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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It’s time to bring a little luck o’ the Irish to the Magic City! March brings warmer days and bright celebrations, and we are ready to shake off the winter blues and step into the sunshine. From fundraisers to fun runs, this month is filled with fabulous local events that take place safely in person and online. Here is our roundup of Birmingham events happening this March.

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These Birmingham events welcome spring to the Magic City! Image: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

17 Birmingham Events & Happenings: March 2021

March 4, 2021: St. Patty’s Day Cookie Decorating Class

See if the luck of the Irish is with you as your try your hand at a new skill. Make date night or girls’ night out plans at a St. Patrick’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 of festive cookies — it’s a win-win. The class is $45 and includes four cookies, icing and decorating supplies, and one adult beverage. The class begins at 6:30 p.m. eventbrite.com

March 5, 2021: American Cancer Society Go Blue Day

Mark your calendar and “go blue” on March 5 to support the American Cancer Society. Wear your favorite blue outfit and share photos and stories of inspiration on social media using the hashtag #BhamGoesBlue and tagging @ACS_Alabama on Instagram and @AmericanCancerSocietyAlabama on Facebook. Together we can make a difference! cancer.org

March 6, 2021: The Exceptional Foundation’s 1st Annual Chili Kick-Off

In preparation for the highly anticipated Chili Cook-Off (slated for May 1, 2021), The Exceptional Foundation hosts the first annual Chili Kick-Off! From noon to 6 p.m. on March 6, enjoy live entertainment, beer, bites and raffle items — all while remaining socially distanced at Avondale Brewing Company. All ticket proceeds and a portion of beer sales benefit The Exceptional Foundation and its mission to meet the social and recreational needs of mentally challenged individuals of all ages. Tickets are $20 and very limited to ensure everyone’s safety. exceptionalfoundation.org

March 6, 2021: The Bitteroots at Ghost Train Brewing Company

Ready to safely attend a live show? Ghost Train Brewing Company has you covered. On March 6, this local brewery welcomes the Atlanta-based Bitteroots to the stage. This rock band has been playing for over a decade, and they’re bringing their favorite original songs and your favorite covers to the ‘ham for one night only. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. and is free to attend. eventbrite.com

March 6 & 20, 2021: Magic City Market Place

It’s good to be in the Magic City! Shop some of Birmingham’s best makers, creators and farmers on March 6 and 20 at Good People Brewing Company. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., support local vendors as you shop unique home decor pieces, jewelry, gifts, fresh produce and more. This free open-air marketplace requires patrons to wear masks and encourages social distancing. facebook.com

March 7, 2021: Evening with an Expert: Cook Along with Chef Chris Hastings

Mark your calendar to join the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Sunday, March 7 for a fun and festive evening featuring Chris Hastings, James Beard Award-winning chef and co-owner of Birmingham’s own OvenBird and Hot and Hot Fish Club! As part of this livestream fundraiser, which supports the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Internship Program, you’ll receive a custom, three-course dinner menu created by Chef Hastings especially for the event, as well as his recipes, ingredient list, pro tips, recommended wine pairings, and a chance to ask questions. Cook along with Chef Hastings as he shares cooking tips and tricks and answers your questions live from his kitchen at Hot and Hot Fish Club. Registration starts at $100 and includes virtual link to the step-by-step, live cooking experience with Chef Hastings, printable recipes, shopping list, pro tips, wine pairing recommendations, and a few bonus extras to make your evening even more special. The $200 VIP price includes all of the above as well as dessert for two prepared by Chef Hastings, a select bottle of wine, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka Cocktail Package to make your own handcrafted specialty drink live with Chef Hastings and his team. All VIP registrants must be 21 years of age or older to attend. bbgardens.org

March 11 – 14, 2021: 2021 Native Plant Conference

From March 11-14, join the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens at the 2021 Native Plant Conference. Whether you are a gardening professional or simply love to learn, this event includes virtual presentations, roundtables and trivia. On-site field trips with opportunities to observe and study Alabama’s native plants are also available. Registration for the virtual sessions is $80 for members and $100 for non-members. The on-site field trips are $40 for members and $50 for non-members. bbgardens.org

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March 11 – 14, 2021: James And The Giant Peach JR. at Virginia Samford Theatre

Join the talented crew at Virginia Samford Theatre March 11-14 for a special presentation of James And The Giant Peach JR. Support young thespians and this irreplaceable theater by attending this fun and fast-paced classic show. General admission tickets are $25. All seating is socially distanced, and masks are required. Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. virginiasamfordtheatre.org

March 12, 2021: 16th Annual Schoolhouse Rock

The rockin’ fun doesn’t stop! Celebrate the 16th Annual Schoolhouse Rock event benefiting the students of Cornerstone School from the comfort of your couch. The fundraiser has been voted the “Best Charity Event” in About Town Magazine five years in a row! This year, guests can enjoy special party packages that include Cornerstone gifts and a meal for four catered by Moe’s Original BBQ. Additionally, sponsors receive special VIP party packages complete with beer from TrimTab Brewing Co., VIP gifts, and a chance to find a golden ticket to win dreamy vacation packages and more. The traditional party pack for four is $75, and sponsorships begin at $250. csalabama.org

March 13, 2021: 9th Annual Oak Mountain Color Run

Founded in memory of Donald R. Ellison and Susan A. Powers, the Oak Mountain Color Run returns for its ninth year. This colorful and fun event benefits the efforts of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Choose your course length, grab your paint, and get ready to run through beautiful Oak Mountain State Park for a wonderful cause. Registration starts at $15, and a park entrance fee is also required. Masks are required before and after the race, and social distancing is encouraged. endurancecui.com

March 13, 2021: Ross Bridge Spring Farmers’ Market

One of Birmingham’s favorite farmers’ markets returns on Saturday, March 13. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., patrons can peruse local produce and products from Magic City makers at the Ross Bridge Spring Farmers’ Market. Get your Easter shopping done early as you enjoy live music and food trucks. The event also includes activities for children. facebook.com

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March 13, 2021: Feeling Lucky 5K

Lace up those running shoes for a festive 5K! The public is invited to join together at the Riverchase Country Club on March 13 for its Feeling Lucky 5K. Registration starts at $30 and includes a Feeling Lucky 5K t-shirt and light breakfast. The race begins at Riverchase Country Club at 8 a.m. and benefits the Charlie Jean Foundation, a nonprofit organization that financially assists families with children battling cancer or a blood disorder at Children’s Hospital. Registration must be completed by Wednesday, March 3. eventbrite.com

March 13, 2021: GreenWise Market Village 2 Village Virtual 10K/7.5K

Get active with GreenWise Market’s Village 2 Village 10K/7.5K — and this year, the event has gone virtual! This run is a great way to get exercise while exploring Birmingham’s beautiful neighborhoods. If a 10K sounds too daunting, Village 2 Village also offers a 7.5K run so everyone can join in on the fun. All registered runners receive a t-shirt and medal. Awards are also given to the fastest male and female participants in each race. Registration is $35, and all proceeds benefit the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce. runsignup.com

March 2o, 2021: Maker’s Market by Paddywax Candle Bar

Head to Birmingham’s Paddywax Candle bar located at the Summit for an afternoon featuring shopping from local makers, some of your favorite discounted Paddywax items, fun giveaways, and delicious treats. This exciting event will celebrate the official launch of the first Paddywax Factory Store! This event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to attend. paddywaxcandlebar.com

March 20, 2021: Jukebox 2021

Join Opera Birmingham for Jukebox 2021, a virtual concert of beautiful melodies and beloved favorites selected by you! At 6 p.m., tune in to sing along with some of Birmingham’s most talented performers. In addition to the concert, there is a silent auction that features artwork, collectibles, restaurant gift certificates, and special experiences. While the concert is free, there is an option to purchase a special Zoom after-party package for $250. As part of the package, you receive an invitation to attend an exclusive after-party with one of the featured artists. The package also includes a special basket with two bottles of wine and delicious delights that are delivered right to your home. operabirmingham.org

March 21, 2021: Vegan Brews & BBQ at Good People Brewing Company

Presented by California-based Southern Fried Vegan, Vegan Brews & BBQ is held at Good People Brewing Company on March 21. With a menu including Southern staples with a twist like Fried Chickun, Mac N Cheeze, Jambalaya, Cajun corn, Beer-Cheeze Battered Beyond Burgers and Totchos, this is a can’t-miss event even if you aren’t vegan. The free event starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. facebook.com

March 27, 2021: Rumpshaker Virtual and In-Person 5K

Get ready to run for a great cause on March 27. Join other Magic City runners, walkers and joggers to shed light on colorectal cancer. This is a fun event for the whole family to attend! You also have the option to participate in a virtual format at your own pace. Space for the in-person run is limited. The 5K begins at 8 a.m., and the one-mile fun run kicks off at 9 a.m. Registration starts at $30. rumpshaker5k.com

Happy St. Patty’s Day, and have a fabulous March!

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