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 virtual runs and art-inspired affairs to incredible drive-in performances and plenty of charitable causes, September is overflowing with can’t-miss local events. Here are our picks for the top 15 events happening in Birmingham this month!

Birmingham Botanical Gardens' annual Fall Plant Sale, September 2020 event

Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ annual fall plant sale is just one of many events happening in Birmingham this month. Image: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

14 Birmingham Events & Happenings: September 2020

September 6, 2020: 2020 Smith Lake Shrimp & Crawfish Boil

Kick off the new month with a socially distanced weekend on beautiful Smith Lake. Hosted by Fredricks Outdoor, guests are invited to chow down on some delicious fresh boiled crawfish, shrimp, hot dogs, and hamburgers while enjoying live music performed by Logan Eads. Whether you choose to join by land or water, all are welcome at this family-friendly event. Your entry fee is a $40 t-shirt that must be worn at the event and gains you access to all future Fredricks Outdoor concerts. The boil kicks off at 5 p.m. at Fredricks Outdoor in Devil’s Branch. fredricks.events

September 10, 2020: Virtual ZooRendezvous

There’s no party like a Birmingham Zoo party … even in a virtual format! On September 10, the Birmingham Zoo hosts its first-ever virtual luau. The ZooRendezvous, a celebration of the zoo’s 65th anniversary, features Hawaiian-inspired performances, an online auction and much more. The pre-show begins at 6:45 p.m, followed by the main event beginning at 7 p.m. The online auction opens Thursday, September 3. The event is free, but you have the option to support the zoo by purchasing different upgrade packages. Options include a bottle of wine, a Savor Style charcuterie board, or a full dinner spread by Food Bar that is delivered right to your door with a special swag bag. Donations are also accepted. givebutter.com

September 12, 2020: 11th Annual Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival

Are you ready for some BBQ and blues? The Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival is back for its 11th year. On September 12, head down to DeBardeleben Park and enjoy a beautiful day full of great music and even better food. The whole family can enjoy live performances, vendor booths that include arts and crafts, outdoor exhibits and a kids’ corner featuring fun activities and games.  Gates open at 11 a.m., and the event runs from noon until 8 p.m. This is a rain or shine event. bobsykesblues.com.

September 12, 2020: Fall Plant Sale at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Fall is the best time to plant new vegetation! Stock up on your favorite plants, trees, perennials and more at the annual Fall Plant Sale hosted by the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Hand-selected just for the Magic City’s ever-changing weather and climate, the plants available are diverse and chosen with care by local plant experts. The sale benefits the continued growth and care of the gardens, as well as educational programs and outreach activities organized by the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Shopping begins on September 12 at 8 a.m. and ends at noon. Member priority shopping is held on Friday, September 11, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The gardens are following safety guidelines, and masks are required for the event. bbgardens.org

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September 12 – 26, 2020: Smile-A-Mile Virtual 5K Run/Walk

Lace up your running shoes! The Smile-A-Mile 5K is an annual race and 1-mile fun run hosted by the Junior Board of Directors at Smile-A-Mile (SAM) Place. This is a family-friendly event open to runners or walkers and can be completed any time between September 12 and September 26. This is a great way to safely support a local charity and get in a great weekend workout in the Magic City! Early bird registration costs $30 and ends September 8, and regular registration costs are $35. smileamile.com.

September 16 – 24, 2020: Red Shoe Run 2020: Rockin’ 5K

There’s plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the September weather this year! The annual Red Shoe Run benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama is back for another exciting year. Although the event is virtual, participants have nine days to complete their run. The event begins Wednesday, September 16 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on September 24. Be sure to submit your run time as a virtual awards ceremony takes place on September 26. Registration fees are $25. runsignup.com

September 18, 2020: 6th Annual Glow on the Green

Gear up to play nine holes of competitive golf at beautiful Highland Park Golf Course on September 18. Benefiting Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham, Glow on the Green includes a friendly tournament, delicious dinner and an exciting raffle. The best part of this annual event? All proceeds raised assist Big Brothers Big Sisters and its amazing mission of creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships with Birmingham youths. Registration fees begin at $125, and tee times start at 5:30 p.m. classy.org

September 18 – 27, 2020: 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 annual fair at the Birmingham Race Track. Enjoy another year of fun, yummy food and unforgettable memories. This year’s fair features 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 the day. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. alabamafair.org.

September 18 – 26, 2020: 11th Annual Virtual Head Over Teal 5K/10K

Did you know September is GYN Cancer Awareness Month? You’re invited to join the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation (LCBF) for its 11th Annual Head Over Teal Run. From September 18 until September 26, there are options to complete a 10K and 5K run. Although the format looks different than years past, this run is fun for the whole family and supports a wonderful cause. The proceeds from the Head Over Teal Run allows LCBF to provide GYN cancer programs to women, patients and caregiversRegistration costs are $30 for both the 5K and 10K races. thinkoflaura.org

September 19, 2020: Drive-In For A Cure

Racing for Children’s is shifting gears to host “Drive-In For A Cure” at Grand River Drive-In on Saturday, September 19 to benefit pediatric cancer patients at Children’s of Alabama. Bring the family and view the movies “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and “Madagascar.” Theater staff have incorporated social distancing protocols to ensure the safety of moviegoers. Masks will be required when not in vehicles and cars will be parked with empty spaces in between to ensure safe distance for all. Proceeds from this movie series support the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s, which treats more than 90 percent of Alabama children diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders. Racing for Children’s, presented by Medical Properties Trust, is in its 10th year, racing to cure childhood cancer. give.childrensal.org

September 19, 2020: St. Jude Virtual Walk/Run

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Wear yellow and celebrate the amazing children of St. Jude by creating a team or participating solo and raising funds for this worthy cause. After your fundraising efforts have concluded, lace up your favorite pair of running shoes and complete a run or walk in honor of those who have been directly affected by childhood cancer. fundraising.stjude.org.

September 24, 2020: 19th Annual Prescott House Golf Tournament

Fore! Join the Prescott House Child Advocacy Center for its annual golf tournament on September 24 at Oxmoor Valley Golf Course. The tournament begins at 8:30 a.m., and registration fees start at $250. Our favorite part of this tournament? All proceeds raised at the event benefit the child abuse victims at the Prescott House. crm.boomerang.co

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September 26, 2020: Trussville City Fest on the Cahaba

Head to historic downtown Trussville for the 40th Annual Trussville City Fest on the Cahaba River. Enjoy bites from local food vendors, entertainment via the Battle of the Bands competition, and kid-friendly activities, inflatables and games. This fun-filled day kicks off at 8 a.m., and admission is free. trussvillechamber.com

September 27, 2020: Virtual Alabama Vegan Fest 2020

Are you a vegan or interested in beginning a vegan diet? Birmingham Vegans has announced its first-ever Virtual Vegan Fest set to go live on September 27. Attendees can expect informational and educational content as well as access to VegFestTV, a platform similar to Food Network with the added bonus of being able to buy all of the food items presented. This virtual fest is interactive between vendors and attendees and allows for all those participating to be involved. This all-day, free virtual event takes place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and donations are welcomed. alabamaveganfest.com.

Through September 30, 2020: TACO FEST Taco Trail

The highly anticipated Birmingham Taco Fest is back and better than ever in a brand new format. Throughout September, set out on the Taco Fest Taco Trail. This free, interactive expedition highlights the best spots in the ‘ham to get authentic tacos coupled with hard to beat special pricing. Once you’ve enjoyed your tacos, scan the restaurant’s unique code and register to win prizes. Additionally, the fest gives away fantastic prizes on their social media accounts each day! Traditionally a one-day festival benefitting Bare Hands Inc., Taco Fest has adapted to the changing times in hopes to still be a successful fundraiser for their outreach Bare Hands Art Club at the downtown YWCA of Central Alabama. This event is free to the public. barehandsinc.org

Get out there and safely enjoy the new month, Magic City!


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