Birmingham is booming and there really is much to do in the Magic City during this beautiful time of year. School is finally out, and it’s the perfect time to catch up on the latest Birmingham news and highlights you might have missed this month. Here’s the skinny on what went down in Birmingham this May!
Birmingham Hammers Launch Inaugural Season
The Hammers’ season began on May 14 at home in Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex. After a close game against the Chattanooga Football Club — one of the best teams in the league — the Hammers proved that this year will be quite an exciting season for the team. But don’t worry, you haven’t missed out yet! The season lasts through July 2 and tickets still can be purchased online. Visit birminghamhammers.com to check out the schedule and get your tickets.
Shipt Expands Service to Include Western Supermarket
Shipt, the Birmingham-born grocery delivery service, is now partnering with both Western Supermarket and Publix for home deliveries. This makes Birmingham the first city to have an option of grocery retailers when using the service. Users can still depend on receiving local groceries an hour after placing their order via app or online. Read about our Shipt experience here, and for more information on how to get fresh food delivered right to your door, visit shipt.com.
Saigon Noodle House to Open New Location in Old Bottletree Location
Loyal fans of Saigon Noodle House will be thrilled to learn that the excellent Vietnamese restaurant is adding a second eatery at the beloved former Bottletree location. The new Avondale eatery will offer the same authentic Vietnamese menu as their original restaurant on Highway 280 and will feature a large patio for outdoor seating as well as a full bar. Founder and CEO Mike Phuong said the company is excited to start serving great food with great atmosphere in the Avondale area. Visit Saigon Noodle House for more information.
Flicks Among the Flowers Returns for the Summer
Get to Birmingham Botanical Gardens every third Wednesday this summer because Flicks Among the Flowers is back! The series began on May 18 with “Back to the Future,” and will feature “Dirty Dancing” on June 15 and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on July 20. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, located at 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, AL 35223, provides this free annual event, as well as a cash bar chock full of movie snacks for those who don’t bring a picnic basket. If you missed out this month, make sure to take advantage of an al fresco film on one of our beautiful Southern nights, whether for date night or with the whole family. Learn more at bbgardens.org/flicks-among-the-flowers.
MAKEbhm Moves to New Avondale Location
Now there is another incredible place to let your creative juices flow and get to know Birmingham’s talented community of artists. MAKEbhm provides space, equipment, education and encouragement for local designers and artisans to do what they love most — design and create. MAKEbhm has recently moved from its rustic digs at the Continental Gin facility to a new roomier space at 4000 Third Avenue S, Birmingham, AL 35222, in the downtown Avondale area. For more information, visit makebhm.com.
Hangout Music Fest a Success
Alabama’s largest music festival took place May 20-22, 2016, in Gulf Shores. With headliners like The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, and Florence and The Machine, it was a weekend of amazing music. The event also featured some of Alabama’s own, such as Moon Taxi and Alabama Shakes. Hangout Music Festival is one-of-a-kind, featuring a wide variety of music, amusement park rides, white sandy beaches, artwork, delicious food, local brews and even a wedding chapel! For more information and to look ahead to next year’s event, visit hangoutmusicfest.com.
TNT Co-founder, Artistic Director Carl Stewart Retires
After 30 years as Artistic Director of the Terrific New Theatre (TNT) at Pepper Place, Carl Stewart announced that he will retire July 30. Actors and theatergoers alike know Stewart not only as an effective director and mentor, but also as a colorful character who is full of humorous stories and prone to hurling zingers — affectionately known as “Carl-isms.” In his career, he received the Alabama Conference of Theatre’s 2003 Marian Gallaway Award for contributions to theater in Alabama and the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Birmingham Area Theatre Alliance, as well as official recognition from the City of Birmingham’s Office of the Mayor and the Key to the City from the Birmingham City Council for his work in the community. For more on TNT, visit terrificnewtheatre.com.
Taco Mama Opens Fifth Location at the Summit
This Mountain Brook-born Mexican joint expanded to include a fifth location at the Summit. Taco Mama is sitting pretty next to other local favorites, Steel City Pops and Pieology Pizzeria. Now you can treat yourself to a pomegranate margarita or customized tacos once you hit your shopping slump. Learn more at tacomamaonline.com.
Alabama Outdoors Opens a Pop-Up Store at Pepper Place
Alabama’s favorite place to embrace the call of the wild has made its way to Pepper Place! Alabama Outdoors is now hosting weekly pop-up shops at The Market at Pepper Place from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday throughout the summer. Learn more at The Market at Pepper Place.
Brookwood Live! Plays Its Way through May
For several Thursdays evenings in May, Homewood’s Brookwood Village was closed down to turn up for Brookwood Live! For the third year, roads were blocked to let pedestrians enjoy traffic-free access to Brookwood Village’s restaurants, shopping and great live music, including this year’s performances by The Derek Sellers Band and Just a Few Cats. For more on Brookwood Village events, check the Brookwood Village Facebook page.
Regions Traditions Golf Tournament Held at Greystone
Regions Traditions Golf Tournament is a prominent golfing event hosting PGA TOUR Champions professionals at the finest country clubs in the country. This year, the Birmingham-area was honored to host the event at Greystone Country Club in Hoover, Alabama for an unforgettable week of honoring golf legends and military heroes, as well. Several celebrities were in attendance — from SEC powerhouse coaches Gus Malzahn and Nick Saban to entertainer Steve Harvey and U.S. diplomat Condoleezza Rice — who teed off to begin each day’s events. Cocktail hours and a musical performance by Alabama’s own Taylor Hicks rounded off the fun-filled week for spectators and pros, alike. Learn more at regionstradition.com.
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