Your comprehensive guide to fun Birmingham festivals in May 2016!
Alright, Birmingham, May is here and brings with it TONS of fun festivals in and around the city! Here is a comprehensive list, so start marking your calendars. We are going to try and make it to as many of these events as we can and will be live posting to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as we experience all the local fun and excitement! See you around! #RUhappenin
May 5, 5pm-9pm
Birmingham Art Crawl
Don't miss the "Art Crawl de Mayo" edition with local artists, artisans, and performers exhibiting and selling works in some of downtown's finest establishments! Rain or shine, stroll the streets of the 'Ham and discover the amazing talent of local artists with a few fun surprises along the way! FREE Click here for more info.
May 5, 6pm-10pm
Enjoy a fun-filled Cinco de Mayo-themed party for a good cause! The Fiesta Ball helps to fund young scientists conducting cancer research. The event also features a silent auction to benefit patient and family service efforts. Your $35 ticket includes Mexican themed food & beverages and live music. Click here for more info.
May 6, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Party on the Porch
Kick off the party season this Friday. Head to the Homewood location for fun, food trucks, beer, live music and giveaways benefiting Ruffner Mountain. FREE event. Click here for more info.
Sat, May 7, 9am-3pm
Epic City Rush
Are you ready for a mad-dash scavenger race through the streets of Downtown Birmingham? For ONE day, friends and perfect strangers will have a chance to explore the Magic City on bike or foot, all while hunting clues, solving riddles, and unlocking amazing prizes that unveil the gems of Birmingham's past, present and future! The after-race awards and party will be at Good People. #ECR16 $25pp. Click here for more details.
May 7, 10am-4pm
We Love Homewood Day
Homewood Central Park
This free yearly festival will celebrate much of which Homewood has to offer. There will be a vender expo, rides, games, inflatables, a silent auction, a DJ, bands, a bake sale, a Sidewalk Chalk Art festival and so much more. FREE Click here for more details.
May 7, 11am-2pm
Food Truck Round Up & Art Show
The idea behind the Food Truck Round Up is to corral all local food trucks in one location and allow guests to sample from their menu while raising funds and awareness for PreSchool Partners. Well over a dozen food trucks and many artists will be in attendance. $10 Click for info.
May 7, 11am-until
Gip's Juke Joint Festival
Dunbar-Abrams Community Center
The legend Bluesman of Bessemer Henry (GIP) Gipson will hold his 1st blues festival with Randy Guyton, Randy Buell, Sam Frazier Band, Shar Baby Band, Microwave Dave Band, Bobby Messano Trio, Elijah Butler Band, DieDra the Alabama Blues Queen & The Ruff Pro Band. $10 Click here for more info.
May 7, 6pm
Seeds 3 Year Anniversary Celebration
Join Seeds as they celebrate their three year anniversary with great music, food trucks, mini golf, bocce ball, garden launch, and more! FREE to attend. Click here for more info.
May 13 - 14, 2016
Buck Creek Festival
The Buck Creek Festival takes place just outside of Bham and is a free, family-friendly community event held on the banks of Buck Creek, just below the dam. The heavily wooded site together with the incredible stage provides a wonderful venue for people of all ages to enjoy crafts, children's activities, great food, and fabulous music. FREE to attend. Click for more info.
May 14, 11a-7p
Do Dah Day
Do Dah Day grew out of an idea in 1979 and has raised almost $1.5 million since! The South’s craziest parade kicks off at 11:01 a.m. on the streets of Highland Avenue in Birmingham’s Southside. Then, spend the day in Caldwell and Rhodes Parks with friends, pets, arts & crafts, kid’s activities, and a lineup of great bands. Oh yes, we have plenty of food and beverages, and collectible Do Dah Day t-shirts. FREE Click here for more info.
May 14, 12pm-5pm
Avondale Brewing Co
Come out and enjoy live music, food from local food trucks & craft beer from Avondale. All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Alabama! Each ticket includes live music, two drink tickets, and access to food trucks and vendors. The first 150 attendees will also receive exclusive Make-A-Wish Alabama swag! $20 Click here for more info.
May 14, 2pm-7pm
Mudbugs & Music
This is a family-friendly fundraising event complete with live music, kids’ activities, food trucks, and crawfish. Tickets include your entry into the event as well as crawfish and sides. Pizza will be provided for children at no charge; soft drinks and water from Coca-Cola will be provided at no charge as well. $25 Click here for more info.
May 14, 3pm
German Beer Fest
Come and join us for Birmingham's first German Beer Fest! Listen to traditional German music and have a snack while you experience our incredible beer selection. This unique event will feature 40 of the best German beers! Beer Tastings! May Pole Dance! What else do you need? So grab your beer and yodel your way over to Das Haus for fun and good cheer! $1 to attend. Click here for more info.
May 18 – 22, 2016
Greystone Golf & Country Club
Come watch golfing legends compete with one another during 5 days of events at Greystone Golf Course. Several celebrities are schedule to appear including Nick Saban and Gus Malzahn. $20+ Click here for details.
May 20 – 22, 2016
Barber Motorsports Park
The event will feature on-track racing action from museum quality racing cars. Sports car clubs from in and around Birmingham will display their cars, along with the South’s emerging swap meet, wine tastings, and a Barber-Que competition that will include grilling demonstrations, BBQ samplings, live judging, live entertainment and more. $20 Click here for more info.
May 20 - 24, 2016
Birmingham Comedy Festival
At Various Venues
Let's get excited for Alabama's first comedy festival taking place in Birmingham. Homegrown talent will be showcased bringing you some of the best headliners in the country. $90 includes access to all events – all dozen of them! Click here for more info.
May 21, 10am-4pm
Birmingham International Street Fair
3rd Ave N btwn 19th & 21st Streets
As in years past, they'll be bringing you the sights, sounds, moves and tastes of the many cultures present in our city. Come on out for dance and music as well as food and art from a variety of cultures. Interactive components (dance classes and drum circles and so much more) will help round out this community event. FREE admission Click for more info.
May 21, 11am-8pm
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
Come spend the day at the 7th Annual Bob Sykes Bbq & Blues Festival on May 21st. Enjoy eating Bob Sykes Bar B Q and listen to award winning national and local blues musicians performing. Great family event and activities for all to do. $15+ Click here for more info.
May 21, 5pm
Funk Fest Birmingham
Funk Fest, a day of music and entertainment, is coming to Birmingham's Legion Field this spring.The event will feature live performances by current and vintage R&B, hip hop and soul artists. $40+ Click here for more info.
May 28, 2pm
6th Annual Salsa Showdown
Avondale Brewing Co
The 6th Annual Salsa Showdown - a fundraising competition between local restaurants & catering companies to determine who offers the best salsa, guacamole, queso, and specialty dip is here again! Admission will include unlimited sampling privileges at each competitor’s station, a ballot for casting an “Audience Choice” vote, Piñata smashes, kids’ activities, live entertainment, beverage vending, and more! $10 Click for details.
May 27 – 29, 2016
Vintage Motorcycle Classic
Barber Motorsports Park
The Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA) Lucas Oil Vintage Motorcycle Classic is bringing its 2016 National Meet to Barber Motorsports Park. This three-day event will also offer antique and vintage bike shows, AMCA judging and peer judging, over 500 swap meet vendors, tech seminars, a Fan Zone, special motorcycle parking and showcase area for bikes 35 years and older, children’s games, camping, daily road runs and a parade lap, and more. $15+ Click here for more details.
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