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The arrival of May means long, sunny days, outdoor celebrations, baseball games, fun runs, and cook-offs. Luckily, the Magic City is overflowing with awesome events for every type of social explorer. Here’s our roundup of Birmingham’s top events happening this month.
13 Birmingham Events & Happenings: May 2021
Through May 2, 2021, & May 5 – 9, 2021: Oak Mountain Spring State Fair
It’s officially time to take advantage of the Alabama sunshine at the Oak Mountain Spring State Fair. Enjoy classic favorites like fair food, carnival games, thrilling rides, live music and more. There’s no better place to spend a spring day with the family than here. Admission is $5, and you can purchase an unlimited ride wristband for $35. The fair starts at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and noon on weekends, and parking is free. oakmountainstatefair.com
May 1, 2021: 17th Annual MortgageBanc Chili Cook-Off
Test out Birmingham’s best chili recipes and enjoy the early-summer weather at the 17th Annual MortgageBanc Chili Cook-Off. Last year, over 12,000 people attended this fun event and 158 teams participated! From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., taste all the delicious recipes in the Macy’s parking lot at Brookwood Village. All proceeds benefit The Exceptional Foundation and its mission to meet the social and recreational needs of mentally challenged individuals of all ages. Tickets for the event are $15. exceptionalfoundation.org
May 1, 2021: We Love Homewood Day 5K, Festival & Parade
Homewood Central Park is the place to be on Saturday, May 1. Celebrate one of Birmingham’s most beloved suburbs, Homewood, at the annual We Love Homewood Day. There is something for everyone to enjoy during this all-day event. From the 5K run and festival — which features inflatables, rides and activities for all ages — to the parade, street dance and the Homewood Rotary Club Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, the whole family is sure to have a blast. The 5K begins at 7:30 a.m., and registration is $30. A virtual 5K option is also available, and the registration fee is $25. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the parade begins at 6 p.m. homewoodparks.com
May 1, 2021: Donor Dash for Life 5K
Enjoy the beautiful May weather on Saturday, May 1, as you head to Veterans Park and run or walk for Legacy of Hope’s Donor Dash for Life 5K. Legacy of Hope, a nonprofit organization, honors organ donors and recipients, living donors, caregivers and all advocates of organ donation. The race begins at 9 a.m., and registration is $30. runsignup.com
May 4 – 9, 2021: Birmingham Barons 2021 Home Opener Series
Welcome back America’s pastime as the Birmingham Barons play a six-game series against the Biloxi Shuckers on May 4-9. Enjoy fan-favorite promotional nights, including dollar hot dog night on Tuesday, Wet Nose Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, and a post-game firework show on Friday. Masks are required, and attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as capacity has been lowered to accommodate social distancing guidelines. Tickets start at $10. milb.com
May 5 – 9, 2021: Regions Tradition Golf Tournament
Golf lovers rejoice! The Regions Traditions Tournament is back for another year. The annual golf championship weekend takes place at Greystone Golf & Country Club. This tournament, which has generated more than $19 million in donations to local charities since 1992, always draws a large crowd of spectators. With 81 PGA Tour players competing for this major championship win, the beloved event’s return is a welcome one after a year of hiatus due to COVID-19. General admission tickets are $25, and the gates open at 7 a.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. See the full tournament schedule at regionstradition.com.
May 8, 2021: Mother’s Day Market at Cahaba Brewing Company
Mom deserves something extra special this year. Find her the perfect gift from a local maker at Cahaba Brewing Company’s Mother’s Day Market. This one-of-a-kind market features over 50 local vendors Mom will love, including Charm on 2nd, thimbletree studios, Gerald’s Daughters and many more. You also have the opportunity to enjoy food from Simone’s Kitchen ATL, Corazon, and Kayjuns Food Truck and, of course, the event also includes cocktails and an extensive beer list. The market is free to attend and runs from noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 8. facebook.com
May 9 – 15, 2021: Sozo Children’s Run for a Reason Virtual 5K
Lace up your favorite pair of running shoes and head out to a trail of your choice for this virtual 5K. Complete your 5K by walking, running or jogging from May 9-15. Registration fees begin at $30, and all proceeds benefit Sozo Children, an organization with a powerful mission to assist vulnerable children in Uganda. sozochildren.org
May 15, 2021: Do Dah Day
Mark your calendars! Do Dah Day is back Saturday, May 15, at Cahaba Brewing Company. The annual animal-filled Saturday parade takes place at 11 a.m., and participants can win prizes in a number of categories, including best float, best team, largest pet, and best-dressed pet. All proceeds from Do Dah Day benefit the Greater Birmingham Humane Society and the Friends of Cats and Dogs Foundation. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Attendees can also kick off the weekend with Do Dah Eve on Friday, May 14. dodahday.org
May 21 – 23, 2021: 1oth Annual Logan Martin LakeFest and Boat Show
Who’s ready to get out on the water? The Logan Martin LakeFest and Boats show is back for its 10th year in Pell City. This in-water boat show features the best new boats of the season, local vendors, live music, fireworks, and delicious food by some of the South’s best chefs. This safe and COVID-conscious event is a free event to the public. The fun kicks off at noon on Friday, May 21, and ends on Sunday, May 23, at 5 p.m. loganmartinlakefest.com
May 21, 2021: Zoo Brews: Drafts at a Distance
Craft beer lovers rejoice! Zoo Brew is back again this month at the Birmingham Zoo on May 21. This socially distanced event is an awesome opportunity to unwind after a long work week and enjoy a large selection of the best brews and wine. Attendees can taste beers from breweries throughout the Southeast as they walk through the zoo. In addition to great drinks, there are also local food trucks ready to satisfy whatever you’re craving. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and tickets are $35. (Note: this event is 21+.) birminghamzoo.com
May 23, 2021: Darter Fest
Join the Southern Environmental Center for the 8th Annual Darter Festival. Enjoy live music, local beer, delicious food and more at Avondale Brewing Company on Sunday, May 23. This family-friendly and socially distanced event directly supports Turkey Creek Nature Preserve’s educational programs. Attendees can also hear live performances from A.J. Cleaver, Dead Fingers, and Early James. General admission tickets purchased in advance are $10, and advance VIP tickets — which include food, drinks and prime seating — are $50. At the door, general admission tickets are $15 and VIP tickets are $60. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. eventbrite.com
May 26, 2021: Golfing For Good Tournament
Golf for a great cause this May. Spend a beautiful day on Greystone Golf & Country Club’s Legacy Course while you help raise funds for an amazing cause. All proceeds benefit The Arc of Central Alabama, a nonprofit organization committed to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live independently. Registration fees start at $350 and include lunch and dinner. Tee times begin at 10:30 a.m. givesmart.com
Enjoy the sunny days and warm breezes of this glorious month ahead!
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