It’s time to bring a little luck of the Irish to the Magic City! March brings warmer days and bright celebrations and we are more than ready to shake off the winter blues and step into the sunshine! From fundraisers to fun runs, March is jam-packed with fabulous local events, so let’s get to planning. Here is our roundup of the top 20 events in Birmingham this month.
20 Birmingham Events and Happenings: March 201
March 3-5, 2017: Cottontail’s Village Arts, Crafts and Gifts Show
Brought to you by the same women who started the beloved Christmas Village Festival, this spring-themed shopping weekend will showcase over 500 vendors from across the country, selling their handmade bath soaps, specialty blended lotions, custom stationery, jewelry, personalized Easter baskets, produce, special gifts and more. Bring your little ones along for a chance to meet the Easter bunny! This is the perfect way to get all your spring shopping done in just one weekend. Cottontail’s will take place at the BJCC, and general admission tickets are $6 for adults or $2 for children ages 6-12. Learn more at christmasvillagefestival.com.
March 3, 2017: Valerie June at Saturn
Celebrate the start to Spring with the sweet sounds of Valerie June as she presents The Order of Time Tour. Valerie’s eclectic sound has grasped the hearts — and eardrums — of fans across the country who relate to her bohemian style. Valerie says it best when she explains, “Understanding the order of time is important to anyone hoping to manifest a dream. There is a time to push and a time to gently tend the garden.” Tickets start at $15 and doors open at 8 p.m. Visit saturnbirmingham.com.
March 3, 2017: Black Jacket Symphony performs Queen’s A Night at the Opera
Experience a show like no other with the Black Jacket Symphony Orchestra. The symphony performs classic albums, recreating entire albums note for note in a pitch-perfect live performance with top-notch lighting and video production. This March, select musicians will be recreating Queen’s A Night at the Opera at The Alabama Theatre. Nothing says the start of spring quite like a Freddy Mercury concert! Tickets start at $25, and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Visit alabamatheatre.com.
March 3, 2017: An Evening with Dawes at Iron City
Dawes is coming to the Magic City! After recording their past two albums in North Carolina and Nashville, the beloved band will be performing their fifth album, We’re All Gonna Die March 3 at Iron City. This event is open to all ages with tickets starting at $25. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and Dawes will begin at 8 p.m. Learn more at ironcitybham.com.
March 3, 2017: Norah Jones at The BJCC
Come away with Norah Jones this March 3 as she graces the stage of The BJCC to perform her Day Breaks World Tour. Her sweet, soft, romantic melodies will fill the concert hall with light and love, making this the perfect March date night! Tickets start at $40, and the show begins at 8 p.m. Visit ticketmaster.com.
March 4, 2017: The Exceptional Foundation’s 13th Annual Chili Cook-Off
Nothing beats spending a day under the sun, testing out Birmingham’s best chili recipes. Even better, as The Exceptional Foundation’s biggest annual fundraiser, this cook-off raises significant funds towards the foundation’s mission to meet the social and recreational needs of mentally challenged individuals of all ages. Come out, enjoy countless delicious taste-tests of chili and support an amazing cause March 4 at Brookwood Village, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tickets start at $10. Learn more at exceptionalfoundation.org.
March 9, 2017: Taste of Homewood
The Taste of Homewood is back! Join the Homewood Chamber of Commerce for the 16th annual culinary event, complete with food and beverage samples from over 30 Homewood eateries, as well as live music. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Chamber’s scholarships for local students and economic development for the community. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $30. Learn more at homewoodchamber.chambermaster.com.
March 11, 2017: Taste of Teal Gala
Celebrate the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation March 11 at the Wynfrey Hotel for the Taste of Teal Gala. The evening honors the professionals, volunteers, friends and family members who have dedicated their lives to those with GYN cancers by offering their time and services to simply make patients’ lives better. The gala will begin at 6 p.m. and will include dinner, drinks, casino games, dancing and silent and live auctions. Tickets start at $100. For more information visit, thinkoflaura.org.
March 11, 2017: Village 2 Village 10K
If you’re looking to get active this March, the Village 2 Village 10K is the best way to get some exercise while exploring the beautiful neighborhoods of Birmingham. With nearly 1,000 other runners at your side, this 10K will have you feeling strong and motivated! If a 10K sounds too daunting, Village 2 Village is also offering a shorter, 6.2-mile course, so everyone can join in on the fun. The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Lane Parke, and the registration fee is $45. Learn more at runsignup.com.
March 11, 2017: 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Don your green or risk getting pinched! Then head to historic Five Points South for the 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, led by the Ian Sturrock Memorial Pipe Band on Saturday March 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come early or stay later to grab a bite and a brew from one of the many local participating eateries that will be offering Irish-inspired specials from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Visit fivepointsbham.com.
March 11, 2017: ASYO Beat Beethoven 5K Trail Race & One-Mile Fun Run
The fun runs are in full force this March, and Beat Beethoven is bound to be as fabulous as it sounds! Hosted by the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra, this 5K trail race will begin at Red Mountain Park and will include live music by the youth orchestra throughout. All proceeds will benefit the students in the form of scholarships for the 2017-2018 season. The 5K will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a one-mile fun run at 9:15 a.m. Registration starts at $15. Visit runsignup.com.
March 11, 2017: UCP of Greater Birmingham SpringFest
Join the UCP of Greater Birmingham this March 11 at Hand In Hand for the family-friendly SpringFest! This fun-filled day will include activities, games, food, drinks and a fabulous silent auction. This is the perfect event for some family bonding in the Magic City. Event begins at 1o a.m. For more information, visit unitedability.org.
March 12 & 19, 2017: Harlem Globetrotters at the Pete Hanna Center
Get ready, y’all! The Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their action-packed tour to the Pete Hanna Center this March 12 and 19. Ball-handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment will thrill fans of any age, and the star-studded roster will stay after to autograph, photograph and high-five their biggest fans. Shows start at 3 p.m., and tickets begin at $22. Visit harlemglobetrotters.com to learn more.
March 16-26, 2017: Exit Laughing at the Virginia Samford Theatre
Join three Southern ladies, Connie, Leona and Millie, as they begin the biggest adventure of their lives! After their fourth best friend dies, the three Birmingham women “borrow” her ashes from the funeral home for one last game of bridge. Little do they know their night is about to get more exciting than they intended. Hijinks ensue with with a police raid, a stripper and the personal catharsis that comes with truly living in the moment. Shows will start at 8 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays with 3 p.m. matinees on Sundays in the intimate Martha Moore Sykes Studio Theatre. General admission tickets are $25, and student tickets are $15. Visit virginiasamfordtheatre.org.
March 18 & 19, 2017: In Her Own Fashion with Dolores Hydock at the Red Mountain Theatre Company
In Her Own Fashion, an original play by nationally renowned storyteller Dolores Hydock, chronicles the life of the renowned fashion expert, Ninette Griffith, who worked as Loveman’s Department Store’s fashion coordinator in the 1950s and 1960s in downtown Birmingham. The show tells the secrets of reckless romance, celebrity encounters, fashion disasters and the adventures of a life brightened by silk, chiffon and a pattern cut from her own design. The shows will take place on Saturday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 19, at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Visit redmountaintheatre.org.
March 21, 2017: Birmingham Revealed: Alvin Vogtle Escapes!
Vulcan Park and Museum’s “Birmingham Revealed” cultural series returns March 21 with Alvin Vogtle Escapes! Written and directed by Lee Shackleford, the one-act drama highlights the adventurous life of Birmingham resident, Alvin Vogtle, whose story influenced the 1963 film The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen. The show begins at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are $10. Visit visitvulcan.com.
March 24, 2017: Chris Rock at The BJCC
Comedic legend Chris Rock is bringing the laughs to The BJCC this March 24. Wild stories, hilarious impressions and fantastically comical situations will have you laughing the night away! Don’t miss the famous funny man as he performs his Total Black Out Tour. The show will begin at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $47.50. Visit ticketmaster.com.
March 25, 2017: 9th Annual Rumpshaker 5K and One-Mile Fun Run
Since 2009, the Rumpshaker 5K has raised almost a million dollars to promote awareness about colorectal cancer, to raise grant funds to fight and treat it and to provide hope for colorectal cancer fighters and survivors. Join the movement March 25 for the 9th Annual Rumpshaker 5K and One-Mile Fun Run. The day will be filled with outdoor fun on a new race course, beginning at Regions Field. The 5K begins at 8 a.m., and the one-mile fun run will follow at 9 a.m. The registration fee starts at $18. Visit rumpshaker5k.com.
March 27-31, 2017: Birmingham Zoo Spring Break Camp
This year’s spring break zoo camp is all about freestylin’! Campers will choose their daily activities from fun and active options like zoo hikes, games, riding the train, carousel or slide, crafts, watching an animal show or relaxing and watch a movie. The camp will take place March 27 through March 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Camp is priced at $50 daily. Visit birminghamzoo.com.
Through May 31, 2017: ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South Exhibition at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
¡NUEVOlution! is a large-scale, bilingual, multidimensional, interactive exhibition that uses personal accounts to examine the complex stories of Latinos in the South. The Levine Museum of the New South has partnered with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute for the past three years to bring this exhibition to life. See how the South has become one of the nation’s most vibrant places for the Latino revolution now through May 31 at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Visit bcri.nimbussoftware.com.
Happy St. Paddy’s Day, and have a fabulous March!