Birmingham Festivals & Shows

Birmingham Festivals & ShowsWhile it is a near certain fact that the people of Birmingham love a good party, there is almost always a significant reason or purpose attached to each celebration. Most obviously, the area's historical significance in relation to the Civil Rights Movement means that respectfully remembering an event that has led to the equal treatment of all Americans is a cause that bears jubilant observance. Another reason that great gatherings are abundant here is due to the cultural diversity of the people who have made Birmingham their home. But, whatever their origin, make sure that these high profile festivals and annual events are prominently marked on your calendar.

National Veterans Day Parade
While countless cities across the country hold a National Veterans Day Parade, the one that happens in Birmingham holds special significance as this is the city where the first Veteran's Day Celebration was held back in 1947. The tradition of honoring the men and women who fight for our freedom is still very much alive in Birmingham. The parade and festival held downtown features more than 5,000 participants, 15 bands and more than 50 floats.

Web: www.nationalveteransday.org

The Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Various events, festivals and special presentations are planned every January in Birmingham's Civil Rights District to commemorate The Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This unparallelled icon in the fight for racial equality still figures prominently into the struggles that all races still face today, and Dr. King is remembered in a variety of special exhibits and presentations throughout this historic district at such points as Kelly Ingram Park, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, and the Civil Rights Institute.

Web: www.bcri.org

Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival
The Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival is held every August in Birmingham. The celebration is an opportunity for young and aspiring filmmakers to have their work presented to audiences who are just as enthusiastic about the art of creating a memorable movie. The event is an important acknowledgment of independent film and cinema, and attracts some of the most creative minds from all over the world. Also, it is an opportunity to meet key people as various mixers and receptions take place between screenings.

Web: www.sidewalkfest.com

Magic City Art Connection
Everyone knows that spring is in full swing in Birmingham when it's time for the Magic City Art Connection. This hugely popular festival was recently selected as a Top 20 Southeast Event and is held every April. Locally established artists as well as newcomers are featured along with various chefs from some of the city's most notable fine restaurants who offer delectable samples of their cuisine. Additionally, there are children's workshops in art, music, theater, and dance. It is a feast for all your senses!

Web: www.magiccityart.com

Mercedes Marathon
Springtime in Birmingham brings not only warmer weather but an increase in the number of people who are out enjoying various outdoor activities. Runners in the area anticipate the Mercedes Marathon as this annual event attracts participants from across the nation as well as across the world. There are various lengths that include the full marathon, the half-marathon, or the kids' marathon and relay. The skill level of the runners matters less than the proceeds raised that yield hundreds of thousands of dollars that go to benefit the Children's Hospital, the Bell Center, and Kid One Transport.

Web: www.mercedesmarathon.com

Talladega Superspeedway
Twice a year NASCAR fans rev it up and go to the Talladega Superspeedway for some highly adrenalized excitement! Every spring and fall, the Talladega Superspeedway gives fans what they want in the form of the biggest, fastest, most competitive motorsports action in the world. This is where many records for speed and competition have been established. So be ready when the checkered flag goes up, as the action will be non-stop!

Web: www.talladegasuperspeedway.com