Happy September, Birmingham! We’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of fall and cooler temperatures, and this month’s celebrations and events only add to the excitement of a new month and season. From concerts, galas and art-inspired affairs to incredible performances and plenty of charitable causes, September is overflowing with can’t-miss local events. Here are our picks for the top 22 events and happenings in Birmingham this month!
22 Birmingham Events & Happenings: September 2019
September 3-17, 2019: Lee Industries Sale at Richard Tubb Interiors
There’s nothing we love more than kicking off a new month with a great sale! From September 3 until the 17, enjoy 10% of all in stock and special order Lee Industries upholstery products at Richard Tubb Interiors. Stop in and see how you can transform your home with new upholstery at one of our favorite spots in Pepple Place. richardtubbinteriors.com.
September 4, 2019: Backstreet Boys DNA Tour at the BJCC
Backstreet’s back – ALRIGHT! Back on tour for the first time since 2013, the Backstreet Boys are stopping by the Magic City on their DNA world tour. Join AJ, Howie, Nick, Brian and Kevin as you dance the night away to the best of 90s pop at the Legacy Arena on September 4. Break out your best Backstreet Boys t-shirt and grab your friends for what is sure to be one of the most nostalgic concerts of the month. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets begin at $39.50. Seats are going fast, so get yours quickly! ticketmaster.com
September 6, 2019: Hootie & The Blowfish at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
90s music lovers, rejoice! One of the nation’s most beloved bands, Hootie & The Blowfish, recently reunited and are heading out on tour after being on hiatus for more than a decade. The “Group Therapy” tour is stopping by Oak Mountain Amphitheatre for one night only and it’s going to be a night you won’t forget. This nineties phenomenon will have you traveling back into time and relishing in all those old memories. Join the fun that Hootie and his gang are sure to bring! The show kicks up at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $100. theoakmountainamphitheatre.com
September 6 & 7 2019: 18th Annual Birmingham Art Walk in Downtown’s Loft District
Artwalk is back for its 18th year! Art lovers will experience the transformation of Birmingham’s Loft District as more than 100 visual artists, street performers, live musicians and food and drink vendors line the streets to create Birmingham’s biggest art festival of the year. This free, family-friendly, two-day event draws in more than 10,000 annual attendees and is sure to be an unforgettable weekend. birminghamartwalk.org
September 6, 2019: 2019 Maestro’s Ball benefiting the Alabama Symphony
Enjoy a night of wonderful music, food and drinks while supporting your local Alabama Symphony. The Maestro’s Ball is the symphony’s largest fundraising event. Each year, the Maestro’s Ball raises as much as 10% of the ASO’s operating budget. In addition to helping underwrite their concert series, these funds are critical to helping the ASO education programs that serve approximately 25,000 students annually. Attendees will partake in a champagne reception and concert followed by a gourmet dinner prepared by Chris and Idie Hastings of Hastings Catering. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. alabamasymphony.com.
September 7, 2019: Smile-A-Mile’s Annual Monkey C Monkey 5K Run/Walk
Lace up your running shoes! The Monkey C Monkey Run is an annual 5K and 1-mile Fun Run, hosted by the Junior Board of Directors at Smile-A-Mile (SAM) Place in downtown Birmingham! This is a family-friendly event open to runners, walkers and strollers. Be sure to arrive before the run starts to see a special dove release in honor of SAM children. After the run, enjoy delicious food and activities including inflatables and a photo booth. This is a great way to support a local charity and get in a great weekend workout in the Magic City! The race begins at 8 a.m. and registration costs begin at $25. smileamile.com
September 8, 2019: 5th Annual Graze at Avondale Brewing Company
Enjoy the 5th year of Graze: Birmingham, Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network’s annual farm-to-fork picnic fundraiser celebrating the best in Birmingham food! Over 15 farmer-chef pairs collaborate each on a single dish, which they serve in sample sizes to picnickers as they graze the booths at Avondale Brewing Company. Add in some live music, local beverages, good company and you’ve got a serious celebration. 400 diverse participants from Birmingham and beyond will come together for an evening to enjoy the fruits of our dynamic local food system while raising funds for ASAN’s work to support that same local food system year-round. Don’t miss this chance to show your support for Alabama farms, Alabama food, and Alabama communities! facebook.com.
September 10, 2019: 13th Annual Harvest of Hope at The Club
There’s nothing we love more than an event that combines hope, giving and of course, delicious food. The Annual Harvest of Hope luncheon and silent auction supports Oak Mountain Mission Ministries, a nonprofit organization that provides food, clothing and other forms of assistance to those in need in surrounding counties. The programming during Harvest of Hope features a speaker whose tenacity and love for others is creating hope in our city. This year’s keynote speaker is Mr. Ashley Curry, Mayor of Vestavia Hills and founder of the Car Ministry at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. This event is expected to exceed more than 500 people so reservations are necessary. The silent auction begins at 10 a.m. and lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. oakmtnmissions.com
September 12, 2019: The 2nd Annual Open Your Purse Gala
The Open Your Purse Gala by Undone Redone is back for a second year! This gala is a great way for members of the Birmingham community to come together, enjoy a lovely evening at one of the Magic City’s most beautiful hotels, dine on a delicious meal and sip a curated cocktail all while positively impacting local families. Over 85 designer purses will be auctioned off at the event and all proceeds will go to Undone Redone’s My Secure Family, an initiative that seeks to help equip parents and grandparents in protecting their children from online dangers and to encourage and empower individual responsibility in the age of technology. The gala will be held at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook and is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. A limited number of tables and tickets are available. Tickets start at $125. undoneredone.com
September 12, 2019: Gary Allan Concert at the BJCC
Country music fans, this one is for you. The summer of country music superstars stopping in Birmingham hasn’t ended quite yet. On September 12, see Gary Allan live in the BJCC concert hall for one-night-only. With nine studio albums spanning over 23 years, Allan is regarded as a country music legend. This show is perfect for a night out with the girls or an extra special date night. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets begin at $29. ticketmaster.com
September 13, 2019: ZooGala 2019 at the Birmingham Zoo
There’s no gala like a zoo gala! The Birmingham Zoo will host their ZooGala 2019 – South American Sizzle ‘n Samba on Friday, September 13 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Guests will celebrate “South American-Style” with Honorary Chairs Phyllis and Larry Wojciechowski on the new Hugh Kaul Plaza. Dine, dance and toast to a 10th wonderful year of the ZooGala. Get ready to enjoy live music by Ascension and munch on delicious culinary dishes by Kathy G & Co. The attire is black tie optional and ages 21 and older are welcome. The gala is a rain or shine event. Tickets start at $250. birminghamzoo.com
September 13 through the 22, 2019: Alabama State Fair
Nothing says fall like the return of the Alabama State Fair! This September, round up the whole family and head out to the fair’s new location at the Birmingham Race Track. Enjoy another year of yummy food, fun and unforgettable memories. This year’s fair will feature classic favorite rides, games, live entertainment, a petting zoo, pig races, a kid’s comedic magic show, an aerial thrill show, delicious fair food and more. Fairground hours vary depending on days. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. alabamafair.org
September 14, 2019: Homegrown Harvest Festival at Avondale Brewing
Local musicians at one of our favorite local breweries? Count us in. Homegrown Harvest is a festival that gives Birmingham musicians an opportunity to share their incredible talent with their community at Avondale Brewing Company. This festival will feature the top bands and artists in Birmingham as well as up-and-coming acts in the Magic City. Doors open at 10 a.m. and music begins at 11 a.m. General admission tickets are $20. facebook.com
September 19, 2019: Signature Chef at The Club
Join the 2019 March of Dimes Signature Chefs at the Club on September 19. This event is a culinary showcase, featuring Birmingham’s top culinary masters. Chefs donate their time and talent to create a one-of-a-kind food experience. Each tasting is thoughtfully created and highlights each chef’s exceptional talents. A lively atmosphere and exciting entertainment, spirited cocktails and auction packages all for a great cause will complete the event. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. and tickets are $250. signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org.
September 19 through the 21, 2019: St. George Middle Eastern Food Festival
One of Birmingham’s best cultural food festivals is back for another year. The 2019 St. George Middle Eastern Food Festival will take place at St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church from September 19 to September 21. Bring the family and enjoy lots of delicious, authentic food options, traditional Arabic dances, handmade crafts, a live Arabic band and so much more. The festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. each day. This free festival is always a favorite, so don’t miss out! saintgeorgeonline.org.
September 21, 2019: 10th Annual Head Over Teal 5k/10k & Fall Festival
Run for a special cause this September! Join the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation (LCBF) for the 10th Annual Head Over Teal Race Day & Fall Festival on Saturday, September 21st at the beautiful Preserve in Hoover. There will be 10k and 5k racecourses, live music, food and beverage options, inflatables and face painting for children, as well as an awards ceremony for race winners! This event is fun for the whole family and supports a wonderful cause. Registration costs start at $35 and the race begins at 8 a.m. The fall festival begins at 8:30 a.m. and admission is free. Discounted registration pricing is available until September 19, 2019. thinkoflaura.org
September 22 and 29, 2019: 15th Annual Vulcan AfterTunes
We love the end of September! Fall is almost here, which means breezy, cool weather. Grab the whole family and head to Vulcan Park and Museum for the first of this year’s Vulcan AfterTunes Concert Series. On September 22, Logan Ledger will grace the stage followed by Griffin House on September 29. There will be delicious bites, drinks and fun activities available to add to the fun. The day runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the concert starting at 3 p.m. Come on out and take in the beautiful sights, gorgeous weather, and awesome tunes. visitvulcan.com
September 24, 2019: Daryl Hall and John Oates at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Take a trip down memory lane this month. If you are looking for the ultimate nostalgia, written by some of the best songwriters in the world, then look no further. The incredible Daryl Hall & John Oates are coming live to Oak Mountain Amphitheatre on September 24! With their endless list of greatest hits, fans will be in awe during this groundbreaking concert. Daryl Hall & John Oates will be performing on an exclusive amount of dates – don’t miss out on your chance to see the iconic duo in person! Tickets start at $20 and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. theoakmountainamphitheatre.com
September 25, 2019: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors at the Lyric Theatre
Drew Holcomb has been a staple in the music industry for more than a decade. His American roots music resonates with listeners across the globe. Holcomb’s latest album, Souvenir, is a highly-collaborative masterpiece that focuses on creating lasting memories with family and friends and holding close what truly matters. Join Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors at the beautiful Lyric Theatre for a show you are sure to love. Tickets start at $39.50. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. lyrictheatre.com
September 26, 2019: Beyond Blue 2019
Join the Mike Slive Foundation for Prostate Cancer Research at their third annual Beyond Blue Benefit. Presented by Medical Properties Trust and hosted by Clete Walker and Tommy Brigham, this event is sure to be a night full of fun for a great cause. Beyond Blue is a unique event filled with sports heroes, hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails. Rare sports memorabilia, sporting event tickets and VIP experiences up for bid in their silent auction will round out the event. This year, they are honoring Hatton Smith, a prostate cancer survivor. Tickets are $150. The event begins at 7:00 p.m at the Alys Stephens Center. mikeslivefoundation.com
September 28, 2019: Fiesta 2019
Time to fiesta! Fiesta Birmingham will host its 17th annual festival all about celebrating Alabama together. The festival will take place at Linn Park in downtown Birmingham on September 28. Fiesta, Alabama’s largest celebration of Hispanic culture and heritage, will feature authentic Latin food, Hispanic music, family-friendly activities and so much more. This event is the best way to close out the month. Tickets are $10 and kids 12 and under are free. The festivities will run from noon to 8 p.m. fiestabham.com
September 29, 2019: 22nd Annual Symphony30 Picnic Benefitting the Alabama Symphony Orchestra
The final Sunday of September promises to be relaxing, fun and beautiful with this year’s Symphony30 Picnic at the beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Talented musicians from the Alabama Symphony Orchestra will perform kid-friendly favorites that you’ll love too. Send the kiddos to a free kids’ zone where they can enjoy crafts and other fun activities while you enjoy food from Jim ‘N Nick’s and a fabulous concert. All proceeds from this event will support the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s outreach missions within the community. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for kids, and the event begins at 4 p.m. alabamasymphony.org