Happy Sidewalk, Birmingham!

It’s that time of year again! Sidewalk Film Festival is back for its 19th year! This weekend will be filled with phenomenal films ranging from feature length to short films and spanning multiple genres. Of course there are other events happening around Birmingham and we’ve listed some of them below. That said, be sure to follow our media coverage from inside #Sidewalkfest !

Sidewalk Film Festival LogoSIDEWALK FILM FESTIVAL!!!
Thurs-Sun, Aug 24-27
Cost: Varies
At: Downtown Birmingham Theatre District (map)

Be sure to get your passes for the 19th Sidewalk Film Festival! The festivities kickoff Thursday with a VIP/Filmmaker reception, the Opening Night Film on Friday, and many other events throughout the weekend! This year there are so many great films to choose from! On top of all of this there's a BOUNCE Party featuring various inflatables for you to play on!
Get your tickets HERE!

Art and Soul WBHM Logo**Art & Soul Meets Community & Culture Thurs, Aug 24, 5:30-7:30pm Cost: FREE At: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Birmingham+Civil+Rights+Institute/@33.5160919,-86.8167098,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891b8e7ae0fcfb:0xab1e57069bc43488!8m2!3d33.5160919!4d-86.8145211))** Art and Soul Meets Community and Culture is a listening party and arts presentation with **[WBHM](https://news.wbhm.org)**, **[The Birmingham Chapter of Links](http://www.bhamlinksinc.org)**, and the **[Birmingham Civil Rights Institute](http://www.bcri.org/index.html)**. Listen to prelude music, view works by six young, emerging artists as well as selections from the Carnetta and Norm Davis Collection, and listen to and discuss stories produced by WBHM, Birmingham's NPR news station. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please register in advance. **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/161473117750235/)**
Vino & Van Gogh**Vino & Van Gogh Benefitting United Ability Thurs, Aug 24, 6-9pm Cost: $35 At: Bridge Street Gallery & Loft ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/BridgeStreet+Gallery+and+Loft/@33.511105,-86.8035657,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bbfdb4718b7:0x12970e9db1c02f!8m2!3d33.511105!4d-86.801377))** The United Ability Junior Board is back to host this yearly event that promises to be a lively evening filled with wine and art. Come and enjoy wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres, live music and silent and live auctions at Vino & Van Gogh! Guests can also take advantage of a wine pull for a $20 donation. All proceeds support life-changing services that give children and adults with disabilities – and their families – hope. **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/173829093157755/?ref=br_rs)**
Sketch Club Sketch**Sketch Club Thurs, Aug 24, 6-9pm Cost: FREE At: Desert Island Supply Co. ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Desert+Island+Supply+Co./@33.5398297,-86.7552218,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a8fbe789fe7:0xf0e8b2b68c281b67!8m2!3d33.5398297!4d-86.7530331))** Bring your sketchbook and your pens and pencils for another night of sketching and comradery with other Birmingham artists. Learn from others about best practice, discipline and general technique. This is a low pressure environment for artists of all levels to find community and accountability in our creative endeavors. **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/211739909357702/)**
Hymns of Hope with Ellie Holcomb**Hymns of Hope w/Ellie Holcomb Thurs, Aug 24, 7-10pm Cost: $25 At: Iron City Bham ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Iron+City+Bham/@33.508914,-86.8000487,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bc0a1443b55:0xc397c3c0dadc684e!8m2!3d33.508914!4d-86.79786))** Prodigal Pottery is super excited to announce our upcoming benefit concert, Hymns of Hope: A Night with Ellie Holcomb. Prodigal Pottery is handmade at King's Home by women fleeing homelessness and domestic abuse. Their mission is to provide a safe and therapeutic work environment for women in need that develops healthy professional skills, interpersonal relationships and spiritual depth. Come enjoy a night of great music and fun while helping this great cause! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/1953067478271253/)**
Twice as Nice Consignment Sale**Twice as Nice Fri & Sat, Aug 24-25, 5pm & 8am Cost: Free At: Zamora Shrine Temple ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Zamora+Shrine+Temple/@33.534955,-86.6449887,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x888912368a70311f:0x39a4d2d09f1a700f!8m2!3d33.534955!4d-86.6428))** Twice a year, Birmingham Area Mothers of Multiples (**[BAMOM](https://www.bigtent.com/groups/bamomal)**) sponsors a fantastic sale. They are open to the public and have something for everyone! This is a great chance to stock up on clothes for your kids while saving money! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/Twice-As-Nice-Sale-BAMOM-103010183088843/)**
Alys Stephens Junior Patrons**Alys Stephens Junior Patrons ARTasting Fri, Aug 25, 5:30-8pm Cost: $25 (FREE for JPats) At: Artplay ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/UAB's+Alys+Stephens+Center's+ArtPlay/@33.5148874,-86.826603,14z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sart+play!3m4!1s0x88891bc309ef06a3:0xa643fe5c43f10c1d!8m2!3d33.5007546!4d-86.7985443))** Join the **[UAB's Alys Stephens Center](https://www.alysstephens.org)** Junior Patrons for an exciting new event this Friday. Explore Birmingham's best in art, food and drink at the inaugural JPat Art Tasting! Enjoy cocktails, local food, and even Latin Dance lessons! This event is FREE to Alys Stephens Junior Patrons and is a great chance to become a JPat yourself! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/947925202012207/)**
Step Documentary Film**Opening Night: Step at Sidewalk Film Fest Fri, Aug 25, 8pm Cost: Included with Sidewalk Film passes At: Alabama Theatre ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Alabama+Theatre/@33.5148887,-86.8112821,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891b93d9c2fb7b:0x607c0735ce1f64d3!8m2!3d33.5148887!4d-86.8090934))** Opening night for **[#SidewalkFest](https://sidewalkfest.com)** is always a great time! In this stirring, crowd-pleasing documentary, three high school senior girls at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women find power in the sisterhood of their step team, and face heavy odds as they prepare to graduate and apply to college. We saw the trailer for this great documentary at Sidewalk’s Preview Night and even that was an emotional rollercoaster! Admission is included with your Sidewalk Film Day/Weekend Pass! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/1456492627764713/)**
Beer & Bands at Ghost Train Brewing Co.**Beer & Bands Fri, Aug 25, 8-11pm Cost: $5 At: Ghost Train Brewing ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ghost+Train+Brewing+Co./@33.5113027,-86.7897312,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bb987d2055f:0xcede5870e2913348!8m2!3d33.5145205!4d-86.7938218))** Fresh off their set at Sloss Fest, New Devils are a soul-powered rock-n-roll band with a country twang. Their songs provide immersive storytelling with melodies you're sure to hum along to. It's a foot tappin, beer drinking good time! There are also two amazing opening acts, so don’t miss out on this great time! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/2000676490205330/)**
College Football Kickoff Party**College Kickoff Party Fri, Aug 25, 8pm Cost: $5 At: Innisfree ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Innisfree+Pub/@33.5113027,-86.7897312,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bb664d81cf3:0xd2c51d97c0ea230c!8m2!3d33.5113027!4d-86.7875425))** Head to the 'free this Friday and celebrate that it’s the last weekend without football! It’s thier annual college kickoff party. Wear your team colors, show your school spirit, and enjoy a game day atmosphere on a Friday night! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/113840389282319/)**
Alabama Sawyer Logo**Alabama Sawyer Wood Sale Sat, Aug 26, 9am-3pm Cost: FREE to attend At: MAKEbhm ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/MakeBHM/@33.523342,-86.7775311,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a51126d11b5:0xdd5d10bdd66192e2!8m2!3d33.523342!4d-86.7753424))** We were surprised to find out how many of our followers are woodworkers! This event is for them and anyone looking to do some woodworking DIY projects. **[AlaSaw](http://www.alasaw.com)** uses wood reclaimed from trees taken down by the city of Birmingham and other municipalities. Since they are located in **[MAKEbhm](http://www.makebhm.com)**, you can get some **[Big Spoon Creamery](http://www.bigspooncreamery.com)** ice cream while you check out the deals, and be sure to stop by **[Winslet & Rhys](http://www.winsletandrhys.com)** while you are there! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/1214448558701797/)**
Wear the Arts by Agency 54**Wear the Arts Sat, Aug 26, 10am-2pm Cost: FREE At: Agency 54 ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Agency54/@33.5200374,-86.7806232,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a52767cd789:0x222752d69c371a5f!8m2!3d33.5200374!4d-86.7784345))** Agency 54 is hosting “Wear the Arts” to benefit the local homeless. This event will inspire creativity by offering opportunities to express individuality through art. Come and get creative for a great cause! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/504326493252931/)**
Red Mountain Park ZipLine Tower**Two Days of Celebration Sat & Sun, Aug 26-27, 10am-4pm Cost: FREE At: Red Mountain Park ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Red+Mountain+Park/@33.445263,-86.8647287,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891e5566da6119:0x6ee8b9369fcf09ba!8m2!3d33.445263!4d-86.86254))** Join Red Mountain Park for this free event! They will have music, giveaways, kids activities, food vendors, guided hikes, and the opportunity to become one of the first Park Members! All Park Members enjoy exclusive RMP benefits and Perk Provider Discounts at local retailers, restaurants, and venues so be sure to sign up! This event will be fun for the entire family! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/151350182114131/)**
Sun Seeker at Seasick Records**Sun Seeker In-store Performance Sat, Aug 26, 1-2pm Cost: FREE At: Seasick Records ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Seasick+Records/@33.5294267,-86.7502104,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a5e60b53eaf:0x8fbf514e75f99856!8m2!3d33.5294267!4d-86.7480217))** The **[Seasick Records](http://www.seasickbham.com)** crew is bringing us yet another fantastic, FREE, show! Sun Seeker stops by Seasick for a FREE in-store performance before their show in Tuscaloosa! Come check them out and pick up a copy of their new record "Biddeford" out now on Third Man Records. **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/280238829122059/)**
Saigon Noodle Ping Pong Tournament**Saigon Charity Ping Pong Tournament & Spirit Night Sat, Aug 26, 1:30-11pm Cost: FREE to attend/$5 to play At: Saigon Noodle House([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Saigon+Noodle+House/@33.5213117,-86.7806126,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a526a1c722d:0xfa71c10daeaeccc6!8m2!3d33.5213117!4d-86.7784239))** Join in this Saturday for a Battle of the Paddles at Saigon Noodle House - Avondale. 1:30 pm – Registration @ Saigon Noodle House 2:00 pm – Tournament Begins All proceeds from the tournament will go towards the upcoming 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's - Heart of Alabama on September 24th @ Railroad Park! Stick around after to REGISTER for the Heart of Alabama Walk to End Alzheimer’s and enjoy drink & appetizer specials! Ghost Train Brewing Co. will be giving out goodies and hosting drinks specials! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/1926682507571120/)**
4th Ave Jazz Festival**Taste of 4th Ave Jazz Festival Sat, Aug 26, 2-9pm Cost: FREE At: 4th Ave N. ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Carver+Theatre+for+the+Performing+Arts/@33.5148756,-86.8140388,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891b92004dea0f:0xc5027f4006f64df7!8m2!3d33.5148756!4d-86.8118501))** The 2017 Taste of 4th Ave Jazz Festival is here! This FREE family friendly street festival features live music and spoken word, a line dancing tent, district merchants & vendors, and a Kid Zone with activities for the young and young at heart! This is a great event to check out between Sidewalk Fest Films! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/2337698689787609/)**
Bottoms Up for National Dog Day**Bottoms Up for National Dog Day Sat, Aug 26, 2-5pm Cost: FREE At: Cahaba Brewing Co. ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Cahaba+Brewing+Company/@33.5275138,-86.7676703,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bb988716fc9:0xfe9a1bb56dd8666!8m2!3d33.5275138!4d-86.7654816))** Come celebrate National Dog Day with **[BHRA](https://www.bhral.org)**! They'll be at Cahaba Brewing Company and will have plenty of room on the patio so bring out your hounds and help them celebrate! BHRA merchandise will be for sale and there will be a raffle to benefit BHRA! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/210321899492949/)**
Back 2 School Bash**Back 2 School Bash ‘17 Sat, Aug 26, 4:30-8:30pm Cost: FREE At: Patriot Park ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Patriot+Park/@33.4584059,-86.8322238,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891ecf23ab2795:0xdd09c0dd8a36aa67!8m2!3d33.4584059!4d-86.8300351))** The Homewood Parks Department is blocking off the streets next to Patriot Park and setting up more rides and inflatables for the kids than they'll know what to do with. Wristbands will be sold for access and 100% of the proceeds go to the Homewood High School Band. There will also be live music, food trucks and maybe a few local vendors to talk with during the band breaks. **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/713463712197433/)**
I Want My MTV Party**I Want My MTV Sat, Aug 26, 9pm Cost: $5 At: Iron City Bham ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Iron+City+Bham/@33.508914,-86.8000487,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bc0a1443b55:0xc397c3c0dadc684e!8m2!3d33.508914!4d-86.79786))** Come moonwalk' all the way back to the founding of MTV in 1981! Head to Iron City Bham for the "I Want My MTV" Multimedia Dance Party! Neon Electric will provide the jams from '81-'89, and the awesome MTV visuals on our huge screen! Don your 80's duds and dance! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/1969956979909382/)**
Park & Crest Logo**Park & Crest Market Sun, Aug 27, 11am-3pm Cost: FREE At: Park & Crest ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/On-A-Shoestring/@33.412479,-86.8577187,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891f70e30905cb:0xa127cd72babbcf5f!8m2!3d33.412479!4d-86.85553))** Wind down your weekend with some local makers, music, and boiled peanuts! Park & Crest is fun, family friendly, market that takes place in Bluff Park. You never know what great treasures you’ll find! Be sure to say hi to our friends at **[Alabama Boiled Peanut Co.](https://www.facebook.com/alabamaboiledpeanutco/)** ! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/152722248640399/)**