August is here and that means back to school but luckily for Magic City residents, the summer fun isn’t over. We still have art festivals, unique benefits and football season tailgating. We rounded up three amazing local events as well as three “What to Wear” solutions for each event. We know it can be difficult to find the perfect outfit, so we did the work for you to make sure you stay cool, stylish and comfortable during these hot August events!
If you’re looking to round out festival season, the rockin’ Secret Stages is the ticket for you. This two-day walking music discovery festival will be overflowing with art and creativity. If an elegant event benefiting a great cause is more your style, Vino & Van Gogh is a wonderful wine-tasting event coupled with art, music and food! Last but most definitely not least, Magic City football fans rejoice! The Tailgate Challenge at The Bell Center is the best way to celebrate the return of our favorite Southern pastime: football. The style aficionados and fashion gurus at The Clothes Tree by Deborah, B. Prince and Shoefly each have delivered three on-point looks for your social engagements this August!
The Event: Secret Stages
- Friday and Saturday, August 5-6, 2016
- 6 p.m.
- Day passes are $20, weekend passes are $35 and VIP Passes are $75
- For more information, visit secretstages.net.
One of the most unique events kicking off this August is Secret Stages. This two-day walking music festival takes place in Downtown Birmingham and showcases more than 60 bands performing on the stages of our community’s coolest establishments. The acts are national, regional and even up-and-coming musicians from right here in the Iron City!
What to Wear: Dressing for a festival means bright colors, lots of layers and fun boho-chic jewelry. For this festival, all seven stages are within a two-block radius, so comfort and breathability are key. With help from the stylish minds at The Clothes Tree by Deborah, we’ve found three outfits to keep you cool and stand out in the crowd. These looks are the best way to show off your uniqueness and let your creativity shine!
The Event: Vino & Van Gogh
- Thursday, August 18, 2016
- 6 p.m.
- Single tickets are $35; couple tickets are $60.
- For more information, visit the Vino & Van Gogh website.
Vino & Van Gogh definitely will be a night of classy and artistic fun. On the agenda are a wine tasting, auction, delicious food and great music. The proceeds from this evening of stunning works of art created by United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Program participants goes toward funding the programs and services of the UCP of Greater Birmingham. Celebrate a wonderful cause while enjoying the finer things in life!
What to Wear: B. Prince has provided us with creatively layered outfits dripping in elegance and class. For an event like Vino & Van Gogh, those are top priority — along with looking as gorgeous as the art you’ll see. Showcase your artsy, elegant side with these fabulous looks!
The Event: Tailgate Challenge at The Bell Center
- Saturday, August 27, 2016
- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for children ages 4 – 11.
- For more information, visit thebellcenter.org.
Football season is right around the corner and we can barely wait! Kick off the season with the Tailgate Challenge at The Bell Center, where attendees will enjoy food, drinks, kid-friendly activities, cooking competitions and friendly rivalry. This event benefits The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs, dedicated to maximizing the potential of children from birth to 3 years of age who are at risk for developmental delay. It’s time to show off your team pride and have a fun-filled, family friendly day for a great cause.
What to Wear: Dressing for football season is best done through subtle hints of school pride. Luckily, Shoefly knows exactly what they are doing. These looks stylishly show off which team you’re rooting for while keeping you cool and comfortable during this daytime event.
Don’t miss these fantastic August events — and be sure to check out our Fashion & Shopping articles for more of the stylish looks that Birmingham’s boutiques have to offer!