The List of Birmingham Festivals is quite extension, and for someone not familiar with them, the numbers may surprise you.
Officially known as the “Magic City”, when it comes to these events, this city places second fiddle to no one in the state of Alabama.
These events start in early February and run until the month of November, and this list will include 12 of the best known and most popular events in the city, and the surrounding towns.
The Magic City Art Connection
First on the list of Birmingham Festivals is the Magic City Art Collection, which is generally held the last week of April.
It is the city’s largest arts presentation, and most years will host over 200 established as well as blooming artists.
These artists are from the local Birmingham area, as well as from all across the country.
The events include music, dance, as well as kids' arts and experiences.
It is held in conjunction with the Corks and Chefs.
Corks and Chefs: A Taste of Birmingham
Next on the list are the Corks and Chefs, which is an annual tasting event in the city that has become very popular.
It has a wide mix of wines, craft beers, spirits, as well as cocktails, and is held in Linn Park in connection with the Music Art Connection.
The Annual Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival
This event is held at the Tannehill Ironworks Historical Park generally the last of April, or the first week of May.
It features dulcimer craftsmen as well as musicians from across the country.
For those that are not familiar, a dulcimer is a fretted string instrument from the zither family of instruments, and typically only has 3 to 4 strings.
It features a class on how to make these instruments, as well as classes on how to play them each morning.
Then in the afternoons, the fun begins as the artists take the stage.
The Homestead Hollow Arts and Crafts Festival
Next on the list of Birmingham Festivals is the Homestead Hollow Arts and Crafts Event, which is held in early May
It features the skills of our forefathers that include blacksmithing, wood carving, as well as wood stove cooking and whiskey making.
What makes it so much fun, is that you can tour original cabins that were built by early settlers
There is also a lot of great food, fun, music and children’s activities.
The Annual Caribbean Food and Music Festival
The Caribbean Food and Music Events are held in Bessemer, generally the first week of June.
It features steel band music, line dancers, and what is referred to as “Reggae and Soca artists.
There are also hula hoop presentations and events for all ages.
The Sidewalk Film Festival
The next of the Birmingham Festivals is the Sidewalk Film Festival, which is held in the last week of August in the Theatre District.
It showcases independent film makers and includes a very wide range of topics.
The Annual Taste of 4th Jazz Festival
The Annual Taste of Jazz is next and is held in early August in the historic downtown Birmingham area.
It features some of the best jazz music in the south and is free to the public.
Next on the list of Birmingham Festivals is Fiesta, and this is generally held the last week of September.
Held in downtown Linn Park, it features several Hispanic countries as well as their cultures.
These cultures include art, music, food as well as dance.
You will find in addition to the traditional Mexican foods, food from the Caribbean, Brazil, as well as Salvador.
The Birmingham October Fest
The event is held at The Railroad Park in Birmingham and features several varieties of German Beers.
However, there are also all kinds of German food, live music, as well as themed games and activities.
The Moss Rock Festival
Next on the list of Birmingham Festivals is the Moss Rock Festival, which has a litany of different venues.
This event is held in the first week of November.
The events include hikes, outdoor activities, Beer Garden craft tasting events, as well as several kinds of foods.
And then there is the music that features over 100 different artists.
Beer Garden: Craft Tasting Event
Held at the Moss Rock Reserve in the first week of November, this event has a wide variety of craft beers not only from Birmingham, but from the state of Alabama.
It includes home brewers, a cask garden, as well as some wines.
It will be playing the local football games and has a lot of snacks as well as live music.
The Annual St. Nicholas Slavic/Russian Food Festival
The last of the Birmingham Festivals is the Annual St. Nicholas/Russian Food Event, which is also held the first week of November.
Held at the Russian Orthodox Church in Brookside, it has numerous delicious recipes that have been handed down through the generations.
It is a great way to spend an afternoon with your family, as you can also take a tour of the St. Nicholas Temple.
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