, Chattanooga Lookouts, but the event also pays tribute to some of Birmingham’s best in baseball. Players are wearing vintage uniforms, previously donned by the Birmingham A’s in 1967, in honor of the event’s special guest, Major League Baseball All-Star, Hall of Famer and former pitcher for the A’s, Rollie Fingers. The Rickwood Classic begins at 12:30 p.m. (gates open at 11 a.m.) at Rickwood Field, 1137 Second Ave. W, Birmingham, AL 35204. Tickets are $10. rickwoodclassic.com
June 2 – June 4, 2016: Steel City Jazz Festival
Steel City Jazz Festival is back for its third year and it’s going to be better than ever. The three-day event features performances and after parties with some of the country’s greatest jazz entertainers, including six-time Grammy winner David Sanborn, three-time Grammy nominee Boney James, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. The Steel City Jazz Festival takes place at Linn Park. Tickets begin at $90. steelcityjazzfestbham.com
June 2, 2016: Journey and The Doobie Brothers
San Francisco-based bands Journey and The Doobie Brothers are playing their way through the summer as part of their “San Francisco” tour. The pair, along with Dave Mason, plays in Birmingham at Oak Mountain Amphitheater, 1000 Amphitheater Rd., Pelham, AL 35124. Strap on your boots and fringe and get ready to rock out to such iconic songs as “Don’t Stop Believin’,”Open Arms,” “Jesus Is Just Alright” and “Long Train Runnin’.” Ticket prices start at $35. theoakmountainamphitheater.com
June 3 – 4, 2016: 10th Annual Magic City Brewfest
Mark your calendars, beer aficionados! Presented by Free the Hops, Magic City Brewfest is celebrating their 10th anniversary with the best brews and views, yet. Stop by Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd St. N, Birmingham, AL 35222, Friday night and Saturday afternoon and enjoy craft beer, local food and great music with friends. More than 200 Alabama brews are available for tasting, many of which could be one-time-only, special edition beers created just for this event. Tickets are $38. magiccitybrewfest.com
June 3 – 4, 2016: Rock the South
Rock The South is back in Cullman, Alabama, for its fourth year of showcasing the best in country music while benefiting victims of the devastating tornadoes of April 2011. The event takes place at Heritage Park, 1705 Lee Ave. SW, Cullman, AL 35055, and features performances from Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell and many more. Tickets are $79 for a two-day package. Visit rockthesouth.com for stage times.
June 4, 2016: Cahaba River Ramble Trail Race
Alabama Outdoors is sponsoring this annual 5K and 10-mile trail race along the Cahaba River. This unique run is one of the most scenic races in Alabama and is the primary fundraiser for the Shane Hulsey CLEAN Environmental Education Program, designed to educate, motivate and inspire local youth to take active roles in the environmental health of our community. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. at Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, 291 Jimmy Parks Blvd., Anniston, AL 36205. Registration is $40 for the 5K and $50 for the 10-mile race. cahabariversociety.org
June 4, 2016: Woodlawn Street Market
Woodlawn Street Market is back for the month of June with another beautiful Saturday full of vendors, street art, children’s activities and even a street dancing competition! The market, presented by REV Birmingham, is a great opportunity to support area art, craft, retail and food vendors, as well as the revitalization of the historic Woodlawn neighborhood. Woodlawn Street Market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1 55th Place S, Birmingham, AL 35212. It is a free event. Visit Woodlawn Street Market’s Facebook page for more details.
June 5, 2016: Vulcan’s 112th Birthday Bash
Birmingham’s most iconic statue is turning 112 and you’re invited to one of summer’s biggest celebrations, featuring dozens of fun activities and vendors. Make sure to stay for the free ice cream and cookies, as well as a birthday song performed by Mayor William Bell. The event takes place at Vulcan Park, 1701 Valley View Dr., Birmingham, AL 35209, from Noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $4.55 for children and $6.36 for adults. visitvulcan.com
June 11, 2016: 5th Annual SliceFest
Slice Pizza & Brewhouse hosts Birmingham’s largest block party with SliceFest, a great way to celebrate Birmingham with local craft beer, pizza and music while supporting the Suki Foundation. The fifth annual event takes place from Noon to Midnight on 29th Street in the Lakeview District and concludes with a fireworks show. Tickets are $25 online and $35 at the event, and children 12 and under are admitted for free. slicefest.com
June 11: 4th Annual Big Green Eggs in the Ham
Cooks and cooking teams come together to grill up their best recipes on Big Green Eggs and the public is invited to Regions Field, 1401 First Ave. S, Birmingham, AL 35233, to taste the cooks’ creations or visit an on-site food truck. With a Kid Zone, beer garden, live music and opportunities to learn tips and tricks on grilling, there is something for the whole family. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and proceeds benefit Easter Seals of Birmingham. eastersealsbham.org
June 16, 2016: Magic City Chocolate Challenge
Disability Rights and Resources is bringing one of Birmingham’s sweetest competitions back to Old Car Heaven, 3501 First Avenue South, to see which local culinary master can make the best chocolate dish. There will be chocolate tastings, a cash bar, music and dancing, a silent auction, food trucks and incredible vintage cars. Admission is $20 and one child can be admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket. drradvocates.org
June 16 – July 3, 2016: Damn Yankees at the Virginia Samford Theatre
To the delight of Broadway lovers and baseball fans alike, the seven-time Tony Award-winning play “Damn Yankees” is playing Thursdays through Sundays at Virginia Samford Theatre, 1116 26th St. S, Birmingham, AL 35205. This hilarious musical comedy tells the story of how Joe Boyd and his Washington Senators try to beat the world-famous New York Yankees with a little help from the devil, Mr. Applegate. Tickets are $30 and $35 ($15 for students) and can be purchased online or through the ticket office. Visit virginiasamfordtheatre.org for show times and other details.
June 18 – 25, 2016: Chilton County Peach Festival
Summertime calls for peach cobbler and ice cream, and the beloved Chilton County Peach Festival is the best place to celebrate Clanton’s peach farmers and load up on fresh Alabama peaches. Pageants, cook-offs, fishing tournaments, barbecues, parades and much more are taking place throughout the week at various locations in Chilton County. Individual event details are available at alabama.travel.
June 22 – July 3, 2016: Wicked at BJCC
One of Broadway’s most popular musicals is flying its way to the Magic City. “Wicked” is a heart-warming story of friendship and self-discovery with lots of fun and music along the way. This acclaimed musical is being performed at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), 2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd. N, Birmingham, AL 35203, and tickets range from $39 to $139. theaterleague.com/birmingham/wicked
June 24, 2016: Old Crow Medicine Show at Iron City
Wagon wheels are rocking as Old Crow Medicine Show rolls into Birmingham for their latest tour. This Grammy-winning band is known for captivating audiences with their folksy sound, so put on your cowgirl boots and get ready for some toe-tappin’ tunes! The show begins at 8 p.m. at Iron City, 513 22nd Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233, and tickets range from $39.50 to $45. ironcitybham.com
June 25, 2016: Slide the City
Slide the City, a traveling 1,000-foot Slip ‘N Slide, brings its summer thrills to Vestavia Hills. Grab your swimsuit and sunscreen for a fun day of music, food, drinks and, of course, the largest Slip ‘N Slide in the country! Park at Vestavia Hills High School, 2235 Lime Rock Road, Vestivia Hills, AL 35216, then get ready to slide down the breathtakingly steep Lime Rock Road! Tickets start at $35 and go up as the event day approaches. Wave times vary. slidethecity.com
Still looking for more to do? Visit our Happenings page for additional events.