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and motorcycle road racing while relaxing in wooded surroundings. The course was designed to meet the highest racing standards, yet also to be spectator-friendly and welcoming to families. The length of the road course is 2.38 miles. It is 45 feet wide and has 16 turns. The park sits on 740 acres, 225 of which are developed. The Barber Motorsports Park hosts a continuous schedule of upscale, high-profi le motorcycle and auto racing events. It is also home to the Porsche Driving Experience. 6040 Barber Motorsports Pkwy, 205-298-9040, barbermotorsports.com

BIRMINGHAM BALLET Birmingham Ballet off ers dance training for aspiring talent as well as presenting professional performances. Performances are held at the Birmingham-Jeff erson Convention Complex. 2198 Columbiana Rd, Ste 100, 205-979-9492, birminghamballet.com

BIRMINGHAM BARONS In April of 2013, the Birmingham Barons Baseball Club played their fi rst game in their

new ballpark, Regions Field. The crown jewel of Birmingham s newly developed Parkside District features a variety of unique seating areas, creating an intimate atmosphere and off ering unique views of the downtown skyline, UAB, Children s Hospital and Vulcan. The city s AA baseball team, farm team for the Chicago White Sox, plays its season from April through September. 205-988-3200, barons.com

BIRMINGHAM CHILDREN S THEATRE Birmingham Children s Theatre was founded in 1947. Since that time, it has become one of America s largest professional theatres for young audiences and now operates in a three- theatre complex at the Birmingham Jeff erson Convention Complex. The theatre produces eight shows seasonally, four of which tour, giving the theatre a combined audience of over 200,000 each year. 2130 Richard Arrington, Jr., Blvd N, 205-458-8181, bct123.org.

BIRMINGHAM FESTIVAL THEATRE Birmingham Festival Theatre was formed in