April Showers Won’t Stop the Weekend Fun!

**[Don’t forget to check out our April Food Festival Post HERE!](https://happeninsintheham.com/your-2018-guide-to-over-20-birmingham-food-festivals-in-april/)** Other than some showers on Saturday, the weekend is looking great! Kick things off with the #VulcanDrinkAndDrop on Thursday and keep the fun going all weekend long! From #ArtAfter5 at the Museum of Art to a LOT of food festivals, you are sure to find something for your family and friends to enjoy! **[#RUhappenin](https://www.instagram.com/happeninsintheham/)**

Elements Spring LaunchSpring Launch at Elements
Thurs, April 5, 5pm
Cost: FREE
At: Elements Bham (map)

Elements is proud to be collaborating with local artist, Charity Ponter, on the Spring launch. The charity will set the Spring display with works inspired by her travels out west - the faces and places she saw coupled with her overall experience will be the backdrop and inspiration in our store for upcoming months. Join them for community + art + music + goods!
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Art Crawl April 2018**ARTstravaganza! Thurs, April 5, 5-9pm Cost: FREE At: The Pizitz ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Pizitz+Food+Hall/@33.5141782,-86.8102663,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891b93e920f757:0x57c3c84ce7688dc3!8m2!3d33.5141737!4d-86.8080776))** Join the Art Crawl every first Thursday in downtown Birmingham! Don't miss the April 5th edition with local artists and artisans exhibiting and selling works outside of The Pizitz from 5-9pm, rain or shine, stroll the streets of BHM and discover the amazing talent of local artists and artisans! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/847515118754604/ )**

Vulcan Drink & DropVulcan Drink & Drop!
Thurs, April 5, 5:30-8:30pm
Cost: $10 (includes a drink)
At: Vulcan Park (map)

Science minded teams and individuals, over 21 that is, can try their hand at the classic elementary student competition. Can your team keep your egg protected while dropping it from atop Vulcan's 124-foot high pedestal?! The goal: to keep your egg from landing "sunny side up!"
There will be "bobble-butt" Vulcan trophies awarded for various categories! Beer will be provided by Ghost Train Brewing Co., Saw’s Street Kitchen will be on site, soda/ waters supplied by Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc. and last, but not least, JD & the Man will be rocking out with us! Come help raise some funds for the Brent Newman Memorial Egg Drop students as you relive one of your favorite school projects! Admission for spectators is just $10 (only $8 for Members!) and includes one drink!
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This Alabama Life**This Alabama Life Thurs, April 5th, 6pm Cost: $30 At: Iron City Bham ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Iron+City+Bham/@33.5089185,-86.8000487,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bc0a1443b55:0xc397c3c0dadc684e!8m2!3d33.508914!4d-86.79786))** The WBHM Junior Board presents the first ever This Alabama Life, a variety show with a public radio flair. Local performers will take the stage with music, poetry, storytelling, spoken word and much more. WBHM on-air personalities will appear throughout the event, which supports the station. You'll see performances by local artists and presenters such as blues musician Early James and a Pseudo-Science Thursday by 2016 Ted Talks Prize winner Sarah Parcak. Don’t miss the inaugural WBHM Junior Board spectacular. Doors open at 6pm, and the show will begin at 7:15pm! Tickets start at just $30! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/359157474565742/)**
Japanese Breakfast Music**Japanese Breakfast w/Snail Mail & Art School Jocks Thurs, April 5, 9pm Cost: $14 At: Saturn ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Saturn/@33.5242955,-86.7766529,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a5126b78b31:0x21a69ce74a0eede5!8m2!3d33.524291!4d-86.7744642))** A solo moniker for Philadelphia musician Michelle Zauner, Japanese Breakfast began as a monthlong, song-a-day writing challenge during a break from her indie rock band Little Big League. That resulted in 2013's June, an intimate set of melodic, electric guitar-accompanied lo-fi tunes issued on cassette by Ranch Records. Don’t miss this great show! **Click here for more info.** https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1603659?utm_medium=ampOfficialEvent&utm_source=fbTfly
Art After 5: BMA Bootleggers**Art After 5: BMA Bootleggers Fri, April 6, 5-9pm Cost: FREE At: Bham Museum of Art ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Birmingham+Museum+of+Art/@33.5222242,-86.812258,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891b9a8d8a002d:0x4ff9c6343444caba!8m2!3d33.5222197!4d-86.8100693))** Guys and dolls, come out to celebrate the end of prohibition with a roaring good time! The 1930’s will set the scene as BMA hosts a night of fun inspired by their latest exhibition, "Magic City Realism: Richard Coe’s Birmingham." Experience what Birmingham might have been like 90 years ago with a speakeasy cocktail, swinging live music, and some gallery activities that will really blow your wig. They’ll even have the curator of Magic City Realism, Kate Crawford, on hand to offer pop-up gallery talks. It’ll be the bees knees! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/187186142024513/)**
Food Truck Friday**Food Truck Friday Fri, April 6, 5pm Cost: FREE At: The Summit ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Summit+Birmingham/@33.4488781,-86.7311149,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8889177a0699ece7:0x6337ea9fc23726da!8m2!3d33.4488736!4d-86.7289262))** Head to The Summit for the first Food Truck Friday of 2018 (the first Friday of every month) on Friday, April 7th, from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. Find the trucks located near Swoozie's and Sephora! Don't forget pups are welcome, too! Bring a chair or blanket and stay to enjoy the live music! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/337946176609418/)**
Party on the porch Alabama Outdoors**Party on the Porch Fri, April 6, 5:30-7:30 Cost: FREE At: AL Outdoors Homewood ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Alabama+Outdoors/@33.4764142,-86.7898515,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8889197a19ebdbe3:0x79d504f295ee2cf8!8m2!3d33.4764097!4d-86.7876628))** Party on the Porch is back for the first event of 2018! Join Alabama Outdoors to kick off the season on Friday, April 6th, from 5:30-7:30PM. Head to the Homewood location for fun, food, local craft beer, music and giveaways benefiting Freshwater Land Trust! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/388548741620188/)**
Bards and Brews**Bards & Brews Open Mic Fri, April 6, 6:30-9pm Cost: FREE At: Bham Library ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Birmingham+Public+Library+Central+Branch/@33.5210694,-86.8165877,15z/data=!3m1!5s0x88891b909e0e77cb:0x2f91c42a6cbd2230!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sbirmingham+library!3m4!1s0x88891b9a04530a07:0x856db40519e334d2!8m2!3d33.5210694!4d-86.807833))** Bards & Brews is doing its annual tribute to William Shakespeare in April in honor of the original bard’s birthday. The free open mic poetry performances will take place April 6 at the Central Library's Central East Grand Reading Room, first floor. Free and open to the public age 18 and up. Entertainment will be provided by the Taco Truck Tuesday improv troupe at 6:30 p.m., and poetry will begin at 7:00 p.m. Longtime Bards & Brews poet Lee Green is a member of Taco Truck Tuesday. As usual, Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins will emcee the event. **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/251443232095946/)**
Natalie R. Zoghby Art**Color Intoxication: Solo Show Fri, April 6, 6pm Cost: FREE At: TrimTab ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/TrimTab+Brewing+Company/@33.5128535,-86.7930727,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bb764209d39:0x47c2a248c99dd99c!8m2!3d33.512849!4d-86.790884))** Join us for Natalie R. Zoghby's latest show opening! All work will be available online April 11th 2018! Great beer and great art! What’s not to love? **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/185068498773624/ )**
Sozo Run for a Reason**Run for a Reason w/Sozo Trading Sat, April 7, 8am-12pm Cost: Varies per run At: Sozo Trading ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sozo+Trading+Co./@33.5252863,-86.7785258,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a56accda387:0x8b36750086a9e128!8m2!3d33.5252818!4d-86.7763371))** The 7th annual Run for a Reason Avondale 5K is Saturday, April 7th 2018. 100% of the proceeds raised will be used to support the mission of Sozo Children in Uganda, East Africa. The race will be a 5K through the heart of Avondale and Forest Park. This event is a fun, family-friendly experience; runners & walkers of all ages, strollers, and dogs are welcome. Don’t forget to stick around for the After Party!!! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/1604644982963008/)**
Funky fun Run**Funky Fun Run 2018 Sat, April 7, 8am Cost: Varies with run At: Veteran’s Park ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Veterans+Park/@33.3903543,-86.7268424,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88893d5ebc458145:0xe6f0278a3651aed2!8m2!3d33.3903498!4d-86.7246537))** Join the Autism Society of Alabama and let's get funky while we raise autism awareness in the community! The annual Walk and 5K is the single-most powerful fundraising event in April that unifies thousands of participants statewide in support of the mission and projects of the Autism Society. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S., and affects as many as 50,000 people in Alabama. **[Click here for more info.](https://runsignup.com/Race/AL/Birmingham/FunkyFunRunWalkBirmingham)**
Mutt Strut**Mutt Strut Sat, April 7, 9-11am Cost: FREE At: Sloss Furnaces ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sloss+Furnaces/@33.520655,-86.7932495,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bafff39322d:0x4ed8f930de175988!8m2!3d33.5206505!4d-86.7910608))** It’s time to save Saturday, April 7th, 2018 for the 9th Annual Mutt Strut: 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run, Presented by Vet Eye Care in Memory of Christopher Nelms. Hand in Paw was born in the 90’s, so this year they are throwing it back to that fly decade. Dust off your Walkman, grab your furry best friend and head to Sloss Furnaces for an event that’s sure to be all that and a bag of chips. You’ll scream “Boo-yah!” when you score a race bag filled with mad swag, a choice of tee or tank, and a bandana that will make your dog look doper than Air Bud. After party at TrimTab Brewing!!! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/517436875270174/)**
Woodlawn Street Market**Woodlawn Street Market Sat, April 7, 10am-4pm Cost: FREE At: Woodlawn ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Woodlawn+Cycle+Cafe/@33.5399152,-86.7533464,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a8568ba7fe9:0xa15c28032d3b7f32!8m2!3d33.5399107!4d-86.7511577))** Woodlawn Street Market is a **FREE** urban street market, in the heart of Historic Woodlawn, conceived for those who are always searching for unique, specialty creations. Patrons can expect merchants selling produce, goods, and prepared food, along with a few home-grown restaurants and retailers. The market will offer Birminghamians a gathering place – a locale for taking in an amazing meal or picking up a few inspiring pieces to add to their collection. #WoodlawnBHM #WoodlawnStreetMarket **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/294380807760779/)**
Asian Culture Festival**Alabama Asian Culture Fest Sat, April 7, 10:30-4pm Cost: FREE At: Zamora Shrine ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Zamora+Shrine+Center/@33.5349595,-86.6449887,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x888912368a70311f:0x39a4d2d09f1a700f!8m2!3d33.534955!4d-86.6428))** Come and enjoy delicious foods from different Asian countries, shop at our Asian vendor tables, interact with several enthralling cultural booths, and enjoy exhilarating performances by fantastic Asian performance artists. Feel free to bring your whole family... there are fun activities for everyone! **FREE** **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/1967660136888156/)**
Fido Fest 2018**Fido Fest Sat, April 7, 11am-3pm Cost: FREE At: The Summit ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Summit+Birmingham/@33.4488781,-86.7311149,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8889177a0699ece7:0x6337ea9fc23726da!8m2!3d33.4488736!4d-86.7289262))** The Summit has partnered with local friends and retailers to create an afternoon that celebrates our four-legged friends and benefits Hand & Paw as well as The Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Bring the whole family to The Summit to enjoy a pet photo booth, kids’ activities, food trucks, local vendors and live entertainment! Fido Fest is a **FREE** event. All animal lovers and four-legged friends are welcome!! (All dogs must be leashed.) **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/153823205330733/)**
Girls Inc Cajun Cook Off**Cajun Cook-off Sat, April 7, 11am-2pm Cost: $25 At: Railroad Park ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Railroad+Park/@33.5096529,-86.8120436,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891dc4ec7902e7:0x4f50b5604f42c7d8!8m2!3d33.5096484!4d-86.8098549))** Make plans to attend this fun-filled, family-friendly event featuring a Cajun cooking competition as well as live music in Birmingham’s beautiful Railroad Park. Enjoy taste-testing all your Cajun favorites including gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya, beignets and more! Your vote will help determine the winner of the cook-off competition. There will also be fun activities for kids including face painting, a balloon artist and games! All funds raised by the Cajun Cook-off will benefit Girls Inc. of Central Alabama programs that inspire local girls to be strong, smart, and bold! **$25/ 12 & Under FREE** **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/1975676926023113/)**

Cahabaque 2018Cahabaque
Sat, April 7, 1-5pm
Cost: $15
At: Cahaba Brewing Co. (map)

BBQ lovers far and wide, join in for the annual meat smoking competition! Proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. There is SO MUCH food at this event! If you leave hungry, well that’s on you! Head on over to Cahaba Brewing Co. and taste all kinds of BBQ goodness! $15
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MCPF Poetry Showcase**MCPF Poetry Showcase Sat, April 7, 3-5pm Cost: FREE At: DISCO ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Desert+Island+Supply+Co./@33.5398342,-86.7552218,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a8fbe789fe7:0xf0e8b2b68c281b67!8m2!3d33.5398297!4d-86.7530331))** Join in for a community showcase featuring the Woodlawn Writers Corps, local poets, and AL State Poet Laureate Jennifer Horne! You will hear some great local poets in this cool local venue! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/186518498611706/)**

On a Shoe StringSpring Market Crawfish Boil
Sun, April 8, 11am-3pm
Cost: FREE to attend
At: Park & Crest (map)

Head to Bluff Park for the Spring Market & Crawfish Boil! Red Mountain Crawfish Co. will be serving up delicious crawfish & shrimp until they are sold out! They’ll have 25 Makers and Artists + live music by Bluff Park’s Moonlight on the Mountain!
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Delta Blues Crawfish BoilApril Crawfish Boil
Sun, April 8, 12-5pm
Cost: Free to attend
At: Delta Blues (map)

Crawfish Boil and Live Music Sunday, April 8th. Drink Specials All Day. Head over to Delta Blues and enjoy the afternoon on their amazing patio!
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Pub 261 Crawfish BoilPub 261 Crawfish Boil
Sun, April 8, 2-6pm
Cost: Free to attend
At: Pub 261 (map)

This is the 6th Annual Crawfish Boil benefiting the Shelby County Humane Society. There will be dogs on site for adoption During the event! Craw Daddy Dave will be serving up amazing Crawfish by the pound as well as shrimp platters! JaiRez Hair and Color Bar will be raffling off gift baskets, Prizes and Discounts! Oak View Animal Hospital will be on site giving mini check-ups!
Shelby Humane Society will be offering low-cost chip placements as well as vaccinations!
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Bluegrass InstrumentsBluegrass Jam
Sun, April 8, 7pm
Cost: FREE
At: Brennan’s Irish Pub (map)

The soon to be famous second Sunday Bluegrass Jam! Bring an instrument and play or just watch and enjoy! Free show! This is a great way to end your weekend!
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