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.
Ah, brunch! Who doesn’t love that cheerful blend of breakfast and lunch that gives us a chance to sleep in, and then socialize with friends and family over decadent spreads of comfort food paired with signature morning cocktails? Whether you’re celebrating Mother’s Day or just out-and-about enjoying that perfect Spring air with your significant other, this time of year in Birmingham was made for brunching.
Every year in the Spring several things happen in Linn Park in the center of downtown Birmingham: the trees put out new growth, the squirrels begin once again to frolic about the place, and more than 200 of the best artists around descend on the park to share their work. If you’ve never attended Magic City Art Connection, the time has come to get connected.
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.
Birmingham’s sports legacy is an interesting mix of things a lot of people know about and things that are familiar to very few. For instance, everyone knows about the intense rivalry between the University of Alabama and Auburn University. But, not everybody knows that the very first “Iron Bowl,” (though it wasn’t known as such then) took place in a field that would be at the corner of 31st Street South and Clairmont Avenue today, were it not for the BBVA Compass building that occupies that space now.
The city gets a National Monument, a new food hall, a luxury hotel and Topgolf. The opening of the new downtown Publix last week caused quite a sensation.
Maybe it’s a generalization that men are notoriously slow about making dinner reservations. Maybe it’s not. Either way, you might want to start now prompting your honey to call that special place you love to have dinner…especially the evening of Valentine’s Day.
Birmingham’s moments in the national spotlight were more than just 15 minutes of fame this past year. They felt more like a full feature movie with the city taking top billing.
Birmingham will be teaming with visitors from the University of South Florida and the University of South Carolina when the schools meet to face off December 29 at the Birmingham Bowl.