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top-notch independent cinema at the Sidewalk Film Festival.

The city s popular Pepper Place Saturday Market begins its run in April. Locals and tourists alike fall in love with this weekly farmers market, where they fi nd fresh fruits and vegetables, live music, cooking demonstrations, all manner of crafts and home baked breads and cookies.

As you can see, Birmingham is an outdoorsy sort of place to spend time. The weather is generously comfortable, which is one smart reason golfers come here from around the world. The other reason is the lure of handsome and challenging public golf courses. With the development of the state s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Alabama became the Godfather of Great Golf. Birmingham has two of the courses along the trail, one of which is the third longest course in the world. So pack your sticks.

Birmingham is center ring for Alabama s attractions and entertainment as well. From Broadway shows, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and other cultural events to outlet mall shopping and the fi nest selection of

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antique stores in the region, Birmingham knows how to entertain company.

Major attractions including Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the Birmingham Museum of Art increase the inventory of memorable things to see and do here. Regions Field, voted the best new baseball park in the country, opened its fi rst season in 2013, add- ing to the Birmingham vibe. And speaking of memorable, you will not fi nd a city in the region with better restaurants. Chef-owned dining rooms throughout the area attract visitors from around the Southeast to spend the weekend simply dining.

For all its small town charm, Birmingham is a sophisticated, well-heeled international community. With a rich history of Italian, Lebanese, Greek, Asian, Hispanic and Eastern European immigrants, Birmingham benefi ts from the gifts of many backgrounds. The infl uences are all around us and beautifully melded into the diversity of our Southern culture.

It s nice to have you in Birmingham. Enjoy the vibe.