2017 Birmingham Festivals

Festivals & Events: Music, Movies, Motorsports and More

The variety of annual events nourishes the Birmingham vibe. Here are some of the festivals and events on the schedule for 2017:


Birmingham Restaurant Week– January 20-29.  Various Birmingham restaurants. A wide variety of participating restaurants offers fixed prices on meals throughout the week, giving foodies a chance to try out all sorts of new offerings.

46th Annual Religious Arts Festival February 3-10. Join us as we give “Glory to God.” We’re bringing some of the masters of art and music, as well as the best theologians to celebrate religious art.

Birmingham Winter Beer Fest February 4. Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex North Exhibit Hall. Shake off your winter blues and enjoy some craft brews at Birmingham’s first Winter Beer Festival with 150+ craft beers, seminars, cooking demonstrations and so much more!

Alabama Symphony Orchestra Sound Edge Festival– February 10-18.  Various venues around the city. The music scene like you have never seen.  Hear the cultural underground.  Sound Edge Festival brings together creative talents from the music and art industries for intense collaborations with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.


Southern Voices FestivalFebruary 24-25. Hoover Library. The celebration of writing, music and art attracts a full house each year to see and hear the works of noted Southern writers and artists.

Alabama Asian Culture & Food Festival– April 1.  Zamora Shrine Temple. Come meet people from different cultures, learn to understand cultural similarities and differences, sample many kinds of Asian food, observe a colorful origami peace mobile as well as an exhibit of the earliest known color photographs taken along the Burma Road in China, and have a lot of fun!

St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural FestivalApril 21-22. St. Elias Maronite Church. Now in its 18th year, the festival serves up the very best Lebanese dishes from baked kibbe to baklava.

16th Annual Gardendale Magnolia Festival April 21-22. Gardendale Civic Center. Enjoy a midway carnival, 150 vendor booths, three stages of live entertainment, a pooch parade, a 5K run/fun run and much more.

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – April 21-23. Barber Motorsports Park. The only Indy Series event in the Deep South, this motorsports event draws tens of thousands of race fans every year.

Gumbo Gala– April 22. Sloss Furnace. This spicy event has grown into one of the city’s most popular cooking competitions. Proceeds benefit Episcopal Place, which provides affordable, independent living for seniors and disabled adults.

 Magic City Art Connection– April 28-30. Linn Park. One of Birmingham’s largest festivals, this juried art show draws talent from around the country to show and sell paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography and more.


Feast of Saint Mark Italian Festival- April 29. Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. The festival begins with Mass and is followed by a grand celebration of Italian culture.

Birmingham FunkFest May 6. Legion Field. Good Music. Good People. Good Times. Featuring: Erykah Badu, Goodie Mob, Babyface, Joe. More acts TBA.

44th Annual Southern Appalachian Dulcimer FestivalMay 5-6. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. The Dulcimer is a long thin primitive instrument with one melody string and two drone strings. The annual dulcimer festival features dulcimer craftsman and musicians from across the country.

23rd Annual Creek Bank FestivalMay 20. Join us for fun and fellowship for a full day of festivities with plenty of shopping at arts and craft booths, a full schedule of entertainment and food.

Do Dah Day FestivalMay 20. Rhodes and Caldwell Parks. Benefitting animal rescue services, this is one of the city’s most wonderful and wacky events. Homemade floats and animals dressed in costume parade the streets of Highland Avenue. Festival5

Barber HistoricsMay 19-21. Barber Motorsports Park. Historic Motorsports Association brings some of the world’s finest automobiles, ranging from the early days of racing through the 1980s, to compete on the 2.38-mile course.

Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues Festival– May 20. Debardeleben Park in Historic Downtown Bessemer. Now in its eighth year, the festival takes place in the heart of downtown Bessemer, just west of Birmingham.

23rd Annual Creek Bank FestivalMay 20. Join us for fun and fellowship for a full day of festivities with plenty of shopping at arts and craft booths, a full schedule of entertainment and food.

Festival8Steel City Jazz Festival– June 2-3. Linn Park. Smooth and rockin’ are the operative words for this cool fest in downtown Birmingham.

Slicefest– June 3. 29th St. South outside Slicefest Pizza and Brewhouse. This day-long block party features local and regional music artists, craft beers and specialty pizzas.

21st Annual Down Home Psaltery FestivalJune 9-10. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State ParkMorning workshops and lessons on playing the psaltery. Afternoon performances by psaltery players, young and old, professional and amateurs.

Juneteenth Celebration TBA. Birmingham Civil Rights Festival9Institute. The annual Juneteenth celebration, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, is presented by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Sloss Music and Arts Festival– July 15-16. Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Music fans rock to nationally-known and regional alternative bands on three stages. Southern Living magazine calls this event “one of the iconic Southern festivals.”

Sloss Tech – July 14. Held in conjunction with Sloss Music and Arts Festival, this is the Southeast’s preeminent technology festival.

Magic City Brewfest– July 29. Avondale Park. The theme of this event is pretty much self-explanatory, but you should also know this is the premiere festival for Alabama’s craft beer.

Secret StagesAugust 4-5. 2nd Avenue North Music District. Secret Stages is a weekend filled with up-and-coming music from local, regional and national talent. Billed as a “music discovery festival,” the event takes place on stages throughout the downtown area.

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Birmingham Restaurant WeekAugust 11-20. A wide variety of participating restaurants offers fixed prices on meals throughout the week, giving foodies a chance to try out all sorts of new offerings.

Southern Makers Festival– August 12-13. Sloss Furnaces. Southern Makers is a two-day event that celebrates the best in creativity and design with artists that live and work in the south. The event activities, workshops, storytelling, demonstrations and maker bazaar explore and center on taking southern traditions in architecture, food, fine art, fashion and design and applying them in a modern sustainable world.

Sidewalk Film Festival– August 22-27. Downtown Birmingham Theatre District and other walkable locations. This showcase for independent film has gained wide notoriety in film and consumer publications for its tight organization, range of subject matter and good ol’ weekend fun.

Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival– August 26.  4th Avenue Business District. This annual fest features local and national jazz artists and takes place in the historic 4th Avenue Business District, once the hub for Birmingham’s African-American business community.

St. George Middle Eastern Food FestivalSeptember 14-16.  St. George Greek-Catholic Melkite Church. Food, dance and music are all part of the festivities at this annual event.

Birmingham Artwalk – September 8-9. Downtown Birmingham Loft Neighborhood. This free festival transforms the loft neighborhood into an arts district, with the work of more than 100 visual artists, live music, street performers and food and drink vendors.

Greek Food FestivalSeptember 21-23. Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Begun in 1972, this widely popular festival embraces the Greek zest for living through food, music, dance and a market of souvenirs. Festival13

Breakin’ Bread–  September 24. Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. One of Alabama’s premiere food festivals showcases the culinary talents of Birmingham’s best chefs.

FiestaSeptember 30.  Linn  Park. Alabama’s largest celebration of Hispanic culture is a colorful event in downtown Linn Park. Learn about the many Hispanic countries and their cultures through art, music food and dance.

Irondale Whistle Stop FestivalSeptember 30The Whistle Stop Festival brings in a wide variety of art and food vendors from around the region. Free admission.

Bluff Park Art ShowOctober 7. Bluff Park Community Center. Some of the finest artists in the country show at this annual event in the Bluff Park neighborhood of Birmingham.

IMG_9267 copyBarber Vintage Motorcycle FestivalOctober 6-8.  Barber Motorsports Park. This beautiful race track is the setting for one of the most anticipated motorcycle events in the world.  Adjacent is the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum with the world’s largest collection of motorcycles.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)-  November 2,. In the Mexican tradition, the festival commemorates the deaths of loved ones through music and dance. dod1

National Veterans Day Parade – November 11. Downtown Birmingham. Birmingham has the oldest and one of the largest Veterans Day celebrations in the country.

Moss Rock Festival– November 4-5. Moss Rock Preserve. This art festival is set in the beautiful surroundings of The Preserve in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover. Artists display and sell jewelry, pottery, paintings, glassware and folk art.  Food and drink vendors are on site.