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Events in Birmingham, Alabama


9-1-1 Festival - Where 9-1-1 Begin."The first 9-1-1 phone call was made from the Haleyville Police Station on February 16, 1968. Festival honors all Police, Fire, Rescue, & Emergency personell. The weekend kicks off with a Street Dance on Friday night, then on Saturday lots of arts & cafts vendors, a Car Show,free kids activities, & lots of good food will be in the Downtown area.

Classic Auto Show - Frontier days presents 2 annual top gun show in double springs, Winston County Alabama. The city welcomes cars, bikes, four wheel drive trucks, vintage tractors. Thousands of dollars worth of prizes are given away! Come and enjoy the food, the events and the great people at this spectacular event.

Professional Bull Riders Rodeo - This must-see event features bare back riding, calf roping, cowgirl break away roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Children activities, clowns, and more!

Annual Westside Bass Club/SABBA Youth Fishing Rodeo - This is the nation's largest saltwater fishing tournament, drawing more than 3,000 people on an annual basis. There is fun for the whole family- a youth tournament competing for a variety of prizes, and tournaments for the more seasoned fishers as well!

Bessemer Flea Market - 600 spaces of old & new, collectibles, fresh produce, furniture and much more! Every Friday- Sunday. Downtown Bessemer, I-59 North, exit 110, right. Left on 9th avenue for one mile. Free admission. Get great items for bargain prices!

Caribbean Reggae Festival - This festival celebrates the rich diversity of Birmingham's people through reggae and rock-steady music. In the midst of the music and fun is an on-site Caribbean marketplace featuring authentic African garb, art, sculptures, fabric, hand-crafted jewelry, a Jamaican Jerk Chicken Cook-off, and a host of educational activities and other treasures from the island.


Gadsden's RiverFest - RiverFest started in a mall parking lot on July 4th, 1986. The first crowd was estimated at 1,000 – 1,500. Local musicians played from two flatbed trucks. Fireworks, hotdogs, and soft drinks were added to create the ideal Southern “Fourth of July” Celebration. A family friendly atmosphere with great musical entertainment, fireworks, arts, crafts, food, kids play area and more.

Magic City Classic - Annual football rivalry featuring Alabama A&M University Bulldogs of Huntsville against the Alabama State University Hornets of Montgomery.

Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival - Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk and have been thrilled to discover fresh, enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema. With nine venues located within Birmingham’s historic Theatre District, spontaneity rules the schedule of Sidewalk attendees.

Stokin' the Fire BBQ & Music Festival - At the cornerstone of this two-day event is a world-class barbecue competition. The competition pits over 80 local amateur barbecue teams. Each competes for the braggin’ rights to the best Q in Birmingham. In addition, visitors can enjoy all-day headliner music, enjoy global grilling demonstrations by chefs from some of Birmingham’s best restaurants, and participate in a Sloss metal arts iron pour. Kids will also have plenty of rib ticklin’ fun in the kids zone, with a variety of free activities and entertainment under the water tower stage.

UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center 11-Day Opening Festival - A sampler of the new season, the festival at the Alys Stephens Center will offer something for everyone with a variety of events, many of them free, during these 11 days, including outdoor parties, an afternoon salon, lunchtime demonstrations and discussions, a show for families, fantastic performances, living art and more.

Zoolight Safari - Enjoy over half-a-million lights, the Holiday Train Ride, Jingle Bell Carousel, Santa's Rock'n Roller Racers, Winter Trail Hayride, story time, animal demos, and much more. Be sure to stop at the Barn in the Children’s Zoo for photo opportunities, animals and holiday crafts for all to enjoy.