No place has the “farm-to-table” movement been more prevalent than here in Birmingham. Heck, our chef celebre, Frank Stitt was doing the farm-to-table thing long before it was even cool. Now, there’s hardly a restaurant in the Magic City that doesn’t make some sort of fresh, locally-grown claim. And rightly so. After all, we live in the heart of the agrarian South, where a hop, skip, and jump from just about anywhere will put you in front of all the fresh produce you can imagine. In fact, by conservative estimate, there are almost 20 different farmers’ markets in and around Birmingham. Let’s take a tour of a few of them.
One of the many things that make Birmingham the next awesome travel destination in this part of the country is the number and variety of festivals that spring up once summer gets underway. Not that we don’t have great winter events, but, let’s face it, everything down south blooms in the summer, and festivals are no exception. Down here, a good food or music festival grows like untended kudzu. Let’s have look at some of the more noteworthy ones.
10,000 Senior Citizens are Coming to Town! And if you get in their way, they might just run right over you!
Birmingham is honored this year to host the 31st Annual Senior Games, June 2-15, 2017. Pretty much what they sound like, the Senior Games are the equivalent of “Senior Olympics,” (in fact, they were once called the “National Senior Olympic Games” before the United States Olympic Committee weighed in). That’s right, this is where the fifty-and-over crowd gathers to prove that just because you have your AARP card doesn’t mean you have to hang up your sprint spikes and stow your javelin.
Satisfy your greed for speed this April 21st through 23rd with a trip to Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. This is the race where some of the best indy drivers in the world gather t test their skills against each other, and against the technically challenging, 17-turn, 2.3 mile Barber road course.
Now in its sixth year, Secret Stages is hardly a secret. Birmingham’s weekend-long festival of musical discovery has grown to become one of our city’s most enjoyable events.
Every year, before college football becomes a months-long weekend endeavor, the people of Birmingham and like-minded visitors gather together to watch a few movies.
Photo by Kenwyn Alexander St. Paul & The Broken Bones are the biggest thing to come out of Birmingham in ages.
What Good Sports Do During C-USA Birmingham is preparing for a deluge of sports fans from around the Southeast who are coming for the Conference USA Championships March 8-12. This is a sports-loving town if ever there was one, so C-USA guests will find plenty to do before and after the games.
Calling all lovebirds! Last week OpenTable released their list of 25 Most Romantic Cities in America, featuring Birmingham in the #5 spot. And with Valentine’s just around the corner, we think it’s safe to say love is the air. We’ve rounded-up some of the coolest events for couples happening in Birmingham this weekend, so grab your sweetheart, order those dozen roses, and enjoy!