SAVE THE DATE. No matter what season you visit, there s always something fun going on. Here are some of our favorite occasions we look forward to year in and year out.


Art on the Rocks 2000 8th Ave N 205-254-2566 artsbma.org The Birmingham Museum of Art hosts this popular summertime after-hours event series. Attendees enjoy live musical performances from regional and national artists, heavy hors d oeuvres, cocktails, adult art activities and of course the museum s 24,000 works of art from around the globe. Art on the Rocks is a unique op- portunity for young professionals to mingle and enjoy the arts. Live music, cocktails and special exhibits are only some of the perks of attending. Brooke H.

Artwalk 2209 1st Ave N 205-612-1530 birminghamartwalk.org Each September, Birming- ham s downtown loft district is transformed into a thriving arts

community for Artwalk, a juried art show featuring established and emerging artists in a variety of media. Artwalk brings more than 10,000 people downtown to view and purchase art while enjoying live music, street performers, food, drinks and children s activities. The hands-on projects are fun and it s inspiring to see such a variety of art on display. Jamie M.

Bluff Park Art Show bluffparkartassociation.org Held annually the first Saturday of October, the Bluff Park Art Show began to benefit the Bluff Park Elementary School library and has since grown into a prestigious annual event. The winning work each year is added to the permanent collection, which is displayed in local schools and colleges. The event also features live music, hands-on art fun for children,

homemade sweets and pit barbeque cooked on site. I really enjoy the Bluff Park Art Show because it gives people a chance to view work by artists from 12 different states and the opportunity to buy original art. That s an opportunity you don t get every day. Erica A.

Day of the Dead PO Box 13961 205-324-2124 barehandsinc.org One of Birmingham s first known major observances of the Mexican holiday, Dia De Los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) is Bare Hands Gallery s annual fiesta and art installation held in memory and celebration of the dearly departed. Every year on November 2, guests are invited to bring mementos of the deceased, join the proces- sion, dress in bones and dance the night away. The fiesta kicks