Your Comprehensive Guide to Birmingham Food & Drink Festivals taking place in April!
Everyone loves a good food festival and Birmingham is serving them up like crazy this April! So grab your friends and get out your stretchy pants as you indulge in some amazing eats right here in Birmingham! **[#RUhappenin](https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/ruhappenin/)** *P.S. Don't forget that Map Links are provided next to each event!* ___
![Woodlawn Street Market](https://s3.amazonaws.com/happenins-in-the-ham/2017/03/woodlawn-Street-Market.png) **Woodlawn Street Market
Sat, April 1, 10am-4p At Woodlawn ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Woodlawn+Cycle+Cafefirstname.lastname@example.org,-86.7533482,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a8568ba7fe9:0xa15c28032d3b7f32!8m2!3d33.5399557!4d-86.7511595))** WSM is an urban street market in the heart of Historic Woodlawn, conceived for those who are always searching for unique, specialty creations. Several popular food vendors will be on site as this market is becoming increasingly known for its good eats! FREE to attend Click for more info. https://www.facebook.com/events/1372672539450819/
Alabama Asian Cultures & Food Festival
Sat, April 1, 10:30am-4pm
At Zamora Shrine Temple (map)
Immerse yourself in the Asian cultures through food, fun activities, storytelling, choir, fashion shows, and dancing. $8. Click here for more info.
Foolish Oyster Fest
Sat, April 1, 5pm-9pm
At 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar (map)
This Saturday April 1st, 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar, will be hosting "Foolish Oyster Fest" featuring Red Hills Brewing Company's best beers from 5-9 pm. There will be $4 pints, oyster specials, and some great beers on tap! Click here for more info.
Mt. Laurel Spring Festival
Sat, April 8, 10am-3pm
At Downtown Mt. Laurel (map)
Save the date for the annual Mt Laurel Spring Festival, happening Saturday, April 8th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m! As the flowers bloom in the beautiful Town of Mt Laurel, the Mt Laurel Spring Festival returns, offering you the opportunity to shop our largest-ever arts and crafts street fair, savor dishes from the best local food trucks, and enjoy a day strolling the idyllic streets of one of Birmingham’s best neighborhoods.
Click here for more info.
Sat, April 8, 11am-2pm
At Railroad Park (map)
Enjoy zydeco music, performances, a silent auction, children's activities, and an array of cajun favorites including gumbo, shrimp & grits, po'boys, jambalaya and more! $25 Click here for more info.
![Pepper Place Sign](https://s3.amazonaws.com/happenins-in-the-ham/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-29-at-1.49.21-PM.png) **Pepper Place Farmer's Market Kick-off
Sat, April 8, 11am-2pm At Hop City Bham ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hop+City+Beer+%26+Wine+Birminghamemail@example.com,-86.7915157,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bb102b46575:0x39ecc7af01618117!8m2!3d33.516672!4d-86.789327))** Come help kick of the Spring Market season at Pepper Place! There will be tons of your favorite vendors as well as some great new additions! Don't miss out on the wine tasting either! **FREE!** **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/281549192265930/)**
**9th Annual BBQ for Building
Sat, April 8, 11am-2:30pm At Habitat Birmingham ReStore ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Habitat+ReStorefirstname.lastname@example.org,-86.7131171,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8889105779a6be8d:0x4567549617bcac36!8m2!3d33.5325977!4d-86.7109284))** You don’t want to miss this amateur, family-friendly BBQ Competition & Festival in Irondale. Come hungry for live music and BBQ and support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham. **$20** **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/161692257674367/)**
CahabaQue BBQ Cook Off
Sat, April 8, 12pm-5pm
At Cahaba Brewing Co (map)
More teams than ever before - enjoy delicious beer, amazing food, live music and good company. Come help decide who gets bragging rights while supporting a great cause. $15 Click here for more info.
Turkish Food Festival
Sat & Sun, April 8-9
At Istanbul Cultural Center (map)
You can enjoy live Turkish music, raffle drawings every hour for Turkish gifts, kids activities like face painting and cotton candy, alongside the food. FREE! Click here for more info.
Spring Food Truck Rally
Sun, April 9, 1pm-5pm
At Avondale Brewing Co (map)
Almost a dozen food trucks will be offering up desserts, donuts, Mexican dishes, BBQ, and so much more! Get your tickets in advance.$5 Click here for more info.
![Darter Festival](https://s3.amazonaws.com/happenins-in-the-ham/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-29-at-1.12.15-PM-1.png) **Darter Festival
Sun, April 9, 2pm-6pm At MakeBHM ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/MakeBHMemail@example.com,-86.7775311,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a51126d11b5:0xdd5d10bdd66192e2!8m2!3d33.523342!4d-86.7753424))** Live music, good food, good beer and great people! The Darter Festival has become a much anticipated annual event in Birmingham, Alabama. It is a celebration and a festive way to support Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, so mark your calendars and join in for BIG FUN at MAKEbhm! The more the merrier, so bring the family, your friends, and your neighbors. Darter Ale will be available as a special brew by Good People Brewing Company made just for this event and live music will be provided by Future Primitives and Dead Fingers. **FREE!** **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/635716929954488/)**
10th Anniversary Cask Festival
April 15, 12pm-5pm
At The J.Clyde (map)
Get access to the 10 one-of-a-kind brews specially designed for the 10th Anniversary! They reached out to 10 VIPs from our 10-year history and connected them with breweries right here in Birmingham. The festivities will also include live music, area vendors, and food including: Beer Brats, Pocket Pies, and Bacon-on-a-stick! $30 Click here for more info.
Sat, Funky Fish Fry
April 15, 12pm-8pm
At Avondale Brewing Co. (map)
Listen to some funky music, hang out with friends, eat some good ole fried catfish, and have a cold one! Bring the kids down for the moonwalks and face painting. Benefits Mitchell's Place and The Autism Society of AL. $20 Click here for more info.
Taste of India
Sat, April 15, 5pm-9pm
At Alys Stephens Center (map)
The first half will be Alabama's only Bollywood Fusion and Bhangra dance competition, which features teams from all over the nation! Eight teams will have the opportunity to compete for the grand prize of up to $2,000! There will be a panel of judges that will decide which teams get the title of Taste of India 2017 winners!
The second half of the show will feature our very own UAB teams for an exhibition show!
FREE! Click here for more info.
Bytes & Bites 2017
Thurs, April 20, 11am-5pm
At Teklinks (map)
Attendees will enjoy food, beer, live music by Billy Gant, tech demos, hourly gadget giveaways, expert tech talks, and tours of the TekLinks' Data Center. The first 500 early registrants will receive a Yeti-style rambler lowball. Jim 'N Nicks will provide the BBQ and fixin's while Steel City Pops will offer a variety of gourmet pops. FREE! Click here for more info.
Taste of Bessemer Business Expo
Thurs, April 20, 4pm-7pm
At Bessemer Civic Center (map)
The event, organized by the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce, features live entertainment, food and business display vendors and fun for the entire family.
Attending vendors last year included local favorites such as Bob Sykes BBQ, the Bright Star and up and coming establishments, caterers and local businesses. $15 Click here for more info.
St. Elias Lebanese Food & Cultural Festival
Fri & Sat, April 21-22
At St. Elias (map)
Join in for a weekend filled with fun, delicious Lebanese food, and entertainment. Bring your family, friends, children! It's perfect for everyone. There will be a live band from New York outside and live traditional dancing inside the church performed by the youth of St. Elias. There will also be silent auction rooms featuring a variety of offerings, including vacation packages and gift certificates to restaurants, as well as much more! NEW this year: a Zyp Bike virtual station so you can Zyp over to the festival! FREE! Click here for more info.
Fri, April 21, 6pm-10pm
At Cahaba Brewing Co (map)
It’s time for the 2nd annual BHamburger Battle - Birmingham's only burger cook-off! Your ticket gets you 4 slider sized burgers from local chefs, a beer or soda, and a bag of chips. You'll also hear great music from Act of Congress and enjoy a great silent auction!
Tickets & more info - bhamburgerbattle.com (Remember, they sold out last year and are capping ticket sales at 300 again this year, so get your tickets quickly!) $40 Click here for more details.
Sat, April 22, 11am-2pm
At Sloss Furnaces (map)
Over 60 cook teams compete for the title of Best Gumbo! Live music, art vendors, Pogo's Playground, the Muskrat Art Ramble featuring local artists, food trucks, and a beautiful setting make Gumbo Gala a great time for the entire family. $15 Click here for more details.
Southern Cast Iron Showdown
Sat, April 22, 11am-2pm
At Summer Classics (map)
This might be the best cooking competition Central Alabama’s ever seen! With food categories including Sweets, Meats, Fixin’s, and Dough, y’all are sure to find lots to enjoy. (And, you may even ruin your supper!) Once your belly's full, you can hang out and cut a rug to the Thomas Henry Band.
Advance adult tickets are $15 each or $25 for a pair and are available online. Day-of tickets will be $20 each and $30 for a pair. Kids age 12-18 may attend for $5. Kids under 12 are free. Click here for more info.
Jubilee Joe's Crawfish Boil
Sat, April 22, 2pm-10pm
At Oak Mountain Amphitheatre (map)
Jubilee Joe’s Annual Crawfish Boil is an authentic celebration of the Louisiana Cajun culture with a focus on family friendly fun. This festive event includes live musical entertainment and a headline act that will be announced soon. Other highlights of the day are the much-celebrated Crawfish Eating Contest and the ultra-competitive kid’s Crawfish Race. Delicious, hot, fresh crawfish will be served throughout the event along with other food items, in particular kid friendly snacks, entrées and dessert options. $20 Click here for more info.
Dining out for Life
Thurs, April 27, All Day
At Various Restaurants
Join AIDS Alabama and Birmingham's best restaurants for our 8th Annual Dining Out For Life® event on Thursday, April 27th! Help raise funds and awareness for HIV services by simply dining at a participating restaurant. There's never been an easier (or tasty!) way to make an impact on your community. Cost Varies Click here for more info.
Magic City Harvest Empty Bowls
Fri, April 28, 11am-1pm
At St. Vincent's Bruno Conference Center (map)
Come enjoy a lunch of Tomato Basil and Tuscan Minestrone with Chicken soups, bread, cheese and cookie! The 2 soups are prepared by A Social Affair/Oscar’s at the Museum. Free parking in the North Deck near the Bruno Conference Center. Each guest selects a hand painted or hand crafted bowl to take home as a thank you and to remind everyone how many empty bowls Magic City Harvest fills each day through our food recovery program.
$15 Click here for more info.
Pathways Pancake Palooza
Sat, April 29, 8am-12pm
At Pathways: A Woman's Way Home (map)
Pathways is excited to announce its Inaugural Pancake Palooza! Join them for a breakfast block party and help end homelessness for women and children in the Birmingham community! Lots of Pancakes for a great cause! $10 Adults/$5 Kids Click here for more info.
![Italian Cookies Feast of St. Marks](https://s3.amazonaws.com/happenins-in-the-ham/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-29-at-1.30.25-PM.png) **Feast of St. Mark Italian Festival
Sat, April 29, 3:30pm-10pm At St Mark The Evangelist Catholic Church ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/St+Mark+the+Evangelist+Catholic+Churchfirstname.lastname@example.org,-86.6672982,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8889143c35cbb7b3:0x61d9a552a6a6cea2!8m2!3d33.4355086!4d-86.6651095))** Family-oriented event focused on Italian culture. A place for multiple generations to gather and enjoy live entertainment, authentic Italian comfort foods, and children's activities in an outdoor setting. **$25** **[Click here for more info.](http://feastofstmark.com)**
Corks & Chefs
Sat & Sun, April 29 & 30, 12pm-3pm
At Magic City Art Festival (map)
The 20th annual Corks & Chefs is the place where art & essentially unlimited food, beer, wine, and spirits, meet! Come get a sample from some of the nation's BEST chefs who are right here in Birmingham! $35 Click here for more info.
![Crawfish and Corn DoDahDay 2017](https://s3.amazonaws.com/happenins-in-the-ham/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-29-at-1.29.58-PM.png) **Do Dah Day Crawfish Boil & Kick Off Party
Sun, April 30, 2pm-7pm At Cahaba Brewing ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Cahaba+Brewing+Companyemail@example.com,-86.7676703,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bb988716fc9:0xfe9a1bb56dd8666!8m2!3d33.5275138!4d-86.7654816))** Its that time of year again to come out and announce your candidacy for Do Dah Day Royalty Human & Pet! It's our Crawfish Boil and party to kick off Do Dah Season! Please come back and check out the news and latest information! Hope you all put this on your calendar! **FREE!** **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/1917742828461494/)**