fill of over 21,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish. Great food and music with the soul of the South. Leigh M.

Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival 2310 1st Ave N 205-324-0888 sidewalkfest.com Honored as one of Time Maga- zine s Film Festivals For The

Rest Of Us, Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival brings new inde- pendent cinema to Birmingham each August. Sidewalk attracts filmmakers from across the country and the globe to screen their work before enthusiastic crowds in one of nine venues within the city s historic Theatre District. The flagship venue is

the Alabama Theatre, a 2,200- seat movie palace built in 1927 by Paramount. During the festival, guests enjoy parties, panels, workshops and a live music lounge. Sidewalk is the highlight of my year! Downtown comes alive in a whole new way. Filmmakers from around the world mingle with the attendees on the sidewalks and in the theatres. They bring with them a slew of films that Alabama would probably never get a chance to see otherwise. Katy C.

Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival 1631 4th Ave N 205-328-1850 justataste.org The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and Urban Impact join forces the last weekend in September to present this festival on the streets of the city s cultural his- toric downtown Fourth Avenue District. The festival is free to the public and is a tribute to all of the great jazz musicians who hail from Birmingham. Jazz music, commercial booths, chil- dren s activities and a diverse selection of food vendors. Bring your lawn chairs! Good music and good soul food all in one spot. Elizabeth R.

With a long list of premium bands and all the crawfish you can eat, the Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil draws thousands every year