Traveling to the Birmingham Bowl to watch South Florida take on Texas Tech? Come early, stay after! With all there is to do in Birmingham, there’s just no sense in coming to the Birmingham Bowl day-of. But, we know what it’s like visiting a new city, so for all you newcomers to the Magic City, here’s a handy-dandy, two-day itinerary.
Between new traditions, holiday classics and can’t-miss events, December is the month to show off the best of Birmingham to all your holiday visitors.
Meats and threes, steam tables, buffet lines steaming with food prepared the way we love it down here—the aroma of cornbread baking, greens bubbling in a pot with a big old hunk of ham hock, creamed Silver Queen corn. If your mouth isn’t watering yet, then you might not be the audience for this blog entry.
Head somewhere new this holiday season. Home to hundreds of shopping destinations, Birmingham is the perfect place to find a gift for everyone on your list. Pair that with the best dining in the South and an assortment of holiday events, and your visit becomes a mini-vacation.
Railroad Park just announced that ice skating is officially returning in time for the holiday season. You haven’t experienced downtown Birmingham until you’ve skated on its front lawn. The rink will be larger than last year’s rink and is open 7 days a week, starting Saturday, November 25th. For more info, visit Railroad Park’s website.
Every year, the holiday season seems to come at us faster and furiouser! We start talking about it at Halloween, and by the time the celebrated time arrives we’re all in a stressed out frenzy. But not here in Birmingham. Here, things are different. We embrace the holidays with just that right mix of things to do that get you in the spirit, and places to shop for those perfect gifts. Let’s explore, shall we? For your convenience, we’ve divided up our holiday and shopping options into four different areas.
You’re booked this November. With so many great events happening in Birmingham, it’s best that you go ahead and start planning. We’ve put together a list of a few of our favorites to get you started.
What started as an artistic act of love a decade and a half ago has grown into a celebration of life on the day of the dead. Almost 15 years ago, Birmingham lost an icon, an artist, a father, and one of the most influential people in the struggle for civil rights. A staff photographer for The Birmingham News, James “Spider” Martin took iconic photographs during the Selma marches and throughout the ‘60s that galvanized our nation and helped fuel the civil rights movement in its earliest days. In November of 2003, following his sudden passing that April, his daughter, artist Tracy Martin, chose to honor him by creating an installation in the style of a Mexican altar called an ofrenda at Bare Hands Gallery. Inspired by the altar, a small group of artists chose to continue the tradition the following November. Like the seed of a marigold blown into a crack in the pavement, the practice took hold. This year, its fifteenth (and a very important year in Mexican tradition), the event will attract several thousand people.
Heard you were looking for your place in the world, (well, this side of the Big Muddy, anyway). I know the feeling. In so many ways, I’ve been looking for my place in the world, and really have found my groove just in the last ten years or so. I’ve decided that my biggest problem is I’m misunderstood by pretty much everybody except the people who’ve actually met me. If only those who think they know me would spend a couple of days here, they’d realize how wrong they are.