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Published in May 2020

Where did your favorite Birmingham summer events go? With a flurry of constant information and news updates regarding COVID-19, you may have missed vital information about your favorite annual event that typically occurs in the warmer months. We’ve rounded up 13 of Birmingham’s most-loved events that have been canceled or postponed.

Art on the Rocks, a Birmingham summer event

Art on the Rocks will be missed in 2020. Image: Birmingham Museum of Art

13 Birmingham Summer Events That Have Been Canceled or Postponed

Art on the Rocks

Art on the Rocks, the Birmingham Museum of Art’s highly anticipated three-part summer series, has been canceled for 2020 as the museum remains closed. To tide you over until they reopen, the museum offers a plethora of online activities as part of their #BMAfromHome series. We look forward to seeing all they have in store for 2021!

BHM 26.2 Race & After Party

Save the date for Birmingham’s most famous marathon. BHM 26.2 includes a full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay and fun run, each of which will start and finish at beautiful Railroad Park on October 4 (postponed from April 19).

Birmingham Hammerfest

Originally slated for March 14, 2020, the 2nd annual Birmingham Hammerfest was canceled. Not to worry, they’ve already set the date for next year. Mark your calendars for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 13 and 14, 2021, as Hammerfest returns to Pepper Place.

Flicks Among the Flowers

A summer date night favorite at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Flicks Among the Flowers, has been postponed. At this time, there is no rescheduled date, but we can’t wait for this fun event to return soon.

Funky Fish Fry

The annual Funky Fish Fry held at Avondale Brewing Company was set to take place on April 4 but was canceled for the year. The fundraiser is expected to return in 2021.

Girls Inc. 10th Annual Cajun Cook-Off

The highly-anticipated Girls Inc. Cajun Cook-Off was canceled, but this nonprofit still relies on the community’s help. To donate, click here.

Magic City Art Connection

The Magic City Art Connection shifted gears and became a virtual festival and art marketplace April 23 through May 3. We can’t wait to stroll through Linn Park when it returns to Birmingham (non-virtually) in 2021.

Rock the South

One of the biggest music festivals in Alabama, Rock the South, has been canceled for 2020. Originally set for May 29 and 30, Rock the South has already made plans to return in 2021.

Schoolhouse Rock

Voted the best charity event in Birmingham by About Town Magazine four years in a row, Schoolhouse Rock benefitting the Cornerstone Schools of Alabama, was canceled. However, they did still host a virtual auction and have plans to return in 2021.


Slicefest, a Birmingham summer tradition, has been postponed to a date not yet determined.

St. Elias Lebanese Food & Cultural Festival

The St. Elias Lebanese Food & Cultural Festival slotted for April 17 and 18 has been rescheduled to August 7 and 8. This two-day festival will feature an extensive array of traditional Lebanese eats and treats, traditional Lebanese music and dancing, a silent auction, tours of the breathtaking church and so much more!

Symphony in the Summer at Railroad Park

Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony in the Summer has been postponed to a later date that’s not yet been decided.

Wine, Women & Shoes

Wine, Women & Shoes, an event benefitting the Baptist Health Foundation, which provides charitable resources to improve healthcare and social assistance to local patients, has been rescheduled to September 3. Mark your calendars!

Stay safe and healthy, Birmingham. We’ll get back to enjoying the Magic City’s favorite events soon!


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