Full of festivals and films, Birmingham has a stellar collection of events happening during August. Grab a copy of our free calendar to keep track of them all.
August is that time of year when the busy schedules begin winding down. Summer vacations are coming to an end, school is beginning again and normal routine has returned. But if you’re in the Magic City, you don’t have to worry about being bored this month. Whether it’s learning about the latest industry trends at Sloss Tech, discovering a new favorite dish during Birmingham Restaurant Week or watching a few movies at Sidewalk Film Festival, you’ll easily have a full schedule. For local businesses, our free Birmingham calendar can act as a jumping off point to inspire fun social media postings or blog ideas.
Sloss Tech 2019 – August 2
Touted as the southeast’s “premier tech conference” Sloss Tech is the place to be if you’re in the industry. The entire event centers on learning from the best and brightest tech entrepreneurs while also connecting with the local technology community. This year’s event features Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, and is sure to pack in plenty of helpful information and ideas.
Yoga Lab at The Pizitz – August 6
Get yourself a workout, and then maybe grab some delicious food, from The Pizitz. Their free weekly community yoga session will take place in The Gallery across from Ono Poke and lasts approximately an hour. No mats or water bottles will be provided, so be sure to bring your own.
The Goonies at the Alabama Theatre – August 9
Enjoy a cinematic classic by attending a showing of The Goonies at the Alabama Theatre. It’s the perfect way to spend your Friday evening, and don’t forget to show up on time to enjoy a sing along accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.
Beer, Bands & Bullies – August 10
Support Bama Bully Rescue by going to the 9th Annual Beer, Bands & Bullies festival. The event will take place at Avondale Brewery and includes beer (obviously), live music and plenty of dogs to pet. Any friendly, leashed dogs are welcome to attend as well.
Kids Code Club – August 11
Kids Code Club is a free program designed for kids who are excited to learn about technology and coding. Taking place at the McWane Science Center, the event strives to create a collaborative environment for kids to gain skills and friends through their love of tech. The program is open to children ages 9 through 17 and is free to attend, but pre-registration is required.
National Creamsicle Day – August 14
Enjoy one of the tastiest holidays of the year, National Creamsicle Day! While there’s no one place famous for this dessert in Birmingham, you can try visiting some of our favorite ice cream shops like Big Spoon Creamery, Roll Up or Lucky Cat Kitchen and Creamery.
Birmingham Restaurant Week – August 16-25
Celebrate Birmingham Restaurant Week’s 10th anniversary by eating some of the Magic City’s most delicious dishes. Spanning over 10 days, the restaurants participating range from Brät Brot to Rojo and many will be rolling out special menus for the event.
Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest – August 17
Support the Junior Board of The Literacy Council of Central Alabama by attending the Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest. Taking place at Ghost Train Brewing Company, the event will feature a chicken wing cook off, live local music and a Kid’s Zone for children.
Sidewalk Film Festival – August 19-25
See some of this year’s best indie films, along with encouraging movie production in Alabama, by going to the Sidewalk Film Festival. Always a good time, the event includes great films, local food, informative panels and more.
9th Annual Taste of Birmingham – August 20
Enjoy some of the city’s best food and entertainment at the 9th Annual Taste of Birmingham event. The evening will take place at Haven and all proceeds will benefit the Birmingham Boys Choir.
Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival – August 24
The 16th Annual Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival is a family-friendly event that features something for everyone: local music — ranging from jazz to R&B — along with live entertainers, a kid’s zone, art activities, carnival games and more. The Health & Wellness Village will also be offering free health screenings to keep the community happy and healthy.
Sip & Plant at The Gardens – August 29
Spend the evening digging and drinking at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Sip & Plant event. During the program, you’ll learn how to build your own terrarium (which you get to take home) while sipping on local brews. No green thumb is required, but space is limited to buy your tickets well in advance.