2017-18 Birmingham Food & Art Events

The variety of annual food and art events nourishes the Birmingham vibe. Here are some of the festivals and events on the schedule for the remainder of 2017 and those to mark your calendar for in 2018.

Birmingham Restaurant Week – August 11-20. A wide variety of participating restaurants offers fixed prices on meals throughout the week, giving foodies a chance to try out all sorts of new offerings.

Southern Makers Festival – August 12-13. Sloss Furnaces. Southern Makers is a two-day event that celebrates the best in creativity and design with artists that live and work in the south. The event activities, workshops, storytelling, demonstrations and maker bazaar explore and center on taking southern traditions in architecture, food, fine art, fashion and design and applying them in a modern sustainable world.

Sidewalk Film Festival – August 22-27. Downtown Birmingham Theatre District and other walkable locations. This showcase for independent film has gained wide notoriety in film and consumer publications for its tight organization, range of subject matter and good ol’ weekend fun.

Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival August 26.  4th Avenue Business District. This annual fest features local and national jazz artists and takes place in the historic 4th Avenue Business District, once the hub for Birmingham’s African-American business community.

St. George Middle Eastern Food Festival – September 14-16.  St. George Greek-Catholic Melkite Church. Food, dance and music are all part of the festivities at this annual event.

Birmingham Artwalk – September 8-9. Downtown Birmingham Loft Neighborhood. This free festival transforms the loft neighborhood into an arts district, with the work of more than 100 visual artists, live music, street performers and food and drink vendors.

Saint George Middle Eastern Food FestivalSeptember 14- 16. With homemade Middle Eastern food, live music and dance, the sights and sounds will be reminiscent of a Middle Eastern wedding! Free admission. St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church. 205-252-1085.

Greek Food Festival – September 21-23. Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Begun in 1972, this widely popular festival embraces the Greek zest for living through food, music, dance and a market of souvenirs.

Homestead Hollow Arts & Crafts FestivalSeptember 22-24. See wood carving, blacksmithing, wood stove cooking, quilting, whiskey making at our original working still, tour our original cabins as they were built by the early settlers. Enjoy great food, music and children’s activities. 205-467-2002.

Breakin’ Bread – September 24. Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. One of Alabama’s premiere food festivals showcases the culinary talents of Birmingham’s best chefs.

Fiesta – September 30.  Linn Park. Alabama’s largest celebration of Hispanic culture is a colorful event in downtown Linn Park. Learn about the many Hispanic countries and their cultures through art, music food and dance.

Irondale Whistle Stop Festival – September 30. The Whistle Stop Festival brings in a wide variety of art and food vendors from around the region. Free admission.

Bluff Park Art Show – October 7. Bluff Park Community Center. Some of the finest artists in the country show at this annual event in the Bluff Park neighborhood of Birmingham.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)-  November 2. In the Mexican tradition, the festival commemorates the deaths of loved ones through music and dance.

National Veterans Day Parade – November 11. Downtown Birmingham. Birmingham has the oldest and one of the largest Veterans Day celebrations in the country.

Moss Rock Festival – November 4-5. Moss Rock Preserve. This art festival is set in the beautiful surroundings of The Preserve in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover. Artists display and sell jewelry, pottery, paintings, glassware and folk art.  Food and drink vendors are on site.

2018  Food & Art Festivals

46th Annual Religious Arts Festival February. Join us as we give “Glory to God.” We’re bringing some of the masters of art and music, as well as the best theologians to celebrate religious art.

Southern Voices FestivalFebruary. Hoover Library. The celebration of writing, music and art attracts a full house each year to see and hear the works of noted Southern writers and artists.

St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural FestivalApril. St. Elias Maronite Church. Now in its 18th year, the festival serves up the very best Lebanese dishes from baked kibbe to baklava.

Magic City Art Connection – April 27-29. Linn Park. One of Birmingham’s largest festivals, this juried art show draws talent from around the country to show and sell paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography and more.

16th Annual Gardendale Magnolia Festival– April. Gardendale Civic Center. Enjoy a midway carnival, 150 vendor booths, three stages of live entertainment, a pooch parade, a 5K run/fun run and much more.

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – April. Barber Motorsports Park. The only Indy Series event in the Deep South, this motorsports event draws tens of thousands of race fans every year.

Gumbo Gala– April. Sloss Furnace. This spicy event has grown into one of the city’s most popular cooking competitions. Proceeds benefit Episcopal Place, which provides affordable, independent living for seniors and disabled adults.

Homestead Hollow Arts & Crafts FestivalMay. See wood carving, blacksmithing, wood stove cooking, quilting, whiskey making at our original working still, tour our original cabins as they were built by the early settlers. Enjoy great food, music and children’s activities. 205-467-2002.

Do Dah Day Festival May. Rhodes and Caldwell Parks. Benefitting animal rescue services, this is one of the city’s most wonderful and wacky events. Homemade floats and animals dressed in costume parade the streets of Highland Avenue.

Alabama Asian Culture & Food Festival – April 2018. Zamora Shrine Temple. Come meet people from different cultures, learn to understand cultural similarities and differences, sample many kinds of Asian food, observe a colorful origami peace mobile as well as an exhibit of the earliest known color photographs taken along the Burma Road in China, and have a lot of fun!

Steel City Jazz Festival – June 2018. Linn Park. Smooth and rockin’ are the operative words for this cool fest in downtown Birmingham.

Juneteenth Celebration June. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The annual Juneteenth celebration, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, is presented by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Slicefest – June 2018. 29th St. South outside Slicefest Pizza and Brewhouse. This day-long block party features local and regional music artists, craft beers and specialty pizzas.

Sloss Tech – July. Held in conjunction with Sloss Music and Arts Festival, this is the Southeast’s preeminent technology festival.

Sloss Music and Arts Festival – July 14-15. Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Music fans rock to nationally-known and regional alternative bands on three stages. Southern Living magazine calls this event “one of the iconic Southern festivals.”

Sidewalk Film Festival – August. Downtown Birmingham Theatre District and other walkable locations. This showcase for independent film has gained wide notoriety in film and consumer publications for its tight organization, range of subject matter and good ol’ weekend fun. www.sidewalkfest.com

Secret StagesAugust. 2nd Avenue North Music District. Secret Stages is a weekend filled with up-and-coming music from local, regional and national talent. Billed as a “music discovery festival,” the event takes place on stages throughout the downtown area.

Saint George Middle Eastern Food Festival September. With homemade Middle Eastern food, live music and dance, the sights and sounds will be reminiscent of a Middle Eastern wedding! Free admission. St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church. 205-252-1085.

Homestead Hollow Arts & Crafts Festival September. See wood carving, blacksmithing, wood stove cooking, quilting, whiskey making at our original working still, tour our original cabins as they were built by the early settlers. Enjoy great food, music and children’s activities. 205-467-2002.

Greek Food Festival – September. Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Begun in 1972, this widely popular festival embraces the Greek zest for living through food, music, dance and a market of souvenirs.

Bluff Park Art Show – October 6. Bluff Park Community Center. Some of the finest artists in the country show at this annual event in the Bluff Park neighborhood of Birmingham.

Moss Rock Festival – November. Moss Rock Preserve. This art festival is set in the beautiful surroundings of The Preserve in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover. Artists display and sell jewelry, pottery, paintings, glassware and folk art.  Food and drink vendors are on site.

National Veterans Day Parade – November 11. Downtown Birmingham. Birmingham has the oldest and one of the largest Veterans Day celebrations in the country.

Homestead Hollow Arts & Crafts Festival November. See wood carving, blacksmithing, wood stove cooking, quilting, whiskey making at our original working still, tour our original cabins as they were built by the early settlers. Enjoy great food, music and children’s activities. 205-467-2002.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)-  November 2. In the Mexican tradition, the festival commemorates the deaths of loved ones through music and dance.